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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (March 3) VENDOR DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE! Thanks to the programming expertise of our own Bill Aycock, the Atari Forum staff are pleased to announce the availability of our VENDOR accessory datafile. Download file VENDOR.ARC from LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). This package contains a desk accessory/program (just rename it appropriately) VENDOR.ACC which accesses a standardized format datafile named VENDOR.DAT. With this program you can have instant access to the names, addresses, phone numbers, CompuServe User IDs, and some product names for vendors that support/service the Atari computer community. The Atari Forum staff pledges to update and expand the info in VENDOR.DAT on a regular basis. The sysops have found this accessory to be handy in our job of answering user queries and now we'd like to share it with the rest of the Atari community. A little gift from the Atari Forum staff to our members. NEW IN ATARIVEN The TEC board, featuring TOS 2.06 for all machines, is now shipping. For details of a special discount offer, see the file TECREL.TXT now in LIBRARY 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). ATARI FORUMS EXPAND LYNX COVERAGE In response to the increased sales of Atari's LYNX, the first handheld 8-bit videogame unit with a color LCD screen, multiplayer capabilities and stereo sound, the staff of the Atari 8-Bit Forum has recruited the services of two well-known LYNX gaming experts, Jeff Kovach and Todd Ellering. A new library devoted to LYNX files will include game maps in GIF graphics format, help and hint files, and press releases detailing new game introductions. Kovach and Ellering will be online daily to answer LYNX questions and will host special conferences with playing tips. For more information, GO ATARI8. THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" *********************************************************************** > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= Issue #10 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. -- Verbatim Corp. Clarifies Computer Virus Myths Publicity about computer viruses has led to a number of misconceptions concerning how they are transmitted. Verbatim Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of computer image and data storage products, is clearing up those myths about computer viruses through technical bulletins and its on-line technical staff. According to Nicky Hartery, president of Verbatim, to date there has not been a single case of contracting a virus on Verbatim media as supplied by the company. He says that stringent security and audit procedures are in place to prohibit any introduction of a virus program to Verbatim's products. As a service to its customers, Verbatim provides the following infor- mation concerning viruses: What is a computer virus? -- It is an executable computer program designed to damage data, slow data processing, or display a message, and it may be hidden within other programs. A computer virus program is self-replicating and once present, it will copy itself to hard drives, removable media and network drives. How does it work? -- Automatically activated, it can be triggered by any parameter monitored by the computer, such as the internal clock. It can remain hidden until activated, remaining dormant for extended periods. How is it spread? -- A virus spreads by downloading through a modem, a file transfer, or disk access. The disk access can be write, read, or format. -- Users are typically unaware of the transfer. How do you detect and remove a virus? -- Viruses often are detected only upon activation. Detection software is available, such as Central Point Software Anti-Virus, Norton Anti- Virus, Virex, which can be loaded to prevent re-infection. -- Viruses are eliminated through virus-killing software programs. All memory, hard drives and floppies must be cleared of the virus. What else can I do to prevent a computer virus? -- Make sure your new computer disks are still in the shrink-wrapped package. -- Buy good anti-virus software from a well-recognized publisher and use it religiously on data transmitted to you by modem, through networks or by disks. -- Devise, and stick to, a backup schedule. Before backing up, make sure your data is virus-free. Recovery from virus is easier if you maintain good backup practices. -- Use only properly licensed software. Do not use bootleg or unauthorized software copies. -- Avoid borrowing or copying software from other users. Be cautious of "demonstration" or game software of uncertain origin. -- Make all software and media purchases from reputable retailers. Do not accept opened packages of any kind, or packages that have been obviously resealed. -- Use password protection for computer and application software. Contact Verbatim Corporation, 1200 W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, N.C., 28262, for more information. -- Hyundai First with "LIFETIME WARRANTY" As part of its "Get a Lifetime of Value" promotion, Hyundai Electronics America has become the first computer maker to offer a lifetime warranty on PCs. The new warranty will be offered free to buyers of qualified Hyundai PCs between now and June 30. The warranty covers the motherboard and related components such as video card, floppy disk drive and keyboard. It will be offered in all the contiguous states plus Alaska and Hawaii. Hyundai's lifetime warranty is limited to the original user of the equipment. Also in the promotion, customers can get software at discounts from PEED Corp., Borland International, Software Publishing Corp., Proteo, Aselco, Microspeed, Software Support and East Coast Software. -- Intel Announces new 486 DX2 Chip According to reports, Intel Corp. this week introduced the Intel486 DX2 microprocessor that will allow computer makers to increase the speed of existing Intel 486 CPU-based systems. The Intel486 DX2 offers a speed doubler technology that allows the chip to operate twice as fast as sur- rounding components so that systems using the 486 DX2 will perform up to 70% faster than those with the first generation 486 DX. The same day as the Intel announcement, NCR Corp., Gateway 2000 and Zeos International Ltd. all introduced new computer models based on the Intel486 DX2 chip. -- More Jumping on the Intel486 DX2 Bandwagon Dell Computer announced its new Systems 486P/50 and 486D/50 and the PowerLine 450DE/2 and 450SE/2, ranging in price from $2,319 to $8,348. Radio Shack says it has started sales of the Tandy 4850 EP computer, which sells for $2,699. A multimedia PC version of the system will sell for $3,499. Wyse Technology announced its Decision 486/50DX2, available next quarter in four configurations. It also plans a 66MHz PC in the second half of 1992. GRiD Systems Corp., a Tandy Corp. subsidiary, has introduced two new desktop computers. The GRiD APT/450e, a $4,499 system that uses an EISA bus and comes standard with 4MB of RAM, seven 32-bit EISA expansion slots, five expansion bays, including one 2.88MB, 3.5-inch floppy drive, high-speed Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) hard disk interface, dual serial, parallel and mouse ports, a 16-bit VGA card with 512K video memory supporting 640 by 480 in 256 colors. The $2,599 GRiD MFP/450 that comes with 4MB of RAM, three ISA-based expansion slots, on 1.44MB 3.5-inch floppy drive, two free expansion bays and 16-bit VGA integrated on main logic board. -- Matsushita Might Join with AT&T and Electronic Arts Recent reports say that Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. is thinking of joining forces with AT&T and Electronic Arts Inc. to develop next-generation computers. Japanese financial daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported today Matsushita plans to set up separate joint ventures with AT&T and Electronic Arts. It said Matsushita and AT&T's planned joint venture will develop portable PCs by next year and will market the computers first in the US and then in Japan. That report also said Matsushita's joint venture with Electronic Arts will produce multimedia computer systems for home use, such as video games and that the new company will sell hardware and software for such systems in Japan starting in spring 1993. -- Seagate Announces Low-Power 214meg Hard Drive Seagate Technology has unveiled a low-power 214MB, 3.5-inch hard disk drive. The ST3243A, which is based on Seagate's ST3144 line, features an AT interface and an average seek time of 16ms. Seagate is aiming the ST3243A at the midrange to high-end and portable computer markets. The ST3243A has a suggested retail price of $395. The company said it will be available for sale during the second quarter. -- Toshiba Cuts Prices Up To 26% Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has cut prices by up to 26% on versions of its T2200SX and T3300SL notebook computers. -- The Revolving Door Continues in "other circles.." William O. Grabe, IBM vice president and general manager of US marketing and services has announced he will leave the company. Grabe is the 3rd IBM executive in recent weeks to leave IBM for outside jobs. Grabe has 30 years of service with the company and is joining a venture capital group. *********************************************************************** :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ To sign up for GEnie service: Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. 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March 11 Fast Technology/Turbo 16/20/25/30 Accelerators - Jim Allen, President March 18 (Tentative) Ask Leonard Tramiel - Leonard Tramiel, Atari's Vice President of Software March 25 Joppa Software/New Send/Receive Fax Software - Charles Smeton April 1 Atari/Canada - Geoff Earle, President Atari Canada GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission *********************************************************************** > ISD's GEnie Conf. STR FOCUS ISD & Calamus SL Conference =========================== March 4, 1992 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> On behalf of the Atari ST Roundtable, I welcome all of you to the ISD / Calamus SL RealTime Conference. Before getting started, some business about how an RTC works. While the RTC room is in Listen-Only mode, you can only address our guest when I let you talk. To get my attention, just /RAIse your hand. Just enter this from your keyboard:/rai I'll acknowledge your raised hand as soon as I can, but please be patient. I -WILL- let you know when your turn is coming up. Some other RTC commands are: ? - Lists all RTC commands. /sta - Status (list) of everyone in the RTC room. /exi - Exit the RTC, but you remain logged onto GEnie. /bye - Log off of GEnie directly from the RTC. /rai - Raise your hand. Lets me know you wish to address our guest. And now, let's get started. Calamus, one of the best (some say THE best) desktop publishing products available for any computer platform, has recently gotten even better with the release of Calamus SL. Here to tell us all about it and to answer your questions is Nathan Potechin, president of ISD Marketing. ISD is the North American publisher/distributor of the Calamus family of DTP products. Let's get this rolling now... Nathan, thank you very much for joining us this evening. Do you have any opening remarks to make before I start taking questions from the floor? (You folks can start /RAIsing your hands now.) <[Nathan] ISD> Thank you for joining us tonight. I believe it fair to say I am no longer an unknown entity online, especially on GEnie, as I once was and I am pleased that you have all made time to join us. With me this evening is Mario Georgiou, ISD's own Graphic Artist with 12 odd years of experience (In Mario's case, I stress the term "odd") :-) and Lou Rocha, a local desktop publisher, Editor of the Calamus SL manual and a school Principal by profession. Since we began filling backorders on Calamus SL almost one month ago now, the action online in our Category 16, has become fierce. :-) We have all been used to seeing 5 or 6 or even a dozen questions a day on Calamus but NOW, 45 or even 60 new messages every single day. ARGGGHH!!! :-) We hope to have the last backorder out the door by the end of this week and will finally begin offering the product for sale to the Atari Dealers throughout North America, Australia and New Zealand. I made a decision to satisfy our customers needs first, and now will spend the next week insuring that all appropriate Magazines, both Atari and generic DTP related, receive their review copy and the proper followup. So, first came the customers, then the press, then the dealers. I suppose I'll have to start advertising fairly soon too, judging by the telephone calls I have already received on this subject. :-) I imagine I did this sort of backwards but I must say I am very pleased that I was in a position to do so and I will certainly take this opportunity to thank all of our valued customers for all of their support of us and our products over the years. Thank you! How did that little bit of ASCII upload Jeff? <[Sysop] JEFF.W> It came out fine, Nathan. You done good! :-) <[Nathan] ISD> I have lots more, depending on the questions :-) Perhaps we can get a feel for the people that have joined us this evening, in terms of experience with or lack of...with Calamus. <[Sysop] JEFF.W> How about starting with a brief overview of Calamus SL and what makes it different from prior Calamus versions? <[Nathan] ISD> Sure :-) Calamus SL - The new direction in Pre-Press and publishing systems. Calamus SL offers a new concept in design and functionality providing a greater level creative control than other publishing systems. Calamus SL is a totally open system allowing for the addition of modules for specific tasks. Within Calamus SL, the complete world of desktop design and layout is placed at your fingertips. Calamus SL integrates the process of design and layout by standardizing the way you use different applications. Calamus SL is an environment designed to fulfill the requirements of anyone involved in the fields of Desktop Publishing, Prepress and Graphic communications. The system has been designed to allow full flexibility in terms of features, as such, Calamus SL is modular allowing the user to add or remove features to their application when they require them or to remove features when they have completed their work. Calamus SL has adopted a WYNIWYG philosophy, What You Need Is What You Get. There are modules for autotracing, color separation and calibration, data and document handling, the production of multimedia presentations, image management and editing, and many others. The software's capabilities make it a digital chameleon allowing it to change to suite the environment it is used in. Calamus has support for output devices ranging from dot matrix printers, laser printers, color thermal, dye sublimation and Imagesetters and Prepress Systems and technologies. Calamus SL's vector outline fonts can be scaled as large as required. Through the use of its own font rendering technology Calamus SL has true WYSYWYG allowing the user to know exactly what their documents will look like 100% of the time. This built in rendering technology uses the same font description for all display and output devices. Calamus SL has high speed document output through the use of its own powerful Page Description Language. Calamus SL has built-in support for 24 bit color. Calamus SL has support for RGB, IHS, CMY, HKS and CMYK color models and built-in Spot and Process color handling with a variety of calibration options. Up to seven documents can be loaded at the same time with interactive clipboard functions allowing the transfer of elements from one document to the another. Calamus SL also supports the import and export of industry standard text and graphic formats. Rotation of all Elements 360 degrees (Bitmaps are rotated 360 degrees through a module for image management. A user-definable autosave feature makes the complete loss of documents an unlikely event. Calamus's text capabilities include text alignment, kerning, tracking, vertical justification, rotation, flow around graphics, style tagging, widow and orphan control. A Text editing window allows for quick editing with functions for hyphenation and spell checking, search and replace, ruler and style definition, blocking functions with an undo feature. Calamus is capable of handling documents of unlimited physical size, with lengths up to 99,999 pages. This is enhanced with built-in virtual memory handling and File locking for the protection of various elements. Open up to 7 documents simultaneously while using the interactive clipboard for complete and easy passage of contents between documents. Calamus SL has approximately one thousand features with more on the way. How's that Jeff? :-) <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Let me guess....you anticipated that question? <grin> <[Nathan] ISD> I've anticipated a few others as well. :-) I've done this before <ELLIOTT.C> I haven't even seen Calamus yet ... <[Nathan] ISD> We forgive you Elliot. :-) <ELLIOTT.C> ...wondering about kerning - how much manual adjustment needed after Auto is done. <[Nathan] ISD> Elliot, in most cases, the automatic kerning features inherent within Calamus SL leave very little for manual adjustment. However, if you should feel the need, you may perform adjustments in 4 directions, in 1/1000 of a point! <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Followup, Elliott? <ELLIOTT.C> Suppose I do "cj", turn the j into a superscript; in Quark Express the letters would end up crashing. <[Nathan] ISD> They would NOT crash in Calamus SL. <C.S.SMETON> Nathan, What support for 3rd party module add ons exist, i.e. Developer documentation for creating printer drivers, import file filters, etc. <[Nathan] ISD> Hi Charles. I did bring back serious docs on exactly that issue but they remain in German. That is a problem. :-) Another is that they keep adding to, enhancing and changing the code all the time presenting a moving target. :-) This is a big priority of mine as I am anxious to offer many interested North American developers, almost all of which are my friends, :-) to write modules!! <C.S.SMETON> Thanks Nathan <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Folks....there will be a giveaway later during the RTC. A free copy of Calamus SL or a $500 font package (if the winner already has Calamus SL). So stick around. :-) <[Nathan] ISD> ;-) <[Bad Doggie] C.F.JOHNSON> You mentioned that SL can do color separations -- I have 2 questions about this: 1) does SL support the Pantone standard, and 2) is there a service bureau in the US that can output these color separations at high res, on film? <[Nathan] ISD> We have not yet finalized an agreement with PANTONE themselves although we do have the offer sitting in-house. I am once again faced with a quandary over IBM type prices for my Atari product :-) but we do indeed intend to be able to offer PANTONE as soon as possible. In the meantime, we do have a few other color tables available now, one of which is FOCOLTONE which I am told is VERY precise! So the answer to 1. is not yet. As far as service bureaus, the one bureau with an Atari workstation in San Francisco is Omnicomp and offhand I don't know if they have upgraded to Calamus SL yet or not. But they should have :-) so I will call them tomorrow. Obviously we need more service bureaus out there capable of handling the Calamus solution, which is something to which I will devote a great deal of effort in the coming months. <[Bad Doggie] .F.JOHNSON> Is FOCOLTONE a German color standard? I've never heard of it. <[Nathan] ISD> FOCOLTONE originated in Britain 6 years ago. It is well known in Europe and is now getting established in North America. They are said to have far more precise color matching than ANY other color standards and are now available with those other well known DTP packages like Quark and Illustrator :-). <[Scott L.] S.LAPHAM1> Since you seem prepared for common questions, could you please shoot us the upgrade info (cost, etc.) from 1.09N? And since I've only had 1.09N for a week, can I send in the upgrade cost with the 1.09N registration card to get SL? <[Nathan] ISD> Scott...ANY Calamus related questions are welcomed. :-) The cost is US $200.00 from 1.09N to SL but there are other options available. If you have access to a fax machine I will be happy to fax you our latest customer mail out. Please leave me email with the number and I will take care of it tomorrow. And yes, please do upgrade when you send in your registration card from 1.09N. There are 6 pages of info on the upgrade Scott, by the way. :-) <[Scott L.] S.LAPHAM1> I just bought a HP DeskJet 500C..is there a driver for it in SL? <[Nathan] ISD> YES, there sure is. I love having the right answers for a change. :-) <[Jim] J.KUDRON> Nathan, are there any plans for releasing some "forms" ala Quickforms and the package that SoftLogik offers? <[Nathan] ISD> Hi Jim. There are a few up in our library #30 already but frankly although I have thought of it a few times, I have not had the time to put someone on it. I expect that we will eventually locate someone capable of preparing a proper forms package for us and then market it for them. :-) <[Jim] J.KUDRON> Sounds like I've got work to do! <[Nathan] ISD> Please!! :-) <K.BROOKS1> Nathan, SL arrived today. My wife thinks I'm having an affair with all the OOOOOH's and AAAAAH's coming from the computer room. Now what!? Seriously, what an incredible package! How soon for PS/EPS? See you at ACE? <[Nathan] ISD> There is a market for Forms as you know. Are you using a GE Soft expansion board on your TT Keith? :-) PostScript and EPS will be made available upon the release of the Dataformer modules, which are next up for release actually. Lou needs to write the documentation so start bugging him. :-) <K.BROOKS1> Any word on the release of Studio to complete the package? No, Atari 4Mb...Bruce has the GE Soft board! <[Nathan] ISD> TMS Cranach Studio is supposed to have a completed manual on my desk last week actually. I think I'll make an angry phone call. :-) Seriously, it should be within the next 4-6 weeks. <K.BROOKS1> Why are the flags set not to use TT RAM with SL? <[Nathan] ISD> Wrong, the default setting on the Calamus SL program automatically sets the TT RAM flags. Did this get switched somewhere along the line? Hmmm. I'll check. <[james] J.ARMSTRON20> Nathan, What about the Functions that are disabled in SL. Like Spellcheck & Set Layout/Work Area. <[Nathan] ISD> James, my apologies. There will be a new version following the completion of the upcoming CeBit show in Hannover that runs for 10 days starting next week. At the end of that time I expect many of the features that had not been activated will now be up and running. Spellchecking was absolutely 100% promised to be one of those. These kind of inactive features will eventually all disappear at no cost to yourself, other than shipping and handling perhaps but no way I could delay the release of the product itself any longer without getting hung. :-) <[james] J.ARMSTRON20> What about converting PD Postscript fonts and the "Illegal Font, Serial # does not match SL #"? <[Nathan] ISD> If you have a program/utility that converts PD fonts to Calamus format, properly, it should work fine regardless of your serial number as they are not protected fonts, however, some PS fonts when converted may act as though they are serialized. Hmmm, I believe you also need to load them FIRST because if you load a CG font first, that serial number will already be in the system. <[Drew] D.KERR1> First, congratulation and best of luck, Nathan. Could you please explain what PKS Write has over the text editor in 1.09? <[Nathan] ISD> Thanks for the congrats, Drew. The best feature that is now available in PKS Write is the ability to modify layout from within the text editor. This includes pre-tagging information on just about everything that you could imagine. Besides, it also includes more advanced block functions, ability to apply key bindings inside the editor, edit kerning information, hyphenation and rulers and on and on. Drew, its has LOTS more than the old Editor. <[Drew] D.KERR1> I believe there are a thousand features in SL. You mentioned "many more to come." Could you reveal any of those "many more to come?" <[Nathan] ISD> I will cover a few of the modules. I just happen to have the proverbial block to upload. :-) Coming Soon..... Type Art This package was specially designed for the creation and manipulation of Typefaces and Logos. This software facilitates control over a fonts global kerning characteristics and specific kerning pairs. It also allows for the autotracing of scanned lineart allowing Logo libraries and fonts to be created. The tools allow the use of primitives and the merging of component parts such as stems and serifs etc. Two fonts can be in memory at any one time allowing the exchange and editing of up to 256 characters. Type Art also has built-in digitizer plotter support. The tools are second to none including floating pop up tool menus and very powerful mapping functions. A transformation calculator allows the use of formulae while other functions include a text preview window for the contextual fine tuning of kerning information, magnetic snap to grid and guidepoints, online help, stamp, join and auto-outlining functions and clipboards. This is the perfect tool for the Typographic designer. Outline Art 2 This product is for the creation of vector based illustrations using lines and bezier curves. It has tools for typographic manipulation and mapping. Outline Art 2.0 has 24 bit color support, allows type to be put into circles, to follow freely defined paths, to be graduated or mapped onto planes, and transformed or distorted. The use of intelligent clipboard and calculator functions make this a typographic special effects dream. Dataformer Dataformer is a series of modules specially dedicated to the export of data from Calamus SL. The product allows the export of any element or page from a document in a variety of formats. The first of two Dataformer modules can export to the following bitmap formats - GIF, IFF, IMG, PCX, TIF, TGA and the following vector based formats CVG, EPS (with or without TIF headers), WMF, GEM, HPGL and DXF. More formats will be added in time. Crescendo For music publishers the introduction of a package to convert an I.M.M.A standard MIDI file to a notated text file for inclusion in a document or for the publication of music sheets. The capability to prepare notated pages within Crescendo using polyphonic notation makes it a must for all music publishers. Job Manager This is a module designed for use by service bureaus or production houses to allow the queuing of jobs. It allows the specification of documents for printing and assignation of printing characteristics such as mirroring, inversion, page selection, multiple prints, scaling, resolution, pagination, color separation and output device selection. Mount and Print The specialist print module for Calamus. This module controls the final output of your document. Create left/right offsets for magazine production, collation, Imposition, tiling of pages, together with a host of other specialized functions to define your complete printing parameters to achieve optimum results. Multimedia Module This module is for the preparation of documents which include video and sound data for the purpose of preparing multimedia presentations. Purposely designed for the creation of product and advertising presentations, this module allows the specification of sound sampling rates of 6KHz to 50KHz. Video capabilities include control of playback speeds, Intensity, Hue, Saturation, Dissolves, etc,. Future Modules, specifications subject to change without notice, include: Paint & Draw : a raster and vector graphic editing module Curve & Line : an auto-tracing module for Monochrome, Grayscale and Color Images, which will be an upgrade from Speed Line. Logo Art : a special vector editor for company logos and a Barcode generation module. And about 95 others. It is my intention to release a few modules every couple of months without fail for the next few years. And I fully intend to meet that commitment! <[John Nagy] Z-NET> First, WOW! Next, thanks, Nathan and Jeff. I want to say that my testing on SL so far has been a delight! It is much faster than I anticipated, even though I must suffer along at ST speed... so far. ;^) SL is clearly a full-out professional grade package. Which leads to my question... what about "CALAMUS S"? Is it being dropped? Will 1.09N be the monochrome home use standard for some time to come? It certainly remains as fine a product for 99.5% of the uses a person could have at home... and at the price difference (below SL), 1.09N remains the affordable choice... if it is offered. <[Nathan] ISD> Apparently, there will be a version called Calamus S. Until it is actually finished and in my hand, I will keep quiet on it. Once it is done and released, it will replace 1.09N without a doubt. In the meantime, Calamus 1.09N remains an excellent desktop publishing solution that still shines proudly on all our Atari computers!! <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Better than excellent, Nathan. Thanks, and keep at it. <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Okay, folks. We're going to pause long enough to give something away. Nathan...care to describe the prize options? <[Nathan] ISD> Nah, you do it. ;_0 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Thanks. The winner receives a free copy of Calamus SL or if the winner already owns Calamus SL, an expensive font package. Which one is it, Nathan? <[Nathan] ISD> We will let the winner make that decision. The choice will be theirs to make; Calamus SL, complete, or equivalent value in CG fonts. If you haven't yet upgraded your 1.09N, you just saved hundreds. If you do not own Calamus, consider this an $800 value. :-) I am anticipating sheer pandemonium. :-) <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Okay...Here is how we'll do this: I have an ISD Trivia Question. The question is "Name 5 products represented by ISD Marketing". You can include Calamus, but not Calamus AND Calamus SL. :-) You know the question so get your answer typed in but don't hit RETURN yet. I'm going to take the room out of Listen Only. When I do this, the first person's correct answers will win. Nathan will be the judge. So, type in 5 names of products represented by ISD NOW. I will give you all 15 seconds from now before taking the room out of listen only. [15 Seconds Later...] Room is now in the talk mode. <[Martha] M.DYCUS> Calamus, Outline Art,font editor,...oh rats!...sigh <[Steve] S.GOLD6> Dynacadd, MasterPlan, VIP PRO, ST Accounts, OUTLINE ART, CALAMUS FONT EDITOR <R.NOAK> Calamus, Outline, ST Accounts, Masterplan, TMS Cranach Studio <[john] J.E.DONOHUE> PKS Write Calamus DynaCadd Outline Fonteditor <J.EIDSVOOG1> Calamus, Outline Art, VIP Professional, Calamus font Editor, DynaCadd <[The King] ATARIUSER> Qutline, Font Editor, Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing, DynaCADD, MasterPlan <A.RIDLEY1> dynacadd,calamus,vip prof,st accounts,accounts 2 <[Duane] D.CHARTER> vip, calamus, dynacadd, outline, font <[Doug Walter] D.WALTER7> MasterPlan, VIP Professional, Calamus, Outline Art, Vector Art Packages. <VORTEXT> calamus, outline art, font editor, tms cranach studio, cg fonts <[John Nagy] Z-NET> Font Editor, DynaCadd, Calamus, ST ACCOUNTS, Compugraphic Fonts, TURBO 030 <B.KLASSEN> calamus,dynacadd,outline art,st accounts,fonteditor <K.BROOKS1> ST Accounts, VIP, Outline Art, tms Cranach Studio, FastTech 68030 board <S.FEENEY> PKS Write, Dynacadd, VIP Professional, Outline, and the Calamus Font Editor <[Ringo] R.MONFORT1> Calamus, Outline, Fonteditor, DynaCADD, Softrip. <[DOUG] D.HOPP1> calamus dynacadd font editor cg fonts outline font <[David] D.NICOLAU> Calamus, outline art, Fonts AGFA, Turbo030,Fonts editor <C.S.SMETON> Outline Art Cal Font Editor Cranach Studio CG Fonts PKS Write <[Baaad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Kidpublisher Professional... <[Bad Doggie] C.F.JOHNSON> Calamus, Calamus Font Editor, Dynacadd, Outline Art, VIP. <BOB-BRODIE> MasterPlan, DynaCadd, STAccounts, Outline Art, Calamus <[Rob] R.QUANCE> Calamus, Dyna CAdd, Fonteditor, Type Art, Cranich Studio Room is now in listen-only mode. <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Dorothy -- Kidpublisher Professional? :-) Okay, Nathan, who won? <[Nathan] ISD> Hmmm, who is eligible? If all are eligible, it seems that Steve beat Randy by a reflex. Martha was first in but without enough answers. :-) I am making a judgment call on this one. Steve Gold already owns Calamus SL and will be happy to get his hands on more fonts and I won't hold the fact that he works as a REP for Atari against him but I think we'll also upgrade Randy for free to Calamus SL as he came a close second!! [Note from Jeff to readers of this transcript: The reason for Nathan's deliberation over who is eligible is because Steve Gold (S.GOLD6) works for a marketing firm and Atari is one of his accounts. In a wise and generous move, Nathan decided to let both Steve -and- Randy win!] <[Sysop] JEFF.W> What a guy! Congrats to both Steve and Randy! I think we'll want reviews for GEnie Lamp from both of you on the fonts and SL! <grin> Now on with the RTC.. <G.MATTHIJETZ> Hi, Nathan. Since I am a fan of Vector based graphics, any idea as to when .GEM will import properly? <[Nathan] ISD> Whoa, GEM Metafiles now import into Calamus SL better than they have ever done, including font import now for those fonts attached to the GEM file. We do import GEM 3 and have even imported a color GEM 3 file from Corel Draw as a test. Are you encountering a problem of which I am unaware? <G.MATTHIJETZ> I think so. No matter what size frame I draw up for import, whenever I import, the frame becomes full page size and only contains half to one quarter of the drawing. <[Nathan] ISD> What is the source of these GEM files please? <G.MATTHIJETZ> EZDraw <[Nathan] ISD> Lou says he imports EZDraw files all the time, including earlier today. Lou here with Mario. Nathan is overwhelmed! <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Maybe this needs to be pursued further in the Bulletin Board? <G.MATTHIJETZ> Sure. <[Nathan] ISD> There have been a series of messages this week indicating success at importing GEM files WITH fonts. <S.FEENEY> Why can't the Germans translate the code and stuff as they go? :) Is it just too much to deal with at once or what can be done so that we get what they get :-) <[Nathan] ISD> This is Nathan again. Shaun...they have 20 people on staff. They have something like 30,000 registered Calamus owners and an estimated 100,000 PIRATED customers of Calamus :-) and tend to concentrate on their immediate needs and leave the rest to me to get done. :-) If I waited for them, it would never get finished. <[Steve] S.GOLD6> Hi Nathan, Will Mario be getting his own account? <[Nathan] ISD> Ah, I hadn't given it much thought Steve. Why do you ask? <[Steve] S.GOLD6> Will you post the names of the 3rd party vendors in Germany that have SL Modules that you will not be importing? And has anyone else reported SL bombing in PKS? <[Nathan] ISD> I will be importing ALL viable Calamus SL modules, of course! We have not had reports of bombs in PKS Write and we have been using it ourselves intensively. <[Steve] S.GOLD6> The reason I ask is that Mario would be a good online resource and would relieve you and Lou of some of the BURDEN! <[Nathan] ISD> I agree re: Mario but he needs to be attached to a ball and chain. :-) <K.BROOKS1> My copy of SL shows the _run_ in TT RAM on but _use_ not set. Yet, in SL I do show 5.9Mb available under 'Statistics'. See ya at ACE in Toronto, Nathan..... love SL!!! <[Nathan] ISD> I don't know why Keith. Calamus SL certainly accesses all available RAM in the system and then some. It has been known to stand up and boot out unnecessary accessories without a qualm. :-) <K.BROOKS1> I'm done ... thanks! <[DOUG] D.HOPP1> I have ver.1.09.6 and overscan the text editor does not work in overscan. Is this corrected in 1.09N or SL? <[Nathan] ISD> I am sorry, Doug. I cannot be responsible for the response of Calamus product with Overscan. I believe that it is compatible with 1.09N but I literally have no idea if it works with SL or not as I do not have Overscan myself. Sorry. <BOB-BRODIE> Nathan, I've had visitors in my office on and off during the CO, so my apologies if my question was already asked. Garry says Hi, BTW. Would you please comment on the various color boards that are available (or that are known to be in development) and their compatibility with Calamus SL? IE Crazy Dots, Matrix, etc. Any specific recommendations? What capabilities are available for our users ie rez, colors, etc. <[Nathan] ISD> I have just been told that Overscan works with Calamus SL. Hi Bob. Hi to Garry. I am personally aware of the Leonardo from Jay Craswell, the Crazy Dots board represented by Gribnif, the ISAC/AlberTT combo by Jay again I believe, the Matrix cards and the Cybercube cards. I cannot imagine any of those products NOT working with Calamus SL and have personally seen both the Matrix, the ISAC and the Cybercube Sunrise up and working. One of my close associates just /sent me a note stating Calamus SL has been tested and performs nicely on the Crazy Dots board as well. Calamus SL has 24 bit color built-in. It will handle any variation of same without a hitch. I do recommend that if anyone starts doing serious color work, both on screen and output that they either purchase a TT or an accelerator board like the TURBO 030 from Jim or Dave's SST. <BOB-BRODIE> Thanks, that pretty well covers it. Congratulations, Nathan! <[Martha] M.DYCUS> I have the very first version of Calamus released. Can I upgrade or do I have to start over? I don't remember the version #. <[Nathan] ISD> Ringo just informed me that he is about to receive a Leonardo board so he will test Calamus SL with it shortly. Hi Martha. You can certainly upgrade and I strongly recommend that you do. From the initial release of 1.04 to 1.09.6 we never even charged to update. 1.09N cost $30. So, you can go from whatever you have to 1.09N for $30.00 or directly to Calamus SL for $230.00. <[Martha] M.DYCUS> Great!!!...Thanks! <[Sysop] JEFF.W> With that, we'll draw a close to tonight's RTC featuring Nathan Potechin and Calamus SL. Nathan, do you have any closing remarks and or prepared texts that you haven't uploaded yet? :-) <[Nathan] ISD> Hmmmm let me check .... :-) I would just like to take this opportunity once again to thank everyone that has supported us over the years and a sincere thank you for attending this evening and listening to what one die-hard Atari Developer has to offer. :-) Thank you. <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Many thanks to Nathan for his generosity of time and for the giveaways. Thanks, Nathan. And thanks to all who attended and participated. Remember, next week is the Fast Technology RTC with Jim Allen. You DTP folks might like accelerating your DTP workstation! :-) Thanks again everyone. P.S. The Leonard Tramiel RTC is coming...March 25th! ======================================================================= (C)1992 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari Roundtables. May be reprinted only with this notice intact. The Atari Roundtables on GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation. ======================================================================= > The Flip Side STR Feature "...a different viewpoint.." ========================= A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT ================================== by Michael Lee ---------------- A tip from Sheldon Winick (Computer Studio) - Cat. 14, Topic 40, Msg 235 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... For those of you who haven't see Bob Dobbs picture in Atari's character set, here's how to get it: With any text editor that will display Atari graphic characters (Flash's capture buffer will do just fine)... Hold down the SHIFT and the CONTROL keys while you press the comma (,) key. Then hold down the CONTROL key while you press the equals (=) key. Press RETURN to go the next line. Then hold down the CONTROL key and press the six (6) key And then (while still holding down the CONTROL key) the minus (-) key. There he is! ---------------- Some info about the ST Book from Mark Jansen - Cat 14, Topic 30, Msg 154 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I was talking with Tracy Hall, designer of the ST Book, and I have a correction to my earlier message -- adding a backlight 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 backlight 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 backlight 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. Question from R.WILSON36... Just a thought, which I am sure has come up before. IF Atari wants the book to sell to non Atari owners (which hopefully they do or they will not sell many) it would be nice if there was built in software to pass files to a PC and also if there were such items as a word pro and calendar and spreadsheet on the hard drive. I saw in Byte where one of the Japanese companies showed a 2.2 pound full keyboard and full screen unit at the Tokyo show. The price was not bad, no hard drive, sort of like a giant portfolio. Answer from John (Atari Corp.) Townsend... The machine does have file transfer software built in. It will also ship with a Desk Accessory Calculator and a Calendar Application that will keep track of important events, phone numbers, notes, etc. I understand that we will have PC transfer software that will talk to the STBook's transfer software soon. ---------------- About Computer Third Reich - Cat 9, Topic 4, Msg 1, 6-11 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I just purchased Computer Third Reich for the ST. It's a terrific simulation war game for the computer. It is also a faithful re- creation of the old board game 3 Reich.... As the name implies it is a World War II (European Theater) simula- tion. It based on the old board war game which is about 20 years old. The map covers all of Europe and North Africa and the units are corps size, the turns are 3 months game time. One or two players, game save feature, several scenarios. Lots of fun for us old war gamers starved for this kind of game!! From Tom McComb... There is a full page ad for it in the March issue of Computer Gaming World. Avalon Hills 800 order line is 800-999-3222. The game is only $34.95 plus shipping. If you don't already own the board game, you might want to order a copy of the rules to the board game version too, it explains things in much more detail than the computer edition of the rules. A copy is only $5. They also sell something called a Gamers Guide for Third Reich that is $8. I have no idea what's in that. The cat number for the ST version of 3rd Reich is 45958. It requires 512K ram (min), double sided drive and color monitor (it's in med res.) Single sided disks available upon request. Comments from Chuck Davis... It does have problems 1) I doesn't run with or from my hard drive. 2) It doesn't allow for you to quit the game back to the desktop. It requires a reboot. 3) For 3rd Reich players it's missing Beach heads. Invasion hexes don't stack any differently from other hexes. The Axis minors are set up at home in 44 scenario not on the front. And axis minor builds are built in Germany which can be a problem. 4) The Computer AI is abysmal. It is still a good simulation of 2 player 3rd Reich (the manual needs help bigtime, especially if you don't already know 3rd Reich. It is still worth buying. Comments from Ted Evans... Just got the game 2-day. Went over to my brother's (bought 2-games BTW) and played it, awesome. He has an 1040STfm with a 2.5 meg upgrade. Everything worked fine. Came home fired up my STe 4mb and I get to the 1st map screen where the computer moves and 1-move and locksville... Freeze time... Reboot same thing.... Bare machine.. Same thing.... Oh woe is me..... Anyone else having problems? I hope its not my STe? This machine has so many problems with games, shudda kept my old plain vanilla 1040! Maybe I just got a bad disk huh? I am depressed... Was gonna play the game ALL day 2-morrow...:-( More comments from Tom McComb... Same here... I have a 4Meg STE and it only runs up to the point where it asks for the copy protection "word". Locks Solid.... Help from Ted Evans... Just got off the phone with a Mr. John Huff of Avalon Hill Game Company. It seems that THIRD REICH *WILL NOT* run on machines with TOS 1.6 or higher...That is why the game ran on my brothers 1.2 1040, and not my STe... According to him they just found out about it! He promised a fix in a couple of weeks... It's a shame, I played it on my brothers machine and it is super..Just like the board game with a couple of exceptions. I am so depressed, I'm just sitting here looking at the box... He offered a refund but I'm willing to wait awhile.... Sooo, you higher TOSer's may want to hold off for a couple of weeks before you buy the game.. I'm telling you, it will be worth the wait... Just thought I try and save some of you a little aggravation. ---------------- Comments about the Zoom V32 Turbo modem from Gerry Cross - Cat 8, Topic 10, Msg 48 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I recently purchased a Zoom V32 Turbo modem. I may have made a mistake. That old saying that if the price was too good to be true, it usually isn't come to mind here. After only a couple weeks of use I'm having nothing but problems. I though this was just an isolated case, but several messages on the local FidoNet tells me that several other users are having the same problems. This modem is being sold for around $300 from several sources. For a high speed modem this sure is a good price, but you had better buy it from a dealer who will not give you a bad time if yours is defective. ---------------- About the TinyTurbo 030 board - Cat 4, Topic 11, Msg. 228 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Question from GUNNER... So what's up with TinyTurbo 030??? Got a press release coming soon?? I certainly hope so... Getting ready to start selling of STuff to afford an accelerator for the second ST and TinyTurbo has my interest up... Answer from Jim Allen (Fast Tech)... ...I'll give you a sneak peek. The Tiny will be available for the ST (520,1040,Mega) and a second PCboard layout will be available for the STE/MegaSTE. The list price will be $999, but we will have a VERY attractive introductory price...limited time...of $LESS!!! It will be a 40Mhz unit, running at 40, 42, perhaps even 46Mhz standard!! Will have a spot for the 68882 with separate oscillator, and will have a Virtual Memory option which includes an upgrade to a 50Mhz 030. This design has been in circulation for a year, and has been thoroughly debugged, as a subset of the Turbo030 board. The official blurb comes out this week, and we have an RTC coming up in a couple weeks to talk about it. ---------------- More on the new SM147 monitor - From R.BROWN30 - Cat 4, Topic 15, Msg 48 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... SM124 Blues can be cured forever with the new SM147, made by Quadrant Components in California. FULLY adjustable screen size (to 7 1/2 " H x 9 3/4" W, or 12" diagonal measure when tweaked to full screen height). This is 180% larger than a stock SM124 screen. Full brightness, contrast, image height, horizontal phase (left/right positioning), focus, and subcarrier brightness controls provided. AMAZING BRIGHTNESS: It is "Paper White", measuring 2 f-stops (via professional photographic meter) BRIGHTER than max brightness (measuring "white") on an SM124. That's 400% BRIGHTER, folks. The only caveat: the SM147's manual reveals the truth - it's an IBM Super VGA monochrome monitor... and remember, without spending the dollars for sound, IBM's are generally SILENT, save for the annoying "beep" tone in the CPU case. What does this mean? The SM147 has _no_ volume control, and therefore, _no_ speaker! It makes no noise! I have to attest: this was surprising, and took as much time to get used to as it took to type this sentence. Goodbye, SM124, and rest in peace. The SM147 ushers in a new age for Atari Monochrome. Dealers should price it from about $210-$230, maybe more, maybe less, but it will change the way you view your ST forever. I have a 147 and a 124 on simultaneously (2 machines), and every time you stop to look.... WOW! What a DIFFERENCE! ---------------- Why are we limited to 4-meg? Cat 14, Topic 14, Msg 316 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Question from Gerald Nelson I just saw an add for a Mac powerbook 100 which uses the 16mhz 68000 it stated that its ram was expandable to 8 meg, since the Mega STe uses the same processor is it possible for it to also access 8 meg of ram? Or are there a couple different versions of the 16 mhz 68000 which allow different access amounts. Answer from John Townsend (Atari)... It isn't the CPU that limits the amount of memory in your system. It is the Memory Management Unit or MMU for short. This chip is designed to handle a maximum of 4 Megabytes. ---------------- Comments and questions about the T25 accelerator from Fast Tech - Cat 4, Topic 11, Msg 231-232 From Tim Rosenquist... I just got the T25 installed and running. What a speed demon! A great blast for the buck. So far there have been no problems and Notator works perfectly as well. This is one very impressed Canadian. A couple of questions before I go. First, is the Cache option on the board valid? If so, can the Cache be toggled off and on like the 8Mhz mode? Notator will apparently run on an accelerated system without a Cache, so I would like to give that a try. Secondly, is there enough power coming off of the 8Mhz switch line to drive a LED? I'm thinking of putting a Turbo light in;-) What is the status on switching modes, still best only on reset? If the Cache option is viable, I will probably hook that into the Yamaha chip, I have the 8Mhz on a toggle switch. Answer from Jim Allen (Fast Tech)... Tim, I'd put the 8Mhz on the Yamaha, it allows on-the-fly controller, also if you want an LED, you need to connect a 4.7K res to VCC, connect the other end to the LED and to the "S", connect the other end of the LED to ground, this way when you're in 25Mhz mode, the LED has VCC on it, but when you switch to 8Mhz mode the VCC on the LED is shorted out so there's 0 volts across it. That will work. The cache control on these is only for manufacturing test, I don't recommend it for anything but emergencies...like getting past the sub- 4Meg memory test in Spectre. Otherwise don't diddle it. The next rev of the T2x will handle the cache on/off differently and do what you want. ---------------- From Oscar at PDC - Cat 8, Topic 19, Msg 144 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Ok, everyone, just wanted to let you know that we have not abandoned Stealth, in fact, we've been setting up groundwork for the new version. It WILL be supported -- it's not a dead product. Right now, we'd like everyone to post bugs (if you've already posted please do so again with the following info: 1. the bug, 2. what did you do to see it, 3. your system type) and recommendations. These will be taken care of shortly. ---------------- Question about the 68010 - Cat 4, Topic 16, Msgs 237-239 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Question from Rob Glover... I was thinking... what would happen if I were to plug a 16MHz 68010 into my AdSpeed? Answer from DOUG.W... Using TOS 1.62 or later, it would stand a fairly good chance of working except for the fact that 68010s have never been made for 16 MHz. You might also run into some software incompatibilities, and the speed increase with a 68010 is very minimal. Answer from John Townsend (Atari)... I doubt that it would work.. depending on what TOS version you have. ---------------- About the Stereo Reply cartridge - From Gordon Moore - Cat 10, Topic 6, Msg. 12 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I recently purchased a Stereo Replay cartridge and I have to say I am pretty disappointed in it. Having no local dealer I had to buy it sight unseen. The first piece of documentation I find in the package is a note stating that they put the input/output sticker on backward, and if I want a correct one to contact the company. The manual looks as if it was photocopied and stapled together, and for some reason is in three booklets (maybe the stapler couldn't handle all of the pages?). One picture is unreadable.... one has to wonder why they even bothered to put it in. It has good information in spots, but other portions are cryptic and don't really explain what all of the menu options do. It does work, although their claim of "STE Support" seems pretty close to false advertising. It can't record at the STE frequency, and it can't convert from a Stereo Replay frequency to a DMA frequency (at least I haven't been able to get it to. It will let you play it back over the DMA chip, but of course it sounds like a 45 rpm record played at 33. I was also disappointed that it could not do real-time effects, such as applying echo as you record. I saw a Digisound cartridge which could do this and was really impressed. And, maybe it's just me, but the software seems incredibly slow. It may be because I'm running with 4 megs, but it looks like some optimization could be done somewhere. But, it is the only digitizer I've seen that can do stereo digitization, so I am writing a program to get around the STE problem. It will convert from any sample rate to any other sample rate you choose, in stereo or mono. Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine" is pretty awesome playing on the STE when booting up in stereo... ---------------- About Diamond Back from Bob Luneski - Cat 2, Topic 42, Msg 71 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... The current version is V2.42. I will be posting patch files to patch V2.41 & V2.41a to V2.42. Otherwise upgrades from earlier versions are: From Version Upgrade fee V2.20 and above $10+$2 S&H V2.11 or earlier $15+$2 S&H includes new manual ---------------- Coming up on Computer Chronicles - From P.LOUIE1 - Cat 14, Topic 3, Msg. 168 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I saw the MIDI episode and the first feature of the show was Atari at NAMM. They showed Notator 3.1, Digital Master, the Hotz Box and other stuff that I can't remember right now. They interviewed Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac. I don't remember any other familiar faces except Chester Thompson, drummer for Genesis and Phil Collins. They didn't show any Atari people though. I couldn't tape the show here because the local cable company doesn't carry the channel that shows the Computer Chronicles. (My VCR is hooked up to cable) Ron: The MIDI show will be on the next episode. ---------------- Question from Ken Vandellen - Cat 14, Topic 32, Msgs 142-143 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I saw a message elsewhere in this category regarding TOS on disk being illegal and possibly a source of problems. I have a MEGA STE, and I like to use Maps and Legends from ANTIC (I wrote a review of it that made the cover of an educational magazine a few years ago), but it needs TOS 1.0 or whatever the first TOS on ROM was. That TOS was originally released on disk, and I wonder if it would be legal and possible for me to use it on disk to run this program. Or is there a better way? Or do I need to ask somewhere else? Answer from John Townsend (Atari)... I don't think TOS on disk (older versions) would even work on your MegaSTE. The hardware is more than a little different. The correct solution is to have the author of the program update the program so that it works correctly. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be possible in this case. I wish I had an answer for you. ---------------- Until next week..... """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= As a reader of STReport International Online Magazine, you are entitled to take advantage of a special DELPHI membership offer. For only $29.95 ($20 off the standard membership price!), you will receive a lifetime subscrip- tion to DELPHI, a copy of the 500-page DELPHI: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE and over $14 worth of free time. NOTE: Special offers can be found in your favorite Atari magazines: START CURRENT NOTES ST INFORMER ATARI INTERFACE MAGAZINE SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN -- DELPHI -------------- 1. Dial 617-576-0862 with any terminal or PC and modem (at 2400 bps, dial 576-2981). 2. At the Username prompt, type JOINDELPHI. 3. 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And of course, other restrictions may apply. But this is still an amazing deal! For more information, contact DELPHI at 1-800-544-4005 and ask for Member Services. DELPHI- It's getting better all the time! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > MIHOCKA SHOUTS BACK STR SOUND OFF "'Setting the record Straight" ================================= GEMULATOR IS REAL! ================== From CIS -------- Hi. It seems that in my absence over the last few months a lot of people have sent me email about Gemulator and there are also a few bogus rumors flying around about it. So why don't I clear things up. If you have any questions about Gemulator, ask them here and you'll get a reply right from the horse's mouth. First of all, I ran out of the newsletters that I started distributing at the Chicago show. I am preparing a new newsletter now, which gives more accurate information. Since the Chicago show, Gemulator has become functional. Most ST software already runs, including AUTO folder software that takes over vectors like Quick ST. The first public demo of Gemulator will be on April 4th and 5th at the ACE show in Toronto. Drop by the Branch Always Software booth and touch and see Gemulator for yourself. I even invite people to bring their favorite ST software to try out. The Toronto show will decide the future of Gemulator. Like I said, a lot of people have expressed interest in Gemulator, but before I go and spend a lot of money to market a product I want to make sure people will actually buy it. So please, if you can, come to the Toronto show and check it out. If you would like to be put on the mailing list to get the next newsletter, send PRIVATE email to account 73657,2714 here on Compuserve and you'll be added to the list. If you don't hear anything for a few weeks, don't worry. I just read email, capture it to a buffer and merge it into a mailing list. I don't reply to each email. You should expect to get the newsletter before the Toronto show. And to settle any rumors, Gemulator is not vaporware. I have already demo'ed it to other ST developers. It exists. it works. It runs software at full speed or faster than full speed on a 486 based machine. On a 386 based machine it's slightly slower but you can make up for that by running, what else, Quick ST! In side by side comparisons, a PC running Gemulator looks and feels like an Atari ST. At the Toronto show I will have a side-by-side comparison set up, so again, drop by and take a look! Darek Mihocka ____________________________________________________ > TAF UPDATES STR SHOW NEWS Big doin's going on here! ========================= NEW PROGRAMS AND HARDWARE TO DEBUT AT ACE 92 ============================================ The Atari Canadian Exposition, ACE '92, to be held in Toronto on April 4th and 5th, will be the site of a number of new programs for the Atari computer, as well as the first time users in North America will get to see new Atari hardware and peripherals that have long been under development. Although specific details are not presently available, Atari has long promised that any new hardware that will be shown at the upcoming CEBIT Show in Hannover Germany (which opens on March 11) will also be shown in Toronto. Atari has not yet released specific details of what that will include, but at a February 20th meeting of the Toronto Atari Federation, both Atari Canada General Manager Geoff Earle and Atari U.S. Director of Communications Bob Brodie indicated that there will be exciting new computer products to be shown. One definite star will be the Atari ST Notebook, a small laptop computer with a 40 meg harddrive and an estimated battery life of ten hours on a single charge. One was available at the recent TAF meeting for users to try out, and it created great excitement. But Atari won't be the only company making announcements and demonstrating new developments at ACE '92. ISD Marketing will host a workshop at which features of the new Calamus SL will be not only demonstrated but taught, and FLASH II, the long-awaited communications program will be available for purchase, as well as being the subject of demonstrations. ABC Solutions promises that not only will they have upgrades for First Word Plus and Timeworks Desktop Publisher, they will be releasing a new CAD program by a local Toronto developer. Darek Mihocka will be present to demonstrate his long-discussed GEMulator, the program that will let Atari programs run on DOS-based machines, and Dragonware will be showing (and selling) an internal battery modification for the STacy. Additionally, this new company in the field of software development will be showing off 5 programs, including one that manages GDOS and FSM-GDOS set-up. Joppa has hinted that they will have a new program, as has WizWorks, and Fair Dinkum has definitely announced it will have Cryptographer ready for public demonstration and distribution. Dorothy Brumleve, rightfully famous for her children's productivity programs, has announced that MULTIPLAY, a brand new program of "Math Exploration, Discovery, and Practice" will make its debut at ACE '92. A math program for ages 5-11, it is adaptable to the child's age and ability, and features games, drills and puzzles. Additionally, there will be an upgrade for KidPublisher to version 6.4. (The upgrade will be FREE to those who bought 6.1 at the last TAF Show in 1990.) Clear Thinking will not only have EdHak 2.3, but will have Metapsychology Primer available. And speaking of new things, Advantage, the new Atari magazine, will not only have 6 subscriptions available as door prizes, 1,000 copies of the new publication will be available at no charge to the first 500 people entering the show each day. Press releases and announcements are still coming in, but ACE '92 seems to be the place to make announcements and show off what Atari developers and creators have been doing over the winter. To see what's new and exciting in the world of Atari computers, ACE '92 is obviously the place to be! PRIZES, PRIZES EVERYWHERE ========================= ACE '92, the Atari Canadian Exposition to be held in Toronto on April 4th and 5th, will not only feature the latest in software and hardware, demonstrations and training sessions, but those who attend will walk away with thousands of dollars in prizes and awards. All who purchase an admission ticket to either day of the Exposition and submit a filled out stub will be eligible for Door Prizes throughout the day they are attending. Although a complete list of door prizes is not available at this time, prizes will include software, hardware and a wide range of accessories. A sample of the kinds of prizes available includes four copies of the Essentials Set, a 5-disk collection of accessories and programs that all ST Users should have, from the TAF library. And once each day, a full year's membership in TAF will be awarded. A hard disk has been donated by ABCO Computer Consultants in Florida. Dorothy Brumleve has donated a copy of KidPublisher Professional, and Sudden Inc. is offering four copies of the student version of Sudden View. A Lynx II game and cartridge is the gift of Click Here, and Mission Software is providing copies of Flash II, Printer Initializer, and lottODDS, a lottery selection program. Fair Dinkum's Crossword Creator II, Word Search Creator, and Cryptographer will be given away, as will EdHak 2.3 and Metapsychology Primer. The list goes on. Besides making the entrant eligible for Door Prizes, each filled out stub will also be part of the Grand Prize Draw, the last event of ACE '92. The Grand Prize package is a complete computer set-up, including: 1) a Mega2 STe with a 50 meg hard drive and mono monitor, contributed by Atari Canada. 2) a Stow-A-Way computer table, a 30"x42" computer desk with a height adjustable base that fold for storage and an adjustable stool. Donated by Pi Precision Importing Inc. 3) The new Calamus SL, the outstanding Desk Top Publishing Program for the Atari. Donated by ISD The ACE Talent Show is a featured event that will let Atari users display their creative skills in Graphics and the field of music and MIDI. From those demonstrating and performing on Saturday, April 4th, 3 finalists will be chosen in each division. They will be invited to attend the Gala Banquet on Saturday evening as guests of Atari Canada, and will again present their creations to the assembled banquet guests. A special panel of judges will then award the three prizes in each division: 1st Place - $700 Gift certificate and one year membership in the Toronto Atari Federation (TAF). 2nd Place - $200 Gift certificate and 10 disks from the TAF Library. 3rd Place - $100 Gift Certificate and 5 disks from TAF Library. One of the Games Areas that promises to be busy throughout both days of ACE '92 is the LYNX CHALLENGE, where dedicated games players will compete against the computer, and where each day's high score will win a complete LYNX system, including AC Adapter and a selection of cartridges. All proceeds from the LYNX CHALLENGE as well as the GAMES TESTING AREA go to support Sick Children's Hospital, so in this area, truly everybody wins! ACE '92 is co-hosted by the Toronto Atari Federation, a volunteer computer club. Over 100 volunteers will donate their time and energy to make this exposition and all its many activities take place, and Atari Canada has established a special prize for which only volunteers are eligible. All who work at least one shift for ACE '92 will be entered in a special draw for a 1040 ST with a color monitor that will be awarded just prior to the Grand Prize Draw on Sunday evening. For an up to date list of those attending, exhibitor kits, display advertising rates, Talent Show entry forms or any other ACE information, contact ACE '92, c/o Toronto Atari Federation, 5334 Yonge St, Suite 1527, Willowdale, ON M2N 6M2. For faster response, call Paul Collard, Exhibit and Volunteer Coordinator (416) 477-2085, or John R. Sheehan, SJ, TAF President, (416) 926-1518. GEnie J.Sheehan14. TAF BBS: (416) 235-0318, TAF InfoLine and Voice Message: (416) 425-3537. _______________________________________________________ > DONATIONS BY ATARI STR FOCUS Interesting comments about donations ============================ ATARI DONATIONS =============== Compiled from Posts on the ST Roundtable on Genie By Lloyd E. Pulley, Senior Staff Editor All posts are from Cat 11 and Topic 5... From Steve Johnson... I've always found it strange that Atari hasn't/doesn't donated any machines to ANYONE (well, maybe a FEW). The only one's I know of are a small handful that have been awarded as door prizes or prizes to contests...and the recent Keyboard giveaway in which they're giving away 4 systems (Boy! Do I WANT that TT!!). Anyway, it would be nice if Atari could donate some systems to schools and for various other things such as the BCS "Resource Center." Reply from D.A. Brumleve (Kidprgs)... Actually, not a lot of brouhaha is associated with it, Steve, but Atari _does_ indeed donate computers to worthy individuals and institutions. Our neighborhood school was given 9 of their 11 STs courtesy of Atari. One of my school customers is a teacher who was given a Mega. There was an article in STart about a college to which Atari donated STs. With such a low profit margin on their hardware, Atari has to be careful about making such donations wildly, but they do indeed donate. I would urge anyone interested in pursuing such a possible donation (or a reduced price or other assistance) on behalf of a worthy organization to write to Sam Tramiel. What's the worst thing that could happen? Well, he might say "no, sorry". No different result than if you hadn't written. What's the best? Your wish might come true! Reply from John Cole... While Atari may not donate machines too freely, they do support important events! I am happy to say that Atari donated a Mega 2 STE w/HD to the Huntsville Atari User Group for a door prize at the 1992 IEEE fair this past weekend. Atari supported us 100%!!! Banners, Flyers, and most importantly Ralph Rodriguez of the Atari SVR4 Unix group WITH his Unix machine! All of the credit MUST go to Bob Brodie for his unending help in getting this for our fair. Again we had the Largest display of over 100 Companies and had a good time showing off Atari computers. Our new local dealer was very impressed with Atari's support and the level of enthusiasm in our user group. Don't be too surprised if the Boston UG is able to get a computer from Atari for the Resource Center! Atari is doing many thing right recently and I think you will really see a change in atari's view of the US market. From Jeff.W (ST sysop)... A few years ago, there was an article in one of the ST magazines (it may have been Analog or ST-Log...or maybe not) about how a physically challenged gentleman was earning his livelihood at home using his ST computer and doing desktop publishing for others. I believe that Atari donated a hard disk drive to him. It's not prudent to make unwarranted assumptions about things just because you haven't heard any facts pertaining to the subject. These kind of donations are not the kind of thing that a company should be issuing press releases about and tooting their own horn over how good they are. Naturally, you're not going to see much, if any, coverage about such things. That is as it should be. The BCS situation might be a very good place to install some Atari systems and this upcoming show might be the ideal occasion to do it. I wonder if anyone from BCS has suggested this to Atari previously? Reply from John Townsend (Atari)... Well, it would be nice to donate machines to every worthy cause, but there are far too many worthy causes out there! Me for example! <grin> Each case is considered individually. We have donated to quite a few organizations in the past. PS. Trivia Note: Did you know that there are some STs in the California Prison System for use by Prisoners. I used to get a lot of mail in Technical Support from Prisoners who were learning to write programs in ST Basic. Interesting, eh? Reply from Bob Brodie (Atari)... Atari always gets far more solicitations for donations that we could possibly respond to. Sometime, simply because of the huge volume of mail that we have, things slip through the cracks. In the case of BCS, I personally visited the BCS Resource Center a little over a year ago. While seeing that many computers in one place was impressive, I was disappointed in the fashion that they were displayed. Elie Kenan stopped by briefly, and shared my view. However, I'm told that BCS has moved, and the resource center has changed dramatically. So, we'll have another look at it this year. _________________________________________________________ > D.A.BRUMLEVE - NEW GOODIES! STR InfoFile "..absolutely new product.." ======================================== compiled from: GEnie ST RT D.A. Brumleve will debut a completely, absolutely new product at the Atari Canadian Exposition on April 4th and 5th: MULTIPLAY """"""""" MATH EXPLORATION, DISCOVERY, AND PRACTICE MULTIPLAY is a math program for ages 5-11, list price: US$40. Although it has rote drill components, it's a rote drill program the likes of which the world has never seen! MULTIPLAY is unique in the freedom of choice given to children, its open-endedness, and in its opportunities for creative thinking and expression. Using MULTIPLAY, children internalize math concepts while discovering those concepts for themselves. Built-in, self- motivating games help children commit math facts to memory. Like a deck of cards, MULTIPLAY also serves as a tool for playing games invented by the children who use it. Like all commercial kidprgs, MULTIPLAY can be configured to meet a child's current needs, and the configuration can be changed as the child grows in skill and confidence. Parents and teachers can decide whether a child will work with multiplication, addition, or both -- and whether the elements 0-9, 0-19, or 0-29 will be involved in the child's equations. There's even a choice of the symbol to be used for the multiplication operator! Children choose their own game questions and can even make their own pictures for a puzzle game. This program is stimulating and challenging for the beginner and the math wizard alike! The mathematician in your child will *love* this program! KIDPUBLISHER PROFESSIONAL VERSION 6.4 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" A Desktop Publishing Program for Young Writers We'll also be offering an upgrade to KIDPUBLISHER PROFESSIONAL at the show! At the 1990 TAF Atari Users Convention, we sold version 6.1 of this program. Shortly thereafter, a major upgrade became available (6.2), and it is this version that has been sold ever since. 6.2 added a number of features, including: * 10-page documents (this option requires a 1040 or greater) * ability to scroll through pictures, fonts, fill patterns in sequential or reverse order * LOAD option * Installation Program to allow parents and teachers to choose options appropriate to the child's needs * automatic provision of an appropriate autobooter for your ST * improvement of the already kid-friendly interface * full support of International and UK keyboards * memory-handling enhancements Our new upgrade, 6.4, adds two more oft-requested features: * mirror-imaging function on the drawing screen for horizontal or vertical mirroring or both * date on the title page in US or European format * additional memory-handling improvements Version 6.4 will be given *free* (at the show *only*) to our Canadian friends who purchased it at the TAF ATARI USERS CONVENTION IN 1990! (We know who you are...You don't have to bring your disk to qualify!) KIDPUBLISHER PROFESSIONAL version 6.4 has a list price of US$40. Version 6.4 will also be available for purchase by those few who don't yet have the earlier versions! We'll be offering our complete line of commercial programs with a special discount for purchasers of 2 or more items. All kidprgs require any color ST/STe. We've learned how to cope with cross- the-border MasterCard and VISA charges, so you can use that plastic with confidence! We're out to show North America that the ST is *the* computer of choice for use with young children! The Atari Canadian Exposition is the computer show of choice for kids, too! *Don't* leave those young'uns at home! For more information contact: D.A. Brumleve "Creative Applications for a Child's World" 607 West Illinois ST. Urbana, Il. 61801 1-217-337-1937 GEnie: D.A.BRUMLEVE -=- CIS: 71451,1141 ____________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Judith Hamner 72257,271 The prolific Don Thomas has a new crop of graphics animations for us. Each uses Don Messerli's software tools to create a self-running .com file. LIVE.ZIP is the logo for the T2/Live Home Video, another Terminator tie-in. There is a humorous theme this week. HP.ZIP pokes fun at the competition by showing an HP95LX being smashed. LIPS.ZIP is for those who want to impress their friends. Finally is the triple X-rated XXX.ZIP. If you liked the Portfolio flight simulator, you'll love this one. NUTIPS.ADR is a database of information for new users of the Portfolio. The file is in address book format so you can keep it handy. Everyone is invited to contribute their own tips. PFICON.ZIP contains a few Windows 3 icons which depict the Portfolio. These can be used for your Port-related PC programs. There have been requests for a compilation of the files in the forum libraries. FILES.TXT contains an alphabetical listing. There is also a compressed file FILLST.ZIP which lists the files in short form alphabetically. In order to unzip FILLST.ZIP you will need to download PK193.EXE. This is a pre-release version of the latest update. PA10.TXT is issue #10 of Portable Addiction magazine. ______________________________________________________________ > MIST STR SHOW NEWS MID-INDIANA SHOW DATES SET... ================== MIST Atarifest IV ================= Mid-Indiana ST (MIST) is pleased to announce confirmed dates for their fourth annual Atarifest, to be held on Saturday, July 25, 1992. The show will run from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. MIST Atarifest IV will continue to build on the successful formula of our previous three shows. MIST Atarifest IV will be held in the same quality location as last year's show, the Castleway Conference Center at 6385 Castleplace Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana. This air-conditioned and fully carpeted location on the north side of Indianapolis has ample parking and is close to several major highways, many fine restaurants and hotels, and the largest mall in Indianapolis. MIST Atarifest IV will be an excellent opportunity for you to buy and sell hardware and software. Public admission to the fest will be $3.00 and will include a raffle ticket to win one of the many hardware and software items donated by attending vendors and developers. Additional raffle tickets will available for purchase. Last year over 50 items were given away. Vendors may purchase booths (8' x 8') at $50.00 each. User groups may purchase booths for $10.00 each. There will be a limit on the number of user group booths available. Plans are underway to offer seminars as well as our ever popular Midi-maze and Lynx tournaments. Last year over 500 individuals and 30 vendors attended MIST Atarifest III. We anticipate similar success this year. Packets will be going out in the next month with more information detailing MIST Atarifest IV. However, if you wish more information now or want to insure display space at this year's show, contact Dan Ward via GEnie (D.WARD10) or give him a call at (317) 254-0031. We look forward to seeing you on July 25, 1992! ___________________________________________________________________ > STACY BATTERY! STR InfoFile "..two part upgrade for the Stacy.." =========================== compiled from: GEnie ST RT DRAGONWARE SOFTWARE INC announces the STACY INTERNAL BATTERY! This two part upgrade for the stacy is 2.2 pounds! The "Dragon Battery kit" will include a dealer installed cable and jack and one 2.2 amp hour battery. On a stock Stacy this will give over two hours of use on one charge. The kit also includes a fast charge option that will charge the battery in about two to three and a half hours while you use the computer or sit it on a shelf. If you use the standard Stacy power jack the battery will be kept at top charge at all times after an initial fourteen hour slow charge or a quick charge! The Dragon Battery Kit will have an SRP of $94.95. The Dragon Battery alone will have an MSRP of $74.95 For more information on the Dragon Battery kit for the Atari Stacy write: DragonWare Software Inc. P.O. Box 1719 Havre MT 59501-1719 406-265-9609 _________________________________________________________ > STraight FAX! STR InfoFile "...new send/receive FAX program.." ========================== compiled from: GEnie ST RT JOPPA SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PRODUCT UPGRADE ANNOUNCEMENT From C.S. Smeton The new send/receive FAX program from Joppa Software Development, titled: "STraight FAX!", will work with Class 2 compliant send/receive FAX modems and SendFAX modems (in send only mode). We will be premiering this product at the TAF show in Toronto on April 4-5, 1992. Also, we have been tentatively scheduled for an Online GEnie conference on Wednesday, March 25, 1992 at 10:00 PM in the ST Roundtable. The FAX/modems that we have tested so far are the new Supra 2400/9600 and the Zoom 2400/9600 FAX/modems.The Supra 9600/9600 and 14400/14400 FAX modems should also work when they are released. We will be posting a list of known modems that work with our software, as the list grows. The thing to check out is the manufacturer of the chip set and the revision of the firmware, while there are only a few chip manufacturers actually making the chips and firmware, there are many FAX/modem manufacturers that use these chip sets. The Zoom and Supra FAX/modems that we have tested use various chip sets and firmware available from Rockwell. Sierra chip sets should also work with out any problems. Here is what anyone can do to see if a FAX/Modem is compatible with our software: From a terminal program at 2400 baud... Type: AT+FMFR? (followed by a carriage return) The response will indicate the chip manufacturer. Type: AT+FREV? (followed by a carriage return) To determine the firmware revision. Type: AT+FMDL? (followed by a carriage return) To determine the modem model Type: AT+FCLASS=? (followed by a carriage return) to determine what protocol Classes the FAX/modem supports. If the response is: 0,2 Then the modem supports Class 2 0,1 Then the modem supports Class 1 0,1,2 The modem supports Class 1 & 2 Currently STraight FAX! does not support Class 1, but support for these FAX/modems may be added if there is sufficient demand. Most new FAX/modems will support Class 2. You can also type: ATI4 (followed by a carriage return) To determine the manufacturer. Also if the response to any of the above is ERROR, then the modem does not support the feature that is being checked. Anyone can send the terminal program buffer capture of the above typed commands to our GEnie mail address (JOPPA-SOFT) and we will attempt to determine if the modem is supported. Joppa Software Development. _____________________________________________________ > DATABASE? STR FOCUS Where is THAT file? "I don't know !" =================== WHERE DID I PUT THAT DARN THING =============================== by Bruno D. Puglia I am going to provide information on an alternative to Mr. Helms' database filing system (STR 8.06). I have a few comments I would like to make first. Mr. Helms' DATABASE information made very made interesting reading, but more importantly, rather than it being in a selected category or topic on a service network that you or I may never see, STR presented it to many telecom STR readers. STR provides a good platform for Atarians to come forward and share information with other Atarians. Thanks Ralph ! Having a different reference point from Mr. Helms, I am going to take advantage of the STR platform and attempt to present another alternative for a file system based on the use of carefully selected directory names which I will refer to as Folders. The system is based on the use of folder names in which files are kept. File names and extensions are left intact and your utility and other programs can be used without any alteration. This expanded folder system requires some consideration to be given to folder names and will make use of folder names which are broken up, coded, numbered, setup for sorting, and wildcarding. There are 6 main parts to the system: 1 - Single line cataloging which has normal file information, plus folder/s and disk name on each file line. 2 - Custom coded folder names setup for wildcarding, column sorting and numbered too. 3 - Coded disk names used to indicate the floppy, platter, HD, tape etc. storage device. I refer to this as volume name referencing. 4 - Catalogs can be saved to disk or printed, edited, merged, searched (with multi wildcards or multi textfinds), and lists may be compared in several ways, etc. 5 - You will need support programs like an append/merge, multi-level "SORTER", multi-level TEXTFIND, and program like CAT3 as starters. 6 - Custom programs you write, others have, or might write and release. I will speak about multi-selected drives, multi-Folder/file/EXT wildcarding programing later on. The first problem is to get around folder names which are different than the normal folder names. In my system, Folder names for filing always start with an under_score, "_". I have custom, and PD programs, plus selective wildcarding that do use this "_" as a "hook" to indicate filing or archive folders. The rest of the folder name would carry the information needed to create a custom filing system. Other folder name rules were also set. The folder name should always be normal ASCII characters and be full-length folder names with extensions so the ASCII catalog list/s could be merged and be multi-level column sorted. The disk name reference (3001Dgs2.o15) in the list below may look strange to you because it is my custom "volume name reference" for an ICD tape system. This is NOT part of ICD's tape catalog system. In the catalog below, the files on the tape are all on the same tape, part number, and drive letter. The "+" is also used to show that file is located on a tape archive. The other disk name shown below is the HD 16 meg partition "E". This edited list only shows some of the 'magazine' folder names used in this system, They will give you a general idea of how to create folder names of your own filing system. Filename Bytes Volume name Folder name CAPMID_1.LZH 15167+11/14/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_MX_.213\ DSKAZEEN.LZH 29095+06/13/80<3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_DK_.213\ FEST90 .LZH 9548 01/14/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ GELMP101.LZH 23962+09/25/90 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_GE_.513\ GELMP339.LZH 39980 01/04/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_GE_.513\ GELMP340.LZH 46268 01/17/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_GE_.513\ GLMPR101.LZH 26748+03/30/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_GL_.113\ GLMPR207.DAX 362 02/15/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_GL_.113\ GLMPR207.LZH 22528 02/15/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_GL_.113\ PCR001 .LZH 10660+07/11/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_PC_.753\ PD_Q1_01.LZH 22304+04/14/90 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_MX_.213\ REVIEW .LZH 21892+12/16/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_MX_.213\ STARTMAY.LZH 351363 05/03/90 HARD____.E16 \_MDK_E__.913\ STARTOCT.LZH 249447 08/30/91 HARD____.E16 \_MDK_E__.913\ STR005 .LZH 18405 02/07/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ STR010 .LZH 22054+02/22/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ STR750 .LZH 36042+12/23/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ STR801 .LZH 32894 01/04/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ STR807 .LZH 57688 02/15/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ST_.613\ STZMAG53.LZH 27028+12/25/85 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_ZM_.953\ ZMAG200 .LZH 19923 01/12/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ZM_.953\ ZMAZ030 .LZH 22488+10/12/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_ZM_.953\ ZNET9206.LZH 33431 02/09/92 HARD____.E16 \_MAZ_ZN_.813\ ZNETPC08.LZH 41071+06/08/91 3001Dgs2.o15 \_MAZ_PC_.753\ | name .| | |-----|*| |*| . | | | 00000000111111111122222222223333333333444444444455555555556 12345678012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890 47,48,49 indicate a MAZ and 51-52 the actual magazine. ST = STR etc. Later on, you'll see other folder names. If I had multi-level sorted the list at columns 47-58 and 1-12, I would have a list sorted by folder names 'magazines' STR, GLMP, etc and then the actual Arc_ed or Lzh_ed magazines. You can use various combinations of letters, numbers and the important "_" to indicate archive folders. There must be an overall scheme used when creating the folder names. You should be able to sort by columns but still have a little bit of common sense for the coded folder names. All "ST" for STR magazines, etc. There are hidden features or "tricks" you can create in your system. A scan for extensions of ?13 and ?53 would find all "M"-related files. Below is a SL_CAT (Editor's note: SL_CAT is Mr. Puglia's 'single line catalog program) of some ARC/LZH/SFX files I am going to put on tape. This is an edited list of multi drives, sorted catalog, with a "find" mask of for all _???????.??? folders. The catalog only shows the "_" archive folders and the other files and folders on the drives do not appear in the catalog. A sequence of 27 folders for numbers (#) to Z files does exist in my system, .000 to .026. The first file 144UTIL2.LZH below is in the numbered 0 to 9 folder. Other subject folder names like BAS, GAM, PAS are also shown. The single letter "D" is for PD, "M" is PD and commercial mixed, and "E" is commercial. I should have put "S" for shareware in the original system. I have edited into the cat below some key words for the coded folders names. 'A number' means a file which starts with a number 0 to 9. Key word 144UTIL2.LZH 46604 06/17/91 HARD____.K32 \_____D_1.000\ A number 1STASCII.LZH 12278 10/08/90 HARD____.I19 \_WRD_D__.223\ Word 2DXXCUBE.LZH 13770 09/09/91 HARD____.J32 \_GAM_D__.207\ Games 2JOYSTIX.LZH 3072 03/16/91 HARD____.O16 \_STS_M__.919\ STOS 2_COLUMN.LZH 30350 10/13/90 HARD____.J32 \_BAS_D__.802\ Basic 3REZ .LZH 2894 09/23/91 HARD____.K32 \_____D_1.000\ A number 9600_HYS.LZH 918 02/27/91 HARD____.I19 \_TEL_D__.420\ Telecom A68 .LZH 17501 10/13/90 HARD____.K32 \_LAG_D__.812\ Language ABCD .LZH 18075 01/03/91 HARD____.J32 \_KID_D__.811\ Kids programs ACCOUNTS.LZH 6853 10/13/90 HARD____.L16 \_VIP_M__.322\ VIP ACCS1 .LZH 1095 03/10/91 HARD____.K32 \_____D_A.001\ Letter "A" ADAPTEC2.LZH 1096 02/27/91 HARD____.K32 \_____D_A.001\ Letter "A" ADOBEFNT.LZH 201216 10/04/91 HARD____.O16 \_PS2_M__.576\ Pagestream 2 AIRWAR .LZH 89711 09/08/91 HARD____.J32 \_AIR_D__.401\ Air Warrior ALADOC10.LZH 75519 04/29/91 HARD____.J32 \_GEN_D__.407\ GEnie ALAD_DOC.LZH 84943 10/19/90 HARD____.J32 \_GEN_D__.407\ GEnie ALARM .LZH 2326 01/29/90 HARD____.J32 \_CLK_D__.733\ Clocks AMIGAEML.LZH 22086 11/23/89 HARD____.J32 \_EMU_D__.405\ Emulators AMS2MS .LZH 13176 11/23/89 HARD____.I19 \_MUS_D__.413\ Music ANAT_ECT.LZH 130591 10/19/91 HARD____.L16 \_EDU_E__.305\ Education ANTIBOMB.LZH 12950 11/23/89 HARD____.I19 \_TOS_D__.820\ TOS ARC2LZH2.LZH 7317 09/08/91 HARD____.J32 \_ARC_D__.501\ ARC programs ASTRO .LZH 63685 11/23/89 HARD____.I19 \_PAS_D__.816\ Pascal AUDIOLIB.LZH 23236 11/23/89 HARD____.J32 \_BAS_D__.802\ Basic STSFIX16.LZH 189440 11/03/91 HARD____.O16 \_STS_M__.919\ STOS TINYVW2 .LZH 5111 11/10/90 HARD____.I19 \_TNY_D__.320\ TNY Pix TINY_DOX.LZH 6886 08/01/90 HARD____.I19 \_TNY_D__.320\ TNY Pix UNLZH172.LZH 16058 11/18/90 HARD____.I19 \_LZH_D__.212\ LZH programs UNLZH17D.LZH 722 12/02/90 HARD____.L16 \_LZH_E__.503\ LZH programs UNZIP20 .LZH 11731 12/01/90 HARD____.I19 \_ZIP_D__.426\ ZIP programs USR9600 .LZH 6784 06/26/90 HARD____.I19 \_TEL_D__.420\ Telecom VDU3_MCA.LZH 32401 12/09/90 HARD____.I19 \_VIR_D__.222\ Virus VER_SYS .LZH 19456 04/27/90 HARD____.K32 \_____D_V.022\ Letter "V" VGIF .LZH 69504 11/08/91 HARD____.J32 \_GIF_D__.607\ GIF pix X_WING .LZH 30052 09/24/91 HARD____.J32 \_3D2_D__.200\ 3D2 sequence YARD900P.LZH 498 04/17/90 HARD____.I19 \_RAM_D__.218\ Ram Disk ZIPSHELL.LZH 22016 07/03/91 HARD____.I19 \_ZIP_D__.426\ Zip programs ZOO .LZH 59264 03/22/90 HARD____.I19 \_ZOO_D__.726\ Zoo programs Think about your list of names and allow for expansion or changes. As an example, I did not start with "S" for shareware, just the D, M, or the E. Think about the storage devices you have and the volume names you will use for the disks. DISK____.001 DISK____.002 Disk names can also be packed with all kinds of data as in the example of a tape backup volume name reference string. Here is an example: 3001Dgs2.o15 Tape 30, part 01, drive D, Gem (512 bytes), standard file mode Tape pgm Ver 2, optimized mode , 15 megs of storage. You should use a formatter which puts a volume name on the disk, or use a volume-name program to create or change the volume name. The disadvantages of such a system is mainly ATARI and the way it "does not" handle large amounts of folders (ala 40-folder fix) and I have had trouble with more than 255 files in a folder. If you have TOS 1.0, you might have serious problems when limits are reached. From what I hear, you might even have troubles with 1.4. In addition, some programs simply do not handle empty folders at all. Cat3 and the ICD tape backup program never see empty folders. You may have to keep the master list of empty folders on a floppy backup. Additional problems could also occur when attempting to merge folders/files from storage to existing folders on a drive. Serious crashes might occur if the folder and file merging routines do not handle the merging correctly, or limits are reached. If you get folders with the same name, back to back, you may crash the drive. Another problem is memory and disk space. Merging large catalog files, editing them, and sorting or resorting them may take a lot more memory then you have. In the old 8-bit days, programs like append, sort/merge (with input and output keys) and editors were written to handle files larger than available memory. This is generally not the case with the ST ATARI programs. Assume 80 characters per file line (times the number of file lines) to get the total number of bytes for a catalog file or free memory required to handle a singleline catalog. While a catalog of 'verbose' type archive folder/s and files is not shown here, I do have some; and once they exist, than another phase of "The SL system" comes into play. Part 6 of the SL_CAT system includes large scale multi-folder/file/ext and full wildcarding. File databases using ASCII files can be helpful; and you can design your own system/s. When multi-drive, multi-folder, multi-file, multi-.EXT wildcarding is used, the system can be very powerful. I am talking about a wildcard scan of as many as 20 folders, 20 files, or 20 extensions with options to include root directory (or not), do it on a single or on all drives and scan for 'ALL' selected wildcards in a single pass. Selected drive/s : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O up to 20 Folders : ????????.??? or ............ up to 20 Files : ????????. or ........ up to 20 Exts : .??? or ... I prefer the alternate or "." format since I do not need to keyboard shift to get the "?". In a SLV_cat (single line verbose type de_arc lzh_ed catalog), I may want to scan drives D,E,G,I or a catalog for "_..........." archive folders for files with .EXTs of .3D2, TN., and PI, all in a single pass. I assume most programmers and users will not think much about this type of programing, but please don't knock it until you tried it. The program ideas for Single line catalogs goes back to pre-1985, 8-bit days of (SWTPC-FLEX) and programs dealing with single line cats were placed in PD many years ago. If you programmers see anything that you can use, be my guest. As far as my "SL_plus" with SL_cat, SLV_cat, SLT_cat (an ICD cat conversion), etc. is concerned I am not a real programmer and SL_plus is worse then an alpha program! It will not be released. I think of it more as my live notebook and it allows me to play with single line catalogs and other programming ideas. Programs like SL_plus, real multi/wildcarding, fast append/merges, a sort merge package with input and output keys, etc. are programs which all work with files larger than available memory and will have to come from _real_ ATARI programers. I do have another section of SL_plus which deals with using single line catalogs made from various BBS and GEnie file listings which puts them into a common format which matches the catalog listings shown above. The volume reference carries the BBS code, file number (if used), and sig or Library information. 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STR Spotlight ICD offers MORE Support! ============================= FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3 March, 1992 ICD Launches RoundTable on GEnie ================================ Rockford, IL - ICD, Incorporated, a leading innovator in microcomputer peripherals was incorporated in January 1984 for the purpose of developing and manufacturing computer software and hardware. Since its inception, ICD has focused on the production of a variety of add-on peripherals, although several software packages are offered as well. The peripherals include printer interfaces, memory expansion boards, internal and external hard drive storage systems, streaming tape back-up systems, accelerators and associated products. From the beginning, ICD established a reputation for offering unmatched levels of price/performance, technical support, and quality. ICD primarily sells its products through distributors and dealers throughout North America and Western Europe. 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STR InfoFile PRODUCTS GALORE!! for 1992! ====================== XTRA-RAM DELUXE PRICE REDUCTION =============================== PDC has reduced the price of the very popular Xtra-RAM Deluxe upgrade board which uses SIMM chips to upgrade your ST up to 4 megabytes! Due to price reductions on components and a larger purchase we are able to offer the board for just $99.95, that's a $40 savings! And even though UPS and the post office have increased their rates, we have been able to maintain the same $6 shipping cost. The money back guarantee is still in effect so if you're planning on upgrading, don't wait, order the Xtra-RAM Deluxe today! The Text Processor Tired of plain-vanilla text files? Do you need to write a quick letter? TX2 is the answer. TX2 is an advanced, yet easy-to-use text file viewer and editor. 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The program comes on a double disk and is less than 100K long. You see a mainly blank screen with a GEM slide bar down the right and a menu bar along the top. The program is frame-based, but with a slightly different philosophy from most others - I suspect mainly for ease of programming." "Graphics can also be importer, though only in Degas format... Lines can be given varying widths, styles and ends and any of 36 fill patterns can be used on graphic or text frames. Also frames can be square or round cornered. Typography is reasonable, with facilities to adjust leading and kerning globally. Text can also be flushed left or right, centered or pushed to both margins. User-sized guide frames can be placed on the page for aligning columns, and column widths can be carried from frame to frame for easy matching. Easy Text Plus works under GDOS and can therefore use GDOS fonts, it's able to display text up to 36 point high and apply bold and italic styles to it. Versions are available to print to 9 pin and 24 pin printers, but you can also use the Atari Laser..." "Most of the foregoing comments on Easy Text Plus are those you would expect in a review of a [translates to $300 US] product. Considering that this program is a mere [translates to $69.95 US] it certainly represents excellent value for money. It's being continually developed..." PDC 4320 - 196th SW Ste. B-140 Lynnwood, WA 98036 (206) 745-5980 GEnie: PDC.SW _______________________________________________________________ > SUDDEN VIEW! STR InfoFile The release version is shipping! ========================= SUDDEN VIEW =========== compiled from: GEnie ST RT For immediate release: Sudden View In Final Release Reno, Nevada - March 1st, 1992 According to Rod Coleman of Sudden Incorporated, the final release of Sudden View has just been shipped to dealers. After several months in Beta test, 126 changes and enhancements have been made to produce the final version for the Atari ST. It now supports Moniterm and TT high resolutions, as well as 8 X 8 font on monochrome monitors. Sudden View is remarkable for its fresh approach to editing fundamentals. It uses something called Virtual Control, which allows the user to have the feeling of virtually touching his text as he edits and arranges it. Sudden View's most obvious feature is its ability to dynamically scroll text and move text blocks. These functions occur in real time and in direct response to the user's movements. The program responds quickly enough to move the text as the user moves his hand. Even though Sudden View only edits ASCII files, they are internally indexed so that the user can display any part of the file instantly. This is true whether the file is two Kbytes or two megabytes long. Another difference is that Sudden View has no "Insert" or "Replace" modes. Editing action is cursor-position dependent, allowing the user to just place the cursor and type. If the cursor is over a space to the left of any text, it will insert; otherwise it will replace. All deletes and changes are kept in a twenty-element buffer stack so that the user can restore something that was deleted some time ago. This buffer stack also works in concert with Dynamic Text Arrangement as a scratch pad. Sudden View has no margin bar, yet can support as many different formats as the user wishes. Each line is its own format. Therefore, the format conforms to the user's actions, and not the other way around. It is also very flexible in setting and adjusting word-wrap. The Power Menu is another unique feature of Sudden View. It is a multiple-level menu system that can be keyboard- or mouse-activated. Even though it is as fast as normal power key combinations, it requires no memorization. Learning it is very natural. Quick Find in Sudden View allows the user to do a partial-key dynamic search for any character string. It searches as the pattern is being entered at over 100,000 characters per second. Normally, the string is found before the user completes the pattern entry. Sudden View's copy, cut, paste, and move features are its real strengths. It defines four different types of text blocks which can be selected and manipulated without using any menus. The block types are Character, Sentence, Field and Line. They allow for a very direct and powerful arrangement of text. The user can drag a Sentence through a paragraph as it dynamically re-formats in real time. A group of Fields or a column can be deleted, replicated or moved as the user directs. The text becomes an extension of the user's thoughts; control is virtual. Since Sudden View presents a significant number of new concepts, a Student version is available at $24.95 suggested retail. It has all of the standard features and complete one-hundred page manual as well as occasional study breaks for learning the program. The Master version has several extra features for the advanced user but no study breaks. Owners of the Student version can upgrade to the Master version for $40.00, or both versions can be purchased initially for a suggested retail of $64.95. Sudden View files are not copy protected. The Student version is available from Atari ST dealers now. Either version can also be ordered directly from Sudden. For more information, contact Rod Coleman, Sudden Incorporated, 5081 South McCarran Blvd., Reno, Nevada, 89502, or call 800-421-4228 for orders or 702-827-2996 for support or other questions. TO ALL BETA USERS: """""""""""""""""" You have probably notice from the last message that Sudden View is now in final release. Beta and final test copies will no longer be supported, nor their copying or downloading encouraged. All final release versions may not be copied except for use as backup of the original owner. All Sudden files are copyrighted but not copy protected. What this all means is that I would like to encourage everyone reading this to get a final release copy of Sudden View. If you bought a registered Personalized beta version, relax; you should be getting your free final release upgrade shortly (we have already started shipping them). If you paid $9.95 for a registered Demo copy of Sudden View, you're in luck. You can now upgrade to the Master version with complete hard copy documentation for only $40.00 (it used to cost $49.95). Call 800-421-4228 and make sure you mention the registered Demo copy. If you downloaded a beta Demo copy or got a copy from a friend, RUSH down to you local dealer and pick up a final release Student version of Sudden View NOW! If there is no dealer close, just call 800-421-4228 and we'll help you out for $24.95. For those of you who don't rush out and get a final release copy of Sudden View, be forewarned! The beta and even final test versions have several major bugs! Most are not common, so you may not notice them right away, but they are there, and they will not be supported. These bugs can corrupt your text files and in the case of saving a file to a full disk, the directory may be corrupted. We recommend that you destroy any beta or demo copies of Sudden View immediately. We will not answer questions about any versions other than the Final release. Some other reasons to get the Final release of Sudden View are listed below. This is not a complete list of enhancements since many of them were subtle. ENHANCEMENTS """""""""""" One hundred page manual with index which has been largely rewritten. The AutoSave feature now defaults to off due to several requests. It can be set on under the Filer Options menu or configuration. Control Codes other than CR, LF, TAB, FF are imported and exported passively. They can also be Copied, Cut, Pasted and Moved. You can now search for the first 20 characters of the last block selected. This is to support control code searches, and to make some other searches more handy. (see above). There is now an "Un-wrap" All feature in the Master version to support exporting into publishing programs. There are fewer study breaks (commercials) in the Student version than commercials in the Demo version. "Move one word left and right" as well "move one screen up and down" have been mapped into their own power keys for more direct use. See the help screen. "Move one word left and right" also now tracks the paragraph as the power cursor keys do (you final testers haven't even seen this one). Sudden View will now autoload a file called AL.TXT instead of SV.RSC. This was a trick to get people to read the documentation. Sudden View will now accept a command line parameter for the personalized version. It can therefore be "Installed" and activated by selecting a data file from the GEM Desktop. A file type of TTP also works with some limitations. Another useless side effect was the display at boot time. It no longer occurs. If the repeat rate is not configured, the pre-existing rate will be used instead of using the default. The Moniterm monitor is now supported, but it slows things down on a standard ST. Atari TT high res along with ST med and high res are now supported on the TT. Small (8 * 8) font is now supported on all mono displays (SM 124, Moniterm, or TT high res) for the Master version only. For more information contact: Rod Coleman 800-421-4228 ______________________________________________________________ > STReport's Editorial Page "Saying it like it is." From the Editor's Desk ---------------------- Atarians the world over are waiting anxiously to find out just what the "new" machines will be and when they will become available. Also, the stories abound about the "Book" shipping. We shall see. in any case, its a neat idea to think things are really getting better. You know, they really are! Atari's presence is still being felt in the computing world both in terms of practical applications and high tech super stuff. Seems the TT is well suited for use in the super secret NASA labs for graphical representations. Not bad. I am going to keep this editorial short because this issue is packed with all sorts of neat info. New product announcements galore! Not to mention the features we have for you. So enjoy, read away and think of the good things, times are changing. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine Friday, March 6, 1992 - 5:34:22 pm """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! ---------------- Publisher - Editor ------------------ Ralph F. Mariano PC DIVISION AMIGA DIVISION MAC DIVISION ----------- -------------- ------------ Roger D. Stevens Charles Hill R. ALBRITTON STReport Staff Editors: ----------------------- Lloyd E. Pulley Sr. Dana P. Jacobson Michael Arthur Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Steve Spivey Doyle C. Helms Contributing Correspondents: ---------------------------- Michael Lee Richard Covert John Deegan Brian Converse Oliver Steinmeier Tim Holt Andrew Learner Norman Boucher Harry Steele Ben Hamilton Neil Bradley Eric Jerue Ron Deal Robert Dean Ed Westhusing James Nolan Vernon W. Smith Bruno Puglia IMPORTANT NOTICE ================ Please, submit letters to the editor, articles, reviews, etc... via E-Mail to: Compuserve.................... 70007,4454 GEnie......................... ST.REPORT Delphi........................ RMARIANO BIX........................... RMARIANO FIDONET....................... 112/35 FNET.......................... NODE 350 NEST.......................... 90:19/350.0 ____________________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips" ===================== - San Francisco, CA ATARI HELPS NET GRAMMY NOMINATION! ----------------- The music award, The Grammy, known worldwide as a symbol of musical excellence and accomplishment, is about to be awarded to this year's fine artists. Scott Gershin has been nominated for a Grammy in recognition for his superb music in the movie JFK. He used Atari equipment to compose the musical score. - Ashville, N. Carolina BLUE RIDGE AtariFest ANNOUNCED --------------------- The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and its sponsor, Sheldon Winick & Computer STudio, recently announced the 3rd Annual BLUE RIDGE AtariFest to be held in Asheville, N.C. on Saturday, July 18, 1992. After last year's terrific festival, there is no doubt attendance will be high. - Chicago, IL. LISTENING CAREFULLY ------------ The (Sparrow & Falcon)(68030-68040) are rumored to be announced sometime in the second quarter. Atari Corp is very tight lipped when asked about performance stats, but the word is these machines are hot! In fact, most "learned ears" say they will sport true SCSI ports and not ASCSI ports. Hopefully the new products will be ready to ship soon after their initial showing. Rumor also has it that a few Books have already, or are about to ship. Good news sure feels nice. In addition, the ABC line of clones are being given serious attention and could possibly be enhanced and priced competitively. 1040STe units seem to be in very short supply, while the MSTE units are doing very well. ____________________________________________________ > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" ============= STReport's MailBag ================== From GEnie ------------ Category 4, Topic 25 Message 175 Wed Mar 04, 1992 V.HUTZ at 23:14 EST Remember, "You're all adults here!" Pin #1 blue to #4TT Pin #3 green to #13TT Pin #4 red to #14TT Pin #6 white to #15TT Pin #7 braid to Body of TT Pin #8 black to #10TT Pin #9 brown to #9TT Suggestion: wait for a couple days for someone else to try this and screw it up! Just kidding but Jim did suggest some boards may need a little tweeking and/or if something goes wrong with your experiment I am an expert woodworker (viewed in 60,000,000 homes daily) but know little more than the hobbyist about electronics and my intent is not to open up a can of electric worms for baiting....master or not! Your own risk please, I just heard this somewhere and am posting to see if it may be correct? Although my source is both brilliant and honest! By the way, if your colors are different......well then you will just have to fly with different colors. Later, Vern ------------ From Usenet: Article 22931 (33 more) in comp.sys.atari.st: From: firstname.lastname@example.org (T R Hall) Subject: Re: Additional STe ports on left Message-ID: <1992Feb27.email@example.com> Date: 27 Feb 92 20:02:12 GMT References: <1992Feb20.162033.21346@irscscm.UUCP> <1992Feb25.firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Atari Corp., Sunnyvale, CA Lines: 115 email@example.com (Neil Forsyth) writes: --..... They're 15 pin female ports. What are they for? - Nothing. They don't work. Nobody knows how to make 'em work either. - But I'm all ears if someone does. - ! Neil Forsyth JANET: firstname.lastname@example.org Oh? Perhaps you don't like to order and/or read developer documentation (of course you are in the UK, and I am aware of the problems they have getting doc's out...) I quote from the STE Developer Addendum: CONTROLLERS FF9200 0000 0000 0000 xxxx |||| |||- Fire Button 0 ||-- Fire Button 1 |--- Fire Button 2 ---- Fire Button 3 FF9202 UDLR UDLR UDLR UDLR |||| |||| |||| |||| |||| |||| |||| ---- Joy Stick 0 |||| |||| --------- Joy Stick 1 |||| -------------- Joy Stick 2 ------------------- Joy Stick 3 Four new joystick ports are added. These ports are controlled directly by the 68000. The current state may be sampled at any time by reading the above locations. Joy Stick 0 and Joy Stick 2 bits are _*read/write*_. If written to, they will be driven until a read is performed. Similarly, they will not be driven after a read until a write is performed. FF9210 0000 0000 xxxx xxxx X Paddle 0 FF9212 0000 0000 xxxx xxxx Y Paddle 0 FF9214 0000 0000 xxxx xxxx X Paddle 1 FF9216 0000 0000 xxxx xxxx Y Paddle 1 Paddles: One pair of paddles can be plugged into Joystick Port 0 (Paddle 0). A second set can be plugged into Joystick Port 1 (Paddle 1). The current position of each of the four paddles is reported at these locations. The fire buttons are the same as for the respective joystick. The triggers for the paddles are read as bits 1 and 2 of FF9202 (JOY0 L and R). FF9220 0000 00xx xxxx xxxx (X position) FF9222 0000 00xx xxxx xxxx (Y position) Light Gun/Pen A light gun or pen can be plugged into Joystick Port 0. The current position that the gun or pen is pointing to is reported by these registers. The position is accurate to within (X direction only): 4 pixels in 320x200 Mode 8 pixels in 640x200 Mode 16 pixels in 640x400 Mode Accurate to 1 pixel in the Y direction in all modes. Accuracies do not account for the quality of the light gun or pen. Note that the X position is given in pixels for 320x200 only. In order to get correct results in 640x200 mode this number needs to be shifted left one bit; in 640x400 mode, shifted left two bits. Controller Pinout 5 4 3 2 1 10 9 8 7 6 15 14 13 12 11 Joystick Port 0 Joystick Port 1 1 UP 0 UP 2 2 DOWN 0 DOWN 2 3 LEFT 0 LEFT 2 4 RIGHT 0 RIGHT 2 5 PAD 0 Y PAD 1 Y 6 FIRE 0 FIRE 2 7 VCC VCC 8 n/c n/c 9 GND GND 10 FIRE 1 FIRE 3 11 UP 1 UP 3 12 DOWN 1 DOWN 3 13 LEFT 1 LEFT 3 14 RIGHT 1 RIGHT 3 15 PAD 0 X PAD 1 X from GEnie ------------ Category 25, Topic 13 Message 84 Thu Mar 05, 1992 N.STEEL at 01:54 EST To All, Last summer I ordered and paid for the complete Phase 4 package, and I must admit to having several doubts. My first doubt was wether I should buy from RIO/Datel, as I had previous dealings with Datel, back in England. My second doubt was about the future of Atari in the US market, or the world. I shall not comment about my first doubt, and I get the feeling that Atari may finally be getting it's act together. They still have to dispel the 'Game Machine' image though, it still lingers. Lexicor are about to help them. (Along with ISD, Ditek, Goldleaf, & Codeheads. Sorry if I missed some) The Phase 4 software, from Lexicor, is reaching maturity, and it shows. I recently purchased the informal demo video from Lee, and I must say I was very impressed. If you make allowance for the fact that the tape was copied on a standard VHS deck, then I think you will agree that Prism Render, along with the Leonardo board, do produce 'Professional' quality renderings. If you haven't already bought this video, or are wondering if the Leonardo boards quality, is doubtful, then I strongly urge you to cough up twenty dollars and get it. As I said before, the actual video quality is not the best, due to it's reproduction, but the still images and animation segments are truly great. Various companies and individuals have helped to show off the Leonardo's capability. These include PIXAR, Silicon Graphics, and the JPL labs. I cannot thank Lee Seiler enough, his enduring patience with my endless phone calls, have often pushed him to his limit. He has been battling against very great odds, to bring this software to the Atari community, and people leaving the Atari platform do not make this any easier. The very fact that companies like this exist, convinced me to buy an Atari TT, instead of the 486 I was looking at. I sincerely hope that those of you who read this continue to support Atari, Lexicor, and all the other hard working publishers and importers of software for our machines. Yours at length, N.Steel ps. I am not, have not and probably never will be, employed, related or in any way associated with any of the above mentioned companies or people. I am also not responsible for any spelling or grammatical errors that may be found in this letter. That is entirely the fault of too much caffeine. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > A "Quotable Quote" "....in hope of a better time" ================== "TIS A FAR BETTER THING TO LIGHT A CANDLE.. ..THAN TO FOREVER CURSE THE DARKNESS!" 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