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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 (May 8) CONFERENCE WITH CODEHEAD... Codehead Technologies, John Eidsvoog and Charles F Johnson, will be guest speakers for a Formal COnference in the Atari Arts Forum on May 14th. The Conference starts at 10 Eastern (or 7pm Pacific). Please join us! UPDATES FROM CODEHEAD... A patch for Word Perfect users and an update for MultiDesk Deluxe (from ver 3.4 to 3.4a) Now available in LIBRARY 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) Codehead Technologies also announces the availability of a new word processing program. See the file CALLIG.TXT now available in LIBRARY 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). A demo version of XBoot: the Boot Manager from Gribnif Software is now available in LIBRARY 8 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). KEYBOARD SURVEY We ask all members to read and respond to the keyboard survey message #32438 in the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS). (This is a new thread, so even if you've discussed this issue previously, please re-post your votes here.) ATTENTION ATARI DEVELOPERS... Atari Developers please read message 60654 in the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for information on how to get your products included in an upcoming software catalog. CONFERENCE IN ATARI 8-BIT FORUM On Sunday, May 17th, in the Atari 8-bit Forum, Bob Puff and Jeff Potter will join us for a formal CO. Bob Puff is the Head of Computer Software Services, a strictly 8-bit hardware company. Jeff Potter has written many fine programs for the 8-bit, and is now working on a fax program. Please join us at 9pm Eastern Time as we talk about keeping an old machine very much alive! ATARI 8-BIT MAGAZINE? A dedicated 8-Bit mag? Why NOT?? If enough people care, it could happen. See Message # 18446 in the Atari 8-Bit Forum (GO ATARI8) for more info on the "Campaign." WE BELIEVE!! CONTEST IN ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM (GO APORTFOLIO) We are now running a NEW CONTEST for Portfolio Programmers. You can submit any program you have written, in any language, in either compiled or source form. Prizes will include free CompuServe connect time, ROM cards, and a subscription to "Take it With You." Please read message # 28538 for complete details. 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 #19 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. --HP Intros New Paintjet XL300 Inkjet Color Printer HP (Hewlett-Packard) has released a new plain-paper color printer for the business office. The HP Paintjet XL300 with HP's color implemen- tation of PCL 5C printer language carries a list price of $3,495. The printer produces 300 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution on a variety of media types and sizes and features automatic input/output switching for simultaneous connection to PC, Macintosh, and networked environments. Options include Adobe Postscript Level 2 upgrade kit and HP Jet-direct cards. It also supports automatic language switching between PCL 5C and Postscript. Postscript users can purchase the postscript version (listed at $4,995) or a user-installable Postscript upgrade. The printer enables business, as well as creative and technical profes- sionals to bring color printing capabilities in-house for presentation of graphics, spreadsheets, color proofing, desktop publishing, computer- aided design, and project scheduling. As the HP Paintjet XL300 printers are the first color printers com- patible with the HP Laserjet III family of printers, they provide a transition to color printing for business users who currently use the latter. -- Toshiba Introduces Lowest Power Consumption 4-meg DRAMS Toshiba America has announced a series of 4-meg DRAMs that offer a smaller size and fast 70 ns operation combined with the benefits of the lowest power consumption in the industry so far. The new DRAMs are important because they cut power consumption down to 100mA which is 30-40% less than competing DRAMs, according to Toshiba. Only 0.6 microns in size, compared to other x16 4-meg DRAMs, these chips require 4 volts (V) of internal voltage. Toshiba says reducing the power needed for DRAMs from 5V for 0.7 micron DRAMs to the 4V for 0.6 micron DRAMs makes it safer to include other 0.6 micron components that could otherwise be destroyed at voltages approaching 5.5V. Toshiba also said demand is increasing for 4 MB DRAMs to facilitate data processing speed because of the faster, high-performance microprocessors becoming available. The new TC514260 series consists of 12 devices organized 256K x 16 bits and available in 70 and 80 ns versions. The devices are available in three types of packages: 40-pin 400 milimeter (mil) single outline J- lead (SOJ) packaging, 40-pin 475 mil high zigzag inline packaging (ZIP), and 44-pin 400 mil thin small outline packaging (TSOP). Toshiba says it is shipping samples and expects mass production will start in July, at an estimated rate of 300,000 units a month. -- IBM, Apple and Motorola Work Together on New Family of RISC Chips IBM, Apple and Motorola are setting up a 80,000 square foot facility in Austin, Texas that will house 300 engineers from all three companies who will be working together to develop a new family of RISC (reduced inst- ruction-set computing) chips. The new RISC chips will be tradmarked PowerPC single-chip RISC microprocessors. The PowerPC microprocessors supposedly will deliver enough power for applications ranging from notebooks to supercomputers and serve as the building blocks for high performance, low-cost systems from IBM, Apple and other systems manufacturers. Apple is going to incorporate the PowerPC microprocessors in future versions of its Macintosh and in its larger client-server computer systems. IBM will manufacture the chips for its own use in work- stations ranging from low-cost desktops to high-performance servers in its existing RISC System 6000 line of client servers. While Motorola will manufacture and market the technology worldwide, making the new microprocessor family widely available to other systems manufacturers. -- TI Introduces "Most Advance RISC Processor" "SuperSPARC", called "the industry's most advanced RISC microporcessor for the next generation of SPARC workstations" has been announced by TI (Texas Instruments). The SuperSPARC consists of 3.1 million transistors on a single chip and, according to TI, is the first single-chip SPARC microprocessor to have complete built-in multiprocessing. TI further said that SuperSPARC's multiprocessing allows system vendors to expand from one to many micro- processors in the same system to increase performance. At an operating speed of 40 megahertz, (MHz) it delivers up to 150 million instructions per second (MIPS), three times the performance of PC microprocessors. -- Japanese Chip Market Share Expected to Decline According to newly released market survey from Dataquest, even with semiconductor growth predicted to go up 17% in North America, the Japanese are still expected to lose market share in 1992. The market research firm says that Motorola and Intel are the US companies to watch. The decline, if it happens, will be the first since 1985 and will amount to 4.5% of their market share. -- New Bernoulli's Priced In Hard Disk Range Iomega, manufacturer's of the Bernoulli drive, a removable mass storage device for computers is introducing new Bernoulli models with prices in the range of hard disk drives and portable Bernoulli drives that can be run from a computer's parallel port. Accoring to a spokesperson for Iomega, the Bernoulli new drives support removable cartridges also called disks that have a capacity of 90 megabytes of storage at an access time of 18 ms (milliseconds) without cache and 9 ms with a built-in cache. Those speeds rival those of some of the fastest hard disks. The cartridges retail for $229 each, which translates into a street price of $130 to $140 each. The PC Powered Bernoulli drive for IBM and compatible PC/AT & PS/2 computers is retail priced at $713, which will be right in the $500 range on the street. The PC Powered 90 Pro with a small computer systems interface (SCSI), built-in cache, and back-up software retails for $855, Iomega said. Iomega includes a cartridge with 90 MB of IBM shareware with the drives. 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GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission *********************************************************************** > The Flip Side STR Feature "... a different viewpoint.." ========================= A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT ================================== by Michael Lee There's been some interesting and informative threads on Genie recently. I've included two this week and will have more next week. ---------------- From Cat 2, Topic 25, Msgs 78-85 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Question by Chris Kagy... Does anyone know of any software that will allow a Mac to write and read disks in the ST format? My dad is stranded out in Ohio using an ST with little or no support... Answer from Robert Johnstone... ...The best solution would to be to work from the other end. Have your dad purchase a Spectre GCR. He would then be able to write and read Mac disks. If you need to get ST information onto your Mac, he needs to create the ST files and then Transvert them with the Transverter program also supplied in the Spectre GCR package to the Mac disk and then do any necessary manipulations or send the disk for you to modify. This would almost certainly mean that your dad have a hard disk and dedicate a partition or two to the Spectre (Mac type) format. I have a 170 megabyte hard disk that houses my Mac files. The first 50 megs is two Atari ST (format type) partitions. The next partition is 100 megabytes (HFS format) for Macintosh use. The last partition is just under 4 megabytes and in (MFS format) is used in the Transverting process. Both the Spectre (Macintosh emulation) and the Atari ST via the Transverter program can access this partition. Answer from Ron Grant (GXRSYS)... Chris, the preceding information is true; your father can indeed read & write Mac format disks with Spectre GCR. However, straight out of the box, your father's ST can read MS-DOS format disks. If you have a Superdrive-equipped Macintosh, you can simply use Apple File Exchange on your end, and the ST will read the resulting disks. For the reverse, try formatting an MS-DOS disk on the Mac Superdrive, allowing the ST to write to it, then returning it to the Mac. Whoops! Left out one thing; the Atari drives are 720K drives - don't send him a high-density disk! :-) Answer from Steve Johnson... If you have the SuperDrive on your Mac, the Atari computers fully support IBM-formatted disks (not 1.44MB HD floppies, though, except for the newer and higher-end machines). Answer from Dave Flory (sysop)... I saw a program in the store the other day, which purports to read Mac HFS disks on an Atari. Myself I use Dos Mounter on the Mac and use Atari disks. Answer from Vince Cross... A Superdrive equipped Mac CAN read IBM-DOS formatted disks using Apple File Exchange, but......... Even using the DC Format to write the IBM-DOS boot sector on an ST formatted disk, Apple File Exchange will not recognize it. It seems that Apple File Exchange depends on the disk label appearing as a visible file (which a disk formatted on IBM will have when you put it in your ST). It may depend on some other subtle things as well. However, all is not lost. On the Mac end, run Apple File Exchange and insert an unformatted disk. You will be given a choice of formats, one of which is IBM-DOS. Select this and you will have a disk that can be read by both Mac and ST (you still have to use Apple File Exchange on the Mac end to move files). I hope this helps. ------------------ Some updated information on the GEMULATOR - Cat. 19, Topic 15, Msgs 90- 110 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... From Darek (BRASOFT) about free demos... Any user group in B.C., Washington, Oregon, or California that's in- terested in a hands on demo of Gemulator can call me at 206-885-5893 to arrange a time and date. As was the policy with Quick ST there will be a discount for user group members purchasing Gemulator. Questions from Joe Zorzin... I just saw the advertisement in ST Informer for the Gemulator which said that the price will be under $200. That's what I like to hear! That's getting into a range I can afford. But I still need to see it in operation first. Dealers are in short supply in western Mass. Perhaps the author can prepare a video. I would consider paying for that to see examples of major ST software. Answer from Darek... Joe, many major ST software titles were demoed running on Gemulator at the Toronto show. You can even ask other developers since many of them tried their software on it and you can also read through existing and upcoming Toronto show reports that will confirm my claims that all the major software titles are compatible. Are there any titles you had in mind? From Darek... First of all, I have set the final pricing so these figures will stick ...and Gemulator is right on schedule for a release at the Glendale show as promised. Here are the prices. When you buy Gemulator you will get a PC board that plugs into your PC (for TOS ROMs) and a disk containing the Gemulator software. Both items are included in the price and cannot be purchased separately since the software will not work without the board. The board and software will list for $399 US. The introductory offer, if you order Gemulator before August 31, 1992, is that you get $200 off, i.e. $199 US for the board and software. With TOS ROMs (which you can buy from any dealer) you're looking at under $300 for the board, software, and TOS ROMs. After August 31, 1992, you'll be looking at about $500. The introductory offer will be available at the Glendale show (even though it is past August 31) but only a limited number of packages will be brought down. Once that sells out, you'll be able to place orders at the full price. To place an advance order, you must be on our mailing list and in a few days you will receive further information. Our April newsletter is just getting stuffed and stamped and will go out Monday morning. As for the features, that has already been discussed here and elsewhere so I'll just review them quickly. You can read earlier messages in this topic for more details or write for a newsletter. Features include: support for any version of TOS (2 or 6 chip sets), low rez, medium rez, and monochrome modes, support for all ST disk formats, blitter emulation, and compatibility with all of the major ST software titles not including MIDI software and some copy protected games. Gemulator runs on a 386 or 486 with MS-DOS, Windows is optional. You need at least 4 meg of RAM and a VGA monitor. A mouse is optional. Once again, to get on the mailing list and receive your Gemulator order form, either: - send email to BRASOFT - phone 206-885-5893 and leave a message or FAX - send snail mail to Branch Always Software 14150 NE 20th St., Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007 Be sure to include your full mailing address. When you place an advance order your name will be put on a list so it's first come first serve. If you plan on attending the Glendale show, don't assume we'll have enough in stock. At last year's Glendale show we sold out of over 100 copies of Quick ST 3.0 in one day. Place your orders early. Gemulator will not be distributed through us directly. In order to get enough of the Gemulator boards manufactured and disks and manuals printed, we must have a good idea of how many people will be placing orders. You billed by our distributor when your order is ready to be shipped, SO DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY NOW. This is not a Quick ST upgrade. <grin> Comments from Todd at Cherry Fonts... Darek brought his 486 laptop and Gemulator over to my house a couple nights back and let me try anything I wanted with it. I ran (and actually really utilized) the following software with NO crashes or bugginess noticed at all: Avant Vector (Codehead's Autotracing program) Warp-9 Genus (The Calamus font editor I use to creat Cherry Fonts) Calamus 1.09N Cardfile (Gribnif's desk-acc phone/address database) Proflight (HiSoft's flight Simulator) * It ran fine in both low and high resolutions! STeno (Gribnif's desk-acc text editor) Searcher (my own Aladdin datafile string-search desk-acc/prg written in GFA Basic.) Then I ran out of time. Bummer, I had lots more to try. The only 'problem' I found was when I ran a demo version of MegaType's Font Designer. Darek quickly found Gemulator's problem (with his debugger) and fixed it on the spot. The Font Designer demo now runs like a charm. The speed wasn't overly amazing; it ran slower than a stock 8 mhz ST on his 486 for calculation intensive software (Avant Vector), and video/mouse interaction was a bit sluggish which Darek explained as an artifact of using a cheap 8-bit VGA card (which he had installed in his laptop.) He assured me that speeding these items up to their maximum before the product is released was priority-one for him now. More from Darek... I want to clarify something Todd mentioned. For number crunching intensive programs (say, spreadsheets), Gemulator's speed will be governed mainly by the speed of your CPU. The faster the 386 or 486, the faster Gemulator runs. But, for graphics intensive stuff, other matters come into play, as my testing is showing. The speed of your VGA card is important. A VGA card with an 8-bit wide bus will run up to twice as slow as a VGA card with a 16-bit bus. The laptop that I demoed in Toronto and last weekend in Vancouver has an 8-bit VGA card, thus the slow screen redraws that Todd mentioned. Question from Mark Mills... Will gemulator run Spectre 3.0? Answer from Darek... Mark, yes, the Gemulator board has two extra ROM sockets for plugging in a set of Mac ROMs, and yes, Spectre 3.0 does boot up. However, there is still some work that needs to be done to Gemulator to make it fully Mac compatible. I don't plan on having that ready for the first release of Gemulator in September. ST compatibility is the goal for now. Again, more from Darek... By the way folks, I am putting together a Gemulator Demo video (for VHS format). The demo is the next best thing to seeing the demo that was held in Toronto and will be held in Glendale and Indianapolis. The demo shows Gemulator running TOS 1.0, 1.4, and 2.0, programs running in low rez, medium rez, and monochrome, multitasking under Windows, etc. It should be ready in a few weeks. I'm charging $5 for the video, which is the cost of the tape and postage, and the $5 will deducted from your purchase price of Gemulator. A lot of people said earlier that they would be in favor of a demo video rather than drive hundreds of miles to an Atari show, so this will be a good way for a lot of you to see Gemulator as early as 2 or 3 weeks from now. So, send a $5 check to Branch Always Software, 14150 NE 20th Street, Suite 302 Bellevue, WA 98007 U.S. ADDRESSES ONLY PLEASE. Demos have already been given in Toronto and Vancouver, and I really don't want to deal with the Canadian postal system or Canadian currency. :-) ----------------- Until next week.... *********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International Online Magazine is available every week in the ST Advantage on DELPHI. STReport readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of the friendly community of Atari enthusiasts there. SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN -- DELPHI -------------- Via modem, dial up DELPHI at 1-800-695-4002 then... When connected, press RETURN once or twice and... At Password: type STREPORT and press RETURN. DELPHI's Basic Plan offers access for only $6.00 per hour, for any baud rate. The $5.95 monthly fee includes your first hour online. 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DELPHI- It's getting better all the time! *********************************************************************** > FILE SCRIPTS STR InfoFile ALADDIN FILE XFER SCRIPT ========================= DOWNLOAD FILE(S)V 1.3 ===================== INSTRUCTIONS """""""""""" by Fred H. Koch [F.KOCH] V 1.3 changes This update fixes a problem with the script not recognizing GEnie's not having a requested file available. Minor change in the prompt. V 1.2 changes This update adds the capability to capture only the file description. It also improves the entering of an alternate path for the file description. V 1.1 changes This is an update of my previous script. It has been corrected to work with the new GEnie library structure. A path may now be entered for the file description if desired, this path will be used in stead of the default path if one was entered in the script. The download error file is now automatically deleted each time the script is run. If you read the instructions for the previous version you need not read the information below. GENERAL DESCRIPTION This is an ST Aladdin script which will download one or more files using ST Aladdin. Single file download allows saving the file description, multiple file download uses Zmodem batch. The script is set-up for the ST and Aladdin Round Table libraries. Any library page may be entered for script use. Additional RT libraries may be added. Any library page entered while running the script must have option 6 as the library download option. This should now be true for all libraries on GEnie. After the script is run, it will ask for the file name or number, either may be entered and they may be mixed for multiple file downloads. The script will abort if a file is not found in the selected library. Pressing ESC will abort the script at any time. If the script is aborted for a file not found error during multiple downloading, the file which was not found will be listed in the DLERROR.TXT file. This file will be found in the same folder as the Aladdin program, unless an error path is added to the script. If the Logon is not successful, the script will ask if you would like to try again. If you respond with Y, the script will immediately try to logon to GEnie again. This was added for those who occasionally run into busy phone lines and need to dial multiple times. It prevents having to reenter the script information. If new info is desired, rerun the script. GETTING THE SCRIPT RUNNING To get the script running, you will need to paste it into the ST Aladdin script file. Aladdin is limited to scripts numbered 3-9. If you already have 9 scripts you will need to delete one to get the script to work. To paste the script into the script file, choose Edit User Scripts from the file menu. The script file will be loaded with the cursor at the end of the file. If there are less than 9 scripts you can just choose Paste File from the edit menu and select DOWNLD13.SPT. The script number will need to be changed to the last number not used, ie. if there were 6 scripts before pasting the download script, change the script number to 7. If there are already 9 scripts one will need to be deleted and the new script pasted in its place. Once the new script is pasted and the script number changed, click on the window close box, or press ESC to save the new script file. The script is now ready to use. SCRIPT MODIFICATIONS The script has several comments within the script text which provide instructions on how to modify the script to meet your own needs. A download path for the file description, error message file and Zmodem download can be specified. Just provide the desired path for the CAPTURE and/or ZMODEM commands and delete the ; in front of the commands. Be sure to delete the original CAPTURE command when inserting the new one with the path. Be sure the path you specify actually exists, the script will not create folders. Additional RT libraries can be added by inserting the required page number in the unused places in the script. One empty space is provided, if additional places are needed, just duplicate the empty space. For easy reference, place the letters which will specify the added libraries in the opening comments by adding a NOTE command similar to those already in the script. The script is heavily commented to allow any other changes I have not thought of. Feel free to experiment, that is how new scripts are written. Any problems let me know. SCRIPT 7 Download File(s) v 1.3 ECHO OFF Don't display commands CLEAR Clear the screen NOTE NOTE " Download File(s) Script V 1.3" NOTE " by Fred H. Koch" NOTE " [F.KOCH]" NOTE NOTE "This Script will download one or more files by entering the file" NOTE "name or number. Multiple files must be separated by commas." NOTE "The script will abort if a file is not found." NOTE NOTE "Just the file description may be captured for single files by" NOTE "selecting description only." NOTE :ENTER_LIBRARY NOTE "Enter ST for the ST library, AL for the Aladdin library. Enter" NOTE "the page number for any other library to be used. ESC to exit." ;add additional library letter lists here GETSTRING 1 Library to use IF SUCCESS ESC not pressed IF STRING 1 IS "" Blank string entered NOTE NOTE " Blank line entered try again." NOTE GOTO ENTER_LIBRARY Try again. ENDIF ELSE ESC pressed CLEAR Clear the screen NOTE NOTE "Script aborted." GOTO EXIT Exit script ENDIF IF STRING 1 IS "AL" ST Aladdin Library selected SETSTRING 1 "1001;6" Download Aladdin Library file GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF IF STRING 1 IS "al" ST Aladdin Library selected SETSTRING 1 "1001;6" Download Aladdin Library file GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF IF STRING 1 IS "ST" ST RT Library selected SETSTRING 1 "476;6" Download ST Library file GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF IF STRING 1 IS "st" ST RT Library selected SETSTRING 1 "476;6" Download ST Library file GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF ;the next if statements are for adding a new library IF STRING 1 IS "XX" use this for first library added SETSTRING 1 "PAGE;6" enter the page number of the RT library GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF IF STRING 1 IS "xx" use lower case letters here SETSTRING 1 "PAGE;6" enter the same page number GOTO ENTER_FILES ENDIF ;Additional RTs can be added by repeating the IF statements above with the ;appropriate identifying letters. ;This is based on all RTs having option 6 as download SETSTRING 1 "%1;6" Set Library download option :ENTER_FILES NOTE NOTE "Enter the file name(s) or number(s) to download. 75 characters max." NOTE "Multiple files must be separated by commas." NOTE "No check for invalid file names/numbers. ESC to exit." NOTE "_____________________________________________________________________" GETSTRING 2 File number(s) to download IF SUCCESS ESC not pressed IF STRING 2 IS "" Blank string entered NOTE NOTE " Blank line entered try again." NOTE GOTO ENTER_FILES Try again. ENDIF ELSE ESC pressed CLEAR Clear the screen NOTE NOTE "Script aborted." GOTO EXIT Exit script ENDIF IF STRING 2 HAS "," multiple file download GOTO MULTIPLE skip to multiple file routine ENDIF continue with single file download NOTE NOTE "Enter path and file name for description. RETURN with no name to" NOTE "not save the file description. (No check for illegal file names)." NOTE "Duplicate file names will be appended. ESC to exit" NOTE GETSTRING 3 Description file name IF SUCCESS ESC not pressed :SINGLE IF STRING 3 IS "" No description wanted GOTO SKIPDESC Skip asking for description only ENDIF NOTE NOTE "Do you want only the description? (Y/N)" NOTE GETSTRING 5 Description or not IF STRING 5 HAS "Y" Y entered SETSTRING 5 "Y" Make sure only Y present ENDIF IF STRING 5 HAS "y" y entered SETSTRING 5 "Y" Make sure only Y present ENDIF :SKIPDESC LOG ONTO "%1" Logon to Library IF SUCCESS Logon successful SENDLINE "%2" Send file number to download IF STRING 3 IS "" Blank string entered GOTO DOWNLOAD Skip saving file description ENDIF ;if a standard path is desired use the lines below instead of ;the CAPTURE "%3" line. ;IF STRING 3 HAS ":" Full path entered ; CAPTURE "%3" Use full path ;ELSE File name only entered ; CAPTURE "DRIVE:\FOLDER1\FOLDER2\%3" ;ENDIF CAPTURE "%3" Open description file capture :DOWNLOAD WAITFORPROMPT Ready for download IF CURRENTLINEHAS "Again" File not found SENDLINE "N" don't try again WAITFORPROMPT LOG OFF Log off GEnie ENDCAPTURE NOTE NOTE NOTE "************************************************" NOTE " File %2 not in this Library." NOTE "************************************************" GOTO EXIT Quit script ELSE IF STRING 5 IS "Y" only description wanted ENDCAPTURE Close description capture file, if open SENDLINE "" Return only WAITFORPROMPT SENDLINE "" No more files ELSE File wanted SENDLINE "D" Tell GEnie ready to download ENDCAPTURE Close description file capture, if open WAITFOR "skip?" type download prompt SENDLINE "4" download using Zmodem ;if a download path is desired other than the location of the Aladdin ;program, then place the path in the next line and delete the ; ;ZMODEM DOWNLOAD E:\GENIE\DOWNLOAD\ path for downloaded files WAITFORPROMPT download another file prompt SENDLINE "n" don't download any more files ENDIF WAITFORPROMPT Ready to log off ENDIF ELSE Logon failed (busy) NOTE "Log on failed. Enter Y to try again, anything else to exit." NOTE "ESC will abort script at any time." GETSTRING 4 Try again? IF STRING 4 IS "Y" Try again! GOTO SINGLE ENDIF IF STRING 4 IS "y" Try again! GOTO SINGLE ENDIF ENDIF ELSE ESC pressed CLEAR Clear the screen NOTE NOTE "Script aborted." GOTO EXIT Exit script ENDIF File downloaded GOTO LOG_OFF Script done log off ;Multiple file download :MULTIPLE LOG ONTO "%1" Log on to RT Library IF SUCCESS Log on made ;if a standard path is desired use the line below instead of ; CAPTURE "DLERROR.TXT". Be sure to provide the same path for the ; ERASEFILE command below. ;CAPTURE "DRIVE:\FOLDER1\FOLDER2\DLERROR.TXT" CAPTURE "DLERROR.TXT" File not found text file SENDLINE "%2" Send file numbers to download WAITFORPROMPT Ready for download type IF CURRENTLINEHAS "Again" File not found SENDLINE "N" don't try again WAITFORPROMPT LOG OFF Log off GEnie ENDCAPTURE NOTE NOTE NOTE "**********************************************************" NOTE " One or more files in the list below not in this Library." NOTE " %2" NOTE " Browse DLERROR.TXT to see the first file not found." NOTE "**********************************************************" GOTO EXIT Quit script ELSE Files found ENDCAPTURE SENDLINE "Z" zmodem ;if a download path is desired other than the location of the Aladdin ;program, then place the path in the next line and delete the ; ;ZMODEM DOWNLOAD E:\GENIE\DOWNLOAD\ download path WAITFORPROMPT Download complete SENDLINE "n" No more files to download WAITFORPROMPT Ready to logoff ENDIF ELSE Log on failed (busy) NOTE "Log on failed. Enter Y to try again, anything else to exit." NOTE "ESC will abort script at any time." GETSTRING 4 Try again? IF STRING 4 IS "Y" Try again! GOTO MULTIPLE ENDIF IF STRING 4 IS "y" Try again! GOTO MULTIPLE ENDIF ENDIF :LOG_OFF LOG OFF Logoff GEnie IF EXIST "DLERROR.TXT" ;if the DLERROR.TXT path was changed above, provide the same path here ;ERASEFILE "DRIVE:\FOLDER1\FOLDER2\DLERROR.TXT" ERASEFILE "DLERROR.TXT" Erase error file, no error ENDIF :EXIT Exit script BEEP Sound bell ENDSCRIPT ________________________________________________________________ > BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 STR SHOW NEWS It's SHOWTIME in the SUMMER! ====================================== BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '92 ======================== Press Release - May 8, 1992 FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer STudio invite you to participate in the third annual Blue Ridge AtariFest on Saturday, July 18, 1992. The show will take place in the Courtyard Shop area of Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville, North Carolina (Home of Computer STudio). Showtimes are 10am - 6pm, and plans are being finalized for a dinner party following the show. Complete details will be forthcoming. Developers who have already indicated their participation includes: Atari Corporation (Mike Groh) .................. ABC Solutions (Peter Zalesak) .................. Publisher ST2, First Word, First Graph, tbxCAD, Kuma's KSpread4/Lite CodeHead Software (John Eidsvoog) .............. MutliDesk Deluxe, Hotwire, G+Plus, LookIt/PopIt, etc. Goldleaf Publishing (John Fox) ................. Software Development Systems (Scott Sanders) ... NewDesk Icon Editor ST Report/ABCO Computer Consultants (Ralph Mariano) Step Ahead Software (Nevin Shalit) ............. Tracker ST WorldComm (Ralph Roberts) ...................... Author and of course, Computer STudio. Several other Atari user groups in the southeast region will also be actively participating in the show. For additional information, please contact: Sheldon Winick Cliff Allen, Show Coord. GEnie: S.WINICK GEnie: C.ALLEN17 Computer STudio Internet: CALLEN@UNCA.EDU Westgate Shopping Center phone: (704) 258-3758 40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D Asheville, NC 28806 (704) 251-0201 or, The Blue Ridge AtariFest topic on GEnie (Atari Roundtable, Category 11, Topic 7). _________________________________________________________ > FLICKER FREE STR InfoFile Flicker Free Video for the Amiga ========================= For Immediate Release FLICKER FREE VIDEO(TM) PREFERENCES PROGRAM ICD, Incorporated, a leading designer and manufacturer of enhancements for Amiga computers, has begun shipping Flicker Free Video Preferences, a program allowing customization of the Amiga's video display. Low vertical scan rates (especially the 50 Hz of PAL machines) can produce a 'strobing' display that leads to discomfort and eye strain. Flicker Free Video Preferences takes advantage of 8372A ('Fatter') and newer Agnus chips to allow raising this scan rate for a steadier display. You can also lower the scan rate to provide a larger display! The vertical scan rate is adjustable from 49 Hz up to 100.2Hz, though the actually frequencies usable may be limited by display hardware and monitor capabilities. Flicker Free Video Preferences offers these features: o Adjustable vertical scan rate (see note 1) from 49 Hz to 100.2 Hz to provide a more solid display. o Can be used with or without a display enhancer on any Amiga computer, though features may be limited by the capabilities of some display enhancers and monitors. While Flicker Free Video Preferences was designed to be used with ICD's Flicker Free Video display enhancer, the program does not require it. The Amiga 3000 and A2320 display enhancer support all of Flicker Free Video Preferences' features. o Adjustable Workbench overscan (see note 2) for maximum use of display area. o Adjustable number of Workbench colors, from two to sixteen with Workbench 2. o Compatible with Workbench 1.2 and above, though some features require Workbench 2. Other features including turning Workbench interlace on and off, centering the screen, saving and loading settings. The Flicker Free Video Preferences program is available to registered owners of ICD's Flicker Free Video display enhancer for $15 directly from ICD. Others may buy the program from their local dealer or directly from ICD for $29.95. For further information, contact ICD Customer Service at (815) 968-2228 in the United States or at (0 61 04) 64 03 in Germany. Flicker Free Video is a trademark of ICD, Incorporated. Amiga is a registered trademark of Commodore-Amiga. flickerFixer is a registered trademark of Microway. Note 1: Requires 8372A or later Agnus. Frequency with stock Amiga and 1084 monitor limited to about 65Hz. Frequency not adjustable with Microway flickerFixer. Note 2: Microway flickerFixer limits overscan area. ______________________________________________________________ > MOUSESTICK STR FOCUS "..... an analog joystick ..." ==================== GRAVIS MOUSESTICK PROCESSING UNIT ================================= by Clemens Chin My continuing quest for more desk space has led to my purchase a Gravis MouseStick. This is an analog joystick designed to replace the mouse (it can also work as a joystick if so desired). I remember first seeing an ad for the MouseStick over 3 years ago in STart. But it was fairly expensive and as much as I wanted one, there were always other things that had a higher priority. About two weeks ago, someone was selling a used one and I bought it. The Mousestick consists of two parts, the MouseStick itself and a "Gravis MouseStick Processing Unit" (a.k.a. GMPU) which features a LCD display used for programming the MouseStick and to show the status of the MouseStick. To get started, the MouseStick plugs into the GMPU and the GMPU is plugged into the mouse port. Very straight forward, very easy. The MouseStick is also compatible with the Amiga. To toggle between Atari and Amiga mode, simply hold down both buttons while turning on the system. The LCD display will tell you which mode you are in. Then the LCD display will ask that you center the stick and press a button. Now you are set to go. Depending on which resolution you are in, you must set the MouseStick to the correct setting so that it can auto center correctly. When set correctly, your pointer should always be in the center of the screen making using the MouseStick more natural and easier. The MouseStick feels very good in its pistol grip form and button response is excellent. Setting the MouseStick on ST/STes is not difficult. Through a combination of stick movements and button presses you can set it relatively easily. It also allows you to save three set ups so going from one resolution to another would be simplified. The difficulty comes when you try using it with non-standard resolutions (standard being ST Low, ST Med and ST High) such as the TT resolutions. Then extra steps must be taken to define the resolutions (I have yet to do this). But I imagine once I have done this and saved the settings it should work well. Another problem I encountered was that with the MouseStick connected upon boot up, my TT's keyboard would be rendered useless. I found that everything would work fine if the MouseStick were connected after turning on the computer. I don't know if this problem occurs on ST/Mega/STe/MSTe. If it works without killing your keyboard, it is a very nice product. Initially, setting it up may be a pain, but once set up correctly, you may never have to deal with resetting it again (unless you decide to use it with a new resolution, then resetting may be required). This is a high quality product, it feels extremely sold and well made. If you do not experience the keyboard killing problem and are going to be using it in ST resolutions, I recommend it highly! Even patient users of non-standard resolutions can find this a very useful product. Well, that's all for this week... Now, to try and find a fix to that keyboard killing bug... __________________________________________________________ > ENTRAPMENT? STR FOCUS A SYSOP'S RIGHTS ===================== The Defense of Entrapment As it Applies to Bulletin Board System Operators By Randy B. Singer, Esq. For now, it is unclear how the law applies to protect speech communicated through electronic bulletin boards. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of enthusiast-run bulletin boards across the country provided for the free use of the public to exchange ideas and publicly distributable software. The system operators of these bulletin boards are providing a wonderful public service, out of the goodness of their hearts, usually for no monetary gain (in fact, often at a considerable loss). These sysops cannot afford to fall into a gray area of the law and find themselves having to defend an expensive criminal suit or having to do without their computer equipment because it has been confiscated by the police as evidence. Running a public bulletin board can expose a system operator (sysop) to all sorts of legal problems that have yet to be adequately defined. For instance: What happens if one user posts slanderous/libelous information about another user? Is the sysop liable? Is a bulletin board more like a newspaper in this regard or is it more like a meeting hall? What happens if a user uploads something clearly illegal, like child pornography, which other users download before the sysop has a chance to review the material? Is the sysop liable? What is the liability of the sysop if he runs a bulletin board in his/her back room and he/she almost never monitors the activity on it? Is the sysop required to constantly monitor the goings-on on their board to prevent illegal activity? It is therefore understandable that sysops have tried to protect themselves legally the best that they have known how. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation spread about what the law is and how it pertains to the community of bulletin board users and operators. Hopefully this text file will clear up one of the most common legal misconceptions that is going around. I have often seen posts that evidence a complete misunderstanding of what constitutes the defense of entrapment. As an attorney I would like to explain this law and its application, especially as it pertains to electronic bulletin board operators. Entrapment is a complete defense to a crime that a person has been charged with. It varies in how it is interpreted in each state, and on the federal level, but generally it is as I have defined it here. Entrapment only exists when the crime involved is the creative product of the police. (That is, the idea to commit this crime came from a police officer, or an agent of the police. The alleged criminal never would have thought of committing this crime if it hadn't been suggested to him by the police, or if the means to commit the crime had not been offered to the alleged criminal by the police.) AND the accused was not otherwise predisposed to commit the crime involved. (That is, the accused probably wouldn't have committed this or any other similar crime if the police had never been involved.) BOTH elements must exist for the defense of entrapment to apply. For instance: When John DeLorean, owner of the (then about to fail) DeLorean Motor Company, was arrested and tried for selling cocaine, he was found not guilty by reason of the defense of entrapment because, the jury determined, the police took advantage of the fact that his failing company made him a desperate individual. The police sent in an undercover officer to offer him a bag of cocaine to sell to raise money to save his company. The entire idea for the crime came from the police; they provided the instrumentality (the coke); and John DeLorean probably would never in his life have sold drugs to anybody if the police hadn't shown up to offer him the drugs to sell at the exact right time. The reason for the law is obvious: we don't want the police setting up desperate people to get busted just because those people are unfortunate enough to find themselves in desperate situations. In fact, we don't want the cops to set up any law abiding citizens, even if they are not desperate. Tempting people who would not ordinarily commit a crime is not what we want police officers to do. Now that you have the definition of entrapment, let's talk about what entrapment is NOT. I've read a lot of posts from people on boards who think that entrapment exists when a police officer goes undercover and does not reveal his true identity when asked. This is NOT covered by the defense of entrapment per se. The defense of entrapment does NOT require a police officer to reveal himself when asked. Going undercover is something that the police do all the time, and there is nothing that prohibits them from doing so. If you are predisposed to commit a crime (e.g., you are already engaged in illegal activity before an undercover police officer comes on the scene), and an undercover police officer simply gathers evidence to convict you, the defense of entrapment does not apply. So, for instance, if an undercover police officer logs onto a bulletin board and lies and says that he/she is not a police officer when asked, and he/she finds illegal material or goings-on on this bulletin board, then whatever he/she collects and produces against the system operator as evidence towards a criminal conviction is not precluded from being used against the sysop in court. At least it is not excluded by the defense of entrapment, because in this instance the defense of entrapment does not apply. The police officer is allowed to act undercover, and the illegal acts were not the creative product of the police. Also remember that the defense of entrapment is a COMPLETE defense. So it does not act to exclude evidence, but rather it acts towards one of three things: having a grand jury find that there is not sufficient evidence that a conviction could be obtained to proceed to a criminal trial against the sysop; having the case dismissed before trial; or a finding of 'not guilty' after a criminal trial. The defense of entrapment also doesn't necessarily apply if the police officer simply asks the system operator to do something illegal and he does it. In this case the district attorney would argue that the sysop was predisposed to commit the illegal act, especially if the illegal act was already going on in one form or another on the board. For instance, if the police officer asks the sysop to download to him some commercial software, the defense of entrapment will not apply if there is already commercial software available in the files section of the bulletin board. What would probably be required for the defense of entrapment to apply would be for the police officer to have enticed or misled the system operator into doing the illegal act, and it would have had to have been an illegal act that wasn't already going on on this bulletin board. This MAY allow the use of the defense of entrapment. I say "may" because it depends on the facts in each individual situation to see how closely they meet the requirements for the defense of entrapment to apply. You may surmise from my reticence to commit to saying that the defense of entrapment definitely WOULD apply that the defense of entrapment is not a defense that I recommend that you rely on. I've seen some bulletin boards say something to this effect in their logon screen: "Access restricted. Police officers must identify themselves, and are forbidden from gaining entry to this bulletin board." This type of message not only does not protect a bulletin board from the police (assuming that there is something that might be interpreted as illegal going on on this board), but it actually alerts any police officer who may casually log on to this board to immediately suspect the worst about this board and its system operator. There is nothing that I know of that would keep an agent of the police from lying about his/her status and logging on as a new user and gathering evidence to use against the sysop. In fact, I'm not sure, but I would not be surprised to find in the current legal climate that such a logon message is enough evidence to get a search warrant to seize the computer equipment of the system operator of this bulletin board to search for evidence of illegal activity! At some future date I hope to write a file that will detail how sysops can protect themselves from legal liability. (That is, by avoiding participating in arguably illegal activity, and by avoiding liability for the uncontrollable illegal acts of others. I have no interest in telling sysops how to engage in illegal acts and not get caught.) But for now, I hope that this file will give sysops a better understanding of the law and how one aspect of it applies to them. Disclaimer: The information provided in this document is not to be considered legal advice that you can rely upon. This information is provided solely for the purpose of making you aware of the issues and should be utilized solely as a starting point to decide which issues you must research to determine your particular legal status, exposure, and requirements, and to help you to intelligently consult with an attorney. No warrantees, express or implied, are provided in connection with the information provided in this document. This document is provided as is, and the reader uses the information provided here at their own risk. (Sorry for the necessity of covering my behind! Just remember, you get what you pay for, so I cannot guarantee anything I have written here. If you want legal advice that you can take to the bank, you should hire an attorney. Besides, just like everyone these days, we need the work!) About the Author: Randy B. Singer is an attorney in the San Francisco bay area. He does business law, personal injury, computer law, and Macintosh consulting. He also gives seminars at the Apple offices in downtown San Francisco for attorneys and others who are interested in learning about the Macintosh computer. He can be reached at 788-21st Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121; (415) 668-5445. Copyright (C) 1992 Randy B. Singer. All rights reserved. This document may be freely distributed as long as it is not for monetary gain or as part of any package for sale. This work may not be modified in any way, condensed, quoted, abstracted or incorporated into any other work, without the author's express written permission. ______________________________________________________________ > FontKit Plus 3.5 STR InfoFile modify/create your own fonts for GDOS ============================= FONTKIT PLUS 3.5 ================ DragonWare Software Inc. is proud to announce the introduction in the U.S.A. of the FontKit Plus 3.5 Now there is an easy way to import Fonts into the GDOS format from the Macintosh, IBM, Amiga and other ST/TT formats. FontKit Plus 3.5 includes DragonWare's own G_MAN 3.0 program to install the fonts that are imported by FontKit. FontKit is GDOSFSM compatible and will run on all TOS based computers, including TTand ST. FontKit Plus includes a font editing program that will allow you to modify/create your own fonts for GDOS! FontKit Plus 3.5 will sell for $69.95 U.S. and comes with a two hundred and eighty page manual and 4 diskettes. _______________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Judith Hamner 72257,271 The Voice.com program posted last week has created quite a stir on the forum message board. A talking Portfolio has been the topic of several message threads. A new line for development is being explored. RELEAS.DOC is contains a press release from Atari on the subject. David Stewart has improved on the original voice.com. PSND1.ZIP contains two phrases. MAKSND.ZIP will create a standalone, compressed sound file which is executable. It includes a sample file. Don Messerli has submitted a last minute contest entry. PGCPZL.ZIP is a new twist on the old sliding tile puzzle. You can use any PGC graphic image to scramble. There are additional features including save game and variable number of tiles. ______________________________________________________ > TIPS FILE LISTING STR InfoFile SL Users helping SL Users ============================== Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23952 Name: 250KEYS.LZH Address: A.VALENT Date: 920503 Approximate # of bytes: 54144 Number of Accesses: 19 Library: 30 Description: You must have Calamus SL to use this file. This TIPS file is the property of ISD Marketing - All Rights Reserved (c) 1992. This file contains a 250 macro CKT file with a CDK Template. Installation included. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23016 Name: 32LPCM.CRI Address: A.VALENT Date: 920304 Approximate # of bytes: 1024 Number of Accesses: 122 Library: 30 Description: Change filename to CALAMUS.CRI and place in Calamus SL's MODULE folder. Gives you a 32 lpcm 5x5 Raster Generator module setting that looks smooth printed at 300dpi. Can also be placed in the COLOR module without renaming and be used as an alternate. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23016 Name: 32LPCM.CRI Address: A.VALENT Date: 920304 Approximate # of bytes: 1024 Number of Accesses: 122 Library: 30 Description: Change filename to CALAMUS.CRI and place in Calamus SL's MODULE folder. Gives you a 32 lpcm 5x5 Raster Generator module setting that looks smooth printed at 300dpi. Can also be placed in the COLOR module without renaming and be used as an alternate. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23489 Name: 50GRAYS.LZH Address: S.SAMUELS Date: 920331 Approximate # of bytes: 27392 Number of Accesses: 53 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains 2 CDK's and a CFT (color table) along with some excellent information on color differences among different output devices. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23350 Name: BASESTYLE.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920321 Approximate # of bytes: 512 Number of Accesses: 24 Library: 30 Description: This little file can be used as a very basic style list with Calamus SL. It uses CG Times and CG Triumvirate and is properly set up for font sizes using only the R0 G0 B0 color. This is a good file to use for creating text styles because there are no style names, fonts or other attitributes to cause a conflict as you start creating. You can also SAVE SYSTEM SETUP so this becomes your default. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23737 Name: BUILT_IN.LZH Address: A.VALENT Date: 920416 Approximate # of bytes: 33408 Number of Accesses: 20 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file is the exclusive property of ISD Marketing and may not be reprinted, reproduced, or redistributed without the express written permission of ISD Marketing. This file illustrates the use of the Built In Macro Keys in the Text module along with instructions for modifications and corrections of some key bindings. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 22995 Name: CHAP5_11.LZH (LH5)LZH Address: ISD Date: 920303 Approximate # of bytes: 19840 Number of Accesses: 98 Library: 30 Description: This file contains a Calamus SL document covering the new Systems Module now available in Calamus SL, for those of you that received the module before the documentation had been implemented. All questions are being handled in Category 16 as usual. This file is specifically for those of you with SL that did not receive the file. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23260 Name: DBL_3.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 14720 Number of Accesses: 32 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have SL to use this file. This CDK is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum. It will tell you how to convert a 1.09 CDK with double pages into SL format. This CDK does not have illustrations. If you want pictures, download DBL_4.ARC. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23207 Name: DBL_4.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 30848 Number of Accesses: 61 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This is a CDK file showing how to convert 1.09N double page CDK's to SL format. This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains illustrations. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23171 Name: DBL_PAGE.TXT Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920313 Approximate # of bytes: 1920 Number of Accesses: 61 Library: 30 Description: This text file can be read on-line or captured. It explains a workaround for converting double-page 1.09N files into SL format. This is a Level 2 Project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum sponsored by ISD. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23950 Name: DEFAULTS.LZH Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920503 Approximate # of bytes: 123392 Number of Accesses: 33 Library: 30 Description: You must have Calamus SL to use this file. This TIPS file is the property of ISD Marketing - All Rights Reserved (c) 1992. Contents : DEFAULTS.SET (corrected system defaults), DEFAULTS.CDK (16 page tutorial on setting defaults), 250_KEYS.CDK (unique keyboard template), MACROS1.CKT (enhanced keyboard macro set), PKSWRITE.MAC (anglicized PKS Write Macro set), PLUS assorted COLOR, LAYOUT and STYLE SHEET Tips. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23381 Name: DYN_LINK.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920323 Approximate # of bytes: 63872 Number of Accesses: 58 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This CDK contains information about the dynamic linking feature in Calamus SL. The pictorial tour of 5 frame types and many frame functions illustrate the possible ways to use dynamic linking in Calamus SL. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23281 Name: FILLPATT.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920317 Approximate # of bytes: 60416 Number of Accesses: 50 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a CFT color list with all 36 Calamus fill patterns. There are also 2 CDK's in this ARC. One explains color lists and has a tutorial for creating them. The second CDK has a unique way of displaying SL's fill patterns. If you only want the CFT file then download PATTERNS.ARC. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23580 Name: FONT100.LZH (LH5)LZH Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920404 Approximate # of bytes: 19072 Number of Accesses: 63 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a solution to the FONTx100 problem as reported in the BB. The 4 page CDK explains the problem and how to easily remedy the situation. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23776 Name: GRAY_DPY.LZH Address: J.SIMS5 Date: 920419 Approximate # of bytes: 35328 Number of Accesses: 40 Library: 30 Description: Here's a few files to help you see what YOUR printer will do with the vast array of SL Raster Area settings. Very helpful for trying out various Raster Generator settings to see how they'll print. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23277 Name: K_100.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 1408 Number of Accesses: 53 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains K_LONG.CFT, a color list with 100 settings for the K Color Table. This file has no DOC. Please download K_LONG.ARC if you require a CDK to explain this file. You may also download K_SHORT.ARC which has the same information as well as a sample page to print out. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23276 Name: K_LONG.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 33792 Number of Accesses: 49 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains two files - K_LONG.CFT is a color list with 100 settings ready to use. K_LONG.CDK is the USER to USER file that explains the CFT. If you have already downloaded K_SHORT.ARC, do NOT download this file...it contains the same information. There is another file called K_100.ARC which has the K_LONG.CFT without the CDK file. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23267 Name: K_SHORT.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 37248 Number of Accesses: 46 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a Calamus SL color list (K_SHORT.CFT) and a CDK to explain its use. The color list gives 17 K color settings for use in lines, raster areas and text effects. This list may also be merged with other CFT color lists in Calamus SL. USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD. More information is available in message 1, CAT 16, TOPic 7 or by downloading SL_TIPS.TXT. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23266 Name: K_SHORT.TXT Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 1664 Number of Accesses: 45 Library: 30 Description: This file is an ASCII version of the information in K_SHORT.ARC. It describes the use of K color settings in SL. The ARC file contains the color table file, a sample page, and illustrated instructions for loading and saving color lists. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23491 Name: MACROS1.LZH Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920331 Approximate # of bytes: 3072 Number of Accesses: 82 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a new CALAMUS.CKT macro file and a short text file and table of key bindings. Several new key bindings have been added to the default set shipped with SL. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23376 Name: MASTERPG.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920322 Approximate # of bytes: 50304 Number of Accesses: 70 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This CDK contains a tutorial on creating master pages with guidelines and using master pages in documents. There are also 17 CSS files that are ready to apply to any CDK. These files provide rows/columns layouts that automatically adapt to any page dimension or orientation. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23389 Name: NEW_LIST.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920324 Approximate # of bytes: 11904 Number of Accesses: 46 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This CDK contains information about starting a new text style list from scratch. This is useful for trying to load some public domain and converted fonts. Included is the file START.CSL which is a blank text style list that can be used to replace your current list. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23264 Name: PANTONE1.ARC Address: D.SIMMER1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 32128 Number of Accesses: 52 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains two SL color palettes matching the Pantone Color System. Two more will be released shortly. This is a Level 4 USER to USER project but contains no graphics (at this time). ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23265 Name: PANTONE1.TXT Address: D.SIMMER1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 7296 Number of Accesses: 52 Library: 30 Description: Description of the color palettes contained in PANTONE1.ARC and how the user can load and apply them in Calamus SL. PANTONE1.ARC contains the same information in CDK form as well as 2 of 4 color palettes. This TXT is part of a Level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23282 Name: PATTERNS.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920317 Approximate # of bytes: 512 Number of Accesses: 74 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a color list with 36 fill patterns for use in Calamus SL. If you require instructions and samples, then download the file FILLPATT.ARC. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23259 Name: PG_NO_3.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920316 Approximate # of bytes: 12032 Number of Accesses: 39 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This is a CDK file showing a workaround to do page numbering in SL. This is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains no illustrations. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23208 Name: PG_NO_4.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 31488 Number of Accesses: 69 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This is a CDK file showing a workaround to do page numbering in SL. This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains illustrations. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23170 Name: PG_NUMBR.TXT Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920313 Approximate # of bytes: 1280 Number of Accesses: 73 Library: 30 Description: This text file can be read on-line or captured. It explains how to activate automatic page number in Calamus SL. This is a sample file of a Level 2 project in the USER to USER SL TIPS Forum which is sponsored by ISD. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23172 Name: RULERS_1.TXT Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920313 Approximate # of bytes: 1408 Number of Accesses: 84 Library: 30 Description: This text file can be read online or captured. It explains the basic methods for adjusting margins and indents in the text rulers of Calamus SL. This file is a level one project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum project sponsored by ISD. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23209 Name: RULERS_3.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 14080 Number of Accesses: 66 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This is a CDK file showing how to adjust margins and indents in the text rulers in SL. This is a level 3 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains no illustrations. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23210 Name: RULERS_4.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 28544 Number of Accesses: 78 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This is a CDK file showing how to adjust margins and indents in the text rulers in SL. This is a level 4 project in the USER to USER TIPS Forum and contains illustrations. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23780 Name: SCALAWAY.LZH Address: S.SAMUELS Date: 920419 Approximate # of bytes: 8320 Number of Accesses: 43 Library: 30 Description: SCALAWAY.ACC/ for use with the Calamus SL User to User tips sheet, "Tiling Frames tips part 2". A freeware desk accesory for artists, desktop publishers, photographers, designers, etc. that will calculate the percent of change and a new size for any rectangular shape. Runs on the ST, STe and TT. Runs as a stand alone accesory or inside of Multidesk Deluxe as a resident ACC or MDX. Written by Gregg Rodgers of GENUS and Border Bundles fame and thought up by yours truly. Does away with and replaces those old proportion wheels some of you may be used to! Please see the enclosed READ_ME.NOW file. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23379 Name: SLCOLUMN.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920322 Approximate # of bytes: 3200 Number of Accesses: 64 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains 3 master page (*.CSS) files that can be applied to any document to create 1, 2 and 3 column layouts. More information is found in CAT 16, Topic 7, Message 15 for creating/using Master Pages. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23206 Name: SL_MAP.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 81152 Number of Accesses: 98 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have SL to load/print this file. This CDK is a chart of the command groups in SL along with function listings and chapter manual references. It will be necessary to use "Tiling" to print this poster size graphic. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23215 Name: SL_MKEYS.LZH Address: A.VALENT Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 15616 Number of Accesses: 93 Library: 30 Description: Print out and mount Calamus SL keyboard template showing keyboard os. Enjoy! ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23316 Name: SL_MKEYS.TXT Address: A.VALENT Date: 920319 Approximate # of bytes: 2560 Number of Accesses: 37 Library: 30 Description: ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23284 Name: SL_TIPS.TXT Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920317 Approximate # of bytes: 4096 Number of Accesses: 61 Library: 30 Description: This file is a copy of Message 1, CAT 16, TOPic 7. It explains the USER to USER program and how ISD will award points for discounts on their products to users who write tips to help others. The file gives a full explanation of the program, style guides, point awared structure and upload information. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23736 Name: SPECIALS.LZH Address: A.VALENT Date: 920416 Approximate # of bytes: 22272 Number of Accesses: 19 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file is the exclusive property of ISD Marketing and may not be reprinted, reproduced, or redistributed without the express written permission of ISD Marketing. This file demonstrates four methods for entering special characters from the upper half of the ASCII table. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23221 Name: TEMPLATE.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920314 Approximate # of bytes: 29568 Number of Accesses: 57 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This archive contains 4 files - TEMPLATE.CDK, README.TXT, TIPS.CSL and TIPS.CSS. A 6 page README file in CDK format which will load the two required fonts (TIMES and TRIUMVIRATE), style sheet and master page. You just import your text, tag text blocks and insert graphics. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23548 Name: TILING1.LZH Address: S.SAMUELS Date: 920403 Approximate # of bytes: 60288 Number of Accesses: 31 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This file contains a CDK tutorial on Tiling, one of the new Calamus features available in SL. This is the first of three parts and is well-illustrated for ease of use. This file demonstrates the basics of Tiling. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23510 Name: TIPLIST1.LZH Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920402 Approximate # of bytes: 4096 Number of Accesses: 39 Library: 30 Description: This file contains a full detailed listing of USER to USER files in Library 30 up to April 1, 1992. USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD. ---------- Atari-ST RoundTable Number: 23378 Name: UNDRLINE.ARC Address: L.ROCHA1 Date: 920322 Approximate # of bytes: 65024 Number of Accesses: 64 Library: 30 Description: You MUST have Calamus SL to use this file. This CDK contains a tutorial on creating underline text styles as well as a sample page that can be used to edit the list of text styles. There are 31 underline text styles in a CSL file that are ready to apply to any CDK. These styles demonstrate underlining, strike through, color, and overhang features of Calamus SL. USER to USER TIPS Forum is supported by ISD. USER TIPS sheets are evaluated and award points for discounts on ISD products. For more information please read SL_TIPS.TXT or Message 1 in Category 16, Topic 7. Please use ARC602ST, file # 13310, to extract. _____________________________________________________ > MULTISYNC CONNECTIONS STR InfoFile DIAGRAMS & INFO ================================== CONNECTING A MULTISYNC MONITOR TO THE ATARI ST ============================================== by Ian Lepore We have a text file in listings here on Bix, MULTISY.TXT, that describes hooking up an older NEC Multisync 2D type monitor to an ST. The newer multisync monitors (NEC 3D/4D/5D and equivelents) are becoming more popular, and they have a different type of connector than the older 2D models, so this is an updated description of how to build a cable for these newer monitors. This description will also be posted in listings as MULTISY3.TXT. This document describes my experiences with a 1040STFM. If there's a difference for a MegaST, I'm not aware of it (someone please let me know). THINGS YOU WILL NEED: - A cable with an ST-type 13-pin DIN connector at one end, and a bunch of bare wires at the other. Practical Solutions makes just such a cable, it retails for about $20 hereabouts. - A 'High Density 15-pin Female D-Sub' connector. Also known as a High Density DB15. Radio Shack 276-1419 or equiv. $5 or less. - A metal hood for the DB15, unless you're going to make a switchbox and mount the connector in it. Radio Shack 276-1508 or equiv. $2. - A pair of needlenose pliers and a little screwdriver. - A big cup of coffee. (The jitters will add an exciting element of challenge when you try to work with them little crimp connectors on the DB15). Now, some pictures of what the connectors look like. Both of these are pictured from the front, that is, you're looking at them from the side opposite of where the wires go in: Atari Male DIN13 | MultiSync Female DB15 -------------------------------------------+---------------------------- | 1-> * * * * <-4 | * <-6 | 1-> * * <-11 5-> * * * * <-8 | * | * * 11-> * * * * <-12 | * | * * * <-13 | * | * * | * <-10 | 5-> * * <-15 | -------------------------------------------+---------------------------- | 1 - Audio out YLW/WHT | 1 - Red in 2 - Composite video CLEAR | 2 - Green in 3 - General Purpose Output | 3 - Blue in 4 - Monochrome monitor detect YELLOW | 4 - N/A 5 - Audio in | 5 - N/A 6 - Green output GREEN | 6 - Red ground/return 7 - Red output RED | 7 - Green ground/return 8 - 12 volt pullup BLACK | 8 - Blue ground/return 9 - Horizontal Sync BROWN | 9 - N/A 10 - Blue output BLUE | 10 - Ground 11 - Monochrome output ORANGE | 11 - N/A 12 - Vertical Sync WHITE | 12 - N/A 13 - Ground COPPER | 13 - Horizontal sync | 14 - Vertical sync | 15 - N/A | RGB signals 1v pp 75 ohm impedance | Pins marked N/A should not Audio is 1v pp 1k ohm impedance | be attached to anything when H/Vsync are TTL, neg, 3.3k ohm | building the cable. The colors are for my Practical Solutions | cable, yours may differ! | ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Okay, now for the connections. At this point you have to make a decision: are you building a cable for a monochrome monitor, one for a color monitor, or a switch box that handles both? Building a switchbox is a more complex project (I haven't tried it); I'll expound on that later. Otherwise a cable is going to work for color or monochrome, but not both. To make the cables, connect the pins as follows: COLOR MONOCHROME DB15 ST DB15 ST ---- -- ---- -- 1 7 1 11 2 6 2 11 3 10 3 11 6 13 6 13 7 13 7 13 8 13 8 13 10 13 10 13 13 9 13 9 14 12 14 12 4->13 You'll notice that some wires from the ST aren't used. Just trim them neatly so that no wires stick out past the insulation to cause shorts. Also note that in the monochrome configuration, ST pin 4 is tied to ST pin 13 (ground). This is what informs the ST that a monochrome monitor is attached. The other difference in the monochrome cable is that the single monochrome output line attaches to all 3 RGB input lines on the monitor. You may also have noticed that MultiSync monitors don't have builtin speakers. You can handle this (if you care) by attaching a standard RCA audio plug to ST pin 1, and having it come out the side of the cable near the DB15 plug. Then you can plug your ST sound into any audio amplifier. (I recommend that you ransack your little brother's or sister's room or dig around in your closet, and look for one of those old $89 stereos that everyone had as a kid. You know, the one that has an 8-track player and a turntable that eats records. You can generally strip one of those down to a nice compact audio amp that mounts in a little (say 8x6") box. Connect up an old half-dead car speaker, and you have an outboard sound system that performs at least as well as the builtin speaker on an ST monitor). CONSTRUCTION TIPS Okay, so you've read through the instructions a couple times, you've finished that big cup of coffee, and the caffeine buzz is in full swing. It's time to assemble the DB15 connector. If you've gotten the (overpriced) Radio Shack part, or a similar crimp-style connector, you're going to find the assembly to be tedious. Take your time, because you have to get it right the first time on each pin. Strip the wire very carefully to expose exactly the right amount to fit in the crimp slot. If you stripped too much, trim it; you don't want bare wire extending past the end of the crimp connector when it's inserted into the plug housing. Conversely, you don't want any of the insulation to get caught in the crimp, because then the connector will be too fat to insert into the plug housing all the way. After you have the bare wire trimmed to the right length, twist it a little bit to keep it from fraying, lay it in the crimp trough, and with a needlenose, carefully crimp down first one side, then the other, on the little crimp flaps. After getting the crimp into a basically rounded shape, go back over the flaps and crimp them down a bit more. But be carefull, you don't want to mush them flat or they won't fit into the plug housing. When you think you have it right, and the crimp is nice and round, but snug, tug on the wires a bit. If they come lose, or even wiggle a bit, fix it now. Once you have the connector inserted in the plug housing, it will never come out again. If you get it inserted, and then a wire pulls out leaving the connector behind, you lose. Go back to Radio Shack, slap down another $5, and you're ready to try again. (Given my famous lack of manual dexterity, I'm proud to say that I only ruined one connector before I got it right.) If you are good with a soldering iron, it can be helpful to put a VERY SMALL amount of solder on the crimp connector after the wire is crimped in. Use a small cool iron, and very fine solder (eg, .035 diameter). If you put too much solder on the connector, it won't fit into the plug. If you try to force it in, it'll bend. If you use too much heat, the insulation will retreat up the wire, and after you get all the connectors inserted, they'll make a neat little spark show. (They don't call them high density connectors for nothing!) On the DB15 connector, four of the wires attach to the ground wires on the ST cable. Since the ground connections are all in a row on the DB15, you can avoid a rat's nest of ground wires by making a set of pin-to-pin loops on the DB15. In the middle row (pins 6-11) of the DB15, make connections as follows: 6-> ** ** ** ** ** ** <-11 | || || || | || || || \---/\---/\--------/| | <- to pin 13 of ST cable. Be sure to use fairly fine wire to make these loops, you won't have room to lay two fat wires next to each other in the crimp trough of the connector. (Bell wire is too heavy, for example). If you're making a monochrome cable, you can use this same technique for the RGB connections (DB15 pins 1-2-3). When making these loops, assemble all the connections first, then insert all four connectors at once. If you're paranoid, like I am, you can strengthen the wires after you've got the DB15 all assembled. Mix up a little batch of 5-minute epoxy (don't use the 24-hour kind), and let it set for about 90-120 seconds after you've mixed it, so it's begining to get stiff. Using a toothpick, goop the epoxy all around the wires where they go into the back of the DB15, but don't let the epoxy get down into the holes. After you've got the epoxy smeared all around the bases of the wires where they enter the plug housing, suspend the plug upside down (so the glue can't run into the holes) for 10 minutes or so until it hardens. This step can be especially handy if, despite your best efforts, some bare wire (other than the ground wire, which is always bare) ends up showing after all the connectors are inserted. Epoxy makes a fine insulator, and this will ensure that wiggling the cable in the future won't cause shorts. Once all the connections are made, use a metal connector hood, and ensure that the ground (ST pin 13) is connected to it, for shielding. HOW ABOUT THAT SWITCHBOX? All of the above I have tested and I know it works. The following is untested, and I'm not even sure the appropriate parts are available. The idea here is that you have a little switchbox with a cable going to your ST, a cable going to your monitor, and a switch that lets you choose color or monochrome operation. The switch is the only tricky part, you need a four-pole double-throw switch. I'm thinking a rotary 'ganged' switch would do the trick, if such are still available. The connections would be as follows: DB15 SWITCH ST o--------- 7 1 ---------o--- o--------- 11 o--------- 6 2 ---------o--- o--------- 11 o--------- 10 3 ---------o--- o--------- 11 +---------------- 4 | | o--------- N/A +-o--- o--------- 13 6,7,8,10 --------------------- 13 (These are straight-thru, not 13 --------------------- 9 thru the switch). 14 --------------------- 12 With this setup, use a small *metal* hobbyist box (available at Radio Shack), and mount the DB15 and the ST cable thru the back of the box, and the switch in front. Connect the ground (ST pin 13) to the box for shielding purposes. Also, remember that when you switch monitor types, your ST will reboot itself! WRAPUP and DISCLAIMER Well, that's it. It took about 2 hours to make a cable (counting the first failed attempt with the nasty crimp connectors). Someone with more manual dexterity than I have should be able to do it in half that. While I have successfully followed these procedures myself, I cannot, of course, take any responsibility for problems that may occur with your system, or damages that may result from your using these procedures, including problems caused by inaccuracies that may be found in this document. I always hate saying things like that, but gotta CYA, you know? I can't afford to buy the world new monitors because of typo. Ian Lepore, 04/14/91 ********************************************************************** * O K A Y T O P O R T * * * * This information originated on BIX, the BYTE Information Exchange. * * It may be copied to other systems as long as the entire document, * * including this notice, remains intact. * ********************************************************************** > VIDEO CARDS STR InfoFile Video Cards Galore! ======================== VIDEO CARDS =========== compiled by Daniel Hollis I compiled this list mainly to shut up all those nay-sayers and Atari bashers who say that there aren't any decent graphics cards for the Atari. In several cases these cards way outdo the BEST available graphics cards for ANY IBM/Mac.... There are at least 7 cards already selling, a couple of them have been out for several YEARS! There are other cards which I only have a little information on, aside from the fact that they do exist. If anyone can e-mail me any of the missing info, I'd appreciate it. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" AutoSwitch OVERSCAN by Rio Datel (USA) Resolutions:Atari Monitors: Multisync Monitors: 704x480 on SM124 768x480 on Mono 752x240 on SC1224 816x240 on Color Monitor:SM124,SC1224,Multisync Models:??? Contact:Rio Datel 3430 E. Tropicana Ave #65 Las Vegas, NV 89121, U.S.A. 1-800-782-9110, (702) 454-7700 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" C32 board by Matrix Datensystem (Germany) Resolutions:800x608x256 Monitor:??? Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT Options:Three versions:256k,512k and 1mb. True color, super mono, other options. Comments:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" C75Z board by Matrix Datensystem (Germany) Resolutions:1024x768x256 Monitor:??? Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT Options:As with the C32, many different options available. Genlocking, digitizing, CAD, everything from the hobbyist to professional) Comments:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Chromax by Gadgets by Small (USA) Resolutions:??? Monitor:??? Contact:Gadgets by Small 40 W. Littleton Blvd #210-211 Littleton, CO 80120 Tel: (303) 791-6098 Fax: (303) 791-0253 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Crazy Dots by TKR (Germany) Resolutions:1280x800x256 from 16.7 million color palette 1664x1200x16, 1664x1200x2 Monitor:VGA, Multisync, others via 15-pin VGA connector Models:Crazy Dots Megabus for Mega 2/Mega 4 Crazy Dots VME for Mega STe, TT Options:ECL adaptor, Genlock, True color display Comments:Virtual resolutions with hardware scrolling. Uses Tseng ET-4000 chip. 1mb RAM, blitter support, math co-processor support, includes socket for math co-processor. Includes a bus "pass-through" connector. Includes special "Video Application Slot" for future expansion. Price: Crazy Dots Megabus $949 Crazy Dots VME $999 Contact: Gribnif Software P.O. Box 350, Hadley, MA 01035 Tel: (413) 584-7887 Fax: (413) 584-2565 """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CyberCube Sunrise by tms GmbH (Germany) Resolutions:256x200 to 1280x1024 freely programmable. Max. hor: 4096, max vert: 1280 Virtual desk up to 4096x4096 Sample resolutions: 1280x1024x256 @ 65Hz 800x600x256 @ 150Hz 1024x768x256 @ 100Hz 640x480x16.7M @ 65Hz 800x600x16.7M @ 62Hz 1024x512x16.7M @ 58Hz Monitor:??? Comments:All resolutions with 8bit Alpha channel for VIDIMIX 16 videoeffects. TrueColor gammacorrection also at 16,7M colors, 2 20MB/sec. LAN ports for networking or videophones, Genlock ready and realtime video. Up to 4 cards simultaneously with extended VME-bus. Price: DM 4198,- (US$ 2,500,-) Contact: tms GmbH Dr. Gesslerstr. 16 W-8400 Regensburg Phone: + 49 941-95163 Fax : + 49 941-991236 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CyberCube Serenade by tms GmbH (Germany) Resolutions:Same as CyberCube Sunrise Sample resolutions: 1280x818x256 @ 65Hz 1024x768x256 @ 80Hz 640x400x16.7M @ 80Hz Monitor:??? Comments:All res. with 8bit Alpha channel, TrueColor gammacorrection also at 16.7M colors, integrated VIDIMIX Genlock module, Composite PAL Video In/Out ports. COM, Video I/O, RGB analog ports Alpha channel when used with video. Max 4 cards simultaneously with extended VME-bus (MultiScreening). Price: DM 1898,- (US$ 1,150,-) Contact: tms GmbH Dr. Gesslerstr. 16 W-8400 Regensburg Phone: + 49 941-95163 Fax : + 49 941-991236 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ISAAC board by Dover Research Company (USA) Resolutions:1024x768x16 from palette of 4096 800x600 mode for cheaper monitors (need other chipset) "Duochrome" monochrome mode for compatibility Monitor:??? Models:ISAAC for Mega ST bus AlberTT for Mega STe/TT VME bus Options:??? Comments:Makes hi-res look like ST Low Res, just with a huge window. Spectre GCR works with this board Price:??? Contact:Dover Research Co., (612) 492-3913 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" The Imagine by Wittich Computer GmbH (Germany) Resolutions:1024x768x256 colors Monitor:??? Models:All Atari ST/STe/TT Options:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" JRI Genlock by JRI (USA) Resolutions:??? Monitor:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Lexicor 24 bit color card by Lexicor (USA) Resolutions:??? Monitor:??? Contact:Lexicor Software 58 Redwood Road Fairfax, CA 94930 Tel: (415) 453-0271 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ODIN Resolutions:??? Monitor:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" OmniChrome board by Omnimon Peripherals (USA) Resolutions:??? Monitor:??? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Reflex Resolutions: Up to 1024x1024 SM124, SM125 SM125 *ONLY* ----------------------- ----------------------- 1024x800 interlaced 800x600 non-interlaced 1024x960 interlaced 1024x600 non-interlaced 1024x496 non-interlaced 800x480 non-interlaced 736x480 non-interlaced 640x480 non-interlaced Monitor:SM124,SM125,Multisync,etc. Models:Atari ST, Mega ST Options:Some modes require optional 7.50 crystal Comments:??? Contact:Titan Designs, Jonic House, Speedwell Road, Hay Mills, Birmingham, B25 8EU Phone:+21 706 6085 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ST-Super-VGA (also called Resolution Super VGA) Resolutions:320x200 to 1600x1200 16 colors w/o driver, 256 out of 256,000 with driver Monitor:Standard VGA Models:Mega ST available now, 520/1040ST/STe available soon Options:??? Comments:Uses Tseng chipset with 1mb RAM, Color VDI driver gives 256 colors and graphics speedup. *NOT* spectre compatible! Price:$499.95 Color VDI Driver:$59.95 Contact:Rio Datel 3430 E. Tropicana Ave #65 Las Vegas, NV 89121, U.S.A. 1-800-782-9110, (702) 454-7700 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > ACLU STR FOCUS A true system of checks and balances ============== ACLU & THE KING TRIAL'S AFTERMATH ================================= by R. F. Mariano In the past week, I've noticed some severe comments about the ACLU. All becuase they were doing a parallel investigation of the Rodney King trial and the LA Riots. One must remember the main responsibility of the American Civil Liberties Union is to make sure you have the right to speak your mind and even criticize them. While at the same time, they ensure that the true story is made available to the public. In Florida we have the "Sunshine" laws.. the rest of the nation and the FED should cary on their business under the "Sunshine Laws" too. It would certianly cut down on the "good ole boy backroom deals." Just a month and a half ago... here in Jacksonville, we had a scenario in the local Court system... A judge was rather abusive will everyone who appeared before him. The ACLU had a representative sitting in as a spectator for just over three months. The final whacko move by this Judge was to send a young man to jail for not having a valid driver's license. The ACLU proved the young man was NOT driving the car.... by showing the Chief Judge the summons that was given to the young man by the issuing Officer. It clearly stated the young man was in the passenger seat and was only cited for not wearing his seat belt. Needless to say, the Judge is now busy doing administrative work and no longer sits on the bench. The American Civil Liberties Union has been called many things but I see them as a sort of "Greenpeace" in relation to the US Judicial System. At times their goals seem to take the high road and other times they are somewhat dubious to some... But make no mistake, when the ACLU is mentioned pertaining to injustices in a particular court or court system, people stop and listen. As long as that is the case, we as the "little people" will always have some protections against tyranny and stiff, suffocating insider politics that can and do permeate local court systems. The American Civil Liberties Union is, as they should be, making a thorough investigation of its own into the LA/Simi Valley change of venue matter. This action will ensure that all others who are actively investigating these matters will do their very best. We are assured of not seeing any more of the local, "Good old Boy" non-sense as recently seen. Gates must go, but he, most certainly, was not capable of all the intricate manuevers by himself. The investigatons must, above all else, uncover those who really "pulled all the strings". Until this is accomplished... there may very well be further civil unrest. Justice may be blind... but the rest of the Nation is not! _____________________________________________________________ """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" EDITORIALLY SPEAKING - STR CONFIDENTIAL - MAILCALL """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > STReport's Editorial Page "Saying it like it is." From the Editor's Desk ---------------------- This past week held some unsettling news for most of us. The one point I found rather strange was the decision in the Atari vs Nintendo case. This decision holds many of the ideals this Country has held dear and true for many years since the passing of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Why was the decision against Atari, a USA Corporation? For the past twelve years, the US Administration has had an attitude of "HANDS OFF" for big business. This the going to become the latest American Tragedy. Off Shore interests (read Japan) have been absorbing the productive plasma of US business and labor for the last twelve years at breakneck speed with the Reagan and Bush Administration's blessings. The TIDE IS TURNING... just this past week, a "little birdie" on the HILL in DC mentioned that certain 'taboos' have been seriously re-thought and as a result, we shall be seeing some rather energetic anti-trust activities. It seems the Bush Administration has done some rather intensive research and found the American public is not pleased with the offshore absorption of our business resources. Watch for a Roosevelt type "New Deal" proposal emanating from this administration. With that in mind, I beg that Atari continue its vigorous pursuit of Nintendo. do not allow yourselves to be vanquished by one unfavorable decision. The TIDE is turning the undertow will be decidedly in your favor during the coming months. Hang tough Atari, you can win it all. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" 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 Clemens Chin 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" ===================== - Lancashire, U.K. Third Coast Technologies -> RECEIVERSHIP ---------------- Third Coast Technologies (TCT) based in Wigan, Lancashire (UK) has gone into receivership, the company made a name for itself several years ago by being one of the first in the UK to sell ICD based hard drives cheaper than anyone else at that time, and by aiming itself squarely at the ST/AMIGA market. Success however brought problems, a growing number of complainants started to appear claiming bad service and problems obtaining refunds. Stories of people trying for MONTHS to get defective goods exchanged or money refunded circulated with alarming regularity, the most common complaints were, being given the runaround on the telephone (including being cut off) and the usual quotes of "Its in the post" and "Suppliers have let us down". Since its early successes TCT's main market of Hard drives has become highly competitive and that together with the combination of a growing reputation for bad after sales service seems to have finally sunk the company. No details were available on the scale of the companies debts or how many creditors are involved. - Jacksonville, Fl READER SURVEY -> DETACHED OR ATTACHED KEYBOARD?? ---------------- ATTACHED or DETACHED? --------------------- A SHORT SURVEY As published in STReport 818, we would like your feedback about the attached/detached keyboard issue in future computer purchases. PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING THREE QUESTIONS; 1 - Would you prefer a single case (1040 style) unit or a Mega ST/TT style unit with detached keyboard? (pick one or the other only) 2 - If price were a consideration, how much more would you spend for a detached keyboard: A- $50.00 or less B- $100.00 (approx) C- $150.00 (or if price is no object) 3 - Would you prefer (or be satisfied) with a connector that allowed you to plug in a detached keyboard such as that used on the Mega or TT style computers (the keyboard being an extra cost item)? """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" We'd prefer your response in the following format: -------------------------------------------------- 1 - detached keyboard (or attached keyboard) 2 - B (or A or C) 3 - Yes (or no) """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Your response is greatly appreciated and will be compiled along with the input received from private BBSs and the major online services. Usergroups are urged to participate; Please, take a vote at your next meeting, and send the results to: STReport Online Magazine via the most convenient means at your disposal. Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine - Lyon, France NEW ATARI MACHINE RUMORED TO HAVE "MUSCLE" ------------ Listed herein are the specifications found carried on some of the European Networks: * PCB/UseNet Gateway from Sparkware #1 -------------------------------------------------------------------- This was posted by a person who works for a French Computer Magazine. Article #38632 (38676 is last): From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Vincent Habchi) Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st Subject: Falcon specs, February 2,1992 from Atari. Date: Sat Apr 18 12:47:52 1992. Article #38662 (38678 is last): From: email@example.com (Vincent Habchi) Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st Subject: Falcon (Re-post) Date: Fri May 1 04:56:47 1992 CPU: 68030 @ 16-33 MHz. RAM: 1, 4 or 14 mb configurations operating in page mode. ROM: 512 Kb internal, 128 Kb cartridge port. Ram: Cards 512k - 5 mb DSP: 56001 @ 32 MHz, 32 Kwords (96 Kb) of 0 wait state private RAM. DSP: connector to allow for modem/fax/voice mail/direct to disk, JPEG/MPEG codecs. External Box w/software-9600bps, (100.00 approx) FPU: Optional (68882) Internal direct processor slot for 386SX emulation, or other processors. Super VGA : 640x480 256 colors. True color 16 bits mode : 320x200 or 640x480, 65536 colors Accepts external video sync. (Gen Lock & Multi-Media) 15-bit overlay mode for video tiling and special effects. Programmable overscan 262144 possible colors Hardware assisted horizontal fine scrolling and BLITTER graphics coprocessor. Independant 10 channel 16-bit digital audio DMA record and playback channels with up to 50 MHz sampling rate. Stereo 16 bit DMA audio output through a Bitstream 1-bit DAC, 80 times oversampling. Stereo 8 bit DMA audio input. RASCAL and SDMA audio signal coprocessors. SCSI 2 port with internal DMA High speed LocalTalk compatible LAN port. Connector for RVB ST or modulator. 2 RS 232C serial port. Bi-directionnal CENTRONICS port Cartridge port. MIDI in and out. Stereo microphone input. Stereo audio output. Two joysticks ports. Two 15-pin enhanced digital/analog controller connectors. Integrated Keyboard 1.44 Mb floppy disk. Internal 40-80mb (IDE) hard drive. Anticipated retail cost 700.00 - 900.00 - San Francisco, CA JURY REJECTS ATARI'S ANTITRUST CLAIM ----------------- CTSY San Francisco Chronicle by Don Clark Atari Corp. has failed to convince a San Francisco jury that giant Nintendo broke the law in taking over the U.S. video-game market. The jury rejected the key charges in Atari's anti-trust suit against Nintendo, which dominates a market that Sunnyvale based Atari pioneered. The partial verdict found that the Japanese Company had monopoly power, but Nintendo had not intended to use exclusive software licensing agreements to attain that market position. Jurors deadlocked on two issues -- whether those agreements were an unreasonable restraint of trade, and whether Nintendo had an illegal monopoly. U.S. District Judge Fern Smith granted Atari's motion for a mistrial, and Atari vowed to seek another trial on those two issues. But Nintendo attorneys believe they can get the remaining issues dismissed, because the jury found that Atari was not harmed by Nintendo's actions. "There are no grounds for a new trial," said John Kirby, Nintendo's attorney. "We think its over." Atari officials said they were shocked by the verdict. "This is outrageous," said Sam Tramiel, the company's president. Nintendo, based in Japan, controls 75% of the $6 billion video game market. Atari filed suit in 1989, alleging that Nintendo used illegal tactics against competitors. The licensing agreements were the key issue in the 10-week trial. Nintendo required any company that wanted to make a game foe Nintendo Entertainment System to pledge not to make a version of that game for any other company's machine for two years. Nintendo dropped those exclusive agreements in 1990 after they had been in effect for more than four years. "Those agreements kept hit games away from Atari," said William Jaeger, Atari's attorney. Atari estimated that Nintendo's tactics cost it $160 million over five years and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, by straining competition that would have held video-game prices down. Nintendo maintained that tight control over the software used on its game machines were perfectly legal, and a key ingredient in its success that gave game quality high. Atari led the market until the early 1980's when the video-game craze crashed amid large inventories of unsold machines and game cartridges. Nintendo argued that Atari's inability to make a comeback in the business was caused by its own poor business decisions. In a separate development, Nintendo's U.S. unit, based in Redmond, Wash., yesterday said it was cutting the price of its Super NES system by $30 to $149.95. The move follows a similar price cut by Sega of America, whose Genesis system is Nintendo's closest competitor in the market for so-called 16-bit video-game systems. ____________________________________________________ STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON" """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > A "Quotable Quote" "The Nature of Mankind" ================== "ITS A FAR BETTER THING TO BE ATTACKED THAN GO UNNOTICED... THE MOST TERRIBLE DEED ONE CAN EXTEND AN AUTHOR IS... TO BE SILENT AS TO HIS WORKS..." .....Thomas Aquinas """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > ABCO SPECIALS! STR InfoFile * NEW 1992 Prices! 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