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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 9-Jun-95 #1123 Date: Mon Jun 12 00:11:26 1995 could not open /dev/kbd to get keyboard type US keyboard assumed could not get keyboard type US keyboard assumed SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. A subsidiary of STR Worldwide CompNews Inc. June 09, 1995 No. 1123 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. Mariano, Editor Featured in ITCNet's ITC_STREPORT Echo ----------------------------------------- Voice: 1-904-783-3319 10am-4pm EST STR Publishing Support BBS * THE BOUNTY INTERNATIONAL BBS * Featuring: * 4.5GB * of Download Files Operating with * Mustang Software's WILDCAT! 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Windows ..ah yes a term that endears all sorts of warmth and affection. Well at least it will in the future as Win'95 becomes more and more popular. The release date is hard set at August 24th. At that time, the beginning of an entirely new era in computing will begin. The end of which will come with the advent of Cairo. Cairo being the combination of Windows NT and Win'95. Win'95 is a sheer delight to use. With the Internet facilities that are included along with the various applications and utilities also a part of Win'95.. It really is a super neat package that's absolutely fun to use. Sure, just like you, I've seen the slams and slaps thrown at Win'95. All that can be said about that nonsense is its simply that ...nonsense. It never ceases to amaze me at how the "my dog's bigger than your dog" dimwits seem to come crawling out of the woodwork the minute something comes along that they feel is a threat to them and their small, dust filled, little worlds. 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The computer giant offered a $60 per share tender offer for Lotus' this week. IBM says it plans to pay for the deal with money from its cash reserve. Lotus is best known for its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software, although the firm has recently concentrated on "groupware" products that allow people to work in teams. The company also offers the Ami Pro word processor and several other business and personal productivity applications. IBM's sudden $3.3 billion hostile bid to take over Lotus Development Corp. would have been unthinkable for the IBM of a few years ago, analysts are saying this week. Experts say the $60-a-share cash represents IBM trying to end Big Blue's years of frustration in PC software by swallowing the maker of one of the hottest products, namely Lotus Notes, which makes it possible for many PC users to work on the same document and route it to one another. IBM is launching a three-pronged attack on Lotus: -:- Filing suit to eliminate the Lotus "poison pill" takeover defense. -:- Beginning its tender offer. -:- Taking steps to oust the the Lotus board of directors through a shareholder vote. While all of this was happening, Lotus Development Corp. may have been looking for a savior to deflect IBM's $3.3 billion hostile takeover bid. Analysts are saying they hear Lotus has approached several possible buyers -- including AT&T, Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and Intel Corp. -- but sources say the companies named as potential suitors all have declined comment. Some analysts already have said Lotus will probably reject IBM's $60 a share offer, which was nearly double the price of Lotus shares prior to the announcement, in hopes of getting Big Blue to sweeten its bid. Microsoft Corp. chief Bill Gates isn't easily surprised, but he acknowledges he was taken off-guard by IBM's $3.3 billion bid this week to take over Lotus Development Corp. And he doesn't think an IBM-Lotus combination makes sense. Gates told reporters, "I just don't think hardware companies can manage software companies. IBM's sort of proof of that." He cited IBM's software disappointments including its OS/2 operating system and its OfficeVision product. But he said he wishes Big Blue would buy even more of Microsoft's rivals with its $10.5 billion cash reserve. "I think that would be a positive development for us," he said. Gates also says that even if the takeover is successful, he doesn't believe IBM can revitalize Lotus's office-productivity programs, noting that his own firm commands about 80 percent of the market. >> IBM Teams With DreamWorks << For undisclosed terms, IBM has entered a technology alliance to supply overall computer management for the yet-to-be-opened DreamWorks SKG movie studio. A report says IBM will supply DreamWorks -- which was formed last fall by Hollywood veterans Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen -- with a Scalable Powerparallel Systems(a), or SP2, machine. >> Hyundai Opens Flash Memory Unit Hyundai Electronics Industries says it has established a new flash memory division in Sunnyvale, California. The start-up operation, a division of Hyundai Electronics America, will apply new flash memory technologies to various applications, including PCs and peripherals. A flash memory chip retains data even after its power source has been disconnected. >> CD Plus Specification Released << Sony Corp. and Philips Electronics N.V. have jointly released the final "Blue Book" specification for their CD Plus format. The new standard combines regular CD audio tracks with CD-ROM data in a single multisession disc. Besides music, a CD Plus disc can include such information as video clips, lyrics, photographs, animation and text that can be displayed on multimedia computers. The disc's audio tracks are playable on any existing CD audio player. The two companies note that a logo will be licensed to software publishers, record companies, drive makers and other firms utilizing CD Plus technology. Apple Computer and Microsoft both support the new format. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade group representing U.S. record labels, will be the official registration office for operating systems and platforms supporting the format. >> Pricing for Windows 95 Announced << Microsoft Corp. has released pricing details for its Windows 95 operating system slated to hit the shelves in August. Sources quote the company as estimating retailers will price the software at $109.95 for an upgrade package for users of Microsoft's Windows or comparable software, such as IBM's OS/2 system. Users of Microsoft's older DOS software, or those without any operating system, will pay about $209.95, it said. The company shortly will produce the first "release candidate," a near-final version of the program that will be heavily tested by external users and Microsoft employees before creating a so-called "golden master" version used in manufacturing, according to Microsoft group manager Mike Conte. >> Conner Drives Pass Win95 Tests << Conner Peripherals Inc. says it is the first hard disk maker to have its products pass compatibility tests with Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 95 operating system. Conner notes that its Cabo line of 3.5-inch disk drives have passed testing under the Windows 95 logo program. The "Designed for Microsoft Windows 95" logo aims to help computer users easily identify certified PCs and peripherals engineered specifically to work with Windows 95. The storage tests are part of Microsoft's Hardware Compatibility Tests for Windows 95, which also include test suites for manufacturers of PCs, modems, printers and add- in adapter cards. "The many new features of Windows 95, such as Plug and Play for automatic hardware set up, built-in video playback capability and support for 32- bit applications, will greatly increase the consumer appeal of PCs," says Gary Marks, vice president of disk drive marketing at Conner. >> Tiny Memory Chip Unveiled << IBM Corp., Siemens A.G. and Toshiba Corp. have unveiled the smallest and fastest fully functional 256-megabit DRAM chip ever developed. With a size of 286 square millimeters (less than one-half inch) and a memory access time of 26 nanoseconds (26 billionths of a second), the new chip is at least 13% smaller and has an access time nearly twice as fast as any other competing chip. DRAMs are the fingernail-size silicon devices that store electronic data in products ranging from mainframe computers to home appliances. A 256Mb DRAM can hold more than 25,000 pages of double-spaced typewritten text, or the equivalent of the entire works of William Shakespeare, plus those of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, as well as the Manyoshu, the Kokinshu and the Tale of Genji. There still would be enough bits left over to store a typical edition of the International Herald Tribune. >> Creative Unveils New Sound Card << Creative Technology Ltd. has announced Sound Blaster 32, a new PC sound card that combines Sound Blaster audio with wavetable synthesis technology and 32- note output. The entry-level product uses E-mu Systems' EMU8000 chip to provide 32-note polyphony. The $170 card also offers 128 General MIDI-compatible instruments and sounds, 10 drum kits, reverb and chorus effects and an IDE CD-ROM interface. Other features include enhanced FM synthesis, 16- bit digital stereo sampling and a variety of bundled software titles. The card's on-board memory can be expanded to 28MB to accommodate new instruments and sounds. >> Claris Cuts Organizer Price << Claris Corp. has cut the price of its Claris Organizer software to $49 as part of a new "Get Organized" promotion for the Macintosh personal information manager. The program provides automatic linking, drag-and- drop scheduling, Smart Find, custom views, importing and printing features. >> Taligent to Unveil Common Point << CommonPoint, aimed at making it easier to develop complex programs through object-oriented software, is expected to be unveiled this week by Taligent Inc., a venture of IBM, Apple Computer Inc. and Hewlett- Packard Co. Sources say that industry executives say the software will be a scaled-back version of what the venture had hoped for. >> AMD Ships Faster '486 Chips << Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says its latest '486 chips run about 20% faster than its existing '486 models. AMD officials said the new chip operates at 120MHz. (Its previous top-end '486 ran at 100MHz.) >> Compaq Cuts Notebook Prices << Compaq Computer Corp. has reduced prices on its high-end LTE Elite notebook PCs by up to 29% and on selected entry-level Contura notebooks by as much as 17%. LTE Elite prices now begin at $1,999. The LTE Elite 4/40C Model 170, with a passive- matrix color display and 4MB of RAM has been reduced from $2,499 to $1,999. The LTE Elite 4/75CX Model 510, with an active- matrix color display, 8MB of RAM and a 16K internal cache, now sells for $4,799. The system also comes with a free SmartStation desktop expansion base in a promotion that runs through June 30. Prices in Compaq's Contura notebook line now range from $1,799 to $2,499. The Contura 400CX, featuring a 40MHz 486DX2 microprocessor, 4MB of RAM and an active matrix color display has been reduced from $2,699 to $2,199. >> TI Offers Low-Cost 486DX2 Chip << Texas Instruments said today it is opening the door for PC makers to produce high-performance computers for less than $1,000 by using its new $80 486DX2-class microprocessor. Chips in this class normally sell for more than $100, TI officials say. The company also called the 486-class chip is the most popular micro- processor in the world today, quoting research by the Storeboard Channel Tracking Service as saying that 57% of PCs sold through retail channels in the U.S. were based on 486DX-class processors. For 1995, Computer Intelligence InfoCorp, a market research firm, predicts that 35 million out of the more than 55 million microprocessors that are expected to ship will be 486-class processors. >> HP Unveils New Vectra PCs << Hewlett-Packard Co. has introduced a new line of 486- based entry- level desktop PCs. Starting at $791, the Vectra VE models are up to 23% less expensive than competitors' comparable models, says HP. The company notes that its VE DX4/100 PC, with a 420MB hard disk and 8MB of RAM, is priced 12% lower than a comparably configured Compaq Prolinea desktop. >> Practical Cuts Modem Prices << Practical Peripherals has lowered prices on its 14.4K bps modems by up to 18%. The Class 144 MiniTower, which formerly sold for $139, now costs $119. The price of the Class 144 Half Card has been dropped from $119 to $99. The MacClass 144 MiniTower now costs $129, down from $139. All three modems feature maximum throughput speeds ranging up to 57.6K bps, V.42 error control, Class 1 and 2 and Group 3 fax capabilities. >> Franklin Sells 10 Millionth Unit << Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc. says it has sold its 10 millionth hand-held electronic book. The company says it now holds more than 70% share of the domestic market for such units, which have LCD screens, keyboards and databases from which users retrieve information. Franklin -- which started life in the 1980s as an Apple computer clone maker and nearly went bust after legal battles with Apple -- released the first electronic book eight years ago, the Spelling Ace, which offered instant spelling correction in a pocket-size unit. Now Franklin markets more than 100 titles, including its new Bookman dictionaries, Bibles and encyclopedias. >> HP Discontinues Pen Plotters << Hewlett-Packard Co. says it is discontinuing its last large format pen plotter. Production of the DraftPro Plus plotter will cease on July 1. Pen plotters, which have been used for decades to draw architectural blueprints, engineering plans and other detailed documents, have been largely supplanted by faster, cheaper and less troublesome ink-jet units. Pen plotter sales dropped 25% in North America during 1994, while ink-jet sales increased 250. Ink-jet models became the prevailing plotter technology in 1994, capturing 64% of the North American market. >> HP Cuts Scanner Price << Hewlett-Packard has cut the price of its ScanJet 3p scanner from $599 to $399. The grayscale flatbed unit scans both images and text. It offers an optical resolution of 300 dpi that can be enhanced to 1,200 dpi. The unit is compatible with both PC and Macintosh systems. The scanner accepts documents measuring up to 8.5 by 11.7 inches. With an optional $239 20-page automatic document feeder, users can scan multiple documents ranging up to 8.5 inches by 14 inches. An optional $86 stand allows users to stack the scanner on top of a desktop printer to save space. The ScanJet 3p is backed by a one-year limited warranty. >> Pioneer Offers CD-ROM Changer << Pioneer New Media has introduced the DRM-624X, a new six-disc CD-ROM changer. The four-speed unit is designed to allow users to access an array of CD-ROM information without swapping discs. Pioneer says the device can be used for data archival, imaging management, multimedia and numerous other applications in government, defense, corporate, education, legal and personal computing environments. The drive offers a 676KB per second data transfer rate and a 110ms average seek time. The $795 unit supports all leading standards and formats and can change discs in under 5 seconds. _________________________________________ > CREATIVE NEWSNOTES STR FOCUS! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" CREATIVE ANNOUNCES SOUND BLASTER 32 =================================== Next Generation Sound Blaster Extends Family of Wave-Table Products SINGAPORE -- June 6, 1995 -- Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF) today announced Sound Blaster 32, a professional PC audio card that combines industry standard Sound Blaster audio with Creative's powerful wave-table synthesis technology and up to 32 note polyphony. Sound Blaster 32 is an entry level solution that further extends the Sound Blaster standard to the next generation of audio technology at an economical price point. The product provides genuine instrument sounds and digital effects processing for entertainment titles, business presentations and music applications. Sound Blaster 32 will be available this month at retail outlets for a projected price of $169.99 "Sound Blaster 32 brings high-quality professional audio to the mass market, and it continues Creative's commitment to providing products that serve consumers' diverse needs," said Arnold Waldstein, vice president of U.S. software and product marketing for Creative Labs, Inc., Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiary. "By offering next generation Sound Blaster audio with wave-table synthesis at aggressive consumer pricing and assuring software support from leading developers, Creative is redefining the audio standard in multimedia computing." Features of Sound Blaster 32 ---------------------------- Sound Blaster 32 uses E-mu Systems' EMU8000 chip to provide 32-note polyphony of realistic wave-table sounds, 128 General MIDI-compatible instruments and sounds, 10 drum kits, and reverb and chorus effects. It also provides 16-bit digital stereo sampling and playback; enhanced FM synthesis and a variety of software titles, including Voyetra MIDI Orchestrator Plus and Creative's family of audio utilities. In addition, Sound Blaster 32 features an IDE CD-ROM interface for connection to today's high-speed CD-ROM drives and an upgrade path for adding up to 28 MB of standard memory. The additional memory allows new instruments and sounds to be easily added to the card. "Whether it's an online game, an interactive encyclopedia or a classical music score, Sound Blaster 32 turbocharges multimedia computing with special effects and real instrument sounds," said Scott Taylor, audio product marketing manager for Creative Labs, Inc. All of Creative's current Sound Blaster audio cards now either incorporate wave-table synthesis or are wave-table upgradeable with Wave Blaster II, a General MIDI wave-table synthesis daughterboard. Creative's wave-table product line now includes Sound Blaster AWE32, Sound Blaster 32 and Wave Blaster II-GamePak. From the high-end award-winning AWE32 audio card to the Wave Blaster II-GamePak wave-table upgrade daughterboard, Creative is dedicated to providing consumers with a wide-range of wave-table solutions. CREATIVE ANNOUNCES SOUND BLASTER PERFORMANCE 4X =============================================== New High Performance Sound Blaster Wave-Table Multimedia Kit is First in a Series and Extends Company's Quad Speed Product Line MILPITAS -- June 6, 1995 -- Creative Labs, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), today announced Sound Blaster Peformance 4x, first in a series of high performance multimedia kits to provide the next generation of Sound Blaster audio and the latest CD-ROM technology. Sound Blaster Performance 4x adds to Creative's growing line of best-selling quad speed kits, combining the pro-audio quality of Sound Blaster wave-table synthesis, Creative's quad-speed IDE CD-ROM drive and new powerful stereo speakers. With real instrument sounds, leading edge CD-ROM technology and highly popular software titles, Sound Blaster Performance 4x is the ultimate upgrade kit that gives home PC users a powerful multimedia computing tool for entertainment and education. Sound Blaster Performance 4x will be available at retail outlets this month for a projected price of $429. "Consumers have come to expect the highest level of quality from Creative, the most trusted name in the multimedia industry," said Arnold Waldstein, vice president of U.S. software and product marketing for Creative Labs, Inc. "Sound Blaster Performance 4x is a perfect example of our dedication to making the newest technology available to the widest range of consumers. This high performance kit continues this commitment by combining the next generation of Sound Blaster wave-table audio together with standard-setting quad speed technology, great sounding speakers and leading software for the home computer user and the greater multimedia market." Features of Sound Blaster Performance 4x ---------------------------------------- Sound Blaster Performance 4x includes a wave-table Sound Blaster 32 audio card for real instrument sounds, a quad speed IDE CD-ROM drive and powerful stereo speakers from Creative plus software titles from leading publishers including, Papyrus, Electronic Arts, Interplay Productions and Grolier Electronic Publishing. The kit's Sound Blaster 32 card uses E-mu Systems' EMU8000 chip to provide 32-note polyphony of realistic wave-table sounds, 128 General MIDI-compatible instruments and sounds, 10 drum kits, and reverb and chorus effects. It also provides 16-bit digital stereo sampling and playback, enhanced FM synthesis and an upgrade path for adding up to 28 MB of standard SIMM memory. The additional memory allows new instruments and sounds to be easily added to the card. Sound Blaster Performance 4x's quad speed drive provides a 600KB per second transfer rate, a better-than 250ms access rate and compatibility with the Kodak photo CD. Its IDE interface is best suited to handle the high-speed transfer rates of quad speed drives, allowing users to obtain optimum performance of software titles. In addition, the kit's high value software bundle includes six audio utilities from Creative and the following eighteen titles for education and entertainment. Interplay Productions' Descent Destination Saturn id Software Inc.'s Doom Episode 1 id Software Inc.'s Heretic Episode 1 Papyrus' NASCAR Racing Electronic Arts' Hong Kong Mahjong Pro Origin Systems' Pagan: Ultima VIII Electronic Arts' SSN-21: Seawolf Origin Systems' Shadowcaster Origin Systems' Strike Commander Electronic Arts' Syndicate Plus Origin Systems' Ultima Underworld Blizzard Entertainment's WarCraft Special Edition Origin Systems' Wing Commander II Grolier Electronic Publishing's Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Davidson and Associates' KidWorks II Davidson and Associates' Spell It 3 Davidson and Associates' The Cruncher Voyetra Technologies' MIDI Orchestrator Plus "Sound Blaster Performance 4x is great for those who want to upgrade their PCs with the latest audio technology for professional-quality sound that enhances most software applications," said Kim Federico, product marketing manager, multimedia kits for Creative Labs. "This multimedia kit makes buying new technology 'worry-free' by matching the next generation Sound Blaster audio with a powerful quad speed drive and a library of wave-table software products." Creative's quad speed product line now includes Sound Blaster Performance 4x, Sound Blaster Multimedia Home 4x, Sound Blaster Digital Schoolhouse 4x, Sound Blaster Discovery CD 4x and Blaster CD 4x. Each of these products serve the differing needs of PC users and the various multimedia market segments. For example, Blaster CD 4x provides consumers with a way to upgrade to quad speed CD-ROM technology, while Performance 4x launches a new series and gives families everything they need for high performance multimedia computing. CONTACT INFORMATION ------------------- Theresa Pulido Lisa Kimura Creative Labs, Inc. Copithorne & Bellows (408) 428-6600, ext. 6416 (415) 284-5200, ext. 209 Sound Blaster is a registered trademark and Sound Blaster AWE32, Wave Blaster and Blaster are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. E-mu is a registered trademark of E-mu Systems, Inc. ShareVision is a registered trademark of ShareVision Technology, Inc. All other products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such. Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a family of sound, video, software and telephony multimedia products for PCs under the B l a ster family name, and the ShareVision line of desktop video conferencing products for Macintoshes and PCs. The company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables PCs to produce high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and productivity applications, and has been accepted as the industry standard sound platform for PC-based software. Creative Technology Ltd. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Singapore. Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative Labs, I n c ., E-mu Systems, Inc., Digicom Systems, Inc. and ShareVision Technology, Inc. Creative also has other subsidiaries in Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The company's stock is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol CREAF and on the Stock Exchange of Singapore. __________________________________________ > Frankie's Corner STR Feature """""""""""""""""""""""""""" The Kids' Computing Corner -------------------------- MIXED-UP MOTHER GOOSE DELUXE CD-ROM =================================== available separately for Windows and Macintosh ages 4 and up approximate street price of $40 by Sierra On-Line IBM Requirements Macintosh Requirements CPU: 386/33, 486 recommended CPU: Color Macintosh RAM: 4 megs RAM: 2.2 megs Video: 640 by 480, 256 colors Video: 13" monitor Hdisk: 1 meg Hdisk: n/a CD-ROM: double-speed recommended CD-ROM: double-speed recommended OS: Windows 3.1 OS: System 6.0.7 Misc.: Sound card, mouse by Frank Sereno Mixed-Up Mother Goose was first introduced in 1988. The program combined whimsy, songs, and puzzles into an intriguing animated storybook. Children interacted with characters from classic tales to correct mixed-up nursery rhymes. Today's updated version combines enhanced graphics, professional voice talent and eighteen new songs to form an even more entertaining and educational product. Mixed-Up Mother Goose Deluxe uses the same interface as the original. The child can choose from twelve children to be his on-screen image. Then he will see that child in a bedroom. Clicking on the book begins the adventure as the child will be whisked away to the land of Mother Goose. She will explain that her rhymes are missing important items and that they must be repaired. This is accomplished by talking to the characters and learning what items they need. Once an item is found, it can be returned to its proper owner. The child then sees an enactment of the nursery rhyme along with its song. The main screen shows the child's character in his travels around Mother Gooseland. Seven smaller windows are available along the right and bottom edges of the screen. These windows include icons for quitting the game, controlling the speed of the on-screen character, adjusting the volume of the background music. In the lower right corner, the mouth icon activates conversations with the nursery rhyme characters. To the left is a small window which shows the child's inventory. Only one item can be carried at a time. The map icon places the map on the main screen. It shows the child's present location and all solved nursery rhymes. The final window has eighteen depressions. Each depression will be filled with a golden egg when a nursery rhyme has been repaired. The child moves his character about the screen by moving the cursor and clicking the mouse button. When the character walks close enough to a needed object, it will automatically be placed in his inventory. Only one item can be in inventory. The child must then guide his character to the nursery rhyme character needing the item. If the on-screen persona gets too close to another object, it will replace the current one in the inventory. The graphics are very good. The characters are more lifelike and their faces are much more expressive than in the original version. The animations are very fluid with realistic movements. The program has excellent sound qualities. All voice characterizations are easily understood and are well-acted. Sound effects are use quite liberally. The music is varied and interesting. Many types of music are used, including country, rock, and rap. Children will gain music appreciation by listening to these many varieties of music. Mixed-Up Mother Goose Deluxe has a very simple and intuitive interface. Children as young as four years-old should have little trouble using this program with minimal supervision. Sometimes the character can get caught behind an object but this is only a minor inconvenience. My children have enjoyed playing this program. It is filled with many humorous animations. The dialog and music are very entertaining. The location of the missing items is changed with every play so the game remains challenging. Educational value is good. Children will learn eighteen nursery rhymes. They can choose to play in either English or Spanish so they can learn another language. When the nursery rhyme songs are played, the words are displayed on the screen for building reading skills. The game encourages development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Mixed-Up Mother Goose Deluxe provides excellent value. It features a great combination of play and educational value along with a reasonable price. Ratings Graphics ........... 9.0 Sounds ............. 9.0 Interface .......... 9.0 Play Value ......... 8.5 Educational Value .. 8.5 Bang for the Buck .. 8.5 Average ............ 8.75 Thanks for reading! __________________________________________ > ADOBE FORUM STR InfoFile Good Pointers for all """""""""""""""""""""""" TEN TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST FROM THE ADOBE APPLICATIONS FORUM (GO ADOBEAPP) ===> TIP 10 - Post your message in the best section A common reason for delayed or no reply is messages posted in an inappropriate section of the forum. To help you pick the best place for your message, here is a list of the sections on ADOBEAPP and a short description of the purpose of each one. + Section 1: Chat Room + Have a question about what shareware is, when Adobe merged with Aldus, where to find clip art, why CompuServe hung up on you, or how to download/use a library file? Wish to send a happy birthday or congratulations note to another forum member? 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CompuServe forums are not designed to take the place of extensive technical support nor real-time troubleshooting. If you are on a tight deadline, the quickest solution is to call the appropriate telephone number. A list of current phone numbers can be downloaded from Library 1 (see TIP 7). ****** This document was prepared by Adobe Forums Wizop JB Whitwell with suggestions and contributions from several other forum sysops and members. We hope you find it helpful. Please send feedback to JB at 76704,21. Last updated 6/5/95. _________________________________ > VISUAL dBASE STR Spotlight Borland Support, "Always Top Notch" """""""""""""""""""""""""" VISUAL dBASE: THE NEXT GENERATION OF dBASE Borland Database to Provide A Smooth Transition for Developers to Windows 95 SCOTTS VALLEY, CA -- June 5, 1995 -- Borland International Inc. today announced it will rename its dBASE product-line to better reflect the database's advanced, award-winning development capabilities. Visual dBASE 5.5 and the Visual dBASE Compiler will be available this Summer, and will provide a smooth transition path for database developers and their clients planning the move from Microsoft Windows 3.1 to the coming Windows 95 operating system. "We are excited about unveiling the new 'Visual dBASE' name to both our existing and potential customer-bases. It acknowledges that dBASE is a competitive player in the emerging visual database tools market," said Mark de Visser, Borland's director of dBASE marketing. "The research that we have conducted shows that the new name conveys a much clearer description of the dBASE products that Borland is now developing and delivering: that of a modern, object-oriented, rapid application development database." Referred to until now by its code-name, Voyager, Visual dBASE 5.5 is the only second-generation, object-oriented Xbase product. Based on a sophisticated, yet easy, programming language and leading-edge visual tools which allow users to create and reuse objects without programming, Visual dBASE provides the productivity and power to control business data. Besides support for both the Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 operating systems, the database will feature mature client-server capabilities, Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools, and significant performance enhancements. The separate Visual dBASE Compiler, which will ship at the same time as Visual dBASE, will allow developers to create and deploy stand-alone (.EXE) applications royalty-free. Borland will announce additional product information and pricing for Visual dBASE later this month. Smooth Transition to Windows 95 ------------------------------- Visual dBASE will provide an ideal development solution for developers during their client's transition from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 because it supports both operating systems. A native 16-bit product, Visual dBASE has been architected to automatically detect whether the system is running Windows 3.1 or Windows 95, and then takes advantage of that operating system's capabilities and user interface. In addition, applications developed with Visual dBASE and distributed with the Visual dBASE Compiler will also automatically support Windows 95. Visual dBASE and applications developed with Visual dBASE will support many Windows 95 features, including long file names, OLE 2.0 Automation, the Application Key, extended file attributes, the universal naming convention (UNC), and Microsoft interface standards such as context-sensitive menu and icon bars, right-click context menus, system metrics, and tool tips. "Visual dBASE gives me and my clients a huge advantage because it allows us to manage the move to Windows 95 when we are ready," said James Sare, a database developer based in the Detroit area. "For those customers who want to stay with Windows 3.1 for a while, I'll be able to distribute sophisticated applications that run in only six megabytes of RAM. For clients moving to Windows 95 early, I'll be able to deploy high-performance applications with the new look-and-feel on the day that the operating system ships. The real beauty of the Visual dBASE solution is that this transition is automatic and transparent -- it virtually requires no extra work on the developer's part." About dBASE ----------- dBASE 5.0 for Windows, winner of PC/Computing Magazine's 1994 MVP Award and the PC Magazine 1994 Award for Technical Excellence, is the most powerful and advanced Windows database and application development environment available. Built upon the industry-standard dBASE language and easy-to-use object-oriented technology, dBASE for Windows enables users to access the most popular corporate data sources, including dBASE and Paradox, Oracle, Microsoft/Sybase SQL Server, Borland InterBase, and all ODBC- compliant databases, such as Informix, DB2, and AS/400. For more Info, Contact: Steve Curry Borland International Inc. (408) 431-4863 email@example.com Pat Lucas Borland International Inc. (408) 431-4872 firstname.lastname@example.org About Borland ------------- Borland International Inc. (NASDAQ:BORL) is a leading provider of products and services targeted to software developers. Borland is distinguished for its high-quality software development tools, which include Delphi, Borland C++, dBASE, Paradox and InterBase. Borland's award-winning products are supported through comprehensive programs for small- and large-sized software developers, corporate developers, value added resellers and systems integrators. Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California. For more information on Borland products and services, customers can access Borland Online, Borland's World Wide Web (WWW) site, at http://www.borland.com. Editor Note: ------------ Look for an in-depth review of this product, here in STReport, towards the late summer or early fall. """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N FARGO PRIMERA PRO COLOR PRINTERS - 600DPI For a limited time only; If you wish to have a FREE sample printout sent to you that demonstrates FARGO Primera & Primera Pro SUPERIOR QUALITY 600dpi 24 bit Photo Realistic Color Output, please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope [SASE] (business sized envelope please) to: STReport's Fargo Printout Offer P.O. Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155 Folks, the FARGO Primera Pro has GOT to be the best yet. Its far superior to the newest of Color Laser Printers selling for more than three times as much. Its said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words. Send for this sample now. Guaranteed you will be amazed at the superb quality. (please, allow at least a one week turn-around) A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___ ___ _____ _______ /___| /___| /_____| /_______/ /____|/____| /__/|__| /__/ /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/ /__/|____/|__|________|__/ /__/ |___/ |__|_/ |__|_/_____ /__/ |__/ |__|/ |__|______/ ________________________________________ /_______________________________________/ MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== John Deegan, Editor (Temp) > PHOTOSHOP; NEW BOOK! STR FOCUS! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" PHOTOSHOP SPECIAL EFFECTS HOW TO ================================ by Sherry London for Waite Group Press Photoshop Special Effects How-To is the product of a solid year of work. While first conceived as a book about Photoshop 2.5, it was completely re-written to reflect the massive changes made to Photoshop in Version 3.0. Ultimately, You are the beneficiary of these changes. Many of you will ask the question "Why another book on Photoshop?" Most authors feel that their book is special, but I really think that this one truly is. I have read so many books where the most interesting parts of an image were passed off with a remark such as "just take a brush as add the finishing touches" without telling me how to add the "finishing touches." I have also gotten very frustrated seeing the work of expert artists and not getting the detailed instructions needed to duplicate their effects. I wanted to write a book where every step is detailed so that you know how to create every image in the book. That's what makes this book so special. Which is why many educators feel results in stronger learning-leads you to make the connections yourself. Although there is a brief introductory chapter that shows you the basic Photoshop controls, there is not a long section specifically devoted to using Layers anywhere else in the book. However, when you have worked through all of the examples, you will be an expert user of Layers. This is what I mean by the "inductive" approach. The exercises are organized around results rather than Photoshop commands, but as you work, you will master all of the commands. In addition, you will see how, why, and when to use them and be able to come up with new effects on your own. Someone on AOL recently wrote that "other programs are just applications; Photoshop is a way of life." I sincerely feel that way about Photoshop, and I hope that you will share my enthusiasm as you read this book. Table of Contents ----------------- "A good farmer prepares the soil before planting the seed; an artist preps the canvas..." Part 1-Canvas... Chapter 1-Tools, Commands, Dialogs, and Filters... "A journey of a thousand miles starts with just a single step..." How do I... 1.1 Change Colors? 1.2 Set Tool Preferences? 1.3 Magnify an Image? 1.4 Adjust colors using Levels? 1.5 Adjust colors using Curves? 1.6 Use Quick Mask Mode? 1.7 Use the Channel Palette? 1.8 Use the Layers Palette? 1.9 Use Filters? 1.10 Classify Filters? 1.11 Explore Filters? 1.12 Identify the most useful native filters for special effects? Chapter 2-Channel Operations... "Rearrangements and re-combinations are the DNA of the universe..." How do I... 2.1 Learn about CHOPs? 2.2 Use CHOPs to produce embossed effects? 2.3 Use Trey Yancy's methods for creating special effects? Chapter 3-Color... "The universe and all the colors of the rainbow..." How do I... 3.1 Replace one color with another? 3.2 Reduce the number of colors in a document? 3.3 Use color palettes and Color Tables to change my image? 3.4 Create and view multiple colorways? 3.5 Re-Index the colors in an Indexed Color Table? 3.6 Create unusual color effects like solarization? 3.7 Create rainbow gradients? "What is in the background sets the stage..." Part 2-Background... Chapter 4-Block repeat patterns... "To bring order out of chaos ..." How do I... 4.1 Create a Simple Repeat Pattern? 4.2 Create a Linked Block Repeat? 4.3 Create a Seamless Block Repeat? 4.4 Create a Stripe, Column, or Diaper Pattern? Chapter 5-Block repeat textures... "And find beauty in the texture of life..." How do I... 5.1 Create a random, noisy texture? 5.2 Create a beaded texture? 5.3 Create a wiggly texture? 5.4 Create a grainy, linear texture? 5.5 Design a random repeating texture? 5.6 Create Anne Wysocki's woven texture variations? 5.7 Create Anne Wysocki's "Painterly" textures? Chapter 6-Symmetries... "And harmony in the mirrored repetition..." How do I... 6.1 Create symmetrical patterns with no rotation? 6.2 Create symmetrical patterns with twofold rotation? 6.3 Create symmetrical patterns with threefold rotation? 6.4 Create symmetrical patterns with fourfold rotation? 6.5 Create symmetrical patterns with sixfold rotation? 6.6 Use the Terrazo filter to create symmetrical patterns? Chapter 7-Alternate Grids... "Of alternate worlds and realities..." How do I... 7.1 Create a half drop or brick pattern? 7.2 Create a linked half drop or brick repeat? 7.3 Create a seamless half drop or brick repeat? 7.4 Create an irregular repeat? 7.5 Create a linked irregular repeat? 7.6 Create an endless irregular repeat? 7.7 Create a sateen repeat? 7.8 Create a scaled pattern? 7.9 Create a 3-Dimensional or overlapped pattern? Chapter 9-Materials... "Where elements and fabrications merge..." How do I... 8.1 Create the Look of Woven Fabric? 8.2 Create a Tie Dyed pattern or background? 8.3 Create a Marbled Paper or Fabric? 8.4 Create a Batik Fabric? 8.5 Create Marble Textures? 8.6 Create a wood grain texture? 8.7 Develop a texture that looks like granite? "You cannot weave a cloth without a warp and weft..." Part 3-Elements Chapter 9-Pixels... "Every little bit counts..." How do I... 9.1 Change an image to a bitmap? 9.2 Create a Mezzotint from a color image? 9.3 Create a recursive halftone? 9.4 Combine a grayscale image with a mezzotint? 9.5 Create a color mezzotint? 9.6 Get a stippled or silk screened look? 9.7 Add color to a black and white mezzotint? 9.8 Re-create Rob Howard's mezzotint project? Chapter 10-Text... "And knowing the subtext helps too..." How do I... 10.1 Create graffiti text? 10.2 Create scratchboard text? 10.3 Stamp text? 10.4 Create Patrick Quinn's Metallic text? 10.5 Create Embossed text? 10.6 Create fully rounded, dimensional text? 10.7 Create Eric Reinfeld's dimensional text? Chapter 11-Susan Kitchens's Fractal Techniques "Find splendor in complexity's heart..." How do I... 11.1 Wrap images around a fractal? 11.2 Use fractals as masks? 11.3 Use fractals as frames? 11.4 Layer fractals together? 11.5 Create difference fractals? 11.6 Weave fractals together? Chapter 12-Borders... "And always surround yourself with beauty..." How do I... 12.1 Create a soft-edged border? 12.2 Create a geometric border pattern with straight lines? 12.3 Create Susan Kitchen's fractal-patterned border? 12.4 Create embossed or pictorial frame moldings? 12.5 Create Susan Kitchen's "Victorian" fractal frame? "And in the foreground..." Part 4-Composition... Chapter 13-Techniques... "Stroking out a tree where nothing stood..." How do I... 13.1 Mix Paints Like a Traditional Artist? 13.2 Paint a cloudy sky? 13.3 Paint sunsets and dawn? 13.4 Paint a starry sky? 13.5 Paint dewdrops? 13.6 Color filter an image? 13.7 Subtly merge Paint Alchemy brush strokes in to an image? Chapter 14-Styles... "Studying the angles and the planes..." How do I... 14.1 Create and color Nat Merriam's comic book Line Art? 14.2 Posterize a photograph? 14.3 Create a flat color image with detail? 14.4 Use Sean Marshall's watercolor technique? 14.5 Create an Anne Wysocki landscape? Chapter 15-Fantasy... "To see illusions that the hand creates..." How do I... 15.1 Create ghosted images? 15.2 Create glows and sparkles ? 15.3 Create woodcut and contact print images? 15.4 Paint with Difference mode? 15.5 Create a fantasy wash? 15.6 Change image coordinates? 15.7 Combine Grayscale images? Chapter 16-Composites... "A puzzle has pieces that must fit..." How do I... 16.1 Use portions of two images to create a third? 16.2 Predict the results of luminance masking? 16.3 Pull a sunprint? 16.4 Create a saturation mask? Chapter 17-Unusual Output... "Though inventiveness engenders unexpected outcomes..." How do I... 17.1 Use Photoshop to create knitting patterns? 17.2 Create a chart for Counted Cross Stitch? 17.3 Design needlepoint using Sherry London's techniques? 17.4 Create heat transfers from my printed output? 17.5 Output to a film recorder? 17.6 Use Jon Cone's techniques to produce Fine Art prints? "So create beauty and begin... The empty canvas waits" ********************************************************************** ATARI/JAG SECTION (III) ======================= Dana Jacobson, Editor > From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Well, it appears that I might take the plunge and upgrade my own personal Atari system. I have an opportunity to pick up a Falcon030 at a terrific price; and it's almost too good to pass up. I've been considering getting a TT or Falcon, if the price was right, for some time now, but have never really seen anything priced at a point where I'd reach for the checkbook. Perhaps a number of you are saying that I'm crazy to consider making such a purpose, considering what's available on the other platforms. Well, you could be correct. However, I keep telling myself that it doesn't make much sense to invest in an entirely new system (other than Atari) and end up buying software that, although likely better, is similar to what I'm currently using. Another possibility that I've considered was to buy a PC and add a GEMulator. It sounds enticing, but I'm just not sold on a PC environment quite yet. I'm extremely comfortable with the Atari computers - that's really important to me. The PC world just seems too overbearing and foreign enough to discourage me. I enjoy using the Atari computer. What can I say? I guess I enjoy not being in the mainstream of today's computer users and being overwhelmed with the complexities of it all. Crazy? Maybe. Happy? Absolutely! Until next time... __________________________________________ Delphi's Atari Advantage!! TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (6/7/95) (1) SPEED OF LIGHT 3.8 (6) COLD HARD CACHE V4 (2) NISHIRAN! (7) DR. BOB'S ICON DRAW 1.42 (3) SEAWOLF ARCADE GAME *(8) MUNSIE VIDEO NEWSLETTER (4) LITTLENET/MIDI PORT NETWORK (9) PSST! 1.0 (5) PICTURE FILE BROWSER 1.0A *(10) GHOST LINK 1.02 BETA * = New on list HONORARY TOP 10 The following on-line magazines are always top downloads, frequently out-performing every other file in the databases. STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT 11.22) ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO: JAGUAR EDITION 3) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. ____________________________________________ > ExtenDOS Pro! STR NewsFile! - Anodyne Announces Latest Upgrade! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" Anodyne Software announces: ExtenDOS Pro v2.1: CD-ROM for everyone -------------------------------------- ExtenDOS Pro version 2.1 is the latest version of Anodyne Software's CD-ROM drivers for Atari systems. Like previous versions, it provides access to CD-ROMs and audio CDs on most popular CD-ROM drives, but v2.1 offers many features that make it easier to use than ever before, including: . easier installation and reconfiguration via the new GEM-based installation program . support for multiple CD-ROM drives using one copy of the drivers . better audio player graphics, by using 3D gadgets where available, and providing an alternate smaller window to reduce screen clutter. With ExtenDOS Pro, you can play audio CDs as easily as you can access the data on CD-ROMs. Put a CD-ROM in your drive, and access it like a large removable hard disk, or pop in an audio CD and use the included program to turn your CD-ROM drive into an audio player. Audio support ------------- ExtenDOS Pro includes the following audio functions: . play/pause/stop/eject . track forward or back . index forward or back . skip forward or back . cd repeat/shuffle . volume control These are provided through an interface visually similar to a standard audio CD player, with clearly-marked buttons and a complete time/track display. A smaller version of the main window may be selected at any time; this is particularly effective in reducing screen clutter when running the audio player as a desk accessory. ExtenDOS Pro conforms to the proposed CD-ROM software interface standard, simplifying use of CD audio by third-party products. Further details are available on request from Anodyne Software at the address below. Data support ------------ ExtenDOS Pro provides support for industry-standard CD-ROM formats. You can access any ISO9660or High Sierra format CD-ROM as if it were a removable hard disk, switch between supported disk formats without a reboot, and access files of any size. ExtenDOS Pro even provides a built-in configurable cache facility to speed up data access. And with the right drive, ExtenDOS Pro supports single-session or multi-session photoCD as well. Hardware requirements --------------------- ExtenDOS Pro requires a SCSI CD-ROM drive connected directly to a SCSI port, or connected to an ACSI port via an ICD AdSCSI+, Link, or Link2 (or equivalent) host adapter. Please note that other host adapters (including the original Atari host adapter, the Supra, the BMS, and certain early ICD adapters) may not be capable of transmitting the commands necessary to support audio CD and photoCD. If you're not sure whether your adapter is compatible, please contact Anodyne Software at the address below. ExtenDOS Pro runs on all TOS-based Atari systems, including the ST, STe, Mega, MegaSTe, TT030, and Falcon030. Supported functions depend on the type of drive: Function Type of drive -------- ------------- read standard CD-ROMs Any read single-session photoCD Most current drives read multi-session photoCD Selected drives, including the NEC 74-1/84-1 and the Toshiba 3401 audio control/play Any fully SCSI-2 compatible drive; selected SCSI-1 drives, including models from NEC and Sony The following is a partial list of supported drives: . Apple CD-300/CD-300+/PowerCD . Chinon 525/535 . Compaq 561 . MediaVision Reno . NEC 25/35/72/77/80/82/37/74/84/38/74-1/84-1 . NEC 210/3Xe/3Xi/3Xp/3Xp+/4Xe . Pioneer 602X/604X . Plextor 3024/3028/5024/5028/4plex . Sony 6211/8022/541/561/55S . Texel 3024/5024 . Toshiba 3201/3301/3401/3501/4101/5201 For the latest information on supported drives, please contact Anodyne Software via GEnie (R.BURROWS1), or via the Internet (email@example.com), or write to the address below. Software requirements --------------------- ExtenDOS Pro requires one of the following standard operating environments: . TOS . MultiTOS (with MiNT v1.08 or v1.12) . Geneva (v003 tested) . Mag!X (v2.01 tested) Availability ------------ ExtenDOS Pro v2.1 is available now at a suggested retail price of $39.95. Order from your local Atari dealer, or directly from: Anodyne Software 6 Cobbler Court Ottawa Ontario K1V 0B8 CANADA. ExtenDOS Pro Upgrades --------------------- If you are an existing ExtenDOS Pro user, you may upgrade to version 2.1 AT NO CHARGE by downloading the upgrade file, EPRO_210.ZIP. This is being distributed to several online services, including GEnie. Alternatively, you may upgrade by sending your original diskette plus $8 (including shipping) to Anodyne Software at the above address. Please see below for methods of payment. ExtenDOS Upgrades ----------------- Until 31st July 1995, existing owners of ExtenDOS may upgrade to ExtenDOS Pro v2.1 by sending the original ExtenDOS diskette plus $15 (including shipping) to Anodyne Software at the above address. After that date, the upgrade charge will increase to $20. The upgrade includes a new manual. Please see below for methods of payment. Methods of payment ------------------ For North American orders, please make your payment by cheque or money order, in US$ for shipping to the U.S.A., in Canadian$ for shipping within Canada. Ontario residents please add 8% sales tax. For shipments outside North America, please pay by money order in US$. Please add an additional $2 for airmail shipping. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Burrows, Anodyne Software, 6 Cobbler Court, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 0B8. firstname.lastname@example.org -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Burrows | (613) 238-8151 | email@example.com | Amdahl Corporation | | | [The opinions expressed above are mine, solely, and do not ] [necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Amdahl Corp. ] _____________________________________________ > GEnie Pricing Announcement! STR InfoFile! - GEnie Drops Surcharges! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" From a recent e-mail letter from GEnie Services: Dear GEnie Subscriber, Have high speed surcharges got you down? Have they kept you from downloading that feature file or from finding that perfect vacation in our travel area. Well, as of August 1st, those pesky on-line surcharges will disappear from GEnie! That's right, GEnie will eliminate Communications Surcharges for SprintNet and GEnie 9600 baud access for both U.S. and Canada. Along with the elimination of high speed surcharges, GEnie announces the availability of 14.4 baud access through SprintNet and the reduction of Canada's Datapac surcharges to CAN $5.00/hour. You'll save time and money, and have a greater opportunityto explore more of the award winning offerings in our on-line community. You asked for us to find better and more efficient ways for you to access GEnie's RoundTables and services. The new GEnie for Windows was the first step. This pricing change is the second, and in the coming weeks, you'll see announcements about some blockbluster content, including games from two of the world's most innovative game developers - Interplay & Microprose. Stay tuned, and enjoy your time on-line. Doug Perkins Vice President GEnie Services -/- IBM Plans to Buy Lotus -/- In a blockbuster move, IBM Corp. says it plans to acquire software publisher Lotus Development Corp. for $10 billion. The Armonk, New York-based computer giant will launch a $60 per share tender offer for Lotus' stock tomorrow. IBM says it plans to pay for the deal with money from its cash reserve. "Combining IBM and Lotus represents a truly unique opportunity," says IBM Chairman and CEO Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. "Lotus employees are proven innovators." Lotus, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is best known for its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software, although the firm has recently concentrated on "groupware" products that allow people to work in teams. The company also offers the Ami Pro word processor and several other business and personal productivity applications. "Our goal is to accelerate the creation of a truly open, scalable collaborative computing environment so people can work and communicate across enterprises and across corporate and national borders," adds Gerstner. A statement issued by Lotus says the company finds IBM's announcement "particularly surprising in light of discussions and negotiations on contracts and joint development that have been under discussion between the two companies for several months." Lotus adds that it will study the offer and then "take any and all appropriate action to preserve and promote the vital best interests of this company." -/- Lotus Seeking 'White Knight'? -/- Word around Wall Street is Lotus Development Corp. may be looking for a savior to deflect IBM's $3.3 billion hostile takeover bid. Analysts are saying they hear Lotus has approached several possible buyers -- including AT&T, Hewlett-Packard Co., Oracle Corp. and Intel Corp. -- but United Press International says the companies named as potential suitors all have declined comment. Reporting from Lotus's Cambridge, Massachusetts, headquarters, UPI says the software publisher, best known for its Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet, has not yet responded to IBM's Monday offer, but that it has 10 business days to do so. "Some analysts already have said Lotus will probably reject IBM's $60 a share offer, which was nearly double the price of Lotus shares prior to the announcement, in hopes of getting Big Blue to sweeten its bid," the wire service says. As reported, IBM appears most interested in the firm's Lotus Notes, a business network software product that generated an estimated $190 million in sales last year with 1995 revenues expected to hit $1 billion. Lotus has been criticized for its perceived failure to market Notes effectively. UPI writes, "The prospects for the alternative scenario of a 'white knight' emerging with a friendly takeover deal for Lotus are murky since other potential buyers would be wary of getting into a bidding contest with IBM. Big Blue has more than $10.5 billion cash on hand." Three Silicon Valley companies mentioned as potential suitors -- Intel, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard -- are viewed as longshots, UPI says, because "they all have closer ties to Lotus rival Microsoft Corp. than to Lotus and are probably not likely to want to become major players in the business software area." AT&T has a joint marketing agreement with Lotus and enough money to buy the company, "but its stock price has been held back by several other large deals," UPI says, noting the firm spent $12.6 billion last year to buy McCaw Cellular Communications. -/- Fox, MCI Team for Online Service -/- Fox Broadcasting is teaming up with MCI Communications to develop a new online service. Look for the two to try to beat Microsoft Corp. and NBC to market with it. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox, has told Communications Daily the firm will announce "within a couple of weeks a very, very big joint venture with MCI with our online services which will be way out there operating ahead of Microsoft and NBC." The deal apparently isn't final, but Murdoch said it "probably" will be announced before the Fox affiliates meeting that starts June 22 in Los Angeles. CD says MCI invested $2 billion in Fox, and joint production of an online service will be one of first results. "Fox already owns Delphi Internet online service, while MCI has begun (an) aggressive campaign to establish itself as (an) Internet service provider," the newsletter adds. It reports MCI officials familiar with the deal were in London last week meeting with News Corp. officials. An MCI spokeswoman said new services, directed toward the business-to-business market, could be offered over a variety of platforms, including Internet, Delphi and MCI's information services. As reported last month, NBC and Microsoft have announced formation of a multimedia alliance covering a broad range of areas, including online, CD-ROM, interactive TV and other digital products, as well as the integration of those efforts into traditional broadcast and cable television. Murdoch also told the newsletter he thinks Fox is "probably ahead of anybody else" in preparing for digital high-definition television (HDTV). Said Murdoch, "We've got to see, when will the boxes be ready? Will people pay for them? It will depend on the set manufacturers and it will depend on the set-top manufacturers. We're not sure of the timing, nor is anybody else." -/- Bill Targets Online Child Porn -/- A new Senate bill would make it a federal crime to transmit pornography by computer to minors. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who introduced the measure yesterday, is quoted by the Reuter News Service as saying, "Computer pornographers are out to destroy our children and our families. We must go after them here and now." The Iowan added in a statement, "Every day child molesters send young children computerized pornography in an attempt to seduce children and entice them into illicit relations. At the same time, ruthless, profiteering pornography merchants transmit pornography to children for money." Reuters says Grassley's bill would make it a crime: -:- For computerists to knowingly or recklessly transmit pornography to minors. -:- For online services that permit users to access electronic bulletin boards to wilfully permit adults to transmit computer pornography to minors. ______________________________________ JAGUAR SECTION ============== Pinball Fantasies Out! Review! Ultra Vortex News! CATnips! White Men Can't Jump! And much more! > From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Pinball Fantasies hits the streets, today! I've had a head start on this game for about three weeks now - and I've been having a ball with it! I've been a pinball player for as about as long as I was able to see over the glass on the arcade machines. Video pinball is a relatively new experience for me; the few other non-arcade pinball games I've played include one on the Lynx and one for the ST. Pinball Fantasies is the first of a number of pinball games to come out for the Jaguar. With the enjoyment I've had so far, I can't wait to see more! Look for a review of Pinball Fantasies later on in this issue. As I mentioned last week, it appears that the month of June will be the tip of the iceberg for new games coming out - with July and August to follow up with a bang. One can only hope that what's planned to appear, does. Jaguar owners have been waiting...and waiting for quite some time now - they deserve to see some continuous flow of games for awhile. We've got a lot of interesting news and information in this week's issue, so I'll quit babbling and let you read on! Until next time... _______________________________________ > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile - What's currently available, what's """"""""""""""""""""""""""" coming out. Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER J9000 Cybermorph $59.99 Atari Corp. J9006 Evolution:Dino Dudes $29.99 Atari Corp. J9005 Raiden $29.99 FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp. J9001 Trevor McFur/ Crescent Galaxy $29.99 Atari Corp. J9010 Tempest 2000 $59.95 Llamasoft/Atari Corp. J9028 Wolfenstein 3D $69.95 id/Atari Corp. JA100 Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95 Telegames J9008 Alien vs. Predator $69.99 Rebellion/Atari Corp. J9029 Doom $69.99 id/Atari Corp. J9036 Dragon: Bruce Lee $39.99 Atari Corp. J9003 Club Drive $59.99 Atari Corp. J9007 Checkered Flag $39.99 Atari Corp. J9012 Kasumi Ninja $69.99 Atari Corp. J9042 Zool 2 $59.99 Atari Corp J9020 Bubsy $49.99 Atari Corp J9026 Iron Soldier $59.99 Atari Corp J9060 Val D'Isere Skiing $59.99 Atari Corp. Cannon Fodder $49.99 Virgin/C-West Syndicate $69.99 Ocean Troy Aikman Ftball $69.99 Williams Theme Park $69.99 Ocean Sensible Soccer Telegames Double Dragon V $59.99 Williams J9009E Hover Strike $59.99 Atari Corp. Pinball Fantasies $59.99 C-West Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER Super Burnout TBD Atari Air Cars TBD MidNite Entertainment Fight For Life TBD Atari Flashback TBD U.S. Gold Power Drive Rally TBD TWI Rayman TBD UBI Soft Ultra Vortex TBD Atari White Men Can't Jump TBD Atari Jaguar CD-ROM $149.99 Atari Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP MANUFACTURER J8001 Jaguar (complete) $189.99 Atari Corp. J8001 Jaguar (no cart) $159.99 Atari Corp. J8904 Composite Cable $19.95 J8901 Controller/Joypad $24.95 Atari Corp. J8905 S-Video Cable $19.95 CatBox $69.95 ICD > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -/- 'Virtual,' 'Cyber' Top Trademarks -/- A new survey of the latest trademarks suggests marketers are betting that the language of the Internet will help sell their products, with "cyber" and "virtual" among the most frequent choices for new names. Philadelphia trademark attorney Glenn Gunderson, who compiled the annual survey, told David Enscoe of United Press International, "Trademark filings are a barometer of what marketers think will appeal to consumers in months to come." UPI says about 140,000 applications for trademarks were filed last year and of those, 226 included the word "virtual," 95 percent more than in 1993. "Cyber" was nearly as popular, with 199 trademark applications last year, up 83 percent from the previous year. "Other computer-age terms gaining in trademark popularity were 'interactive,' up 64 percent to 199 filings, 'multimedia,' up 123 percent to 96 filings, and 'Internet,' up 172 percent to 87 filings." Gunderson said he found continuing popularity for the word "smart," which appeared in 740 brand names, up 19 percent. (The word "dumb" appeared in only four new filings.) But the the vogue for trademarks using the prefix "Euro" waned last year, with 17 percent fewer filings. Trademarks with the word "America" or "American" remained popular, with filings increasing 3 percent to 1,650. Adds UPI, "Other old standby trademarks that fell out of favor last year included 'choice,' with filings down 13 percent, the prefix 'acu,' down 14 percent and 'clear,' down 26 percent." -/- VR Health Risk Described -/- An article in the June 5 issue of Electronic Engineering Times warns that overuse of poorly designed virtual reality (VR) technology could lead to health problems, including permanent brain damage. According to Thomas Furness, director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington, a poorly designed VR head-mounted display (HMD) could result in permanent brain damage, including LSD-like flashbacks, caused by the so-called corruption of the vestibulo-ocular reflex. "In the near future, many of the VR headlines we are likely to see will be made by lawyers," Furness told the trade journal. "There are also long-term psychosocial and psychophysiological effects that need more study now before the lawyers start suing," he added. _______________________________________ >Jaguar Game! STR Review! - "Pinball Fantasies" """""""""""""""""""""""" "PINBALL FANTASIES" =================== Available: June 9 Developed by: Spidersoft Published by: Computer West Price: $59.95 By Dana P. Jacobson Pinball Fantasies, published by Computer West, has just become available at your local video game outlet. Thanks to Computer West's Peter Curry, we were able to get a copy of the game while it was in production. For the record, the game that is being reviewed is a finished product, in EEPROM form. The manuals weren't available at the time we received our copy; so, if I'm missing some relevant factors to the game, it's because I haven't noted them during gameplay nor did we have the ability to note them via a manual. Anyway, who needs a manual to play pinball?!? ;^} Pinball Fantasies consists of four separate pinball games: Partyland, Speed Devils, Billion Dollar Gameshow, and Stones N' Bones. They're all fun to play, but Speed Devils and Stones N' Bones got the majority of gameplay, with my favorite being Stones N' Bones, at the moment. If you've ever played "Pinball Jam" on the Lynx, you'll have an idea as to what to expect with Pinball Fantasies. Like "Jam", these games are vertical scrollers. This factor occasionally makes things difficult, but overall I don't have any real concrete complaints other than an occasional lost ball down the middle because I wasn't able to ascertain where the ball was going to go! Turning on the game gives you the usual Jaguar roar and graphics. Pressing any of the controller buttons moves you to a number of credits screens. These include the usual developer credits, game titles, high scores, etc. Pressing numbers 1-4 will bring you to the corresponding game to play. At that point, you'll be shown the pinball table slowly scrolling up and down to get a feel of what's in store. You're then supposed to press a number from 1-8 to determine how many players will be competing. I've only played in 1-player mode. To start gameplay on any of the games, press the "C" button will pulls back the plunger. The "B" button acts as your right flipper control while the direction pad acts as the left flipper. The "A" button may be used to "shake" the pinball "table" but watch out that you don't TILT!! Most of the games have features similar to real pinball arcade games: thumper bumpers, light targets, bonuses, bonus multipliers, free balls, specials, multiple flippers, rail chutes, and more. Some games have very few of the above - something that I feel is an oversight that should have been corrected. Let's take a look at each of the games for a general feel for each game... Partyland has a carnival aura about it. The graphics are well done, with very colorful designs all over the table. There's an extra flipper at the top-left of the table, but the control for it is difficult. There are a number of "hole" specials on the table - hit these holes for special bonus points. There are also a number of other bonus specials and chutes which score bonus points. There are a few thumper bumpers which are quite "active" when hit. There's also a bonus multiplier special which increases your accrued bonus points. Light up PARTY and get a special. There's also a "Tunnel Skill Shot" special which gives you a million points which increases each time you get it, by a million points each time! I liked this table, but it needs targets to hit; I don't recall this table really having any. Most of the gameplay was aiming for different chutes to obtain the specials and bonus points. Partyland ranked third of the four tables to choose. Speed Devils is a good game with a racing motif. Without the manual, I was unable to really get a handle on what needed to be done in this game. However, it was fast-paced and there was a lot to do while playing. In retrospect, it appears that there are ways to advance your position in the "race" by achieving certain points or specials. I believe that you're required to drive so many "miles" to accomplish this. Again, the specifics have alluded me so far. Speed Devils also has a third flipper near the top right of the table. It keeps the ball in play and also allows you to keep shooting at the "Pit Stop" rollover targets in that corner. However, it does little else to add to the gameplay. There are a number of rollover and stationary light targets. There is a bonus-multiplier and a free ball bonus. The graphics are pretty good, but nothing overly eye- catching. The gameplay was fun and challenging - I rated it second of the four games. Billion Dollar Game Show was the worst of the four games. The subject of the game is obvious from the title. There are no apparent targets to hit. There are a couple of long chutes to obtain bonus points and specials, however. There's also a third flipper near the top right of the table which allows you to hit one of the chutes if your timing is good. There is a bonus-multiplier; and there's likely other special features which I haven't discovered yet. Stones N' Bones was my favorite of the games included. This game's atmosphere is spooky, with eerie music and sound effects to complement the game. Ironically, there is no extra flipper in this game, but I really can't see a strategic spot to have one. There are plenty of rollover and other targets to hit which will provide specials. There are "hole" bonuses (The Well Treasure and The Vault) which give you outrageous bonus points! There are a few thumper bumpers which aren't overly active when hit, but they're there nonetheless. There are jackpot bonuses, kickbacks, and extra ball capabilities. There is also a bonus-multiplier chute which multiplies your bonus according to the number of "screams" that you score. Stones N' Bones can be very fast-paced and there's a lot to do in the game. The graphics are quite good, but I thought that the various lights could have been brighter. I'm still having a LOT of fun with this table! Graphics: 7.5 Sound FX/Music: 8.0/4.5 Control: 8.5 Manual: N/A Entertainment: 9.5 Reviewer's Overall: 8.5 Overall, I thought that the graphics were quite good. For a pinball game, it's not really necessary to have great graphics on the table because the player is more concerned with making good shots rather than seeing how the graphics are. To be fair, though, it's nice to see well-designed targets and other features. One very excellent graphic feature that I noticed very quickly was the scoring display. Your score is displayed in multi-colored numbers. Also, when you obtained a bonus or special feature, the display occurs on the scoring window. Some of the specials and bonus displays were exquisite! The music was adequate, but not something that I really needed to complement the games. The music for Stones N' Bones was better than the others; and I actually enjoyed having it there as it did complement the gameplay and sound effects. The sound effects for all of the games were quite good. Sometimes they required the volume to be turned up, but once you could hear them well, it was enjoyable. Again, the affects on Stones N' Bones were excellent. Game control was pretty good considering that this was not an electronically-controlled arcade game. Flipper control on an arcade game is much better, naturally; but the flippers on the Jaguar did what was required, just not as sharply. The action on the extra flippers was slow. You could "catch" the ball on your flippers just like most arcade games to be able to have better control of your shots. There's also a "center-post" between the lower flippers to help minimize losing the ball down the center. However, it's easy to forget that the post is there; and the normal reaction is to try and hit the ball with your flippers rather than hope the ball will hit the post perfectly and bounce back onto the playing table. You can "shake" the machine via the controller's "A" button, just like the real thing. This feature does come in handy. However, like the big guys, you can easily TILT your current ball in play by pushing too hard. The bumpers aren't too active, but work similarly to the arcades. The entertainment value of this game was rated high because the games are fun to play. If you like pinball games, as I do, you'll enjoy these games. I would have given a score of 10 had the "Billion Dollar Game Show" table been a better game. Pinball games have been with us for a very long time and have always been fun. A console version, while not on the same level as the arcades, provides much of the same entertainment. Pinball Fantasies, overall, is an excellent compilation of pinball games. There are, however, some things that I feel are missing from the game, for whatever reasons. First of all, I wish that there were more targets to shoot at. I loved to shoot at drop-down targets on the arcade games. The targets provided on the Jaguar games are comparable, but difficult to see. Two-dimensional targets are less appealing than 3-D. Some of the target chutes were extremely long, taking up space that could have been used for other targets or features. The "third" flipper on some of the games didn't seem to work as well as the lower flippers making control difficult. I wish that all of the flippers had just a little more "oomph" to them! The scoring, bonus, and specials displays were very good. Hitting specials in pinball is a feat in itself usually, but the special effects to go along with them in these games made the feats even more enjoyable. If you're a fan of pinball machines, you're going to want to get this game. Will it be the best of the pinball games coming out for the Jaguar is unknown. I'd rate it as a potential top pinball game even without seeing the others currently being developed. Even if pinball isn't your forte, I think that you'll become addicted to Pinball Fantasies. That in itself makes the game worth getting! Here's your opportunity to become a "pinball wizard" with those "crazy flipper fingers"!! "...sure plays a mean pinball...." ________________________________________ > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile Online Users Growl & Purr! """""""""""""""""""""""""" CATnips... Jaguar notes from Don Thomas """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" [Editor's note: This recent "issue" of CATnips has been edited due to portions of it having been published in last week's issue] Pinball Fantasies WILL BE IN STORES on June 9. The product has shipped from the factory and is in route to retail shelves NOW. I played with Pinball Fantasies at E3. I found it to be as appealing as any pinball game I have played with the added appeal of multiple playfields. I happen to like pinball simulations and I found Pinball Fantasies to be addictive. It includes high resolution graphics and all the bells and whistles found on real pinball machines. Laury Scott has announced in the Jaguar forum that "Super Burnout" is IN PRODUCTION. YEA! This motorcycle race game is VERY controllable as well as a heck of a lot of fun to play. A lot of Jaguar gamers have asked about the Jaguar's ability to integrate Q-Sound(tm) effects into software. Q-Sound is a proprietary method to reproduce sounds so they audibly "appear" to be actually coming from their original source. This technology effectively emulates sounds made in front of the listener on a horizontal plane. In other words, the sounds cannot reveal whether they were made higher or lower than the listener, but can reproduce sources in front of the listener at variable distances within almost 180 degrees. I'm sure a developer can explain it better, but the technology is licensed by Atari and routines have been distributed to developers to integrate Q-Sound effects into future games. As I understand it, the routines work by passing monophonic sound samples to them with parameters that define the position of the sound source. I think this offers a lot potential for future development. Jeffrey Norwood's recent informal conference went very well. His impromptu style lured a lot of participants including Atari personalities such as Francois Bertrand and Laury Scott. ### END OF FILE ### CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" I've always thought it would be fun to own a private arcade room. Nothing elaborate.... just a few professional coin-op machines. A "Space Invaders", a "Missile Command"... an Asteroids perhaps. My brother has a classic "Kickman" machine... remember that one? I once owned a generic knockoff machine that had an abstract resemblance to "Galaxian", but it never worked well and I sold it one day to someone who knew how to fix it up better than me. I don't think I will really ever own that arcade. Neither will I ever build that personalized cinema or private amusement park that's always sounded fun, but I do own an Atari Jaguar. With the Jaguar, I already own the exact arcade version of "Raiden" (2 player is better on the Jaguar) and a super new version of "Tempest". "Defender" is forthcoming soon and other classics have been promised.... (Not to mention other great titles such as "Iron Soldier", "Doom" and "Alien vs. Predator", but that's another great story.) At the recent E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo; the huge trade show for the gaming industry in Los Angeles) I had the opportunity to preview a new game which is coming to the Jaguar this Friday (June 9th). The game is called "Pinball Fantasies" and is published by CWest. CWest emerged recently as a new software publisher. They ONLY publish games for the Jaguar and released "Cannon Fodder" a couple months ago. Look for a preview of their third title on the Atari Explorer Online (AEO) video coverage of E3. "Pinball Fantasies" is like getting four great pinball coin-op machines and putting them into my virtual arcade. I was hooked within minutes of playing the game. My favorite is "Stone's 'N' Bones"; a playfield based on a ghosts and goblins theme, but there's also "Partyland"; based on a traveling carnival, "Speed Devils"; based on an automobile raceway and "Billion Dollar Game Show"; based on popular television game shows. A lot of video games cater to gamers who want to spend hours and hours doing complex things without coming to any ending. Earning health, casting spells, collecting jewels, answering riddles and maneuvering along obstacle-infested pathways are some of the basic components of contemporary game playing. For those of us who just want some old fashioned mindless entertainment sometimes, nothing beats the hypnotic roll of a pinball as it pounds it way up and down the cling-clang alleyway. "Pinball Fantasies" has all the bells and whistles... the responsive flippers, the high-score screens, the ability to "nudge" the table, colorful targets, score multipliers, touchy bumpers, run-a-way ramps, drop zones and more. It has darn right decent sound effects and brings home the arcade feel of good pinball arcade action. If you remember "David's Midnight Magic" for the Atari 2600, that was one great pinball game back then! Now "Pinball Fantasies" brings it all up to date with four fun playfields on one cartridge. The suggested retail of "Pinball Fantasies" is $59.95 and it will be at your dealers June 9th. The suggested retail on "Cannon Fodder" (also by CWest) is Now Only $49.95. Last week, CWest announced an interesting offer out to all retail video game department employees on "Cannon Fodder". There is a $500 reward, a $300 reward, (12) $100 rewards, (24) $25 + a Jaguar T-Shirt rewards, and "a ton" of FREE Jaguar T-Shirts. If you are a good video game player you might want to check in with your local retailer and team up with a qualified employee and go for it. ### END OF FILE ###! [Don's been busy lately...] CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Okay. LOTS of you <<<S-C-R-E-A-M-E-D>>> (just as you should have) over the Ultimate Gamer magazine article which appeared in their premiere issue (cover date; July 1995). For example, in that issue, Jaguar gamers were misinformed that the CD-ROM (to be released in August) was going to be single speed and... well, let's just say it was a bad hair day for the unnamed author of that article. Since a lot of onliners contacted me about the Ultimate Gamer's issue, I was invited by Ultimate Gamer to have lunch with them this afternoon. The lunch was hosted by Chris Gore and Randy Brown. Chris is the Editor-In-Chief of Ultimate Gamer, Video Games, and Tips and Tricks Magazines. Chris and Randy were meeting with Ron Beltramo; Vice President Advertising and Marketing for Atari Corporation and John Mathieson; Vice President Advanced Technology for Atari Corporation. We ducked into a restaurant called Pacific Fresh near the office and really got down to business. After all that was said and done, I think we made a lot of headway and I'd like to share what I can with the people who helped correct this issue... the online community. Chris appeared in his trademark cap, calloused punch-button thumbs and glazed-over video eyes. He was all ablaze with energy. He talked about the future of the gaming industry and how well he thought Atari fit into the plan with a super system priced at less than $160. He shared with us his enlightenment from the E3 show and how he has come to conclude that there's room in the market for multiple high end systems as long as they were priced affordably. He talked about some great things happening in upcoming issues of his magazines and how much he has come to realize Atari is in a great position and that fact will be reflected in forthcoming issues. With Chris' permission, I have managed to grab some snippets from the Editorial by Ultimate Gamer's Frank O'Connor which will appear in the second issue to released July 25. I am obligated to say that this preview is subject to grammatical and technical corrections before it is actually printed.... "Plugged In..." "Welcome to the second issue of ULTIMATE GAMER. The response to the first issue was over-whelming,..." "It seems we also upset and confused a number of Jaguar owners. We incorrectly reported that the Jaguar CD was a single-speed unit..." "We apologize both to Atari and to nervous Jaguar owners for our unforgivable error..." "...it must be said in Atari's defense that E3 was a very good show for the company. All things considered, there was more software, better games and a much healthier presence..." "The Atari Virtual Reality headset was drawing crowds from all over..." "Jaguar's custom graphics hardware is almost perfectly suited to the shaded polygons required by Virtual Reality games. Better yet, the multi-processor architecture means there is less of the annoying Virtual Reality lag when you move too quickly..." "Atari may have single-handedly cracked open a new market, being the first company to produce a VR game system..." "Atari really hasn't made any big mistakes. Its machine is hot, the pricing is incredible and the ideas are fine..." "The company that started the business may yet find itself in a position to dominate..." I hope Jaguar users will pick up this issue of Ultimate Gamer and let me know what they think. It is also important that Jaguar gamers let Ultimate Gamer know that they are appreciative of healthy Jaguar coverage. Ron Beltramo was very instrumental in getting Chris Gore and company to look hard at Atari's position and the way the video game market is shaping up. We all agreed at lunch to the obvious... more quality software ASAP! We also agreed Atari is dealing with this in a very serious way with a lot of great software coming very soon. Now, more than ever, Atari is in a great position to make that happen as long as we stick by our guns, er, I mean joypads! <g> By the way, you can contact the Editorial offices of Ultimate Gamer by writing: Ultimate Gamer Magazine 9171 Wilshire Boulevard, #300 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 ### END OF FILE #### From CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forums (items not verified to be true): Sb: #Report From Sunnyvale... Fm: Larry Tipton 74127,601 To: All Just picked this up off NEWSGROUPS... Interesting stuff!!! Take it for what it's worth... -lt [Editor's note: spelling & format edited for clarity] I just got back from the shareholders meeting and here are some things that I didn't know: - 3rd packing for CD 'probably' Blue lighting. - Virtual set 'hopefully' early 96, if all works out well. - White Men CJ 'on production' to be bundled with the 4 player adapter (price?). - With current development tools: ports in 6 mos, original games in 12 - Nerf game exclusive for Atari this xmas :( - PC titles: T2K (386 and up) others for pentium only. Highlander series is the first title developed in parallel for both systems. - Batman Returns early 96 with movie video release. Atari got the license from Acclaim but the same company is developing for Acclaim and Atari (Probe?). *** Development kits for JagII ready for September. Motorola was supposed to have the first chip already but they 'screwed up'. Code name: Midsummer, as in Shakespeare. I didn't catch the names of the 2 chips. Fully compatible with Jag. 2-4 times faster than PSX. Full C++ libraries for the guys at Electronic Arts (who don't like to program') - Software Etc (same owner as Babbages???) to start carrying the Jag at 100 locations right away. - New controller ready. It looks basically the same. Jorge ps I didn't take notes so don't flame me. Atari's Laury Scott _did_ take notes, and replied: Sb: #82250-#Report From Sunnyvale... Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631 To: Larry Tipton 74127,601 (X) I also attended the shareholders meeting and most of what was posted was accurate- >>3rd packing for CD 'probably' Blue lighting.<< 'Probably' was the important word here. I can tell you that the game has not been finally selected but BL is definitely on the short list. >>Virtual set 'hopefully' early 96, if all works out well.<< That's correct. >>White Men CJ 'on production' to be bundled with the 4 player adapter (price?)<< Yes, see my posting in the Jaguar Games section. [Editor: see below] >>Nerf game exclusive for Atari this xmas<< Yes, but I really don't know much about it. >>PC titles: T2K (386 and up) others for pentium only. Highlander series is the first title developed in parallel for both systems.<< Yes, that is correct. >>Development kits for JagII ready for September.<< That is the target. >>Code name: Midsummer as in Shakespeare. I didn't catch the names of the 2 chips<< The chips are called Oberon and Puck. >>Fully compatible with Jag. 2-4 times faster than PSX.<< I believe that Sam said at least 4 times faster than the PSX. >>Software Etc (same owner as Babbages???) to start carrying the Jag at 100 locations right away<< That is correct. >>New controller ready. It looks basically the same.<< Except for the 5 extra buttons on it <g> -Laury Sb: #WMCJ Release Date Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631 To: All Just wanted to let you all know that White Men Can't Jump is now in production. We will be shipping it in the second half of July and will be doing an initial promotion by packing it together with a Jaguar Team Tap (4 Player Adapter) at no additional cost. I haven't actually played it as a 4 player game but every time I walk by certain offices after hours I see 4 guys having a great time playing this game. They tell me it is a lot of fun. -Laury P.S. For all you Pitfall Fans I saw a demonstration today of the latest version this game and it is definitely nearing completion and it looks pretty good. Sb: Ultra Vortex...Soon Fm: Larry Tipton 74127,601 To: All I called Beyond Games (BG) today. According to BG, Ultra Vortex just entered production this week and should be available in about 3 weeks. I specifically asked BG if the game would be out by the end of June '95. I was simply told "yes." Wow, if this is true, that is some kind of production schedule. I vaguely remember someone at BG stating that they found a production facility locally that could turn the game over in 3 weeks about 6-8 months ago. Hmmmmmm. I guess we'll know soon! _______________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. As you probably know, that Atari world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. It's to be expected though. I mean, heck, Atari is now in the video game business and not the computer business and since there aren't many folks just getting into Atari computers and more and more of us are looking to other machines, the userbase takes a beating. For this reason, I try to keep in touch with many of the Atarians that I've met over the years. This past week I got in touch with one of the former Atarians who I've always gotten along well with. She "jumped ship" about two years ago and landed in the "Sea of Mac". We had a great conversation. After catching up on each others' personal lives, she started telling me about the multitude of packages available for the Mac and how fast her machine is, and how healthy the Mac market is at the moment. What could I say? She was once an Atarian, she knew what the Atari market was like. I couldn't simply tell her that yes, the Atari market was fine as well. So I decided to kind of tread water until she changed the subject. I didn't have to wait for long. The very next words out of her mouth were "Y'know, the only thing that I still miss about the Atari world is the people I've met over the years. I miss the friendship and willingness to jump in and help out. You just don't see that on other platforms". TA-DAH! There it was. The one thing that the Atari world has that other platforms don't. As long as there are people who need help in the Atari world, and people who can help them, I'll be in the Atari world too. Let's take a look at some of what I'm talking about. From the Atari Computing Forums =============================== Sam Wells asks: " Does anyone know if there exists an Atari ST version of PGP, the encryption program?" Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Sam: "PGP is available for the Atari. Its probably not on Compuserve but somewhere on internet due to legal problems of exporting from the US encryption software, etc." Sam tells Albert: "I am pretty new to the Internet. Any suggestions as to where I might be able to D/L the PGP for the ST?" Albert replies: "Carl Barron [75066,3204] said it is on CIS somewhere but requires a CIS clearance. I do not know where it is on internet since I have not do much internet searching or file transfers in a very long time." Patrick Wong jumps in and asks: "What's a PGP and why is there so much hush, hush about it?" Carl Barron tells Patrick (and the rest of us): "PGP is an encryption program. It is so good that the 'big brothers' in Washington, don't want it exported. Too bad it is avail. in Europe via ftp. Perhaps Washington has not learned that the end of the SU was aided by the internet! It also lets you electronically sign your e-mail, so I know it comes from you. It is extremely easy, to forge straight internet mail. Tooo EASY!!" Patrick tells Carl: "Thanks for telling me about PGP. I didn't even know that Washington makes encryption programs for the ST. This program sounds great. Is it available on all computers?" Sysop Bob Retelle tells Patrick: "Washington didn't have anything to do with inventing the encryption methods... they just don't want anyone giving them away to "foreigners" who might use them "against" the U.S. The problem is that the encryption is SO good that the CIA wouldn't be able to crack any messages sent between "foreign spies" coded with these methods. The only problem with THAT is that it's so easy to get them here in the US that any "spies" who wanted to know about it probably already do. Mostly all it does is make things inconvenient for "regular people".. spies probably aren't bothered by it at all." Sysop Jim Ness adds: "And, more down to earth, criminals of all sorts are beginning to communicate using encrypted text on computers. Local police don't have a prayer trying to eavesdrop on what's being communicated. There is a movement of sorts to make the use of encryption illegal in non-government communications." Patrick adds his thoughts: "It sounds like something out of James Bond. I'm sure there has to be a way we can keep foreigners from using our encyption system. That sounds ridiculious." Sysop Bob mirrors my own thoughts: "Oh my... sounds like a field day for the civil rights folks... Next the government will make it illegal to whisper on the telephone, just in case the wire's tapped... or speak in pig-latin..." Albert Dayes adds: "Because PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is such a good encrpyption program that no one can easily break the code. It uses public key / private key and according to the way it works it should take 70 years of computer time to break. There is a US legal statute that says you can't export encryption technology from the US. You can import any encryption technology into the US however. It became more popular because of the US goverment decided to force all telecommunications devices to use the clipper chip. The clipper chip is an encryption technology but the US government has a back door into it. Supposedly the US goverment will have to get a court order before they can activate the back door. But we know how well that works ... <g> Hence PGP became very popular as a result. The newest version uses technology from RSA for its public key/private key encryption. In AEO-PJ (Atari Explorer Online - Programmers' Journal) #4 there is discussion of RSA public key / private key technology and an article from Wired magazine. Something about Cyberspace, Jackboots and the clipper chip. It is in the library if you want more information on it." Patrick tells Albert: "I didn't know that the clipper chip was already being used. I thought that the government had to wait to hear what the courts say. I'll look up the AEO-PJ. One thing that puzzles me though, if the Europeans can download it from a FTP site like Carl said, how can they stop some other foreigner from downloading it too? I guess the government is relying on the 70 years to crack thing." Sysop Bob Retelle adds: "Incidentally, Albert... I just read that the RSA encryption WAS recently "cracked" by a team using high powered computers... But it took so much computing power and manhours to do that they still consider it "uncrackable" from a practical standpoint." Well, from PGP to NOS we go. Neil Newman posts: "I've been trying to get NOS working and I am having problems getting the program to activate my modem. I've got NOS.TTP,STARTUP.NOS and DIALER.PP0 in the root directory of E drive, both the startup and dialer files have been adapted to my needs. My MODEM WORKS O.K. with my stalker program, I checked the Modem setup in the control panel which whe I activate nos, changes the setting to Parity - none, BITS/CHAR - 8, stopbits 1, flow control - none, but strangely enough the serial port option says MODEM 1 grey/disabled. My computer is a Falcon. Anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem may be?" Carl Barron tells Neil: "The ST/TT modem 1 and the falcon modem chips are NOT THE SAME. It is entirely possible that ka9q does not work with SCC ports like are on the Falcon. I don't have a Falcon or a stray modem to hook to an SCC on this TT but I'd guess that is at least one problem." Michel Vanhamme tells Carl: "I just did a check on my Modem setup, and did a test session with NOS without problems, on my Falcon... My Modem setup is the following: Baud Rate: 19200, Parity: None, Bits/Char: 8, Stop Bits: 1, Serial Port grey/disabled (I think this is because the Falcon's Modem port is "Modem 2": maybe the CPX doesn't know it), Flow Control Rts/Cts. So if your settings are the same, there shouldn't be a problem here. How do you start your NOS session? In particular, do you run the dialer manually or automatically? If your STARTUP.NOS file doesn't contain the line "dialer pp0 dialer.pp0", or if it is 'commented' ("# dialer pp0 dialer.pp0"), then, after lauching NOS, you have to type that command manually when you're in NOS. Also check if your STARTUP.NOS contains a line that looks like "attach asy AUX: 0 ppp pp0 32767 1500 19200" This attaches the default serial port in PPP mode. If you still can't get it to work, maybe you could send/post a copy of your STARTUP.NOS and DIALER.PP0 files (WITHOUT your password!!!)..." Richard Brown posts: "Check out my company's latest contribution to the MagiCMac scene: DynaSTar's MagiCMac (TM) Keyboard Editor! Uploaded about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, June 4, so I'm not sure when it will hit the libraries. We've been using MagiCMac for quite a few hours, and continue to be impressed. You can clearly see a functional speed increase even with our little keyboard utility: An NVDI 3.0 accelerated TT030 vs. an unaccelerated PowerBook 145B running MagiCMac - results? The PowerBook is visually and functionally _faster!_ I think it may be a bogus idea to run benchmarks to measure the real speed of MagiCMac. You have to use the programs to be sure. Desktop operations are HUNDREDS of times faster than System 7.1.p's awkward attempts. PageStream flies. PowerPrint printing mode works fine with the Portable Stylewriter serial to parallel printer adapter (don't buy PowerPrint if you have the the Portable Stylewriter cable!) Running multiple programs, even though MagiCMac is not in its final multitasking version, works quite efficiently anyway. That's the joy of not having your excellent word processor take up 35,000,000,0000,000 bytes of RAM :) as the Mac equivalent seems to want... Atari program efficiency really shines in only 8 megs on a PowerBook!" Leslie Katz tells us: "From 1988 until recently, I used ST's both at work and at home. My word processing program was First Word Plus. If I wanted to work at home on a work word processing file, I just brought it home on a floppy. Recently, I switched to IBM at work, so that I could access CD-ROM's I need for work. The machine came with MS Works installed, so I've just been using that as my work word processing program. However, I've lost the ease of working at home on work word processing files I used to have with my two ST's. Now, I have to use ASCII instead to exchange information, which causes me all sorts of problems. I saw recently in my ST users' group newsletter a reference to a shareware ST word processing program called "Marcel". It was said that Marcel could read files saved in RTF format and could itself save in RTF format. Such a program would suit my needs, because MS Works reads RTF and saves in it. I looked for Marcel in this forum without success, finding only a dictionary for it. Can anyone tell me please of a source for the program? Does it work properly? Does anyone have any other suggestions as to how I can easily share files between the two computers?" Albert Dayes adds: "There is also Papyrus which also reads/writes RTF files and is a commercial product. I think Marcel is now shareware but not sure." Leslie tells Albert: "Thanks for the information about Papyrus. I suspect that it won't do me, because (something I omitted to mention in my first message) both my ST's have only 1 Mb of RAM. Nevertheless, I'll look into it if I can't find another solution." Chas Cartwright tells Leslie: "There is a shareware program called 'The Ultimate Converter' (TUC.TTP) which might suit your needs as it claims to convert between, among others, 1st Word and RTF. It appeared on the ST Format issue 62 (Sep 94) cover disk." Patrick Wong asks for help: "I have an NEC with a SCSI CD-ROM, would I be able to connect the hard drive to the back of it? Would you know how much would replacing a drive mechanism cost if I bought it to a repair center? Is that all I need to fix this problem?" Albert Dayes tells Patrick: "To look at current hard drive prices you can try (GO PCA) pc catalog and check out the storage systems section. That should give you a good indication on what the current pricing is on average. The last time I checked a 1 gig SCSI drive was around $475 so everything less than that should be cheaper. To use ExtenDOS PRO CD-ROM driver software requires an ICD host adapter currently. If you have a SCSI hard drive you should be able to daisy chain it from the NEC CD-ROM drive." Patrick tells Albert: "Actually I meant if I could hook up my Supra to the back of my NEC CD-ROM and check the hard drive from my NEC computer for the problems. Sorry about the mix-up." Albert replies: "That might cause problems with your Supra controller. If you hooked it up bare (assuming it is a SCSI drive) it should work." Sysop Bob Retelle tells Patrick: "Hmm... you should be able to daisy chain the hard drive with the CD-ROM, as long as both devices have different SCSI IDs. Usually the Atari hard drives are Device 0, so you'd need to know what device numbers the PC host adapter and the CD-ROM drive are using. Then you could try to format the drive with the PC. Actually though, since I just read in another message that you can still use the drive on your STe, just can't format, it might be better to just leave it alone for now... I don't know for sure that you'd still be able to use the drive as you are now, after formatting it on the PC. A service center could replace the drive for you, or actually you could do it yourself pretty easily. Replacing a hard drive is one of the simpler things you can do. Besides checking the online catalog Albert mentioned, try checking at your local library to see if they have a copy of Computer Shopper (or you could pick one up at a store). There are lots of ads for SCSI hard drives there, and some places specialize in the smaller sizes you'd probably want for an Atari drive (capacities on hard drives have been increasing incredibly lately, with 540 Megabytes being almost the minimum size you can obtain anymore). A 40 or 80 Megabyte SCSI drive should cost well under $100. If you feel better about having a service center do the work for you, it's possible that you could just take it to any local computer repair facility.. the drive is fairly straightforward, so it wouldn't have to be an Atari repair shop.. any PC repair will be able to swap the drive for you, and it shouldn't cost very much to have them do it." Patrick tells Bob: "I did what Albert suggested by going to the Supra forum and I easily found the utilities so I'm going to download it and hope for the best. I don't think I have Supra's software because the software I have resembles the one on my friend's Mega STe. If I do decide to swap drives, what would be a decent size hard drive for the STe? I bought my 486-66 over two years ago, it came with a 240 megs hard drive. I actually thought that was a lot back then." Bob replies: "The size of the hard drive you get would depend on what applications you want to store and run... In general though, drives for PCs need to be much larger because the applications tend to be larger, and the operating system is loaded from disk (and the OSs tend to be way bigger than on the ST too). I thought my Astra 20 Meg hard drive on my 520ST was huge... until I filled it up with games and stuff... There are a couple of considerations beyond just what you want to store on the drive too... One is the cost... a small drive like a 40 or 80 Meg (amazing that I can call 80,000,000 bytes small..!) will cost a lot more per Megabyte than a larger size. An 80 Meg may run about $100, while a 540 Megabyte IDE drive for a PC only costs $199 now. (A SCSI version of the 540 Mb drive that you could use on your Atari computer would cost a little more, but not a great deal). So the "cost per Megabyte" goes down as the size goes up. It all depends on how much money you want to spend to upgrade the drive. The second factor is that there are some limitations on how big a hard drive can be easily used on an Atari system. When you get over a certain size, you have to start using "tricks" to get around some of the limits, and there may be other problems resulting from that. I've never tried to use a large hard drive on an Atari system, so I can't give any real advice about that issue.. maybe someone else here in the Forum can fill you in on those details. (Another thought that just occurred to me is that a local store might even have a relatively small used SCSI drive from someone who's upgraded to a much bigger one that you could probably use.. something in the 80-100 Megabyte range would probably be about ideal.)" 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