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Article #262 (376 is last): >Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news From: sytang@lamar.ColoState.EDU (Shoou-yu tang) Subject: Show report 1 Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys) Date: Mon Aug 19 00:10:47 1991 Show report from Znet9132 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE August 2, 1991 Issue #91-32 Publisher/Editor: Ron Kovacs Editor: John Nagy Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber PD Editor: Ron Berinstein ======================================================================= MID INDIANA ST ATARIFEST SHOW REPORT ------------------------------------ by Bob Brodie, Director of Communications, Atari Computer Corp. ======================================================================= For the last two years, a small gathering of Atarians has met in Bloomington, Indiana. The groups have used the gathering as a chance to have a swap meet, and attract a few small developers. MIST is an association of three users groups that has shared members, and needs over the past few years. The groups that form MIST are ASCII- located in Indianapolis, BLAST- located in Bloomington, and PAUG- located in West Lafayette on the campus of Purdue University. Their goal has been to share information, ideas, make new friends. In making the move to Indianapolis, the members hoped that they would share the burden of putting on the event a little bit better. This years show was put on at CADRE, Inc, a local CAD firm. The show area was a comfortable seminar area at CADRE, with carpeting, air conditioned, and easy access to hotels and local eateries. The wide open seminar room was laid out logically, so visitors would have an easy path in making their way around the show. Exhibitors at this event included: Atari Corporation MP Graphic Design Gribnif Software CompuServe AT/Com Electronics Clear Thinking Software Unicorn Publications Randall's Home Computers MegaType Electronic Spinster Graphics Mar's Merchandising Touch Technologies SKWare One Softlogik Computer Works ICD Cal Com DA Brumleve Apprentice Software One STop MS Designs Wiz Works also attending were a number of user groups: Milwaukee Atari ST of Milwaukee, WI Cin'tari of Cincinnati, OH STar of Belleville, IL Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts, Waukegan, IL Eastside Atari Users Group, Alton, IL From the moments the door opened, the show was very, very busy. Show organizers were pleased with the turnout for Atarifest III! Once again, the combination of inexpensive tables for developers ($50 a table!) and low admission made this event a can't miss affair! While the turnout was great, and the crowd was active, I never felt like I was in a rush to get to the next person. Instead, I found people to be quite patient waiting for their turn to talk with me about what was going on in the Atari Community. I was quite surprised at the distance that some people drove to attend this event. Spotted in the crowd was Paul Plants of the WACO User Group from the Pittsburgh, PA area! Attending from Huntsville, Alabama was John Cole, ST Vice President of the Huntsville Atari Users Group. Other people told me that they had driven up from Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and Michigan. I met so many new faces, I'm sure that I've overlooked a number of people in this report. The MIST organizers set up the exhibition area in a large open area of CADRE's conference center. In addition, they had seminars set up in a room down the hall from the main area, which sat around 150 people. The entrance to the show was in yet another area, which also had a MIDI-Maze ring set up in it. Dan Ward from ASCII set up a large "white board" that he posted all door prize winners on. Nice touch, Dan! There was even a convenient Coke machine! A number of developers that couldn't attend this show demonstrated their support for MidWestern Atarians by sending along door prizes or advertising in the show program. Among them was ISD Marketing, which donated Calamus, Outline Art, The Calamus Font Editor, a copy of the Guide to Calamus Desktop Publishing. Current Notes, the Washington D.C. area based magazine offered a subscription to Current Notes, as well an ad in the show program. Fonts by Guber sent 3 PageStream font disk certificates. The show organizers kept trying to tell me that they only had 250 people or so that had shown up. I couldn't believe it, I've been to enough of these events that I just *knew* that the crowd was much better than that! Sure enough! During teardown the show officials acknowledged that they had miscounted. The attendance was 450+! Now there's a number I can believe in! The developers expressed great satisfaction with this event. Tricia Metcalf from Gribnif Software told me that sales were better than they had been at the Windsor Show, which was a two day event with much higher booth prices! ICD sold out of a number of items. Wiz Works was badgered by people all day that wanted to buy Migraph scanner modules to use with MVG, and I was one of them! Some of the user groups expressed disappointment with the sales of their PD libraries, while others did just great. The LCACE gang did a bang up business, and EAUG had a terrific looking booth. For me, one of the highlights of the day was the MARC Meeting. Under the leadership of Hank Vize, MARC (Midwest Atari Regional Council) is trying to make sure that all of the groups in the midwest stay in good contact with each other. This meeting was open to user group officers only, and had a fine turnout. MARC started in the St. Louis area. I visited them in late '89, and just kind of casually remarked to Hank that it was a shame that the local groups didn't talk more. He took the idea and ran with it, and now MARC has an e-mail list that goes from St. Louis to South Bend, Indiana! Keep up the good work, guys! Look for the gang from St. Louis to have a bigger role in next years MIST Show. Maybe they'll have to give the show a new name! Another bright spot was a tour of Purdue University. Professor Dennis Short of Purdue's Technical Graphics Department is an Atari fan! He's got a number of labs at Purdue that are crammed full of IBM/PS2's and Macs. But in his office, he's got an Atari TT, running DynaCadd and NeoDesk3! Professor Short is excited about the high speed performance of DynaCadd. He's proposed a lab of TT's to Purdue University, all to be running DynaCadd! Professor Short is faculty advisor to the Purdue Atari Computer Enthusiasts, and spent several hours at the show. During dinner on Friday night, he expressed sincere appreciation for all of the support Atari developers have provided him as he's learned the ins and outs of the TT030! Not without a fun streak in him though, I caught the professor taking a hard look at a Lynx! Hmmm, what that line about all work and no play? MP Designs is the Indianapolis based VAR that is servicing Purdue's Atari needs. I'm grateful to the organizers of the MIST Atarifest III for allowing me to participate in this event. Congratulations on a job well done!