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From: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Subject: Asherville Atari Show
Posted-By: xx004 (aa384 - Doug Wokoun)
Reply-To: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Date: Wed Aug 28 23:26:28 1991

Taken from: ST Report online magazine, issue #730 (July 26, 1991):

                         The Asheville Atari Show

 posted by Bill Aycock 76703,4061, CIS Sysop

     The Blue Ridge Atari Fest was  just a  half-day show,  so I'm  back in
 Greensboro now.  Somewhere around 400 Atarians from all over the southeast
 showed up, some of them driving four or five hours  to get  there! I think
 it was  a very successful show, when you take the size into account. Lotsa
 folks bought lotsa stuff. :-)

     The folks from Double Click weren't able to make it, but all the other
 exhibitors showed up. Here's a quick rundown:

     John Fox  from Goldleaf  showed off  Wordflair II,  their new Document
 Processor. It's kind of  a cross  between a  word processor  and a desktop
 publisher, and  it was  really impressive  - I  even picked  up a copy! It
 looked to be easy to use and very powerful, with  lots of  nifty features.
 The folks  who designed  it did  a good job! (I'm sure the Goldleaf people
 here would be glad to give you more  details.) Wordflair  II uses  the new
 FSM-GDOS outline fonts to produce great output. (FWIW, Bob Brodie stated a
 number of times that FSM-GDOS should be shipping around the  first of next
 month. Of  course he couldn't _promise_ that, but he was fairly confident.
 Also FWIW, FSM-GDOS is controlled through  a slot  in the  new CPX control
 panel.) Goldleaf's demo was running on an 8-meg TT with a big monitor, but
 the docs say it should run on an ST with at least  1 meg  and two double--
 sided drives.  (Obviously, the more memory the better, and a hard drive is
 highly recommended!)

     Jeff Williams from ICD had a  table  filled  with  their  hardware and
 software  for  STs-  host  adapters,  AdSpeeds,  Cleanup  ST, etc. He also
 brought some stuff for 8-bitters- an MIO, SpartaDOS  and related programs,
 Mac65, cables, and the like.

     Dorothy Brumleve's  table had a demonstration of her kidprgs. She also
 gave a talk titled "Empowering Young Learners Through Technology."

     Nathan Potechin from ISD Marketing was there to  represent the Calamus
 line.  He gave a seminar on Calamus SL.

     Darlah Pine also attended, and showed off Genie to interested parties.

     Nevin Shalit  from Step  Ahead Software  had a booth demonstrating his
 Tracker/ST.  He held a seminar that explained Tracker/ST, and  also showed
 off the new features of PageStream's latest release.

 Don Terp,  a long-time  Atarian from  Read Mountain  Press, gave a talk on
 "DTP on Atari Computers".

     Other exhibitors included Ralph Roberts, author of "Computer Viruses",
 Brian Gockley  from ST  Informer, and Clifton Willard from Willard Produc-
 tions. There  were  also  a  number  of  people  showing  off MIDI-related
 software- Mike  Cloninger from  Dragon Studio,  Dr. Tim  Brumleve with the
 K5/K5M voice librarian, and  Eric  White  from  KAUG  (the  Knoxville user
 group) with a MIDI demo. (The MIDI stuff was in another hallway, and since
 it's all beyond me I didn't spend much time there. :-)

     Of course, Ralph Mariano of STReport was everywhere, seeing everything
 and everyone .  He gave an interesting talk titled "Current Events";
 no doubt he'll be reporting on the show himself.

     Likewise, Bob  Brodie  from  Atari  was  on  the  scene,  talking with
 everyone. His  seminar packed the meeting room, and was a great way to cap
 off the day.

     There were a bunch of door  prizes: copies  of Tracker/ST  and EdHack,
 four sets  of TOS  1.4 ROMs,  $100 gift  certificates from ABCO, a Migraph
 hand scanner with TouchUp, and lots more I couldn't keep track of. :-)

     So there's the gist of the show. It was the first AtariFest  I've been
 able to attend, and despite the small size it was a lot of fun!


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