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Article #7 (51 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.summary From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current) Subject: ChromaCAD / graphics / commercial Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current) Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current) Date: Mon Sep 9 21:19:53 1991 ChromaCAD is a brand-new issue of commercial-grade software for the Atari 8-bit by Marv Seaman of Palette Imaging. It is actually two separate programs costing $29.95 each. Prog #1 is the outline drawing module, works on XL/XE machines. Prog #2 is the 3-D shader module, for XE only. I have a sample Review copy in hand of both programs. The manuals are beauti- fully written. When I first received the thing I thought there was some mis- take, it looked like manuals for $500 Mac programs. The Shader module at present won't run on RAMBO'ed XL's, as it uses ANTIC mode for displaying on-screen models. However, following a phone call to Palette about this, it now appears a 2nd version is in the works (will probably be included on the flip side of the disk) that will run extra RAM from CPU mode & thus be RAMBO-compatible tho with some slight loss of program flexibility. Also, the main program itself is being upgraded & is in the mail to me at this moment. The upgrades are minor. The same ad that appeared in AIM will also appear in the Sept issue of Current Notes. I will mentioning ChromaCAD in my October "Alchemist" column. And with a little luck, if all goes well, we might see a review of ChromaCAD in the DEcember issue of CN. Palette also has under development (almost finished) a utility package to accompany ChromaCAD which includes an Epson-compatible screen dump for proofing your creations. The orimginal has no print facilities, you have to send your final image to Palette & they print it for you on a hi-res color laser thing. This is probably the most sophisticated graphics package ever written for the Atari 8-bits. Every single byte of 130XE memory is used. A pair of 3-D glasses does accompany the package. Sorry, they're the cheapie kind, cardboard, like in the movies. - BEN POEHLAND 8-BIT EDITOR, CURRENT NOTES -- Michael Current, aa700, 8-bit Atari SIGop -->>> go atari8 <<<-- The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is the Central Atari Information Network Celebrating 12 years of 8-bit Atari computing!