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Article #120 (730 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report : 01-Feb-91 #705 Posted-By: xx004 (aa399 - Len Stys) Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Sun Feb 3 12:37:32 1991 *---== ST REPORT ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" _____________________________________ from STR Publishing Inc. """""""""""""""""" February 01, 1991 No.7.05 ========================================================================== STReport Online Magazine? Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. Mariano Publisher - Editor _________________________________________ Voice: 904-783-3319 10 AM - 4 PM EST BBS: 904-786-4176 USR/HST DUAL STANDARD FAX: 904-783-3319 12 AM - 6 AM EST _________________________________________ ** Fnet Node 350 * FidoNet Node 1:112/35 * NeST Node 90:19/350.0 ** STR'S privately owned & operated support BBS carries ALL issues of STReport Online Magazine and AN INTERNATIONAL LIST OF PRIVATE BBS SYSTEMS carrying STReport Online Magazine for their user's enjoyment __________________________________________________________________ > 02/01/91: STReport? #7.05 The Original 16/32 bit Online Magazine! ------------------------- - The Editor's Desk - CPU REPORT - Sublogic Snubs ST! - CBM Declines - ReCycle Floppies! - Mega STe Overview - SLM Power Mod - Informer Released - Menu Plus Debut - PORTFOLIO NEWS - STALK the MARKET! - STR Confidential * ATARI TO GO THROUGH DISTRIBUTORS! * * PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS CLOSED! * * NEODESK # 1 IN UK! * ========================================================================== ST REPORT ONLINE MAGAZINE? The _Number One_ Online Magazine -* FEATURING *- "Accurate UP-TO-DATE News and Information" Current Events, Original Articles, Hot Tips, and Information Hardware - Software - Corporate - R & D - Imports ========================================================================== STReport's support BBS, NODE # 350 invites systems using Forem ST and Turbo Board BBS to participate in the Fido/F-Net Mail Network. Or, call Node 350 direct at 904-786-4176, and enjoy the excitement of exchanging information relative to the Atari ST computer arena through an excellent International ST Mail Network. All registered F-NET - Crossnet SysOps are welcome to join the STReport Crossnet Conference. The Crossnet Conference Code is #34813, and the "Lead Node" is # 350. All systems are most welcome to actively participate. Support Atari Computers; Join Today! ========================================================================== AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON: GENIE ~ CIS ~ DELPHI ~ BIX ~ FIDO ~ F-NET ========================================================================== > The Editor's Podium? This week's online conference was perhaps one of the most important for Atari in quite some time. Atari's President, Sam Tramiel, was trying desperately to get his message across to the users but the continued online difficulties made the effort virtually insurmountable. The expec- tancy of some "good news" by the userbase caused the session to draw well over 150 callers. The workload proved to be a bit much for the occasion. The next online conference scheduled for late Feb., in the CIS Convention Center, promises to be a totally different situation as the Convention Center will handle 600+ callers. In addition, Greg Pratt will particip- ate in another online conference on GEnie during Feb. and Sam Tramiel may re-appear in March. The bottom line is; Atari is engaged in a new, posit- ive and extremely productive endeavor that is expected surpass all prev- ious efforts at reaching their goals. The price reductions alone will prove to be an excellent catalyst for increased market penetration this year. Thus providing a modicum of good news for developers and of course, the userbase in general. Recently on one of the online services, a dealer was busy making men- tion of his practice of "charging the installed price for TOS 1.4 whether they installed TOS 1.4 or, the customer took the chips and did it him- self". How sweet of this dealer! In a time when most folks realize that accommodation and service can mean the difference between a sale and a sad song, this "professional" decides to become "Joe too strict". It is this very attitude and practice that has caused the demise of many dealers across this great land. There were, at one time, dealers who felt content and "correct" in charging 'list price' (MSRP) plus shipping and handling for noraml, over the counter sales. Needless to say, thankfully these bandits are no longer in business. Atari has enough headaches of its own without the "Legion of the Golden Gouge" joining the ranks of its dealers. However, in all fairness it must be pointed out that the majority of the dealers left who support Atari products are fine, upstanding members of the business community. When we see or read of an isolated incident as represented above, it usually is generated by a week or two of rather dismal business results. The future is looking quite nice for Atari especially since they plan to announce the release of Unix in Germany during the show at Dusseldorf in March. And of course, the new pricing and distribution structures will go a long, long way in getting the Atari Caravan back on track. Of special note, beginning next week STReport will be running a very special series on monitors, from Multi-Sync to BIG-SCREEN and back again. All aimed at keeping the users informed. This is not a series designed to generate a 'war of the monitors', its a fact finding series. With of course, the usual spate of highly informed opinions from members of the staff and volunteers. Thank you for your strong support, Ralph....... *********************************************************************** NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY COMPUSERVE WILL PRESENT $15.00 WORTH OF COMPLIMENTARY ONLINE TIME to the Readers of; STREPORT ONLINE MAGAZINE? """""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" NEW USERS; SIGN UP TODAY! CALL: 1-800-848-8199 .. Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (Feb. 1) ATARI REGISTERED DEVELOPERS Please download file CPXDOC.ARC from LIBRARY 7 of the Atari Produc- tivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for the new control panel specification (XCont- rol) for the ST/Mega/ STE/TT computers. Contains source code of examples, bindings, startup module, and header tool. Atari Developer Support has uploaded NEWLAN.ARC to LIBRARY 7 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for Atari Registered Developers. This is a replacement for TTLANG.ARC. Contains changes to HINSTALL, HDX, and the way GENERAL.CPX will handle cache on the TT or Mega STE. Please note that Library 7 is only accessible to Atari Registered Developers. To gain access, please send a CompuServe Mail message to 70007,1072. PORTFOLIO PBASIC USERS All users of PBASIC: Please read and respond to message #8539 in the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO). It's our turn to help the author by providing the needed replies. (Please note that John Feagans has a new User ID number. You should now address all messages to John at 75300,703.) NEW IN ATARI VENDORS FORUM MAXWELL CPU announces that EXPOSE is now shipping. Please read the an- nouncement in file EXPOS1.ARC now available in LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). Another great utility from the prolific folks at DOUBLE CLICK SOFTWARE. Check out DC's CRC utility which helps check against file corruption. Now available in LIBRARY 13 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN). A FREE- WARE program. ATARI FILE FINDER REMINDER Don't forget that the Atari File Finder is ready and able to help you locate ST files among the three CompuServe ST Forums. Enter GO ATARIFF at any CompuServe service prompt to access the file finder. NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE NOTICE *********************************************************************** > CPU REPORT? ========== Issue #6 ---------- Temporary Editor - Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. > CPU STATUS REPORT? LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= - New York, New York COMMODORE REPORTS TRIPLE EARNINGS ------------------ Commodore International reported a tripled net income on sales totaling $384.1 million for the second quarter which ended December 31, 1990 compared with sales of $310.1 million in the same quarter in the previous year. While reported sales increases were 24%, net income went from $.35 per share ($11.3 million) to $1.12 per share ($36.5 million), in the quarter ending December 31, 1990. For the first two quarters ending December 21, 1990, Commodore reported a nine-fold net income increase from $.15 per share ($4.8 million) for the previous years first two quarters to $1.34 per share ($43.5 million) for the first two quarters ending December 31, 1990. Sales increased 23% to $584.4 million which compared to $476 million in the same period the previous year. According to Irving Gould, chairman and CEO, the December quarter was the 2nd largest sales quarter in Commodores history with most of the sales coming from their European operation. The European operations accounted for 85% of the total sales for the quarter, with some European countries experiencing sales growth of over 50%. The sales growth in the 2nd quarter was mainly due to the Amiga product line which had a unit growth of over 50%, a strong PC product line, such as the C286-LT notebook computer, and the slim-line 386sx machine and the Commodore 64 continuing to sell strongly with sales equal to the previous year. However, all is not roses for Commodore International. Its US division reported fiscal year 1990 earnings of $1.5 million, down 97% from last year. - New York, New York NOVUS ADDS 2 NEW SIGS FOR PERSIAN GULF WAR ------------------ Two new Special Interest Groups (SIGS) have been added to the Novus on- line service. The War Forum can be reached by typing "go gulf" from any menu prompt. The War Forum will feature chat, news and an electronic mail (E-Mail) service for those who wish to correspond with soldiers in the Gulf. This e-mail service will be called DesertMail and will be at no charge. The other new SIG will be The Israel Forem, which will be a forum for Jewish-related discussions. The Novus online service is available through SprintNet as well as the international Minitel network. It costs $1.40 per hour, plus packet charges, and can be reached via modems set to 8 bit words, 1 stop bit, and no parity at 212-721-1206. - Irvine, California NEW HIGH-CAPACITY 3.5 INCH HARD DRIVES ------------------ Optima Technology has announced the release of three new Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) hard disk subsystems. Each will contain a 500 megabyte (MB) drive mechanism, the highest capacity drive mechanism currently available in the 3.5 inch format. These drives will have a 12 millisecond average seek time, transfer data at rates of 20-25 megabits per second while only using 11 watts per spindle. - Butler, New Jersey RECYCLED FLOPPY DISKS? ------------------ Paul and Deborah Bader, owners of Covenant Recycling Services, a home- based business, are recycling thousands of floppy disks each month. The Baders' say that they have processed as many as 30,000 disks in a single month. The recycled disks are purchased from over 40 sources, mostly software publishing firms such as Micrographics and Britannica Software, for four cents each for 5.25" and 12 cents each for 3.5" floppies. According to Deborah Bader, the original manufacturer or company is indemnified from any kind of liability. The disks are then sorted and counted in the Baders home before being shipped to a Boston subcontractor where they are degaussed (demagnetized). The then blank disks are sold as reconditioned with a blank label. Bader says that they are bought by several buyers, such as liquidation companies who frequently resell them at computer shows. Proceeds are divided equally between the source of the disks and a charity of their choice. The donation is made in the name of the company, and is a charitable tax-deductible donation for them. - New York, New York AT&T DONATES $1 MILLION FOR FAMILY CARE ------------------ The year old Family Care Development Fund, a joint project of AT&T, the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, has distributed the first $1 million to programs sponsored by its employees. The fund will distribute a total of $10 million over the next three years to child care and elder care facilities. Child care programs in 50 communities received grants of between $1,400 to $60,000. The money, AT&T said, goes to expand and improve family care centers and create before- and after-school programs. - Fort Worth, Texas TANDY COMPUTERS USED AT SUPERBOWL ----------------- At the request of the Professional Football Writers Association (PFWA), the press room at Super Bowl XXV was equipped with Tandy Radio Shack model 102 portables and dot matrix printers. According to Don Pearson, president of the PFWA, "It's been my experience that up to 90% of our writers use some form of Radio Shack product. For as long as I can remember, it's been the model of choice for professional football writers." - Redmond, Washington MICROSOFT CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OS/2 ------------------- While denying a report that appeared in The Wall Street Journal that it plans to abandon OS/2, Microsoft did offer a partial confirmation to rumors that it plans to produce a version of OS/2 that will run Windows 3.0 applications. OS/2 has not been as successful as Microsoft and IBM had anticipated. While Windows 3.0 has sold more than 3 million copies since its release last May and has at least 1,000 applications available, OS/2 has sold only about 300,000 copies since it was announced 4 years ago and only has approximatly 100 applications available for it. According to Microsoft's official statement, "Microsoft and IBM are continuing the joint development of OS/2, with Microsoft adding to the 11 OS/2 applications currently available from Microsoft." Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's vice president of systems software, was prompted to shout: "OS/2 is not dead!" at the opening of a software conference at Microsoft headquarters. Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, was quoted as saying "We will continue to enhance it [OS/2] in the future and enable it to run Windows applications." It is suspected that Gates was talking about the product that is already being referred to in the industry as Portable OS/2: a version of OS/2 that could run any DOS, Windows or OS/2 application. Microsoft is also said to be working on a 32-bit version of Windows, which could take full advantage of the 386 or 486 processors. Windows 3 (except when running in "real mode" for 8088 compatibility) is actually written for 16-bit 286 systems. - Brisbane, Australia SOFTWARE MONITORS PHONE CALLS ------------------- In an attempt to control "non-productive" (personal) phone calls, Softel, a New Zealand company, has developed Calldata Telephone Accounting Software. Calldata runs on any IBM/compatible PC or network and will automatically monitor call duration, destinations and charges, collating the information on a personal computer or network. Calldata can handle up to 2,000 calls per hour (incoming and outgoing) and the program can be used on normal or PABX systems of up to 2,000 extensions. Besides controlling "non-productive" calls, it will allow the easy costing of calls to clients and company departments. Once the information is collected, reports on usage can be calculated, including: usage by extension or person; daily usage; international and toll calls; and departmental usage. It is said that response to Calldata has so far been "tremendous," and it is hoped that Calldata will be installed in every large corporation in Australia by 1995. *********************************************************************** :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ To sign up for GEnie service: Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. **** SIGN UP FEE WAIVED **** The system will now prompt you for your information. -> NOW! GENIE STAR SERVICE IS IN EFFECT!! <- *********************************************************************** > The Flip Side STR Feature? "A different viewpoint..." ========================= A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT ================================== by Michael Lee You'll probably be seeing quite a few hardware related posts in this column for a while. With all of the new hardware coming out for the ST and the new systems finally becoming available, hardware is what many folks are talking about. I hope you non-hardware folks will still find something in the column that will interest you. One thing that needs to be discussed again and that's hardware modifi- cations. We bring you the posts about modifications for general infor- mation only. We cannot advocate doing any of the modifications discussed in the posts on your systems. If you perform any of the modifications, you do so at your own risk. ---------------- From Mark Stace (Gadgets by Small R/T sysop)... With the release of Spectre 3.0, Gadgets has gone one up on Apple...to use DOS Mounter on a Apple Macintosh you must own a Mac with a Super- Drive (1.4 meg) installed. With Spectre 3.0, however, DOS Mounter works just fine with a standard double-sided drive and 720K MS-DOS disks. DOS Mounter is easy to use. It works in the background...automatically. Simply place DOS Mounter in your System folder and reboot your Spectre. That is all there is to it. You can then freely insert a MS-DOS format disk (true MS-DOS format...NOT ST format) and copy files directly to and from the disk! ---------------- From Dennis (STARDATUM) on Genie (Note: edited slightly to be easier to read).... I modified the SLMC804 interface nearly a year ago to run off the Mega power supply and have never had a single problem. I can turn the laser printer on or off at any time and it does not effect normal computer operation at all. The modification is fairly simple if you have any electronics know-how at all.... You tap into the 5-volt output on the Mega's power supply.... The run a shielded line between the SLMC804 and the Mega... (I made the shielded line by using standard Radio Shack 24 gauge microphone cable with shield 278-1277, coaxial power plug 274-1569, and jack 274-1563 to make it easy to unplug from the Mega when necessary) Cutting a trace in the SLMC804 and soldering the hot wire (5 volt) to the circuit trace you cut...(on the circuit side of the cut...NOT the connector side of it). A ground connection isn't necessary since the DMA cable provides the ground. However the shield and ground wire of the microphone cable should be grounded in the Mega to prevent RF interference. Any time you power up the Mega the SLMC804 is powered and the Diablo emulator loads fine, without even having the printer on. If I decide I need to print something, I just flip the switch on the SLM804, wait until the green light comes on, and print. When I finish printing, I just shut the SLM804 off, and continue computing without any interruption at all. In around eleven months I have not had a single problem and avoid unnecessary noise and power consumption. *NOTE* This WILL void all warranties on your computer and laser printer. Also this modification is at your own risk, and I accept no responsibility for any damages caused by your efforts. If properly performed, with good precautions it will work, I have done it to three systems with no problem. ---------------- From Rob Bergeski (RGB Computer Service) on Genie... Well, I've put a MegaSTe through its paces during another jaunt through Canada. After 4+ hours at the helm, I can verify that the MegaSTe specs out the same as an AdSpeed equipped STe, as far as Quick Index is concerned. The values obtained are: CPU memory:164, Register: 204, Division: 204, Shift:207. The PD program STATS yields the following info: TOS version: 2.5, GemDos version: .25. The former is new, the latter is the same as the TT. Get this! The date read from the ROMS is 12/5/90! It looks as if Atari is MOVING on this one. When I got my STe in June '90, the ROMs were already almost a year old! Maybe this heralds a change in protocol in the future... The MegaSTe evaluated had 4 MB, an ST157N hard drive, and the new SC1445 monitor. Opening the hard drive bay is simple - a few screws and the cover with the HD mech lifts out effortlessly. The board is CLEAN! The new host adapter looks great. RATEHD yielded 550K/s, 33ms (slightly faster than that achieved with my ICD host adapter running the same mech!) This MegaSTe had an RF modulator onboard, and composite video available on the standard 13 pin ST monitor connector. Hopefully Atari will retain these features in future production - don't cripple this machines video applications! Unfortunately, I was unable to continue with my testing, using the "real world" tests I had run previously (and posted in the TT topic) due to a virus munging the root sector of the C: partition of the MegaSTe's drive! I plan on returning in a few weeks, and will complete my performance testing at that time. Running many commercial applications, as well as same of the most ill behaved (from a "legal" programming standpoint) European demos, leads me to believe the MegaSte is AT LEAST as compatible as the 1040STe. Now, onto one of the most interesting tidbits overheard... Atari Canada supposedly told its dealers that by the end of this year, all STe's (it was not clear if that meant 1040STe and MegaSTe's or just the 1040 version) would incorporate an AT Speed '286 PC emulator as standard. It was not clear if this meant built onto the motherboard or simply installing the German produced boards at the Atari factories. Now THAT's something to ponder. ---------------- From Mario (ISD) on Genie (slightly edited)... Calamus 1.09N is certainly TT030 compatible and it really flies. Printing is approximately four times as fast as on a ST. As far as '030 boards (3rd party) are concerned, you should see about the same improvements in speed as you would with the TT. As we have yet to test one, we can only assume so. When the S, SL and SLC versions (of Calamus) get here, they will be definitely faster, as they will be compiled to run on the 030 with its 32 bit bus. We have output documents on the TT and it seems that the only thing really slowing us down at times is the 8 page per minute limit. ---------------- From Lauren (WordFlair) on Genie.... Hi all. Sorry to be late answering--was at Uniforum all last week. We have fixed all the bugs on the list and are doing a final testing now. Will go to duplication this week. Sorry about the delays, but we want to send you as bug free a product as possible. ....our offer (trading in your old word processor for the new WordFlair) is good through February 15th. ---------------- Question about SIMMS for the STe's from Jonathan Budil on Genie... Where can you buy SIMMS at $30? Do they come with installation inst- ructions for my 1040 STE? Answer from Terry (OUTRIDER) on Genie... I paid $38 apiece for my SIMMs from The Chip Merchant at 619/268-4774. They didn't come with instructions, but then, how hard is it to unplug four cards and replace them with four others? Well, you do have to be careful that you remove them right, else you might break off the locking tabs. You can find your SIMMs underneath the shield, between your floppy and power supply. Answer from Chet Walters (WizWorks) on Genie... The SIMMs are locked in place with a little tab and you must first pop the tabs off either end of the resident SIMMs and then pull them and insert the new ones (pay attention to the direction of travel since I don't remember if it is indeed possible to plug them in the wrong way). ---------------- Until next week.... _________________________________________________________ > Expose Released! STR InfoFile "...new artwork program.." ============================= EXPOSE FOR THE ATARI ST ======================= Maxwell Computer Products Unlimited is now shipping the new desk accessory program Expose for the Atari ST personal computer. Expos offers ST users two valuable functions: a notepad and a graphics window from a desk accessory. Expos also offers quick display of the disk/partition free space, an editable date/time, quick access to the file selector, a screen snapshot function, a diskette formatting function, access to the extended ASCII character set and a display of the free system RAM. With the Expose notepad, the ST user can create, edit or load text files and then send portions of the notepad directly from Expose to the main program being utilized (e.g., a word processor). The notepad is a valuable tool for keeping notes and for inserting stored information into a developing document. The Expose GEM graphics window will allow the ST user to load and view graphics files. Load DEGAS, DEGAS compressed, Neochrome, Tiny, IMG, GEM and Macpaint file formats. Low or medium ST pictures are converted to high resolutions. Clip out areas of the image and save in IMG format. Use the configurable pen/eraser to edit your image before saving. The extended ASCII character set is accessible from Expose. Select the special characters quickly, create a phrase and have the option to send it directly into the main programs document or backward into the Expose notepad. You will find Expos functions to be quickly accessible. Go directly to a particular function by depressing a control-alt key combination while selecting the desk accessory. Expose offers a mouse oriented interface that presents pertinent information on the main interface and valuable functions that will round-out and enhance your Atari ST desktop. Retail Price: $39.95 Available Now. Shipping to dealers near you or purchase directly from Maxwell C.P.U.: Maxwell C.P.U. P.O. BOX 576 Louisville, CO 80027-9998 9AM-5PM MST @ (303)666-7754 _________________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information? Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Walter Daniel 75066,164 The help file contest winners were announced (see message 8368 for details). The files have been moved to library 17 with the keyword CON- TEST. I'll review all entries in next week's column. Do you use PBASIC, the free Portfolio BASIC interpreter by BJ Gleason? If so, please reply to message 8539 and let BJ know how you use it. He is also working on updating his Portfolio Turbo Pascal Unit for version 6.0. Atari is preparing an APB (Accessories and Peripherals Bulletin, but "Atari Portfolio Bulletin" sound better to me) that lists all the third-p- arty software and peripherals for the Portfolio. The APB also includes many answers to questions asked of the Atari customer support staff. It's not yet clear how the APB will be distributed, so I'll forward details when I learn them. Hyperlist, an outliner for the Portfolio, is in beta testing. A restricted message section and library, much like the ones for the PowerBASIC, has been opened in the forum for the beta testers. A message from Scott Webster Wood indicated that there is a new Inter- net archive for Atari public domain and shareware programs. Internet is the nationwide (if not worldwide) electronic mail and file transfer system that connects universities, NASA centers, government labs, and others. If you're interested, read message 8454 or send messages to firstname.lastname@example.org- akland.edu. There was more disk drive activity to report this week. John Feagans is working on a file manager so that a Portfolio can use a Tandy PDD2 por- table floppy drive connected to a serial interface. A couple of mes- sages alluded to Portfolio software drivers for the Pacific Rim parallel interface floppy drive mentioned in last week's column. Another message (#8587) mentioned that a company in San Jose called Interloop is making an HPIL adapter (whatever that is) for the Portfolio. HPIL seems to be some sort of networking interface that can run printers and disk drives and uses inexpensive cables (sure sounds like AppleTalk to me). It looks as if floppy drive interfaces for the Portfolio might happen, so stay tuned. Uploads this week: ADEMO.ZIP contains several PGC graphics files and a PBASIC 3.1 program to create an animation demonstration. I couldn't try it because I ran out of RAM card space. Don Messerli uploaded PGC Grabber for the Mac (PGCG.SIT, Mac file that needs Stuffit for extraction) that takes a Portfolio screen-sized chunk of a MacPaint file and converts it to a PGC file. I found out that I could not transfer the resulting PGC file directly to my Portfolio using a serial interface because XMODEM file pads disrupt the file format. I'll let you know what the eventual solution is. DOSEDI.COM is a DOS command line editor that works on the Portfolio. AG2POR.ZIP contains Lotus Agenda ver 2 macros to export to Portfolio .adr and .dry files. Please send Portfolio news to me in the forum or email if you wish to remain mysterious. For example, if you're a third-party developer, let me know what you're working on so I can pass word to STReport readers. Got a gripe? Let me know about it. Have any interesting "I used my Portfolio for/at/during..." stories? Share them with me. Remember, the truth is often stranger than fiction! ____________________________________________________ > DIAMOND BACK II STR FOCUS? Upgrade and Changes ========================= DIAMOND BACK II =============== Upgrade and Changes in Distribution By Bob Luneski I have canceled Data Innovations license to distribute Diamond Back II. The effective date of cancellation is March 8, 1991. On this date, North American distribution and support of Diamond Back II will be made by my company, Oregon Research Associates, and overseas distribution will be made by SofTrek (distributors of TurboST). The next version of Diamond Back II will remain in development (it will give me a chance to add even more new features to the upgrade than are already there!) and be released for sale on March 8, 1991. After March 8, 1991 current owners of Diamond Back II may upgrade to Version 2.20 by sending your original disk and $7.50 ($5 if you purchased after January 1, 1991 and send your receipt) to: Oregon Research Associates 16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy. Suite 162 Tigard, OR 97224 There will be no patch program available for this upgrade, you must send in your original disk to Oregon Research to receive the upgrade and obtain a Diamond Back II owners registration number. Any upgrade orders received prior to March 8, 1991 will be shipped on March 8, 1991 (I am not legally allowed to distribute it in North America before then). What you get for your upgrade fee: 1) V2.20 of Diamond Back II including many new features and updates to the utility programs and the addition of several new utility programs. 2) A User Registration number 3) A completely new Oregon Research Diamond Back Manual (done the way I wanted it in the first place) and Oregon Research license agreement. 4) Product support from Oregon Research Associates. I have been advised to and am requiring that original disks be returned to obtain the upgrade for the following reasons: 1) From a legal standpoint, your current user license is from Data Innovations and is slightly different from the standard recommended user license. The only way for me to ensure that you have agreed to Oregon Research's license agreement(and therefore eligible for support) is to distribute upgrades complete with new manuals and disks enclosed in sealed envelopes with opening the envelope generating implied consent to the agreement. A lawyer made me do it. 2) Having a tightly controlled distribution of the first version of Diamond Back II distributed by my company(V2.20) is the only way for me to accurately develop a registered user data base. I have no confidence in the accuracy of any user list Data Innovations may or may not provide me. There is reason to believe that such a list cannot be accurately made. 3) I am implementing a registered user/disk serialization program and will be implementing new program support procedures. Your owner registration number will be required to obtain user support, no exceptions. I am very sorry that it has come to this and I know it doesn't relate to anyone participating in this forem, but I receive many more support requests than can be accounted for by program sales. If I am to continue to provide the level of program support that I pride myself on giving(and that you have come to expect), then I must restrict that support to those who deserve to receive it. A complete description of the new support procedure will be included with the upgrade, however I will present a brief summary here. 1) Oregon Research Associates will only provide product support for Diamond Back II versions 2.20 and above and you must provide your user registration number to obtain said support. This implies that you must upgrade to V2.20 and receive a registration number to receive support. No exceptions. I am very sorry, but from a liability standpoint I must have legal proof that you have agreed to the Oregon Research license agreement. In addition, the situation created by an unknown user base leaves me no alternative other than this to develop a registered user base and to ensure the continuation of the high level of service you deserve. 2) The excellent product support that I have always given will be provided via phone, FAX, US Mail, or E-MAIL directly to me at B.LUNESKI1 on Genie or boblu@tekgen.BV.TEK.COM on Usenet and your name and user registration number will be required to receive said support. Diamond Back II product support will no longer be provided in an open forem. 3) All general product questions will be answered directly via one of the mechanisms in 2) However, if you have a more serious problem or believe that you have found a bug, there is a new troubleshooting procedure form that will walk you through a series of steps that will resolve 95% of the problems and provide the necessary diagnostic information for me to solve the rest. I continue my 100% commitment to providing the highest quality product and product support available. I hope that the last two years of support and product evolution (10 upgrades with all but the move from V1.04 to V2.00 free) demonstrate my commitment. I am not trying to be an unreasonable hard a*s, but are taking these measures because I have no other choice. The combination of no verifiable list of legal owners and the necessity to protect against legal exposure make these policy decisions an absolute business necessity. I am attempting to make the transition from Data Innovations to Oregon Research Associates as painless as possible and am very sorry for any temporary inconvenience that this may cause. On behalf of myself and Oregon Research Associates, I thank you for your patience and continued support, Bob _______________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL? "REAL ATARI NEWS FIRST!" ===================== - Upland, CA Soft-Aware Releases INFORMER II VERSION 2.03! ---------- Good news for database users and enthusiasts! Soft-Aware, Unlimited continues to support and upgrade it's products by shipping the latest version of it's unique and highly versatile data/image manager. Image files are logically connected to records within the database and accessed for casual or "slideshow" viewing. Images are also used as the background for personalized "form-on-the-screen" input. Columns on the list screen and input boxes on the form screen can all be easily manipulated with the mouse. And all of the commands can be accessed with either the mouse or keyboard. INFORMER II utilizes concepts found in word processors, forms managers, report writers, and spread-sheets without the burden of programming. The latest version comes on 3 double sided disks with a completely new and revised manual in a 8x5 3 ring vinyl binder. Version 2.03 offers the user many new and enhanced features. The number of data fields is up from 36 to 52. You can now view external image or text files, even HEX files. Managing records is even easier now that you can Delete or Clear a record from the FORM or the LIST. You can also Move/Copy a record to another Table in the database. Most of the Change, Find and other options have been enhanced or expanded. This Latest version of INFORMER II also has a fresh look, since the main work screens and many of the dialog boxes have been worked over as well. Included with each package is a self running demo, a version of which is available on GEnie and other information services. This demo will give the user a general overview of the program and acquaint them with the basic features. As in previous versions, INFORMER II comes with a conversion program which converts many data formats and as always the users first upgrade is FREE. Available now through all dealers, this release also marks Soft-Awares entry into mainstream software distribut- ion. INFORMER II runs on the Atari ST, STe, & TT series of computers with the PC version being avaiable soon. Contact your dealer or, Soft-Aware, Unlimited 334 "B" N. Euclid Avenue Upland, CA 91786 Phone 714-982-8409 - FAX 714-985-2348 - Hadley, MA NEODESK 3 # ONE IN THE UK! ---------- ST FORMAT magazine in THE UNITED KINGDOM has just released the results of a reader survey they ran in which NeoDesk 3 was voted "Best Utility of 1990". Last year ST World UK another British magazine, completed a reader survey that voted NeoDesk 2.0 (the version available at that time) as "Best Utility of 1989", "Best Overall Program of 1989" and "Editor's Choice: Best Utility of 1989". Neodesk, once again for 1990, proves itself to be the "users choice" in the marketplace. Congrats guys!! - Sunnyvale, CA ATARI ADVERTISE? YES! BIG TIME! ------------- Advertising is among the number one priorities at Atari. Although many thought advertising was brushed aside during a recent online con- ference, rest assured that this was simply a lack of effective communicat- ions. The advertising program that's about to begin is slated as the most ambitious and effective ever embarked upon by Atari for use in building and strengthening its computer marketplace. To begin with, the plan is aimed at building individual market areas for those dealers already es- tablished. This means the dealer chooses the mode(s) of advertising felt best for the locale, either TV, newspaper etc. The good news is this not a co-op advertising program, its a "market builder" advertising program. This translates into the facts that the dealer is not required to pur- chased a minimum amount of product to become eligible to take advantage of this program's features and benefits. - Sunnyvale, CA "FLAGSHIP" DEALER PROGRAM SOUND FAMILIAR? ------------- "Flagship dealers" does this mean that there are dealers and then... there are DEALERS?? If this is the case, does this mean any one dealer is LESS the Atari source than another? No, of course not. Every Atari computer product except the TT030 will be available through three national distributors. They will, in turn, market the Atari product lines to their dealers. This translates into aggressive and timely marketing by Atari in a very positive way to re-establish the Atari computer lines to their rightful place in the US market. In other words, everything but the TT030 will be available through the three distribution networks. This method of marketing virtually assures the userbase of full accessability to all of Atari's fine products at reasonable prices. - Champaign, Il HELP!! SUBLOGIC MIGHT SNUB ATARI ST! ------------- A.T.P from SubLogic Many of you are probably familiar with FLIGHT SIMULATOR II by SubLogic. They have recently released a new simulator program. For the GOOD news, they have just released A.T.P., a new flight simulation program. Now for the BAD news, its only released for the I.B.M. - Messy DOS platform! A.T.P. stands for AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT. This program enables you to fly a BOEING 737, 757, 767, A300 AIRBUS, and a SHORTS 360 Turboprop. Outstanding features include 26 major airport cities (hubs), 350 U.S. airports and 480 Nav-Aids. Also Flight-Plan briefing including weather reports and aircraft load specs. Fully detailed instrument panels for each aircraft including Auto-Takeoff/Land,Auto-Weather and Intelligent Air Traffic Control. All existing scenery disks are completely compatible. SubLogic was contacted this past week regarding this program and the information received was that the ST conversion is under "discussion" at this time. But.. they emphasized that nothing was final at this time. If you loved Flight Simulator II and want to see A.T.P. for the ST. Help us help Atari and you. Send in a Postcard today! Please Write: "I WANT A.T.P. FOR MY ATARI ST!" Send it to: SubLogic Corp. Attn: Chairman of the Board 501 Kenyon Road Champaign, Il. 61820 U.S.A. * YOUR INPUT CAN HELP MAKE THIS PROGRAM A REALITY FOR YOUR ST* PLEASE, SEND YOUR POSTCARD TODAY!!!! - Tucson, Az PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS CEASES OPERATIONS! ---------- Ctsy: CIS : 25167 S17/Community Square : 31-Jan-91 22:21:55 Sb: Farewell PS Fm: Practical Solutions 76004,2000 To: All To the Atari community: I am saddened to report that, as of the end of business today (1/3- 1/91), Practical Solutions has ceased business. From what I understand, the phone lines are now answered by an answering machine and will soon be disconnected. A slow summer and fall season, coupled with diminishing returns on hardware products and the onset of the recession, have conspired to sap Practical Solutions' revenues. Practical Solutions' investors and bankers decided it was time to call it quits, despite protests from management and employees alike. "Business in business," I guess. I, personally, was laid off three weeks ago. I have been maintaining the Practical Solutions presence on CompuServe as a favor to the company, who are all good folks, and as a favor to the Atari community. This is not a huge sacrifice, since I enjoy doing it anyway. Because there will still be Practical Solutions products in the "pipeline" for a while, I hope to still maintain a presence on-line in a purely unofficial capacity. I have permission from the former Practical Solutions management to perform this service, providing it is okay with the SysOps and CIS officials. From now on, the Practical Solutions name associated with the PPN (76004,2000)-(Compuserve) will be changed to Richard Whitsell/P.S. in order to emphasize the fact that the my presence is unofficial. Thank you one and all for supporting Practical Solutions over the past few years. Richard Whitsell Former Tech Support Rep - Vista, CA MENU PLUS RELEASED FOR ATARI ST! --------- FROM: Rimik Enterprises Richard Betson, Owner RE: New Product Announcement -> Menu Plus Rimik Enterprises is proud to announce the release of a revolutionary new software product called Menu Plus. Menu plus is a full featured "Desk Top" enhancement that allows you to quickly launch (run) any program on your hard disk or floppy disk. Menu Plus uses a creative menuing system that allows you to set up a Main Menu with corresponding Sub-Menus. Let's say you set up a Main Menu selection called games. You could then assign the Sub-Menu selections with the names and locations of your games. This type of menu system allows you highly organize all the programs on your hard disk or floppy disk. You also have the option of launching programs directly from the Fileselector. But Menu Plus is much more than a program launcher just read below. Menu Plus uses only 30k of memory when running as an application. This means users with only 512k will have no problem using Menu Plus. Quick access to over 160 of your favorite programs. If you need more selections simply save your present menu and start a new one. Access to the Fileselector as well as the ability to launch programs directly from it. You can view Degas, NEO and Spectrum 512 pictures. You can also show or print a text file. The show text feature uses the left and right mouse buttons for scrolling text up and down the screen. Menu Plus also allows you play and edit ST-Replay sound files. A special AUTOPLAY feature allows you to play all the sound files in a directory. Menu Plus supports the popular "SND" file format for sound files. System settings like screen colors and key repeat rate can be changed directly from Menu Plus. An accessory version of the sound player/editor, picture viewer and show/print text features is included. This allows users with larger memo- ries in their computers to have access to those features will running other programs. For further information concerning Menu Plus, please contact: Rimik Enterprises 836 Osborne St. Vista, Ca. 92084 (619) 630-1217 - Dallas, TX "STALK THE MARKET" VERSION 2.00 UPDATE INFO! ---------- Status of Stalk the Market Version 2.00 Last spring, ST Informer reported that Version 2.00 would be released in the fall of 1990. Well, that's exactly what we told them; but, alas, it's not ready yet. We ran into some hardware problems in July which we JUST RECENTLY solved. We're now working furiously on finishing up the new revision -- and getting close. For those of you considering buying STALK THE MARKET; you can buy it now (registered owners get Version 2.00 FREE), or you can wait (there will be NO price increase for Version 2.00). For example, here's some of the new stuff Version 2.00 will include: - Integrated downloading from CompuServe, Dow Jones News/Retrieval, and ... GEnie (yea!). - Portfolio capabilities (consolidated ledgers, performance reports, "batch" downloading, etc.) - Dividend and Capital Gain transactions. - Various convenience features: "Desktop" Save & Load, Save Window Size and Price-Time Range, Movable Dialog Boxes, and Auto-Desktop Load on Startup. - and much more... Again, we'll try and check in here at least once a week and try to respond to anything that's come up. If your in a hurry, feel free to call us at (214)-243- 0663 (after 5PM CST). Regards... Quidnunc Software _________________________________________________________ > Hard Disks STR InfoFile? Affordable Mass Storage.... ======================= NEW LOW PRICES! & MORE MODELS!! =============================== ALL SPECIALS ** EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! ** ABCO COMPUTER ELECTRONICS INC. P.O. 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