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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 27-Sep-91 #739
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Sep 30 16:21:45 1991



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     The WAACE Show is right around the corner, be sure to check out the
 updates in this issue.  This is the PREMIER SHOW for the EAST COAST and
 has been a front runner in the Atari community for quite some time.  Its a
 'don't miss it' kinda show!

     Times sure change, it was a few years ago that I met Sig Hartman for
 the first time, a great guy, at Waace.  Atari was about to 'bust open the
 market' with its new hardware releases and TOS 1.4.  At the time, myself
 Ron Deal and Ron Brunk assisted Atari in setting up the hardware in their
 booth.  The Portfolio was brand spanking new at the time. In fact, Desk
 Set II was about to debut.  Ah yes, all fond memories.  The WAACE shows
 have truly provided some wonderful times for all of us.

     To be serious for a moment, we all have been waiting for FSMGDOS for
 well over a year, it been one excuse after another, the last was the
 everfaithful, we're awaiting the arrival of the packaging... if this stuff
 is ever to become some, even slight, standard... its simply must get to
 market.  I took the time to check the marketplace and no distributors have
 this software package, perhaps a publisher does, but it is not available
 for over the counter sales YET.  At this rate, its time will have come and
 gone.

     FSM GDOS does indeed show a great deal of promise and those who have
 seen it in action will attest to its high quality output.  I saw it in use
 last February/91 at CEPS and was told its release was imminent.  Then I
 was told Aug 1.  For now all that can be said is; it'll be released when
 its ready.  It seems the software pipeline out of Atari must follow an
 elaborate, circuitous route.  At least its better than no hope for it at
 all.... I think... :-)

                         Thanks for your strong support
                                   Ralph.....


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 WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (September 27)

                      NEW FORUM LIBRARIES ARE COMING!

 New Library Software is on the way.   Beginning on  October 14, CompuServe
 will be installing this new software in all Forums.

 Check out  the Practice  Forum's Library 3 (GO PRACTICE) where you'll find
 several files designed to familarize you with the coming changes.

                               POKER SQUARED

 Download file PKRSQR.ARC from  LIBRARY 1  of the  Atari ST  Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for  the tournament  version of Poker Squared.  This version
 includes a score  verification  option  that  sends  a  special  DEGAS PI3
 snapshot to the disk.

 Stay  tuned   for  more   information  on  the  Poker  Squared  tournament
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 UPDATED CALENDAR PROGRAM

 See calendar of  any  month/year.    Attach  events  to  days  by  date or
 position in month- never forget a birthday again! New CalShow runs as AUTO
 program OR as a  GEM program  or desk  ACC! Browse  or search  event, etc.
 Custom  Desk  menu  entry  makes  it  easy  to distinguish multiple copies
 (Birthdays, Holidays, etc). Preloaded with over 10 dozen events!  Download
 file CAL.ARC from LIBRARY 1 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO)

 NEW FROM DOUBLE CLICK SOFTWARE

 An  improved  version  of  DC  PopBar  from  Double  Click Software is now
 available in LIBRARY 13 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN).

 NEW FROM CODEHEAD SOFTWARE

 Several new files are now available from CodeHead software in LIBRARY
 16 of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN):

  MDDELX.ARC - Demo version of CodeHead's MultiDesk Deluxe!
  MDDPR.TXT  - Announcing MultiDesk Deluxe!
  NEWPRC.TXT - Price decrease for Avant Vector!

 NEW IN ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

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 in the  registration line  to find out that some of the classes you wanted
 were full?  This  program can  help.   Now runs  on your  Atari Portfolio!
 Download file SCHED.ZIP from LIBRARY 1!

 New  files  from  David  Stewart  are  now available in LIBRARY 1 of Atari
 Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO).

 BJ Gleason has  uploaded  a  text  file  (and  a  converted  program) with
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 by Michael Lee

                             ----------------

 Some comments about Armour-Geddon from D.HYETT - Cat.  9, Topic 11, Msg.
 9 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    1. One of the smoothest 3D sims around. The helicopter control is the
    easiest and most intuitive control I've seen yet. The fighter control
    is sensitive, but can be mastered with a little practice and a soft
    touch. Screen update is very quick; comparible with Carrier Command.

    2. Gameplay is frantic and hard. Almost too hard. There's always
    enemy aircraft to deal with. I can't survive too long.. even in
    training mode.

    3. Multiplayer (two player) mode is not to be missed! You play as a
    team to try to accomplish the same mission as in single player (to
    pick up enough parts to build a neutron bomb and destroy an enemy
    beam cannon that is meant to destroy humankind). I have never been
    able to pick up any parts in single or multi play mode. It is easier
    with two players though. Direct connect null modem cable is required,
    modem will not work. Also two copies of the game are required as disk
    2 must be in both system's drives.

    Not sure if one can get backup disks from Psygnosis, but that would
    enable you to play two players. Two player mode is very close to the
    blinding speed of the single player, but is MORE FUN!

    4. The manual is not very complete. A two page "diary" of saved games
    gives good clues as to how to achieve the easiest and closest
    (location wise) objectives. Some things are just left out. How to
    pick up resources from fallen enemy aircraft? Who knows?

    Any hints to help out would be greatly appreciated! I haven't found
    any magazines with hints yet. If anyone else has, leave a message
    here. I'm almost getting tired of defeat and need some breaks. I've
    read the manual countless times and can't find anything new. I am
    VERY impressed with this game, but I am now in need of HELP!

                             ----------------

 Some comments from Alan Hamilton (STARFALL - XYZ2.01) on replacing the
 internal floppy drive on a 1040STf - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    The orignal drive was a Chinon, and even when it did work it was
    horribly noisy. It failed by having the spring on the upper R/W head
    break. Best Electronics sells a new head, but for $80. I got a new
    non-Atari drive for $64.

    The new drive is a 3 1/2 Toshiba. It's a 1/3 height drive. The hard-
    est part was configuring the jumpers. The catch is, you *don't* con-
    figure them. There are three jumpers behind the power connection, and
    two of them came shorted. I tried hooking the drive up, but although
    the motor would run, the drive select light wouldn't come on, and the
    ST wouldn't recognize it. I tried all possible permutations of the
    jumpers, but nothing worked.

    I finally noticed a *very* tiny switch next to the data plug. It's a
    tiny black box with a miniscule lever sticking out of it. You may
    need a magnifying glass to see the lever. I pushed the lever to the
    opposite (right) position using a jeweler's screwdriver, and put the
    jumpers back to their original settings. Eureka! The disk booted up
    fine.

    I got some 1/4" nylon spacers, and replacement mounting screws that
    were 1/4" longer than the originals. I used a small hacksaw to trim
    out the lower right corner of the drive opening in the upper half of
    the ST case, to make room for the Toshiba's eject button. I screwed
    everything together, and it works!

    I noticed that some other people here said that they had to reverse
    the plug on the data cable because the key was on the wrong side. I
    didn't have that problem; the key matched the slot in the drive's
    socket. However, I did have to put a half-twist in the data cable
    since the socket on the Toshiba was rotated 180 degrees from the
    Chinon socket. I was able to verify the orientation by noting which
    end of the plug matched pin 1 on the Chinon, and matched that end
    with pin 1 on the Toshiba. In addition, the wire for pin 1 on the
    ribbon cable had a stripe. I have heard that Atari screwed this up on
    a number of STs (key is wrong, or pin 1 is not the marked wire), so
    the safest way to do it is to match the plug based on how it was
    connected to the original drive.

    Despite the key, it is possible to plug the Toshiba in upside down. I
    did this by accident, and gave myself a real scare. If you do this,
    when you power up the ST the drive lights go on right away, instead
    of after a quick pause, and they don't ever go out.

    It works fine now, and having a *quiet* drive is wonderful.

                             ----------------

 From Nevin Shalit (SoftLogic sysop) - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    If folks are looking for a true 600 DPI printer, you should contact
    QMS. Their new printer is true 600 DPI in both PostScript and HP
    modes, parallel and serial port interface. Street price about $4700.
    68020 processor, very nice printer.

                              ----------------

 Questions about the new FSM GDOS from Ed Krimen - Cat. 14, Topic 18, Msg
 59 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    I'd like to verify a few things about FSM GDOS. Hopefully someone in
    the know (Atari? J. Townsend?) can help.

    Does it work with all TOS versions? If not, then which ones?

    I know it comes with a CPX for configuration, but does it also come
    with a similar desk accessory if one doesn't want to use the CPX?

    Thanks. Some people on Fidonet were asking, and I wanted to answer
    with certainty.

 Answer from John Townsend (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 18, Msg. 60 - from
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    FSMGDOS does work on ALL TOS versions.

    It has CPX modules (and Accessories for those not wishing to use use
    the CPX modules) for configuration of your FSMGDOS installation.

    One word of warning. The Accessories are exactly the same as the CPX
    modules. (i.e. For Each CPX, there is a Desk Accessory available). If
    you go the Accessory route, you will probably use up more memory and
    take up 2-3 desk Accessory slots.

                             ----------------

 Some information about Audio CD roms from Todd (Cherry Fonts) - Cat. 16,
 Topic 2, Msg. 207 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Audio CD pressing price is currently $75 each for low runs (under
    1000) which are classified as Desktop-CD and are produced on a
    smaller machine with a Mac front-end.

    Runs of 1000+ usually cost $2.00 ea. and runs of 5000+ get much
    cheaper again. That is for AUDIO CD's that are pre-edited, ready to
    rock (you provide a digital snapshot.) I have no idea about CD ROM
    CD's though. We don't deal with those at our studio. :-)

    I'm not sure exactly how indicative AUDIO CD pressing rates are to
    this.

                              ----------------

 Some great news for Interlink owners from Scott Holmes - Cat. 8, Topic
 13, Msg. 143 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    I just called Intersect out of curiosity to see how the new protocols
    they said that they were going to write, (Zmodem and a NEW ANSI) were
    coming along. Well what I heard was a surprise.  He (Jeff) told me
    that they have decided to add these features and others (a second
    buffer, spelling checker...ect) to a NEW version of INTERLINK!

    Because they are taking on this bigger project it will take more time
    than just the protocols, so don't expect it till next year. It seems
    that Intersect has not left the ST market yet. Something nice to see.

                              ----------------

 Important information about MicroProse's RAILROAD TYCOON from Drew Kerr
 (Captain Midnight's Game Room) - Cat. 9, Topic 10, Msg. 1 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
    READ THIS IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BUY OR HAVE BOUGHT MICROPROSE'S
    "RAILROAD TYCOON" FOR THE ST:

    The port to the ST is seriously bugged -- maybe the biggest game
    programming glitch in a very long time.

    The hard drive install program crashes every time. If you have more
    than 2 megs, the game crashes as well.

    The following solutions have been offered by John Stewart of Micro-
    Computer Depot in Columbia, SC (1-800-845-3070).  He is presently
    sending back every copy of Railroad Tycoon until the bugs are fixed
    and will not sell one until they are perfect.

    SOLUTION FOR PROBLEM 1:

    A) If you have the PD program Disk Doctor, search out the file called
    RINSTALL.PRG. You must change every instance of COLOUR.LMB to
    COLOUR.PIX.
                                   or

    B) Create a folder in your hard drive called RAILROAD. Put the con-
    tents of both your disks into this folder. When the alert box comes
    up to say that a file already exists with that name, hit the OK
    button (meaning copy over the first file).

    Either way, the game should be installed.

    Onto the more serious problem...

    SOLUTION FOR PROBLEM 2:

    After booting up Railroad Tycoon, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR MOUSE OR THE
    RETURN KEY UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED THE COPY PROTECTION
    PROCEDURE (identifying railroad engines and cars).

    The first screen option will be whether you want to use a keyboard
    and mouse or just keyboard. Just the first (#1). The game will then
    load with title screen and then credits -- you can cut them short by
    hitting the SPACE bar, not the Return button!! You will then be
    presented with a screen of railroad robber barons and a choice of
    whether you want to start a new game, load an old one or load the
    tutorial. ONLY USE YOUR ARROW KEYS -- DO NOT EVEN TOUCH OR MOVE YOUR
    MOUSE!! Use ONLY the space bar to make your choice.

    You will then reach the copy protection part where a list of possible
    choices fills most of your screen. Again, DO NOT USE YOUR MOUSE but
    the arrow cursor keys to make your choice and use the SPACE BAR.

    After this, you can now play the game and touch/move your mouse.

    Microprose UK did a very shoddy job of beta testing the game and if
    you find this game unsatisfactory because of these bugs, RETURN IT!
    Microprose's GEnie address is MICROPROSE, in case you want to let
    them know how you feel about releasing seriously bugged products. If
    you think e-mail doesn't do the trick, send a note to:

    Mr. Bill Stealey MICROPROSE 180 Lakefront Drive Hunt Valley, MD 21030
    301-771-1151

    Microprose UK's number is 011-446-6650-4326.

    This game is not cheap -- don't pay for inferior product, especially
    with Atari's place in the game market so unstable.

    Drew Kerr Author of "Captain Midnight's Game Room," the Atari ST
    mini-letter soon to be posted monthly in GEnie's library.

                              ----------------

 A brief over-view of Calligrapher from Keith Brooks (New Horizon Com-
 puter Systems - Calgary, Alberta) - Cat. 13, Topic 4, Msg. 1 - from the
 ST Roundtable on Genie...
    Well, as I noted in the header, I brought this product in to try it
    out and I am seriously impressed with the potential power of the
    program! Drawing tools, boxes, lines, abbreviations, speller,
    thesaurus, separate rulers for each line if you need it, formulas
    allowed, hot keys, lots of utilities to remap the keyboard and so on
    and so on..........

    Installed OK but sure screwed up my assign.sys a lot for other GDOS
    programs. It did come with a special version of G+PLUS which actually
    runs on the TT030 with my original G+PLUS.ACC! So I was able to set
    up individual font folders with separate assign.sys files for each as
    this program has special Line_Arc (vector font) things that didn't
    seem to work too well with other GDOS programs and seemed to cause no
    end of problems with Calligrapher if it didn't find the font it
    needed.

    Other than that, this program could easily rival WP v2.0 for the Mac.
    Registration was sent back to the UK so the real unprotected disk
    could be shipped to us with latest version of the program, thesaurus
    and other utilities and fonts. For now, I'm stuck with a key disk
    that has to be in the 'A' drive for the program to run. I hope it
    arrives soon as some of the features are not implemented or lack
    features mentioned in the manual....which is _VERY_ comprehensive and
    well written!

    There's a utility to edit the keyboard and add any of the 256 ASCII
    characters to Calligrapher. Another will write a separate program you
    can put in your AUTO folder which remaps the keyboard for all
    programs while the computer is running. It works in WordUp, LDW,
    Calamus (if the font in use has those characters included) and any
    other programs I tried. I remapped the keypad with the  and
     keys so I can get - Math symbols, trademarks, bullets, [NOTE:
    some characters didn't come through] AHH! I see those characters
    don't translate across the lines but it works great!

    I did notice that the normal Dutch GDOS fonts have the descenders cut
    off on screen but print just fine. I ran into this problem with
    That's Write too but cured that with scaling the font. Didn't work
    with Calligrapher so I'm stuck with their screen fonts called
    'Zurich' and 'Holland', the former too ugly for words in screen font,
    and the latter too small for comfortable use for any length of time.
    I'm sure there's a solution for this but calling the UK for Tech
    support is a trifle expensive.

    If anyone else has this good looking program, please post!!!!! I need
    the HELP!!!!

                             ----------------

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 > WAACE UPDATES STR SHOW NEWS     "THE PREMIER EAST COAST ATARI FEST!"
   ===========================




                  WAACE AtariFest '91 Special Event Schedule
                  ==========================================
                   (times and speakers, subject to change)



   Friday October 10, 1991
        8:00 PM   Midi Concert, by Dave Kaufman's Midi Machine

   Saturday October 11, 1991
           Seminar Schedule

       11:00 AM  What's New from Gribnif
                 Rick Flashman, Gribnif Software

       12:00 PM  Atari Corporation Speaks
                 Robert Brodie, Director of Communications, Atari Corp.

        1:00 PM  Dave Small: Live and in Person I
                 Dave Small, Gadgets by Small

        2:00 PM  STReport  "Computers - Now & the Future"
                 Ralph Mariano, ST Report International Online Magazine

        3:00 PM  Atari Myths and Mysteries
                 David Troy, Toad Computers

        4:00 PM  Mailing List and Desktop Publishing, with Tracker ST and
                 PageStream 2.1
                 Nevin Shalit, Step-Ahead Software

        7:00 PM  Pre-Banquet Social Hour (poolside weather permitting)

        8:00 PM  1991 WAACE AtariFest Banquet
                  Guest Speaker: Nathan Potechin, President, ISD Marketing
                  Inc. and the President of International Association of
                  Atari Developers

     Sunday October 12, 1991                Seminar Schedule

       11:00 AM  Hardware Acceleration
                Featuring developers of the latest technology for both
                68000 and 68030 CPU accelerators.

       12:00 PM  eSTeem PILOT
                Tom Nielson, eSTeem, inc.

        1:00 PM  Dave Small: Live and in Person II
                Dave Small, Gadgets by Small

        2:00 PM  Software that isn't Here!
               Applications and Development Tools that never made it to the
               Atari ST.
               Andrej Wrotniak, Debonair Software

        3:00 PM  Meet the Atari Press
               Featuring members of the Atari electronic and print media:
               John Jainschigg, Publisher/Editor of Atari Explorer
               Magazine;  Joe Waters, Publisher of Current Notes Magazine;
               Ralph Mariano, Editor of STReport International Online
               Magazine and Bill and Patty Rayl Publisher/Editors of Atari
               Interface Magazine;

 DAVE KAUFMAN'S MIDI MACHINE

     Can a performer with a computer play passionate rock and roll? David
 Kaufman answers with a resounding yes!  With a low slung synthesizer
 around his neck, he sings and plays a variety of original rock and pop
 songs in a unique interactive solo performance.  Backed by an Atari
 computer which acts as his rhythm section of bass and drums, he plays the
 synthesizer live and sings.

     Although it's a highly technical show, his personality and soulful
 performance wins the crowd over, as he did performing at The Spiral Club
 in New York City.

     On his Midi Machine tape, "Trust Me" may be the hardest rockin' song
 ever with only synthesizers and drum machines.  "No Overnight Sensation"
 is melodic, yet rocks with an inspired "slide synth" solo. "Break the
 News" is a pensive, yet driving love song. These songs show his diverse
 talent for writing, playing, singing and orchestrating.

     David Kaufman was the keyboard player and a major songwriter for The
 Nails, who released two critically acclaimed LP's on RCA Records in the
 80's, both of which made the CMJ and Billboard charts, and which continue
 to receive airplay on alternative radio around the world.  While with The
 Nails, he toured the U.S.A. and Canada.

     David's recent accomplishments are his bluesy, honky-tonk piano
 playing on New York musician Phil Gammage's (Certain General, Corvairs).
 Kneel to the Rising Sun CD available on the French New Rose label, and
 performing in a reggae band, "Voice of the Common Man."

     Listen to Dave Kaufman's Midi Machine and then see him live.  It's an
 exciting and fresh sound.

 The Seminar Speakers:

     Ralph Mariano is the publisher/editor of the weekly STReport
 International Online Magazine.  STReport has been going strong for four
 years now providing the ST community with up to date information on whats
 happening in the ST world and never hesitating to speak out on any issue
 in the Atari world.  STReport is released every week at about 6pm on
 GEnie, Compuserve and Delphi online information services.

     Gribnif Software is the developer of NeoDesk 3.0 - The Desktop
 Alternative for the Atari ST, a complete desktop replacement for the ST.
 Gribnif Software is headed by Rick Flashman, Dan Wilga, and Tricia
 Metcalf. Currently they are busy developing new and exciting software for
 the ST, including CardFile 3, Stalker and Steno. NeoDesk is one of the
 best selling (if not the best selling) non-game utility software program
 for the ST.

     Dave Troy of TOAD Computers is the producer of the TOAD File 44
 removable cartridge hard disk drive system. Dave has been involved with
 Atari computers for over eight years and is the co-owner of the TOAD
 Computers store in Severna Park, MD. Dave also writes a monthly column in
 Current Notes magazine titled "Atari Myths and Mysteries".

     Dave Small of Gadgets by Small requires no introduction to the Atari
 community. Mr. Small is the leading developer of Macintosh emulation on
 the Atari ST. His current products include the popular Spectre GCR
 Macintosh Emulator, the Mega Talk board for Mega ST computers and the SST
 68030 Accelerator Board. Dave is also a featured columnist in Current
 Notes Magazine and noted Tesla Coil Enthusiast.

     J. Andrzej Wrotniak is the developer of the mathematical program El
 Cal (Elementary Calculator) and Star Base by Debonair Software and a
 regular columnist in Current Notes ("ST Toolbox") magazine. Andrej will
 explore the many applications and development tools that never made there
 way to the Atari ST.

     Nevin Shalit is the President of Step-Ahead Software and author of the
 popular and powerful mailing list/mail merge software package Tracker ST.
 Nevin is also a sysop of the SoftLogik Roundtable on GEnie, supporting the
 PageStream Desktop Publishing System.

     Tom Nielson is the developer of eSTeem PILOT, an authoring language
 for the Atari ST that allows the creation of tutorials, tests,
 simulations, games, laser videodisc programs, and interactive RS-232
 control.

     Bob Brodie is the Director of Communications for the Atari
 Corporation. Hear what Atari plans for the future and be sure to bring all
 your questions concerning your favorite computers.

     Nathan Potechin is the President of ISD Marketing, Inc. and the
 President of International Association of Atari Developers. ISD markets
 the popular Calamus Desktop Publishing system and the forthcoming Calamus
 S and Calamus SL which will extend the envelope of desktop publishing on
 the Atari ST/TT computers. Nathan will explore the "Atari in the Middle
 Earth", a light-hearted look at the world of Atari computing.


                  WAACE Personalities Update - 27 September

 This is the very latest list of vendors.

       Codehead Software               Megatype Software
       Phil Comeau Software            Michtron, Inc.
       Current Notes, Inc.             Micro Creations
       D. A. Brumleve                  Musicode Software
       Debonair Software               Rimik Enterprises
       Double Click Software           RIO Computers
       eSTeem Inc.                     Rising Star Computers
       FAST Technology                 SLICCTOP
       Gadgets By Small                Step Ahead Software, Inc.
       Gribnif Software                Sudden Inc.
       ICD                             Toad Computers
       ISD Marketing, Inc.             Unicorn Publications
       JMG Software Intl Inc           WizWorks!
       Joppa Computer Products         WuzTECH/OMNIMON Peripherals
       L & Y Electronics               Zubair Interfaces, Inc.
       MacDonald Associates

 Special Guests:

                             Atari Corporation
                          Atari Explorer Magazine
                          GEnie Atari Roundtables
                  STReport International Online Magazine


                     WAACE, Inc. AtariFest '91 Dates:
                     --------------------------------

      The Fest is scheduled for 12 and 13 October '91.  The show hours are
 from 10am to 5pm both days.  We also expect to sponsor some special events
 on Friday evening.

      The show will feature a full round of seminars and demonstrations.
 There will also be a swap meet.  There will be a cocktail party and a
 banquet on Saturday evening.

 Further Information:
 --------------------

 For additional Information please contact either of the following:

 General Chairman                        Vendor Coordinator
 Charles S. Smeton                       John D. Barnes
 P.O. Box 0122                           7710 Chatham Rd
 Columbia, MD 21045-0122                 Chevy Chase, MD 20815
 GEMail: C.S.SMETON                      GEMail: J.D.Barnes
 CIS: 73047,2565                         DELPHI: JDBARNES
 FNET: Charles Smeton, Node 500          Internet: JOHNBARNES@ENH.NIST.GOV








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 > PGST 2.1 STR Review    PageSTReam 2.1  a professional DTP for the ST
   ===================




                              PAGESTREAM 2.1
                              ==============

                "THE DESKTOP PUBLISHING LEADER GETS BETTER"


 by Vernon W. Smith


     PageStream 2.1 is the latest upgrade of the first fully professional
 desktop publishing program for the Atari ST.

     Starting as Publishing Partner, it changed briefly to Publishing
 Partner Professional and then crawled through a series of first buggy,
 then improving, regenerations into a program which leads the rest of the
 ST desktop publishers.

 Manuals are Better

     This newest version comes with a completely new User Manual and
 QuickStart manual which are the best yet produced by Soft-Logik Publishing
 Corporation, P.O. Box 290070, St. Louis, MO 63129, Phone: 1-800/829-8608.

     Although Soft-Logik has abandoned the three-ring binder which made
 page changes easy to add, it has expanded upon it's well-organized,
 step-by-step approach to using easily a complex program.

     The QuickStart Manual uses two extended tutorials to cover the basics
 and painlessly introduce a new user to functions which might otherwise be
 overlooked.

     After completing a newsletter page and an organizational chart, you
 will have learned not only how to import text and graphics, but also how
 to use templates and create repetitive elements with a minimum of key
 strokes and mouse movements.

     The tables of contents and the index are comprehensive and 2.1
 continues the tradition of 1.8 and the original Publishing Partner in
 providing sequential actions which are easy to remember with repeated use.

 Screen Appearance is Better

     The most noticeable immediate difference appears on the screen.  Using
 the larger sizes of magnification, 200%, for example, type displays with
 the same characteristics which will appear on the printed page.  It is
 much easier to adjust spacing and kerning between characters.

     Another type of appearance has been improved, too.  That is the
 dialogue boxes which in 1.8 were plainer and more prone to the appearance
 of garbage characters during multiple operations.  The 2.1 boxes
 frequently combine into one box elements which previously required two
 sequential boxes.

     For example, special type applications such as backslant, mirror,
 upside down, underline, etc., can now be selected from the same dialogue
 box as the name and size of the font.  Fill style and color can be chosen
 in the same dialogue box.  Previously, they were separated.

     These changes may seem trivial in the telling, but to an experienced
 user of earlier versions of PageStream they are quality improvements
 shaving minutes off preparation time for a document.

 Even the Bugs are Better

     An annoying bug in 1.8 was the way in which one had to complete
 selection of justification in the Tag section of the Text Menu.  Tags
 enable the selection of several characteristics of text at one time so
 that they can be saved for future implementation with a couple of
 key-clicks.  When justification was chosen, the dialogue box would appear
 briefly and then dump the user back to the attributes dialogue unless the
 left mouse button was held down and the cursor slid to cover the category
 of justification desired.  In 2.1, that bug is gone.  Click on the
 justification attribute and the dialogue takes its place (like the other
 attribute boxes do) firmly ready for a reasoned choice.

 Dialogue Boxes are Better

     A new feature which fits the description of quality improvement is the
 thickening of the cursor when it appears in dialogue boxes, which makes it
 easier to find.  Where the cursor used to automatically come up at the
 left of any area in which the left mouse button was clicked, it now
 appears at the right of the last character.  What this means in practical
 terms is that where the speediest way to change a multi-digit entry under
 the old system was to use Esc to clear the area and retype the whole
 thing, it is now easiest to place the cursor to the right of the
 characters to be changed and delete and reenter only specific changes.

 Installation Complications

     I did run into a couple of problems in making the initial installation
 and completing the tutorials.

     I installed the program with all its fonts (Compugraphic CS Times, CS
 Triumvirate, CS Garamond, and eight Soft-Logik creations) onto the "F"
 partition of my 44mb Syquest Removable Hard Drive.  The instructions on
 changing the path for the fonts were skimpy and when I first tried to
 type in text, I got a request to insert the floppy disks from which I had
 made the installation.

     Because I was familiar with the earlier PageStream, I knew that I had
 to go to the Global Menu at the upper right of the screen to select
 Set/Save Paths.  Still, when I had indicated that the path for all of the
 folders in the program were F:\PGSTREAM\, the floppy disk request was
 repeated.  I went back to the Set/Save dialogue and discovered a new
 button labeled Manager which brought up the fonts location dialogue box.
 The font paths here still showed the floppy disks.  Changing them
 completed the installation.  Although this procedure is described somewhat
 in the User Manual, it may be confusing to a new user who relies on the
 QuickStart Manual for setting up a hard drive.

     A bug which has not entirely disappeared is the tendency of the screen
 to repeatedly renew itself when text entries in a column reach the place
 where a new section of the screen has to be displayed.  Apparently what
 happens with both 1.8 and 2.1 is that the speedy typist gets ahead of the
 computer and at the point where the screen has to change, each character
 triggers a refresh.  The solution is to stop typing and look carefully for
 the location of the cursor which is also blinking on and off with the
 screen changes.  Guide the cursor to the white area of the vertical scroll
 bar and click on the left mouse button.  The refreshes will stop and work
 can continue.  It does seem to me, however, that this bug is less
 prevalent in 2.1.  It does not do this every time as it did in 1.8 but
 only on occasion.

 Tutorials are Not Flawless

      In the tutorial on setting up a Drop Cap (a large initial to start a
 paragraph made up mostly of smaller characters), I lost sight of the
 initial when following the instructions.  Again, I knew what to do from
 prior use of the earlier versions of PageStream.  I went to the Object
 Menu and placed the text column in back of the initial.  Since the initial
 was in its own object area, this made it visible again.  While the Bring
 to Front and Send to Back commands are covered in the tutorial, their
 application to this particular problem would not be readily apparent to a
 new user.

     I am always concerned when a tutorial doesn't do what it's supposed to
 do and there were two other instances of this in the PageStream 2.1
 QuickStart Manual.

     Text can be linked from one column to another and if there is more
 text in a column than it can hold a small plus sign appears at the lower
 left of the column.  When the newsletter tutorial is completed as the
 Manual instructs, the last line of copy (a byline giving the supposed
 author's name) disappears from the screen and from any printout which is
 made of the page.  The solution is to place the cursor in the white space
 following the last visible line and press Backspace until the hidden line
 reappears.  The example simply has an extra line space between the last
 line of copy and the byline.

     A more complicated problem surfaces in the demonstration of Rotation
 of a GEM symbol used as a company logo in the organization chart tutorial.


     PageStream (1.8 and 2.1) permits rotation by degrees.  A dialogue box
 not only allows for entry of specific numbers but also has a rectangular
 box which changes to show how the rotation will look.  (Skewing and
 slanting are also possible from this box.) In the organization chart demo,
 the GEM symbol which is imported has several layers of overlapping
 sections.  The tutorial explains this and shows the user how to group and
 ungroup these layers.  Unfortunately, it instructs the user to group all
 the sections before making the rotation.  It turns out that this does not
 produce what the creator of the tutorial intended.  An inner section which
 is supposed to be diamond-shaped goes to a broken square instead.  It
 turns out that to get a match to the illustration shown in the QuickStart
 Manual the GEM symbol has to be ungrouped and only the extreme outside
 section rotated.  Not a big deal to an experienced user, but a real
 frustration to a new user who probably would not know what was happening
 or what to do to correct it.

     With 1.8, I used to enter text directly into the columns (as I am
 doing now) with a user magnification of 125%.  This was the magnification
 recommended in one of the earliest versions of Publishing Partner as the
 optimum operating mode.  In 2.1, I find the 200% level of magnification
 more desirable for direct text entry.  Not only are the characters easier
 to read, but at this size they show more of the characteristics of the
 finished printed letters.   Atari 2.1 Better than Amiga 2.0

     Those who were concerned because Soft-Logik spent a great deal of time
 creating an Amiga version which reached 2.0 before Atari, can be reassured
 that the company has not short-sheeted its original Atari users with a
 look-alike product.  By mistake, I received the Amiga version in the fall
 of 1990.  The manual was very similar to the Atari 1.8 manual although the
 program itself had many of the features now appearing in the Atari 2.1
 version.  The new Atari manual is nothing like the older Amiga one.  It is
 completely produced with PageStream and output at 1270 dpi on a PostScript
 imagesetter in a wire-bound format that reflects the best in modern
 printing.  No apologies are necessary to any other desktop publishing
 platform for the quality of this program.

     For users of previous versions of Atari PageStream, there are a
 number of desirable changes.

     The Toolbox at the right of the screen now can be moved to any other
 location.

     The Reshape Tool supports the modification of Bezier curves.  (What
 this means is that after drawing a shape, it is possible to change it in
 specific directions which will be automatically smoothed out when the
 operation is finished.)

     According to the User Manual, it is possible to design a page as large
 as 1200 foot (Yes, I said Foot) by 1200 foot and as small as one inch by
 one inch.

      PageStream 2.1 allows up to six windows to be opened so that elements
 can be pasted from one document to another.   Documents Have Smart Titles
      Another change is called Smart Titles.  If the title of a window is
 all in lower case, there have been no changes since the file was last
 saved.  If the first character is capitalized, then alterations have
 occurred which should be saved before closing the file.

 Pages Can Bleed

     Often you see commercial publications which have pictures extending
 all the way to the edge of the page.  These are called bleeds.  They are
 produced by printing on a larger sheet of paper than the finished page so
 that when they are trimmed in a paper cutter they appear to end at the cut
 edge.

      PageStream now supports this kind of production.  Combined with crop
 marks to guide a printer, this enables a level of publication which has
 not been possible in Atari ST desktop publishing programs.  Although
 designers of small newsletters are not likely to want to go to the extra
 expense of bleed pages, this feature makes the Atari able to compete at a
 higher level of professional magazine production.

 New KeyBoard Equivalents

     The new PageStream 2.1 contains several keyboard equivalents for
 former mouse-only instructions.  For example, I mentioned earlier the
 occasional need to click with the mouse on the scroll bar when repeated
 refreshes tie up the screen.  I notice that the keyboard equivalent for
 this is Esc U and the next time I get the refresh bug, I'll see if it
 stops the action as effectively as does the mouse click.

     Because there now are keyboard commands, PageStream 2.1 can implement
 macros which will "eliminate manually repetitive tasks." While the number
 of macros available simultaneously are ten (one for each of the function
 keys), macro sets can be saved to disk and reloaded to suit specific
 document purposes.

 New Fonts Display Better on the Screen

     There is some confusion in my mind about the fonts change in
 PageStream 2.1.  I was informed when I telephoned my credit card order to
 Soft-Logik that it was not necessary to purchase new fonts to use the
 program with my UltraScript packages of equivalents to the PostScript
 faces found in many PostScript printers.  (UltraScript is an emulation
 program which allows PostScript files printed to a disk to be used with
 dot matrix, deskjet, and laser printers.)  PageStream 2.1 will print
 PostScript files to disk but to match the PostScript printer fonts, the
 User Manual recommends the PageStream Fonts Plus Pack which contains
 outline font files, screen font files, and font metric files for 11 of the
 most popular PostScript families: Avant Garde, Bookman, Chancery, Courier,
 Dingbats, Helvetica, Helvetica Narrow, Palatino, UltraScript, Schoolbook,
 Symbol and Times.

     I can use all those fonts now with PageStream 1.8 because I have a
 PageStream Disk A which provides screen font files and font metric files.
 However, files from this disk do not show on screen as they will appear on
 printout, so I plan to purchase the PageStream Fonts Plus Pack ($75).
 PageStream also offers a Font Pack 1 with 14 more fonts at the same price.

     For the moment, I'm keeping both PageStream 1.8 and 2.1 active so I
 can use either the new or old fonts rather than trying to mix them in the
 newer program.  The Manual makes clear that PS and PSF font files used in
 PageStream 1.8 should not be used in 2.1.   Kerning Still has to be Chosen

     I had expected kerning to default to automatic in 2.1 but it still has
 to be invoked by selecting the area to be kerned and either batch kerning
 the whole thing or manually kerning specific combinations.  In other
 words, it can be made automatic but it does not default to automatic.
 Kerning is the process by which two letters like AV when next to each
 other can be reduced in space so that they do not appear to be abnormally
 far apart.  When the entire document is batch-kerned, the screen shows
 text compacting from column to column as the effect is being achieved.

 Spell Checker is Still Too Slow

     I am not impressed with the Spell Checker.  I never used the one in
 1.8 and after spending almost 30 minutes spell-checking this document up
 to this point, I am unlikely to use it again.  It does not recognize
 plural or past tense forms of common words.  I also find it annoying that
 company words like PageStream have not been added to the dictionary!

 Printing Problem - A Major Bug

     In setting up comparison pages (2.1 direct to an Atari SLM804 Laser
 Printer, 1.8 direct to an Atari SLM804 Laser Printer, 1.8 through
 UltraScript to an Atari SLM804 Laser Printer and 2.1 through UltraScript
 to an Atari SLM804 Laser Printer) for the September/October issue of the
 ACE of Syracuse Newsletter, I ran into my first serious problem.

     I printed my opening page from 2.1 and it looked good but, when I
 tried to print a second copy, tops of the characters in the headline at
 the top of the page were skewed about one-eighth inch to the right.   What
 was worse was that everything I then printed out from any ST program, was
 skewed about a half-inch down from the top of the page for that same depth
 of an eighth of an inch.  Even my test-run programs for the SLM804 were
 skewed.

      I tried closing and opening the PageStream program, rebooting the
 Mega ST4 computer, and changing to a different removable cartridge on my
 Toadfile 44 Syquest Removable HardDrive.  The skew persisted.

     Since it was affecting all programs, I assumed it might be a conflict
 between the SLM804 Diablo 630 emulator and other files in the AUTO folder.
 I moved various programs in and out of the folder to no avail.  Finally, I
 turned everything off and went to bed.

     The next day, the saved PageStream 2.1 page printed the first time
 perfectly.  But, again, all subsequent pages and any other use of the
 printer showed the skew.  (see editor note below)

     I shifted to PageStream 1.8 on another partition, and prepared a page
 for UltraScript output to disk.  It saved ok but, when I tried to print
 the file through UltraScript, instead of a busy bee cursor and eventual
 printout, I got the message, "Using Margins...Starting Server,"  with a
 kickback to the regular cursor, aborting the program.

     I turned off the system and the printer and tried again.  Everything
 worked fine, as it had before I started to use the PageStream 2.1 program.
 This pinned down the problem specifically to PageStream 2.1.  I could get
 only one good page before I had to turn off the printer to get another.
 This was particularly cumbersome with a removable hard drive because the
 Atari SLM804 Laser Printer is connected between the hard drive and the
 computer.  The manual warns that it should not be turned off while the
 hard drive and the computer are on.  This meant the hard drive had to be
 powered down and the cartridge removed every time I wanted to turn off the
 printer.

 Soft-Logik Technical Support Was Immediate

     When I called Soft-Logik Publishing's Technical Support Line at
 314/894-0431, I was able to get through on the third ring and a patient
 support person, named Sheryl, identified me as a legitimate PageStream 2.1
 purchaser and took down the information about my problem.  She asked me to
 send in documentation including a disk with the problem file.

     Less than ten minutes later, she called me back to say she had talked
 with a programmer and that this was a problem Soft-Logik was aware of, for
 which there was no fix yet.  She said I would be sent a new printer driver
 as soon as it became available.  No further documentation of my problem
 would be necessary.

     My faith that Soft Logik would come through was justified when the new
 driver arrived six weeks later.  In the meantime, it prevented me from
 using 2.1 to any serious degree because normally I couldn't afford time to
 turn everything off and on for every page I printed.

     However, I did take time before the new driver came to compare the
 types of printout mentioned above.   All Fonts are not Created Equal
 UltraScript's PostScript-emulation packages of fonts include Helvetica,
 which can be directly compared with Helv (PageStream 1.8) and CS
 Triumvirate (PageStream 2.1), and Times, which is comparable to Tyme
 (PageStream 1.8) and CS Times (PageStream 2.1).   UltraScript Palatino has
 some similarities in appearance to PageStream 2.1's Garamond Antiqua.
 The PageStream 2.1 faces are noticeably better in printout than the
 PageStream 1.8 faces.  The letter forms are more subtly shaped with
 greater contrast between thicks and thins.  On the printed page, 10 point
 Tyme text with 11 point fixed leading looks much heavier and darker than
 10 on 11 CS Times.  However, if you have a dot matrix printer, you may
 prefer Tyme over CS Times because with the latter it is easier to get
 dropouts in small text sizes in characters like "b" and "o" which have
 higher contrasting thin and thick sections.  On the Atari Laser Printer,
 with the toner density set properly, CS Times is much more attractive.

     Ten point Helv Bold (1.8) subheads show darker on the screen but
 appear lighter on the printer.  Ten point CS Triumvirate Bold subheads
 (2.1) are sharper and more open.

     Larger sizes of Tyme and Helvetica look fine by themselves but when
 compared side by side with CS Times and CS Triumvirate they are slightly
 heavier and less pleasantly shaped.

     As far as I'm concerned, UltraScript is still champion in looks but
 not by much.  And UltraScript can be used with 2.1, according to the
 Manual.  (I prepared this page in 2.1 and printed to disk with the
 PostScript driver.  When the .PS file was picked up in UltraScript, the
 window area showed that the fonts I had used on this page - CS Times for
 text and CS Triumvirate Bold for subheads - were being converted to Times
 Roman and Helvetica Bold which are in my UltraScript fonts folder.)  What
 deters the use of UltraScript, given the availability of 2.1's
 Compugraphic fonts, is the time needed for printout.

     PageStream 2.1 direct took nearly two minutes to roll off the first
 page.  PageStream 1.8 took 15 seconds longer on the simular second page.

     But on the third page, UltraScript took more than three minutes for
 the PageStream 1.8 print to disk and another five minutes for processing
 from disk to printer through the UltraScript program.

     I've always been willing to endure the extra UltraScript time because
 of the improvement in quality over PageStream 1.8 but I'm sure when 2.1 is
 working properly I'll not want to bother when using comparable fonts.
 Graphics are Well Explained

     The PageStream User Manual does a good job of explaining the
 differences among bit-mapped (raster) pictures, object (vector) drawings,
 and Encapsulated PostScript graphics.

     It specificially identifies the variations of these which are
 supported.  For example, "GEM 3 illustrations created on MS-DOS machines
 may not import properly into PageStream because they do not adhere to the
 GEM 1 Atari standard."

     The bit map formats which are supported include IMG, IFF, TIFF,
 MACPAINT, GIF, DEGAS, PCX, NEO, TNY; object drawn formats include GEM
 Metafile, DR2D, AEGIS, PRODRAW; and the Encapsulated PostScript formats
 include EPS, MACEPS (PICT headers are ignored), and IBMPS.

     Pictures still take a long time to load into PageStream 2.1, just as
 they did in 1.8.

     A GEMDraw AUTOS.  GEM file which would not import to PageStream 1.8
 does import to PageStream 2.1.

     PageStream 2.1 (and 1.8 before it) has color capabilities which I have
 not explored because I do not have a color printer and do not prepare
 color separations for commercial processing.  Reports from Atari shows
 indicate that the color printing demonstrations have been well-received.

     The general improvement of PageStream 2.1 over PageStream 1.8 makes it
 a worthwhile purchase new or as an upgrade (assuming the Atari Laser
 Printer bug is solved promptly for those who are affected by it.)

 Editor Note:
 ------------

     As of this issue, the printing bug with the Atari Laser Printers is
 fixed and is even faster than before.   SoftLogik continues to support the
 ST platform vigorously and in a responsive, timely manner for the users.

 PageStream 2.1 is currently available from Atari dealers and mail order
 sources or direct from:

                     Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation
                             P.O.  Box 290070
                           St.  Louis, MO 63129
                           Phone: 1-800/829-8608
                           List price is $299.95


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 > WHAT?? STR FOCUS        A few comments about last week's editorial
   ================





                         Comments On An Editorial?
                         =========================




 by Dana P. Jacobson


      After reading last week's editorial, and the subsequent comments from
 many readers, it seems that perhaps the premise needs additional
 reflection.

      The editorial may have caused some confusion as to its intent, but
 negativity, especially towards the Glendale show, was not the message that
 I got.  The message that I perceived was that we, as users, are starved
 for information and product _from_ Atari.  This premise was perhaps
 misleading because it arose from the great success of the Glendale show.
 Misleading because southern California is fortunate enough to be one of
 those areas (probably) blessed with great dealer support and Sunnyvale
 within close proximity.  But, I believe that last week's editorial was
 more of a reflection of the "starving" users nationwide.

      This idea is not strange to many.  Two years ago, I got involved in
 an effort to host an AtariFest in the Boston area.  The reason that I
 wanted to get involved was to help provide the New England area the
 opportunity to see what's available to the users - something our dealer
 network was having difficulty doing on its own.  Yes, there are the online
 magazines such as STReport to give us some news.  Yes, there are a few
 hardcopy magazines left to go into more detail.  Yes, there are the
 commercial services such as Delphi, GEnie, and CIS to provide information.
 Yes, there are user groups to provide a common forum for users.  But, the
 thing that _is_ lacking is a highly visible Atari Corporation.

      Shows like Glendale and WAACE, and there are others, are the real
 means for users to learn firsthand what and who is available.  Without
 these shows, where would we be today?  This, I believe, was the true
 premise behind last week's editorial.  Glendale drew over 3,000 people to
 the show, a terrific feather in the hat of John King Tarpinian and the
 other folks responsible for the show's success.  WAACE will also be a
 successful show, and attract a great turnout.  These events are necessary
 so that we can continue to get firsthand knowledge of new products.  It's
 the way for us to meet the folks who have been supporting us.  Without
 these shows, tell me honestly, how many of us would really know what's
 going on for support.  Magazines and online messages can only tell us so
 much.  What we really need is to be able to see and touch these new
 products.  What we really need is to have an extensive (and supported)
 dealer network so this will be possible.

      The existing shows are terrific, and I hope that they continue to be
 successful.  But, the thing that bothers me is that I have a feeling that
 they don't attract a lot of new users into the fold.  That's really not
 the function of these shows, is it.  Without a highly visible Atari, it's
 difficult for new users to learn about our machines.  Without dealers,
 those that do hear about the machines, and are impressed, may not be able
 to learn more about them and/or buy one.

      Now, I know there will be some who read into this commentary and
 think: "If the only way _we_ can learn firsthand what's available, hence
 the success (in numbers) of Glendale; why didn't other shows obtain
 similar attendance numbers?"  Well, to answer that is fairly simple:
 Glendale and WAACE are established shows and have proved over and over
 again that they are the "premier" shows.  The other shows, especially this
 year, were called successes, regardless of the lack of an extra "0" tacked
 on to the figures.  These shows are mostly first-timers and were not
 heavily advertised outside their immediate areas.  I would think that if
 these shows became annual events, the numbers would grow with time and
 successes.

      I do feel wholeheartedly that without these shows Atari and its users
 would decline more rapidly than it is.  Optimism is always prevalent at
 these times of the year when the major shows are upon us, gratefully.
 Atari has to do something to continue this optimism, because we all know
 that come mid-winter when the "glow" of the shows has finally passed, the
 optimism can and will probably change.  It happens every year.

      Things do appear to be improving at the moment.  I'd like to know
 more about the AEGEIS dealer network and how it will operate.  I'd also
 like to know what dealers are involved.  I'd like to know that the STe,
 MegaSTe, and TT are plentiful.  I'd like to be able to see an ad by Atari
 in non-business environments.  I'd like to see less emphasis on the Lynx
 and Portfolio and see more computer-related publicity.  I'd like to see
 Atari realize that the optimistic "high" of the AtariFest season will only
 last so long; that Atari should capitalize on this feeling and
 re-establish itself as the best computer for your money.

      Jack, the time is now.  Pull out all of the stops and forge ahead.
 Get that product out by the truckloads!  Establish those dealers and fill
 their shelves with stock!  Attract new users with great marketing plans!!
 And, keep supporting the shows!

      To all of you who are planning to attend the WAACE show in a few
 weeks, I look forward to seeing many of you again.  I'm also looking
 forward to meeting many more new people, especially those whom I only know
 by a name or handle from the online services.  To me, this is one of the
 greatest pleasures of these shows.  See you all in a few weeks.

                                             Until next time...


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 > TT030 COMPATIBILITY STR FOCUS            Software Compatibility List
   =============================






                      TT Software Compatability List
                      ==============================



  9/22/91


 Compiled by  Schuylar Noell


                 Title             Run                  Comments
      """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
      10th Frame                    Y  Bowling game.

      3D Graphics                   Y  by Abacus

      AAARGH                        N

      APB                           N

      ARCX.TTP                      Y  Very fast. Runs in TTRam also.

      Afterburner                   Y  Fast.

      Alien Syndrome                Y

      Arena                         N

      Arkanoid                      N

      Army Moves                    N

      Arrakis Advantage             Y  ST Scholastic Series, many titles.

      Art Gallery                   Y  ST res. only.

      Artic Fox                     Y

      Axe of Rage                   Y  Runs, but color funny.

      BGAMMON.PRG (public domain)   N

      BMX Simulator                 Y

      Baal                          N

      Bad Cat                       Y  Sound from RCA jacks, not internal.

      Balance of Power              Y

      Bards Tale                    Y  Runs, but a little funny.

      Batman-The Movie              N

      Battle Chess                  Y  No sound from red side.

      Battlezone                    Y  Fast.

      Better Dead Than Alien        Y  Good game.

      Bio Challenge                 N

      Bionic Commando               N

      Black Lamp                    N

      Blasteroids                   N

      BlockBuster                   Y  A little fast.

      Blue Angel 69                 Y  Good game.

      Bomb Jack                     Y  Fast

      Boulder Dash Constr. Kit      Y  Fast

      Bratacus                      N

      Bubble Ghost                  Y

      Buzzword                      Y

      Calamus 1.09                  Y  STRam and ST High res. only.

      Calamus Assistant             Y  Works in TTRam also.

      California Games              N

      Captain Blood                 N

      Cards                         N  by Michtron.

      Certificate Maker             Y

      Chronoquest                   N

      Chrystal Castles              Y

      Clean Up 2.2                  Y  ST med or high res only.

      Club Backgammon               Y

      Code-Name Iceman              Y

      Colonels Bequest              Y

      Cracked                       Y  Fast

      Custodian                     N

      CyberCAD 3D                   Y  by Tom Hudson v2.03

      DCBoot It                     Y

      Dark Castle                   Y

      Datamanager ST                Y  Runs in TTRam and TTMed res also.
      Death Bringer                 Y

      Death Sword                   Y  Fast

      Defender of the Crown         N

      DejaVu                        Y

      Diablo                        Y

      Diskstat.APP                  Y

      Dive Bomber                   Y  Sound is wierd.

      Dogs of War                   N

      Dominator                     N

      Donald Duck's Playground      N  by Sierra, on copy protected disks.

      Double Page IV                Y  STRam only.

      Dungeon Master                Y

      EasyDraw ver 2.30             Y

      Empire Strikes Back           N

      F-19 Stealth Fighter          N

      Falcon                        N

      Fantasia Demo                 N  Sound, but no graphics

      Fast Lane                     N

      Faster (Disk Magazine)        Y

      Ferrari                       N

      Fiendish Freddy's Bigtop O'   N

      Fighter Bomber                N  Won't run on ST w/T16 either.

      Final Assault                 Y

      Financial Cookbook            Y

      Fireblaster                   N

      Flash ver. 1.6                N

      Flintstones                   N

      Fusion                        N  Loads to title screen only.

      Future Wars                   Y  Very fast.

      G+Plus ver. 1.2               N  Newer version works.

      G+Plus ver. 1.5               Y  Runs fine.

      GFL Football                  N

      GIFCOLOR.TTP                  Y

      GIFSCALE.TTP                  Y

      Garfield                      N

      Gateway                       Y  Runs, but text is funny.

      Gato                          Y

      Gauntlet                      N  Hard on disk drive.

      Gauntlet II                   N  Title screen loads, then bombs.

      Ghostbusters II               N

      Ghouls & Ghosts               N

      Gold Rush                     Y

      Golden Path                   N

      Goldrunner                    Y

      Goldrunner II                 Y  Too fast.

      Great Giana Sisters           N

      Gunship                       Y

      H.A.T.E.                      N

      Hacker II                     Y

      Hard Drivin                   Y  Runs fast.

      Hero's Quest                  Y

      Heros of the Lance            Y

      Hex                           Y

      High Roller                   Y  Sound from RCA jacks.

      Hippo Almanac                 Y

      Hippo Jokes & Quotes          Y

      Hole in One Golf              Y

      Hollywoood Poker Pro          N

      Home Accountant               Y

      Hostages                      N  Disk 1 runs, Disk 2 crashes

      Hoyles Cards I                Y  Runs in TTRam also. Fast.

      Hoyles II                     Y  Runs TTRam also.

      Ikari Warriors                Y

      Impossamole                   N

      Impossible Mission II         Y

      Indiana Jones                 N  Arcade Version

      Indiana Jones                 Y  Graphic Adventure

      International Soccer          N

      Intersect Rambaby             Y  Runs TTRam, TTLow & TTMed res. also.

      Into the Eagle's Nest         Y  A little fast.

      Iron Lord                     N

      Jet                           N  by Sublogic

      Joker Poker                   Y

      Joust                         Y  Almost too fast.

      Karate Kid II                 Y

      Kings Quest IV                Y

      Knicker Bockers               Y

      LHARC.PRG                     Y

      Leaderboard Golf              Y  Fast. Swing indicator is odd.

      Leathernecks                  N

      Leisure Suit Larry I          Y

      Leisure Suit Larry II         Y  Runs in TTRam also.

      Leisure Suit Larry III        Y  Runs in TTRam also.

      Lemmings                      N  Hard on disk drive.

      Little Computer People        N

      Lost Dutchman Mine            Y

      Lowswitch.PRG                 Y

      MDISK60                       N  Ramdisk. Use Intersect Rambaby.

      Major Motion                  Y  A little fast.

      Makin Whoopee                 N

      Manhunter                     Y

      Manhunter II                  Y

      MasterCAD 3D                  Y

      Menace                        N

      Miami Vice                    Y

      Mickey Mouse                  N  Tries to load into TTLow res?

      Midwinter                     N

      Millipede                     Y

      Monopoly                      N  Public Domain Version

      Monty Pythons Flying Circus   N

      Mr Heli                       N

      Music Studio 88               Y

      NMB.PRG (speed tester)        Y  Runs TTRam &STRam, TTmed. res. also.

      Navy Moves                    N

      Nevermind                     N

      Nickelodeon Five              N

      Nightwalk                     Y

      North & South                 Y  Good game, but too fast.

      OO-Topos                      Y

      Obliterator                   N

      Off Shore Warrior             Y

      Oids                          Y  Sound likes RCA jacks best.

      Operation Neptune             Y

      Operation Wolf                N

      Outline Art                   Y  ST high res. only. TTRam & STRam.

      Outrun                        Y  Runs faster and smoother.

      P47                           N

      Pacland                       Y

      Pacmania                      N

      Paladin                       Y

      Paperboy                      N

      Payroll Master                Y  by Royal Software

      Peggammon                     Y

      Perfect Match                 Y

      Perry Mason                   Y

      Phasar 4.0                    Y  Runs in TTRam and TTMed res also.
      Platoon                       N

      Plutos                        Y

      Pokersqr.prg                  Y  Runs in TTRam also.

      Police Quest II               Y

      Populous                      N  Too bad, hope fix comes!

      Power Drift                   N

      Powerdrome                    Y  Almost too fast.

      Printmaster                   Y

      Pro Tennis Tour               N

      Publisher ST                  N  TT ram only.

      Puffy's Saga                  N

      Q-Ball                        Y

      Quizam                        Y

      Rainbow Islands               N

      Rampage                       Y

      Red Heat                      N

      Return Of The Jedi            N

      Road Raider                   Y  Fast, wait on disk access.

      Road Runner                   N

      Roadwars                      N

      Robocop                       N  Loads to title screen only.

      Rocket Ranger                 Y  Very fast.

      SDI                           N  Sega-Activision Version

      SDI                           Y  by Cinemaware

      ST Karate                     N

      ST Pool                       Y  by Shelbourne Software

      ST Wars                       Y  Very fast. Audio RCA jacks only.

      ST Wrestling                  N

      STCopy                        Y  For Navarone FB Scanner, TTRam also.

      STEPLAY.TTP                   Y

      STESOUND.PRG                  Y

      STScan                        Y  For Navarone FB Scanner, TTRam also.

      ST_TYPE.TOS                   Y

      Scrabble                      Y

      Scruples                      Y  A little fast.

      Seconds Out                   N  Tries to load into TTLow res?

      Shackled                      N

      Shadowgate                    Y

      Shufflepuck Cafe              Y

      Sierra Software               Y  If it installs on HD it will run.

      Silent Service                Y

      Sim City                      Y  Fast

      Skyfox                        N

      Slayer                        N

      Soldier Of Light              Y  Almost too fast.

      Space Ace                     N

      Space Cutter                  N

      Space Harrier                 N

      Space Quest II                Y

      Space Quest III               Y

      Space Racer                   N

      Space Station Oblivion        N

      Spectre GCR                   Y  Ver 3.0, STRam only.

      Speed Buggy                   Y  Fast

      Speedball                     Y

      Spitfire 40                   Y

      Spitting Image                N

      Star Blaze                    N

      Star Raiders                  Y

      Starglider                    N

      Starglider II                 Y  Fast!

      Starquake                     Y  A little fast.

      Starwars                      Y  Very fast.

      Steel                         N

      Stock Market The Game         N

      Strike Force Harrier          Y
      Strip Poker                   Y  Origional Version

      Stunt Car Racer               N

      Stunt Track Racer             N

      Sub Battle Simulator          Y

      Sundog                        N

      Super Hang On                 N

      Super Huey                    N  Not worth running anyway.

      Super Ski                     N  Loads to disk B, bombs.

      Super Sprint                  Y

      Super Wonderboy               N

      Supercharger ver. 1.2         Y  (for EasyDraw)

      Switch Blade                  N

      Table Tennis Simulation       N

      Tanglewood                    Y  Fast

      Tank Attack                   N

      Tass Times in Tonetown        Y  Runs fine.

      Terrorpods                    N

      Test Drive                    N  Selective Machines

      Tetris                        Y  Too fast.

      Thai Boxing                   N

      The Grail                     Y

      The New Aladdin               Y  Disk Magazines

      The Newzealand Story          N

      The Pawn                      Y  Runs fine.

      The Running Man               N

      Their Finest Hour             Y

      Thunderblade                  N

      Timebandit                    N

      Total Eclipse                 Y

      Touch-Up Ver. 1.56            Y  Runs in TTRam, No TTMed res. Fast.

      Trail Blazer                  Y  A little fast.

      Transputor                    Y

      Trivia Challenge              Y

      Turbo Cup                     N

      Turbo Outrun                  Y

      Turbo ST 1.8                  N  Compatible version RSN.

      TwinWorld                     N

      Typhoon Thompson              N

      UIS ver 3.3                   Y  Runs TTRam also.

      UNLZH172.PRG                  Y  Works in TTRam also. Very fast.

      Uninvited                     Y

      VKiller.PRG                   Y  Ver. 3.84, runs in TTMed res too.

      Vegas Craps                   Y

      Vegas Gambler                 Y

      Virus                         Y  Too fast.

      Vixen                         Y

      Wanderer (1st version)        N  Starts to run, but bombs.

      Warzone                       N

      Whatis35.PRG                  Y  TTmed res. also

      Wicked                        N

      Winter Games                  Y

      Word Writer ST                Y  TTRam & TTMed res also. Spell NG

      Wordflair (Demo)              Y

      World Darts                   N

      World Games                   N

      Xevious                       Y

      Z_POKER.PRG (Public Domain)   Y  TTRam also.

      Zak McKrackan                 Y

      Zany Golf                     Y  Faster than normal.

      Zoomtest.PRG                  Y  Works in TTRam also.



     This is a list of programs that I've tried on a TT030. Most programs
 that won't run are heavily protected on disk games.  I hope that this will
 help some of you, and I hope that some type of fix will come from a
 programmer to trick the TT030 into thinking it's a regular ST running at
 8mhz.  I believe that this would fix most problems.

     I can be reached for additions and or corrections on Delphi under the
 username SCHUYLAR, or by mail at the following:

                              Schuylar Noell
                               PO Box 50151
                             Denton, TX. 76206


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 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"
   =============


                            STReport's MailBag
                            ==================


 Ctsy GEnie  Cat 18  Msg 1
 A.DIPIETRO [Anthony D.]

 I would like to see this forum used to express opinions and possible
 solutions. I _don't_ want it to degrade into posts of name calling and
 baiting. IF it does, I hope Darlah or one of her staff immediately closes
 the TOPic and destroys it. Remember, you don't have to attack to express
 an opinion...

 ---------------------------------------------------------------------
                      The World from Atari's Eyes...

     Many of us our frustrated by Atari's lack of market penetration here
 in the US. While we argue amongst ourselves, do we ever take a chance to
 see what the world looks like from Sunnyvale?

     As your mother always told you "Look both ways when you cross the
 street." The next time you're ready to slam Atari, try to look both
 ways...see it from "your way" then turn it around and see it from "their
 way". You might be surprised at why they do seemingly "stupid" things.

        Let's take two examples:

        POOR MARKETING:

 Our way    -  Simply put: Atari, especially the Tramiels, is too inept to
               market the ST/TT line.

 Their way  -  US business is committed to IBM and to a lesser extent the
               Mac. Why pour resources into marketing when the gain to be
               had is very little? (hey, did YOU buy an Amiga when they ran
               TV ads a few years back?)

 Short supply:

 Our way    -  Simply put:  Atari, especially the Tramiels, is too inept to
               supply the market with STs/TTs.

 Their way  -  When they bought Atari, they had a warehouse full of unsold
               games and computers....with the US market relatively hostile
               to the ST, why commit a huge inventory only to have it sit
               and rot away in a warehouse?  (Don't the Japanese practice
               "just in time" inventory?)

     Look, it's simple in my view. The home computer in the early 80s was
 mainly for hobbyists and other visionaries. Businesses never took them too
 seriously until IBM came to market. Once that happened, the PC market was
 turned upside down. American business bought IBM. The rest is, as they
 say, history.

 S   o, who do I blame for Atari's current state? Sure, I put some of the
 blame at Atari's doorstep, but I also put an equal amount of blame on us
 Americans. Rather than take the time to see what's the best technology for
 the buck, we blindly follow the leader. Yes, Jack and his sons have made
 mistakes, but so haven't Americans, who judge books by their covers and
 not by their contents.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------
 Please feel free to express your opinions about the above, but remember:
 attack the message and NOT the messenger. If I'm wrong, point it
 out..politely :).
                                      Anthony


 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 2         Sat Sep 21, 1991
 A.FASOLDT [Al Fasoldt]       at 06:35 EDT

 Anthony,

 Blame the customers for poor management of a company??

 Is *that* what you are saying?  There are a lot of good things that can be
 said about the way Atari is reshaping its product line and the way it is
 (apparently) beginning to respond to the North American market, and most
 of us will agree that the presence of Atari's own hardware and software
 gurus here on GEnie is a big plus.  (Try to get that kind of support from
 Apple!)  But the customers aren't running the company.

 Al
  ------------
 Category 18,  Topic 2
 Message 3         Sat Sep 21, 1991
 J.FURUKAWA [SHMOGI]          at 07:40 EDT

 A word about the Japanese use of "just in time" inventory.  While it's a
 nice concept in theory, what the Japanese really use is "just in time"
 manufacturing.  Largely since a company generally owns everything from
 manufacturing of the components to the construction of the goods.  Must of
 the cost is passed around and in some cases, the manufacturing side ends
 up making almost zero profit.  Of course the "front end" company ends up
 with the BIG profit.

 Of course, the bottom line is that their system works, but the numbers can
 be somewhat deceptive.

 And yes, Atari's marketing does suck.  As to why we can only speculate.
 Perhaps it cash flow, or lack of manufacturing capacity. Perhaps we should
 really concentrate on WHY they aren't doing something, but rather WHAT
 their strategy may be.  That's what I'd do if I was the competition.

 ----------

 ctsy Delphi

 FORUM>Reply, Add, Read, "?" or Exit>
 J31146 26-SEP 21:43 CPU/STR Newswire
 RE: Z*Net and ST Report (Re: Msg 31136)
 From: KAMIKAZE_ACE To: DPJ

 Yeah, with Atari being as "well-loved" as they are, a "Just Say No! to
 STR" button should make anyone with half a brain want to D/L it... Kinda
 like those "Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics" stickers.  I love those...
 I see one, I know I'll probably like the album.

  1101 Number 13  END OF LINE  /\/\ark
  "Maybe Ralph should start 'stickering' ST Report...!"
  "Parental Advisory: Cynical Lyrics Inside"
 ctsy FNET

 Electronic Mail
 Sent : Sep 17, 1991  at 9:30 AM
 To   : Ralph Mariano
 From : Philip Hanze
 Subj : my mega 2st

 Ralph, what's the deal with Atari.  Back in July or the beginning of
 August the transformer on the pole out front blew and it sort of messed up
 my Mega ST2.  Since there really aren't any local atari service people, I
 decided it would be simpler to send it back to atari, so I did.  In a few
 weeks they sent me a letter saying that they are temporarily out of stock
 and would send me a new one soon.

     About two weeks ago, I called, they said they just got a shipment in
 and said they would check and see if mine was in there and call me back.
 They NEVER called me back!

     So this past friday, I called again.  This time they told me they are
 reorganizing the department and that they would call me back.  Once again
 NO CALL BACK!  WHAT'S  THE DEAL?  Do you know what's going on out there?


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 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL        "REPORTING ABOUT ATARI...NOT FOR ATARI!"
   =====================





 - Ann Arbor, MI                  AIM MAGAZINE INTROS MAC/SPECTRE DISK!
   -------------

     Aim Magazine will be attending the upcoming WAACE AtariFest this
 October 12th & 13th in Washington, DC.  We look forward to seeing y'all
 there!  Aim Magazine also is announcing their new Mac/Spectre disk of the
 month!  They'll be selling this at the WAACE show, along with an ST Disk
 of the Month and an 8Bit Disk of the Month.  The Mac/Spectre disks are all
 double-sided, with the files archived in self-extracting archives. The
 software has been tested vigorously with Gadgets by Small's Spectre GCR
 Mac emulator.  The disks are available in either Mac format or Spectre
 format for those using older emulators.  For more information, feel free
 to post a message here or call Aim Magazine at 313-973-8825





 - New York City, NY                              UNIX HINTS OF FUTURE
   -----------------

     X-Wish is something like the GEM Desktop but it is vastly more
 powerfull. It is an amazing file manager with some functions you can find
 on the NextStep File Manager. It is very impressive.  2/ No, no new
 machine is required to run ASV.  It is installable on the current TT.

 Its proposed that Atari will sell 3 different versions:

      - The full version with the TT
      - The Unix Package and ASV Kit
      - The ASV Kit.
  The ASV Kit includes:
            All software and systems
            A 16 MB of TT RAM expansion
            A 320 MB hard disk
            A VME/Ethernet board





 - London, UK                                SAM DROPS A FEW HINTS
   ----------


 In a recent interview to ST Format, Sam Tramiel reveals some very
 interesting tidbits:

         - We will have a new joystick (analog Joy)
         - The AJAX processor will handle 2 MB floppy drives
         - A new TT with a 68040 will appear early in 1992
         - The multitasking version of TOS will be available in MARCH 92



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              PLEASE NOTE: The above is partial listing only!

          CPU ACCELERATOR & MEMORY UPGRADES AVAILABLE & INSTALLED

        >> ABCO is now taking orders for 1040 & MEGA STe Computers! <<
                Call for VERY special Introductory prices!

                  ATARI COMPUTERS * STILL THE BEST VALUE!

           If you don't see what you want listed here, call us.
                Odds are we have it or, can get it for you!
                        AT THE BEST POSSIBLE PRICE!

                 "We service what we sell. (IF necessary)"

                      ****** SPECIAL - SPECIAL ******

     * SYQUEST 44MB (#555) >> ABCOFILE "44" << REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVE *

          - SYQUEST 44 MB DRIVE         - ICD ST ADSCSI PLUS H/A
          - ICD Utility Software        - 3' DMA Cable
          - Fan & Clock                 - Multi-Unit Power Supply
                          (1) 44 MB Syquest Cart.
                --->> SPECIAL! NOW ONLY __$ 645.00__ <<---
                   **** SCSI UNITS -> ONLY $585.00 ****

                   WE PAY SHIPPING!!!  >BLUE LABEL UPS!<
                  COMPLETELY ASSEMBLED AND READY TO RUN!
                    Cart and Utility Software Included!

                        EXTRA CARTS:      $  74.50
                        DRIVE MECH ONLY:  $ 349.95

                      ****** SPECIAL - SPECIAL ******

   * TWIN SYQUEST 44MB REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVES ... PROGRAMMER'S DELIGHT *
                       SPECIALLY PRICED ** $1019.00 **
                         Includes TWO cartridges!

    * SYQUEST 44MB REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVE AND HARD DRIVE COMBINATIONS *
         - Syquest 44 Model [555] and the following hard drives -

             50mb SQG51   $ 819.00     85mb SQG96    $ 1019.00

                 LOWBOY - STANDARD - DUAL BLOWER CABINETS
                      CUSTOM CONFIGURATIONS AVAILABLE

                   WE PAY SHIPPING!!!  >BLUE LABEL UPS!<

           Listed above are a sampling of the systems available.
      Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations
    (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited)

      ALL UNITS COMPATIBLE WITH --> SUPERCHARGER - AT/PC SPEED - GCR
           LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations)

                      *>> NO REPACKS OR REFURBS USED! <<*

       - Custom Walnut WOODEN Cabinets - TOWER - AT - XT Cabinets -

            * SLM 804 Replacement Toner Cartridge Kits $42.95 *
                  * SLM 605 Toner Cartridge Kits $29.95 *
                  * Panasonic Toner Cartridge Kits Call *
                       * Toner Starter Kits $59.95 *
                       * Replacement Drums $183.95 *

               >> MANY other ATARI related products STOCKED <<
                      ALL POWER SUPPLIES UL APPROVED

                       -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *-
                         (A FULL YEAR of COVERAGE)

                   WE PAY SHIPPING!!!  >BLUE LABEL UPS!<
                 QUANTITY & USERGROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE!
                 _________________________________________

                     DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED!
                         please, call for details

                 Personal and Company Checks are accepted.

                        ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY!

           CALL: 1-800-562-4037   -=**=-    CALL: 1-904-783-3319
           Customer Orders ONLY               Customer Service
                                9am - 8pm EDT
                                Tues thru Sat

                ABCO is EXPANDING!!  CALL FOR INFORMATION!




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