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Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 15-Nov-91 #9148
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sun Nov 17 20:49:07 1991



 | (((((((( |         Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine
 |      ((  |         -----------------------------------------
 |    ((    |         November 15, 1991            Issue #91-48
 |  ((      |         -----------------------------------------
 | (((((((( |         Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.
 |          |         Post Office Box 59,  Middlesex,  NJ 08846
 |    ((    |
 |  ((((((  |                        CONTENTS
 |    ((    |
 |          |  * The Z*Net Newswire....................................
 | (((   (( |  * Genus Font Editor........................Press Release
 | ((((  (( |  * Lexicor 24-Bit Board.....................Press Release
 | (( (( (( |  * Chicago ComputerFest Update...........................
 | ((  (((( |  * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford
 | ((   ((( |  * New Association Forming..................Press Release
 |          |  * The Guardians............................Press Release
 | (((((((  |  * New Publication Offered..................Press Release
 | ((       |  * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein
 | (((((    |
 | ((       |
 | (((((((  |  ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs
 |          |  ~ Editor.......................................John Nagy
 | (((((((( |  ~ Z*Net Newswire Ltd..........................Jon Clarke
 |    ((    |  ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford
 |    ((    |  ~ PD Software Reviews.....................Ron Berinstein
 |    ((    |  ~ Reporter....................................Mike Brown
 |    ((    |  ~ Assistant News Editor.......................Mike Davis
 =======================================================================
 Z*NET SUPPORT SYSTEMS - USA:
                          Z*NET - (908) 968-8148
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 * Z*NET NEWSWIRE
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 ATARI EVALUATES NEW CHIP
 According to an article in the November 4, 1991 issue of "PC Week",
 Motorola will introduce a new line of low power, low cost
 microprocessors this week.  The 3.3 volt 68340V processor is intended
 for portable computing devices used in the consumer market.  Anticipated
 pricing for devices based on this chip are in the $200 to $300 range.
 The chip is expected to be available in late 1992.  The chip in under
 evaluation by Motorola customers Sony Computer Corporation, Apple
 Computer, and Atari.


 GADGET SHIPS SST030
 According to George Richardson co designer of the 68030 upgrade board by
 Gadgets-By-Small, Gadgets is to begin shipments of production SST030
 units this week.  The unit, which mounts in Atari Mega computers will
 allow TT Speed and then some in the older line of computers.  Retails
 prices begin at $599.  For more  information contact, Gadgets-By-Small,
 40 West Littleton Blvd, #210-211, Littleton, CO, 80120, (303) 791-6098.


 REVISED GENEALOGY FOR ATARI
 Randall Kopchak has just released version 1.06 of his genealogy software
 packages It's All Relative and BookMaker.  Improvements in It's All
 Relative include the ability to combine multiple databases for various
 calendar-format printouts, timelines and sorts.  A new 120 column format
 includes birth, death and location information.  You may merge and link
 family lines, and more.  Among other improvements, Bookmaker (for
 publishing your family tree in book format) now included a title page
 template.  It's All Relative and BookMaker,  $35 ($3 upgrade), Randall
 Kopchak, 2233 Keeven Lane, Florissant, MO 63031.


 CELLULAR LYNX DEAL
 PacTel Cellular (a West coast cellular phone service carrier) is giving
 away a Lynx with each pocket cellular phone sale.  The deal is being
 promoted with slick four-color print advertising which prominently
 features a Lynx.  After the sales pitch, the ad says "Then, for being
 such a hard worker, you'll also get an Atari Lynx portable color
 entertainment system, absolutely free. Because after all, all work and
 no play can make life pretty boring."


 LYNX INFO KIT
 The LYNX GAMING PACKET is an 84 page newsletter filled with codes,
 helpful hints, level maps, special tricks & secret games within games to
 play.  If you're interested in receiving one of these packets, send $15
 to Lynx Packet, 4353 Vista Place, La Canada, CA 91011, 818-248-7398.


 LOGO CONTEST
 A logo design contest may attract Atari artists.  Original designs
 incorporating adventure, fantasy, or science fiction elements are
 welcome.  Art should not include text, and should be on standard
 business size paper.  It should adapt well to logo uses, and prizes are
 $50, $30, and three $10 prizes.  Deadline is December 31, 1991.
 Tullamore Incorporated, Suite 372, 1807 Slaughter Lane #200, Austin,
 Texas, 78748-6200.


 8-BITS FOR THE ILL
 Wanted: 8-bit Atari's!  Dr. James Hooper is Director of Medical Services
 for an Alabama hospital for mentally ill offenders.  He's given his own
 800XL to the hospital, and patients are eagerly lining up to learn
 reading, typing, and computer literacy.  Funds are not available for
 buying more, and Dr. Hooper asked us to solicit fully tax-deductible
 donations of Atari 8-bit equipment to expand his program.  Individuals
 or vendors: contact Dr. Hooper at Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility,
 1301 River Road Northeast, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35404, 205-556-7060.
 This is the REAL number--the one in the October AtariUser Magazine was
 WRONG.


 FORTH FOR THE PORTFOLIO
 Essex Marketing Services, (203) 651-8284, have released a FORTH compiler
 for the Portfolio.  There is also a version available for the PC to
 allow for easy program development.


 NEW PORTFOLIO CATALOG
 A new issue (the third) of APB (Atari Portfolio Bulletin) has been
 released by Atari Corporation.  The 50-page miniature book has been
 updated to include the latest releases in Portfolio products, along with
 hints of what is to come.  It also has user tips and hints, plus coupons
 from a number of third-party Portfolio developers.  Cover price is
 $1.00, from your Atari dealer or direct from Atari, 1196 Borregas
 Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1302.


 REBATE PROGRAM OFFERED BY BORLAND
 Borland is offering a $100 rebate to purchasers of dBase IV, its new
 database package acquired when the company purchased Ashton-Tate.  With
 a $100 coupon, which the company claims will be widely available,
 Borland is making good on its promise to customers of dBase IV
 management software to continue to support and promote the product.
 Users who purchase dBase IV between November 1 of this year and January
 31 of next year will receive a $100 rebate by sending in the coupon and
 proof of purchase.


 NEW UNIX VERSION
 Interactive Systems has announced Version 3.0 of the Interactive UNIX
 System V/386 Release 3.2 operating system.  Version 3.0 is a major new
 release of UNIX System V Release 3.2 for Intel i386/i486 platforms.  In
 addition to conforming to the new menu-driven user interface, the Kernel
 Configuration package (kconfig) has been rewritten so that it is modular
 and extendable.  Interactive, 2401 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA,
 800-346-7111.


 NEW VIDEO GAME ANNOUNCED
 American Video announced the release and ship date for a new video game
 cartridge called "Wally Bear & the No! Gang," compatible with the
 Nintendo Entertainment System, will ship to distributors Nov. 29, 1991
 and be available for consumers the first week of December.  Wally Bear
 is priced at $29.95.


 ATARI SALES DOWN, PROFITS UP
 Atari Computer recently announced 3rd quarter earnings and sales figures
 which show that sales totals were $49,240,000 to $89,146,000 for the
 same period last year.  Earnings were $1,634,000 to -$3,003,000 for the
 same period last year.


 FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS FORUM
 World Expo announced plans for a special Federal Communication Forum at
 ComNet '92.  The forum, the first of its kind at ComNet, will address
 technical and standards issues faced by communication professionals in
 the government sector.  The sessions are scheduled from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
 on January 28, 29 and 30 respectively at the Ramada Renaissance/
 Techworld Ballroom in Washington D.C.  They are free to all government
 attendees.  For more information on attending the Federal Communications
 Forum, call Matt Mandino at World Expo Corporation at (508) 879-6700.


 NEW PC MAGAZINE IN BRITAIN
 Ziff-Davis announced that it is launching a major new British
 publication, PC Magazine, for business buyers of personal computer
 products.  The new magazine will be modeled on the American PC Magazine,
 which is the world's largest computer publication in both circulation
 and advertising revenues.  The British PC Magazine will be edited by a
 seasoned staff of journalists in London with the mission to produce an
 editorial product tailored to the particular requirements of the British
 market.  The first issue of the new British monthly will be published in
 the first quarter of 1992.



 =======================================================================
 * GENUS FONT EDITOR                                       Press Release
 =======================================================================


 For immediate release

 CodeHeadQuarters
 Friday, November 15, 1991
 -------------------------

    .........................................................
    :                                                       :
    : CodeHead Software announces the Genus Font Editor     :
    :                                                       :
    :    Plus: A Full Line of High Quality Calamus Fonts... :
    :                                                       :
    :                       The Cherry Font Collection      :
    :.......................................................:


 CodeHead GT is proud to present the next release in our new line of
 graphics tools -- Genus, the full-featured font editor for Calamus
 typefaces!  And to go with our new font editor, a complete line of top-
 notch Calamus fonts: the Cherry Fonts for Calamus collection.

 Genus
 -----
 At last, a font editor for Calamus that's easy to learn and use, but
 powerful enough to create professional results.  Used by top ST type
 designers, Genus is the editor of choice for Calamus typefaces.  Its
 interface is easily learned, and remarkably powerful - all your commands
 are on-screen at once, with automatic help functions that remind you
 what each command does as you pass the mouse cursor over it.  You
 manipulate fonts simply by dragging points, lines, and curves around.
 And many of Genus's features are specially designed to aid in the
 creation of vector fonts, like the ability to automatically generate
 smooth curves with one simple command, and its unique global and optical
 kerning methods.

 Here are a few of Genus's features:

 :: Utilizes the full screen of the SM124 monochrome monitor
 :: Easy cross-hair cursor and alignment rulers
 :: Four freely positionable zoom levels with pan and scroll.
 :: Character cell change anytime with one mouse click.
 :: Load two fonts at once and transfer characters between them.
 :: Two clipboard buffers with copy, move or shuffle mode.
 :: Large font name label editor.
 :: Full function calculator with easy single entry configuration for
    Rotation, Italics, Vertical Horizontal Mirror, Expansion and
    Condensing.
 :: Freely placed rotational center point.
 :: All calculator and kerning functions can operate globally.
 :: Kern bar offset or tab kerning options.
 :: Scanned bitmapped image loading for easy tracing.
 :: Rubber box for quick selection of multiple points.
 :: Save any character as a single Calamus Vector Graphic file.
 :: Loads ALL Calamus format fonts.
 :: Import Publishing Partner or PageStream fonts for conversion to
    Calamus fonts.
 :: Single click access to all installed desk accessories.
 :: Built in screen saver.
 :: Large screen compatible.
 :: Absolutely no royalty fees for commercially produced work.
 :: The Genus disk includes FIVE FREE high quality fonts, including
    Calais Medium and Italic, Cherry Stems (dingbats), Chisel Nib Black,
    and Punch.

 Watch for a demonstration version of Genus to be posted on the major
 online services very soon.

 Cherry Font Collection
 ----------------------
 Whether you design corporate reports, edit a newsletter, lay out
 advertisements, or just send greeting cards, you'll discover the
 solution to all your font requirements under one roof in the Cherry
 Fonts for Calamus collection.  Each and every scalable outline font is
 carefully drawn by a type professional and spaced properly using
 techniques perfected by the type foundries of old.  The quality and
 variety of these typefaces is comparable to the expensive fonts sold by
 other companies -- but our reasonable prices and enormous selection will
 let you build a library of professional fonts without breaking the bank!
 Cherry Fonts can be used by any application that loads Calamus format
 fonts.  They are not copy-protected and can be easily modified with the
 Genus font editor.

 Availability
 ------------
 The Genus Font Editor is available NOW, and retails for $175.  Cherry
 Fonts will be available starting December 1, 1991; there are 13
 different "font packs," some containing more than one typeface, and
 their retail price is $42.95 per pack.  Please call for a more complete
 description of the many high quality typefaces available.  A poster
 showing all fonts in the collection is also available on request.

 For more information, contact your local dealer, or:

 CodeHead Software
 PO Box 74090
 Los Angeles, CA 90004
 Tel (213) 386-5735
 Fax (213) 386-5789



 =======================================================================
 * LEXICOR READY TO RELEASE 24-BIT COLOR VIDEO CARD        Press Release
 =======================================================================


 LEXICOR will begin a 24-BIT color card waiting list starting Nov. 15,
 1991.

 To reserve your place on the list call LEXICOR at 415-453-0271 or leave
 a message in the ATARIVEN forum with your Name and Daytime telephone
 Number only.

 HOW THE WAITING LIST WORKS

 LEXICOR will begin manufacturing and selling 24-BIT True Color cards on
 or about the 1st of December 1991.  These cards will be manufactured on
 a limited custom order basis only.  Orders will be processed in batches
 of 50 units at a time.

 Because there are several configurations of ATARI 68000 and 68030
 machines, LEXICOR can not afford to simply mass produce these cards and
 hope they might sell.  Therefore, the boards will be manufactured on a
 limited custom production basis.  This means that if you are on the
 waiting list (First come, First served) and your number comes up, you
 will be called.  If you place an order and pre-pay for your card you
 will be assured of receiving either the card or a full refund.

 The delivery time is expected to be 37 days from the time the group of
 50 boards is ordered, which will be done upon receiving full payment for
 the 50th unit in that group of 50.  Each person in a custom group will
 receive a postcard acknowledging their purchase and listing the expected
 delivery date.

 If a customer places an order and payment in full is NOT received in 7
 days, that customer will be dropped from the list and replaced by the
 next customer in line.  If at any time a customer who has paid for a
 card wishes to withdraw, they will be removed from the list and receive
 a full refund, no questions asked.  Their name will not be placed back
 on the list unless they request it, and again submit full payment.

 Because of the very slow ATARI market at this time this is the only way
 LEXICOR can make the 24-Bit card available.  LEXICOR has spent an
 enormous amount of time, effort and money developing the Phase-4 and 24-
 BIT products.  Now it is time for ATARI users to join with LEXICOR to
 provide the Hardware tools everyone encouraged LEXICOR to develop.

 It is worth noting here that ATARI Corporation has agreed to set a 24
 bit standard and produce a VDI driver for the LEXICOR 24-BIT card.
 LEXICOR can't make any promises for ATARI, however we assure our
 customers that all LEXICOR software will run on LEXICOR hardware and
 that we will write a VDI driver as soon as time and demand permits.

 It is also worth mentioning that even well written current VDI complient
 software may not run on ANY 24bit card because the author would have had
 no way of knowing about the configuration of a given 24-BIT environment.

 24-BIT CARD SPECIFICATIONS

 Resolution: 512 x 512

 True color un-palleted system

 Will drive multi-sync and ATARI 1224 Color monitor in Video Mode.

 (A more detailed hardware specification list will be posted by Nov.
 20th.)



 =======================================================================
 * CHICAGO COMPUTERFEST BY ATARI
 =======================================================================


 Update- November 15th

 Atari Corp. and LCACE are proud to announce that the Chicago
 ComputerFest by Atari (November 23 and 24th; The weekend BEFORE
 Thanksgiving! is SOLD OUT of main floor exhibitor space.  Our last booth
 was sold to none other than the good folks at Gadgets by Small; Welcome
 Gadgeteers!  Get your scorecards ready- here is the lineup:

    Main Floor
    ----------
    ABCO Computer Consultants           JMG Software
    Apple Annie                         Kaleita Art
    Application and Design Software     Mainstream America
    ASTMUM Montreal User Group          Mars Merchandising
    Atari Corp.                         MaxWell CPU
    Atari Entertainment                 Megatype
    Atari Explorer                      Michtron
    Atari Interface Magazine            Micro Creations
    BEST Electronics                    Migraph
    Branch Always Software              Missionware
    Clear Thinking                      M-S Designs
    CodeHead Software                   One Stop
    CompuSeller West                    Oregon Research Associates
    CSA Ltd.                            Phil Comeau Software
    C-Lab                               Rimik
    Double Click Software               Rising STar Computers
    D.A. Brumleve                       Roland Corp.
    Electronic Spinster Graphics        SKware-One
    eSTeem                              Soft Logik
    Gadgets by Small                    ST Informer
    GEnie's Aladdin ST and PC RT's      Step Ahead Software
    Gribnif                             Sudden, Inc.
    Guitar Plus                         Toad Computers
    Hybrid Arts                         WizWorks!
    ICD, Inc.                           Wuztek/OPI
    ISD Marketing                       Zubair Interfaces

    8-bit Area
    ----------
    Atari Game Developers Arena         LJK
    Computer Software Services (CSS)    Mars Merchandising
    Dataque                             Newell Industries
    ICD, Inc.                           Palette Imaging
    K.O. Distributors                   RACC- Rockford User Group
    LCACE

 Seminar Schedule
 ----------------
 D-10 room (seating- 40)
  Saturday November 23
   12:00 Noon  Clear Thinking- Ed Hak, Metapsycology
    1:00 PM    Aladdin PC/GEnie/HUGS meeting with Juan Jimenez
               On-Line Demo / TnT / Prizes for attendees.
    2:00 PM    Sudden, Inc- Sudden View.
    3:00 PM    Missionware- FLASH II.
               On-Line Demo
    4:00 PM    Aladdin ST/GEnie with Tim Purves.
               On-Line Demo / TnT

  Sunday November 24
   11:00 AM    Atari Inc.- Tech Topics/TOS.
   12:00 Noon  Double Click- Real Time Data Compression.
    1:00 PM    Aladdin ST/GEnie with Gordon Monnier.
               On-Line Demo / TnT
    2:00 PM    Atari Explorer- Atari Journalism with John Jainschigg.
    3:00 PM    Aladdin PC/GEnie with Juan Jimenez
               On-Line Demo / TnT
    4:00 PM    ICD, Inc. HD/Mass storage tips.

 D-11 room (seating- 80)
  Saturday November 23
   11:30 AM    D.A. Brumleve- Using Computers to Foster Creative Thinking
               by Michael Marks.
   12:30 PM    Step Ahead- Tracker ST 3.0.
    1:30 PM    Codehead- Professional Graphics tools.
    2:30 PM    Rimik- Multi GEM Demonstration.
    3:30 PM    Electronic Spinster Graphics- Spinning bits into images.

  Sunday November 24
   11:30 AM    Gribnif- Rick Flashman presents Arabesque Professional
   12:30 PM    SK-Ware One- Seruat Demo/TnT.
    1:30 PM    Step Ahead- Retouche Pro CD.
    2:30 PM    eSTeem, Inc- eSTeem PILOT Authoring Language.
    3:30 PM    JMG Software- Hyper LINK.

 D-12 room (seating- 80)
  Saturday November 23
   11:00 AM     Missionware- LottODDS.
   12:00 Noon   Dataque- Future of the 8-bit.
    1:00 PM     Atari Corp- Portfolio Q&A with Donald Thomas
    2:00 PM     Atari Explorer- Magazine Production with John Jainschigg.
    3:00 PM     RACC- 8-bit Printer Codes in popular WP's.
    4:00 PM     Branch Always Software- GEMulator PC.

  Sunday November 24
   11:00 AM     Atari/Motorola- 680xx internals (Tentative)
   12:00 Noon   Atari Entertainment- Lynx Gaming tips and technique.
    1:00 PM     Dataque- T8/16 Q&A.
    2:00 PM     Application & Design Software- Universal NETwork.
    3:00 PM     Atari Corp- Portfolio Q&A with Donald Thomas

 D-23 room (second floor, seating- 70) MIDI Workshop
  Saturday November 23
   12:00 Noon   C-Lab- Productivity for the musical artist.
    1:00 PM     Roland Corporation- New Products.
    2:00 PM     Atari Corp- Atari ST's and the professional musician.
    3:00 PM     Hybrid Arts- Product Workshop
    4:00 PM     ASTMUM- MIDI Tips and Tricks.

  Sunday November 24
   12:00 Noon   Hybrid Arts- "Hands On".
    1:00 PM     Guitar Plus- MIDI Jam session. (tentative)
    3:00 PM     Roland Corporation- New Products Demo.
    4:00 PM     C-Lab- Product seminar.

 Salon A, B, C, D (seating- 300)
  Saturday November 23
   12:00 Noon   Atari Corp- "Atari Speaks"
    1:30 PM     Gadgets by Small- "Small World" with Dave Small
    3:00 PM     Atari Entertainment Division- "New Games & Systems" with
                           Bob Schuricht - Atari National Sales Div.
    4:00 PM     ABCO- "ST Report" by Ralph Mariano
    6:45 PM     Chicago ComputerFest Banquet
                 $25.00 per person- advance.
                 MARC Awards- 1991
                 Main Speaker- Greg Pratt, President Atari U.S.

  Sunday November 24
    1:00 PM     What's New From Atari
    3:00 PM     Guitar Plus- Beginning MIDI

 Plaza III, IV (seating- 36, reservations required)
 Desktop Publishing and Professional Page Layout Hands-On Instruction
 3 Hours- a $300 value!

  Saturday ($15 materials charge)
   11:00        Introduction to Calamus with Mario Georgiou
    2:00        Introduction to PageStream with Dan Weiss

  Sunday   ($15 materials charge)
   10:30        Advanced PageStream TnT with Dan Weiss
    1:00        Advanced Calamus TnT with Mario Georgiou

 The above PageStream and Calamus hands-on instructional seminars must be
 reserved and paid for in advance (The $15 charge is for materials only).
 Each student will have an Atari computer available to them to follow
 along with the instructor.  Each class will be led by a Professional
 representative of either ISD or Soft-Logik.  We were told that you would
 pay at least $300.00 for equivalent training (from the same instructors)
 if you take both the beginning and advanced sessions offered at this
 show.

 Many exhibitors are offering specials and introducing new products at
 the show; check the show topic (ST RT- Cat 11, Topic 10) on GEnie for
 the latest updates on Atari UNIX, Instant Tatoos, Flash II, and many
 other exciting "world premier" products to be shown in Chicago.

 For more information or reservations:

 Chicago ComputerFest by Atari
 C/O LCACE
 P.O. Box 8788
 Waukegan, IL  60079-8788
 708-566-0682 (Order and Show hotline)
 Please Make Checks Payable to
 "Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts"
 We accept Master Card and Visa for all orders

 If you need to leave a message on the show hotline, please leave
 complete information, credit card numbers, area codes, etc- thank you!



 =======================================================================
 * PERUSING THE INTERNET                      Compiled by Bruce Hansford
 =======================================================================


 Date: 27 Oct 91 06:05:17 GMT
 >From: cleveland.Freenet.Edu!aa399@arizona.edu (Len Stys)
 Subject: FALL COMDEX brings packages

 Well, looks like Atari's about to start mass marketing its lower-end
 computers that will eventually mean - more and more software and
 products for the ST and STe.

 Atari released the Discovery XTRA package in the United States.

 This package consists what many people in Europe have already seen.

 A 520 STe, SC1224 color monitor, and lots of games.

 The Family Curriculum package which will consist of the 1040 STe, SC1224
 color monitor, and games and applications.

 The prices of these packages were not mentioned but I'm guessing that
 the Discover package will be less than $699 and the Family package will
 be less than $799.00.

 The amazing part of this news is that Atari claims it will be made
 available in two weeks.

 What does this all mean?

 This means that all those people who are selling their STs may end up
 with one again in a few months.

 The main problem was the lack of new software- the IBM, Mac, and Amiga
 would get software approximately 6 months earlier than the ST or the ST
 wouldn't get it at all.  The mass marketing of these computers will give
 the ST the software it needs.

 I was considering selling my ST, not anymore folks...  the package was
 called VERY impressive by many- including the box that it will be sold
 in.

 Atari also stressed DTP and MUSIC as the markets that they will be
 concentrating on.

 What does this mean?

 Atari computers may become very serious contenders in the DTP and music
 market and all the other software that you love may "trickle" down from
 there.

 The mass marketing of the STes will most likely create a great amount of
 game availability.

 Atari also released 4 IBM compatibles at the show.  One was a slick
 looking notebook.  The 3 desktop computers were called ugly to most but
 interesting in a way.

 And lastly, the ST Notebook was released at the Fall Comdex.

 Looks like, Atari is making a big effort to get into the "professional"
 world, even though it may be through niche markets.

 I can live with it.

 I guess the MAIN thing that will determine the success of the computers
 is, WILL ATARI ADVERTISE? and WILL ATARI GET ENOUGH DEALERS TO ACTUALLY
 SELL THESE COMPUTERS?

 We'll find out.
 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

 Date: 26 Oct 91 20:54:08 GMT
 >From: sun.rhrk.uni-kl.de!seimet@arizona.edu (Uwe Seimet [Chemie])
 Subject: HD to TT ? and TOS 2.06

 harold@alice.hobby.nl (Harold van Aalderen) writes:
      ... stuff deleted ...
 >Another rumor from that magazine: Atari has a TOS 2.06 update ready for
 >all ST (that is ST and STE), which together with some card could
 >be installed in all ST models.
 >Atari Benelux could not confirm this.

 TOS 2.06 is ready, this is no rumour.  Atari released TOS 3.06 and 2.06
 on the SYSTEMS fair in Munich this week.  In Germany TOS 2.06 for _all_
 STs is distributed by Artifex.  The package includes an adaptor kit so
 that the new TOS can be used in the old ST models.
 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

 Date: 30 Oct 91 01:43:10 GMT
 >From: mailer.cc.fsu.edu!pipe!boyd@arizona.edu (Mickey Boyd)
 Subject: Games!

 chan@cs.unr.edu (Kaho Chan) writes:
 >Hi everybody...
 >Does anybody have the latest scoop on good action games out for the ST?
 >I have Speedball and am thinking about Speedball II.  How is SII?

 SBII is great!  Far better than the first one.  Well worth the money (it
 is already being discounted at some places, like Sideline Software).

 >Any suggestions for a new game (preferably action/xlnt graphix)?

 Try Projectyle.  VERY addictive, and fun to play (best with two humans).
 Graphics are superb, etc etc.

 The above is IMHO!  Direct flames elsewhere.
 ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

 Date: 30 Oct 91 02:26:57 GMT
 >From: tulane!uflorida!mailer.cc.fsu.edu!pipe!boyd@ames.arpa
 Subject: HardDrives

 (Burley Good) writes:
 >I am looking for an inexpensive HD a starters HD.  I am looking for a
 >used maybe 20m or more CHEAP!!!

 You might want to try rolling your own.  It is very easy for the ST.
 You need:

     A host adaptor
     A power supply
     An enclosure
     A SCSI drive

 I recommend the ICD Host adaptor.  It has (IMHO) the best software,
 which is updated frequently (and available free).  They also provide a
 very easy way to add a battery backed up clock to your ST (if you don't
 have one already, they can be bought with or without the clock).  I
 also like ICD's because they report any "sense codes" the drive
 communicates to the user.  I have only seen one ("read error with
 recover", induced by dropping something heavy on the desk while the hard
 disk was reading), but I find it reassuring that any weirdness at the
 device level is reported directly to me (it pops up in the corner of the
 screen, by the way).  Price is about $80 at last look.  Without the
 clock, you save $10.  Order the SCSI connector cable wherever you get
 the host adaptor, and make sure to ask for a dual drive one with a red
 wire denoting pin one (to make the installation easier).

 Power supplies are cheap.  Just pick up an old XT power supply for ~$30
 from computer shopper.  If you can find a junked PC, you can get one for
 free.

 Enclosures can also be cheap.  You can buy one of those huge old style
 XT cases for about $30 from computer shopper.  This will hold all the
 hard drives you will ever want!  Buy a tower stand for $5 and stick it
 on the floor (the ICD cable is nice and long for this).  You can also
 go all out and buy an enclosure which will fit under your monitor (mine
 houses 2 5.25" devices, has a front mounted lit power switch, mates
 perfectly with the ICD board, etc) with power supply for about $125.
 There are several places that sell these for the ST, two being Toad
 Computers and D&P Computer Supply.  Email if you want their 1-800
 numbers.  Again, a junked PC is the absolute cheapest way to do this.
 If you can get hold of grannys old IBM XT, you are in fat city.  A nice
 side bonus is that the old PC motherboards make great wall hangings (big
 fat traces, lots of chunky looking components).  Old PC's are really
 easy to find, now that everyone is going to 80x86 machines.

 Now, the SCSI drive.  These can be bought from computer shopper.  All
 you need is a bare SCSI device, no other boards or anything.  The ICD
 host will work with just about anything, but there is a very large list
 of already tested drives that comes with the host adaptor (which I could
 probably email to you also).  Drives are very cheap nowadays, and if you
 want to really save money you can get a refurb.  Several of the refurb
 places will guarantee their drives for X number of years (X varies with
 the particular company), so they can really be the way to go.

 Anyway, you will now have your hard disk.  You bolt down the drive and
 host adaptor (you can drill some extra holes in the case, or use wire-
 tys or whatever), connect the two, plug in the power cords (the ICD
 comes with a little splitter which connects to a standard PC type power
 cord), hook up the DMA, and boot up.  It is very simple, and is not
 easily botched up.  You only need to pay attention to:

     SCSI id jumpers set to some reasonable value
     SCSI terminator pack plugged into the drive
     SCSI connector from drive to DMA is right side up on both ends
     Nothing wiggling around

 The first two can be checked via the manual that will accompany the
 drive (make sure you ask for one, some places assume you already have
 one), usually a 1 page Xerox.  The third can be verified by checking
 that the red wire side of the ribbon cable is near pin one (which is
 marked on the board either by a number or by a square solder hole
 instead of a round one).  If the cable is in backwards, the red end will
 be at the other end of the connection (quite often it is pin 2 that is
 marked, but you only need to know which end of the connector the numbers
 start on, and match it with the red wire).  These are the only two
 possibilities.  You cannot mess up the power connections or the DMA
 connection (they won't go in wrong).

 The reason you wanted a dual drive cable is so you can easily add
 another device in the future.  You merely have to plug it into the other
 receptacle on the cable, remove the terminating resistor pack off the
 middle drive on the cable (the one on the plug closer to the computer),
 and check to see that the SCSI id jumpers are set to two different
 numbers.  Oh, by the way, the ICD supports the Syquest SQ555 (the 44mb
 removable cartridge drive) without any special concerns.  Since the
 Syquest is a SCSI device, you can hook one of these up just a easily as
 you could a regular fixed disk drive.  These only cost about $320 bucks
 nowadays, with 44mb cartridges going for ~$60.

 It really is easy, and there are plenty of computer tinkerers around to
 look over your shoulder and verify what you do.  You can also use a
 setup consisting of a host adaptor, SCSI controller board, and ordinary
 PC type hard disks, but you add complexity to the system and lose
 performance this way.  Straight SCSI is much cleaner, and usually much
 faster (SCSI devices have their controller boards "built in",
 communicating with the SCSI standard).

 If you do get a hard disk, you should immediately buy Neodesk 3 and the
 Universal Item Selector III.  They will make life much nicer.  Also,
 beware of buying too small a hard disk.  Megabytes are like potato
 chips.  I have a buddy with a 105mb quantum drive, a 320mb Hitachi, and
 a Syquest SQ555 with 6 cartridges all hooked to his ST, and he still
 complains about not having enough disk space!  I have not yet gone that
 apeshit, but I think Mr. Visa might have to talk to Syquest Corp. pretty
 soon.  Oh, notice the my friend above has three SCSI devices hooked to
 his ICD.  This just requires a 3 plug cable.  The ICD can support 8 SCSI
 devices, and you can hook up multiple host adaptors if you really need
 to (like if you get given a box of 10mb SCSI drives :-).

 Please feel free to email questions.  The above is IMHO, direct flames
 elsewhere.

           Mickey R. Boyd          |  "Come to your senses professor
        FSU Computer Science       |     Fernberg.  You did not transcend
      Technical Support Group      |     the time-space continuum.  You
     email:  boyd@nu.cs.fsu.edu    |     got drunk in a topless bar."

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 Date: 30 Oct 91 19:36:33 GMT
 >From: watserv1!watmath!daroloso@arizona.edu (Dani A. Roloson)
 Subject: TADS (Text Adventure Development System) version 1.2

 -- Press Release ---

 High Energy Software is pleased to announce version 1.2 of TADS, the
 Text Adventure Development System.  This new version incorporates many
 enhancements and suggestions from users of version 1.0, including
 support for a full source-level debugger for TADS games.  As with
 version 1.0, TADS 1.2 and the TADS Debugger are available on MS-DOS,
 Macintosh, and Atari ST systems.  TADS is shareware; the registration
 price for the basic package, which includes the printed TADS manual, is
 US$40.  The optional TADS Debugger is $20, but if you order the Debugger
 at the same time you register TADS, the combination is only $50.

 We've sent information about the new version by mail to registered users
 of TADS version 1.0.  If you've registered your copy and you haven't
 heard from us, please contact us for information on the new version.
 The upgrade for registered users is $15, which includes TADS version 1.2
 plus the TADS Debugger.

 We've uploaded the new version of the shareware system on CompuServe
 and Genie.  The shareware package consists of the TADS compiler, the
 run-time system, source for the basic adventure object definitions, and
 the source for "Ditch Day Drifter," a large sample game that
 demonstrates how to write TADS games.  If you're not a CompuServe or
 GEnie user, we'd be happy to send you a copy of the shareware package if
 you send us a diskette and a self-addressed stamped envelope (or disk
 mailer, if you prefer); be sure to specify MS-DOS, Macintosh, or Atari
 ST.

 You can reach us through electronic mail on CompuServe (73737,417) or
 GEnie (M.ROBERTS10).  Internet users can send us electronic mail through
 CompuServe; send mail to 73737.417@compuserve.com (note that the comma
 in the CompuServe user ID becomes a period for Internet users).  We can
 also be reached via US mail at PO Box 50422, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

 --- From Upgrade Sheet ---

 New features:

 * User exits, which allow you to add functions written in other
   languages, such as C or Assembler, to your TADS programs.

 * Many ADV.T improvements, such as a new doorway class that allows you
   to implement doors without writing any code; new classes that allow
   you to hide objects with little or no programming; and changes that
   give you much more control over how objects are listed in rooms.  In
   addition, we've reorganized ADV.T to make it easier to understand and
   have added much more documentation within the file.

 * User-defined compound words, which let you define your own sequences
   of multiple-word prepositions.  For example, you could define "out
   from under" as a compound word, allowing players to use it in player
   commands.

 * You can now define transparent objects such as glass bottles, whose
   contents are visible even when the container is closed.

 * Players can refer to actors as "Him" and "Her" as appropriate to the
   actor.

 TDB - a source-level debugger for TADS games.

 * Step line by line through your programs.

 * Inspect the value of any local variable or property.

 * Evaluate any TADS expression at any time while your program runs.

 * Show the "call stack." which shows the method or function that called
   the current method or function, the method or function that called it,
   and so on.

 * Stop your program's execution at any method or function.

 Because you can watch your program as it runs, it becomes much easier to
 understand how your program and the TADS parser interact.  With TADS
 debugger, not only will you have an easier time making a particular game
 work, but you will be able to get a much better idea of how the system
 works.

 The TADS debugger includes a full manual, which contains a tutorial for
 users new to source level debugging, as well as detailed information
 about debugger commands, and a command reference.

 --- My Comments ---

 The following are only available to registered users: manuals, debugger,
 user exit files, and the combiner.

 I am willing to keep track of things on the Usenet side.  If you have
 gotten the shareware files from either your registered version or
 CompuServe/GEnie and uploaded them to a Usenet/Internet FTP site, please
 let me know.

 Also if anyone makes and uploads any user exit functions, let me know
 too.

 Please don't flood me with WANT requests yet...I just sent away for the
 Atari version two days ago.

 Dani Roloson
 KWEST
 Kitchener-Waterloo Eight Sixteen Thirty-two Atari User Group
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 * NEW ASSOCIATION FORMING                                 Press Release
 =======================================================================


 Ron Albright                           Contact: Ron Albright
 Disktop Publishing Association
 1160 Huffman Road
 Birmingham, AL 35215
 Voice: 205-853-8269
 FAX: 205-853-8478
 BBS: 205-854-1660


 NEW ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCED TO PROMOTE ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

 BIRMINGHAM, AL: The "Disktop Publisher's Association" ("DPA") is an
 association for parties of all levels who share interest in the
 dissimination of information in electronic ("computer readable") format.
 Those eligible for membership include authors, publishers, and consumers
 of on-disk publishing.

 "Electronic publishing," in its broadest sense, shall mean the
 authorship and production for general consumer access of any materials
 which are primarily read by computer and viewed on computer monitors.
 Electronic publishing - also synonymous with "paperless," "digital," and
 "on-disk" publishing - includes fiction and nonfiction works that are
 stored and distributed on disk or available by modem access on "bulletin
 board systems" ("BBSs").

 Electronic publishing, in this sense, specifically does not include
 programs (which are sets of instructions used by a computer to perform
 other tasks) unless these programs are designed to facilitate the
 reading of written materials.  Examples might include hypertext
 authoring programs or text viewers.

 Statement of Purpose

 The purpose of the DPA includes:

 1.  To promote, though improved public awareness, the benefits of
     electronic publishing.  These benefits include availability - often
     on a 24 hour a day, on demand basis - of electronic publications,
     faster production time, cheaper cost, easier revision and updating,
     reduced consumption of natural resources, and - using appropriate
     reader software - enhanced presentation and readability.

 2.  To provide a forum for discussing the unique challenges of
     successfully publishing and marketing disk-based publications.
     Examples might include matching an author or publisher with the
     appropriate medium for a proposed project.  Would hypertext be best?
     Plain ASCII?  Multimedia?

 3.  A matching service will be organized to place authors - who may not
     be interested in complexities of marketing and publishing - with
     publishers who may be willing to assist in these commercial aspects.
     "Writers write and publishers publish" is an axiom that applies to
     electronic publishing as well as traditional formats.

 4.  To share resources for mass marketing electronic publications.
     Examples might include sharing of costs of mailing publications to
     user groups, etc.  DPA will also assist new authors and publishers
     in getting press releases circulated and media coverage.  Sharing
     mailing lists with other publishers is another possibility open to
     members.

 Membership Requirements

 The only requirement for membership shall be an interest in the
 advancement of electronic publishing.  No fees will be solicited during
 the start-up phase.

 Interested parties can contact the DPA electronically at:

 The DPI BBS - 205-854-1660

 Or through electronic mail on CompuServe (75166,2473), MCI Mail
 (RALBRIGHT), GEnie (R.Albright) or through the mail at the above
 address.




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  * THE GUARDIANS: STORMS OVER DORIA                       Press Release
 =======================================================================


 "The Guardians: Storms Over Doria" from Telegames will be the long
 awaited first traditional Role-Playing-Game for the Atari Lynx color
 portable video game.  This is the fourth product published by Telegames
 for the Lynx.

 This product casts the player (and up to 3 other ComLynxed players) as a
 Guardian, one of the legendary, roving band of heros.  Each player will
 select his or her character from an on-screen display of the Guardians,
 each Guardian with a unique set of attributes such as Strength, Wisdom,
 Dexterity, Charm, Endurance, speed, magic, etc.

 The Guardians have been summoned to the Kingdom of Doria to help locate
 Quellin the Master of the Mystical Arts.  Quellin has kidnapped Prince
 Creshin and stolen Doria's crown, The Crown of Versilles, which gives
 the wearer the power to control the weather.  If King Frederick of Doria
 does not renounce the throne in his favor, Quellin will condemn the
 Prince to eternal slavery and Doria to the eternal Winter.  The
 Guardians must locate and rescue the Prince and Crown, and then find and
 defeat Quellin in Physical and magical combat.  Failure will bring the
 ultimate extinction of the kingdom of Doria.

 With a three-quarter overhead perspective, the player will have to
 journey across the Land of Doria(and under it in some of its dungeons)
 searching for clues to the Wizard's whereabouts.  Game elements include
 different magical spells, numerous monsters, multiple weapons, and the
 ability to talk to anyone on the streets.  An internal clock will vary
 responses and activities based upon time of day and day of week.  A
 command menu will allow you to GET, OPEN, BREAK, TALK, etc.

 An original sound-track and superior graphics will make this a "must
 have" title for every Lynx gamer's library.  Available in February 1992
 for $44.94 with a hint book to follow later.



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 * NEW PUBLICATION OFFERED                                 Press Release
 =======================================================================


 Computer Publications, Unltd. (CPU) will soon be publishing GameTrader.
 GameTrader will cover the world of Video and Computer Games in a way
 that is so different and unique, you'll have to see it to really
 appreciate it.

 And for a limited time, you can have your name put on our mailing list
 so that you will receive the premier edition of GameTrader absolutely
 FREE!

 What is GameTrader?

 Actually, it is 3 publications in one.

 ELECTRONIC GAMING NEWS, INFORMATION & REVIEWS!!!
 The staff of GT (still being assembled) will bring you news and
 information each month on every facet of the gaming industry from new
 games to new systems with a variety of articles and columns.  Reviews?
 Yes, we'll have those too. Reviews which tell it like it is without
 trying to please game designers and advertisers. GameTrader's articles
 and columns will be geared toward the sophisticated and knowledgable
 gamer, not the typical 9-12 year-old that so many publications aim for.

 FANZINE FORUM
 This unique section will deal with the rapidly expanding world of game
 newsletters and fanzines. Each issue will carry a Fanzine Directory
 (with listings of Fanzines and information on how to get ahold of them)
 and a Fanzine Focus column (which will see what's new in this exciting
 arena and even focus in on a fanzine or two each month).  We will also
 have our own GT Fanzines, which will actually be miniature publications
 that focus on specific game systems and columns that you'll look forward
 to reading each month.  And in addition we will be including reprints of
 some of the top articles and reviews from the many fanzines we'll be
 collecting from around the world!  We believe the fanzine editor is a
 special breed and we know how hard it is for these individuals to
 publish their newsletters on a regular basis.  We want to assist them in
 any way we can.  (If you're a fanzine editor or contributor, please
 contact us for more information.)

 ELECTRONIC GAMING CLASSIFED CONNECTION
 Have games lying around collecting dust?  Looking for a certain game,
 but don't want to shell out $50 for it?  How about complete systems?
 Equipment?  Hint books?  You'll be able to do it all in our classified
 section.  We'll even have a special classified section called Power-Up!
 in which you'll be able to trade hints and tips with other GT readers.
 And the best part is that these classified listings will be absolutely
 free to subscribers!

 Sound exciting?  You bet!

 And now you might be asking what video game and computer systems will we
 be including in GameTrader.  You name it!

 VIDEO GAME SYSTEMS
 ==================
 NINTENDO
  * Nintendo Entertainment System
  * Super NES
  * Game Boy

 SEGA GENESIS
  * Sega Genesis
  * Game Gear
  * Sega Master System

 ATARI
  * Atari Lynx
  * Atari 2600
  * Atari 5200
  * Atari 7800

 TURBOGRAFX
  * TurboGrafx 16
  * Turbo Express

 NEO GEO

 JAPANESE GAME SYSTEMS
 =====================
 PC ENGINE
 MEGA DRIVE
 SUPER FAMICOM
 SUPER GRAFX

 COMPUTER SYSTEMS
 ================
 ATARI ST
 ATARI XL/XE
 AMIGA
 COMMODORE 64
 APPLE
 MACINTOSH
 and IBM/PC

 If you would like to receive a free copy of the premier issue, simply
 send us your name and address along with a listing of which video game
 and/or computer systems you own.  It's that simple.  Don't hesitate.  Do
 it today!

 COMPUTER PUBLICATIONS, UNTLD.
 P.O. BOX 2224
 ARVADA, CO 80001
 CONTACT:       STAN SWANSON
                303/423-6805 or GEnie Mail: STCONNECTION

 We have also have a category on GEnie in which we will be discussing
 GameTrader.  Please visit us in the Games RT (Type SCORPIA at the
 prompt) in Category 8, Topic 29.



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 * Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF                                by Ron Berinstein
 =======================================================================


 Last week's top file was WHATIS version 4.9.  Well WHATIS is only
 current now if you have version 5.1!  WHATIS.ARC  still identifies over
 100 types of files - ARCs, LHarcs, PRGs, pics, ACCs, animations, etc.
 It still runs as a PRG., or an ACC., and on any ST/TT in any rez.  Short
 docs included in the archive.  Added is info on FSM-GDOS outline fonts,
 font metrics, and width table files.

 It is of course nice to see that files are being upgraded, and
 particularly nice to see the movement continue upward within the realm
 of PD/Shareware/Freeware software.  Today positive movement trends are
 sometimes harder to find than they should be.  At least the ST provides
 an inexpensive, power filled opportunity, for those wishing to knock on
 it's door, to output fine graphics, produce top music, write incredible
 scripts, investigate the world of computer games, and keep account of
 your financial interests, plus, of course much more.  So, if you haven't
 already begun to unleash some of your computer's other options, why not
 let this be the day you combine your talents with your ST's ability, and
 set out on a voyage of discovery.  Get the picture?

 To help you really get the picture, (clever segway ) you can
 start by downloading a file that will give you technical information on
 a lot of different types of pictures.

 PIXFMT.ZOO   Tech'l data on NEO, DEGAS, Tiny, Spectrum, Art Director,
 C.O.L.R. Object Editor Mural, Doodle, Cyber Paint Sequence, Animatic
 Film, Animaster Sprite Bank, STOS, GEM Bit Image, STAD, Imagic Film/
 Picture, IFF, RGB Intermediate Format, ComputerEyes Raw Data Format,
 MacPaint and PackBits Compression Algorithm.  Jun 26,'91 version.
 (Unpack archive w/ ZOO 2.1)

 Is one picture worth a thousand massages?

 COLOURSPACE a program.. (about it)  "In the beginning was PSYCHEDELIA on
 the C64, which begat COLOURSPACE on the 8-bit Atari, which led to this
 version, COLOURSPACE ST, which is the direct ancestor of TRIP-A-TRON".

 COLOURSPACE was the first ST incarnation of the light-synthesiser
 concept.  The lightsynth idea is one the author has been playing about
 with since 1984.  The basic idea is simple: the light-synthesiser is an
 'instrument' which produces dynamic patterns and colour sequences under
 the direct control of the operator.  The light-synth is generally used
 in conjunction with music; it's nice to sit down and mellow out with
 your favorite sounds and use it.

 MEZMERM1.ARC   Written for an ST computer working with an RGB monitor in
 MED res.  The program is being released as PD.  This is a People Saver
 program - designed to help promote stress relaxation and spiritual
 renewal during long periods at the computer keyboard.  Keep the program
 in your root directory for ready access.

 Under the Heading:  How the **** does this program work?

 GERMAN TO ENGLISH TRANSLATOR 1.6  has now been released.  New features
 include:
   -Words can be added to the dictionary
   -Works better with mono systems
   -New main screen
   -Uses 120KB less memory

 I believe that this is worth the download for anyone using the now often
 available programs from Germany that do not have English documentation.
 File name: GER2EN16.LZH

 Under the Heading of:  Font wants

 SWITCH.LZH  A little ACC that changes system font to something some
 people may like more.  Also, pressing LSHIF+RSIFT you get second half of
 the char. set.  As all SOVIET imports, this gives you Cyrillic in ASCII
 locations 128-255 (actually, a bit higher then 128).  Works on all ST's
 in all resolutions.  Not tested on newer machines.

 WOLF_II.LZH   This is somthing a CodeHead user downloaded from Skyline
 BBS in Denver.  It changes the system font to a MAC style Chicago font.

 Under the Heading of:  Whatever YOU want!  You want Hi Res?  I'LL give
 YOU high res.!  YOU want low rez?  I'LL give YOU low res.!  YOU want to
 see it move?  NO PROBLEM!

 MGIF37B.LZH   GIF viewer that works in ST high res.  Gives the image a
 slight flicker to increase resolution.  Has other image manipulation
 features as well.  TESTED->TOS 1.0/1.4 MONO ONLY!

 LOW_REZ.LZH  Run LOW resolution programs from a medium rez screen.  A
 must for HD owners, and users of menus such as HotWire, etc.  Will not
 work on a TT.

 BANANA_2.ARC   Allows delta animations to be played directly from a hard
 drive.  Supports Mono delta animation & creates mono delta files from
 colour sources using the Floyd Steinberg method.  Convert any of DLT,
 DL1, DL3, PI1, PI3 to any of DLT, DL1, DL3, PI1, PI3 & it has template
 capabilities too.  Support also included to backup LARGE files to floppy
 and then restore them at speed.

 Under the Heading:  GO AHEAD!  TEST it out for yourself!

 NBM11.LZH   NBM, v1.1  - replaces the previous beta version.  NBM allows
 you to test the speed of your machine.  5 tests are performed and timed,
 totalling less than 3 minutes.  You can then compare your results to
 other machines of different configurations, and/or print your results.
 No tests have changed.  New comparison results have been added.  Won't
 work on a TT though.

 And so that you can get the MOST MIDI for your MONEY!

 MIDIBUFR.ARC   This short program code has routines in GFA basic which
 allow you to set the ST/STe/TT's Midi buffer to your own buffer in any
 size you specify, up to 32Kbytes.  There is a slightly different
 compiled version included which allows you to examine the buffer
 currently in use by the system.

 SETTN.ARC  Set Tone C is designed to give easier access to some of the
 features of MIDI synthesizers/keyboards, especially "mass-market"
 products selling for under $200.  Many of these have features that are
 hidden from the casual user, but can be unleashed.  Set Tone C is a tool
 used to change the "voice" of an instrument by sending MIDI commands to
 the instrument.

 And for your software collection:

 TTTOOLS.LZH   Some programs, e.g. the enhanced Desktop GEMINI by G.
 Steffens & S. Eissing and others programs making use of the FlyDials by
 J. Reschke provide some extra capabilites if a BLiTTER is installed.
 BLiTSIM gives you the opportunity to see the dialogs moving around in
 real time on the Atari TT and other Atari machines not equipped with a
 BLiTTER.

 WNX1091.LZH   Wind-XES is a modular accessory/control panel that lets
 you load in .WNX ("winks") applications which run concurrently under its
 environment.  It works with GEM, not under, around, or over it.  This
 means it works with your favorite programs, provided they are GEM-based.

 CARDP300.LZH  contains a program which will allow registered users of
 CardFile version 3.00 to obtain 3.02.  This new version fixes a few
 minor bugs (among them the "doubling bug").  This supplements a previous
 file uploaded recently that updates version 3.01.

 CAL.ARC  a "Maintenance update" 6.0.2: Cal, corrects several problems
 with events at importance level zero, some edit screen changes; Calshow,
 corrects problem with max number of events to show, some ACC logic.
 Cal 6 lets you look at any month/year, and schedule events by date,
 position, or every so many days.  All new screens, more room to describe
 each event, cyclic events, save/load/merge events, keyboard shortcuts,
 auto conversion from previous versions, more!

 And for those who want to kid around:

 First, you might try downloading STGD1191.LZH which contains the new
 issue of ST Gaming Digest.  That used to be ZEN-ST, it is a monthly
 guide to new and upcoming Atari ST games.

 Then you might try downloading:

 KV_PARK.LZH   Game for very small children.  Shows a park setting, with
 cursor as a butterfly.  Click on hidden boxes to reveal characters and
 props.  Very nicely done, suitable for 2-5 year olds, low res.

 CRAPS.ARC  A craps game.  No documentation or rules are included.  Brief
 hint: buy chips, point the mouse and hold the left button where you want
 to lay them (right button removes chips), then proceed to go bankrupt at
 your leisure.

 Under the Heading:  DOUBLE your pleasure, DOUBLE your fun!

 EXPANDER.LZH   This French program will take your single-sided floppy
 and make it into a double-sided one without losing any data, & all in
 one operation!  It formats, reads, and writes by itself.  With English
 docs.  Use LHarc v2.01x to uncompress.  Obviously, you'll need a double
 sided drive to do this.

 And finally this week:  Software Shelf's World Famous GFA Programmer's
 Corner:

 GFA_V2.ARC   This is version 2.0 of the GFA BASIC interpreter.  After
 its publication in STart magazine, it was decided to allow for its free
 distribution.  Please be sure to distribute the entire .ARC file, should
 you pass it along.  And be sure to read the READ_ME.TXT file for a
 special upgrade offer.

 PMMU PATCH 2.01  The program uses the PMMU to map the 32 bit address of
 the 68030 into the smaller and standard address range of the 68000, i.e.
 24 bits.  This should help with programs that use the upper byte of
 pointers to store extra information (e.g. all GFA written programs).  A
 new improvement remaps also the area $fc0000-$feffff into $e00000-
 $e2ffff ; this could be useful with programs that attempt to read
 directly the ROM (often to get TOS version).  File name: PMMU201.LZH

 The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead
 Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly
 uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve,
 and Delphi online services.


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