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Article #212 (730 is last):
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 22-Nov-91 #746
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Reply-To: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sun Nov 24 12:25:27 1991



           *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---*
                  """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
                  "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine"





 November 22, 1991                                                  No.7.46
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 > 11/22/91: STReport  #7.46  The Original 16/32 bit Online Magazine!
   -------------------------
     - The Editor's Desk      - CPU REPORT        - DC Software CIS CO.
     - FSM GDOS Update        - PORTFOLIO NEWS!   - Really? A MAC?
     - Sierra Unhappy         - SCANLITE & TRAY!  - STR Confidential

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               WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (November 22)

 LIBRARY CHANGE

 Now that CompuServe's Forum Libraries support  "Across Library Searching",
 we have  closed down  our exclusive  "NEW UPLOADS"  Library. All new files
 will now be made available in whichever Library can best classify them.

 Use the powerful BRO LIB:ALL command  to browse  through all  of our Forum
 Libraries.   Files will  be displayed  in reverse chronological order-from
 most recent to  oldest.    Download  file  NEWLIB.TXT  from  LIBRARY  1 of
 ATARIARTS  or   ATARIPRO  (now  called  "Forum  Help/Info")  for  complete
 information on other new and powerful Library commands.

 EDHAK DISCOUNT FOR ATARI FORUM MEMBERS

 Download file EDHAKD.LZH from  LIBRARY 2  of the  Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO)  for a  full demo of EdHak version 2.25. This version can be
 used with the soon-to-be-released QuickCIS version 1.70. Craig Harvey (the
 author  of  EdHak)  has  also  announced a special discount for CompuServe
 members who which to order the full functioning version. Contact  Craig at
 User ID number 73047,600 for details.

 NEW FROM CODEHEAD SOFTWARE

 Codehead Software  has uploaded  a demo version of MegaPaint Professional,
 their amazing graphics tool.  See the files  MPDEMO.ARC and  MP2DEM.ARC in
 Library 16, Codehead Software of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN).

 Also available is a demo of GENUS, the font editor for Calumus, PageSTream
 and other typefaces. GENUS is the  font editor  of choice  for the  top ST
 type designers.  This demo includes a text file to get you started on your
 test drive of this remarkable program,  as  well  as  information  about a
 SPECIAL  LIMITED  TIME  OFFER  on  Genus.    See GENDEM.LZH in Library 16,
 CodeHead Software (GO ATARIVEN).

 LEXICOR DEMO

 A demo version of  Lexicor's CHRONOS-3D  Keyframe Animator  program is now
 available!   See CHRNDM.LZH  in Library  9, LEXICOR  SOFTWARE of the Atari
 Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN).

 ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM (GO APORTFOLIO)

 SYSOP* bj gleason has a new user ID.  Please  address all  messages to him
 at 75300,2517.

 The  programming  marathon  continues  with  a Portfolio outliner demo and
 PGfliX -- the closest thing to animation on your Portfolio!

 New calculators, lots of  graphic files,  and a  new launcher  program are
 some of  the latest  entries in our Portfolio Programming Marathon.  Check
 out the latest uploads by going into *any* library and typing BRO LIB:ALL.



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 > CHICAGO! STR SHOW NEWS            Chicago ComputerFest by Atari
   ======================



                       Chicago ComputerFest by Atari
                       -----------------------------
                           Update- November 20th



     We have updated exhibitors list for Chicago ComputerFest by Atari

 Our star-studded line-up:

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


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

     Atari corporation and ICD have promised that a VAST amount of 8-bit
 hardware and software will be available from them in the 8-bit area. This
 show may be the last chance for 8-bit users to obtain some of these
 items- don't be left out! Rumor has it Atari is sending a separate 40 foot
 semi trailer with 8-Bit products to sell at tremendous savings.

     Atari Entertainment has promised a special gift "while they last" for
 Chicago ComputerFest by Atari attendees.

     You may collect your gift on the main floor where we have the door
 prize drop box.

     Our seminar schedule is one of the most comprehensive ever to be
 assembled for an Atari-related event. There will be something for everyone
 both days! For a tentative listing of seminars, please see the end of this
 update for the full schedule.

     GEnie is the official source for Chicago ComputerFest by Atari
 information, please stop by the ST Roundtable, Category 11 (Shows) Topic
 10 (Chicago ComputerFest by Atari) for the latest in information, and show
 specials by our exhibitors.

     Our "hands on" training seminars have been finalized, please see the
 seminar schedule at the end of this update for the times and subjects-
 each session requires advance registration and a $15 "materials fee".  Buy
 your tickets for the Desktop classes early.

     The Computerfest by Atari is being held at the Ramada Hotel on Manheim
 Road just north of O'Hare Airport in Chicago Illinois.

     The Show is this weekend November 23rd and 24th.  The Show hours are
 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.  Tickets are $6.00 per day or $10.00 for
 both days.

 Seminar Schedules

 Saturday November 23rd

 11:00 AM     Plaza   Introduction to Calamus with Mario Georgio
                      ($15.00 Materials charge)

 11:00 AM     D-12    Missionware-LottODDS.
 11:30 AM     D-11    D.A. Burmleve-Using Computers to Foster Creative
                      Thinking by Michael Marks.

 12:00 noon   D-10    Clear Thinking-Ed Hak,Metaphsycology
 12:00 noon   D-12    Dataque-Future of the 8-Bit.
 12:00 noon   D-23    Guitar Plus-Atari for the home MIDI hobby
                      by Bob Lytle
 12:00 noon   Salons  Atari Corp- "Atari Speaks"

 12:30 PM     D-11    Step Ahead- Tracker ST 3.0

  1:00 PM     D-10    Aladdin PC/Genie/HUGS meeting with Jaun Jimenez
                      On-Line Demo / TnT / Prizes for attendees.
  1:00 PM     D-12    Atari Corp. - Portfolio Q & A with Donald Thomas
  1:00 PM     D-23    Roland Corporation- New Products.

  1:30 PM     D-11    CodeHead- Professional Graphics tools.
  1:30 PM     Salons  Gadgets by Small- "Small World" by Dave Small

  2:00 PM     Plaza   Introduction to PageStream with Dan Weiss
                      ($15.00 Materials charge)

  2:00 PM     D-10    Sudden, Inc.- Sudden View.
  2:00 PM     D-12    Atari Explorer- Magazine Production with John
                      Jainschigg.
  2:00 PM     D-23    Atari Corp.- Atari ST and the professional
                      musician.

  2:30 PM     D-11    Rimik- Multi GEM Demonstration.

  3:00 PM     D-10    Missionware- FLASH II. On-Line Demo.
  3:00 PM     D-12    RACC- 8-Bit Printer codes in popular WP's.
  3:00 PM     D-23    Hybird Arts- Product Workshop.
  3:00 PM     Salons  Atari Entertainment Division- "New Games &
                      Systems" with Bob Schuricht

  3:30 PM     D-11    Electronic Spinster Graphics- Spinning bits
                      into images.

  4:00 PM     D-10    Aladdin ST/Genie with Tim Purves.   On-Line
                      Demo / Tnt
  4:00 PM     D-12    Branch Always- GEMulator PC
  4:00 PM     D-23    ASTMUM- MIDI Tips and Tricks.
  4:00 PM     Salons  ABCO- "ST Report" by Ralph Mariano

  6:45 PM     Salons  Chicago Computerfest Banquet
                      ($25.00 per person- advance)
                      Main Speaker- Greg Pratt, Pres. Atari U.S.

 Desktop Publishing Classes at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM ($15.00 each)


 Sunday November 24

 10:30 AM     Plaza   Advanced PageStream with Dan Weiss (Tentative)
                      ($15.00 Materials Fee)

 11:00 AM     D-10    Atari Inc.- Tech Topics/TOS
 11:00 AM     D-12    Atari/Motorola- 680xx internals (Tenetive)

 11:30 AM     D-11    Gribnif- Rick Flashman Presents Arabesque Pro.

 12:00 Noon   D-10    Double Click- Real Time Data Compression.
 12:00 Noon   D-12    Atari Entertainment- Lynx Gaming tips and
                      Technique.
 12:00 Noon   D-23    Guitar Plus- Atari in Professional Studio
                      Applications by Bob Lytle.

 12:30 PM     D-11    SKWare One- Seuat Demo/TnT

  1:00 PM     Plaza   Advanced Calamus with Mario Georgio (Tentative)
                      ($15.00 Materials Fee)

  1:00 PM     D-10    Aladdin ST/Genie with Gorden Monnier.
                      On-Line Demo/TnT
  1:00 PM     D-12    Dataque- T8/16 Q&A
  1:00 PM     D-23    Hybird Arts- "Hands On"
  1:00 PM     Salons  What's New From Atari

  1:30 PM     D-11    Step Ahead- Retouche Pro CD.

  2:00 PM     D-10    Atari Explorer- Atari Journalism
                      with John Jainschigg.
  2:00 PM     D-12    A & D Software- Universal NETwork.

  2:30 PM     D-11    eSTeem, Inc.- eSTeem PILOT Authoring Language.

  3:00 PM     D-10    Aladdin PC/GEnie with Juan Jimenez
                      On-Line/TnT.
  3:00 PM     D-12    Atari Corp.- Portfolio Q & A / TnT
  3:00 PM     D-23    Roland Corporation- New Products Demo.
  3:00 PM     Salons  Guitar Plus- Basic MIDI and how it works
                      by Bob Lytle

  3:30 PM     D-11    JMG Software- Hyper LINK.

  4:00 PM     D-10    ICD, Inc.- HD/Mass storage tips.
  4:00 PM     D-23    X-Lab- Product Seminar by Bob Lytle.

 Desktop Publishing Classes at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM ($15.00 Material Fee)



           ____________________________________________________





 > CPU STATUS REPORT                 LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS
   =================

    Issue #46

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.


  -- IBM Expected to Cut 20,000 More Jobs in 1992

 According to industry executives, in the next few weeks, IBM will anno-
 unce that it will reduce its workforce next year another 20,000 jobs on
 top of the 20,000 it is cutting this year.

 If the cuts do take place, they would only amount to 5-6% of IBM's total
 workforce and could be accomplished by voluntary attrition through in-
 centive programs.

 Worldwide, IBM had 407,000 employees in 1986, 373,000 at the start of
 1991 and if the cuts should take place, would be down to 330,000 by the
 end of 1992.



  -- SPA Settles Another Copying Suit

 Four Seattle companies are paying $100,000 to settle a suit brought by
 Software Publishers Association (SPA). This is the second suit filed by
 SPA in Seattle this year challenging the use of copyrighted software.
 The earlier case, which involved a Seattle environmental consulting
 firm, resulted in the payment of a $350,000 settlement to SPA.



  -- TI and Hitachi Working on 64-Meg Dram

 Texas Instruments Inc. and Japan's Hitachi Ltd. have signed a 10-year
 agreement to work together to develop a 64-megabit DRAM (dynamic random-
 access memory) integrated circuit and associated production technology.

 Reports say that the agreement calls for a joint pilot production of the
 chip, but volume production and marketing of the chip will be carried
 out separately by each company.

 TI and Hitachi already are cooperating in the development of the DRAMS
 in the 16-megabit range that will replace the 4-megabits. The new agree-
 ment calls for the firms to develop a common design and manufacturing
 process for the 64-megabit chip with 0.35-micron design rules.



  -- Japanese PC Shipments Down

 For the first time since the Electronic Industries Association of Japan
 began compiling such data in 1978, the value of Japanese personal com-
 puter shipments fell 3.6% in the April-September period.

 While the Japanese domestic sector grew 3.7%, this was way below an
 average annual growth of 15-20% in the past five years.



  -- Tandy Completes Opening of Eight Computer City SuperCenters

 Computer SuperCenters International Inc. (CSI), a subsidiary of Tandy
 Corp., announced Thursday it has completed the opening of eight Computer
 City SuperCenters (CCS) nationwide.  CSI plans to open approximately 12
 to 15 stores per year for the next three years.

 In addition to carrying America's five best-selling personal computer
 products - Apple, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Tandy, CCS will also
 have available 31 additional leading brand names and will cary thousands
 of brand name personal computer and home office products.

 Victor will be Computer City's house brand of personal computers.



  -- Digital Sets Up $5 Million Grant For AIDS & Alzheimer's

 Digital Equipment has announced the initiation of a $5 million equipment
 grant program for health organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS or
 Alzheimer's Disease.

 The program, funded by Digital's Corporate Contributions Program, will
 make equipment grants of up to $500,000 available to non- profit
 organizations through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process extending
 through June of 1993.

 The RFP Program for HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer's Disease is designed to
 assist research, support services, and education and awareness programs
 dealing with these diseases. It is a further step in the company's
 commitment to support organizations concerned with critical health
 issues."



  -- Intel Announces Fastest Supercomputer - Paragon

 Intel is to announce its latest supercomputers, the Paragon series.
 Intel says the new Paragon represents the first in a strategy to deliver
 affordable, practical trillion floating point operations per second
 (teraflops) systems by the mid 1990s. The Paragon's i860 XP processor is
 capable of 42 million instructions per second (MIPS) and 75 double
 precision million floating point operations per second (mflops) when
 operating at 50 megahertz, Intel said.

 Intel says the Paragon combines the highest achievable processing power
 with an array of system functions. This new computer is the first to
 offer several advantages including the highest delivered performance
 using the i860 XP processor, so balanced and scalable output can be
 delivered to all components of an application including computation
 input/output, networking and graphical display, Intel said.





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 > OOPS! STR Spotlight                       Boy Is Our Face Red!!
   ===================



                       Oops, We Made a Mistake or,
                          Boy Is Our Face Red!!

 Some corrections about the review of ABBREVIATOR ST that appeared in
 STR744......

   Ralph,

   Hi! Thank you (and ST Report) for the fine review of Abbreviator ST in
   last week's STR.  I really appreciate it.  However, the reviewer did
   make a few minor errors...

   1) Abbreviator ST costs only $19.95 (_including_ postage within the
      U.S.), not $25. (Canadian orders add $2, international add $5.)

   2) Abbreviator ST is now being sold by my company, CorCom Software
      Products. The author listed "Cordata" as the company; I've never
      used or even heard of this name!

   3) CorCom's phone number is (314) 921-0668. Mastercard and Visa orders
      are welcomed.

   Could you include a "correction" in STR so that your readers will be
   able to locate Abbreviator ST? Thanks again for the review!

   -Kyle Cordes
    -CorCom Software Products

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

 In last  week's issue  of ST Report (STR745) we re-printed an article that
 was called "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee". Since there was no copyright or
 author  listed  in  the  article,  we  could not give proper credit to the
 author.

 We've since discovered the fact that this excellent article was written by
 Richard Brown  who also uploaded it to the ST Roundtable file area (file #
 20650) and was later printed in Genie Lamp issue #230 (file # 20723).

 STReport wishes to extend its thanks to Richard Brown for  his informative
 article and  to John  Peters (Genie  Lamp) for bringing this matter to our
 attention.




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 full-featured DEMO version is now available, file # 21650.  An ESM example
 file is also available for it, file # 21652. This  program compliments the
 ISD product line and is a "must see".


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 > The Flip Side STR Feature      "...a different viewpoint.."
   =========================



 A Little of This, A Little of That
 by Michael Lee


    Some various comments about Stereo Replay - Cat. 10, Topic 6, Msgs
    2,5 - From the from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    From Marty Klein...

    Stereo Replay and associated software is terrific on the TT. Hook the
    cartridge stereo output to an amplifier and you get CD quality sound.
    I've recorded several minutes of stereo CD with *excellent* results.

    The Stereo replay software is also easy to use and excellent feat-
    ures. Lot of fun. I have also been able to play and edit practically
    all (including Mac) digitized sounds.

    This has got to be the best stereo digitizer on the market.

    From Doug Wheeler...

    Although the Stereo Replay cartridge does have both inputs and out-
    puts, you can play samples just fine using the STE's and TT's built-
    in DMA sound.

    I haven't tried running the software in TT medium res., although the
    docs say it should (it says the software works in any mode at least
    640x400 (they even say that it won't work in ST or TT low, so they do
    acknowledge the TT).

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

 Comments from Bill Rehbock (Atari) about FSM GDOS - Cat. 14, Topic 18,
 Msg. 114 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    FSM GDOS update

    1) We, well, honestly I had some problems with the first source that
    I was using for the artwork for the packaging for FSM.  I have since
    turned the box design project over to the able hands of Stephen
    Samuels up in San Francisco (actually further North :-).  I have the
    almost final proof of the package design and it looks great.

    In the mean time, during the sale of the copies of FSM GDOS that
    Goldleaf Publishing distributed (which was the fastest, most
    effective way I could think of to get the gosh darn thing out on the
    market) a few minor bugs turned up. Bugs were found in the LaserJet
    driver, which has gone in to test and looks really good.

    A feature has also been added to FSM GDOS that allows applications to
    find the _absolute_ bounding box of the bitmap of a character, this
    will allow FSM-aware applications to perform more efficient character
    deletion when backspacing and the like. A few other speed enhance-
    ments have been done in the mean time.

    I have checked with the duplication/packaging service that we are
    using and the bottom line is that FSM will be on dealer shelves four
    weeks after the box art is turned over to them. Read that: "Mid
    December"

    HOWEVER...If anybody has an absolute, really bad immediate need for
    FSM GDOS (and you don't own WordFlair so you didn't get FSM through
    them) please leave me E-Mail and I'm pretty sure that Don Thomas in
    customer relations will be willing to help me out in taking your
    $59.95 for an advance order on FSM GDOS as long as you don't mind not
    getting a pretty box. :-)

    2) For Ralph's information... There was an announcement to developers
    that FSM GDOS was available (announcements as far back as January).
    The FSM development package is rather large (~40 pages of docs & 5
    disks).  We didn't want to waste time and money sending it out to
    every developer blindly and we wanted to ensure quality feedback and
    bug reports from the developers that were using it. Hence, we distri-
    buted it on an 'on-request' basis only, to developers that showed a
    real interest in it.

    The developers that we received bug reports from and general feedback
    from were mailed and e-mailed updates.  There were several blatant,
    obvious bugs in the first two developer releases, so we knew who was
    actually developing it and who wasn't - it weeded out the serious
    people very quickly. (BTW, the first rev allegedly showed up on two
    pirate bbs's :-( With the cooperation of the developers that were
    involved and helped, FSM has become a very, very, good, very solid
    product.

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

 About Arsenio Hall and the STacy - From John J. (Atari Explorer) - Cat.
 14, Topic 3, Msg. 128 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    To Randy, et. al: The Stacy used on the Arsenio Hall show may have a
    big label on it, but I'd like to clarify that it's being used as a
    TOOL, not as a "prop."

    The Stacy is the favored sequencing controller of Jeff Fair, the
    sound designer responsible for many of the effects heard in the first
    few seconds of the show's current "intro" segment. Specifically, it
    receives SMPTE time-code striped onto the video segment that opens
    the show. The SMPTE code triggers elements of a sequence that the
    Stacy then outputs to a sampler, in which multiple effects have been
    digitally recorded: drum hits, the "zooming" sounds that back up
    Arsenio's "signature comet" as it streaks across the L.A. skyline,
    and even the sound of Arsenio Hall himself, yelling "Crank it up!"
    The sequenced/sampled drum hits cue the band (the Posse), and they
    actually play the theme live, behind the video.

    The producers of The Arsenio Hall Show are very concerned that music
    on the show be live -- insofar as possible. That's why they (and
    Jeff) have gone to so much trouble to create a data-interface between
    this video-footage, the Stacy (which ties the whole thing together)
    and the band, rather than simply recording the music and effects,
    once and for all, on the tape.

    During the remainder of the show, the Stacy orchestrates sound
    effects, and helps out the band in other ways. Jeff's wife, by the
    way, is Starr Parodi, one of the Posse's two keyboard players, and
    they conspired together to make this intro segment possible. Starr is
    also a real fan of the Atari, and uses Atari sequencers in her own
    composing and performance. Her latest album, produced by Jeff, is
    called "Change," and is presently available on the Gift Horse label.

    Marc Vale, of Keyboard Magazine, interviewed Starr and Jeff for Atari
    Explorer's upcoming (one week and counting) MIDI issue, and we had
    Darryl Estrine do a cover shoot of them, in their home studio. Wait
    'til you see this! (grin)

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

 More misc. information from Bill Rehbock (Atari) - Cat. 14, Topic 31,
 Msg. 139 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

    The next shipment of TT's is due in next week.  No dealers have the
    1.44 drives yet, they _should_ be in this shipment, but no
    guarantees.

    I will guarantee that the machine you get from Don at Compuseller
    West will have TOS 3.06. 3.06 has features such as: memory test
    during boot up (abort with a key); faster detection of no floppy in
    drive situations; the TT now boots into TT medium res with the cache
    on; the VDI is about 20% faster; all 256 ASCII codes can be easilty
    accessed by holding down  and typing the ASCII value on the
    numeric keypad; the 3.06 ROMs are 100% 1.44meg drive ready. There
    other enhancements also, these are the ones I remembered off the top
    of my head.

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

 Some info about Space Quest IV and Kings Quest V from Sierra - Cat. 9,
 Topic 32, Msgs 125, 129 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    From Vince Patricelli...

    I read that Sierra has Space Quest 4 already ported for the ST but
    has not decided if they will release it yet. Perhaps if enough Atari
    owners write in about it being released, they might just do it! I
    love the Space Quest Series and would really like to see this game
    available. Any Sierra fan should write and request this fine program
    to be released.

    Sierra, Inc
    P.O. Box 485
    Coarsegold, CA 93614
    Attn: Ken Williams


    From David Holmes...

    I just talked to Corey Cole at Sierra, and he said that King's Quest
    V and Space Quest IV for the Atari are NOT finished products. They
    may have started it, but they definitely didn't get very far into
    them. They did start a Quest for Glory II ST, but realized that they
    would LOSE money if they finished and released it. I know Sierra
    wants its customers happy, but I doubt they're willing to lose money
    in order to do so.

    If you want to play Sierra games the way they were designed, you need
    either a 286 w/VGA or a color Mac.

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

 Magic Pockets by the Bitmap Brothers - From E.Baiz - Cat. 9, Topic 33,
 Msg. 1 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
    This is very good game that has come from the Bitmaps. It is somewhat
    like a Nintendo-type game where you have a character that moves
    around from level to level. The graphics and animation are
    outstanding. The sound is not bad either. On a STe you get stereo
    music both from the ST and digitized. Excellent game and a must for
    any ST owner. I have the demo from ST Action and I must this one.

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

 The Omnimon Peripherals HDrive kit is now available - From Paul Wu
 (Omnimon Peripherals) - Cat. 4, Topic 17, Msgs 1,2,9,10 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...
    Here it is. The long awaited HDrive Kit from Omnimon Peripherals Inc.
    is finally here. The HDrive kit consists of a floppy disk controller
    board "HDFDC" measuring 1" by 2", and a replacement disk drive. The
    HDFDC is a drop-in replacement of the old WD1772 floppy controller
    chip. It is 100% compatible with all register commands therefore
    insuring software compatibility.

    Installation is quite easy: for ST computers with a socketed 1772,
    remove the old chip and the new HDFDC module plugs in place of the
    old chip. For the people that have STs with soldered-in 1772s, they
    need to have an authorized Atari dealer to desolder the old chip and
    put in a replacement IC socket which we provide. The 1.44MB disk
    drive is then installed in the space previously taken up by the Atari
    disk drive. If you can not locate a dealer to perform such upgrade,
    we will help you locate a dealer or do it ourselves for a nominal
    fee. This kit works with all STs, STEs, and Megas.

    The kit retails for $199 with the drive. We package Teac drives with
    our kit and it is the only drive we endorse. Teac manufacturers
    several 3.5" HD drives and not all of them work with the ST. If you
    have the same model we sell, the HDrive kit minus drive is $99.

    You will only need one HDFDC for both internal and external drives
    and you can use the HDrive with Spectre GCR in the 720K mode. We
    claim 100% compatibility because when a 720K disk is inserted, the
    board operates just like your 1772. The enhanced mode "kicks in" only
    when a HD disk is inserted.

    When shopping for HD controller upgrades, beware of mods that solders
    on top of your existing chip. First of all, it is difficult to
    install and usually even more difficult to reverse the
    process.Secondly, piggy backing tends to overheat the component
    especially with the 1772 which operates "hot". Our kit uses surface
    mount component to insure minimization of board real-estate and it is
    designed to keep the chip operate "COOL" therefore prolong the life
    expectancy of the upgrade.

    HDrive is an "auto-switch" design. It is register compatible with the
    WD1772. HDrive relies on the OS to read the disk to find out what
    kind of disk is inserted.

    The HDrive requires that the installer cuts out enough clearance for
    the disk ejection button.

    We use Teac 235HF. There are several versions of 235HF available on
    the market. You need the ones with one single row of jumpers.

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

 Important Moniterm info from C.Grimsby - Cat. 4, Topic 25, Msg. 71 -
 from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

    For those of you who haven't heard, MoniTerm filled for Chapter 11
    Nov. 11th, and laid off 22 percent of their workforce. Being a local
    company, this was reported in the local paper, the Minneapolis Star
    Tribune.

    This doesn't mean Moniterm is out of business, as they _are_ going to
    try to make a go of it, however rumors of a buy-out are floating
    around.

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

 Info about TigerCub from E.Baiz - Cat. 10, Topic 7, Msg. 1 - from the ST
 Roundtable on Genie...

    I use TigerCub and I am very satisfied with it. It is probably the
    best sequencer made for any computer under $100. The only thing I
    find that is displeasing is the fact it only supports 12 tracks. The
    people at Dr. T are now thinking about adding more.

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

 Until next week.....



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 > RR Tycoon Tourney STR InfoFile      RAILROAD TYCOON SCENARIO TOURNAMENT
   ==============================




 Put on your conductor's hat and enter....



                            CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT'S
                   RAILROAD TYCOON SCENARIO TOURNAMENT!!



 Brought to you by Captain Midnight's Game Room, The Atari ST On-Line
 Games Newsletter.

 Now that one of the year's greatest games is out (in not altogether per-
 fect condition) (but the bugs are cured), it's time to see who can really
 build an empire of railroads.

 OBJECT: To find the best-run and efficient railroad. Location does
 not matter.

 RULES:

 1) You have to own the Atari ST version of Railroad Tycoon. Only ST
 entries will be counted.

 2) Only _one_ entry per empire builder.

 3) All entries must be submitted by one of two ways:

    A) e-mail to D.KERR1
    B) by floppy disk sent to:
       Four Corners Communications
       160 Fifth Avenue  #614
       New York, NY 10010

 4) All entries must be compressed either by ARC or LZH.

 5) All submitted railroads must be at least 25 years old in game years.

 6) There will be only _one_ winner.

 HOW TO SAVE YOUR RAILROAD:

 When you think you have perfected your railroad, save it to the first slot
 after clicking "Save Game." You can also save it to another directory by
 pressing the directory's letter in the save procedure.

 Games are saved with _two_ files: a .MAP file and an .SVE file. They cor-
 respond by the prefix RRT0, which means the first save slot.  Both files
 must be submitted!

 Also include a 50-word description of your railroad, including why it
 works so well and its name.

 Submit your name, mailing address and daytime phone number.

 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: December 31, 1991

 Winners will be announced and notified by February 1, 1992.

 JUDGES:

 Myself, but I have the king of Railroad Tycoon judging as well Mr. Russell
 Sipe, editor/publisher of Computer Gaming World and author of The Official
 Guide to Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon (Compute! Books) PRIZES (and they
 are hot):

 "The Official Guide To Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon" book and a one-year
 subscription to Computer Gaming World, donated by Russell Sipe and the
 magazine.

 "Master Populous" -- the new book by Clayton Walnum, donated by its
 publisher, SAMS/Macmillan.

 A choice of "Red Storm Rising," "M1 Tank Platoon," "Gunship" or "Midwin-
 ter" -- donated by "Quentin" of Microprose!

 "Night Shift" -- the superb LucasFilms game, brand new, in the bag,
 donated by me.

 If you have any questions, please post them in the message forum or e-mail
 me (D.KERR1).  [Genie]

 If this tournament is successful, I will follow this with a similar one
 for SimCity.

 GOOD LUCK!!


 Drew Reid Kerr

 P.S. employees, family or friends of MicroProse are ineligible.



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 > DOUBLE CLICK CIS CONFERENCE STR FOCUS     CIS & DC Software's Online CO.
   =====================================


 Double Click Software online in a Conference on CIS Atari Fora.


 (1-1,Moderator) Welcome to a special edition of the Compuserve Atari
 Forum's Thursday Night Conference!  Tonight we're pleased to present as
 our special guests, Mike Vederman and Keith Gerdes of Double Click
 Software.  DC products include the DC Desktop, an enhancement to GEM's
 desktop; the DC Utilities package, which contains a number of great
 utilities to make your life easier; and their latest product, Data Diet, a
 real-time file compression system that can save gobs of space on your hard
 disk.  Mike & Keith, do you have any comments you'd like to start out
 with?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Yes, thank you for hosting us tonight.  We are pleased
 to be here and talk to all the wonderful people out there in modem-land.
 :-) We are very anxious to get things going, so we'll keep the intro
 short.

 (1-1,Moderator) oh, ok... :-)

 (1-1,Moderator) Pattie, you have the floor!

 (1-7,Pattie) Wow, that was fast! Thanks!  Mike and Keith, how does Data
 Diet work?  Are the compression routines like an ARC or LZH??

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Well, Pattie, I'm glad you asked that!  :-)  Data Diet
 is the first Atari real-time compression program, which means that it
 actually compresses them when you write them to disk, and normalizes
 (decompresses) them when you read the files in.  All transparently to the
 program that is currently running.  As you would expect, doing com-
 pression on-the-fly can really slow the system down.  If we were to use
 ARC of (ee-gad) LZH for the actual compression, you can imagine what kind
 of slow-down you'd see.  What with the speed of hard disks now very, very
 quick, we couldn't see that using anything like ARC or LZH to be fast
 enough.  Sooo...  Over the past 2+ years, Keith has been perfecting his
 proprietary compression algorithm (which first appeared in DC Squish).
 Now he has gotten it to compress at over 100 kilobytes per second on an 8
 mhz ST, and decompress at a rate of 3x - 5x faster.  

 (1-7,Pattie) One final question, if I may... How much time does this add
 to loading in a file?  Do you have something like a percentage extra
 loading time?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Determining the actual increase in load time of a file
 is really difficult to put into a neat percentage figure.  Some times it
 is next to nothing, sometimes it is a little more than nothing, although
 the actual time will definitely determine (oops...) the actual size will
 determine the time.  And, of course, the file is only normalized once
 while you are using a program, so the first time the file is loaded is the
 only time you see that 'slowdown'.  Which, frankly, is not really a factor
 we have ever heard a comment on.  Most people make a reference to a
 slowdown on the save of the file, not the reading in of the file.  In or-
 der to minimize the effect of slow-down on writes, we have designed Data
 Diet (DD) to have two modes of compression, one is actually real-time mode
 that compresses the file(s) when you write to them, while the other mode
 only dietizes the file(s) when you start a program or quit a program.  SO,
 for example, if you create an article in First Word for that stupendous
 magazine AIM (while operating in what we call terminate mode ), then every time you save out the file while still in FW is at
 the full-speed of FW.  THen, when you quit FW, the file is dietized then.
 In what we call real-time mode, every time you save the file out, it is
 compressed.  This is a real resource hog, and is the way the IBM and Mac
 programs perform their disk data compression.  And it is the same way our
 yet-to-be-seen competition from Germany does it (which we have been told
 is unusably slow...).

 (1-1,Moderator) Ok, Ron, you're up!

 (1-2,Ron Luks) What does Data Diet do to files... that are already compre-
 ssed, like ARC and LZH files?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Well, Ron, I'm glad you asked that question... :-) Data
 Diet has a lot of flexibility built into it.  You can exclude any number
 of files, folders, or drives from dietization, therefore, you can exclude
 already compressed files from being dietized.  Some files, like digitized
 sound files are, are too random to compress adequately, so you can exclude
 them as well, and DD will just ignore them any time they are read or writ-
 ten.

 (1-2,Ron Luks) But DD doesn't exclude ARc and LZH files automatically
 then?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) DD has a configuration file that allows you to specify
 any type of file by extension or complete filename to exclude.  It even
 has a means of excluding a file, folder or drive on-the-fly.

 (1-1,Moderator) Neil, you're up!

 (1-9 N. Bradley) A question on compatibility:  I run a BBS, and I would be
 interested to hear... how that would affect the read-write of files on the
 bbs, both .. when the user is downloading files, accessing doors, etc. I
 have experienced ..problems with DC Squish on some of the programs on my
 bbs that won't.. run properly when squished.

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Well, Neil, thanks for asking that question!  :-) First
 of all, running a program from doors in a program can be very problematic.
 Especially when it is a BBS program.  However, depending on the version of
 DC Squish you are using (latest is 1.4c), I would suggest that to insure
 100% compatibility with running a program that you _always_ set the TPA
 button when you Squish a program....  AS for DD... We can't really recom-
 mend DD for a BBS operator, since it never terminates, however, if you
 often run doors programs, then it could possibly work OK.  The problem
 with a BBS scenario is that DD uses a temporary work directory to store
 the normalized file.  If you run a BBS program that doesn't run other pro-
 grams, which normally runs without terminating, then you'd essentially
 have one copy of the file in your work directory, and one copy where it
 originally resides.  Additionally, most files on a bbs are already
 compressed, thereby you wouldn't get any savings using DD.

 (1-1,Moderator) ok, your turn Pat!

 (1-12,Pat Augustine) This is more of a Id-like-to-see question. Would it
 be possible to add a line to  DATADIET.INF, to tell Data Diet not to run
 during certain programs? I can't count the times I've de-arc'ed something,
 only to have Diet come along and compress it before I can look at it.

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Pat!  You are the man!  Don't you know it's against the
 law in most states to read someone else's mind???  We are currently tes-
 ting this feature right now in the current beta version.  

 (1-1,Moderator) ok Chris, you're up!

 (1-6,Chris Sorensen) How safe is my data?  As an example, let's say I've
 just finished a rather lengthy session with a database.  I exit the progr-
 am, then start it again later to check an item. For some reason, a sector
 in the middle of the db got stepped on, and the db is only partially read-
 able, up to the damaged sector.  With a "normal" (non-dietized) file, I
 could use a disk utility to recover most everything beyond the damaged
 sector.  What happens with DD?  Have I lost everything beyond the damaged
 sector?  The whole file?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Yes.  :-) I just conferred with Kieth, and he tells me
 that you would lose all of the data after the 'hole' in the file.  DD w-
 ould be unable to re-synchronize its way in the file, and it would be
 lost.  Chances are, in your example, that the program would have trouble
 if it were a file you attempted to recover by hand.  Of course, a text
 file would be another story, since you could rewrite the missing section.
 We aren't aware of any compression technique that can recover a missing
 section of a single file.

 (1-1,Moderator) ok, Keith Joins is up!

 (1-10,keith joins) What would the consequences be if DATADIET.TBL got tra-
 shed?  I guess in other words, is it a good idea to make frequent backups
 of that file?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) If DATADIET.TBL is lost or you delete it, then the f-
 iles waiting to be dietized would remain in the work directory and you
 would have to manually move them out of the work directory.  DD is desi-
 gned to not touch files it doesn't know about.

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) In this case, since the DATADIET.TBL file tells DD what
 needs to be done, since it would be gone, DD would just assume nothing
 needs to be done.

 (1-10,keith joins) it would have no effect on normalizing already dietized
 files?

 (1-1,Moderator) So DATADIET.TBL is only used for dietizing, not normalizi-
 ng?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) DATADIET.TBL is used to tell DD everything.  Let me
 digress momentarily... DD is composed of several parts: DATADIET.PRG is
 the AUTO folder handler that is the actual workhorse (and it's only 10K!!-
 !); DATADIET.APP/ACC is the front-end to DD that lets you examine files in
 use, configure DD, and perform various other housekeeping chores; and fin-
 ally, DD_TOOLS.APP/ACC allows you to singly or batch dietize/normalize a
 file, folder or partition, and you can get info on a single file or get
 'calories' on a folder or partition, which displays alot of statistics
 about your disk, including space saved and what size drive your drive l-
 ooks like with DD installed.  Sooo...  if you are using DD_TOOLS, then
 DATADIET.TBL doesn't have any control, since DD is put into real-time m-
 ode.
 (1-1,Moderator) Ok, final call for questions here... Paul is next, and
 after further questions we'll have the drawing! Paul, you're on!  Well,
 looks like Paul must've stepped out.  In the meantime, M&K, any new stuff
 in the pipeline?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Whoa!  New stuff.  Have we got plans.  First of all, we
 will soon be releasing Game Workbench, absolutely the best animated inter-
 active video game system in the world, bar none.  GW combines several sup-
 erb tools with the best sprite manipulation, page flipping, map scrolling,
 and animation techniques used by professional game programmers.  With GW
 you can easily create a Dungeon Master, Batman, Time Bandit, Speedball,
 Asteroids, Sinistar, etc. type game.  It is truly astounding.  GW has been
 in design and construction for 3 years now, and is a shining masterpeice
 of true video craftsmanship.  One of the best things about GW is it is
 designed to allow you to write the game once, and if you follow the guid-
 elines we set forth, you will be able to compile the same game on another
 platform with a minimal to no effort.  Currently, we have plans to release
 an IBM PC version of GW, and after that a Macintosh version.  Beyond that,
 we will see what platform to write it for NeXT.    GW comes with
 three program tools: Animatic is the best sprite animation editor availab-
 le, with many many features, including scaling, fading, blurring, and o-
 ther special effects, 100 sprite buffers, the ability to manipulate each
 frame or ranges, cut and paste between sprite films, and it is also a com-
 plete paint program.  You can also use it to create fonts and create to-
 kens for your playfield maps.  The Cartographer uses playfield tokens cre-
 ated with Animatic to allow you to create your scrolling map for your Time
 Bandit clone (or Vanguard clone :-).  Finally, the Film Spy lets you se-
 arch for and save out graphics from any file, so you can lift sprites from
 another game.  The heart of GW is the 450+ game routine library that in-
 corporates all of the best professional techniques for sprite manipulation
 (movement, collision detection, etc, with unlimited sprites), animation
 (it will play Cyber or Chronos animations from the disk - oh, and Animatic
 will load them in and let you use them as sprites, as well as import many
 other sprite formats), page flipping, color interrupts on every scanline
 (or a different resolution), digitized and background music, loading and
 detection of a picture file format, keyboard, joystick and mouse handling,
 plus much much more in a very easy to use format.  The best thing is GW
 will be usable with your favorite C compiler or compiled GFA BASIC.  Much
 much more.  It will have an introductory price of $99.95.  We also have
 plans for many other things, including a package of CPXes for the new
 extensible control panel, DC NoveTalk which was shown working at
 Dusseldorf allows your PC emulator in your ST to talk to and use a Novell
 network (so it isn't just stand-along anymore), and DC Talk will give any
 ST (note _ST_) localtalk ports so you can have a cheap and _fast_
 network.  All this and more...  Anyone know how to make the days longer?
 :-)

 (1-2,Ron Luks) ok folks....

 1-1,Moderator) Sounds great! It's getting late, so do you have any closi-
 ng.
 statement before the drawing?

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) You can write to us for our newsletter for more details
 on what we have planned for the future:  PO BOX 741206, Houston, TX 77274.

 (1-2,Ron Luks) Lemme step in and thank Mike and Keith for hosting this
 CO...

 (1-2,Ron Luks) and give the details of our online "drawing" for a free
 copy ...
 of Data Diet. First, no sysops or Free accounts eligible ) (sorry Pattie
 and Lee) [g].
 (1-10,keith joins) booo! hiss!

 (1-7,Pattie) Ron, ahhh shucks! :)


 (1-2,Ron Luks) Every other user will type the following command EXACTLY as
 ...
 shown.  It will roll 5 6-sided dice...

 (1-2,Ron Luks) and the highest total wins the prize. ...

 [10] keith joins - you pay here 

 (1-2,Ron Luks) In case of a tie score, the highest numbers (the tie) roll
 a ...
 a second time. ....

 (1-2,Ron Luks) The command is /ROLL 6 5

 (***DICE***) Chris Sorensen rolled (6) 5,2,1,5,5=18

 (***DICE***) Pat Augustine rolled (6) 3,5,1,2,5=16

 (***DICE***) Frank K. rolled (6) 3,6,5,5,3=22

 (***DICE***) Marc Champagne rolled (6) 5,1,2,6,4=18

 (***DICE***) Rob R. rolled (6) 5,6,4,3,3=21

 (***DICE***) Charles Carroll rolled (6) 4,3,4,1,4=16

 (***DICE***) Lee rolled (6) 5,1,4,6,2=18

 (***DICE***) Mike & Keith rolled (6) 5,2,6,4,4=21

 (***DICE***) wda rolled (6) 3,6,4,6,5=24

 (1-1,wda) :-)

 (1-10,keith joins) frank's winning!

 (1-3,Frank K.) Are you kidding me?

 (1-2,Ron Luks) Looks like Frank K is the winner!  Congrats

 (1-10,keith joins) too bad bill

 (1-1,wda) oh darn! hehe

 (1-3,Frank K.) I've never won anything in my life. Gosh.  Thanks!!!!

 (1-2,Ron Luks) Frank-- drop an EMAIL to Mike and Keith and send them your
 address

 (1-12,Pat Augustine) Congrats, Frank!

 (1-17,Rob R.) Those dice were loaded 

 (1-10,keith joins) neil: you get the wok!

 (1-7,Pattie) Congrats Frank!

 (1-3,Frank K.) Wow.  I'm excited about GW and the other new things. That's
 great
 Keith, THANKS!

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Congratulations Frank.  Of course, all contestants must
 meet eligibility rules and pay applicable tax title license and destina-
 tion charges.  Your milage may vary, some states do not allow restric-
 tions...

 (1-2,Ron Luks) ok folks.  Thats it. Thanks to all who attended.  G'nite
 all.

 (1-5,Mike & Keith) Frank, send email to 75300,577


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 > STR Portfolio News & Information           Keeping up to date...
   ================================



                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM
                         =========================

 On CompuServe


 by Judith Hamner  72257,271


     We have another week's worth of great uploads. Marathon programmers
 BJ Gleason, Dave Stewart, and Don Messerli are to be congratulated and
 thanked for their effort.


 LAUNCH.ZIP is an improved version of Launch by David Stewart.  This update
 incorporates suggestions from P Craig Davis.

 AU1091.TXT and AU1191.TXT are the October and November Portfolio columns
 from AtariUser Magazine. PA07.TXT is issue #7 of Portable Addiction.

 These are being uploaded regularly by BJ Gleason.
 PB01.TXT is his Pbasic programming column re-printed from RE:Port.

 MAC.ZIP by David Stewart is a program to easily define keyboard macros.

 MCMAP.ZIP is a program by Don Messerli to give a visual represention on
 screen of how space is allocated on a RamCard.  This will illustrate the
 degree of file fragmentation.

 TOUCH.EXE by BJ Gleason will set the date and time stamp on a file to the
 current time in the system clock.  Wildcards are supported.

 CPORT.ZIP is a test version of a CompuServe navigation program by David
 Stewart. There has been much demand for a program to automate CompuServe
 use with the Port. This version will logon, go to the selected forum and
 download new messages. David would welcome your comments.

 Steve Liberty is experimenting with an outliner for the Port.

 SL-OUT.ZIP Is a small version that will handle 50 line files.

 Don Messerli and BJ Gleason have developed a new graphics standard. The
 PGX standard has all pictures, text and control information in a single
 file.

 PGFLIX.ZIP is a PGX viewer by Don Messerli.

 DOMINO.ZIP is a PGX animation file which can be used to try out the
 viewer.

 PGCAP.ZIP is a screen capture program by BJ Gleason. Pgcap will allow
 you to capture a screen to a file in PGF or PGT format. The files can then
 be converted to other formats using PGCONV.

     We also have some announcements. CFEST1.TXT is a pre-show update for
 Computerfest by Atari.  The show will be held this weekend in Chicago.
 AUTOBY.TXT gives descriptions of Autobyte Products Software.



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 > REALLY? A MAC? STR FOCUS     a humorous look at 'getting started'
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                      A MACINTOSH CONVERT? - NO WAY!
                      ==============================




 by Dana P. Jacobson


      Before even getting started, I must state for the record that most of
 what you are about to read is based on pure assumption on my part.  Some
 of these assumptions are made because of lack of knowledge and/or
 experience.  I've assured myself that I'll probably be corrected a number
 of times, but the experiences and observations I'm about to reflect are,
 at the least, humorous to more experienced users.

      At the recent WAACE show, a friend received one of the Spectre 128
 cartridges that Dave Small passed out.  Since this friend already had a
 GCR, he gave me the 128.  Well, I wasn't really that enthusiastic about
 it, since I really had no desire to "use" a Mac, so it sat on the shelf
 for a couple of weeks.  Well, I happened to hear that someone was selling
 their ST set-up, including a Spectre, so I bought the Mac ROMs for a great
 price.  I also managed to get a couple of disks which included the
 System/Finder software, a telecommunications program, a word processor,
 and a couple of games.  Okay, I could at least _do_ something now.

      I was given a brief explanation how to get going, so I was on my way
 to muddle through learning how to use a "new" computer.  Put the Spectre
 disk in, ran the Spectre program, and I'm almost there.  It seems almost
 to unbelievable to comprehend, but supposedly when I hit the Return key,
 I'll enter the Mac world by using my ST.  I did, and it did.  "Welcome to
 Macintosh".  Well, so far it's friendly, now what?  No icons like my ST
 desktop displays.  Hmm, oh yeah, hit F1 and the A drive appears.  Hit F2
 and the B drive is there (I haven't got the courage yet to run it on my
 hard drive!).

      Now things look familiar, so I open up the System/Finder disk to see
 what's there.  Nothing that I can use directly, so I close it up again.
 Check out the other drive and run the telecommunications program.  It has
 drop down menus, but when I move the cursor to one, nothing happens.  Oh
 yeah, hold down the mouse button to access the menus.  Let's read the
 docs.  On the ST, double-clicking on a non-executable file will bring up
 the familiar "Display, Print, Cancel" dialog box.  Double click this Mac
 document and the program runs!?  Well, now that I'm here, let's check out
 the program anyway!  I got all of my settings straightened out.  Where's
 the dialer?  Another menu for that, put the number in and dialed.  Hey, it
 worked!!  Oops, I don't have the function key macros I'm used to with In-
 terlink!!  What's my password for this BBS??  Hang up....

      Alright, let's check out one of the other disks, but we may go back
 to the telecom in a bit.  Take out the System disk, insert a game disk.
 Oops, that doesn't work.  Well, on the ST I can hit the [ESC] key to re--
 read a new disk, so let's try it on the "Mac".  Nope, that doesn't work.
 Oh yeah, if I hit F1 before, it should read the disk.  Nope, I get this
 weird flashing "A" at the top of my screen.  Hit F1 again.  Please insert
 "UnNamed Disk HFS", it says.  Huh?  None of my disks are "named"!!  Put in
 the System disk again; maybe it acts like TOS on disk.  Still nothing.
 Click on "B" - nothing.  I guess I messed something up!!

      I turned the system off and started over again.  Loaded Spectre, hit
 Return, and nothing!  I made a frantic call and was reminded that to
 change disks, you must "eject" the disk first.  Well, when I hit that but-
 ton in front of my floppy drive, the disk ejected!!  Oh, you have to
 either select "Eject" from the drop down menu or drag the disk icon to the
 trashcan.  Drag it to the trashcan??  That will erase the disk!!  Not on
 the Mac!

      Well, it was a moot point for the present, since I apparently had
 trashed the system disk.  I hadn't made a back-up because I hadn't figured
 that out yet!  Got a replacement and started over again.  I checked out
 this "Eject" method, and I got that darn flashing "B" this time (I left
 the system disk in this time!).  Took out the disk, and replaced it with
 another, hit F2.  Hey, it worked!  Played a game or two of the Mac's ver-
 sion of Shanghai, called Mombasa - nice game!  Let's try the telecom
 program again and see if I can download something.

      I found my password, and succeeded in getting online.  I read a few
 messages and went directly to the Mac SIG.   Found a small file of
 interest, let's get it.  I figured out how to select the right transfer
 protocol and proceeded to download the file, or so I thought.  How do I
 save the file?  There's no room on this disk, and I just can't put in a
 blank disk.  There's no access to "eject" or to the desktop to "trash" the
 disk!!  Sheesh, this is frustrating.  I hung up and explored the menus
 more thoroughly.  I had no idea how to get at the docs, so I guessed.  I
 found a "Receive Folder" option and realized I had to "predetermine" the
 file destination _before_ I started to download.  Weird item selector, but
 it worked.  I did manage to go back and get the file, but it took some
 doing!

      I left Spectre alone for a couple of days, but I was determined to
 learn some more.  I still haven't been able to figure out why I can't
 display a doc file.  Sometime I get thrown right into the program, as what
 happened with the telecom program.  In others, I get an odd error message
 saying something to the effect that I can't access that application or
 something.  Sooner or later, probably _much_ later, I'll figure it out!!

      I discovered the Transverter program and learned that I could copy
 files from the ST disk to a Mac disk, or vice versa, great!!  At least I
 could download in ST mode and get the programs onto a Mac disk!!  I found
 UnStuffit for the Mac, so I could uncompress that file I downloaded ear-
 lier.  That worked although I have no idea how!  I learned how to format
 disks so I'd have some available.  It was frustrating to learn that there
 are more than one format "type" available.  Decisions decisions...  I even
 managed to figure out how to shut the system down before literally shut-
 ting it down!!  What a chore!

      If running Mac software using Spectre is supposed to be an indication
 of how a Mac operates, I'd rather use my ST any day!  Granted, I'm still a
 novice with Spectre, but first impressions are important.  Operating the
 "Mac" just isn't intuitive, or at least it wasn't for me.  If I was ever
 to consider going to another computer platform, it probably won't be to
 the Mac.  I've learned first hand what I knew all along: the ST is a
 machine that is simple to operate right from the beginning.  Having a Mac
 or IBM logo on a computer doesn't necessarily mean that the machine is
 going to live up to its hype.  Knowing that I can emulate the Mac now with
 Spectre can only be a plus (once I know what I'm doing!), but if I didn't
 have Spectre, I'd still be more than satisfied.  Being able to emulate the
 Mac allows me to do more exploring of various software that I might not be
 able to use with my ST alone.  The great part of all this is that I'm
 still using my ST, only using it _as_ a Mac.  I admit that I haven't ex-
 plored much yet using Spectre, but what I've learned so far is that I
 still prefer Atari machines and that the Mac world didn't win over a
 potential convert.


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 > STReport's Editorial Page                 "SAYIN' IT LIKE IT IS!"
   =========================


   From the Editor's Desk
   ----------------------


     The Chicago Computerfest by Atari is a very real and magnanimous
 happening at the Ramada Hotel O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.  This show
 promises to be one for the "books".  Its been related that Atari is
 sending two, possibly three, "eighteen wheelers" jam packed full of
 goodies for the show.

     There's something for all Atari enthusiasts at this show, the "8 bit
 users, Lynx players, Portfolio affectionados, Unix Gurus, Desktop
 Publishing Wizards, Midi Artists, 16 bit users and of course, the curious
 and soon to be ... new users."

     Atari has most assuredly outdone themselves in providing a solid, well
 planned, platform from which to launch this, the very first fully Atari
 supported effort by the fine folks of the LCACE usergroup.

     The list of supporters coming from the userbase for this show is
 indeed impressive.  The listing reads like a "who's who" in the Atari
 Community.  Congratulations and heartfelt thanks are extended to each and
 every one of them for coming forward to help make this show a wonderful
 success.

     ABCO Computer Consultants, my company, is among those listed as
 attending.  While I would LOVE to be there I am, unfortunately due to
 circumstances beyond my control, unable to attend in person.  However, I
 am with you all in spirit and there will be more than adequate
 representation for both ABCO Computer Consultants and STReport
 International Online Magazine.

     In addition to this souvenir issue from STReport that highlights a
 number of the fine exhibitors at the show, ABCO Computer Consultants has
 donated a complete, ready to run ABCO 105mb hard disk system to the show
 organizers to be given away to a lucky Grand Prize winner!  Also donated
 by ABCO are (6) Door Prizes, $100.00 ABCO Gift Certificates.

     Please, be sure, one and all, to have a wonderful time at this show,
 and above all else I hope all of you have fond memories of both the show
 and the Atari wonders you experience for many years to come.  This show is
 sure to be remembered as the "Ultimate Atari Experience!"

     At this time, I'd like to take a moment to wish the warmest of Holiday
 Cheer to everyone in the Atari Community.  ThanksGiving, Chanukah and
 Christmas signify  a wonderful time of the year for everyone.  The
 marvelous Holiday Season,  a time for renewing old friendships and the
 making of wonderful new ones.   There may have been times, over the past
 year, when relationships became somewhat strained but because of solid
 friendships, these situations are easily overcome.  To one and all, enjoy
 the very warmest of holiday cheer and for the coming year, good health
 and fortune.

                                             thanks again,

                                             Ralph.........







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