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Article #395 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: Atari Explorer Online: 8-Aug-93 #0214 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Fri Aug 13 23:02:08 1993 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: Volume 2 - Issue 14 ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE 8 August 1993 :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: :: :: ATARI .............. News, reviews, & solutions ............ ATARI :: :: EXPLORER ............ for the online Atari .......... EXPLORER :: :: ONLINE ................. Community .............. ONLINE :: :: :: :: Published and Copyright = 1993 by Subspace Publishing :: :: """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :: :: Publisher ........................... Michael Lindsay EXPLORER :: :: Editor .................................. Travis Guy AEO.MAG :: :: News and Features Editor ............... Ron Kovacs Z-NET :: :: Assistant Editor GEnie............... Ron Robinson EXPLORER.1 :: :: Assistant Editor CompuServe......... Albert Dayes AEO.1 :: :: Assistant Editor Delphi........ Andreas Barbiero AEO.2 :: :: Atari Asylum ................... Gregg Anderson AEO.7 :: :: Unabashed Atariophile ..... Michael R. Burkley AEO.4 :: :: :: :: Contributors :: :: """""""""""" :: :: Charmon Haines :: :: :: :: Telecommunicated to you via: :: :: """""""""""""""""""""""""""" :: :: GEnie: AEO.MAG :: :: CompuServe: 70007,3615 :: :: Delphi: AEO_MAG :: :: Fnet: AEO Conference, Node 706 :: :: AtariNet: AEO Conference, Node 51:1/10 :: :: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Table of Contents * From the Editors ........................................ Summer breeze. * Dateline: Atari! ....... Bob Brodie and some pizza in the office during his FREE GEnie Real Time Conference. * Atari Asylum ................ Falcon Screenblaster review, a Blue Ridge Fest wrapup, monitored choices, and more Falcon030 reports from Gregg. * How to get the best from MultiTOS ........ Efficient multitasking using Atari's new OS. * The Unabashed Atariophile .......... The best in PD and Shareware files. * EET's Atari Jaguar Report ............... An outsider's view of Atari's hot new videogame system. * Data Rescue 1.0 ........ Ron Robinson takes a look at this utility that promises intelligent realtime data recovery. * AEO Calendar of Events ................ Events, happenings in the World Atari, and elsewhere. * An American's View of Japan ............ Andreas sends the first of his reports from the Far East. * GEnie News .......................... New files & happenings on Atari's Official Online Resource. * Developing News ..................................... DATAlite from ORA Flash II Upgrade Notice Pacific Software's Author Hunt * Shutdown ............................................................... --==--==--==--==-- ||| From the Editors ....... Atari Explorer Online: The Next Generation ||| Travis Guy / | \ GEnie: AEO.MAG Delphi: AEO_MAG Internet: AEO.MAG@GENIE.GEIS.COM ------------------------------------------------------------------- Hot August Nights have arrived (plug not intended) and life continues its journey. Congress has passed a President's budget for the first time in over a decade. Some say it's a scandal. There's a(nother) scandal brewing in Hollywood. At least there's general agreement on whats going on there. Flood waters are beginning to recede in parts of the American Midwest. No scandal here... yet? So, what's happening at the offices of Atari Explorer Online? In comparison, not much. News and Features Editor Ron Kovacs has taken some time off for vacation (meaning no Z*NET Newswire this week), while Publisher Mike Lindsay has taken the week to tend to his family. So here I sit, holding the bag; manning the fort alone.
I won't let all this power go to my head. I know it's not the bigwigs who make an issue; the thanks go to the writers. Y'all make it easy for me every time! There's an interesting issue of AEO here for you. First up is the transcript of last Friday's GEnie Real Time Conference with Bob Brodie. Following that is another look into Gregg Anderson's "Atari Asylum." (Ummm, Gregg, where do you keep the cheesesticks?) In the Asylum this go-around are notes on the Blue Ridge 'Fest, a review of Compo's Falcon Screenblaster (Times change rapidly- an update of the Screenblaster software has rendered this review inaccurate in places. There will be an updated review in the next issue!), and a look at expanded monitor choices for your Atari computer. Tim Wilson has some tips on using MultiTOS... Michael Burkley has found more really neat files he'd like to share with you... A reprint of the Electronic Engineering Times' story on the Atari Jaguar... Andreas took a spare moment in his tour of duty in the Orient to send a postcard.... Just go ahead and read it - it's waiting for you. Enjoy the issue. Enjoy the World Atari. Enjoy the season. Enjoy life. Enjoy. Take care. --==--==--==--==-- ||| Dateline: Atari! ||| The Aug 6 GEnie RTC with Bob Brodie, Director of Communications / | \ ----------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------- ========================================================================= (C) 1993 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari Roundtables. May be reprinted only with this notice intact. The Atari Roundtables on GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation. To sign up for GEnie service, call (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt.Type XTX99437,GENIE and press [RETURN]. The system will prompt you for your information. ========================================================================== Special Edition Real Time Conference Friday, August 6, 1993. Dateline Atari! with Bob Brodie Director of Communications Atari Corp. Host - Lou Rocha <[HOST] ST.LOU> Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome our 11th consecutive Dateline Atari! with Bob Brodie, Director of Communications for Atari Corp. Before we get too far along tonight, I would like to recognize the interest and dedication that Bob has shown to GEnie users by attending these monthly sessions. Over the past year Bob has brought us news of all the happenings at Atari - from the development and delivery of the Falcon to more recent news about the Jaguar. Each session has been thoughtfully prepared with detailed files full of the most recent Atari news. Obviously, Bob has worked hard to prepare that information for us. Bob has also been happy to answer all manner of questions from the guests who have attended each of the Real Time Conferences. His knowledge of the hardware and software for the Atari platform is vast and Bob is very skillful in sharing it with faithful Atarians. He has also brought along some special guests like CEO Sam Tramiel, James Grunke (Atari Music) and Eric Smith (MultiTOS author) to share 'the hotseat'. We have enjoyed their contributions on those occasions. The Dateline Atari! transcripts have been downloaded up to 750 times each as folks from all over gather these valuable sources of information. The transcripts are also carried regularly in Atari Explorer Online and, until recently, the former Z*NET magazine. These transcripts are also downloaded on scores of local bulletin boards and occasionally find their way into user group newsletters and magazines. Some of them even appear in such notable Atari magazines as Current Notes. Tonight promises to be another notable evening. For the first time, Dateline Atari! is a FREE Real Time Conference, courtesy of GEnie's Hot Summer Nights and RoundTable Sysop, Darlah Potechin. Thank you to GEnie and Darlah for making this possible. Welcome to the August installment of Dateline Atari, here on our official online resource, GEnie. As always, it is a great pleasure to have this time to spend with you. I hope that you have come to look forward to it as I have. I'm grateful once again to have my good friend Lou Rocha moderating the conference tonight...and without any further ado, let's get started. Much of our efforts here at Atari right now are focused on three primary products, the Lynx, the Atari Falcon030, and the soon to be released Jaguar. On the Lynx side of things, we have just released another game for the Lynx entitled "GORDO 106". The setting for the game is deep in the cavernous sub-basement of N. Human, Inc., trapped in cage No. 106, a poor, brutally exploited lab monkey named Gordo lives a life of lonely misery until an experimental nuclear potion gives Gordo the cunning intellect that he needs to free his friends and escape from N. Human. In the game, you play the part of Gordo as he trys to escape from N. Human Labs, freeing his other animal friends and getting revenge on the wicked lab scientists as he seeks his freedom. This game is in stock now, and the suggested retail price for it is $39.99. Remember if your local retailer doesn't have the game, you can purchase it directly from Atari by calling our 800 order line number: 1-800-221-EDGE. This is a very enjoyable game. We will be in the next couple of weeks be uploading some screen shots of Gordo 106 in an issue of Atari Explorer On-line. The files will be GIFs created from slides. Thanks to Ron Kovacs of Z*Net News Service for his efforts in creating these GIF files. I'm sure you will all enjoy the high quality of these picture files!!! They will give you an excellent idea of what to expect from the game! The next title due up for the LYNX is Jimmy Connors Tennis. This is a terrific game, using lots of great sound effects. The game is four megs, one of our larger titles for the Lynx to date. For the Atari Falcon030, most of the product shortages on this product have been alleviated. We have a good supply of Falcons in the following configurations: one meg of ram, no hard disk, 4 megs of ram and an 80 meg hard disk, and four meg of ram, no hard disk drive. Most of the "hiccups" revolving around getting our software products out the door have been resolved...so Atari Works, Speedo GDOS and MultiTOS are now readily available to our customers that have not purchased an Atari Falcon030, but would still like to have these products available to them. We hope that you will take a look at these products. Remember that there are screen shots available of them in back issues of Atari Explorer Online Magazine, available here in the libraries on GEnie. If you haven't seen what Atari Works looks like, or have questions about how fonts are installed in Speedo GDOS, these picture files might just have the answers that you're looking for before purchasing the products. We are starting to hear of more third party products being created for the Atari Falcon030. One of the ones that I'm looking forward to is from one of the original ST developers, Migraph! Kevin and Liz Mitchell are close to releasing a color hand scanner for the Falcon030. We're working on a number of entertainment products for the Falcon030, including games that will be using the exciting new controller that will be shared by both the Falcon030 and the Jaguar. We expect to be marketing this controller in the Fall, about the same time as the Jaguar launch. Our projection is that we will be making the controller available for approximately $29, and bundle a game with it for an additional cost. At this point in time, the exact title is under discussion still, but one of the leading candidates to be bundled is Llamazap! from Jeff Minter of the UK. It's a terrific looking game, getting rave reviews from everyone that has seen portions of the beta versions of the game. Pacific Software Supply has announced that they are going to be carrying a product that will allow you to use the Kodak Photo CD with your Atari Falcon030. This is called PHOTO SHOW, and allows you to view the images while creating scripts for the sound files to be played at the same time with CD quality sound. PHOTO SHOW will work on RGB, VGA, or broadcast monitors, and you can even record your slide show to your VCR easily. Suggested retail price of Photo Show is $35 US. Later this month, we will be hosting a meeting with Video Game Publications to begin the roll-out of the Atari Jaguar. The amount of interest that we have had in this machine is nothing less than amazing! We've been getting a steady stream of callers that are looking to become dealers, and some of the brightest stars in the gaming world are lining up to become developers for the Jaguar. I will be speaking to Sam Tramiel to see if we can schedule him for an online conference in the next month or so. He is very excited about this product, and I know that he would enjoy having an opportunity to visit with you to discuss personally all of the wonderful features in the Jaguar. I'm hopeful that his schedule will permit us to do that next month. With that, I'm ready to take questions, Lou! Let's get started!!! <[HOST] ST.LOU> OK Bob.... our first question comes from Hydraxxus in Hawaii. <[Hydraxxus] J.GERMAN3> I noticed there are no Falcons on Oahu but there are on Maui ;) and that the stock went up to 4. Is this a result of the Jaguar announcement or Falcon sales? What games have you seen and how will they compete with current game machines? I believe that the rise in the stock price is due to the joint... announcement of the Jaguar, and also the manufacturing agreement with IBM. To me, it is a terrific validation of the product, and Atari Corp. to have such an impressive strategic partner as IBM. I have seen about 7 titles for the Jaguar, most of them still are using "working titles", except as noted in the press release which I've already uploaded here some time ago. They are by and large, breath-taking games! Some of the finest scrolling, speed, texture mapping, and real time effects that I have ever seen on the system. At some point after our media day, I will be uploading some screen shots of Jaguar games. They will most likely be 24 bit Targa pictures, or PCX files. <[Graham] G.NORTON> Hi Bob, Thanks for joining us. Most of my questions relate to the Falcon. The first being about service...what is Atari's policy on Warranty work? Why does everything have to be send to Atari? Also what advertising is Atari planning on in the near future... back to school stuff and all. Also how does Atari view Apple's new products with the DSP's etc. Hi Graham. Re our warranty work policy, on the Falcon030, we don't require that the unit be sent back to Sunnyvale for work. We recently had a revision in our return policy, which you should be hearing about very soon (it appears that you haven't already heard about it). Basically, for all in warranty machines the dealer will determine which of the major 6 components is defective: The HD, Keyboard, Motherboard PCBA, Power Supply, Ram board, or floppy disk drive. The dealer will be able to return the defective component to Sunnyvale, and exchange the defective component to get the customer out the door quickly. The defectives will still be sent to us, but I'm sure that you agree that is the logical way for the defective portions of the unit to be handled: send 'em back to the manufacturer!! Re advertising, we are not prepared to embark on an ambitious advertising program at this point in time that we had expected to be able to do. The continuing poor economy continues to wreak havoc on ALL computer manufacters, not just Atari. I'm sure that you have heard about the layoffs and losses at both IBM and Apple as a result from their reduced sales. We will review the evolving changes in the marketplace, and respond accordingly. In the meantime, we do have a market development fund program which is on a proposal basis by the dealers. Some use it, some don't. It's really up to them. No comment on the 040 machines, sorry. Re Apple...they've got an awful lot of problems right now, and I'm really not sure that the DSP units are a prime product for them. They are putting a lot of effort into Newton it seems. <[Bman] B.AEIN> Has Atari been looking at using the Power PC chips for future Falcons? Is there any time frame for a F040? Who will carry the Jag this fall? Has Atari been pushing Jag developers to make lynxing/multi Jag games? Any fighting games? How will the Jag games be priced? Yes, we have had some discussions about using other chips like the Power PC for our products in the future. We try to stay abreast of all the innovations that are occuring in the market in order to ensure that our hardware will continue to be a cutting edge product. However, we haven't made a commitment to using the Power PC for anything...it's just a topic of discussion at this point. Re the F040, sorry, as I told Graham, no comment on that product...Please remember that we haven't even announced that we are officially doing the machine, just that we've been working on one. Re the Jaguar: At CES virtually every major retailer indicated that they are very interested in carrying the Jaguar. We are finalizing our sales plans on the Jaguar, and are already in discussions with many of those retailers. The high end of the Jaguar games is about $69 at this point. <[HOST] ST.LOU> Next is Ron Whittam of the ABUG group in Idaho. Ron is a new GEnie user. <[Ron - ABUG] R.WHITTAM> Bob & Sam: With NO DEALERS in Boise, Idaho and no means to travel out of state how can the members of our User Group (ABUG) get a Falcon?? AND will Atari still produce fine software compatible with the ST, like Atari Works? Ron, I'm sure that the travel problem will resolve itself over a period of time. What we will do is refer members of your user group to the next closer dealer to them, and then permit that dealer to mail order a Falcon to them. Re other software, right now we are planning on an upgrade for Atari Works, but don't have any other projects on the burner at this time that I can discuss. However, the clock is certainly ticking on the standard 8Mhz ST. You really should be looking to the third party market for solutions to upgrade the machines to a better level of performance to ensure that the unit will continue to be serviceable. Or get a Falcon!!! :) <[HOST] ST.LOU> Well done, Ron. Our next guest is R.SATTLER from Illinois. <[Mr.X] R.SATTLER> Hi Bob. How many Falcons were sold in the US with 63 meg hard drives? And in the interest of customer satisfaction, will Atari offer an upgrade path to those who were unfortunate enough to get the 63 meggers? We never reveal sales figures, Rob. Sorry. And there are no plans at present to upgrade the 65 meg drives. <[Doug] D.DOBBS> Bob, I need to find a good Atari repair shop in north Jersey for my sister's 1040. Her monitor went "phzzt" but we can't find a shop to fix it. Any chance you could help us out? Thanks for being here tonight. Hi Doug, I am afraid that I don't know North Jersey from South Jersey...from where I sit, it's all New Jersey. How about this: Software Spectrum in North Plainfield 908-561-8777 <[HOST] ST.LOU> Thanks Bob. Charles Smeton from NewSTar is next! <[NewSTar] C.S.SMETON> Bob, has Atari reconsidered its policy of not releasing the authorized dealer list so that developers can make contact and send promotional literature to dealers? No, Charles. Garry Tramiel is very firmly against that. We will continue to be happy mailing that information on the behalf of the developers to our dealers, as well as continue discussions in a productive fashion with the IAAD as to how we can best handle that situation. I know this isn't the ideal answer that you had hoped for. However, I am confident that we'll be able to work something out, like referring you to our rep firms to fill out their product knowledge as well. The IAAD is a first rate organization, so I don't envision any difficulties in working with them at all. <[HOST] ST.LOU> Thanks Charles and now we have Eric Zrath-Smiley of the Gaming Digest! <[Eric @ STGD] ZRATH-SMILEY> Bonsoir Bob, I have 2 questions regarding the Jaguar: 1) A software developer friend of mine is interested in the Jaguar. He is already doing CD-ROM and 3DO development. He tried to get some info from IBM themselves, but got nowhere. Could you tell me who should be contacted at Atari for developer stuff, so I can pass the info on to him? 2) What is the maximum memory capacity of the Jaguar cartridges? You're friend is mistaken to be contacting IBM, their job is to only BUILD the units, and distribute them for us...they are not in charge of development issues. Have him contact Bill Rehbock at Atari, and I would recommend that he send a fax to him. He's a tough guy to catch on the phone right now, or try sending Bill GEnie mail. Re the Jaguar carts, :) let's save that for another time to discuss. The answer is very interesting indeed! <[Dale] D.ELLIS16> Bob thanks for being here! How is the Falcon selling as of today's date? And what is the status of the voice mail system for the Falcon? Who do I talk to about becoming a dealer? It's not just a computer, it's a future! Hi Dale, we have a rep firm that is handling all of our dealers in Florida. Send me email and I promise that I will provide you their contact information there. I'm afraid that I have CPUs and HDs spread all over the office tonight, so I can't readily get at the list. The Falcon is selling well, given the state of the economy. Re the DSP modem, there have been some delays in getting it ready by our strategic third party partner that we have, but we remain committed to the modem. We hope to see it by late 3-Q. <[HOST] ST.LOU> Sign him up! :-) Our next guest is Texas Atarian Greg Matthijetz! Was there any plan for the Falcon and Jaguar to be synergistic? Will there be the possiblilty of connecting the two in any way? Hi Greg, yes there are discussions about ways to have the Jaguar connected together. But I wouldn't look for that feature to be implemented in the first group of titles that will be available. Look for that a little down the road. <[Eric] E.JOLLEY> Hi Bob! Q: Are any of the Japanese game giants (Capcom, Konami, etc.) Jag developers? No specific names needed, just curious if Atari considers them important to third party support (I do). We consider them very important to the market, and while I cannot confirm on deny any of the names that you've mentioned at this point in time, we will be doing press releases later on as to who some of the strategic partners are that we have enlisted for software development on the Jaguar. <[George] G.IKEN> Any word on Houston dealers... Shirley Taylor says any TEXAS dealer can sell Falcons at the Houston show. How about after the show...Phone orders?? None yet specifically in Houston, George. Our policy is that if you don't have a dealer in your city, we will refer you to the next closest dealer. So for the purposes of your show, yes... we will be happy to authorize any dealer in Texas to attend your show and sell Falcons there. Please have them contact me in advance so I can give them written authorization for their files. <[Hassen] H.HAMMOUD> I just bought a Portfolio, and I love it. I'm showing it to all of my friends and co-workers, and they are interested in the unit. Where does Atari Corp. stand on the Portfolio. Are more available? Also, will Atari plan to use their 64 bit RISC chip in any computers...perhaps as an add on board for the Falcon's processor slot? Yes, we still have Portfolios available for sale. We have not pursued any additional peripherals for it at this time, though. Again, the hardware market is just not good for anyone at this point in time, and the Portfolio is no exception, unfortunately. Re the 64 bit RISC chip in the Jaguar, we are reviewing all of the options for using this chipset, including computers. <[sanjay] S.AGARWAL> I am interested in purchasing Atari Works, but if I purchase the Falcon later, with hard drive can I get a rebate for the software ? No, I'm sorry, that is not our policy. Atari Works on the Falcon is something that we provide free of charge to every Falcon owner. If you purchase it previous to your purchase of the Falcon, then you will have to discuss that matter with your dealer. It would be prudent to conduct both sales with the same retailer. :) <[Jeff] J.WHITE99> Since discussion at SIGGRAPH this week centered around 3DO by SGI,SUN, and their partners is it fair to assume they have not been addressed as potential Jag partners. Also there were some Falcon remarks made at Newtek's party that were reflective of consumer concern over expandability and audio performance. Remarks? It's interesting to note that a recent issue of Game Pro Magazine made note of the many MultiMedia projects that 3DO has announced, but the distinct lack of Shooters, fighters, etc....i.e. GAMES! As to the discussions that SGI and Sun might make re 3DO, I really have no comment. Newtek is a long time Amiga developer, and I would not realistically expect them to comment favorably on _ANY_ Atari product that could hurt their most important strategic alliance that they have. We take care to ensure that our development partners on the Jaguar understand _VERY CLEARLY_ how important non-disclosure is to us. We don't _WANT THEM_ talking about the system at a party at an industry trade show....today anyway. :) <[HOST] ST.LOU> Makes sense.... Sam Rapp is next <[Sam030] SAM-RAPP> Hi Bob! You are missed in the Tuesday Conferences over on that 'other' system... My question is one that is on everyone's mind around here... There has been a lot of frustration with Atari's supporters for some time now... We have lost a lot of good people to other platforms... It seems that although Atari has made some superior products, it's just never built the momentum to regain the market it once had. So, the big question is: Is this FINALLY going to be the YEAR of ATARI? Also, my Falcon has TOS 4.02, can I get 4.04 without having to pay an arm and a leg? Hi Sam, re that "other system" with the Tuesday night COs... they are having their own growth problems! GEnie might be slow at times, but I couldn't get on to Delphi because there wasn't an available node!! I was shocked. I've passed on my very, very frustrating experiences in attemtping to get online there to Gordie, and I'm very hopeful that he will ask them to address it soon. Re the year of Atari...I really hate that phrase. I do expect to have a very successful fourth quarter, although the balance sheet won't reflect it because of the heavy promotional costs asssociated with the Jaguar rollout. But it should set the stage for a very exciting 1994. Re TOS, when I last discussed the various different Falcon TOS's with Bill Rehbock, he told me that there were really no major changes from TOS 4.1 to TOS 4.04 that FPATCH doesn't handle. But if you really want to get the latest ROM, I believe that the cost of that is $59. Not even close to one arm! :) Hi Bob, What kinds of Video Digitizers/Frame grabbers are currently available for Falcons that will totally support True Color?? Are they all cartridge based? Is there any pricing you can give and will VIDI pro from Rombo Scotland be doing anything in this arena?? Also, can we expect any news on surprises for next month's Glendale show?? (At least give us one surprise??) Will there be plenty of Falcons to obtain by then?? I really hope and expect the biggest turnout yet this year and am looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!! Didn't we say one question???? :) :) :) :) <[HOST] ST.LOU> Pick a question! ;-) OK, re the frame grabbers, I recall hearing that ROMBO was going through a re-organziation some time ago, so I really haven't heard anything from them in a long time. The latest that I have heard is that Overscan from Germany is going to be doing a video frame grabber and selling it in the US via COMPO Software. As I indicated earlier, there are plenty of Falcons now, and our friends in Los Angeles are blessed with a number of really fine dealers in the area. I'm sure that they will ALL be looking to attend the Glendale Show as well. I always look forward to this show, it's like old home week for me. I will be speaking to COMPO very soon to see if they plan on having at least a prototype available at the show. <[D.A.K.] D.KAUFMAN> Will there ever be a hot Atari notebook for musicians? I believe there is a market for this since I've heard and read the Pow*rbook works poorly with MIDI. Greetings Bob from NYC, home of the Jaguar launch! We're really focusing on the Jaguar and the Falcon right now. The plans for the ST Book rework have been tabled until we have the Jaguar done. <[Randy] R.PERRY4> With the recent lowering of Apple prices, their Centris 610 4/80 is selling for about the same price as an Atari Falcon 4/80(after rebate), and the Centris is a 20 Mhz 68040 machine. Any plans for lowering Falcon prices to stay competitive? No, the Centris is pursuing a different market than we are with the Falcon. Even though they have lowered the price on their hardware, they still don't have the DSP chip onboard, so it is not truly comparable to the Falcon. Our dealers are not reporting any problems with comparison shoppers using the Centris as a comparison. Bob, Does Atari plan on getting a service rep. Also any word on a Canadian (non-music) rep firm. And finally I have to say the Jag. is looking awfully exciting from a sales perspective! Hi Graham, we have a Manager of Quality Assurance that will be assuming the mantle of the service rep. He will be the one that will be contacting you with the service policies that we discussed during your last question. :) We've discussed an non-music rep for Canada, but haven't been able to work anything out yet on that front. I'd certainly like to do so, personally. I'm pleased to hear your reaction to the Jaguar...it's even more exciting to see!! I'm really looking forward to uploading those Targa pics later on....really impressive graphics!!! Hi Bob, could you please make an educated guess on the number of... Falcons in use by XMAX 93 and also any comments on the rumor.... of a Falcon or Jaguar card for the PC's? Thanks Sorry, Dave. No comment on the number of machines sold. Re the rumor of a Falcon or Jaguar card for the PCs, we've said before that we feel that the Jaguar chipset is a good candidate for being utilized on computers, and certainly there are enough PCs out there to make a PC card something worthy of at least giving some serious consideration to. <[Glenn] G.GORMAN2> Bob, I'm being transferred to Nashville, Tennessee. How can I get a listing of dealers and user groups in that area. Glenn, I don't have the user group list on the system that I am working from tonight. For the dealer, try The Music Man in Nashville. I can send you the phone number and address in email if you drop me a line. <[/sen 21] C.CASSADAY> Hi Bob! (grin) We are still waiting on news for the proposed dealer in SA, TX. I must commend the patience of the individual trying to obtain an Atari dealership. Please help us!!!! Chris, we are trying to, but it would be inappropriate of me to discuss any problems with a particular dealer's application on a national forum like this. I have spoken to him a number of times, and he certainly seems like a fine man. I also recognize that our present staffing situation makes us difficult to reach and a certain amount of intolerance to delays is reasonable on his part. :) <[Neal-J&J's] N.BAKER4> Hi Bob! Quick question, with the announcement of the new Developer's CD Rom, and Walnut Creek's new Atari disk. Is there any plans for a new CD Rom Driver for the ST's? Meta Dos and even ICD's new driver have got some problems. Also, thanks for the great support you guys have provided over the last few months, you guys are getting it together! The developer CD will come with a floppy diskette with the driver software that you will need to use with it, Neal. That will most likely be a MiNT driver, and a MetaDOS driver. If you have specific bug reports, I know that Mike Fulton would really appreciate getting them. You can reach him here on GEnie as MIKE-FULTON. <[Steve] S.ELEK> Bob, I was disappointed that you did not appear, nor any saleable FALCON030's nor any saleable LYNex at the 7/31 MIST AtariFest. Will there be any near-term Atari support of substance for users groups? Steve, I apologize for the confusion about the MIST Show. I have yet to attend a single Atarifest this year ANYWHERE! I will certainly be at the Glendale Show, but only because it is a short drive (five hours) from here, and I don't need an expense account for something like that...it's home, and I can do a very low budget trip there. Indy and others are another matter. We have, as part of our expense trimming at Atari, curtailed most of the travel throughout the company. Re the Falcons and the Lynxes, I feel compelled to point out that we would NOT have sold those at the show even had I attended. This is a job of both the show promoters, and the retailers that are doing the show. I do recall that last year there were a number of people that commented on the presence at the MIST Show of the latest games, but the same people didn't purchase the games there. That tends to chill the interest of a retailer to return to a show if he doesn't have good results there. Had we been approached by a authorized Falcon dealer to attend the show, we certainly would have approved it. <[Jeff] J.WHITE99> I would just like to publicly clarify that it was an attendee, not Newtek, who was asking me questions at Siggraph. Also I would like to publicly commend you, Bob, as well as the portions of the staff at Atari that I deal with frequently, on the Herculean efforts you all have been pleasuring us with of late. Ah, ok...thanks Jeff! I still don't see SGI and Sun as big players in the home entertainment market, which is really where we expect the Jaguar to shine. <[Bman] B.AEIN> Will the Jag have a mascot? Will there be a 14 meg no HD F030 for sale? Not exactly, but there are plans for one of the games to have some "cat like" :) characters in them. No plans for a 14 meg no hd Falcon, sorry. <[token8bit] ANIMATSURI> Is Atari condering selling the rights to its now dead 8bit line? I'm sure they can use the spare change. ;^) We are still selling them (believe it or not) in some parts of the world. They simply refuse to die altogether. :) If you'd care to make an offer, I'm sure Sam would be willing to consider it. For the US, my personal opinion is that they are no longer competitive for new sales. I have an STe (4 meg) with TOS 1.6. Could I with MultiTOS run two or more GEM programs at a time and see them both in separate windows? For example, a wordprocessor and a drawing program. Would it be possible (in principle) to pipe info? Yes, it is possible. But you must remember that on a 68000 based unit has NO hardware based memory protection, so there is a much greater possibiliy of crashes than on a 030 based unit. It will also be slow on an 8Mhz machine, so I urge you to upgrade to a faster machine, perhaps with a Tiny Turbo, Turbo030, or one of the other fine products from Fast Tech. <[fugitive] E.LIN1> Could you list all the chips that will be in the Jag? Will it have a 64 bit graphics processor only or will it be a true 64 bit machine? I could, but then Sam would kill me. Unless Leonard got to me first. I can handle Richard Miller, though. :) Seriously, it is a true 64 bit machine, including a 64 bit bus. Later on this month, we'll be releasing more press materials on the Jaguar, I'm certain that they will also have that informatin in AEO. <[Tony @ Canoe] A.RIDLEY1> could you tell us who Atari is planning to sell Falcons to? Who is the future Atari user? Also would Atari consider licensing the Jag Chipset? or any other chipset? Tony, we have several different markets for the Falcon. We are of course, still very much active in the music world. Our systems are the preferred units by many professionals. I expect that their reasons to choose Atari will become even more compelling with the coming of some new, high end software later this year, like Cubase Audio for Falcon. This product will set new standards for musical applications. We also still very much believe that the machine represents an innovative method for personal multimedia applications, although some of the key products related to that have been slow to come to the market. As a rule, we don't necessarily say "This is what we want to sell to" but rather we look for alliances with key developers that have a vision for how their product can give people a reason to choose Atari over another brand. There are some graphic applications that do that on the Falcon now, but they are not available as readily as we would like them to be ....so to an extent, we don't control who the future users will be nearly as much as the developers do. At least in my opinion. :) Re the Jag licensing...we like to talk. We're always willing to discuss any reasonable proposals with anyone. Will anyone from Atari officially be at the Houston show & should the folks at Kodak's 800 number have known about the Falcon & Photo Show before I told them? Are you targeting the Cable TV industry? John L. ? Re the Houston Show, I'm thinking of using some of the frequent flyer mileage that I've accumulated and coming to the Houston Show. I love the city, and it's always been a very enjoyable visit for me. Re the Kodak 800 number....yes, they should know about it. They are not only registered Atari developers, they were asked about the Falcon MONTHS ago, during a RTC on another network, which shall remain nameless. :) Re Cable TV Industry, not necessarily with the Falcon, but with the Jaguar certainly. Could you give us an idea of what the Jaguar casing will look like? *slobber* :) Later on, like a month...maybe less, we'll be uploading some files that will show you all that stuff. Including screen shots from the games. <[Harvey] H.WOLFE1> Bob, I live in Toronto and I was planning on buying MultiTos from a local dealer. However, so far I still can't get MultiTos from Compuworld or Replay Entertainment. Should I just give up and order from TOAD by mail order or is it likely to arrive in Toronto soon? Secondly, if I ever manage to buy MultiTos or Speedo GDOS, is Atari going to be making minor upgrades available either free or for a nominal amount; or am I going to have to buy an entire new version each time there is an upgrade? This was annoying enough when I had to buy TOS 3.06 in order to use a 1.4 megabyte drive, even though in all other respects my TOS 3.01 was satisfactory. However, I do understand it being necessary when dealing with ROM's. But this would be completely unsatisfactory if it is also the way that minor upgrades to Speedo GDOS or MultiTos will be handled. Harvey, we sell to a number of sources, including distributors like Pacific Software Supply. There is nothing stopping your dealers in Toronto from ordering the product from them. We have it in stock, and have been shipping. We are doing NOTHING to prevent them from ordering it, so it's not like we are trying to boycott Toronto from MultiTOS or Speedo. I guess what I'm really trying to get across is that we have no control over their ordering habits/abilities/desires. There are plenty of people on line that have the products...I really am at a loss of what else to say about it. Re the upgrades, without knowing what the upgrades are...major or minor, it's impossible for me to give you a realistic assesment of what the cost might be. I'm not aware of any immediate plans for an upgrade to SpeedoGDOS at this point, <[Lee Johnson] L.JOHNSON13> Bob.. congrats on still being with Atari, and not leaving soon like other Atari execs. We in Champaign, IL appreciated your visit, too.. OK.. I can order a 1 meg no HD falcon right now, yes? Someone just told me that if I have a local dealer, I MUST go through them... but I don't know if/where my local dealer is.. can I use mail order, or how can I find out where my local dealer is? Also, what's the price of a 1 meg no HD falcon, and is it hard/easy to install a HD later? We have an abundant supply of one meg Atari Falcon030s in stock, so they are indeed readily available. The MSRP is $799 for the one meg units. The HD is readily handled by using the SCSI port and hooking up an external SCSI disk drive. Re the dealer.....you have an excellent VAR in the area, let me ask her to contact me, and we'll see what we can do to help you. (Pssssstt- Dorothy! Call me about this, ok? ;)) <[HOST] ST.LOU> Dale Ellis has the honor of asking the last question tonight, Bob. <[Dale] D.ELLIS16> Bob, Do you have a presentation date on the Jaguar? And a firm shipping date? In other words; When can I actually get one? Maybe a NLT date. Do you have the names of any dealers on the Space Coast of Florida? And any plans to market any hardware-software in the former Soviet states? Luv that Lynx!!!!! ;-) Dale, the plans for the Jaguar rollout are for it to be sold in NYC and San Francisco over the holiday season. The rest of the country will have them available in 1994, so if you're in the Space Coast of Florida...1994. We don't have a firm shipping date that we will release at this point in time publically, sorry. Re the Soviets, former Soviets...that is a task that we have delegated to our subsidaries overseas. Which I will gladly allow them to embrace without any interference on any kind from me. :) Seriously, our Germany office handles that area, and if it will make sense, and sales, then I am certain that they will pursue it vigorously. <[HOST] ST.LOU> Bob, just a short thank you and goodbye tonight. You must be exhausted. Let's chat about something special for the anniversary edition of Dateline Atari next month. OK? Goodnight and thanks again. GA Thanks, Lou. Has it been a year already???? Amazing! I really do enjoy these times where we can all come together on GEnie, and think that it's just wonderful that it was a FREE Conference tonight! Thanks to everyone for attending. We are looking forward to next month already! Goodnight!!! ================================================================= Ed. 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One of the true pleasures of being a regular on AEO (or any major publication for that matter) is being allowed to introduce new talent. It's not something you get to do very often but I have that distinct pleasure now. Last issue I mentioned that I'd not been able to run the tests I'd wanted to do on COMPO's new Falcon ScreenBlaster. Someone went and did the unthinkable... they bought it before I could get my hands on it! How shocking . All was not lost though, the individual that bought it proved to be an honorable fellow and has submitted, for your approval and edification, a short review of COMPO's brand new ScreenBlaster. I think you'll enjoy reading it as much as I did. So take it away Charmon Haines! //// Falcon Screenblaster - a first look //// by C.G. Haines (HAINES) This is how it happened. The day before the Blue Ridge Atarifest, I walked into Computer Studio, to see what the deals were going to look like during the show. Behold, there on the wall behind Sheldon it hung: Falcon Screenblaster. One copy. Sheldon saw me drooling at it, and explained that there was only one, as this was the first production run, hand assembled, and it had only just arrived, special shipping for the show. I always like being the first to have anything, so I put my money down, and got it, on sale for only $99.95. For those of you who are lost at this point, let me explain. If you have a Falcon030, and would like to have larger resolutions in your video modes, this is the product that you have been waiting for. This production run looks like a null modem plug. It plugs directly into your Falcon monitor port, and your monitor adaptor plugs into it. A small ribbon cable runs from the adaptor around to one of the analog joystick ports. That is it for the hardware. Plug in takes half a minute. The software consists