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Article #441 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 4_mar-93 #1010 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Mon Mar 7 22:09:51 1994 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. March 04, 1994 No. 1010 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. 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""""""""""""""""" - CPU INDUSTRY REPORT - SONY Mega Drive - Apple Cuts PB $ - Hacked Tonya's ID! - 4 NEW DeskJets - Make the Switch! - Media Vision CD ROM - PhotoFlash - CONNECT SYSOP OFFER! - Rehbock on Radio! - People Talking - The Old Fishin' Hole! -* SUPERCOMPUTER TO USE POWERPC! *- -* CIS GLOBALIZATION SOFTWARE *- -* QMPRO-4WIN V1.01 *- ====================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine The Original * Independent * Online Magazine -* FEATURING WEEKLY *- "Accurate UP-TO-DATE News and Information" Current Events, Original Articles, Tips, Rumors, and Information Hardware - Software - Corporate - R & D - Imports ====================================================================== STReport's BBS - The Bounty BBS, invites all BBS systems, worldwide, to participate in the Fido/PROWL/ITC/USENET/NEST/F-Net Mail Networks. You may also call The Bounty BBS direct @ 904-786-4176. Enjoy the wonder and excitement of exchanging all types of useful information relative to computers, worldwide, through the use of excellent International Networking Systems. SysOps, worldwide, are welcome to join the STReport International Conferences. The Fido Node is 1:374/147.3, ITC Node is 85:881/250 Crossnet Code is #34813, and the "Lead Node" is #620. All computer platforms BBS systems are welcome and invited to participate. ====================================================================== CIS ~ GENIE ~ DELPHI ~ BIX ~ PROWL ~ ITC ~ NEST ~ EURONET ~ CIX USENET ~ USPOLNET ~ CLEVELAND FREE-NET ~ INTERNET ~ FNET ~ AOL ====================================================================== COMPUSERVE WILL PRESENT $15.00 WORTH OF COMPLIMENTARY ONLINE TIME to the Readers of; STREPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" NEW USERS; SIGN UP TODAY! CALL: 1-800-848-8199 .. Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! "Enjoy CompuServe's forums; where information is at its very best! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > From the Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""" The weather for most is horrid but then, what can we do about the weather besides "try" to enjoy it. Truly, Spring is right around the corner. Which means Spring Comdex! New products, revised products and product updates and upgrades galore. How about... a 140mb flop that's truly affordable? Can you say yes? Its in the wings. Let's see, hmmm a new, super powerful BBS is coming from Mustang it'll be terrific and it'll be highly affordable. Look for it in the fall or, maybe... sooner. Word has it that there are a number of high powered software package updates in the wings. The plethora of new wares for the computer is dizzying! Compared to what I, in a sad tome from long long ago, had become accustomed to. Now of course, the problem is not when but which one! Software that is capable of fully complimenting the marvelous hardware that's emerging on both the PC and the MAC platforms is a wonder to behold. Of course, interspersed with all this wonderment is the occasional bogeyman. But honestly, its so far and few between. Even the 640k barrier has become virtually a myth from days gone by. Its a real treat just to read about all the "new" becoming available each and every week. Talk about the old, familiar warm fuzzy feeling! It sure beats the dickens out of the weekly hack and slash sessions resulting from a userbase with little or nothing but grief to look forward to. Unfortunately, there are a few platforms out there where this is still happening!! Its sad. They are literally begging for software support, lamenting over a real lack of hardware support, expressions of hope are continually made about the possibility of a new product (likened "secret weapons") that'll revitalize the platforms from death. Yessir, folks don't know how "good" they don't have it until they finally open their eyes and view the real computing community that surrounds them. The "also-ran" computer manufacturers managed to create a small fuss amidst the roaring boom of the global computing community throughout the last decade. A few continue to try, even today with the handwriting on the wall! They make a very small fuss indeed.. but highly expensive to those who bought and continue to buy into the wretched nightmare. When compared to Apple and the PC world early on, (1985-1987) it looked quite good. The fussers managed to lead a number of very bright and promising individuals down a, not so soon to be discovered.. wacky, filled with deadly pitfalls, footpath of horror. The others, as it turned out, were far more fortunate. Those who chose the PC and Mac platforms were very busy travelling the highly successful expressway directly to the Information Highway. Early on, some of the travelers saw the future more clearly than others and wisely made the quick and easy journey to the expressway. Those who remained behind scoffed at them with silly remarks like "wait 'till Fall Comdex, we'll knock your socks off". Those who waited got their "socks knocked off" alright. Right along with their hopes, dreams, futures and wallets. Its almost a frightening tragedy to see other new and old users alike still clinging to the same worn out empty sing song of fantasia-like hopes. The majority of the 'old-timers' seem to be busy bad-mouthing anything they are not or cannot use while at the same time praising crusty ten year old technology. Its easy to feel sorry for them because I too, once clung to that dream! I look at it now, think of what was and what could've been by now and know in my heart the magnitude of how well I was duped. I cannot sing enough praises for a couple of gents who took the time to wake me up. It was indeed a rude awakening, but a highly beneficial awakening. Many thanks to Glenwood Drake and Ron Deal. To those of you who are still clinging to the veil of dreams. Are you sure its still a dream? Please look around you. Go to a few local shows for the "other" platforms. Ask yourself if there will ever be any shows like that for the dream world you are still clinging to. The answer is no. Make the move!! Feel the spark of true creativity come alive in your heart again. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of not being defensive/offensive or apologetic every time a discussion about computers comes up. Enjoy being able to do the things you now can only dream about. Drop that also-ran like a hot rock! Ralph.... """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" STReport's Staff DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! """""""""""""""" Publisher -Editor """""""""""""""""" Ralph F. Mariano Lloyd E. Pulley, Editor, Current Affairs Section Editors """"""""""""""" PC SECTION AMIGA SECTION MAC SECTION ATARI SECTION ---------- ------------- ----------- ------------- R.D. Stevens R. Glover R. Noak D. P. Jacobson STReport Staff Editors: """"""""""""""""""""""" Dana P. Jacobson Michael Arthur John Deegan Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Doyle Helms Frank Sereno John Duckworth Jeff Coe Steve Kiepe Guillaume Brasseur Melanie Bell John Donohue Contributing Correspondents: """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Tim Holt Norman Boucher Harry Steele Clemens Chin Neil Bradley Eric Jerue Ron Deal Robert Dean Ed Westhusing James Nolan Vernon W. Smith Bruno Puglia Glenwood Drake IMPORTANT NOTICE """""""""""""""" Please, submit letters to the editor, articles, reviews, etc... via E-Mail to: Compuserve................... 70007,4454 America Online..................STReport Delphi......................... RMARIANO BIX............................ RMARIANO FIDONET........................ 1:112/35 FNET........................... NODE 350 ITC NET...................... 85:881/253 NEST........................ 90:21/350.0 GEnie......................... ST-REPORT Internet.............RMARIANO@DELPHI.COM """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""" IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I) =========================== Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #10 By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* ** Conner to Raise Some Drive Prices ** Prices will be raised 4% to 5% of some of Conner Peripherals Inc.'s 170MB and 340MB 3.5-inch hard disk drives. "Prices for these capacity points have been artificially depressed by previous price wars and do not support underlying costs," Conner Vice President Peter Knight said in a statement from San Jose, Calif. ** Video Camera-on-a-Chip Introduced ** The Optical Systems Division of Marshall Electronics Inc. has introduced the V-007, the world's first video camera on a single chip. The company reports that the V-007 produces a usable black and white picture for a variety of applications, ranging from hidden security cameras to robotics, machine vision, computer video and teleconferencing. The camera is so small that a prototype was built into a wristwatch. The camera is integrated into a single CMOS VLSI and consists of a 0.5-inch format 312 by 287 pixel image sensor array and all necessary circuits to drive and sense the array. Since the camera is more infrared sensitive than standard CCD cameras, it can detect heat sources that can't be seen by the human eye. Evaluation samples of the V- 007 are available with a wide-angle lens in a small aluminum housing that's half the size of a standard business card. The unit can plug directly into any type of TV monitor or video tape recorder. It operates on a standard 9-volt battery. The complete V-007 in an enclosure with a 4mm lens costs $249 in single quantities. ** Hewlett-Packard Replaces Four DeskJet Models ** Hewlett-Packard Co. has replaced several of its inkjet printers with four new DeskJet models that offer a 600 by 300 dots-per-inch resolution, twice the resolution of the previous models. At $365, the new DeskJet 520 for PCs and DeskWriter 520 for Macintosh systems feature HP's Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) for clearer, sharper printing. The DeskJet 520 replaces the DeskJet 500; the DeskWriter 520 replaces the DeskWriter. The color versions of the new printers -- the DeskJet 560C for PCs and the DeskWriter 560C for Macs -- cost $719 and add a new HP-developed technology, called ColorSmart, for improved full-color printing. ** Supercomputer to Use PowerPC ** Motorola's RISC Microprocessor Division has announced that the PowerPC 601 microprocessor will be used in the design of Parsytec's Power Xplorer new line of massively parallel processing (mpp) computers. Parsytec, located in Germany, is the first company to base an mpp system on PowerPC 601 microprocessors. An mpp system relies on distributing computing tasks across many low cost processors to complete sets of complex instructions. The Power Xplorer offers between 4 to 64 computing nodes, each equipped with one 80MHz PowerPC 601 microprocessor. "The PowerXplorer is designed to meet the growing demand for computational performance in the workstation, scientific and embedded super computing markets, as well as for educational purposes," says Falk Dietrich Kuebler, president and co-founder of Parsytec. "The PowerPC 601 microprocessor delivers the computational performance required to meet our design goals for the PowerXplorer." The PowerPC family of microprocessors, developed by Apple, IBM and Motorola, is based on a RISC architecture. The family's superscalar processing capability enables the microprocessors to execute multiple instructions simultaneously. ** Media Vision Unveils New CD-ROM Titles ** Media Vision has introduced a variety of new multimedia CD-ROM titles. Included in the new releases are Wiggins in Storyland, a children's CD-ROM creative writing program, and Grammy's Interactive, an interactive entertainment experience based on the Grammy Awards. Also announced was a Macintosh version of Media Vision's interactive action- adventure movie, Critical Path, and the trivia adventure game Peak Performance, which has been renamed Road Scholar. ** Man Accused of Using BBS to Help in Kidnapping Attempt ** Twenty-three-year-old John Rex Jr. of Chelmsford, Mass. has been accused of using his computer bulletin board system to try to recruit help in an alleged plot to kidnap and molest a young boy. Rex was arrested this week after an intensive investigation by federal Customs agents, and state and local police that lasted several weeks. It is believed that Rex planned to abduct a child in Chelmsford or Westford, Mass. The suspect allegedly used the BBS he operated in an effort to solicit an unidentified teenager from Westford in the plot. However the plan fell apart when the youth informed a teacher, who notified police. The D.A. said Rex was allegedly "very specific" in his description of the kind of youngster he wanted abducted and "he offered computer equipment and cash in return." ** Reporter Admits Hacking Tonya Harding's Olympic E-Mail System ** At least one U.S. reporter has admitted she invaded the computer system at the Olympic Games in Norway with the security code for figure skater Tonya Harding's electronic mail. Apparently, other journalists also had access. However, the reporter; Michelle Kaufman of the Detroit Free Press, told officials she didn't actually read any of the skater's private electronic messages. Free Press Managing Editor Robert McGruder told Tim Sullivan of the Cincinnati Enquirer that officials with the paper talked to Kaufman and "she understood instantly this is not something she should have done. She is a wonderful reporter and has a tremendous amount of integrity. We did not question that." Sullivan reports Kaufman "found hacking into Harding's electronic mailbox is easier than pinning her down on details," adding that a combination of Harding's birthday and her Olympic accreditation number turned out to be the security code. "Basically," Kaufman said, "over 100 reporters, editors, photographers and others were passing around this four-digit number last week saying it was Tonya's accreditation number. We all laughed and at 2 a.m. a few of us plugged in the four digits to see if in fact it was her number. It was. We immediately turned off the machine. We never looked at a message or did anything else." Meanwhile, another reporter; Ann Killion of the San Jose Mercury News, was with Kaufman and she told the Denver Rocky Mountain News, "Hey, I was just looking at the bus schedule when I saw some people around the keyboard. Look, hundreds of people have the number. Come on, it's not like it's a computer hacking crime. We just wanted to see if it worked." Kaufman added, "Anyone who scorns us for what we did is not being fair. Tell me a journalist who hasn't walked into an office, seen a letter on someone's desk and read it upside down. You might never even use what you saw, but we are a curious lot by nature." ** Online Services Gain 7.9 Million Users in 1993 ** The number of subscribers to online services grew 19.3% to 7.9 million in 1993, according to statistics compiled by SIMBA/Communications Trends, a market research company based in Wilton, Conn. Consumer online services were the fastest growing segment of the online industry, notes SIMBA/Communications Trends. The number of consumer services users rose 28.2% to 5 million last year. Consumer online services accounted for 63% of total online subscribers. "Despite the rapid growth in consumer online service users, these services account for less than 10% of online services revenue," says Chris Elwell, vice president and group publisher for SIMBA/Communications Trends. Business and professional services accounted for more than 90% of all online industry sales, which exceeded $10.5 billion in 1993, Elwell estimated. ** Illinois Student Charged with Threatening President ** According to reports, a University of Illinois freshman has been charged with threatening via electronic mail to kill President Clinton. James Reincke, 18, sent a message to Clinton at the White House on Dec. 4 saying, "I am curious, Bill, how you would feel about being the first president to be killed on the same day as his wife?... It would be best, I think, to not continue with your immediate plans. Perhaps a vacation. You will die soon. You can run, but you cannot hide." The Secret Service determined that the message originated from the University of Illinois, and campus police traced it to Reincke, who reportedly admitted sending it. He appeared today in U.S. District Court in Danville, Ill. where he was released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 7. ******* General PC News ******* ** Microsoft Ships New DOS 6 That Does Not Include DoubleSpace ** A new version of the MS-DOS 6 operating system software that does not contain the DoubleSpace disk compression feature is being shipped by Microsoft Corp. DoubleSpace was the subject of a surprise patent infringement ruling last week against the company. In a statement from Redmond, Wash., Microsoft said it was shipping MS-DOS 6.21 to 1,300 computer makers for sale with new machines and that manufacturing of the MS-DOS 6.21 Upgrade, for sale directly to computer users, will be under way by mid-month. The Microsoft statement said, "In light of the verdict, the company is taking the conservative step of removing some compression-related code from the Flash File System for memory cards, from the Remote Access Services feature in Windows NT, Windows NT Advanced Server, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11, and decompression code from one of the help facilities in Microsoft Excel 5.0, PowerPoint 4.0, Visual C++ and Fortran Powerstation 32." Vice President Paul Maritz of Microsoft's systems division commented, "As to the Flash File System for memory cards, we are working on an alternative for our customers. Compression is an incidental feature of the rest of these products and its removal will not be noticeable to the vast majority of customers. The changes to these products are minor, and updates of the U.S. versions are being released to manufacturing over the next 10 days." ** Stac Sued Over Advertisement ** Stac Electronics has been sued over an advertisement for Stacker, its data compression computer software product. The plaintiff says the ad is false and misleading. Stac officials are quoted as saying the suit, filed in Alameda Superior Court, in California, alleges Stac's claims concerning the product's ability to increase disk capacity for PCs are false. The complaint seeks restitution in the form of the price paid by consumers, attorney's fees and also seeks to enjoin it from running further such advertising. (Stac) denied the charges and said it plans to defend itself. ** HP Palmtop to Add Voice Mail ** Rumor has it that Hewlett-Packard Co. is adding wireless voice mail to its palmtop computers. Reports say that HP StarLink -- a wireless messaging service that transmits voice, data and news updates to HP's line of 100LX palmtops -- is expected to be available April 4. ** Sony Marketing Mega Drives ** Sony Corp. has started selling to PC makers its new MD Data drive, which can store up to 140MB of data, about 100 times the capacity of a standard diskette. The 2 1/2-inch disks use the same kind of magnetic technology as Sony's audio MiniDiscs. The drive is designed to replace the common diskette drive in PCs. ** Work on Superbase Stopped ** Development of Superbase, a relational database for Windows, has been stopped by Software Publishing Corp. which also has cut staff by 10% to 450 as part of a move to focus resources on its Harvard Graphics product. ******* General Mac News ******* ** Apple Cuts PowerBook Prices ** Apple Computer Inc. this week reduced prices on selected models in its PowerBook line of notebook and subnotebook computers by 9 to 14%. The price cuts apply to an all-in-one PowerBook and two models of the Apple PowerBook Duo. "Apple is shifting from a margin-oriented to a value-oriented company," said Jim Buckley, president of Apple USA. "We want customers to know they no longer have to pay a premium to enjoy the benefits of Macintosh." ** Apple Ships DOS-Compatible Mac ** A new $1,579 Macintosh Quadra, Apple Computer Inc.'s first in what is promised to be a line of high-end models that will allow users to operate software made for both Apple and IBM-compatible systems, has begun shipping. Reports say, "The new Quadra 610 DOS Compatible model could lure consumers to Apple's Macintosh computers rather than to machines that run on Microsoft Corp.'s MSDOS and Windows software. Until now, a Macintosh owner had to buy cumbersome software to make the machine MSDOS compatible." Supposedly the user can flip back and forth with the touch of two keys from Apple's own operating system and MSDOS/Windows. The Quadra runs on a dual computer chip system, allowing users to work in both Mac and DOS environments simultaneously. The Motorola Inc. 68LC040 chip powers the Mac environment, while Intel Corp.'s 486SX microprocessor runs both DOS and Windows-based software. Apple is also offering a $399 DOS compatibility upgrade card for owners of Quadra 610 and Centris 610 systems. ** Apple Expects a Resumption of the PC Price Wars ** Vice President Ian W. Diery of Apple Computer Inc. is quoted in The Washington Post this wee as saying he expects the company to price its upcoming new line of PowerPC Macintoshes more than $200 below PCs powered by Intel Corp.'s Pentium chips, which can be bought for as little as $2,600. The PowerPC is the chip developed by Apple, IBM and Motorola Inc. in a move to challenge Intel's dominance in the chip market. Diery told Sandra Sugawara of the Post he welcomes Intel's challenge of a pricing war, because, he said, PowerPC chips are about one-fourth as expensive as Pentium chips to make. _____________________________________ > QMODEMPRO for WINDOWS 1.01 STR FOCUS! When only the very best will do! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -------------------------------------- Changes to QmodemPro for Windows v1.01 -------------------------------------- Released March 2, 1994 Widespread General Availability ------------------------------- General: ~ Changed code to prevent improper focus issues (active window) when using the macrobar. When opening items that used overlapped windows like the phonebook, the focus was sometimes not correct. Cosmetic change only. ~ Changed the operation of the group flags. Loading a phonebook was not clearing the current group thus the same entries that were highlighted in the last phonebook are still highlighted in the new phonebook. ~ Modified the text editor so that when a wordwrapped file is saved it is actually saved in the wordwrapped state. The default action was to save it in an unformatted state even with wordwrap on. ~ Changed the dialer to accept lowercase letters in a prefix string. ~ Changed both the Viewer and Editors to store selected fonts. ~ Fixed default "Scrollback to file" file name - it incorrectly used the Trap screen file name. ~ Changed startup code so if "Run minimized" is specified in the QMWin icon and the last window size was maximized, QMWin will not try to maximize itself on startup. ~ Added @HELP function key macro as was documented, but not previously available. ~ Added the ability for the Esc key to exit from scrollback (review) mode. ~ Fixed a problem with QMWin appearing to lock up after dialing an entry if Scrollback mode was turned on. ~ Fixed a GP fault when you typed past the right edge of the screen in split-screen modem. ~ Fixed a GP fault when using "Scrollback to File" and saving a large amount of data to the file. FAX: ~ Changed faxing from the phone directory to default to the setting (Fine or Normal) in Options|Fax. ~ Changed FAX operation to automatically select a default font. If no font was selected, strange things could happen! ~ Fixed a problem with rasterizing 256 color PCX files for faxing. ~ Added support for 24 bit per pixel (16 million color) PCX files for faxing. Emulations: ~ Screen height for each emulation (Options|Emulations) now has validation code to limit screen height to a maximum of 50. ~ Fixed a problem with "printer controller" mode in VT emulations - QMWin wasn't releasing the printer capture mode so the print mode would stay on until you exited QMWin or changed to another emulation. ~ Fixed a problem with DG 100, DG 200 and DG 210 emulations. ~ Fixed a problem with VT-100 style line drawing characters. ~ Fixed a problem with capture and printer logging in TVI and Wyse emulations, it was not logging CR and LF at the end of lines. ~ Fixed a GP fault in TVI emulation when logging on to certain systems. ~ Fixed a couple of problems with the TVI and Wyse emulations. Protocols: ~ Changed handling of Zmodem transfer failures. Aborted or failed Zmodem transfers were holding the file open until QmodemPro was exited causing problems with auto-resume or deletion. ~ Fixed a problem that caused the protocol status window not to appear when making a CIS B+ upload on Compuserve. RIP: ~ Fixed problem with downloading multiple RIP icons one after another on some systems. ~ Fixed a problem with RIP Icon directory not working for phonebook entries. ~ Fixed the GP fault in RIP InvertRect. ~ Fixed the GP fault in RIP_WRITE_ICON with large icons. ~ Fixed a cosmetic problem in RIP when an invalid RIP_TEXT_WINDOW command was given. ~ Fixed a problem with ANSI music playing while in RIP mode. ~ Fixed a problem with RIP buttons turning white when using a high color or true color display adapter. Scripts: ~ Added a SETDTR on/off script command: Sets the DTR (Data Terminal Ready) signal high (ON) or low (OFF). Syntax SETDTR on | off Remarks This command is provided to allow direct control over the DTR (Data Terminal Ready) line on the modem for special applications. Normally lowering DTR (SETDTR OFF) will hang up the modem the same action as the HANGUP command with the modem hangup string set to "DTR". See also HANGUP Example This example sends a command to log off an on-line service, waits five seconds, then hangs up the modem. send "bye" delay 5 setdtr off ~ Changed the script compiler so it counts REM lines when reporting error line numbers. ~ Fixed a problem that developed when running scripts in continuous dial mode. If the first entry executed a script and the connection terminated before the script was completed, the continuous dial would not run scripts for any other entries in the dial sequence that had scripts. ~ Added support for wildcards (* and ?) in the Batch upload script command and the macro command. ~ Fixed a problem in which a wrong filename was passed to the script quicklearner whenever a full path was specified in a phonebook entry for a script. ~ Fixed the host script chat mode so it no longer sends a C/R when backspace is pressed. ~ Fixed a problem with a WAITFOR triggering on a string with a double quote character (") when using Quicklearn. ~ The POS function in the script language was documented as taking no parameters, but it expected an integer. The compiler has been fixed to match the documentation. ~ Fixed a problem with the Stop button in script debugger causing the system to appear to lock up under certain conditions. ~ Added an error dialog message if you try to Quicklearn a script in a path that does not exist. ~ Changed the script compiler so that GOTO statements in a WHEN block are legal and execute as expected. ~ Fixed a problem with GOTOs jumping out of SELECT CASE statements. ~ Fixed a problem with the COPY command in the host mode DOS shell. ~ Changed the script SEND command so you can send a ^ by passing ^| to the SEND command (like the dialer). ~ Fixed a problem with literal reals in PRINT statements in the script language. Phonebook converter: ~ Fixed a problem when converting QmodemPro for DOS phonebooks. The **Current Device** and **Default Device** entries are now properly converted to -Current- and -Default-. Editor ------ While Word Perfect is continually praised for its high quality customer services and product support, which they justifiably deserve, Mustang Software must not be forgotten as they are indeed the support leaders in the telecommunications world. These fine products; WildCat! 3.9 (a superb BBS), QMpro 152, (DOS version) QMPro for Windows 1.01, OLX (off-line reader), QMGate 152a are among the fine family of telecomputing solutions from Mustang Software. For more information, about any of their products; call 1-805-873-2500. ________________________________________________ > COMPUSERVE SOFTWARE UPGRADE STR Spotlight CompuServe Globalization """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" forever forging ahead! The CompuServe Globalization Forum Software ========================================== An Overview Document I by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703] Introduction ------------ Between Tuesday, 08-February-1994 and Tuesday, 01-March-1994, CompuServe is installing the latest version of its forum software, known as Globalization, in all forums. This version of the software adds new features to better support the international membership of CompuServe as well as expanding several other capabilities to serve all CompuServe members. This software is a part of CompuServe's Globalization Project. This document is intended to provide an overview of that project and information on taking advantage of what the new Globalization forum software has to offer. An Introduction to Globalization -------------------------------- CompuServe is rapidly becoming a world-wide company with members in countries all around the world. As the number of members outside the United States increases, the need for CompuServe to expand its capabilities to better support these members also increases. That is the main reason the CompuServe Globalization Project has been undertaken. The main goal of the Globalization project is two-fold: (1) To provide support for languages other than English in CompuServe's products and user interfaces and (2) to provide support for Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) "extended characters" to allow easier communication in languages other than English. The Globalization forum software has been commissioned to move CompuServe forums toward those two goals. In addition, the Globalization software corrects several major bugs present in the older version of the forum software known as Message Features and adds several new features. Local Language Support ---------------------- "Local language support" will allow CompuServe members to use CompuServe products, services, and software in their own native language, rather than requiring them to use CompuServe in English, as is the case now. CompuServe intends to provide local language support in the CompuServe Information Manager and CompuServe Navigator software, CompuServe navigational menus, online help text, and error messages. Local langauge support is initially planned for English, German, and French. English is, of course, already fully implemented throughout CompuServe. Support for German and French is progressing and should proceed rapidly. For example, a German version of the CompuServe Information Manager is now available. The Globalization forum software does not provide much local language support at this time. The only support currently provided under the Globalization forum software is the "Notices" menu of the CompuServe Information Manager. Forum Administrators (Sysops) now have the ability to set a forum's default language preference to English, German, or French. Whichever language is selected is the language in which the "Notices" menu will be presented to members by default. Forum members can override the default language preference, if they wish, and have the "Notices" menu presented to them in whichever of the three languages they choose. In the future, the member's language preference will control how more areas of the forum are displayed than just the "Notices" menu but, at the present time, the "Notices" menu is the only area of the forum in which local language support is provided. To take advantage of the local language support in the "Notices" menu, you must have the CompuServe Information Manager (CIM) software. The "Announcements" menu - the ASCII interface's equivalent to the "Notices" menu of CIM - does not provide local language support at this time. For information on what versions of the CompuServe Information Manager will provide this local language support and instructions on enabling it, please see the sections "Globalization and Your CompuServe Settings" and "Globalization and Your Software" later in this document. Latin-1 Extended Characters --------------------------- Up until now, all CompuServe products, services, and software were limited to transmitting 7-bit ASCII text characters. While members could always compose messages and files in languages other than English, those messages and files could only contain ASCII text characters and, as such, could not contain the 8-bit "extended characters" (accents, umlauts, etc.) that many other languages use. The Globalization forum software introduces support for an expanded character set known as Latin-1, or ISO 8859-1. This character set allows the transmission of 8-bit extended character such as accents and umlauts, making it much easier for members to communicate in languages other than English. In fact, the addition of support for the Latin-1 character set will allowmembers to properly communicate in Danish, Dutch, Faerosse, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish! And, of course, all of the standard 7-bit ASCII text characters used in the English language are still fully supported as well. Under the Globalization forum software, the use of Latin-1 extended characters is fully supported in the following forum areas: o Message Board Section Names o Message Headers (Subject, To and From Lines, Etc.) o Message Text o File Library Names o File Titles o File Keywords o File Descriptions o Text Files o Conference Room Names o Member Handles and Nicknames o Conference Dialog o "Talk" Windows (CIM Only) and SENds (ASCII Interface Only) o "Who's Here" Displays (CIM Only) & UST Displays (ASCII Interface Only) o Member Names o Membership Directory o User Log (ASCII Interface Only) In those areas of a forum where searches may be performed (e.g. Message Board subjects, file keyword, Member Directory interests, etc.) you will also be able to search for text containing Latin-1 extended characters. However, when you perform a search, you will receive results containing both the Latin-1 text you searched for an its ASCII equivalent. For example, if you searched for text with an "e" in it, you would receive results which contained either the standard ASCII "e" or the Latin-1 characters containing an accented "e". To take advantage of the Latin-1 extended characters you must be using communications software which supports the Latin-1 extended characters and you must have your CompuServe settings set to display Latin-1 characters. Please see the sections "Globalization and Your CompuServe Settings" and "Globalization and Your Software" later in this document for additional information. JPEG Files ---------- In addition to its current support of GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS graphics files, the Globalization forum software adds support for a fourth graphics format: JPEG. JPEG is relatively new, compared to the GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS formats, but is quickly catching on. Members will now be able to select "JPEG" as a file type when uploading files to CompuServe forums. Files which have been uploaded as JPEG files will then be able to be viewed online, just as GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS images could be viewed online in previous versions of the forum software. Of course, full support for the GIF, RLE, and NAPLPS file types will remain as well. JPEG support is provided in two file types. The first is carries an extension of JPG, which denotes a standard JPEG graphic type. This is probably the most common occurrence of the JPEG format you will see. The second is the existing GIF file type, which can now support the inclusion of JPEG images within GIF files. In order to view JPEG images while online, you must be using communications software which supports the viewing of JPEG files. Please see the section "Globalization and Your Software" later in this document for additional information. Globalization and Your CompuServe Settings ------------------------------------------ With the release of the Globalization software, two new options have been added to the Terminal Options and Settings Area (GO CIS:TERMINAL) online. If you are a user of an HMI-based product, such as the CompuServe Information Manager, only one of these new settings affects you. If you are a user of an ASCII-based product (the standard text interface), both of these choices affect you. The two new settings control your default language preference and your default character set. The default language choice option controls what language certain parts of CompuServe which provide Local Language support will be displayed in. The default character set controls whether or not you wish to send and receive Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) characters. Users of HMI-based products such as the CompuServe Information Manager need only concern themselves with the default language preference, as all Latin-1 configuration is handled by HMI without any intervention from you. To set these two new options, you must first go to the Terminal and Service Options area (GO CIS:TERMINAL). When you arrive in that area, you will see a menu similar to the following: TERMINAL/SERVICE OPTIONS ------------------------ Use this area to change your terminal type/parameters and/or service options. 1 Instructions 2 Change permanent settings 3 Explanation of session vs. permanent 4 Show session vs. permanent 5 Change current session settings Enter choice ! From that menu, you will want to select Option 2, "Change permanent settings." Changes to the session settings will only be in effect until you log off while changes to the permanent settings will remain in effect for all future sessions as well. When you select option 2, you will see a menu similar to the following: PERMANENT SETTINGS 1 Explanation 2 Logon/Service options 3 Display options 4 Terminal type/parameters 5 Transfer protocol/graphic support 6 Make session settings permanent Type EXIT when done Enter choice ! From this menu, you should select Option 3, "Display options." When you choose option 3, you will see a menu similar to the following: PERM DISPLAY OPTIONS 1 PAGED display [NO] 2 BRIEF prompts [YES] 3 CLEAR screen between pages [NO] 4 BLANK lines sent [YES] 5 Line feeds sent [YES] 6 Language Preference [Unknown] 7 Character Set [ASCII] Enter choice! As you can see, Choice 6, "Language Preference," and Choice 7, "Character Set" are the new choices which relate to the Globalization software. Choice 6 determines in which language - English, German, or French - areas of CompuServe with local language support are displayed in. Although the only forum area that currently provides local language support is the "Notices" menu of the CompuServe Information Manager, ASCII users should set their language preference as well, as additional local language support is planned for the future. Choice 7 determines how CompuServe deals with Latin-1 extended characters in messages and files you send and receive. If you set Choice 7 to ASCII, all Latin-1 extended characters will be mapped to their ASCII equivalents. In other words, you will not see Latin-1 characters nor will you be able to send them. This is the choice you should select if you logon to CompuServe at 7 data bits and even parity or if your communications software does not support Latin-1 extended characters. If you set this choice to LATIN-1, all Latin-1 extended characters will be transmitted intact. This is the choice you should select if you logon at 8 data bits and no parity and your communications software supports Latin-1 extended characters. Once you have selected the proper settings for your software and personal preferences, simply type EXIT and press ENTER or RETURN. CompuServe will ask you to confirm the changes you have made and, once you confirm they are correct, will save them for all future sessions. Globalization and Your Communications Software ---------------------------------------------- In addition to configuring your CompuServe settings properly, to take advantage of the major new features of the Globalization forum software (local language support, Latin-1 extended characters, and JPEG viewing) you must be using communications software which supports the feature(s) you wish to use and you must have it properly configured to do so. Many software packages currently available for accessing CompuServe provide support for these features and several others are working on adding support for the new features. Because of the large number of software packages currently available, providing information on them would add a large amount of information to this document. For that reason, information on what software currently supports the new features of the Globalization forum software and how to configure various software packages to take advantage of these new features is contained in a separate text file. Please see the file GLOSW.TXT for information on using your communications software with the Globalization forum software. That file can be found in the same library in which you found this file. *** The CompuServe Globalization Forum Software =========================================== and Your Communications Software Document II by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703] An Introduction --------------- Taking advantage of the new features provided in the Globalization forum software requires two things. First, you must have correctly configured your CompuServe options online and, second, you must be using communications software which supports these new features and have your software properly configured. The topic of configuring your CompuServe options online, as well as an introduction to the Globalization forum software in general, is provided in the file GLOBAL.TXT, which may be found in the same library in which you found this file. If you have not reviewed that file, you should do so now. This file covers the topic of what software supports the Globalization forum software's new features and how to configure that software to take advantage of these new features. General Information ------------------- In order to take advantage of the new support for the online viewing of JPEG image files, your communications software must simply be capable of viewing JPEG images. In order to take advantage of the local language support and support for Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) extended characters provided in the Globalization forum software, your software must (1) be capable of logging on to CompuServe with settings of 8 data bits and no parity and (2) be capable of correctly mapping characters between the Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) character set and your computer's native character set. Because of the vast degree of differences between computer platforms and operating systems, the character sets used by each operating system are, sadly enough, quite different. Most contain all of the same characters, but they are located at different ordinal positions. For example, while character code 1110 1001 would describe a "U" with an accent to a DOS user, that same character code would describe an "E" with an accent to a Macintosh user. As you can see, transmitting characters from one computer type to another is not a simple task. Luckily enough, the 7-bit, or ASCII text, characters which CompuServe has supported up to now (letters, numbers, basic punctuation, etc.) are the same across all character sets. Therefore, there was no problem in members with all different types of computer platforms accessing CompuServe. However, now that the Globalization forum software will be adding support for the 8-bit extended characters, transmitting these characters to all of the various computer types accessing CompuServe becomes a difficult task for the reasons described above. As a starting point, CompuServe had to choose a single character set that it would use on its host computers. The standard that was chosen is the ISO 8859-1 character set, commonly known as "Latin-1". (Note that while some DOS manuals also refer to DOS code page 850 as Latin-1 it is not the same Latin-1 character set being discussed here.) In addition to being the character set CompuServe has chosen, this is also the character set used by Microsoft Windows. In order for you to be able to properly send and receive Latin-1 characters to and from CompuServe, you must, therefore, be using either a Windows communication program or a communication program that has been designed to properly translate characters between the Latin-1 character set and your computer's native character set. At the present time, the following programs are known by the author of this document to either provide support or have plans to provide support for the use of Latin-1 extended characters on CompuServe: o CompuServe Information Manager (DOS, Windows, and Mac Versions) o OzCIS o TapCIS o AutoSIG o CISOP o NavCIS o GoCIS o AutoPilot o Arctic The following sections of this document provide information on which versions of the software listed above provide support for the new features of the Globalization forum software and what configuration steps, if any, are necessary to take advantage of these new features. Please note that while the author of this document has made an attempt to contact the authors of all of the common programs used to access CompuServe, the list above is by no means guaranteed to be complete or accurate. If your favorite program for accessing CompuServe is not on the list above, please consult its documentation or contact its technical support personnel to determine whether or not it supports the new features of the Globalization forum software. If so, feel free to send a message to Tom Pinkerton [70243,703] via CompuServe Mail. This file will be updated on a regular basis. The CompuServe Information Manager for DOS ------------------------------------------ The CompuServe Information Manager for DOS (DOSCIM), Version 2.2 and later provides full support for all of the new features of the Globalization forum software. If you are using DOSCIM Version 2.2 or later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters, and view JPEG files while online. Support for JPEG file viewing in DOSCIM Version 2.2 or later is automatic. There are no special procedures or configuration steps you need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not automatic. In order to be able to take advantage of those two features, you must configure DOSCIM to support them. Configuring DOSCIM to support those features is a relatively simple process. To configure DOSCIM Version 2.2 to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters, use a text editor (such as the one provided in DOSCIM) to edit the file CIS.INI. Under the default DOSCIM configuration, this file is located in your CSERVE directory. For DOSCIM to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters, the following lines must be present in that file. If they are not present, add them. If they are present, edit them as necessary to make sure they read exactly as follows: [DOSCim] 8bits=ON Once you have made the necessary changes to CIS.INI, save the file and reboot your computer. DOSCIM will then be properly configured to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters. A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a DOSCIM user and need to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into DOSCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter DOSCIM's Terminal Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you instead selected the "Terminal Emulation" option from the Special menu and logged on to CompuServe via that method, you would not have support for Latin-1 extended characters during that session. For this reason, it is recommended that you always logon to CompuServe via DOSCIM's standard method and then GO ASCII as needed to switch to Terminal Emulation mode. The CompuServe Information Manager for Windows ---------------------------------------------- The CompuServe Information Manager for Windows (WinCIM), Version 1.2 or later, provides full support for all of the new features of the Globalization forum software. If you are using WinCIM Version 1.2 or later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters; and view JPEG files while online. Support for JPEG file viewing in WinCIM Version 1.2 or later is automatic. There are no special procedures or configuration steps you need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not automatic. In order to be able to take advantage of those two features, you must configure WinCIM to support them. Configuring WinCIM to support those features is a relatively simple process. To configure WinCIM Version 1.2 to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters, use a text editor (such as the one provided in WinCIM) to edit the file WINCIM.INI. Under the default configuration, this file is located in your CSERVE directory. For WinCIM to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters, the following lines must be present in the "General Preferences" section of that file. If they are not present, add them. If they are present, edit them as necessary to make sure they read exactly as follows: 8bits=ON Latin-1 = ON Once you have made the necessary changes to WINCIM.INI, save the file. WinCIM will then be properly configured to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters. A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a WinCIM user and need to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into WinCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter WinCIM's Terminal Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for Latin-1 extended characters without any additional work on your part, as CompuServe will already know you can support Latin-1 characters. If, however, you must logon to CompuServe in Terminal Emulation mode via the "Special" menu of WinCIM, you will need to let CompuServe know that your computer is capable of handling Latin-1 characters. The first step is to make sure that the "Strip High Bit" option in your Terminal Emulation Preferences is not turned on. When you logon via Terminal Emulation mode, CompuServe's "Host Name:" prompt may appear garbled. If so, it will look something like this: HoUt Nie: Type the following at that prompt: +CIS The plus sign lets CompuServe know that your computer is capable of sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters. At that point, CompuServe should unscramble any future prompts and you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 characters normally. The CompuServe Information Manager for Macintosh ------------------------------------------------ The CompuServe Information Manager for Macintosh (MacCIM), Version 2.2 or later, provides full support for all of the new features of the Globalization forum software. If you are using MacCIM Version 2.2 or later, you will be able to view the "Notices" menu in English, German, or French; send and receive Latin-1 extended characters; and view JPEG files while online. Support for JPEG file viewing in MacCIM Version 2.2 or later is automatic. There are no special procedures or configuration steps you need to perform to be able to view JPEG files. However, local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters are not automatic. In order to be able to take advantage of those two features, you must configure MacCIM to support them. Configuring MacCIM to support those features is a relatively simple process. To configure MacCIM to support Latin-1 extended characters, select the "Connection Settings" option on the "Special" menu. Click the "Session" button. Set the "Host Character Set" option to "Latin-1". Exit this area and save your settings. MacCIM will then be properly configured to provide local language support and support for Latin-1 extended characters. A Word About Terminal Emulation: If you are a MacCIM user and need to enter its Terminal Emulation mode, the simplest way to do so is to logon normally and, once online, GO ASCII. This will switch you into MacCIM's Terminal Emulation mode. When you enter MacCIM's Terminal Emulation mode in this manner, you will still have full support for Latin-1 extended characters without any additional work on your part, as CompuServe will already know you can support Latin-1 characters. If, however, you must logon to CompuServe in Terminal Emulation mode via the "Special" menu of MacCIM, you will need to let CompuServe know that your computer is capable of handling Latin-1 characters. When you logon via Terminal Emulation mode, CompuServe's "Host Name:" prompt may appear garbled. If so, it will look something like this: HoUt Nie: Type the following at that prompt: +CIS The plus sign lets CompuServe know that your computer is capable of sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters. At that point, CompuServe should unscramble any future prompts and you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 characters normally. OzCIS ----- OzCIS Version 2.0c and later provides full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you are using OzCIS Version 2.0c or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided at this time, but is planned for the near future. Updates on the status of this feature may be found in the OzCIS Support Forum (GO CIS:OZCIS). Support for Latin-1 extended characters under OzCIS is not automatic. You must first configure OzCIS to provide Latin-1 support. However, this configuration is a relatively simple process. To enable Latin-1 support in OzCIS, edit the OZCIS.INI file using any text editor (such as the one provided with OzCIS) or by selecting the "General Config" option from the "Configuration" menu. Locate the option titled "Map7Bits". You should edit that line so that it reads exactly as follows: Map7Bits=Auto Once you have made the appropriate changes to the file, save the file and have OzCIS perform a Profile Configuration Pass online (consult the OzCIS documentation for additional information on Profile Configuration Passes). OzCIS will then be properly configured to provide support for Latin-1 extended characters. TapCIS ------ TapCIS Version 5.42 or later provides full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you are using TapCIS Version 5.42 or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided under TapCIS. Support for Latin-1 extended characters under TapCIS is not automatic. You must first configure TapCIS to provide Latin-1 support. However, this configuration is a relatively simple process. To configure TapCIS to send and receive Latin-1 characters, you will need to use the following option: /LATIN1=Y There are two ways you can make use of this option. The first is to simply add it to the command line you use to start TapCIS. The second method, which is probably better if you want Latin-1 support in all sessions, is to insert that option into your TAPCIS.CFG file. AutoSIG ------- As of the time of this document's writing (11-Feb-94), the currently released version of AutoSIG is 6.9a, which does not support JPEG file viewing nor Latin-1 extended characters. However, the next version of AutoSIG is currently in beta testing and it does support Latin-1 extended characters. The beta test version is functional and will be made available to anyone who wants it. If you are a current AutoSIG user and would like to obtain the beta test version which supports Latin-1 extended characters, simply send a message to Jim McKeown [76702,1102] via CompuServe Mail or in Section 1, "AutoSIG (ATO)" of the IBM Communications Forum (GO CIS:IBMCOM). Support for Latin-1 extended characters in the beta test version of AutoSIG is not automatic. You must first configure AutoSIG to provide Latin-1 support. However, this configuration is a relatively simple process. Assuming you are a DOS user (which is the environment AutoSIG is primarily designed for) you must first have DOS set to support code page 850 before you can obtain Latin-1 support under AutoSIG. To configure DOS appropriately, edit your CONFIG.SYS file which is located in the root directory of the disk drive you boot your computer from. You may edit it with any standard text editor. If the following line is not present, insert it: DEVICE=C:\DOS\DISPLAY.SYS con=(ega,437,1) ^^^^^^ Replace the drive and directory in the statement above (indicated by the carat symbols below it) with the drive and directory in which the DOS files are stored on your computer. Once you have added this line to your CONFIG.SYS file, save the file and reboot your computer. Once the changes have been made to your DOS configuration, you will need to set two configuration fields in AutoSIG to indicate the desire for Latin-1 support and to set the code page to 850. More information on setting the appropriate fields in AutoSIG is available from Jim McKeown, if you request it, when you request the beta version of AutoSIG. CISOP ----- CISOP Version 5.03a and later provide full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you are using CISOP Version 5.03a or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Support for the online viewing of JPEG files is not provided. Support for Latin-1 extended characters in CISOP is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary, other than setting the Crosstalk or CCM packages (the communications software CISOP runs under) to VT-220 or VT-320 emulation. As long as Crosstalk or CCM are set to emulate one of those terminals, Latin-1 support under CISOP is automatic. NavCIS ------ NavCIS Version 1.2 (which is expected to be released in April, 1994) and above provides full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you are using NavCIS Version 1.2 or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. NavCIS Version 1.2 will not support the online viewing of JPEG files, but the developers of the program expect to have an offline JPEG viewer built-in to the program so that you can download the files and view them offline. Support for Latin-1 extended characters in NavCIS Version 1.2 and later is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary. As long as you have NavCIS Version 1.2 or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. GoCIS (Formerly WinCIS) ----------------------- GoCIS Version 1.01 and higher provide full support for Latin-1 extended characters. Unfortunately, there is a bug in the current version of GoCIS which is preventing its Latin-1 support from working as expected. The authorof GoCIS is currently working to correct the problem. Once the problem is corrected, users of GoCIS Version 1.01 will be able to send and receive Latin-1 characters. Support for the online viewing of JPEG graphics is not provided. Support for Latin-1 extended characters in GoCIS Version 1.01 and higher is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary. Once the author has corrected the bug in the software, simply having GoCIS Version 1.01 or higher is all you need to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. AutoPilot --------- The current version of AutoPilot does not support Latin-1 extended characters or the online viewing of JPEG files. When the Globalization forum software is fully implemented throughout CompuServe, a new version of AutoPilot will be released which will fully support Latin-1 extended characters. Another version of AutoPilot will be released at a later date which will also support the online viewing of JPEG files. At the present time, no information is available on what configuration steps, if any, will be necessary to enable Latin-1 support in the upcoming version of AutoPilot. As soon as information is available, this file will be updated to provide those instructions. Arctic ------ Arctic Version 2.31 or higher provides full support for Latin-1 extended characters. If you are using Arctic Version 2.31 or higher, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Arctic does not itself support the online viewing of JPEG files, but it will work in conjunction with the JPEG viewer of your choice to allow you to view JPEG files while online. This support for JPEG files is provided in Arctic Version 2.20 and higher. Support for Latin-1 extended characters in Arctic Version 2.31 and higher is automatic. There are no special configuration steps necessary. As long as you have Arctic Version 2.20 or later, you will be able to send and receive Latin-1 extended characters. Other Software -------------- All communications programs designed for Microsoft Windows that are capable of using parameters of 8 data bits and no parity are also capable of sending and receiving Latin-1 extended characters, as Latin-1 is the character set which Microsoft Windows uses. In addition, there may be communications programs for other platforms which are not listed here that do provide support for Latin-1 extended characters and the online viewing of JPEG files. As was stated in the "General Information" section of this document, this file by no means claims to be a complete or infallible list. If your software is not listed here, your best bet is to contact the author or technical support personnel for your software and ask them about Latin-1 and/or JPEG support. If you find that your software does support either of these new features but is not listed here, please feel free to contact Tom Pinkerton [70243,703] via CompuServe Mail with information on your software. Credits and Acknowledgements ---------------------------- This document was written by Tom E. Pinkerton [70243,703]. Please send all comments and questions about this document to Tom Pinkerton at that User ID Number either via CompuServe Mail or in the TrainNet (GO CIS:TRAINNET) or Graphics Support (GO CIS:GRAPHSUP) forums. Special thanks to Tim Barker, Paul Bradshaw, Michael R. McKinney, and Marianne Shepard of CompuServe and to Steve Sneed, author of OzCIS. 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Established in 1979, the CIS provides its worldwide membership of more than 1.7 million with databases and services to meet both business and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed by any modem-equipped personal computer utilizing general communications software. In addition to the CompuServe Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides frame relay, wide and local area networking services, electronic mail, business information services and software to major corporations and government agencies worldwide. CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company. 3/3/94 /CONTACT: Debra Young or David Kishler of CompuServe Incorporated, 614-538-4553 or 614-538-4571, or CompuServe Mail 70004,336 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT: _________________________________ Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo) Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt. Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN. Are your friends "busy" buddies? Are they being left out in the cold because their online service doesn't have room for them? Is "Almost OnLine" as close as they're getting to BEING online? Are they faced with busy signals, "come back later" messages and slow response? Well, we know how frustrated they must feel. We've been there -- done that! But, that's no longer the Case on GEnie. We've got the room, we've got the fun and we've got the greatest users....people just like you! So why not invite your buddies to join you on GEnie? We've designed a slick promotion in order to give you the opportunity to be a hero to your friends. To get them back online, get them some free time, and introduce them to GEnie Services. What you don't have to tell them is that you get something out of the deal, too! For each new user you bring to GEnie, we'll waive their first month's subscription fee, and give them a total of TEN free hours of standard connect time -- that's a $38.95 (C$50.95) value! If you and your buddy are still active GEnie subscribers three months from the date your buddy signs up, YOU get five hours of FREE standard connect time -- a $15.00 (C$20.00) value for each buddy you sponsor! And, for a limited time, you can even qualify for SPECIAL PRIZES!!! In addition to the five hours of standard connect time, prizes will be awarded to the three sponsors who bring in the most qualifying buddies between February 3, 1994 and March 31, 1994. The third-place Buddy sponsor will receive a GEnie satin jacket. The second-place Buddy sponsor will receive a 9600 bps modem. And the first-place buddy sponsor will receive a $500 gift certificate good at your favorite computer store. Like everything good, there are a few rules for the GEnie Buddy Bonus Program. You'll find the complete promotion rules on the GEnie Services Buddy Bonus page (type BUDDY or M1111). Be sure you review the complete rules before you contact your friends. So, if your buddies have been bragging about that other online service, just remind them that a pretty interface ain't worth squat if it doesn't log on! Bring them over to GEnie....we may not be pretty just yet, but we're definitely more fun! And, if a GUI is that important to them, tell them that we'll have both Mac and Windows front ends before the other guys get more computers! Don't stand IN LINE ....get ONLINE! GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___ ___ _____ _______ /___| /___| /_____| /_______/ The Macintosh RoundTable /____|/____| /__/|__| /__/ ________________________ /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/ /__/|____/|__|________|__/ /__/ |___/ |__|_/ |__|_/____ Managed by SyndiComm /__/ |__/ |__|/ |__|______/ An Official Forum of the International Computer Users Group *** STReport available in MAC RT *** ASCII TEXT for ALL GEnie users! MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== Randy Noak, Editor Editorial Opinions ------------------ Soon after I finish my weekly column, I start to think about what I'd like write in my next week's column. Usually, I change my mind several times before I actually sit down to write. Sometimes, events make the change for me, and other times things don't happen that were supposed to and I have to scramble to find something to write about. This is one of the latter times, so bear with me. The relative dearth of Apple press releases can only mean one thing. The PowerMacs draw near! March 14 is the day. There is an excitement building on the various on-line services, and I'm excited too. More and more developers have announced that they will have Native PowerPC versions of their software ready to release alongside the PowerMacs, and more and more computer manufacturers are jumping on the PowerPC bandwagon. This is in stark contrast to other platforms. Dos users may still have to deal with the 640K "barrier" and Windows is probably far from being as easy to use as System 7. We often forget how good we have it. Take (please) for example, a DTP program "popular" on another platform. This program does not use Postscript, but rather a proprietary rasterizing method. This means that users of that program are out-of-luck if they have to have their files printed at a service bureau. There are, I believe, only two bureaus equipped to print this programs files at high resolution in North America. Need fonts? Sure, those are proprietary also and just about the only game in town (excepting a few shareware offerings) is the DTP program's distributor. Pay their prices or do without. This program costs nearly $1000! By contrast, service bureau's that can handle Postscript files can be found just about everywhere and hinted Postscript fonts are available from many different font houses. Not only that, but Mac DTP programs are available at deep discount prices from many dealers and mail-order houses. We do have it good, and it will only get better with the introduction of the PowerMacs. This week, John Donohue reviews PhotoFlash, Apple's photo editing software. Apple reduces Powerbook prices and more. _______________________________________ > PHOTOFLASH STR Review """"""""""""""""""""" Apple's PhotoFlash ================== by John Donohue - Associate Editor, DTP & Graphics The manual is 202 pages. The last 14 pages make up the index. For some reason I always judge the usefulness of a manual by the size and quality of its index. This one s pretty good. There is a quick reference card for useful keyboard shortcuts, etc. - always helpful. Installation of the program is typical Macintosh. Insert the Install disk into the floppy disk drive, double click on Install and follow the on screen directions. Simple, straightforward and quick. The manual suggests you have 10 MB of free hard drive space, but I installed everything, (tutorials, etc.) and only 4 MB was used. Overall view - In my opinion PhotoFlash is a poor man s Photo Shop, BUT with some nice features that Photo Shop lacks. PhotoFlash lets users of page-layout and presentation software enhance and add color or black and white photos to their documents quickly and easily. One big plus to PhotoFlash is its memory management and the ability to link up with applications such as Pagemaker or QuarkXpress. But more on that later. Lets look at the tools and menu s of PhotoFlash. The tool box is broken down into three sections. VIEW: Hand grabber to move the image around on the screen Magnifier. You can zoom into 6400% and double click on the tool to return to a 1:1 actual size ratio. SELECTION: Marquee - user or fixed sizing Lasso - Define a selected area in a freehand shape Polygon - enclose an area with a series of straight lines Magic Wand - select an area based on similar pixels of color or greys. Nice if you need to select large areas. One nice feature with all the selection tools is the ability to add or subtract from multiple selections. In other words, if 2 sections overlap they will merge into 1 selection. Neat. ACTION: Move - (gee, guess what this does) moves a selected area. Resize - (grin) errrrr resizes the selected image Crop - remove unwanted parts of the image without changing the resolution of the image. Rotate/Straighten - the rotate tool is self explanatory but the straighten tool is nice. Allows you to use an axis to define a point of the image to rotate around. As you drag the image the changing rotation angle shows at the bottom of the toolpalette. Blur Tool - soften the image in a selected area. Sharpen Tool - makes the edges of elements appear crisper. Dedust Tool - a nice feature if you re scanner isn t completely clean. Dust can appear on your images. This tool removes these flaws. DeScratch Tool - works the same as DeDust only with a scratched portion of the image. Great for re-touching. One note on the tools ... (and this one I like ALOT) .... when using the blur, sharpen, brightness/contrast, remove scratch, remove dust and balance exposure controls you can view a preview box with slider con- trols. The preview box gives you a before and after view. Also in the preview box is a zoom tool and hand grabber to scroll around or zoom in on the image for complete control. EXCELLENT! Most of the tools in the tool box are also included in the drop down menus with keyboard equivalents. The integrated image browser in PhotoFlash is designed to make it easy for you to find and place photos/images quickly. The browser displays thumbnails of images that have been saved in industry-standard formats. The browser also provides a direct link to other applications, so you can simply drag and drop to place images into applications such as Pagemaker or QuarkXpress. 9 royalty free sample photos are included to get you started or experiment with. Once you ve worked your image to your taste you can save it a variety of formats. You can save as PICT, TIFF, JPEG, EPS or DCS (desktop color separation). The JPEG save brings up a slider control box for low quality image up to excellent quality image. TIFF allows for LZW compression. Here s a nice trick when resizing your image before you save. Suppose you are creating a newsletter in a page layout application, and that newslet- ter is formatted in three columns. You can specify (according to what you ve set up in your newsletter) the column size and gutter size set- tings for your image measurement. SPECIAL FEATURE! PhotoFlash has a powerful feature that allows you to automate your work. You can record a series of steps as a script, and when you play the script, PhotoFlash executes the whole series automati- cally on whatever image you choose. Kind of like a Quickkeys option within PhotoFlash! Final thoughts: when I first saw PhotoFlash I wasn t too excited. I already own and use Photshop quite a bit and thought - what could PhotoFlash possibly offer me? . But after going through the tutorial and testing some scans, there are quite a few features that are nice addi- tions. For pure scanning, enhancing, and linking photos for use in your favorite page-layout application, PhotoFlash gets a definite thumbs up. PHOTOFLASH Apple Computer, Inc. Version 1.0 Suggested Retail Price $279.00 Mail Order (MacWarehouse)$215.00 Requirements 68020 or later processor 8 MB of RAM 3.5 available RAM required System 7.0 or later John Donohue is a DTP professional living deep in Florida's swampland. _____________________________________________ > Apple PRs STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""" Here are this week's press releases. Probably, the most interesting is the announcement of reduced prices on Apple's Powerbooks. THIS RELEASE MOVED OVER THE PR NEWSWIRE AT 11:38 AM, PST, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1994 Apple Announces PowerBook Price Reductions Selected models reduced up to 14 percent CAMPBELL, California--March 2, 1994--In keeping with its strategy to increase market share by offering superior technologies and solutions at competitive prices, Apple Computer, Inc., today announced U.S. price reductions ranging from nine to 14 percent on selected models in its popular award-winning and market-leading Apple PowerBook line of notebook and subnotebook computers. These reductions follow a number of strategic price cuts initiated by Apple in recent months. The price reductions apply to an all-in-one PowerBook and two models of the Apple PowerBook Duo. According to an independent study by Dataquest, a leading worldwide market research firm, the Apple PowerBook Duo is the best selling subnotebook computer in both the U.S. and Europe. With the introduction of the new PowerBook Duo 250 and 270c, Apple Computer shipped a record 200,000 PowerBooks in the fourth quarter of 1993. According to Dataquest findings, the PowerBook Duo held a 38 percent market share in the U.S. and a 29 percent market share in Europe against other subnotebooks. These results underscore the Duo's number one position and the ongoing success of Apple's market share strategy. The Apple PowerBook line has received international awards since its introduction, including recognition for "Best New Product" from Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time and U.S. News and World Report. Current and previous Apple prices for the affected PowerBook computers are as follows: Previous New Percentage Apple price* Apple price* Change PowerBook 180 4/120 $2,499 $2,219 11% PowerBook 180 4/120 $2,749 $2,479 10% with express modem PowerBook Duo 250 4/200 $2,269 $1,959 14% PowerBook Duo 250 12/200 $2,789 $2,479 11% with express modem PowerBook Duo 270c 4/240 $3,099 $2,789 10% PowerBook Duo 270c 12/240 $3,619 $3,299 9% with express modem THIS RELEASE MOVED OVER PR NEWSWIRE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1994 AT 11:31AM, EST Apple, Aox, Analog Devices Announce Plans To Deploy GEOPort Across PC Architectures - OEMs Signal Support For Desktop Media Communications Plug-and-Play Interface - High-Speed, Real-Time Link To Enable Low Cost Audio, Video Conferencing, Telephony Capabilities Over Analog, Digital Lines - Cross Platform Architecture To Support Windows, OS/2, Macintosh, PowerPC SAN JOSE, California--March 2, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc., Aox Inc. and Analog Devices, Inc. today announced their intention to provide cross platform, plug-and-play connectivity between personal computers and telephones on corporate desktops. Apple plans to open its GEOPort technology to the PC and telephony industries, thereby enabling desktop media communications from any computing device, running any operating system, to any analog or digital telephone line. Aox and Analog intend to play key roles in the deployment of GEOPort to both industries. Interoperability between computing and telephony products is an essential element in the delivery of digital media and collaborative computing capabilities for business users. As a high-speed media communications interface, GEOPort can support voice, data, telephone control, audio and video over any analog (POTS) or digital (PBX or ISDN) telephone line to any desktop PC, workstation or notebook computer. Apple has been shipping GEOPort for Macintosh personal computers since August 1993, and will include the technology in future PowerPC-based machines. In a move to quickly facilitate GEOPort access throughout the industry, Aox, a highly regarded integrator of digital media technologies, plans to license GEOPort from Apple. Once licensed, Aox will then provide cross platform GEOPort designs, development tools and certification services to PC, PBX, and integrated circuit manufacturers. Aox has agreed to make initial GEOPort implementations available on digital signal processors (DSPs) from Analog Devices and for the PowerPC processor. Subsequent implementations will support other DSPs and other host processors such as the Intel x86. Industry standard software environments, such as Microsoft's Windows and OS/2, will also be supported. Analog will serve as a primary silicon channel to the computer industry by implementing the GEOPort hardware interface within its line of codecs and ADSP-2100 family of DSPs. These integrated circuits are in turn used industry-wide by sound card, modem and PC manufacturers. Thus, GEOPort will be plugged into the wave of multimedia and telecommunications demands now sweeping the computer industry. The GEOPort announcements were made at the Intermedia Conference held here this week, and at a special exhibition of information superhighway technologies hosted by Vice President Al Gore at the White House. Representatives from PC, PBX and multimedia companies have already begun to signal their support for the GEOPort initiative. A major GEOPort advantage is its ability to support any telephone line, including digital T1 lines, which are more than 150 times faster than the serial interface found on most PCs. In addition, GEOPort has been designed to deliver isochronous, or real-time, media streams at very low cost. With the media bottleneck finally broken, computer and telephony suppliers will be able to offer their customers such features as: - high-quality, multiple party video conferencing over the PBX - document sharing with workgroups for collaborative computing - fax/modem from any desktop PC, even if connected to a digital line, without the need for gateway services - integrated telephone dialing, answering, caller ID, voice and electronic messaging services from the desktop - high-speed transfer of images and documents from scanners, digital cameras or notebooks onto the desktop PC - connect new and future high-performance V.32bis or V.34 modems to any PC without a throughput bottleneck at the serial communications port. Analog Devices predicted that the availability of GEOPort will cause an explosion in the market for business audio, sound card, fax/modem and video functionality. New GEOPort enabled products from PBX and PC manufacturers are expected to be introduced to business users in 1994. THIS RELEASE MOVED OVER THE PR NEWSWIRE AT 8:15 AM,EST, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1994 Publishing Company Commits to Macintosh with PowerPC CUPERTINO, California--March 2, 1994--Capitalizing on the superior performance of native publishing applications on Apple's Macintosh with PowerPC, Val-Pak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc. of Largo, Florida has decided to upgrade most of its installed base of Macintosh computers to PowerPC technology as soon as it becomes available (Native applications have been recompiled for the PowerPC chip to take full advantage of the speed of PowerPC technology). The company also plans to purchase additional new Macintosh with PowerPC systems to meet the expanding business needs of its high-volume publishing and production facilities in Largo, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. The investment in Val-Pak's production and computer capabilities is consistent with the philosophy of growth and automation of parent company Cox Enterprises Inc. In 1994, Val-Pak will produce 6.4 billion coupons mailed in 340 million envelopes with all design, layout, production and printing done in-house at its two plant locations. Val-Pak, which runs its business mainly on Macintosh computers, has developed a number of customized software innovations such as transmitting four-color proofs electronically to franchised dealerships to expedite the production process. PowerPC is a family of RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) microprocessors, developed jointly by Apple, IBM and Motorola. The new chip will fuel the next generation of Macintosh computers. The first Macintosh computers based on the PowerPC processor are slated to be introduced in the first half of 1994 and join the Macintosh family of computers in mid-range and high-end systems. THIS RELEASE MOVED OVER PR NEWSWIRE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1994 AT 8:38 AM, EST. Apple Now Shipping Macintosh Quadra Computer With MS-DOS- and Windows-Compatibility CUPERTINO, California--February 28, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc. today announced it has begun shipping the Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible, a full featured personal computer with MS-DOS- and Windows-compatibility. Ideally suited for home office and small business users, where being able to work in multiple computing environments is needed, the Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible computer enables users to easily switch from the Macintosh computer environment to DOS and back again with just the touch of two keys. Packed with the powerful Motorola 68LC040 and Intel 486SX microprocessor, the Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS COMPATIBLE is designed to provide users with more options than ever before, while allowing them to protect their software investment. The system comes preinstalled with MS-DOS 6.2. Announced at Fall Comdex 1993, the Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible system was awarded first place by Byte Magazine in the "Best System" category. Users to Work in Two Environments at the Same Time -------------------------------------------------- The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible version features dual processors, enabling users to work in both Macintosh and DOS environments simultaneously. The system features a 25 MHz 68LC040, powering the Macintosh computer environment, and a 25 MHz Intel 486SX, which runs both DOS AND Windows-based software. Because the dual processors will work independently, users will be able to run Macintosh and DOS or Windows' applications in tandem, and even cut and paste information between the two environments. The system has passed Microsoft's DOS and Windows hardware compatibility tests, and it will appear on Microsoft's Windows 3.1 Hardware Compatibility List. Enhanced Product Features ------------------------- Dual monitor support is designed to provide customers with the option of viewing the Macintosh and DOS environments at the same time, allowing the user to add the second display monitor without purchasing an additional video card. The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible version supports most VGA, SVGA and Multisync monitors as well as the Apple 14" or 16" Macintosh Color Displays. The same hard drive runs Macintosh, MS-DOS or Windows applications. Apple also offers an optional internal CD-ROM drive designed to run Macintosh, DOS and Windows CD-ROM discs, providing users with access to the hundreds of exciting CD-ROM titles currently available. In addition, DOS and Windows applications print to any Apple or Macintosh-compatible printer through a built-in serial port or optional Ethernet port. The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible also ships with Apple's PC Exchange software. PC Exchange lets users manage their DOS and Windows files in the Macintosh environment just like Macintosh files, allowing users to open, copy, rename, delete and save documents and folders. Users can also custom configure their Macintosh to open a DOS or Windows file with a Macintosh application by simply double- clicking on the file's icon. Availability and Pricing The Macintosh Quadra 610 DOS Compatible personal computer is available today in the U.S. and selected international markets. The U.S. Apple price is $1579 for the 8MB/160 with on-board Ethernet configuration. Upgrade Information Apple also announced that the DOS Compatibility Card for Macintosh is now available for both Macintosh Quadra 610 and Macintosh Centris 610 owners to upgrade their systems. The card is priced at the U.S. Apple price of $399. That's it for this week. 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once or twice. When you get the Password: prompt, type IP26 and press again. Then, just answer the questions and within a day or two, you'll officially be a member of DELPHI! DELPHI-It's getting better all the time! ********************************************************************** ATARI/JAG SECTION (III) ======================= Dana Jacobson, Editor > From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Another week, another major snowstorm!! By the time you read this column, the Northeast could be buried yet once more with snow and ice; this hasn't been a good winter unless you're into snow activities. Oh well, Spring is a few weeks away (or so the calendar says). So what's been happening in the world of Atari lately? Sounds like a broken record, but essentially, very little on both the computing and Jaguar fronts. A few announcements and information a little later on in this section, but overall, it's quiet. Last week it was announced that we'd be soon publishing our issues in Rich Text Format (RTF), but there was a tremendous amount of mail voicing an overwhelming opinion that we should retain our ASCII format. So, for the present, we'll continue as we have. By the way, I voted against it too! There are lot of discussions going on online about the progress of the Jaguar and Atari's national roll-out. People are legitimately concerned over the current visibility of Atari and the Jaguar. TheChristmas season is over, and the big push was put on hold. Advertis- ing, for the present, is mostly reserved for the game magazines. But, March is slated for the beginning of the renewal of those ads in 10 additional target areas. The problem is, in my opinion, is that the userbase, and perhaps potential customers who aren't committed to things Atari, are waiting to see what happens. This isn't something new for Atari, nor is it new for a lot of companies which develop products that carry aftermath products (i.e. the Jaguar with new games coming out). However, this period of inactivity is when customers become concerned because there's nothing new to get excited about. New games for the Jaguar are reportedly scheduled for late March, and following months. Once those games start to make it to the retail outlets, enthusiasm will, hopefully, ensue. That, coupled with an anticipated renewed advertising campaign, will do much to calm any uneasiness occurring now. One concerned user recently thought Atari was stalling with the national rollout. A lot of times, if a company employee saw a message such as this, he/she would either simply ignore it, or just "pooh-pooh" it matter-of-factly. Well, we're fortunate to have someone online (via Compuserve) who checks in almost daily, Don Thomas. Don saw the message, and offered a reply: "I don't think Atari is stalling in any particular way. We recognize that the value of the system will be greatly enhanced with more software and that is a priority. It's the kind of fever-pitched activity that end users don't see until the software is finally available. The first three months are dog days for the retailing business. While we are shipping to fill a delightful daily renewal of orders, the ads will begin picking up again as we speak now. I'm told they have already been restarted in New York." -- Don Thomas Atari Corporation Now, while some will claim that this is just simply typical Atari rhetoric, Don at least offers an explanation and just doesn't ignore the question/insinuation. I must say that over the past few months, Don has fielded many questions and has been the brunt of a few rounds of salvo along the way. I respect the fact that he's handled himself well and has stayed with the Atari Gaming Forum on CIS. While we're on the subject of Atari's Don Thomas, he just recently posted a few other interesting tidbits about Jaguar-related topics. One, the long-awaited S-Video cables are ready and being shipped. According to Don: "Everyone might like to know that the first shipment of S-Video cables has left our warehouse this afternoon. I understand we are back-ordered for all shipments through April 1, so I will not be able to accept direct orders until closer to that date. If you were looking for an S-Video cable, visit your retailer within the next 7 to 10 days as they begin to infiltrate the retail distribution channels." --Don Thomas Atari Corporation The other news is that Atari's Bill Rehbock, now a V.P., will be on radio this weekend, hopefully to promote the Jaguar and related items. Don managed to obtain a listing of those radio stations that will be carrying the "On Computers" syndicated radio program. The details: "Atari's own head of Developer Services, William Rehbock, has been invited to participate on the syndicated radio program, "On Computers" with Leo Laporte and Gina Smith which will air this coming weekend 3/5 & 3/6. I was not able to confirm everything about the content except that Bill is excited about still another opportunity to pump the Jaguar. Below is the schedule provided to me this afternoon which was quickly retyped from a fax which Bob Brodie managed to obtain for everyone. I urge you to tune to the appropriate station in your area if you can. You may wish to call the station and let them know you like their program content at those times. You may also consider writing a letter to the station to share your views. In any case, I hope you can tune it in in your area and will share your afterthoughts online!" --Don Thomas Atari Corporation RADIO SHOW SCHEDULE . . . STATION MARKET ST PWR FREQ DAY TIME ----------------------------------------------- KENI-AM ANCHORAGE AK 5K 550 SAT 09P-12A WJHO-AM OPELIKA AL 5K 1400 SUN 10A-12N KWHN-AM PT. SMITH AR 5K 1110 SUN 12N-02P KOLW-AM ARYO GRD CA 1K 1300 SUN 10A-01P KNZR-AM BAKRSFLD CA 1K 1250 SUN 10A-01P KKTR-AM FRESNO CA 1K 1430 SUN 10A-01P KNCO-AM GRASS VLY CA 1K 830 SUN 10A-01P KORV-AM OROVILLE CA 1K 1340 SUN 10A-01P KFBK-AM SACRAMENTO CA 5K 1530 SUN 10A-01P KFMB-AM SAN DIEGO CA 5K 780 SUN 10P-01A KNBR-AM SAN FRAN. CA 30K 680 SUN 10A-11N KVEN-AM VENTURA CA 1K 1450 SUN 10P-01A KGTW-AM ALAMOSA CO 5K 1450 SUN 12N-02P KFKA-AM GREELEY CO 5K 1310 SUN 11A-02P KCSI-AM PUEBLO CO 10K 590 SUN 11A-02P WRC -AM WASH. DC 5K 980 SUN 01P-04P WDEL-AM WILMINGTN DE 5K 1150 SUN 01P-04P WHNZ-AM ST.PETES. FL 5K 580 SUN 01P-03P KOU -AM HONOLULU HI 10K 760 SUN 06A-09A WOC -AM DAVENPORT IA 5K 1420 SUN 12N-02P KQAM-AM WICHITA KS 5K 1410 SUN 12N-02P WLXG-AM LEXINGTON KY 5K 720 SUN 12N-02P KPEL-AM LAFAYETTE LA 5K 1420 SUN 12N-03P WHDH-AM BOSTON MA 50K 850 SUN 01P-03P WPEP-AM E.TAUNTON MA 5K 1570 SUN 01P-03P WXYT-AM DETROIT MI 5K 1270 S/S 03P-04P WPNT-AM FLINT MI 1K 1420 SUN 01P-02P KMBZ-AM KANSAS CI MO 5K 980 SUN 12N-03P KFRU-AM COLUMBIA MO 5K 1400 SUN 12N-03P WQNX-AM ABERDEEN NC 1K 1350 SUN 01P-03P WBZO-AM EDENTON NC 2.5K 1260 SUN 01P-04P WNCT-AM GREENVILLE NC 10K 1070 SUN 01P-04P KATK-AM CARLSBAD NM 1K 740 SUN 11A-12N KVSF-AM SANTA FE NM 5K 1260 SUN 11A-12N KRSN-AM LOS ALAMOS NM 5K 1490 SUN 12N-02P WIIK-AM CLEVELAND OH 5K 1420 SUN 01P-04P WKRN-AM YOUNGSTOWN OH 5K 570 SUN 01P-04P KTOK-AM OKLAHOMA C OK 5K 1000 SUN 12N-03P KXL -AM PORTLAND OR 5K 750 SUN 05P-07P KYKN-AM SALEM OR 5K 1430 SUN 10A-12N WCMB-AM HARRISBRG PA 5K 1200 SUN 08P-11P KFON-AM AUSTIN TX 5K 1490 SUN 12N-03P WTAW-AM BRYAN TX 1K 1150 SUN 12N-03P KOBS-AM DALLAS TX 5K 1190 SUN 12N-03P WOAI-AM SAN ANTON. TX 50K 1200 SUN 12N-02P KSRR-AM OREM UT 1K 1400 SAT 11A-12N KMOR-AM SALT L.C. UT 5K 1320 SUN 11A-12N WLVA-AM LYNCHBURG VA 1K 590 SUN 01P-04P WLEE-AM RICHMOND VA 5K 1320 SUN 12N-01P WFIR-AM ROANOKE VA 5K 960 SUN 01P-04P KING-AM SEATTLE WA 5K 1090 SUN 04P-06P KXLY-AM SPOKANE WA 5K 920 SUN 10A-12N WTZM-AM LA CROSSE WI 5K 1410 SUN 12N-03P WTSO-AM MADISON WI 10K 1070 SUN 12N-02P WCHS-AM CHARLESTON WV 5K 580 SUN 01P-04P # # # E N D # # # So, if you've got nothing better to do for an hour or so this weekend, you may want to listen to, or tape the show. It sounds like a potentially interesting program! Well, it's been a long week, ending with more snow!! Boston just set a record for the second all-time high for snowfall in a year withthis past storm! Gee, just what we needed to know. So, let me stop rambling for this week, and let you get on with the rest of this week's interest- ing news and information. Until next time... Delphi's Atari Advantage TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (3/2/94) (1) BRODIE FEB 4 CONFERENCE *(6) WINGLORD (2) Z*NET #94-01 (7) HSMODA02 HIGH SPEED PORT FIX (3) MARCEL WORD PROCESSOR V. 2.2 (8) MASTERBROWSE 3.5 *(4) WHATIS 6.6 (9) WHYNTRNT.ZIP *(5) DATABASE CHANGES (10) SLARTRIS * = New on list HONORARY TOP 10 The following on-line magazines are always top downloads, frequently out-performing every other file in the databases. STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT #10.09) ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO: VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 3) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. ____________________________________ > CONNECT SPECIAL SYSOP OFFER! STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CONNECT Magazine Offers Special Subscription Rate for BBS Sysops ================================================================ OK. You've heard about CONNECT, possibly even picked up copies of the magazine at your local newsstand, bookstore or computer dealer. Maybe you've seen our advertising in books such as the "Whole Earth Online Almanac," or you saw the mention of CONNECT in the December 6, 1993 issue of U.S. News & World Report. Or maybe you've just heard about the magazine from talk on the commercial online services, or seen the CONNECT Online BBS Edition door on a local BBS. But, you still haven't subscribed. As a BBS sysop, perhaps you've just been too busy keeping your system in peak shape to send in that $18. And maybe you've also been thinking about advertising your BBS via CONNECT's International BBS Listing (at $12/year) or Service Ads (at $25 per ad). Well, we're making you an offer that'll save you money *AND* give your BBS some added international exposure. Under this special introductory CONNECT subscription offer, you get, absolutely FREE, a one-year listing in the International BBS Listing! We're also throwing in a two-issue run of a Service Ad...again, absolutely FREE. At the normal individual Service Ad and BBS Listing rates, that's a total value of $62! About now, you're probably thinking we're totally crazy. In a second, you're going to be sure we are...because we're also discounting the normal subscription rate for CONNECT! Instead of the normal $18 subscription rate for U.S. addressees, you'll pay just $15. That's a savings of almost 20 percent off the normal rate, and a savings of over 40 percent off the newsstand price! Each issue sent to you will contain the in-depth, unbiased coverage of the commercial online services, Internet and bulletin board systems and CompuServe Mail networks you've come to expect from CONNECT. Your BBS will appear in CONNECT's International BBS Listing for a year, *AND* your system will be highlighted in a Service Ad for two consecutive issues ..all for *NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE.* If you're not in the U.S., don't worry. We're offering the same kind of deal for Canadian and foreign sysop subscribers, too! Here's all it takes to qualify for this special introductory offer: 1) You must be a sysop of a currently up-and-running BBS, with plans to continue running the BBS for the next year. 2) You must be a new CONNECT subscriber. This offer is not available to current subscribers and, therefore, cannot be used to renew" a CONNECT subscription. That's all! Just fill out the form and e-mail, fax or snail mail it back to us with payment. (Checks must be sent via normal mail, obviously. Checks also must be made out in U.S. funds and must be drawn on a U.S. bank.) Send your orders to: Pegasus Press CONNECT Subscription Dept. 3487 Braeburn Circle Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2619 (313) 973-8825 Info (313) 973-0411 Fax (313) 973-9137 BBS (v.32bis, 14.4K bps) If you wish to help us save some trees, please fill out the form below in your favorite text editor and e-mail it back to us at one of these online addresses: CompuServe 70007,4640 GEnie CONNECT.MAG Delphi CONNECTNM9 Internet email@example.com America Online CONNECT ------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONNECT Sysop Special Subscription Form --------------------------------------- [ ] Yes, sign me up for a year of CONNECT (6 issues) at $15. Send my issues to the U.S. address listed below. I'm a sysop of a currently available BBS and plan to continue running the system for the next year. [ ] I don't have a U.S. address, but I am a sysop of a currently up-and-running BBS and plan to keep the system running for the next year. Sign me up for CONNECT at the rate below: [ ] $27 Canada/Mexico (surface) [ ] $33 Foreign (surface) [ ] $51 Foreign (air mail) Name: _____________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________ City/State: _______________________________________ ZIP: ________ - _____ Country: ___________________ Voice Phone #: (______) ________ - ____________ [ ] Please charge my credit card [ ] VISA [ ] MasterCard [ ] American Express Card #: _______________________________ Exp. Date: ___________ Signature: _____________________________________________________ ======================= BBS Listing Information ======================= Sysop Name/Handle: ______________________________________________________ BBS Name: |________________________| Phone #: 1: |___-___-____| (24 chars) (12 chars) or 2: |____________| System Description: |_______________________________________________________| (55 chars) Max. Baud: |____________| Systems Supported: |__________________| (12 chars) (18 chars) Software In Use: |__________________| (18 chars) ====================== Service Ad Information ====================== Type in up to 280 characters describing your BBS. Be sure to include the BBS name and phone number at the start of the Ad text. |______________________________________________________________________| 70 |______________________________________________________________________| 140 |______________________________________________________________________| 210 |______________________________________________________________________| 280 ____________________________________________ > Falcon VOX-Mail STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Falcon Voice Mail!! According to AEO's Andreas Barbiero and STReport's John Duckworth: I am pleased to announce that VOX-Mail, the voice-mail system for the Falcon, is now finally available for release. The program is now fully GEM and the hardware functions completely as an answering machine right now. Thank you for the interest that you have expressed in VOX-Mail. I shall be sending VOX-Mail to the ftp sites very soon now. However, if you want the evaluation copy fast, I can send you an UUEncoded version. Feel free to write to me if you have any question s/suggestions. Thanx! Ta Ta For Now, Michael Fung ---Email: firstname.lastname@example.org CMU acct: email@example.com Phone: (412)862-3692 ________________________________________________ > STR InfoFile """""""""""" ATARI UNITED! ALERT =================== ATARI UNITED! has recently confirmed rumors that Soft-Logik is on the verge of releasing Pagestream 3 for the Amiga. On February 23, 1994 Ellen Kazmaier (Soft-Logik Marketing) confirmed to Andreas Barbiero (Assistant Editor, AEO) that the Amiga version of Pagestream 3 would probably be ready for release in March, and that the decision to release an Atari version of the upgrade would be made at that time. Ms. Kazmaier told Andreas that she has received a number of letters from Atari users expressing interest in Pagestream 3. Pagestream has always been a major asset for the Atari computer. Desk-top publishing is something that the Atari computer does well, and Atari DTP programs have rivalled and often out-performed the best DTP software on other platforms. Most Atari users have found that while Calumus and Pagestream compete (market-wise) with each other, the two programs complement each other nicely, so that everyone is able to find a software package that he or she feels comfortable. Diversity of software is very crucial to the life of a platform, and the Atari users are in danger of losing the support of a major developer. ATARI UNITED! is asking that every Atari user get involved in asking Soft-Logik to continue their support of the Atari line of computers, even if you are not a Pagestream owner. Every Atari owner should be concerned about maintaining software diversity and support, so we are asking that you choose one of the two following sample letters (which ever is more appropriate for you), which can be filled out as is, or modify it to your desire, and send it to Soft-Logik. It is urgent that you do so quickly, because the decision will be made in the next few weeks. There are many Pagestream users in the world wide Atari community, and even if you use Timeworks Publisher 2, Calamus 1.09N, Calamus SL, or advanced word processors like Calligrapher, AtariWorks, and Redacteur, you should take the time to send off a letter to Soft-Logik and express an interest in seeing Pagestream 3. If you are in a usergroup, please print out copies of the letter for the members in your group. Your letter is not a promise to BUY Pagestream 3, but is an expression of your interest in seeing the program come out on the market for the Atari platform. The following letter is for Pagestream owners use. ----------------------------------8<--------------------------------- Soft-Logik Publishing 11131F South Towne Sq. St. Louis, MO 63123 Attn: Ellen Kazmaier, Marketing Greetings, I am current Atari computer user and Pagestream owner. I am aware of the development of Pagestream 3 for the Amiga and I would like to express my sincere interest in seeing this package upgraded and supported on the Atari platform. Pagestream is a valuable asset to the Atari platform, and as an Pagestream user, an upgrade to this software package would be an incentive for me to continue using Pagestream. Name:__________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________ _______________________________________________ Phone:_________________________________________ Computer Owned: ( ) Atari ST series ( ) MegaSTe ( ) TT030 ( ) Falcon030 ( ) STacy -----------------------------------8<--------------------------------- If you don't own Pagestream -----------------------------------8<--------------------------------- Soft-Logik Publishing 11131F South Towne Sq. St. Louis, MO 63123 Attn: Ellen Kazmaier, Marketing Greetings, I am an Atari computer owner interested in seeing the continued support for the Pagestream package on the Atari series of home computers. Pagestream is a valuable asset to the Atari platform, and I would like to see an upgrade and continued support as a serious incentive to consider Pagestream 3. Please continue to support the Atari ST, STe, TT030, and Falcon030 computers! Name:__________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________ _______________________________________________ Phone:_________________________________________ Computer Owned: ( ) Atari ST series ( ) MegaSTe ( ) TT030 ( ) Falcon030 ( ) STacy -----------------------------------8<--------------------------------- ATARI UNITED! wants to help keep you up to date with what's happening in the Atari community. To join us, fill out the following form and send it to the address below! To register, please provide the information below, and mail to: ATARI UNITED! P.O. Box 691 or email your registration, questions, comments, etc to: firstname.lastname@example.org Name (Last, First, MI): _________________________________________ Mailing Address: _________________________________________ _________________________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________________________ Phone Number: _________________________________________ Online Address: _________________________________________ Computer Model: ___ 520 ST ___ 520 STe ___ TT ___ 1040 ST ___ 1040 STe ___ F030 ___ Mega ST ___ Mega STe Computer Serial Number: _________________________________________ (optional) User Group (if a member):_________________________________________ ( ) Yes! Please include me in your list of possible contacts for isolated Atari TOS owners in my area. ( ) Also please make my name and address available to other Atari related concerns. ( ) Please keep all information on my registration form confidential. _________________________________ > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE ==================== -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters. by John R. Duckworth Spring...in a few weeks it will be here, bringing an end to the cold Winter days. It's a time for new life, new celebration, and new enjoy- ment. While Mother Nature delivers fresh flower buds and a return of the chirping birds whom it seems left not too long ago, we might also think about what we can do to make spring a new beginning for our favorite computer platform. For those who have been putting off finishing that shareware program you've been working on for so long, why not think about completing it. Perhaps you have wanted to learn a programming language, but haven't yet started the basics...maybe now is the time to buy that tutorial book. Even easier yet, pick up a copy of that utility or appli- cation you've been meaning to buy. The bottom line is, to keep our plat- form alive, we need to do all that we can to make 1994 a year of new beginnings. Now on with a look at a few public domain/shareware games which I received this week... "Tartan 1.7" by Christoph Zwerschke is a public domain chess program for one player. While the program and all of its documentation is entire- ly in German, "Tartan" is very self-explanatory and the game options can quickly be figured out with a bit of experimentation. The game offer several levels of computer 'smarts' which should satisfy everyone, except perhaps Kasmirov. Play is controlled completely by the Atari mouse and will run in any resolution with at least 80 columns (sorry all you low resolution lovers, you'll have to stick to Warwick's GNU chess). For such a small and easily maneuvered program, "Tartan 1.7" will provide any chess player hours of challenge. Another game I received this week is called "Multi Bricks" and is by a French group who go by the name of Parx. This game is _ONLY_ for the Falcon030, one look at the graphics and you'l know why. The screens are beautifully rendered in 256 colors and the ever present soundtrack is fully digitized. The game is based on the 'Breakout" idea, but instead of a single paddle at the bottom of the playing field..."Multi Bricks" has four. The playing field have a paddle on each side, so the player almost never has time to rest or look away from the screen. The paddles are controlled in tandem, but hitting certain bricks may change their behav- ior a bit such as reversing their direction or adding missile power. A first for "Multi Bricks" is its option to allow the user to play the game with Jaguar joypads, which I found much easier to use than the old Atari style joysticks (besides, you can utilize the pause button when the going gets tough). Although the version distributed online is only a demo with three playable levels, the game seemed stable (with the exception of a slight flicker every now and then) and very enjoyable. Now all Parx needs to do is set up a company to be their U.S. representatives and all of us Falcon users will be set! One last game I'll take a look at is called "CBZONE" and is a port from the original Unix X-Windows code by Roland Givan. Actually, the game is based on the old Atari arcade game 'Battlezone'. This port will only run in monochrome (or a resolution equal or greater than 640x400). The game is interesting and is a nice blast from the past, but it is extreme- ly _SLOW_. We can't really blame the author for this since he didn't write the game specifically for the TOS computers. Obviously he is just an Atari owner who wanted to see if he could port some C code with some success, and that is exactly what he has done. There are several parame- ters which may be selected to allow the game to be a bit more playable. A few of them include a fast option (which turns off sound and has a bit less detailed graphics), a quiet option, and options to choose how many tanks/salvos may be present onscreen at once. In closing, only download "CBZONE" if you have a bit of time to waste and don't mind playing in what seems like slow motion. I can't wait to see if Roland can speed things up a bit...it'll make for a great game. That's all for this week...it sure seemed like a special games column didn't it? I only review what I can get my hands on..I'll try to find a few more utilities and applications for you game haters next week. See ya then. 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