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Article #442 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: Atari Explorer Online: 07-Mar-94 #0304 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Fri Mar 18 12:00:34 1994 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: Volume 3 - Issue 4 ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE 7 March 1994 :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :: :: :: ATARI .............. News, reviews, & solutions ............ ATARI :: :: EXPLORER ............ for the online Atari .......... EXPLORER :: :: ONLINE ................. Community .............. ONLINE :: :: :: :: Published and Copyright (c) 1993-1994 by Subspace Publishers :: :: """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" :: :: Publisher ........................... Michael Lindsay EXPLORER :: :: Editor .................................. Travis Guy AEO.MAG :: :: Assistant Editor GEnie................ Ron Robinson EXPLORER.1 :: :: Assistant Editor CompuServe.......... Albert Dayes AEO.1 :: :: Assistant Editor Delphi......... Andreas Barbiero AEO.2 :: :: Assistant Editor Internet........ Timothy Wilson AEO.8 :: :: Atari Asylum ................... Gregg Anderson AEO.7 :: :: Unabashed Atariophile ..... Michael R. Burkley AEO.4 :: :: Atari Artist ................... Peter Donoso EXPLORER.2 :: :: :: :: :: :: Telecommunicated to you via: :: :: """""""""""""""""""""""""""" :: :: GEnie: AEO.MAG :: :: CompuServe: 70007,3615 :: :: Delphi: AEO_MAG :: :: Fnet: AEO Conference, Node 319 :: :: AtariNet: AEO Conference, Node 51:1/10 :: :: Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org :: :: FTP from: rahul.net in the directory pub/wilsont/AEO :: :: :: :: Internet subscription service: email@example.com :: :: (Internet subscription requests ONLY!) :: :: :: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Table of Contents * From the Editors ...................... Blooms abound in Atari's Garden. * Digital Briefs ........................... Computer, communication, and video game industry news. * Dateline: Atari ............ Tempest 2000 offer, new Atari personnel on GEnie and lots of questions for Bob from last Friday's GEnie RTC. * Jaguar Tackboard .................... New sign-ons breath fire into the Jaguar. Cat Box announced. Official & confirmed news. * Atari Artist ......................... Lots of Falcon hardware upgrades, as well as MIDI software, AND a look at NAMM. * Andreas' Den ................... STe sellout, PowerPC supergiants, death of the Jaguar and other fantasies! * The Unabashed Atariophile ................... PD and Shareware files for _your_ Atari computer. * GEnie News ........................... New files & happenings on Atari's Official Online Resource. * Developing News ........................... SAC Expo This Weekend Texas Atari Festival CD Audio Player Name Contest Cleveland Free-Net Additions * Shutdown ............................ Around the world and up your block. --==--==--==--==-- ||| From the Editors ....... Atari Explorer Online: The Next Generation ||| Travis Guy / | \ GEnie: AEO.MAG Delphi: AEO_MAG Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------------------------------------------- Things are going well in the World Atari. The weather is warming up, and the first flowers are coming into season. Those who would have you think you have been led down a garden path of withered vines would do well to rub the crud from their eyes and take another look. Their long and bitter fight has blinded them to anything positive. Aye, they do live in a small world. The first third-party hardware developer annoucement for the Jaguar, released today, is inside. ICD will be marketing "Cat Box," an AV and communications expansion box that provides industry standard ports for the Jag. ICD has long held a stellar reputation for their line of hardware and software products in the Atari arena and others. It's great to see them supporting Jaguar also. Atari has just today announced a new list of Jaguar developers and licensees. Big names and bigger names are coming onboard, and as time goes by, many of their products will help to redefine the video game arena. (Have you played Atari today?) This issue welcomes back Atari Artist. Pete and Fadi have a lot of information about the Wizztronics 040 board for the Falcon and other nifty products, as well as a look at MIDI products from the NAMM show. AEO will be expanding into a few new areas in the next couple of issues. We're looking to start a column on Atari user groups, and on 8-bit Ataris. Watch for them. The robins have started their way back north. Winter is about to loosen its grip on North America. Spring Break is underway here in the Florida Panhandle. Drop by if you can! Welcome to this issue of AEO. --==--==--==--==-- ||| Digital Briefs - Industry News ||| By: Albert Dayes / | \ CIS: 70007,3615 GEnie: AEO.1 ----------------------------------------------------------------- //// Software Vendors STEP to it - STEP, the international standard ================================ for the Exchange of Product Model Data has gained ground among several US and European computer software makers. "As a neutral standard to which all software can adhere, STEP will enable users to digitally represent and exchange product information, via computer, both between corporation departments and with manufacturing partners and suppliers. The removal of barriers with STEP- based software is expected to facilitate multi-enterprise, multi-vendor, multi-supplier manufacturing efforts. The initial release of STEP, approved this year as an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization, addresses mechanical design applications." //// CompuServe in the Fast Lane - CompuServe recently announced a ================================ new promotion for its on-line service for retail stores. "Get Into the Fast Lane on the Information Superhighway" is the new slogan while also toting its new 14.4K access speed capability. Over 1,000 retail stores are expected to participate in the new campaign. //// IBM has the Best Nose - IBM's research labs recently developed a ========================== very sensitive instrument for measuring heat. The new instrument can detect changes in temperature as small as 1/100,000 of a degree. The device, called a calorimeter can be used in a wide variety of chemical detection, observation, and analysis applications. One such application is in drug design. A paper on the subject was recently published in the Journal of Physics Letter. //// Put a Cray Beside Your Desk - The new Cray EL94 can perform over ================================ 500 megaflops (millions of floating point instructions per second) which is at least double what Cray's previous deskside computer offered. Each model (2 or 4 processors) has 6,000 megabytes or 21,000 megabytes as standard disk storage. The product is binary compatible with the entire Cray supercomputing line. //// Preemptive Chip Strike? - Intel has started shipping its 90 and ============================ 100 MHz Pentium chips. In conjunction with the new chips is a new multi-million dollar marketing campaign. Many were expecting these chips in the summer of 1994, but the soon to be released PowerPC Macs (running at 80MHz) probably spurred this new announcement. //// H-P's Taligent Investment OK'ed - Hewlett-Packard's proposal to ==================================== establish an investment in Taligent Inc. was granted full regulatory approval. Under the terms of the proposal, HP will invest in 15 percent of Taligent and be granted a seat on the Taligent board of directors HP. HP and Taligent will license and use certain special technologies, each developed by the other company. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Telecommunications =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Motorola FLEXes its Muscle - Motorola's New FLEX high speed paging ========================== protocol was used in a recent beta test by Paging Network Inc. Beginning in the summer of 1993, the test was to determine how well FLEX would work to boost the capacity from 200,000 pagers per channel to over 600,000 pagers per channel. The test was very successful and the best part is only a minimum change to the infrastructure was necessary. //// Reach out to Object - Object Design's database management system, ======================== ObjectStore, is being used by many telecommunications companies worldwide. These companies include AT&T, Ameritech, MCI, Siemens Telecom Public Networks, Telecom Australia, Telefonica de Espana, as well as many of the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) for implementing mission critical applications. One manager at a Regional Bell company stated "The previous mainframe-based billing analysis took an hour-and-a-half, while the ObjectStore-based system running on a PC took just 20 minutes." When handling over 150 million phone calls per day, some of the tasks ObjectStore handles include billing, system balancing demands and detection of technical problems. AT&T in 1993 made an equity investment in Object Design confirming its place in the industry. Neal Douglas of AT&T said this of ObjectStore, "We believe ObjectStore is rapidly becoming a de-facto industry standard in the telecommunications market, and our investment helps make it available for a wide range of AT&T applications." //// New PDAs PDQ - Apple announced their newest PDA, the Newton ================= MessagePad 100. This PDA improves on the design based on feedback from customers. More memory, longer battery life, letter-by-letter recognition, deferred handwriting recognition, easier addition of new names to personal wordlist are some of the new features. Sony announced new software titles for Motorola's Magic Cap based personal wireless communicators. One title, Official Airline Guide (OAG) FlightLine allows one to check current flight information and pricing through OAG's extensive database which is accurate up-to-the-minute. River Run software announced telecommunications applications for Motorola's ENVOY (personal wireless communicator) which allows for access to host systems like IBM 370 and SUN host systems. All standard file transfer protocols are also supported. The software can be embedded with an existing application to provide transparent connectivity. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// In the Courts =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=  A class action lawsuit brought by AST Research Inc. stockholders against the company was filed in U.S. District Court in California. A decline in AST profits appears to be the motive behind the suit.  Stac Electronics won a 120 million dollar judgement against Microsoft Corporation. The judgement was due to claimed infringement on Stac's software patent on data compression by Microsoft. Microsoft has begun shipping MS-DOS 6.21 which does not include any of the infringing software. An appeal by Microsoft is expected.  AT&T has filed suit against Spectra-Physics Scanning System. The suit involves a bar code scanning patent held by NCR (a unit of AT&T, which was recently renamed to AT&T Global Information Solutions). NCR currently holds the number one position in the world, in the high volume bar code scanning market.  A new standard v.34 was recently approved by the CCITT. This will allow for modems to communicate up to 28K compared to the current 14.4K (v.32bis) standard. One possible problem is over the use of patents held by some of the developers and how much of a royalty must be paid for its use. Patent issues should be settled by that time of the final vote in the summer of 1994. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Video Game News =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// More Jaguars in the Wild? - It's been long established that Atari ============================== Games is looking into using Jaguars in some of their arcade machines, but rumors that another leading American arcade game maker has chosen to use Atari's Jaguar as the heart for new arcade machines have been spreading recently. Spokesmen for Atari Corp. have declined to comment on these new stories. //// 3-D Arcade Video Game? - Japanese entertainment giants Sanyo =========================== and Taito are combining forces to develop 3-D arcade video games. Sanyo will be responsible for the hardware, a 40 inch auto-stereoscopic LCD 3-D screen that is claimed to not require special glasses for 3-D viewing. Taito will handle the software side of the project, and will test the video game system in Japan as early as this April. Commercial sales are to begin in the fall. Sanyo is eager to bring such a system into the home, however, reports state that the company is still "feeling out" the home video game market. //// Rate That Game - Jack Heistand, senior vice-president of =================== Electronic Arts, is chairman of a video game industry committee to set standards for rating sexual and violent content in games. The first games to come under the committee's system are expected to debut late this fall. As plans stand, games produced prior to the adoption of the ratings standards will not be forced to carry rating labels. This committee was formed to head off proposed Congressional legislation, forcing a ratings system on all video games produced and sold in the United States. A spokesman for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., the leading critic of violent video games, expressed the sense that while the voluntary measures planned by the video game industry were welcome, Congress was not ready to drop its interest in the matter. Heistand has said he expect broad support in the industry for the rating system. Companies expected to submit to the ratings committee include Atari, Nintendo, Sega and 3DO. //// Sega Pres. Fears Legislative Ploy - Sega reacted strongly to a ====================================== recent Washington Post story about Nintendo's attempts to damage Sega's reputation. Tom Kalinske, president of Sega expressed surprise that Nintendo would attempt to use legislation to play on parents fears of violence in video games. "I'm really amazed that Nintendo would go to such lengths to target Sega - seeking through the legislative process that which they seem unable to earn through the marketplace process - and that they would so irresponsibly drag retailers and the entire video game and personal computer segments of the larger interactive digital media industry through the mud in their efforts to slow our momentum. "While we spent the last two years trying to implement a video game rating system, Nintendo apparently spent that time plotting a marketing ploy that would play off of parental concerns about violence. I think they should channel that creativity into productive pursuits like solving industry problems and creating great games." --==--==--==--==-- ||| Dateline: Atari! ||| With Bob Brodie / | \ File Courtesy of GEnie ------------------------------------------------------------------ ========================================================================= (C) 1994 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari Roundtables. May be reprinted only with this notice intact. The Atari Roundtables on GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation. To sign up for GEnie service, call (with modem) 800-638-8369. Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that). Wait for the U#= prompt.Type XTX99437,GENIE and press [RETURN]. The system will prompt you for your information. ========================================================================== Dateline Atari with Bob Brodie March 4, 1994 with Special Guests Tom Gillen, Hank Cappa, Joe Sousa, Faran Thomason Host - Lou Rocha <[HoST] ST.LOU> Just before we open tonight's conference, I would like to extend my condolences to the family of comedian John Candy who passed away in his sleep this morning. John Candy was a talented person renowned by many. He was also a Canadian, a Torontonian, and a classmate of mine through high school. His talents will live forever on celluloid but his magnanimity will only be known by those who lived with the man whose heart was his biggest attribute. Welcome to the March edition of Dateline Atari with Bob Brodie. With the spring season almost upon us (thank goodness!), the national rollout of the Jaguar is imminent. TT's have begun shipping again, although in unknown quantities. Bob Brodie is with us and a number of new Atari personnel have GEnie accounts and have begun to appear online. I would like to thank Bob for his monthly meeting with Atari users here on GEnie. Recent comments in the bulletin board indicate appreciation for Bob's increased participation in the Atari topics, as well. We hope that all is well with Bob and his family... both at home and at Atari! :-) Let's get on with things..... Bob, your opening comments please....
Good evening everyone, and thanks for joining us once again at Dateline Atari, here on our official online service, GEnie! Tonight, I'd like to share a couple of special offers that we're making to our friends online, and also introduce to you some of the new faces that you'll be seeing online here on GEnie. In some cases, you may have already "bumped into" some of these fine folk. Joining me tonight for the conference is Tom Gillen (GEnie address TOM.GILLEN), and yet two more of the staff that we'll be adding to our GEnie support crew, Hank Cappa and Jose Sousa. Hank and Joe don't have accounts yet, but we're expecting to have them online sometime next week. After we finish up our opening remarks, we'll be happy to talk about Jaguar titles to the extent that it's possible to...the guys are working on a large number of titles, most of which we can't tell you about tonight. But some of them we can! :-) As most of you are aware, much of Atari's push right now has been with the Jaguar. We've been criticized for not having more staff available for online support here on GEnie. And rightfully so! So, we've added a number of new accounts to our online staff. With that, I'll turn in over to Tom, so he can introduce himself along with Hank and Joe. Hello everyone! My name is Tom Gillen, and I am the Software Test Group leader here at Atari. I am thrilled about being on GEnie, as this enables me to communicate directly with the people that mean the most to me; the ones that support Atari! I have been with Atari since the Warner days, and have always been involved with the Software Test side of things, as well as a little bit of Hardware testing. I have tested Software on everything from the 2600 to JAGUAR, and I'm still not tired of it!! I love what I do, but there are other people that help complete the picture, and two of them are here with me tonight; Joe Sousa and Hank Cappa are two of my testers, and let me assure you that the Test Department here at Atari is quite a competent bunch! Our testing procedure consists not only of "play testing" for program bugs, but also providing the Product Managers and Developers with game ideas and enhancement suggestions, many of which have made their way into many different games. Our focus for quite a while now has been the JAGUAR, but we are still testing LYNX games as well. As far as FALCON software, the testing and development has been moved to the UK, but I still have a great personal interest in seeing the FALCON succeed. My computer setup includes a FALCON and a TT, both of which I love, and am always hungry to do new things with (anybody seen the TT VGA emulator for the TTM195? WOW!!). I will freely admit that I am no computer "know it all" that can recite all the specs at the drop of a "chat", and have acutally learned many things myself by scanning the ST message areas here on GEnie (love em!); but if and when I can help out with computer related questions, I will! I would now like to introduce Joe Sousa and Hank Cappa, both of whom will have their own GEnie accounts soon, and are eager to help out with the Atari presence in the message areas. Thank you for being there, and I look forward to participating here on GEnie! My name is Joe Sousa, and I am a game tester at Atari. My first real project on the JAGUAR was designing levels for CYBERMORPH, eight of which are in the game. I was also lead tester on RAIDEN, and TEMPEST 2000. I am currently working as co-lead tester/game designer for KASUMI NINJA, along with my partner, Hank Cappa. Hi, I'm Hank, and I've been with Atari since last November. I've tested DINO DUDES, RAIDEN, and TEMPEST 2000. I am also a co-designer and lead tester for KASUMI NINJA. I have also tested many upcoming LYNX titles. I personally enjoy fighting games (Dragonball Z 2), R.P.G's (Arena: The Elder Scrolls), Strategy Games (Super Giant Robot Adventure 3), and DOOM. Also coming on-line with us tonight is Faran Thomason. His GEnie mail address is F.Thomason. Faran would also like to introduce himself to you all. Hello My Name is Faran Thomason. I am a former tester. You will also be hearing from Hans Jacobsen (H.JACOBSEN), infamous as Mr. Dino Dudes and Mr. Dinolympics at Atari, Sean Patten (SEAN.PATTEN) lead tester for Cybermorph who just had all of his hints for Cybermorph printed in Video Games Magazine, and Ted Tahquechi (TAHQUECHI), the producer for Kasumi Ninja. Ted couldn't join us tonight, as he is in the UK working in person with the developer of Kasumi Ninja. Susan McBride, Director of Art will be online at here GEnie address of S.G.MCBRIDE. As you can see, we're shoring up our online presence to ensure that GEnie is the number one source of information for Atari users everywhere! In recognition of the support from our most avid users, we're pleased to make a special offer to our online customers! To celebrate the impending release of the award winning Tempest 2000 for the Atari Jaguar, we're offering a special price to our online customers of just $40, plus $3.50 shipping and handling for a total of $43.50. The suggested retail price of Tempest 2000 is $59.99, and normal shipping cost is $4.95! You save over $21 on this terrific game!!! Here's the deal: All orders must be received in GEnie mail to my address of BOB-BRODIE by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Sunday, March 6th. As a bonus, Atari will randomly select 10 (ten) names that will have their cartridges shipped to them early next week. The balance of the orders will be shipped when Tempest 2000 officially arrives. Orders must be accompanied by a valid Visa or Master Card number, including the expiration date of your card. Sorry, no COD's or checks. California residents, add $3.30 state tax. We can only ship to North American shipping addresses, no P.O. Boxes for addresses please. Please include a telephone number. All orders will be shipped via standard ground services. Orders from the Internet and other networks are also welcome: send your e-mail to via GEnie's Internet bridge to: BOB.BRODIE@GENIE.GEIS.COM Please feel free to tell your friends about this special offer, but remember you must respond online. If we find you like this promotion, and it helps to get everyone excited, we can do more online promotions in the future! Remember, I must have your order in my e-mail box by 11:59 PM Sunday, March 6, 1994 in order for you to get this special price! Please mark the subject of your email Tempest Offer to help me sort through the mail. We're also offering a special deal to attendees of this weekend's SCORPIONS Concert at the San Jose Arena. You can get a free Scorpions CD single when you purchase an Atari Jaguar! Concert goers will be presented with a coupon upon entering the San Jose Area to fill out and obtain their CD via mail. This special offer will expire on April 5, 1994. There are still good seats available for the Scorpions concert available thru Bass-TicketMaster. The concert begins at 8:00 P.M., seats start at $19. On the PR front, Atari's own Bill 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 March 5th, and March 6th. Leo Laporte is a well known Bay Area radio personality, and Gina Smith is the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Entertainment. 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! Kudos to Dave Shorr, who previously uploaded a file to the libraries of the Atari ST RT showing the times and stations that carry this program! This listing not only give you the station call letters, but gives you the power of the station as well, just in case you haven't tuned in to the show before: "On Computers" 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 On Monday morning, we will be releasing a press release annoucing a total of 86 (eighty-six) developers that have signed on to develop new titles for the Jaguar. Amount the 48 new partners that we're going to be announcing are ReadySoft Inc., publisher of Dragon's Lair, Space Ace, and Dragon's Lair II; Bullfrog Productions Ltd, developer of Populous and Powermonger; Imagineer, publisher of Wolfenstein-3D (SNES); Jaleco, a leading manufacturer of arcade games and home video games including Super Bases Loaded and Pro Sports Hockey; and Sculptured Software, developer of Mortal Kombat for Acclaim. The remainder of the developers will be presented in the press release on Monday. I will have that online as soon as possible. With that, I think we're ready to take on some questions, Lou! Let's talk Atari!!!! <[HoST] ST.LOU> Whew! Bob, did you order a party size pizza for tonight? We have 17 in queue. I'm goin' without... <[HoST] ST.LOU> First, Sean Dougherty <[Sean@TWP] P-DIRECT> Now that TT030's are available, dealer restrictions have been eased, developers are selling tons of new innovative hardware and software products, and Processor Direct is on the press, what plans does Atari have to help continue the beginning of this forward moving trend in the computer realm? We will continue to work proactively with our developers to continue moving forward. We are placing a new co-opt program in place to assist the dealers advertise. Congratulation on getting Processor Direct to press. I look forward to seeing my issue soon. <[Sean@TWP] P-DIRECT> Does that include TV ads? We are open to TV ads via local cable with our dealers, it's certainly something that we've done before. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Thanks, Sean. B.DUNCAN had to leave. He asked me to ask for the first ten cities to get the ad campaign? The first ten cities are not public information at this point, but will be announced soon. <[HoST] ST.LOU> OK, on to Brian Harvey Hi Bob and all of the Atari personnel with new GEnie accounts! What is the status on the patch for ATARI WORKS? I know Atari is losing sales and, more important, respect, over this need for a patch to solve the BPS (Black Page Syndrome). Is there anyway in the meantime that users can get a lower version which does not have the BPS? There has been a lot of talk in the Atari WORKS topic but nothing substantial yet. I know Pradip is busy with the Jaguar but there are even some people I have talked to that won't buy a Jaguar because of the way Atari is presently handling the computer end of things. They don't want the same thing happening to them later. (No offence meant Bob.) Also, any news about Atari products for Atari computers? Not third parties? It is good news about the TT and the other recent developments. Unfortunately, there are some of us who never wants a Jaguar unless it is TOS compatible and has a keyboard. Thanks Bob and have a great RTC! Hi Brian, I know that Pradip is deeply concerned about the Black Page Syndrome and is hard at work on it, but you are correct...it is not his number one priority. I am in discussions with my superiors at Atari to see if there is some way we will be able to help our users obtain a lower version of Works. ([HoST Note] After the formal part of the conference, Bob posted this message: Papa, Pradip stopped by tonight while we were RTCing...said he thinks he's got a fix but hasn't checked it.) Re your friends that won't touch the Jaguar because of the way that the computer end of things...I can understand that to a degree. However, it must be clearly understood by all that the computer hardware business is very cut throat right now on all fronts. We must concentrate on the Jaguar in order to generate profits. I also understand that many of our computer users don't care about the Jaguar unless it has a keyboard and a mouse....and I believe that that time will come. However, that is a ways off. At this point, we're working with developers to ensure that they have the information that they need to do after market products for the Falcon like the 040 boards that you have been hearing about. These will be products that will have to come from the developers, and not from Atari. <[Ken (Mar-Vel] K.STEVENS1> Hi Bob, I have four quick questions, well maybe not so quick: 1. There was a rumour that IBM was having problems with one graphics chip on the Jag and this was causing a slow down in production. Any truth to this and has it been corrected? 2. Can you give us an update on the release dates for some of the upcoming games? How are third party games going? 3. Are there any third party items coming out in the near future, by this I mean controllers, cartridge cases, etc. 4. How is the production of Kasumi Ninja going? Some people believe that AvP will be the system seller. I think that Kasumi Ninja will appeal to the younger audience more and once the kiddies have seen it, they will pester, uh, I mean, ask their parents to buy the Jag for them. Just four, eh Ken? :-) IBM did have a problem with some of the Jaguar sets that they built. That did cause some delays. They are still a bit behind. Re the release dates for the games, Tempest is due in, and we're working hard on Checkered Flag II, Alien vs. Predator, and Club Drive. I understand that Microprose is very close with GunShip And in general, we expect to see a number of titles in the April-June time frame from the 3rd party groups. I haven't seen any concrete info on the other accessories that you asked about, but I know that we're interested, and that there has been interest from the third party groups. RE Kasumi Ninja, Tom and his crew will answer that. :) Kasumi Ninja is heavily into the development stage, with the producer currently in England working with HMS, digitizing characters for the game. Some of the characters that we are proposing are an America Indian, and a Scottsman, and a Goth (Attila the Hun type). We are intending this game to be a real gore fest, with lots of blood and gore. There are several testers that are looking very forward to testing this game! My 2-year old STacy has been rendered nearly useless by the same dim screen defect that several other STacy owners have reported here on GEnie. TCN says new screens cost $600+ and are unavailable anyway. Can Atari help me or am I SOL? Also when can we expect to see a new Falcon TOS to fix the "memory leak"? Hmmmm, I hadn't heard about that before David. I'll be speaking to Jim Jackson in our dealer service area to see what can be done. $600 is quite high. I'm not familiar with the "memory leak" your talking about...what's the scoop on it? Every time you open a window on the Falcon it uses up quite a bit of memory that is not returned when the window closes. Eventually you will bomb. I have never heard of that. Please send details (if there are more) in email, and I'll get a hold of the software guys and see what can be done. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Thanks David and Bob... on to JL Battey, deep in the heart of Texas! Has Silicon Graphics ever worked on a Consumer Electronics device before (to your knowledge)? Any and all please reply. [KGBS in Dallas, not KOBS, but at least the BS part was easy] ?B^) Chances for a Jag version ThrustMaster? Re Silicon Graphics, not that I'm aware of. I assume your talking about Project Reality....Re ThrustMaster...personally, I think $90 is kinda pricey for a joystick but anything's possible. <[Dave] D.SHORR> Who makes the Jaguar chipset(Tom and Jerry)? Is Phillips building the Jaguar's CD-ROM peripheral(I read this off of a CD:))? GA. The makers of the Jaguar chipset and the CD is not for public consumption at this time. Sorry. <[Shadow] D.VANTREASE> What games are being developed for the Jag CD and/or VR? Any Star Trek or Star Wars/X-Wing games in the works? And THANKS for the GEnie-Tempest deal !!! (Also, why the delay on the S-Video cables?!) :-) Hi Shadow...I'll let Faran talk about the CD games. We are currently developing a Cyberpunk action adventure game for the CD ROM. Re the Star Trek game, Spectrum Holobyte has the rights to that title, and they are now the owners of Microprose...so they kinda are devs for the Jaguar now. I know that they are interested in doing the game for the Jaguar. The S-Video cables are now on the way to retailers, we got them in and they went back out the next day! Glad you like the Tempest thing...:) GA <[Zombie] R.ANISKO> Bob, just wondering if Atari has considered making a "Jaguar card" (and cartridge peripheral?) for PC's -this way you could sell Jags and still take advantage of the PC market as well - I'm sure some of the Jag's features would be quite palatable to computer makers and owners for video games and other STuff....and of course, a (VME?) card for us ST'ers would be nice as well :-) ga Hiya Zombie...yes, we've indicated almost since day 1 that we're considering doing a Jaguar card for PCs. <[Barry] B.CANTIN> Hi, Bob - I don't have a Jag, but I DO have a LYNX. Perhaps you or Hank Cappa could fill us in on what's upcoming for the Lynx in the next couple months... Thanks! As Hank quivers before the keyboard.... <[hank] TOM.GILLEN> I recently have been looking at Battlezone, Missle Command/Asteroids, Fat Bobby..... Also to come are Road Riot (2 player), Relief Pitcher, Full Court Press, and Heavyweight Contender (Boxing). <[Tony] WETMORE> Hiya Bob, Tom, Hank, Joe and Faran! (hope I got everyone) As it happens, I'll be out in California (Sunnyvale area), in a couple of weeks. [;-) Any chance I'll be able to pick up Tempest 2000 and an s-video cable while I'm out there? Also, are you guys still swapping s-video cables for the original (bad) RF cables, free? Tony, we'll see what we can do for you. I'm probably going to be on vacation when you come to Sunnyvale....but I'll try to have Don Thomas primed to help you out! <[Fruitty] G.GEORGE3> Hi there you lucky guys at Atari! I want to ask someone what the story is on a possible Lynx adaptor for the Jaguar? I read in the Nov. '93 GamePro that "...A late breaking peripheral announcement call for the Jaguar to be used as a main server and support network Lynx multi-player games." If it isn't in development, it sure ought to be! I gots me 10 multiplayer Lynx games and nobody to play with! Also, could someone give some details about Jaguar Blue Lightning? I love that game! Jag Blue Lightning is being devloped by the guys that did Cybermorph. It is slated to be a CDROM Game. Re the Lynx/Jag connection. Our developer staff is anxiously working with ALL of the developers to encourage them to build this feature into their games. With over 86 devs now, I think that there is plenty of chances for that kind of thing to happen, Fruity. :) <[Thunderbird] D.ENGEL> Hi, Bob! Did you get a chance to peek at Jaguar "Star Raiders" since the last RTC? Any info on this eagerly anticipated title (by Rob Zydel?) would be great! If not, then tell us about the latest features in AvP (30FPS Yet?) I haven't yet. My cohorts here haven't seen it either. The primary developer/coder hasn't been in the building...we're allowing him to work off site. Re AvP, we keep adding, and we also brought in some of the game mags to allow them a preview of the game, AND to give their input on the game. Now there is more interaction with the charecters of the game, and the Predator ship and the Alien ship have been added. Lots, and lots of texture mapping going on... And you can physically map the mazes, even automatically. :-) <[Sir Fransis] K.DRAKE> Hi, Bob, and my new friends!! :) First to Bob, any thoughts on a Jaguar "core" system possibility? Then a question fo for everyone, what's your favorite feature of the Jaguar? Hi Kenneth...we're talking more about perhaps changing the bundled before a core system. But the core system is certainly a possiblity. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Explain please: 'bundled'? My favorite feature is the INCREDIBLE sound that the Jag has, when coupled with the Bose speakers at my house. Admittedly, I am also impressed by it because I get to be at home when I play it. :) Lou, presently we have Cybermorph included with every Jag that we sell. We're talking about possibly changing that down the line. Maybe we'll change when AvP comes out. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Ah... thanks. On to STEVE-J! <[DrHfuhruhurr] STEVE-J> Pardon the antagonistic tone of the following question, but... Obviously, Atari doesn't have the resources to give the Jaguar the backing it really needs. What is Atari doing to fix this shortcoming? (Besides slowing the Jaguar's roll-out down to a crawl, that is!) You don't REALLY believe this isn't a problem, do you (and if not, WHY)? Steve, you antagonistic???? Who would've believe it???? In a recent interview conducted by the San Francisco Examiner, Sam Tramiel stated that we plan to go to the equity markets to raise cash. <[HoST] ST.LOU> (I hope Sandy Wolf is here) Take note, Sandy. We had stated in numerous interviews with financial publications that we knew that we would have to raise cash this year, and frankly...it was a very open topic during the November launch event which was populated by Wall Street types. I think I met every broker there personally. If not, it sure felt like it! :) I take exception to your assertion that we might bring the roll out to a "crawl", we do have plans. <[Parrot Head] C.CASSADAY> Bob, when exactly is the national roll-out? And a question to one of the game testers: Since I don't buy game magazines, can you reveal the level codes to the other hidden levels in Cybermorph? We do not have the level codes down here with us, but you can call our 900 line - 1-900-737-atari, and find out everything you need to know there. We also have given many of the codes to AEO, and I thought that they had published a number of them already. <[HoST] ST.LOU> 1-900-CHEAT :-) Re the National Roll out...we've gone National with our print ads already in the game mags, and Electronic Boutique and Babbages are now carrying the product Nationally. <[Parrot Head] C.CASSADAY> Also, is there any chance Atari can donate a Jaguar, or shirts, or hats or WHATEVER to this years Texas Atari Festival on June 4th and 5th in San Antonio, TX? I'll be happy to consider this Chris. Please contact me in email. Bob, is it true that 4 meg 80 Falcons with Software bundles are not being produced anymore? If not, can you give us some idea of delivery date, time? Hi Chris! At the present time, the largest demand is for Falcons without HDs. Most of our customers don't find that an 80 meg drive is sufficient for their needs. With the prices of Hard Drives dropping seemingly daily..... It just doesn't make sense for us to attempt to compete with a built in hard drive. Also, many of the Falcons are going to musicians, who want to do direct to disk recording with 1.2 Gigabyte HDs!!! And that isn't cost effective for us, either. So for the time being at least, Atari US will stick with the no HD machines. <[Sparky] K.BURKENHEIM> All the kids (and adults) that have used my Jaguar have loved it!! I am still disapointed when I go into a store (Good Guys) and find the Jag OFF or with no controller and the sales people knowing nothing about the Machine! Is anything being done about this situation?? Hi Ken, we have made trips to our local retailers. There is no doubt in my mind that we need to do follow up work with our retailers to ensure that there staff is properly trained. However, we also have to recognize that most of the stores are in a similar situation on all products. They don't have extensive product knowledge, they are there just to sell. I will speak to Garry Tramiel and pass along your remarks about The Good Guys. They are an important west coast retailer, and we'd like to see them handle the product in the right way. <[Andre] A.FOSTER7> Any chance of Atari porting TOS over to the Power PC? <[HoST] ST.LOU> Love to see that! Hmmmm, interesting question. After today's announcements by Intel about the Pentium, are you sure that's the way you'd want us to go? We're very interested in that chipset, and we're going to watch the computer side of the business very closely. <[HoST] ST.LOU> What announcement, Bob? I don't have the article in front of me, but basically Intel announced that they were going to update the Pentium and lower the price significantly. <[!] FSU #1 [!] AEO.MAG> Thanks, Lou. You do a terrific job as host of the RTCs - as always! <[HoST] ST.LOU> Thanks, Travis <[!] FSU #1 [!] AEO.MAG> Good evening Bob, it's always nice to get together with you here on GEnie. My question for you and your guests there tonight: What is the most amazing "it knocked your socks off and left you on the floor speechless" thing you've seen or heard done so far in any of the Jaguar games? Answers from everyone, please. The proposal to do a "Jaguar Babes" game, based on the roll-out event. :) My current favorite is Tempest 2000. In my office, I have the Jaguar hooked up through a nice, loud, stereo, and the music combined with the VERY exciting gameplay knocked off more than just my socks!! I think AvP and Kasumi Ninja are both looking great. Joe and Hank are very into Kasumi Ninja, and that is starting to look incredible, really!! <[HoST] ST.LOU> Does Sam ever come down to your floor, Tom? Actually we are on the same floor, and just today, he stopped me in the hall to ask my opinion of a new Jaguar commercial. Seriously, I'm really impressed with Tempest. The gang at home loved it, too. I had a real pile up of skateboards and bikes in front of the door for quite a few nights, with the stereo pumping out the sound. Fortunately, the cops were impressed, too. Nice guys. :) Checkered Flag is looking like a Virtua Killer and club drive is a pretty innovative driving game. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Anyone else want to comment? Tom's still typin.... Also, Sam, Leonard, Gary, and Jack have all been into my office to see Tempest 2000!! That's it from us.. <[HoST] ST.LOU> OK... Richard Brown! Bob, are things still on track for Alien Vs Pred in April and National advertising in early May? Does Atari send out stock reports to share holders? Any new info on the 040 board for the F030? Thanks. We expect to have the game done in April, but we're really anxious to include as much as we can in the game. Also, we have to factor in manufacturing, too. We are trying very hard to get it out in April, though. Re the ads, the print ads are running nationally now.... Re stock reports, only the quarterly reports go out to the shareholders. We don't do a separte publication. I spoke with a couple of retailers that told me they are getting in different boards from Germany with both 040 boards, and faster 030s with TT compatible ram. Check with Steve's Software and other fine dealers regarding these products. <[Internet.Tim] AEO.8> I've heard about AvP for the Lynx, first does it exist? and second will it be a beat'em'up (like the other console and arcade) or first person like the rebellion version? who is doing it? Tom will answer your question, Tim. Yes it does exist, and is currently being developed by Images, and it should end up being a fist person perspective, and should be similar to AVP for the Jaguar. Thanks, Lou!! :) Forgive me if I am redundant here, but I came in AFTER the RTC started!! Anyway..... better late than never, and last but certainly not LEAST......Items!! 1) Will there be an Atari presence at the STAR show next weekend, here in Sacramento?? 2) What have we to look forward, re SOFTWARE or HARDWARE for the ST/Mega/Falcons?? I might go if I can swing it (STAR). I don't believe that we have an official presence at the Star Show, like a booth. I know that a number of our employees are planning on attending the show. Re Hardware, there are a number of products that are coming out, and I happen to know that they will be on display at the STar Show by several dealers, including Steve's Software. We already discussed some of those tonight, so rather than go over them all again, please refer to the transcript later on. Thanks!! ga <[Mike] M.LIPSON> I have the same STacy screen problem that David has. If I send ATC my Stacy, will it be fixed? As I mentioned to David, I will need to discuss this with Jim Jackson of our dealer support. I regret that I cannot give you a firmer answer at this point in time, Mike. <[HoST] ST.LOU> Well, Bob... The March session is now history. And a historical session it was! This is the first chance we have had to meet some of the new people at Atari and we are very happy you brought them to GEnie first! I know that Tom Gillen has been in the RTC's a lot lately and his presence has been greatly enjoyed. I hope Joe and Hank drop in from time to time and don't forget to teach everyone how to use the Bulletin Board! Thanks very much for having Joe, Hank, and myself here tonight, it was a real fun experience for all! Look forward to continued correspondence on GEnie! It was a great experince I hope to do more Conferences. Bye Lou, thanks again for a stellar job of moderating the Dateline Atari. It was a real "baptism" for my colleagues here at Atari. I know that everyone on GEnie will join me in welcoming them to our online ranks, and support them as they "learn the ropes" here on GEnie. We're looking forward to getting everyone active as quickly as we can. Thanks should also go to Dan McNamee for teaching them Aladdin to help them get online quicker! Thanks to everyone else for attending tonight...Good Night! /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ /|\ Our next session of Dateline Atari will be held on Friday, April 1st at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Real Time Conferences in the Atari ST RoundTable are held every Monday (Desktop Publishing and Graphics) and Wednesday (Open House) night at 10:00 p.m. and a HelpDesk is available evry Sunday at 9:00 p.m. On the first and third Thursday there is a Programmer's RTC at 9:00 p.m. If you miss a conference, transcripts are made for all formal RTC's (where there is a special guest) and the programming RTC. You will find these transcripts in Library 13 - Atari Archives. Please send your questions, suggestions and comments to RTC$ via GEmail. 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The IAJD is a private group where confidential discussions can be freely held. (Category 64 of the ST RoundTable is the IAJD meeting place.) Consequently, membership in the IAJD is limited to Jaguar developers who are registered with Atari Corp. To apply for membership, send EMail to ENTRY$ on GEnie (or if you're not on GEnie). Regular EMail correspondence with the IAJD should be sent to IAJD$ (again, or if you're not on GEnie). =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Developer / Game List 1.5 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Editor: The following developers, licensee and game titles have been confirmed to the best of AEO's ability as of March 6, 1994. Entries in the "S"tatus column reflects any "e"rrors, "u"pdates, "n"ew titles, or new "d"evelopers since the last AEO list. The "?" entry represents developers or titles that once were confirmed, but are now in questionable status. Titles in brackets (e.g., [Cybermorph]) have been completed and are available in the US. S Developer/Licensee Titles under development " """""""""""""""""" """""""""""""""""""""""" 21st Century Software - Pinball Fantasies 3D Games d Accent Media Productions Accolade - Al Michaels Announces Hardball - Brett Hull Hockey - Busby in Clawed Encounters of the Furried Kind - Charles Barkley Basketball - Jack Nicholas Golf Activision - Return to Zork CD-ROM All Systems Go - Hosenose and Booger - Jukebox Anco Software Ltd. - Kick Off - World Cup d Anthill Industries Argonaut Software - Creature Shock CD-ROM (For Virgin) Atari Corp. - Battlezone 2000 - [Crescent Galaxy] - Club Drive - MPEG 1 and 2 carts - Star Raiders 2000 - Tiny Toons Adventures - VR Helmet Atari Games Corp. Attention to Detail - Battlemorph: Cybermorph 2 - Blue Lightning - [Cybermorph] (For Atari) d Audio-Visual Magic d Bethesda Softworks Beyond Games Inc. - Battlewheels - Ultra Vortex d Black Scorpion Software d Bjorn Joos/Kris Van Lier Borta & Associates Brainstorm - [x86 Jaguar Development System] d Bullfrog Productions Ltd d Clearwater Software d Computer Music Consulting d Cybervision d CyberWare d Delta Music Systems Inc Dimension Technologies d Domark Group Ltd. DTMC d Duncan Brown d Elite d E-On Eurosoft d EZ Score Software Inc. d GameTec Inc. d Genus Microcomputing Inc. Gremlin Graphics Ltd. - Zool 2 - UNKNOWN TITLE (racing) - MORE? d H2O Design Corp. Hand Made Software - Kasumi Ninja (For Atari) High Voltage Software d Hisoft d ICD - Cat Box (video & comm expansion box) id Software - Doom: Evil Unleashed d Imagineer Company Ltd. - Wolfenstein 3D Imagitec Design Inc. - [Evolution Dino-Dudes] - [Raiden] Interplay - BattleChess CD-ROM - MORE? d Jaleco Krisalis Software Ltd. - Soccer Kid d Limelight Media Inc. LlamaSoft - Tempest 2000 (For Atari) Loricel S.A. d Manley & Associates Inc. Maxis Software Microids - Evidence - Commando Microprose - 3D Gunship 2000 - MORE SIMULATIONS Midnite Software Inc. - Car Wars - Dungeon Depths Millenium Interactive Ltd. d NMS Software Ltd. Ocean Software Ltd. ? Park Place Productions - UNKNOWN TITLE (American Football) d PEXIS INTERACIVE Phalanx - Phong 2000 d Photosurrealism d ReadySoft Incorporated - Dragon's Lair CD-ROM Dragon's Lair II CD-ROM Space Ace CD-ROM Rebellion Software Ltd. - Alien vs. Predator - Checkered Flag II - Legions of the Undead (For Atari) d Rest Energy d Sculptured Software Inc. Silmarils - Robinson's Requiem d Software Creations d Team Infinity d Team 17 Software Ltd. d Technation Digital World d Techtonics Telegames - Brutal Sports Football - Casino Royale - European Soccer Challenge - Ultimate Brain Games - MORE? d Teque London Ltd. d Thrustmaster Tiertex Ltd. Titus Tradewest - Double Dragon 4 - MORE Trimark Interactive U.S. Gold Ltd. - Flashback UBI Soft International - Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis - MORE e V-Reel Productions - Arena Football - Horrorscope Virgin Interactive Entertainment Ltd. - UNKNOWN ("Movie title") e Virtual Xperience - Indiana Jags - Zozziorx - MORE? d Virtual Xperience d Visual Concepts d Williams Brothers d WMS Industries =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Atari Announces New Signees - PR =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Atari Announces Total of 86 Developers, Publishers and Licensees for Jaguar 48 New Partners Include Creators and Publishers of Dragon's Lair, Mortal Kombat, Populous, Pro-Sports Hockey and Wolfenstein 3D SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- March 7, 1994 -- Atari Corporation (ASE: ATC) announced today that its award-winning Jaguar 64-bit game system has attracted 86 top developers, publishers and licensees since its introduction in November 1993. Among the 48 new partners announced today are ReadySoft Incorporated, publisher of Dragon's Lair, Dragon's Lair II and Space Ace; Bullfrog Productions Limited, developer of Populous and Powermonger; Imagineer, publisher of Wolfenstein 3D (SNES); Jaleco, a leading manufacturer of arcade games and home video games including Super Bases Loaded and Pro-Sport Hockey; and Sculptured Software, developer of Mortal Kombat for Acclaim. "The innovative technology unleashed by Jaguar challenges us to change our approach to developing software," said Glen Williams, technical director, Williams Brothers Development, one of the newly signed software developers. "With Jaguar, game developing is no longer a matter of working within the machine's capabilities, but of living up to them." Since January 1, 1994, Atari has signed 48 new partners. These are: Accent Media Productions HiSoft Anthill Industries ICD (ASG) All Systems Go Imagineer Company Ltd. Argonaut Software Ltd. Jaleco Audio-Visual Magic Limelight Media Inc. Bethesda Softworks Manley & Associates Inc. Bjorn Joos/Kris Van Lier NMS Software Ltd. Black Scorpion Software Photosurrealism Borta & Associates PEXIS INTERACTIVE Bullfrog Productions Ltd. ReadySoft Incorporated Clearwater Software Rest Energy Computer Music Consulting Sculptured Software Inc. Cybervision Software Creations CyberWare Team Infinity Delta Music Systems Inc. Team 17 Software Ltd. Domark Group Ltd. Technation Digital World DTMC Techtonics Duncan Brown Teque London Ltd. Elite Thrustmaster E-On V-Reel EZ Score Software Inc. Virtual Xperience GameTec Inc. Visual Concepts Genus Microcomputing Inc. Williams Brothers H2O Design Corp. WMS Industries "We are pleased the industry's most innovative, successful software companies continue to join the Jaguar team," said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari. "Jaguar is the world's most powerful multimedia video game system. Consequently, this platform offers leading developers and publishers unprecedented creative and commercial opportunities." "Atari has used cutting-edge technology to push Jaguar's system architecture beyond the industry's next natural stage and leaped ahead of its competitors in the process," said Lou Viveros, president of V-Reel and Viveros and Associates, a leading video game consulting firm. "Our games will require creativity and flexibility in the development process and outstanding system performance during game play. Consequently, the decision to develop for Jaguar was an easy one." V-Reel will develop and market Arena Football exclusively for Jaguar. This represents the first license of the Arena Football League for home video game systems. V-Reel also plans to develop Horrorscope, a Jaguar fighting game based on the 12 characters of the Zodiac. Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home entertainment system and is the only video game system manufactured in the United States. Jaguar was recently named the industry's "Best New Game System" (VideoGames Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game Informer), and "1993 Technical Achievement of the Year" (Die Hard Game Fan). Atari expects to deliver its Jaguar CD-peripheral mid-year at a suggested retail price of $200. Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., manufactures and markets 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems, video games and personal computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// ICD Announces First Jaguar Hardware Add-On - PR =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Rockford, Illinois, March 7, 1994 -- Black Cat Design, a designer of computer peripherals and accessories, and ICD, today announced Cat Box, the complete interface adapter for the Atari Jaguar 64-bit game system. Cat Box plugs directly into the AV/DSP ports on the back of the Jaguar. Its custom case measures just 6 x 1.5 x 1 inches and perfectly accents the sleek Jaguar design. Cat Box provides all of the standard connections that Jaguar customers desire. Standard ports include: S-Video, Composite Video, Left & Right Audio Out, Dual Stereo Headphones, Analog RGB Video, RS-232, ComLynx, and DSP. All connectors are "industry standard". Standards are a big part of Cat Box and connectivity is the key. The RS-232 port will connect to standard modems. The ComLynx port will join other Jaguar and Lynx game systems for multi-player games and other networking ideas. Black Cat Design is actively working with game developers to ensure support for these ports. An imaginative, well thought out design includes flexibility for the future. Internal expansion connectors for future add-in cards ensure that Cat Box will be as useful then as it is now. Future products under consideration include a MIDI interface and an internal modem. ICD has licensed Cat Box from Black Cat Design for exclusive world-wide distribution. Thomas Harker, president of ICD, explained, "This product is an unbelievable value. I wouldn't be surprised if all Jaguar owners buy a Cat Box. My family is really thankful for the headphone jacks when our twin boys are playing Raiden. Finally, peace and quiet again in the game room. The boys can't wait for the next generation of multi-player games to arrive. Imagine, dual Jaguars head to head. Cat Box will help make this possible. It makes so much sense, I don't know why it wasn't done before." The Cat Box will begin shipping early next quarter at an MSRP of $49.95. ICD is taking orders now with shipments expected in May. For further information, contact ICD Public Relations in the United States by phone (815) 968-2228 extension 222 or fax (815) 968-6888. Cat Box is a trademark of Black Cat Design. Other trademarks are those of their respective holders. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Jaguar NewsPhrases =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= ( Byte: 8 bits Word: 16 bits Longword: 32 bits Phrase: 64 bits ) KASUMI NINJA is receiving special attention inside Atari. The nine fighters in KN still haven't been finalized, but at press time, the line-up reads like this: Ninja Warrior, Yeti, Amazon Queen, African- American streetfighter, Goth, British pugilist, Scottish Highlander, and American Indian. (Yes, that's only eight.) - The fighters in KN are digitized from live actors, and with the design work taking place at Hand Made Software in Manchester, UK, there's not a lot of American Indian actors in the local talent pool to choose from. Atari Corp. was concerned about the ethics of casting a non-American Indian in the role, and decided upon flying Lawton, OK native Gene Sovo (Lonesome Dove) to the UK, where he will be digitized into the game. TEMPEST 2000 was the focus for a special online promotion from Atari the weekend of March 4-6. T2K, normally priced at $59.99, was available for direct EMail/fax order for $40. (A reduced shipping & handling charge brought the total savings to over $20.) Response was far heavier than anticipated - "We're overwhelmed," said Bob Brodie Monday afternoon. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Jaguar Quotes =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= First up, here are some additional quotes from the post-Dateline: Atari free-for-all on GEnie last Friday night. About Club Drive: Club Drive should be ready by Mid Spring About Checkered Flag II: There is much more depth in Checkered Flag than Virtua Racing. The player has control over many elements in the game. The player can choose weather conditions, tracks and [to] upgrade your car Dont know the exact quanity of tracks, should be about 10 or more. There are still graphic enhancemenst and code optimization still being made to Checkered Flag so the exact fps rates are not final. ....you will be able to turn around and drive off the track About Alien vs. Predator: ... It's gonna have about 150+ megs compressed. There are facehuggers roaming about - they actually jump on your face! //// Don Thomas <email@example.com> has announced that the first shipment of S-Video cables has come and gone:  Everyone might like to know that the first shipment of S-Video cables has left our warehouse this afternoon. I understand we are backordered 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. As for the long anticipated national advertising:  Please be aware that the current New York cable TV schedule will be expanded to network stuff there and in San Francisco in about 2 weeks. Los Angeles will begin about the same time too. A nation-wide cable buy is set to start around March 21st. Stay "Tuned"!  Advertising in New York for the Jaguar has been turned back on. San Francisco will soon follow. Within 30 to 45 days, ads (TV) will begin appearing in LA, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta. The "barf" commercial will be used. I was not permitted to argue with statistics that showed clearly that that commercial worked! Then again, I don't personally approve of blodd and guts games EXCEPT that seems to be what sells and I am MORE FOR providing the consumers what they want. This information and list is subject to change pending final media buys, scheduling, market changes, etc. BTW, there are MANY reasons for the selection of markets. For instance Radio Shack (Incredible Universe) is located in Dallas/Ft. Worth. It only makes sense to offer them a local feeling of the impact. Marketing is a strategy that involves numerous levels... we don't only sell to end users, but to the distribution and retail channels too. And how can people go about buying Jaguars direct from Atari again?  I've posted it many times, but I'm always eager to post it again. If you cannot get Jaguar or Lynx related items fast enough from your local dealer, call 1-800-GO-ATARI during normal business hours M-F; Pacific time. You may also place orders with me in E-Mail OR fax your MasterCard/Visa info to 408/745-2088 24 hours a day. I am backordered on Jaguars about 3 to 6 weeks, but they are shipping daily. Priority IS to the dealers at present, but some people like knowing one is reserved ASAP for them. BTW, I can ship to any North American property only. //// Scott Legrand had this to say about the exciting world of Jaguar development:  We've been developing for the jaguar for just over 3 months now... You have to be persistent in contacting Bill Rehbock, but he can be reached. He's a very very very busy man. Companies like Capcom and Acclaim are understandably going to get more attention because they can potentially bring in the big bucks just by signing on without even releasing a title. it took us a couple of months to get the ball rolling, but once it did, things went very smoothly. It may have helped that all of us were ST people from way back and our names were all at least somehwat familiar. We're developing on Falcons, STs, and clones (oh my)... We didn't even bother with a TT as a) we sort of wanted to have a falcon to screw with, and b) it works with the development system and has the cool sound chips built right in. We have some majorly cool sound FX already that only took us a night to make on the Falcon. As another posted stated, it's dang cheap to get into Jaguar development as opposed to other systems and you have a wide choice of development platforms. In fact, I'd hazard to say it's the most flexible system of all. --==--==--==--==-- ||| Atari Artist ||| By: Peter Donoso & Fadi Hayek / | \ GEnie: EXPLORER.2 ----------------------------------------------------------------- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ]=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-[ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- [ ATARI ARTIST ] -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ]=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-[ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ After a far longer than originally estimated - and, I might add, very reluctant - absence, I'd like to start off by saying that it's great to be back here at AEO! I spent all of January packing (it still amazes me just how MUCH stuff can be accumulated after being in one place for 20 years) and then UNPACKING! Hey, wait a minute... I think I just caught a glimmer of light comin' through the cracks between them thar cartons! As those of you out there who have taken that perilous leap towards moving in with your "significant other" may have already discovered, trying to restore their space to some semblance of order as soon as possible is an absolute imperative! At least, that is, if you want to successfully restrain those spiraling feelings of regret taking the deadly step from a mere mental groan into the potentially disastrous verbal ozone! Numerous attempts may also have to be made in trying to explain that "moving" is a two-way word; the other person has to also be open to re-organizing, consolidating and otherwise disposing of their own stuff. These often may result in unannounced time-outs which can sometimes lead to a half-serious rumble over who gets to keep their old, on-the-way-out toaster (she does) and who decides what art work gets hung on the walls (she does). Who says women don't get to have it all? Of a more personal nature, among my more triumphant moments recently was discovering where I had buried my modem. I could have sworn I put it with the rest of my computer-related hardware, and I wasn't quite sure just how I would be uploading this column without it - not to mention catching up on my E-mail and all the latest on-line news! In this issue we'll be:  Giving you a brief run-down of the recent NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) winter show at Anaheim, CA.  Updating you on the latest developments on Wizztronics' new products for both the Atari Falcon 030, as well as the rest of the Atari line of computers.  Discussing the latest news on a number of music programs, including Cubase Audio, Notator Logic, Musicom II and Digitape & Digitape Lite . Having made our return entrance, we do fully expect to be back up to regular speed by our next installment, which, as you may have previously noticed, normally appears on the average of once a month, or every alternate issue of AEO. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- = = - - -=-=-=- [ SHOW NEWS ] -=-=-=- - - = = -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Atari Struts Their Bird! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The winter NAMM '94 show had a strong turn-out despite the earlier earthquake in Northridge, which was no more than 90 miles northwest of downtown Anaheim. Although attendance was somewhat lower than had been predicted, the weekend turned out a large, enthusiastic crowd. Atari was originally scheduled to exhibit at the Motorola booth, along with Wizztronics, Steinberg and a number of other Atari developers, but unfortunately Motorola cancelled at the last minute, and Atari held court at their suite located in the Anaheim Hilton, directly across the way from the convention center. Garry Tramiel and James Grunke were on hand to showcase Atari's Falcon 030 and the hot new Jaguar. Wizztronics' Steve Cohen riveted the attention of suite visitors as he pointed out the features of his Falcon rack case and then wowed them with a visual prototype of his 040 accelerator board. Although finished boards were not available for installation and demoing at that point, the first actual debut of a fully-working model is due to be unveiled at an upcoming Club Cubase meeting on March 9th in NYC. More on this later on. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= /// Controllers Reign! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The show itself seemed to debut few surprises, with most manufacturers showcasing improved models of their respective existing technologies. Alternate MIDI controllers seemed to have captured the most interest. The most novel one was the WALKABOUT, a wireless MIDI percussion system suspended by a somewhat cumbersome-looking strap-on harness that allows a drummer the freedom to move or dance around with a complete trap set - including cymbals - suspended in front and around them. The basic unit includes a 12 pad MIDI trigger pad, remote 16 input MIDI interface, MIDI wireless system, and 2 rechargeable 12-volt batteries. Options include: an add-on, back-mounted extension bracket which extends out over your head to a comfortable distance in front of you at chest level where you can mount two MIDI cymbals; special "trigger shoes" - available in your particular shoe size - which allow for creating bass pedal and high hat (or even double bass!) effects. If you think this description sound bizarre, you're right! I musty admit that the demo I caught was pretty impressive - now if they could just add a MIDI washboard and MIDI Edsle horn it would be a real killer! Another very interesting controller was a striking, futuristic- looking strap-on keyboard controller, called the Riday T-91. Its keyboard was also a radical design, offering a clever alternative to the old, familiar linear white-and-black tiered arrangement of keys. Instead it offers 7 rows of 13 single-tiered keys, colored white, black and gray. These 7 rows are in an offset related position to each other; starting with the second row, each successive row begins 5 keys from the previous one. The closest visual image I can think of is the way the right aisle seating in an auditorium looks as you walk down - angled as the hall moves towards the stage. Although it seems daunting at first to learn a whole new technique for playing, I found I could do five octave runs amazingly fast after only five minutes of playing it! The concept of note arrangement is somewhat like a guitar neck - the same note in the same octave appears in a number of places on the fretboard (row of keys). The white keys correspond to those on a piano. What are normally the black keys are color-coded so that the first two black keys which traditionally appear immediately after C are also black, while the remaining group of three black keys which follow F are colored grey. When you do a run on a regular keyboard, you need to cross your thumb under your right hand usually after the third finger (on your left hand it's usually after your fourth). This particular method necessary for playing a traditional piano keyboard, combined with having to adjust your finger height in order to hit the black keys, can take years of practice to be able to fluidly move your hands across the instrument. The RIDAY T-91's alternate arrangement allows you to play five keys in a row and then transfer to the next row to continue your one-handed run. A small foam-covered brace attachment positioned between the back of the unit and your hip or waist allows the unit to sit at an angle comfortable for two-handed playing, and a versatile shoulder strap arrangement makes the unit adjustable to fit your frame and playing style. When you start to think about it, the possibility for otherwise impossible fingered chords and new playing techniques are quite amazing! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// The Digital Audio Scene =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Despite having had their offices trashed by the earthquake, Steinberg- Jones still managed to make it to the show with working models of their products on all three computer platforms. They had crowds of people oohing and aahing at a Falcon running Cubase Audio Falcon at their booth. Both Fadi and I were impressed with their responses and, needless to say, we both can't wait to get our Falcons going with this monster music program! The rest of the computer world does seem to trying to catch up. Windows-based digital audio systems are still card dependent, and that added cost puts their overall system price above a Falcon. The release of Macintosh's new multimedia Quadras, with built-in DSP and 040 processor have made it possible for products like OSC's DECK II to offer up to 8 tracks of digital audio on the 660AV and 840AV models WITHOUT an additional sound card (sound familiar?) PLUS sync capability with a DECK II environment-provided Quicktime video editing window for creating AV post production sound tracks. There are, however, some definite hurdles to still overcome: prices start at around $3000 for a 660AV system; limited backward compatibility with most existing programs and a number of operating system bugs make purchasing OSC's METRO sequencing software practically a necessity...and METRO ain't no Cubase! All in all the Falcon with Cubase Audio and an 040 accelerator board still ends up being the best buy AND with the imminent release of Wizztronic's 040-compatible VES video system later on this year (see VIDEO NEWS), the Mac system looks like it will remain outclassed and outpriced. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- = = - - -=-=-=- [ HARDWARE NEWS ] -=-=-=- - - = = -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Barracuda 040 Accelerator Board & RAM Expansion Board =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Wizztronics' Barracuda 040 accelerator board is set to start shipping by March 31st. The standard configuration is driven by a 68EC040 microprocessor running at 16MHz with an 8k internal cache. Options are available for purchasing either a EC33MHz or 33MHz version. The letters EC signify no FPU (floating processor point) co-processor is present. 16 MHz owners will be able to upgrade to the 33 MHz version at a later date. The 33 MHz version will offer software that will enable on-the-fly speed switching between 16 and 33 MHz without having to reboot. The optional 32 bit Memory Expansion Card, which plugs directly onto the Barracuda 040 Accelerator card, will be able to handle from 1 to 128 additional megs of TT compatible Fast RAM operating at zero wait states. All memory is burstable for faster CPU operation. The Barracuda plugs into the Falcon's expansion buss and while assuming control of all the Falcon's 030 main processor functions while working seemlessly in conjunction with all of the Falcon's other processors - and it's fully backwards compatible. The timing problem inherent in earlier releases of the Falcon (Atari is shipping current Falcon 030 models with the fix installed) is already built in to the Barracuda, with a spot allocated for installing the 74F08 chip fix. Installation of the accelerator and bug fix is available through Wizztronics. Due to the amount of available space and power afforded by the Falcon's case, the Barracuda will NOT be able to be directly installed within a standard Falcon. Wizztronics is offering an alternative 3-space rack mountable case (see below). Prices are as follows: Barracuda 040 16MHz accelerator board with 68EC040 - $650 Upgrade to 68EC040 33MHz - add $150 Upgrade to 68040 33MHz - add $300 RAM Expansion Card w/memory management controller $300 Switch Kit - add $ 5 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Falcon Rack =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The Wizztonics' Falcon Rack is now ready to ship. In addition to the floppy disk drive cut-out and power switch, the front plate now also features a cartridge port cut-out, mouse and joystick ports, keyboard connector for a standard Atari Mega ST/STe/TT keyboard (with optional PC keyboard interface port) and 1/4" stereo headphone jack. The rear panel looks similar to the back of the Falcon case with the addition of MIDI in/outs, cartridge port cut-out (for optional rear mounting) extended db15 connectors, 1/4" stereo input and output jacks (rear output jack is automatically disconnected when front-panel 1/4" stereo headphone jack is used) and optional 50pin centronics SCSI connector(s) (2 needed for internal SCSI hard drive installation). Rack dimensions are 19" wide by 15" deep by 5 1/4" high. These dimensions support accommodation for additional upgrades and future expansion, including a 3 1/2" SCSI hard drive, 200 watt UL power supply, Barracuda 040 accelerator board, RAM Expansion board, Video Funnel and VES Video Editing System. Prices are as follows: Level 1 - #WT-ARK941 bare case $250 Level 2 - #WT-ARK942 includes keyboard interface $335 Level 3 - #WT-ARK943 includes internal power supply $320 Level 4 - #WT-ARK944 includes internal power supply & keyboard interface $395 Additional Options: 200 watt UL power supply (recommended for Barracuda 33 MHz accelerator board and RAM Expansion board) $ 70 Internal hard drive mounting kit $ 20 SCSI cable kit with IDC 50 and dual centronics connectors $ 35 PC keyboard interface for use with XT or AT keyboards $125 Input/Output patch cable kit for use from original Falcon housing to Falcon Case $ 20 Near-Future* Options: 1040/Mega ST rear plate $ 55 Mounting adaptor plate for Mega ST $ 20 * 3rd quarter '94 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// PC Emulation Board =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Wizztronics has decided to definitely proceed with development of their 486sx PC emulation board. A 486 board running at 33 MHz will be able to plug directly into the Falcon expansion bus of the Falcon's factory case. Compatibility will be also be assured with a spot provided for plugging Wizztronics' 040 Barracuda board into the 486 board, but alternate housing will then be required with the addition of the Barracuda 040 board. Expected release for PC emulation board is late fourth quarter of '94. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- = = - - -=-=-=- [ VIDEO NEWS ] -=-=-=- - - = = -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Video Funnel =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Release date for Wizztronic's Video Funnel is set for April 30th. The Video Funnel will enable single frame video frame grabbing, with 12 megs of on-board RAM a 128K cache. The Video Funnel will provide an ample buffer to allow full screen resolution redraw at true 30 frames per second with no compression required. Accompanying software will allow the additional option of being able to scan and display up to four video image clips simultaneously on screen and save them as a group at 640 x 480 true color resolution. The Video Funnel also has a 50-pin interface expansion bus for built-in expandability for integrating fully with Wizztronics' forthcoming VES Video Editing System. Orders are being accepted for the Video Funnel and will be shipped on a first-come, first serve basis when accompanied by a check or money order for the amount of $600, which represents full payment. Those who purchase a Video Funnel system now will receive a substantial savings on Wizztronics' VES system, which is on schedule for a 4th quarter '94 release. Software development is nearing completion on Genlocking and Titling aspects of the system. Negotiations are presently underway for integrating VES with a 3rd party rendering package. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- = = - - -=-=-=- [ MUSIC NEWS ] -=-=-=- - - = = -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Steinberg's CubaseScore =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Steinberg's CubaseScore 2.0 is scheduled for a May release. This version features a host of impressive additional scoring features and capabilities while managing to make the potentially complicated process of computer music scoring amazingly simple. First off, CubaseScore has been impressively been streamlined - all of its windows refresh and update with simultaneous, blinding speed. Up to 32 staves per page (8 voices per polyphonic per part) are possible. One of the most impressive features is its optional ability to move any score elements, including rests, without affecting the MIDI sequence. Additional capabilities: cross-staff beaming, nested time signatures (i.e., 3+3+2/4), grace notes, sizable small and big staves, automatic layout with page numbering, floating or one syllable- per-note text insertion, definable MIDI symbols and advanced drum notation. Users will also be able to import, export and save a variety of scoring templates. Templates will be able to range from and affect anything from individual elements to an entire piece - very cool! In addition, a number of new sequence-related modules will also be included. The Arpeggiator module offers a host of directional- configurable runs, as well as such effects as guitar-emulated strums and picking patterns for some pretty realistic effects. An expanded Sysex Editor module and General MIDI module will also make working with your MIDI data and patches easier to manage. All told, CubaseScore 2.0 is a truly awesome sequencing/scoring package running within one unified, totally integrated environment. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// New Cubase Modules =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Steinberg has already released a number of other Cubase modules, all of which are accessible under its M-ROS multi-tasking environment. The Studio Module universal editor/librarian ($199 list) allows control of all your modules' load/send/save features, with total recall of your setup for any song and macro editing capabilities for individual as well as groups of both synths and FX modules. As if this weren't enough, Steinberg has bundled this with CueTrax, which can be used for seamless matching of audio to visual cues on film and video, syncing Cubase to live music or tape, restoring lost sync tracks and mixing music along with any tempo-based events! The StyleTrax module ($149.95 list) offers full-featured accompaniment capability with conversion of any arrangement consisting of up to 8 tracks into a variety of Styles in real time. Up to 15 styles with 64 different variations can be switched by velocity, randomly or directly from your keyboard controller. StyleTrax's real-time features offer killer live- performance possibilities as well, including the ability to create harmony tracks and then slave the selected Style to them. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Steinberg's New Cubase Hardware =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= For those of you out there who have been frustrated by the inability to use their MIDEX+ - Steinberg's SMPTE time code synchronizer, MIDI expander and copy protection key expander - good news! The new SMP II ($1299 list) is a single rack space computer-controlled MIDI interface module containing 2 MIDI ins, 4 MIDI outs and both reads & generates all common SMPTE formats. It also features a large, 8 digit SMPTE LED display window for keeping track of your exact location instantly. "That's great, but that still doesn't solve how I'm gonna be able to run Avalon alongside Cubase, or switch to my Spectre GCR Mac emulator without having to always be pulling one cartridge out in order to put in another?" No problem - you can use Wizztronics' Cartmaster multi-cartridge port extender - and they offer a cartridge ribbon extender so you can place their Cartmaster in a remote location! There's even a side-positioned port for large cartridges, like scanner and video interfaces... or a Spectre GCR! Software is included for activating one of the four ports. Rebooting is not required, and you can even set up your computer to auto-boot with a selected active port. Selling your old MIDEX+ should bring in some extra dough, and for a limited time Steinberg is bundling Cubase Audio Falcon and the SMP II for $1800 MSLP - or around $1100 street price. Steinberg also has released their Falcon Digital Interface ($599 list) which features SPDIF in/outs as well as optical in/outs for connecting with AD/DAs on your DAT machine. Included software lets you back up any number of folders containing digital audio files, sequences - even your entire hard drive! Storage capacity is 1.2 gigs with a 120 minute tape, and you can use the marker feature on your DAT to restore specific folders! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Other News =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Yamaha's CBX-D5 has finally made it to the marketplace. Although Yamaha initially launched the unit with extensive advanced advertising, they now seem to be laying back with their ads - a rather strange approach now that the unit has finally landed at the stores. Although sales have reported to be off to a sluggish start, Steinberg's Cubase CBX-D5 for Atari has also been released to coincide with the unit's availability. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Rumored For Future Release =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= There's more excitement rumored to be ready for late '94 release. Avalon, Steinberg's unparalleled sample editing environment will supposedly be updated to integrate alongside Cubase Audio Falcon. Hard disk-based digital audio processing, such as time stretching and pitch shifting will now be possible in addition to all of Avalon's many incredible sample editing features. Rumor also has it that automatic 3-part harmonies as well as chromatic or diatonic key shifts/micro adjustments will also be possible without any change or loss in quality of the digital audio recording. Although Steinberg's recently released Time Bandit for the Mac performs a number of these functions, Avalon will take these capabilities a step further and offer the added advantage of full-blown sample editing.  Although fully documented, most people may not know that Motorola's 56001 DSP chip - the very same one that is in every Atari Falcon 030 - has the theoretical capability of doing 8 STEREO, or 16 mono, channels of digital audio - the only requirement to break the 8 channel barrier is being able to use lots of RAM! Wizztronic's soon-to-be-released 128 meg RAM expansion board for their Falcon Studio rack module may soon test the very limits of this chip!  Version 2.0 of Cubase Audio Falcon is also under development. Rumor has it that the next update will incorporate a number of features similar to Digidesign's SoundTools/ProTools, as well as improved and expanded digital DSP effects handling. Stay tuned right here for more on this new update. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// E-Magic's Logic Audio Falcon to be Released =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= E-Magic plans to release the Atari version of Logic Audio at the upcoming Music Messe held in Frankfurt, Germany at the end of March. The first release of Logic Audio for the Mac has met with some rave reviews. Digidesign's Audio Media II, SoundTools or ProTools are required however. No word yet on how Logic Audio will take advantage of the new Mac AVs, but it will be interesting to see how much of Atari's Falcon 030 capabilities E-Magic will be able to take full advantage of. Will they include an integrated sample editor, as in the Mac version? The Falcon has the ability to compete with Digidesign's DSP card. We'll let you know. As an interesting aside, after marveling at the striking similarity in interface between Cubase and Logic, what is even more amazing is that the overall functionality of a program would not be subject to the laws of copyrighting - it isn't! It is equally interesting to note that the complete overhaul and subsequent metamorphosis of the original Notator program (which so many devoted Atarians had come to know and love) should emerge onto multiple platforms in its transformed state as Logic, affording E-Magic a whole new additional following of users. Although there are some differences between the two programs (unlimited tracks, grouping sections into "folders", Environment graphic objects processor display) the arrange, hyper, matrix, event and score windows are remarkably similar. New and improved - or merely a carbon copy? We'll be delving in for a closer look in a future column - look for it soon! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Compo's Musicom 2 Soon To Be Released =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The original release of Musicom served to showcase some impressive DSP-related features of the Falcon 030, but its functions were somewhat of a departure from the usual GEM interface - features were accessible through a number of separate radio-button dialog-boxed screens, and parameters were somewhat limited. The anticipated release of Musicom 2 will offer even more features, with a whole new facelift to boot. There is now a full range of drop-down menus and an on-screen set of toolbox icons that trigger the main functions. A full range of sampling frequencies are available using either the Falcon's internal hardware as a clock source. Alternately you also have the option of inputting external CD or DAT clocks through the DSP port. Each clock source offers a different range of sampling frequencies, from the Falcon's own 49.2kHz to a DAT's 48 kHz and a CD's 44.1kHz. An improved hard drive management tool has been also added to allow for smoother execution of digital audio. Additional capabilities include full sample editing, on-screen signal levels, spectrum analyzer and a Playlist feature for seeming various sound bites together. Also include is a powerful Pattern Editor, which allows for total control over sequencing of samples in any order. Price has not been set, but is estimated to be around $150. If you purchased the original Musicom, you'll be able to upgrade to Musicom 2 for somewhere around $65. Look for it soon. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Digitape Released =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= CGS ComputerBild's Digitape ($699) and Digitape Lite ($229) have been released in Europe for the Falcon. Digitape offers up to 32 virtual tracks of digital audio, although only 8 tracks can be played back simultaneously. The program features the familiar tape transport window, but uses the rather interesting approach of offering 9 module "slots" for loading a variety of functions. Along with the expected Record and Playback modules are a number of DSP effects modules, including a 10-band graphic EQ, 12 types of reverb, vibrato, flanger, distortion and a noise gate, as well as a number of Playback modules, including a Karaoeke module. Once you have recorded on a track, you convert the record module to a playback module for checking on the results. This may seem a bit cumbersome at first, but it reportedly takes no less time than hit a "play" button, and once you're satisfied with the results, you can replace them with permanent playback module. Since effects can only be applied during playback getting eight tracks of digital audio plus processing more than one track with DSP is not directly possible without employing a somewhat clumsy method for getting around this limitation by calling up additional modules. You have to "hide" existing modules and insert other modules on top of them (huh?) - not too practical a way to work. The Edit system includes a sample editor, although the lack of the usual "cue sheet" playlist capability is glaringly absent. Other features include an Effects On-Line Rack, which processes incoming signals in real time, a Tape Label window for labeling track names and entering notes, and a Frequency Analyzer which can also double as... a guitar tuner?! Digitape Lite has fewer tracks, less features and no edit capabilities. Word has it that Codehead Software has been in negotiation for the rights to distribute Digitape here in the US, but it looks like the price will either have to come down or the features will have to be much improved - in addition to fixing some of the more clumsy functions, how about adding: time stretching, cross fades, automated mixdown and a playlist! Although this program has great potential, for now the price does not seem worth the level of features. =-=-=-=-=-= //// Coda =-=-=-=-=-= Well, that's it for this edition. Next time around we'll take a look at some of the exciting new graphics,animation and graphic rendering programs for the Atari Falcon, along with all the latest music and video related news in the world of Atari. 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Box -- -- 6403, Rockville, MD 20850-1785. -- -- -- -- --==--==-- Atari's Official Online Resource! --==--==-- -- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- --==--==--==--==-- ||| Andreas' Den ||| By: Andreas Barbiero / | \ Delphi: ABARBIERO GEnie: AEO.2 --------------------------------------------------------------- The STe computer has really been a sellout over the last quarter of 1993! No fantasy here, but in Atari-land UK, the sales of the STe have not been at their height, but then again ~10,000 units sold is not ignorable. Software sales have not been bad, either. There are a lot of budget re-releases out there, and let's face it, most of those game titles are not worth more than the budget prices that they are going for. Several compilations are also bigger sellers, usually packing two or three great games in with several mediocre ones. To put it in perspective, in past years Atari has sold close to 300,000 computers a year in the UK, which is about 1/10th of the numbers of STfms sold in the late 80's. In 1993, the sales figures of a computer based on an 8MHz 68000 breaking 50,000 a year is astounding. On the modern side, the Falcon seems to be selling less slowly as specialized Falcon030 applications come along to drive sales up. Cubase Audio has caused sales of the Falcon up about five time over the old rate according to some music stores, and does an admirable job standing up to $3500 setups based on Macs. Now all we need in an I/O multiplexer for those 8 DMA channels! //// Power to the PC? I have seen dozens of statements on the message boards claiming that once the PowerPC arrives, there is nothing Atari or anyone else can do but to give up. The PowerPC is a powerful chip, and should cause the computer industry to move from the monolithic Intel/Microsoft duality into a same computer/multiple OS market. Bill Gates has repeatedly stated that he is working to do the opposite, a multiple computers/one OS world is what he sees. This sounds just as good, but it isn't. Having Microsoft decide the way my operating system will work, and hence dictating the way my applications will work, is not what I want to see. Being able to own a PC, Mac, Atari, or a computer that can run a combination of applications won't make Mr. Gates much more money, but will serve the computer user. //// Mac the Giant killer. Just because Apple decides to produce PowerPC (PPC) based computers does not mean that magically you have a box that will be able to run all Mac, PC, and Windows applications with ultimate speed. The Mac OS is not known for its streamlined coding, and the problems that occur with trying to run PC programs on the Atari will still show up on the PPC Mac. IBM compatible versions of popular games and some applications will not run directly, as they are looking for PC cards and may not take kindly to a software implementation of Intel code. These limitations may not hold for long, but the road to establishing a MAC based multi-computer, even with a PPC chip, is going to be a long one. The ideal thing is for software developers to develop programs that will run on the PPC natively. WordPerfect has opened the way to recompiled applications by announcing the shipment of a version which will run on the PPC Mac without any software interpretation. How successful this will be is all up to how many people get their independent pieces together. If you can run Windows in a window, System 7, and DOS simultaneously then you will have a great system, and might even be affordable in a few years. Will Atari be killed by this? I don't think the PowerPC can do more than everything else to prohibit future Atari hardware, or hurt TOS. If Atari could come up with a PPC running at 80MHz, with decent DSP implementation and at least a modicum of Falcon030 and STe compatible internal hardware, then all the 3rd party guys developing the tools to ensure that Windows binaries will run on a PPC Mac will be unwittingly creating same thing for Atari users! //// Jaguar skinned? The Jaguar, despite some low ratings for Crescent Galaxy, is gaining momentum. The ad campaign is back on, and by this time, you should be seeing Jaguar ads in San Francisco and New York and soon in other cities in the USA. Alien v. Predator is going to be THE game for the Jaguar (at least for the near time), and like Dungeon Master sold STs in 1986, AvP will sell Jaguars to the Sega crowd. Rumors abound with the sign-up of developers like Domark, LucasArts, and Origin. Personally, I am confident of these three being for real, and the name LucasArts is enough to get my blood pumping! We fought for X-Wing to get ported to the Falcon030, all to no avail, but there is a chance that now we will see it in all its glory on the Jaguar. Maybe those endless calls I made rang a bell when the Jaguar was introduced to them! Maybe not. The Jaguar is not dead, and should be getting more national attention as supplies continue to arrive in distributors' warehouses. When dealing with big chains like Toys-R-Us, Atari does not deliver machines to individual stores, but the chain itself supplies the individual storefront. Toys-R-Us has only two main warehouses, one on the East Coast (in NJ, I believe) and one on the West Coast. Deliveries of the Jaguar will be held here until they decide to deliver them to the retail shelves. As long as Atari makes the shipments, any delays in deliveries is due to the store! //// The Atari Compendium I meant to give this book its own review, but unfortunately I cannot give it the space it deserves, for now. If you are a programmer, even in the most casual way, this book is indispensable. I was personally looking for a book along the lines of the old DE RE ATARI, and Your ATARI Computer, which were the two best books back in the 8-bit days. They talked about every aspect of the computer from using DOS and formatting floppies to giving you old Atari basic programs. The Atari Compendium does not do this, BUT it does give a truly complete description of GEMDOS, BIOS, XBIOS, hardware for all Atari computers, AES, VDI, Line-A calls, the desktop, XCONTROL panel, and formal GEM User Interface guidelines. (Whew!) You will find a complete listing of all system calls, MiNT, and the most complete memory map around. I am frankly amazed at the effort that Scott Sanders put into this book, and if I had the money, I would send it to every Atari software developer in the book. I would then have to buy a gun to make them read it! Not because the book is hard to read, but because as evidenced by most of the commercial software coming out of the UK and Germany, there is little more being done than porting of existing code. With a decent reference like this, taking advantage of the custom Atari hardware and properly utilizing TOS would result in much better software being produced. Simply stated, if you program, BUY IT AND READ IT. The Atari Compendium SDS Publishing 996 Redondo Ave. #404 Long Beach CA 90804 USA $49.95 SRP UK #39.95 Canada $69.95 This book can be ordered in the USA from STeve's Software (1-800-487-7753) at below SRP! That is all I have time for, and I should have two NEW reviews for you by April, God and the Navy allowing! --==--==--==--==-- ||| The Unabashed Atariophile ||| By: Michael R. Burkley / | \ Delphi: MRBURKLEY GEnie: AEO.4 ----------------------------------------------------------------- Another two weeks have flashed by! I tried to stay away from modeming about as much as possible, but I wasn't successful. If you remember, I said that I was going to spend the last two weeks just sorting through all my old PD files, organizing them, and describing them. Well, I tried doing that and all I succeeded in doing was completely filling up my 1.2 gig hard drive. I had all these archived files lying about here and there on this partition and that, and so I uncompressed them all (or rather I tried to uncompress them all - and succeeded about 1/2 way before I ran out of room!). Now what do I do?! Write descriptions! I am actually to the point where I am having to offload files to my 44 Meg SyQuest carts to make room to download some more. Yikes! Before I make this file too much bigger (I won't have room to save it - just kidding! - actually I want to go to bed since it's 2 a.m.!) I'll get on to the files I have described since the last issue. Take care!  109N_SL is a text file uploaded by Nathan Potechin of DMC Publishing, the Calamus people (and much more). It is a list of the enhancements of Calamus SL over Calamus 1.09N. Calamus of whatever version is a wonderful desktop publishing program. I use it all the time, and I recommend it to you. In light of the plug for Calamus I would also like to mention that Soft Logik, the makers of PageStream, are in the process of deciding whether or not to upgrade the Atari version of PageStream (currently at v.2.2b) to PageStream v.3.0. Patti and Andreas Barbaro, of the nationwide Atari User Group, Atari United!, urges us all, PageStream users or not, to send Soft Logik a letter urging that they continue the development of PageStream for the Atari platform. As a PageStream user I sent my letter off last week. Maybe you could do the same!  4WINS is two games by Christoph Zwerschke for your ST/STE (maybe other Atari's, too). The first is a simple Othello-type game (in both .ACC and .PRG versions) and the second is a slider game in which you try to slide the tiles about until they are in numerical order. The Othello clone is playable in color or mono while the slider game is mono only. The program is in German, but that doesn't really matter.  BANNERS is a series of 40 different copyright free banners scanned at 200 dpi by Ben Brackett. The banners, fancy and plain, are well done and varied. You can use them with any DTP program. Included also is a TimeWorks Publisher ST file which is an example of an award certificate. Recommended.  BLRMID16 is a set of 82 original midi files created by Bud Rasmussen, v. 11 (dated February 24, 1994). Created on a 386/40 (!) using Music Printer Plus, a Sound Blaster Pro card, and a Casio CT-700 keyboard/ synthesizer, these files are briefly described in an accompanying text file. Tested for Atari compatiblity with CodeHead's Midi Spy. Almost 20 files added from the previous version. Well done. I found this on the CodeHead BBS (a lot of other files are there, too).  BULLDOZ is Bulldozer 1.0 by Elmar Meyer zu Bexten (dated 1993). Bulldozer is an integrated Copier for use with MultiTOS (works with Geneva as well using my TOS 1.62 STE). This is a seemingly very nice and full-featured copy program (it has tons of options). Unfortunately for me the program is all in German. On line helps and a very easy interface would make this a program which would be easy to learn. It works in Color, but it is really designed for mono.  CHAOS_AD is CHAOS A.D. v2 by M!ck/DNT Crew (dated Feb. 1, 1994). This Falcon only demo features 50 images per seconds in every effect, 50 Khz 16 bits stereo soundtrack, about 10 minutes of real brain-crash, full real-time calculation, and 384x256 or 768x512 overscanned screen in 16,256 or 65536 colors. As with most Falcon demos, I can't tell you much about it. At least this programmer included a brief doc. I wish more would do so! Hard drive or floppy.  CONNE246 is the Connect v.2.46 demo (dated Feb. 27, 1994). Connect by Wolfgang Wander is a very full-featured GEM based telecommunications program for the ATARI ST/STE/TT series, which will run under (nearly) any resolution. Compatible with TOS, MultiTOS, Geneva, and probably any TOS enhancement, Connect will allow you to use all serial and midi ports on your computer - even at the same time (multiple modems downloading from different services!). It has well-done emulations of VT52, VT100, VT102/ANSI, VT220 and TEK4014 Terminals. The program has a very powerful internal command shell name COSHY which will allow you to do all sorts of things automatically. The program and many of the docs are in English (the rest in German). Excellent online docs. I have heard many people rave about this program. I would say that this program might be difficult for some to learn to use (me included), but when learned would be powerful indeed. Shareware (a 30 hour limit of use before Connect starts limiting itself). The docs mention that HSMODM02 (a serial port expander and enhancer - see below) is included in the archive. Unfortunately, it's not there. Fortunately, you can find it in many places online.  HSMODA02 is the most recent version of HSMODEM by Harun Scheutzow (English translation on Jan. 1, 1994). This package of utilities (several different utilities are included for your specific machine) that is a serial fix/serial port accelerator for all ST(e)/Mega ST(e)/TT/Falcon machines/MultiTOS/MagX!/Geneva. Put this program in your AUTO folder and you will find that you no longer have a problem your serial-port speed limitations on Modem Port 1. The author claims a reliable speed increase to 38 kbps on an 8-mHz ST and much more on a Mega STe and TT. ZOOM! The docs are in German, but the author has included his rough English translation.  CURRENTN is four ASCII files that provide some basic information about "Current Notes," an excellent Atari 8-bit, ST/TT/Falcon computer magazine. Some basic ads and guidelines for submissions to the magazine. Do you want to be a published writer? Then read this, work up an article, and hope!  CVDI0194 if a file which contains the 256 color and True Color VDI drivers for the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 True Color High Resolution Graphics Cards from Cybercube. Version 1.38 Release Jan. 1994. No docs.  CVTRAN20 is the CV-Translator - ST Machine Language Translator v.2.0 by Carlos Varela (dated Jan. 30, 1994). The author of German-To-English (GER2ENG3) has now produced CV-Translator, the GEM based update to GER2ENG3 that can now help you to quickly translate text between different languages. It currently supports English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese (minimal dictionaries included). It appears to be much faster than GER2ENG3, and while it doesn't make any attempt to translate language concepts or grammer, it will make a word or word translation of a text file which will allow you to begin to puzzle out its meaning. ST/STe/Mega STe/TT/(Falcon?) compatible. SHAREWARE (register and get a 30,000 word English/German dictionary, plus other available dictionaries). I would also recommend that you get ALFRED_E, a German/English dictionary by Mike Valent. That file will also work with this program (as will dictionaries from the previous versions of his program) Recommended. Support Shareware authors!  DICTDATA started life as a set of supplemental spelling dictionary files for use with the dbWRITER family of programs by David Becker. Along the way someone stripped out the dbWriter specific files and documentation and left just the dictionaries. Included in this archive are the following dictionaries: MEDICAL.DAT medical dictionary PHARMACY.DAT pharmaceutical dictionary LEGAL.DAT legal dictionary BIBLICAL.DAT biblical words and names COMPUTER.DAT names, terms and words used in the computing field NAMES.DAT all sorts of different names, boys and girls MATH.DAT mathematical dictionary You can add these to your favorite spelling checker or just use them as reference works. They are in straight ASCII format so you can read them or add to them using your favorite word processor. Since I just mentioned David Becker I thought I would refer to some more of his excellent work. David has written some excellent freeware and shareware programs which I recommend to you.  DBWRTR18 is dbWRITER v.1.8 by David Becker. This is his excellent and very full-featured word processing program for your mono ST. It uses a fast custom graphic user interface that closely resembles GEM. It will run on any ST (while it works with a .5 meg machine it works best with one meg of RAM or more). It includes a clipboard that allows multiple entries! Keyboard and mouse controlled. Imports various commercial wordprocessing files automatically! This program and its accompaning dictionary file (DBW_DICT, and DBWACC) and Thesaurus are well worth getting! It's amazing that something like this is free! If you have a mono monitor, I recommend this. Docs included.  DBWACC is the dbWRITER Dictionary and Thesaurus Desk Accessory (or .PRG) v.1.0 by David Becker. This .ACC will allow you to: * Search the 40,000 word dbWRITER dictionary from within any GEM application. * Access the dbWRITER 30,000 word thesaurus from within any GEM program. * Use many different search and seek options including a recursive thesaurus. * Scroll through the dictionary page by page. * Print out text from the dictionary or the thesaurus. * Load and use custom supplemental dictionaries. It contains a built-in help function and written docs. Mono only, Hard disk required. Use with version 1.8 of his dbWRITER word processor.  DBW_DICT is the dictionary file for dbWRITER v.1.4 by David Becker. See DBWRITER for more information about this excellent, free, wordprocessor.  DBWTHESS is the Thesaurus files for use with the dbWRITER dictionary and Thesaurus .ACC/.PRG (see DBWACC) and dbWRITER v.1.8 and above (see DBWRTR18) and text processor (version 1.8 of the text processor and up). Having a Thesaurus is great (do you know that the word "Thesaurus" is a Greek word meaning "Treasure"? Words _are_ a treasure to use wisely!).  ZEST16 is ZeST Desktop Applications v.1.6 by David Becker. This program is an amazing alternative interface for the ST! It looks like the NeXT desktop with "sculpted" buttons and more. ZeST16.PRG includes a paint program, calendar, typewriter and database in a desktop enviroment, and now, a corner digital clock AND the ability to run other programs right from the ZeST desktop! Each program is fully functional, and useful! This guy is amazing. He keeps producing wonderful, free programs. Also included is the GFA3 source code so you can expand on this idea yourself! Docs included. MONO Only.  ANCIENT is the The Ancient Art of ASCII v.1.0 by David Becker (dated July 24, 1992). This program will allow you to take any mono DEGAS picture and convert it into another picture created solely by placing small and large alphabet characters on the screen (or on paper). This is ASCII art, which is a "picture translated into text". By placing small and large characters of the alphabet in spots corresponding to a pictures light and dark areas, you can trick the eye into still perceiving the original image, now converted entirely to text! Toss the Polaroid camera, you can send printed ASCII pictures of the kids to Grandma! You can also load a custom text file of your choosing to use (this doesn't work as well for faces, but works fine for geometric shapes. Docs included. Mono only. This works well! Sample pictures included.  CRISCROS is CrissCross by David Becker. It is a hybrid of Gomuku, Go and Othello. You play against the computer on a 20x18 grid of 360 squares. You and the ST take turns putting down coloured markers and trying to get five in a row. When one of you is successful in getting five diagonally, vertically or horizontally then you will score 1 point and the five markers are removed from the grid. The first player to get 10 points will win the game. You play black. This is another experment with the ZeST alternative interface (that gives your ST a NeXT look). For all STs. Mono only (well, it will run in color, but it's not as nice). Docs included.  ABC is The Alphabet Monkey by David Becker. This is a fun monochrome learning game in which a monkey asks you to "press a key" (its lips move as it speaks!). When you press a letter key the monkey speaks that letter, not using synthesized voice but actual sound samples so the quality is excellent. SHAREWARE (I've registered). At least one meg of RAM required.  SHASHA is "Mathematics with Shasha" by David Becker (Shasha is his Siberian Husky dog). This Monochrome learning game will help your kids practice multiplication (the docs say addition and subtraction too, but I haven't figured how this happens other than through the cats and levels - see below). Every time they answer correctly, an animated Sasha barks and gives them a "cat" (and a live one at that!). If they give the wrong answer, Sasha whines. Six cats equal one level and every five levels a new surprise animation and digitized song appear. There are five surprises and then the winner gets to see Sasha's puppy (a real puppy and a real scanned photo!) Sasha does not penalize your child for wrong answers. After three incorrect answers Sasha will let your child peek at the correct number. Parents can also configure numbers used in the times tables. SHAREWARE (I've registered). At least one meg of RAM required.  PAI_GOW by David Becker is a computer poker game with a twist. You are dealt 7 cards from which you must choose a two card and a five card hand. To win you must beat both of your opponent's hands. Play against the computer or with a person via modem. Mono only. Docs included.  COYOTE is Coyote Dave's Poker v.1.0 by David Becker. He's done it again, folks! He's gone and made a great game. Sit down with this program and you'll find yourself grabbing a chair, choosing a table in the saloon and sitting down for some five card draw poker. You'll have a chance to play against some of the most treacherous, conniving and smoothest characters north of the Rio Grande! I'm not talking about two dimensional computer simulations! These are real folks, just like your irritating neighbor across the street. So pour yourself a drink (watch it though!), relax and let's separate the real poker players from the cattle rustlers! Mono only. Excellent sound, excellent poker playing, and all sorts of fun (like when you're losing, buy the other players some drinks and see what happens!). Detailed docs included. Online helps. Recommended.  ZESTPOKR is ZeST Draw Poker by David Becker. He wrote this fun little program to show off the ZeST Alternative Desktop (a NeXT look-a-like). Deal, draw, bet, check your winnings (we won't talk about the other possibility - probability?). This game can even turn into a slot machine! Docs included. Mono only.  SEARCHME is Search Me by David Becker. Search Me is a puzzle generator creates word searches just like the ones in the newspaper! You can use the dbWRITER dictionary (see this category), the dictionary included in this file (a very down-sized version of the dbWriter dictionary), your own custom dictionary, or your own list of words. You can save and load puzzles to disk, print them out, save them as DEGAS pictures or play them right on the ST! You will need a monochrome monitor. Word length can be from 2 to 15 letters with up to 50 words per puzzle allowed. GEM based, this program is very easy to use. Docs included. Thanks to D.B. for another great program in a great series of programs. 123K uncompressed. Speaking of searches, David has written a long list of other programs, and I recommend that you search them out. Go to just about any BBS or online service and you'll find them.  DSP32 by Keith Lord is v.3.2 of of Digital Signal Processing program. Uploaded on Feb. 22, 1994 this program is a "bug fix" update of his DSP v.3.0. While no new features have been added, a window redraw bug in TOS 1.4+ machines has been squashed and color displays and large sample files are now handled a bit better. The author is good at making a good program even better! This file only contains the program itself (no docs or anything). If you want the complete package you must also download DSP30. See below for a more complete description of this program.  DSP30 is DSP v.3.0 by Keith Lord (dated Dec. 3, 1993). This is a Digital Signal Processing program which allows you to create High pass, Low pass, Bandpass and Notch digital filters, and use them to process your favorite digitized sound samples. The author wrote the program to try to get rid of that annoying "warp drive rumble" that seems to be in the background of all Star Trek TNG audio samples. You can modify your sound samples any way you wish. Although DSP was written to process audio samples, it's really a general purpose digital filter program, so you can use it on any digital information. GEM based (and I like his moose mascot!). This file includes a built-in sample playback feature that will now work with files stored in memory rather than just those on disk (David Baggett's Play Program v.3.0), a graphic filter display, and a beep to let you know when it's done. The signal processing routines have been recoded in assembly and are about 4 times faster than in the previous version! You can access your .ACC in this version. Filter files from previous versions may or may not be compatible with this version (it depends on the filter). Color or mono. Docs included. ST/STe/TT compatible.  D_ORACLE is Delphi Oracle v.1.30 by Paul Lefebvre (dated Jan.24, 1994). If you have STalker and you use Delphi, then you should have this BackTalk Script that automates Delphi, and so can save you lots of time and money. Using this script you can get and send mail messages, read and reply to Forum conversations, and download files...all in the background, and all while you are asleep in bed (if you wish). It is very easy to set up and configure. This version fixes one bug and makes sending messages even easier! If you have STeno (another excellent program) this script will take full advantage of its power. This Shareware program is worth getting (and registering - I have, and I use it all the time). Requires STalker 3.0x or higher. ST-Falcon compatible. Detailed docs included. (See G_ORACLE for the GEnie specific script).  EASYD120 is Easydat v.1.20 by Marco Feikert (dated Jan. 1994). This GEM based shareware database will run on any ST--Falcon and in any res 640*400 or better (ST mono). It runs in either English or German and has a pile of different features, including import and export and printing of files. The docs are still in German. NOT Geneva compatible.  EULER is Euler, The Numerical Laboratory, v.3.04 (compiled May 13, 1993) by Dr. R. Grothmann. This is an amazingly detailed program which I could certainly have used going through college chemistry classes (math, too). As an added bonus this archive has an excellent ASCII text editor program by the same author. It has a PILE of features, is fast, and is seemingly well written. I would recommend getting this file just for the editor! But Euler is far more than a text editor. EULER is a complex GEM based program with the following features: - Interactive evaluation of numerical expressions with real or complex values, vectors and matrices, including use of variables. - Built in functions that can take vectors as input and are then evaluated for each element of the vector or matrix. - Matrix functions. - Statistical functions and random numbers. - 2D- and 3D-plots. - A built in programming language with parameters and local variables. - An online help. These features make EULER an ideal tool for the tasks such as: - Inspecting and discussing functions of one real or complex variable. - Viewing surfaces in parameter representation. - Linear algebra and eigenvalue computation. - Testing numerical algorithms. - Solving differential equations numerically. - Computing polynomials. A really nice demo function can be accessed and used in demonstrating the capabilities of the program (and my ignorance of mathematics!). This version includes "C" source code (twice in the file I downloaded!). Color or mono. Docs included. ST--TT and Geneva compatible and requires at least one meg of RAM. Freeware.  FTPSCRIP is Ducky's Fabulous Delphi FTP Site Auto-logon Script for use with STalker 3x. This script has one... and only one purpose, to make logging onto atari FTP sites through the Delphi Internet gateway easier. The script knows almost all of the best atari sites... so you no longer have to memorize the site address or directory structure. That surly makes navigating around the InterNet even easier! I find it amazing that Delphi offers everyone complete access to the InterNet, sending and receiving messages _and_ files for only their standard $1/hr connect fee (if you've signed up for the Atari Advantage program). There isn't even a surcharge for 9600 baud access! Well, as I've said before, if you've not signed up for both GEnie and Delphi you're missing a lot! (I imagine the same goes for CompuServe, but I just don't have TIME!).  GBELL is GemBell the GEM action audio effect device v.1.0 by Gard Eggesb\oe Abrahamsen (one of the editors of the Scriba Communis Responsi disk magazine). GBell (dated Jan. 1994) is a small and effective program for the STE/TT/Falcon which hooks up to the GEM trap vector and looks for identifiable system calls, like window_open, window_close, drag_bar and so on. When a system call has been identified, an appropriate sample is selected, loaded (if not already present in memory) and replayed by the soundchip. The sound sample format supported is 6.25-50.07kHz signed or unsigned 8-bit mono sample. One limit to this program is that it can only load one sample into memory each time, so you should use a hard drive unless you want to wait a lot for each sound to play. Docs included.  GEMAR2 is the GEM-Archiver v.2.0 by Steffen Engel (dated October 15, 1993). GEMAR is program which will allow you to use a SCSI Tape backup system on your ST--TT. Shareware (if you register be sure to send him German Marks rather than American dollars because his shareware registration fee is twice as expensive in dollars as Marks). This version is in English with very useful English helps (though the full docs are still in German). According to the docs this program is compatible with a large number of tape drives. Quite adaptable and capable. GEM based, this program allows you file by file backups or automatic full disk backups, dual data index for fast _and_ accurate data recovery, the ability to compress files using an external packer, and more. Fully working now, but with registration you will get a version which has even more features (like the ability to backup non-TOS partitions). This program is MiNT, MultiTOS, MultiGEM, Mag!X, and Geneva compatible). Color or mono, but the program display is much more suited to mono work (color is a bit messed up and it doesn't work with Geneva in color).  GRAPHIX1 is two Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphics, one being the silhouette of a saxophone and the other a silhouette of a clarinet. Illustrator compatible for PageStream previewing or print out. Very nicely done.  GSZRZ228 is the GSZRZ GEM based XYZ modem transfer protocal by Michael Ziegler. Compatible with the ST--TT this set of programs and accessories will allow you to use X, Y, or Zmodem to transfer files (up or downloading allowed) when used with any telecommunications program that allows external programs to be run. It seems simple to use, but the docs are all in German. I've not tried this other than to see that it runs because I use STalker from Gribnif which already has these functions built in (most modern telecommunications program - like Flash II - already have these functions built in). Shareware. Color or mono.  HUMANS is the Humans demo for the Falcon. It is a preview of an upcoming game (variously known as Evolution-Dino Dudes, Dinolympics or another name or two). Supposedly it is a nice graphics and sound demo. The demo requires an RGB monitor (or a multisync in RGB mode). It is Huge, comprised of four large archives totaling nearly 2.6 meg. I would also apprecate it if you would send me a description! Requires STZIP24 and a hard drive to extract.  IJCTSILU is "I just called to say, I logged you!" v.0.50 by Michael Hill (dated early 1994). What does IJCTSILU do? Well it is a TOS program that once run, will watch result codes coming back from your Caller ID capable Supra FAX modem. When someone calls it will "speak" out the phone number of the caller using included sample sounds (the author speaks!). On neat thing is that you can customize specific announcements for specific phone numbers called (when your Mom calls you can sample your voice saying, "It's your Mom calling, hurry up!" The program logs all calls dates, times, and numbers to a log file. It will also hang up on private calls or all calls if you set it to (so you can get some work done phone free). Color or mono. Docs included. ST--Falcon included.  JPEG is the JPEG decoder from Atari. It runs only on Falcon computers, since it uses the DSP. It's small, and fast. Just put it in your AUTO folder (before or after MINT.PRG), or just double-click on it. This archive also includes an .ACC by Brainstorm which is a sample application using the DSP decoder. This .ACC will allow you to decode several JPEG pictures at the same time whether under TOS or Multi-TOS. It will even let you continue to use your favorite application while the picture(s) is decoded! Three JPEG pictures are included.  KEYCLEAR is KeyClear v.1.0 by Carl J. Hafner, "Uncle Carl" (dated Feb. 23, 1994). KeyClear is an AUTO folder program which will attempt to clear the keyboard buffer. Why...? Certain programs, at bootup, require keyboard input. Occasionally the keyboard input from one program will "stick" in the keyboard buffer and be passed onto the following program. The result is that the following program (if it looks for keyboard input) will initiate options based on "left-over" information input from a previous program. This program is a winner in my book! It's found a permanent place in my AUTO folder.  LSRBRN14 is LaserBrain the Epson Emulator for the SLM804 (and SLM605) laser printers (v 1.42 dated Sept. 1992). With this .ACC you can make your Atari Laser think that it is an Epson dot matrix printer, and yet still keep all your high quality output. GREAT! From Atari Germany. Not supported by Atari USA. The .ACC is in German, but I have included English docs from a previous version. Mono only (to configure, but you can run it in color). ST-TT compatible (TT compatibility is the biggest fix of this newest version). Uncompresses to over 760K so you will need an extended format disk to uncompress this.  MARGA is the Marga Demo for the Falcon030 from Germany. There are no docs included in this HUGE archive 1.43 meg compressed!. The keywords in the file description are Graphics and Music. I would expect that with a file that big you would end up with some excellent Graphics and Sound (you had better!). Anyone who will give me a better description will be greatly appreciated!  MAUSWIND is Maus-Window v.1.25 by Thomas Binder (dated Feb. 5, 1994). This .ACC/.PRG will allow you to "top" a window (bring it to the top of all the other open windows and activate it) simply by moving your mouse pointer over it. When run under MultiTOS, Maus-Window allows you to automatically raise the priority of the process with the topmost window. This very nice feature makes working with MultiTOS even quicker and easier. This version now allows either German or English to be used. The program is very configurable, allowing you to choose just what conditions must be met for a window to be topped. A "lite" version (only 25% the full size) is included (with some limitations, obviously!). English and German docs included. Shareware.  MODEST is the demo of MODEST, the Module Organizer v.0.8 by Great Dane Software (out of Denmark). Modest is a program that will allow you to organize, categorize, and play a wide variety of differing formatted MOD files (Noisetracker/Soundtracker (with 15 or 31 instruments), Esion Tracker, Protracker, Packed Protracker. TCB Tracker, STOS/AMOS Tracker, and maybe four other voice formats [the docs say "maybe"!]). It will load and examine your MODs and tell you their title, and filename, size, composers, and compare them to a previously saved list (to check for duplicates). You can even play your MOD files from within the program. I do need to mention though, that while you can load and examine your MOD files in this demo, that is just about all you can do. It's a demo! When you pay the modest (pun intended!) shareware fee you will get the whole program. The demo shows you what the program can do, but still encourages you to register. Support Shareware authors! ST/STE--Falcon compatible.  MODIC13 is "The Modem Dictionary" v.1.30 by R. Scott Perry (it used to be called The Telecommunications Dictionary). This version now defines over 650 words ranging from everyday words like "modem" to more exotic terms like "LAP-M". This file is filled with clear and helpful explainations of terms and concepts you hear about every day. Reading through this file is an eye-opener! I found it interesting! Check it out! SHAREWARE. Uncompresses to 140K.  MONO25 is the Monochrome PUT Maker And File Converter/Merger v.2.5 by Thomas Hopper (dated March 5, 1993). This SHAREWARE program loads Degas mono images as well as GFA PUT and Screen files, and cuts portions of them with a GEM rubber box. It will then save the cut portions of these images in a GFA PUT file. It will also save any of these imported images to a disk file in either GFA SCREEN or the uncompressed Degas format. Lastly, it will merge a PUT file from either the memory or the disk to the image currently in memory. This comes as a GFA Basic (.BAS) file with the GFABASRO.PRG included. Mono only. Docs included. I found this on TOAD Hall.  MOVIE_14 is the offical release of Movie madness v.1.4 by Christian D. Carroll (dated Aug. 19, 1990). This ST BBS (Express?) Doors game is fully configurable by the SysOp, and friendly to the user. Movie Madness v1.4 puts you as a big-time movie producer. You are given a choice of 3 scripts and $15 Million to hire 3 actors/actresses and to cover production and advertising costs. Your movie is then critiqued by Hollywood's most prominent movie critics (Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, & USA Today). When the public votes through attendance, the Academy Awards are all awarded, and the dollars are all in, you see you see your success - or lack of it! And now... Lights... Camera... Action! Prepare for MOVIE MADNESS!! Another similar BBS game is...  PRODUCEM is a Michtron BBS game in which you play a big time movie producer. MCL source code included, so you can add this online game to your own Michtron 3.0 BBS.  MULTI is Multi-Bricks (Multi-briques) demo version 1.00 by Arnaud & Julien Lemaitre. This "Break Out" styled game for the Falcon030. The program is in French, but supposedly is not hard to figure out. I don't know just what the "Demo" label means as there are no docs other than an English language file detailing the keyboard and "joypad" controls. Uncompresses to 790K.  NOVELLA is "Movies At Night" v.1.1 by Anthony Watson (dated Dec.3, 1993). I have no idea where the file name NOVELLA came from, because when the author uploaded this same file he named it MOVIE11. This Extendo-Save Module For Warp 9 v.3.70 and above will now randomly select a MOVIE to play at each reboot, or when you reload the module. Up to 255 MOVIES are supported for random selection. Two movie files are included (a buzzing bee and a walking man). Excellent animation right on your screen in the form of a screensaver! This works in ST Medium or low only. Shareware from Mountain Software (which also distributes Mountain QWK, the Recipe Box, and numerous other software packages). The only problem I would see with this file is that the animation stays in the same place without moving across the screen. That defeats the purpose of the screensaver! Oh well! Maybe next version.  PAPA_WAS is a Falcon demo from E.K.O Productions (Alexis Naibo) that is huge! The compressed file is nearly 1.04 megabytes! From Germany, the title of this demo is "Papa Was a Bladerunner." It won at the 1993 Intermedia Convention. I have NO idea what this is about, but I've been told it is excellent! It will only display on a TV/RGB monitor (no VGA) and in an ST compatible resolution.  RGON is a pretty program that doesn't do anything other than look pretty! By Greg George, this program will cover your screen with colorful animated polygons. It's not a screensaver because to see it you need to run it from the desktop. The programmer allows for you to customize the display by pressing a few keys. Color only (obviously, since mono isn't all that colorful!). Docs included. ST--STE compatible (at least), BUT... when run from my STE on exiting it locks up the machine (not a good idea!).  SLARTR13 is Slartris v.1.3, the Tetris clone by Thomas R. Schmidt (dated July 28, 1993). This .PRG/.ACC, GEM compliant, Multi-TOS and Geneva friendly game works off of a floppy or hard drive in both color and mono modes (and exits cleanly, too!). It has a number of different options, and in scoring it follows the lameboy (oops, GameBoy) standard of awarding more points when more than one level is cleared at once. Perhaps the best part of this game is that you can play it with a partner via MIDI cables! Keyboard or joystick controlled. Docs in German, but I used CV Translator v.2.0 by Carlos Varela (see above) and that worked well enough.  SPACGLOB is a .TGA image of a globe rendered using Lexicor's Phoenix 2.0. I checked this out using GEM View (oops, I still haven't turned in my registration!) and it is quite amazing. I would love to see it on a Falcon. Anyone care to donate one? The archive also includes a press release about Phoenix 2.0.  SPINSUIT is a huge (1.35 meg compressed!) 16 bit True Color Animation created using Lexicor's Phoenix 2.0 on a Falcon. You will need Lexicor's FLIPLAY.PRG and a Falcon, Nova, or Crazy Dots II card in 16 bit modes (I imagine a Cyrel Graphics card would work, too) to view this animation. It shows a spinning cube with the cube faces covered with pictures of swimsuited models. The archive also includes a press release about Phoenix 2.0.  STOSUP26 is the Sept. 1, 1990 update of the STOS Language, Compiler, and ST Fun School II disk so that they will be compatible with the TOS 1.62 STE's. Use this file to update STOS Language and Compiler to v.2.6. Since Fun School II was written is STOS Basic v.2.4 you need to update it as well. Once you update your STOS disks you can upgrade any programs you write to newer versions of TOS by using STOS Fixer v.2.7a. This file comes to you by the creators of STOS.  SYSINFO is SYSINFO v.1.51 by David Troy of Toad Computers (dated Jan. 1994). Formerly MODEMTST, this program will check out your modem for compatibility with STraight FAX! available through Toad Computers. Now even compatible with more modems than ever before, SysInfo has moved on to new realms of testing. Now it will inspect and report on your entire system configuration - everything from your TOS version to your GDOS version to your AUTO folder, some obscure TSR's and cookies (in the cookie jar). The program will save the results of all these texts in an ASCII text file. ST/STE/TT/Falcon/Gemulator compatible (MultiTOS and Geneva, too). Color or mono. One final point... I forgot to mention that Toad Computers is another one of those dealers with a strong online presence. Thanks to them for providing wonderful service both online and off!  TAKETHIS is TakeThis v.1.3 by Daniel Tauschke/Capricorn ISS (dated 1993). This program (either .GTP or .PRG) will act as a universal shell for all .TTP programs. It allows you to store the commands each .TTP program uses, select files and destinations using the mouse, and more. I have to be honest here, I haven't used this and am relying on the rough translation created by the German to English program by Carlos Varela. But that's what it seems to say. Actually, the docs how to install it are much clearer than just what it does! So try it and see (write a cleared description and send it to me!) It will work on any TOS version, including Falcon TOS (multi-TOS not yet supported). For any res. 640x400 or above. Shareware.  THRIL_NT is an excellent Mono only game! Thriller (N.T.) from "Two Men at Work" ( M. Hintzen und J. Verwohlt) is a joystick or keyboard controlled game in which you move a rolling ball along grooves that trail across the screen. Collect all the little hearts and then make your way to the exit. Simple, right? Wrong! There are these other little balls that follow you about and try to roll over you (hint: don't let them do that or you die!). The docs are in German, but you can figure it out. This is one of those "I'll try it just one more time" games. It was a lot of fun, and my hands were sore from gripping the joystick after I was done! Register this game and you will get a book which gives you secret access codes allowing you entrance to levels hidden in this version. Recommended. ST--Falcon with at least 1 meg RAM.  WHATIS66 is the WHATIS File Identifier v6.6 by Bill Aycock (dated Feb. 13, 1994). WHATIS is a simple program that will identify over 160 different types of files (why bother listing them - if you have them, this program will likely identify them!). It is mouse-driven and is easy to use; everything is done from a single dialog box. Why use Whatis? Let's say you're on your local BBS, and download a file called SIMPSON.ARC. You fire up your favorite Arc Shell to get the file, and it says "I don't know how to handle this file!". Whip out Whatis and take a look, and you find out the file is really an LHarc archive - the uploader used the wrong extender! Just rename the file and you're all set. Another, darker scenario...a virus sneaks into your system and erases your hard drive's directory. Fortunately, you have a program that can recover your files - unfortunately, it names all the files FILE0001, FILE0002, and so on! Spend a little time with Whatis, and you may not figure out each file's original name, but at least you'll know which are programs, which are .PI1s, which are Calamus docs... a real help if you need it. It runs as either a .PRG or .ACC (just rename it) and will work with any ST, STe, or TT. Do you wonder what in the world that .??? file is? This program can tell you! Any ST/TT res. Docs included.  WINGLORD is a demo of WingLord by Victor Bruhn (dated 1993). This game is reminiscent of Joust. Designed with DMA sound in mind, this game will play on any ST--Falcon, but if played on an ST loses out on the DMA sound. WingLord has the player in control of a knight mounted on a flying unicorn. Using the joystick you control the wing flapping rate and hence the speed and height of the knight. Destroy your enemies through crashing into them with your lance (just make sure you hit them from a higher level - don't let them get above you!), or shooting them with your gun. Watch out because at the higher levels they shoot back! One or two players with a computer controlled demo available. Excellent text and online animated documentation. Shareware (registration allows you to progress past level 19 and some other perks here and there). Color. This is another one of those "I'll try it one more time" games.  WINSTALL is Winstall v.1.00 (dated Oct. 1993) from WinterTree Software (the makers of GramSlam, Grammer Expert, and Spelling Sentry among other fine products). Winstall automatically installs software packages by copying files from one or more source diskettes onto your customer's system. Winstall simplifies the installation process and reduces the chance that your customer will incorrectly install your software package. Winstall is useful for software developers and publishers, shareware/PD distributors, and user-group librarians. SHAREWARE. The only "limitation" is that a shareware plea is occasionally displayed on screen. Register and you get your company's name placed there.  WORDLIST is an ASCII listing of 2,700 words by Eugene Gorelik (dated Feb. 24, 1994). You can use this file to teach your spelling checker a thing or two (or is it, "Ewe Cann Ewes this vial two teach ewer spelling checker a thin oar too."). Merge this as is into your spelling dictionary (or since it has a lot of personal and place names) sort through it and discard words you won't likely need. Directions on how to merge this file into some common spelling checkers are included. That's it for now! I'm ready to fire up my modem and send this file off. Send me some mail! Until next time. All of these files can be found on one or more of the following on-line services: GEnie (M.BURKLEY1), Delphi (MRBURKLEY), The CodeHead BBS (213-461-2095), and at Toad Hall, now the official BBS of the Boston Computer Society (617-567-8642) (Michael R. Burkley). Drop me a line! Michael lives in Niagara Falls, NY. He is a former Polyurethane Research Chemist and is presently the pastor of the Niagara Presbyterian Church. --==--==--==--==-- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- --==--==-- Delphi Sign-Up Information --==--==-- -- -- -- -- To enroll as a Delphi subscriber, modem call 1-800-365-4636. 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Box 214892 | | Sacramento, CA 95821-0892 | | | \=========================================================/ //// Texas Atari Festival June 4-5, 1994 Greetings Atari Fans!! I bring you good news and salutations from south central Texas. S.A.L.S.A. (ST Atari League of San Antonio) invites you and your friends to join us at the Texas Atari Festival '94 Computer Show! This amazing amalgamation of technology and wonder will take place June 4th and 5th from 10AM to 5PM on the campus of St. Mary's University. This is a fantastic chance to see the newest software and hardware in the world of Atari as well a great excuse to come to San Antonio and take a little weekend vacation! What can you do? Well I'm glad you asked! S.A.L.S.A. is targeting the general public, not just Atari or other computer users. Because of this we want to show off the multitude of things that can be done with computers and Atari computers specifically. That is why we are asking users and user groups who attend to bring some of their vast knowledge and experience and share it with us. If there is a program or area of computing that you have expertise in, we'd love to have you or your user group do a one-time demonstration. This is the best way to help others learn what you've learned as well as a great way to draw someone into our world of Atari. If you'd like to come spread your knowledge around, please let me know ASAP. We are beginning the schedule of events and the sooner we hear from you the better. One other request for help from you. We are working from a small list of user groups and developers/vendors. If you know of anyone who would be interested in attending TAF '94 or might like to display their products/services at the show please pass this information along to them. We appreciate your support!! Lest I forget, there are a limited number of rooms available for lodging on the St. Mary's campus. One night single occupancy is $20. One night double occupancy is $16 per person. Now these rooms aren't fancy but they are CHEAP and only a short walk from the show building. We need to have your reservations AND your money by May 25th. Also admission will be three dollars and fifty cents at the door but each ticket will be eligible for one of many door prizes! If you'd like information about our many tourist attractions just drop us a line and we'll get you the info pronto. We may not be the biggest computer show you'll ever go to but we plan on having the most fun!! Thanks! R. Scott Helsel, Event Coordinator 13938 Brantley San Antonio, Texas 78233 (210)655-4672 GEnie mail - R.Helsel InterNet mail - R.Helsel@genie.geis.com =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// It's All Relative CD Audio Player =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Category 30, Topic 9 Message 58 Sun Mar 06, 1994 GREG at 02:30 EST Win FAME, FORTUNE, and a FREE COPY of a CD Audio player for the Falcon.... Looking for a creative name for a CD audio player for the Falcon 030. The player will also run on the ST/STe/Mega/TT series too. You can channel sound directly to your stereo or pipe it through the Falcon's mic in and audio out using DSP modifiers in the process if you wish. Mix CD audio with DMA sound too. Had a lot of fun playing with a beta version today. The Cyborg version of Woodie Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" was quite different to say the least. I can sing along better with Jefferson Starship when I drop Gracie Slick down half an octave. Does the White Album by the Beatles really have secret messages on it? Running a light musical background behind Photo Show Pro narrations ties the presentation into a smoother flowing show without the need for complicated audio edits and merges. You can even just play a CD in the background while you work. For all the "I love Photo Show Pro but hate MultiTOS" critics out there, NO MULTITOS is required, but the player will run under MultiTOS. Seriously, we don't have a name yet. If your name is selected, we will give you a free copy of the final version. In a totally unrelated tribute to DMJ, he managed to do, in 24 hours, more than a multi-national Fortune 500 company accomplished after two years. Knowing Damien, he's most likely trying to cut the time down to 18 hours next time. :-> Post your name here. In the event we go with our own name, first reply on GEnie, Delphi and CIS each gets a copy of the software. In the case of duplicate entries, earliest time/date wins. Your mileage may vary. To shy to post your name in public. Leave me e-mail. //// Editor: For Internet replies, send EMail to =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= //// Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG Additions =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Cleveland, OH--February 25, 1994--In an effort to bring professional support to Atari users at absolutely no cost, the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG has released a new version of its SIG. The main goal of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is to offer the most support possible to Atari users. The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIGOps feel that this new version is comparable to that of Atari SIGs on pay systems. The additions to the Atari SIG include: o Direct access to Atari related International Usenet newsgroups. o An enhancement of the already popular "8-Bit Computers Support Area" which now includes ALL the issues published of Z*Magazine and a new and improved Technical Forum for 8-bit programmers and hardware hackers. While other online systems are decreasing support for the 8-Bit Atari, the Cleveland Free-Net is increasing its support! o A restructured "16/32-Bit Computers Support Area" which now includes more information text files than ever before. The support area includes a large list of files that can be received from popular FTP sites like atari.archives.umich.edu. Over 400 online magazines are included online with every issue of Z*Net & ST Report from 1989. All issues of Atari Explorer Online are also available. o An improved "Lynx Support Area" which includes invaluable information text files that are maintained by the readers of Usenet's rec.games.video.atari. These text files include the Lynx FAQ, cheats, record high scores, comlynx users list, reviews, and more! The support area also includes a unique game card rating system where Lynx players vote their opinion of each game. o A new "Jaguar Support Area" which was created to be the best online information source available for Jaguar players. The support area includes: news, summaries, reviews, information text files, game ratings, press releases and articles, and online publications. Many of the Jaguar information text files are also maintained by readers of Usenet's rec.games.video.atari. o An "Atari Library" that is truly a library for Atari users. The Atari Library includes: many information text files and documents, a "Time Capsule" for old, but important information, online publications, Usenet newsgroups, CAIN Newsletters, and Atari SIG logs. The Atari Library also includes the Atari SIG's "Who's Who in the Atari Community" e-mail address directory. o An area for the construction of the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's monthly CAIN Newsletter. "CAIN Online Newsroom" is where editors, staff, and contributors meet to share information that goes into each newsletter. Anyone interested in helping to put together CAIN Newsletter should visit CAIN Online Newsroom. The Cleveland Free-Net Community Computer System is a multi-user system that supports hundreds of users online simultaneously. Internet users may access the Cleveland Free-Net at the following telnet addresses: freenet-in-a.cwru.edu, freenet-in-b.cwru.edu, freenet-in-c.cwru.edu (184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11) The Cleveland Free-Net is accessible via modem by the phone number: 216/368-3888. If there is a Free-Net in your city, the Cleveland Free-Net is accessible through the "Teleport" option. The Cleveland Free-Net is not just a local community computer system. Atari users from all over the world access the Atari SIG on the Cleveland Free-Net daily to participate in bulletin board conversations and to contribute news and information. Atari conferences are usually held once a month on the IRC (go irc). If interested in participating in these conferences, check the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's General Bulletin Board for time and date information. If you would like to be a guest speaker at one of these conferences or have any questions or comments about the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org. ||| ||| Shutdown ............................ Power off, EXIT, BYE, Logoff / | \ ------------------------------------------------------------------ We welcome feedback from all of our readers; feedback both positive and negative. Whatever you think of our efforts, we sincerely would like to know. Our EMail addresses are sprinkled throughout each issue - with the new Internet gateway into GEnie, you can reach us through the Internet also. Append "@genie.geis.com" to any of our GEnie addresses. 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