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Article #462 (730 is last):
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 27-May-94 #1022
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Jun  6 11:10:44 1994



                            SILICON TIMES REPORT
                            ====================
                        INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE
                        =============================
                                                        
                                    from
                       STR Electronic Publishing Inc.
                                     
                                     
   May 27, 1994                                                  No. 1022
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                        International Online Magazine
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 > 05/27/94 STR 1022  "The Original * Independent * Online Magazine!"
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 - CPU INDUSTRY REPORT    - EPSON INKJET!     - Apple Powerbook 500 
 - WordStar 2.0!          - 200Mhz Chip!      - HAYES Optima 288 V.FC 
 - ASPELL Updated!        - Zilog Z80180      - Radio Shack Sells PCs
 - STR MailCall           - People Talking    - The Old Fishin' Hole!

                     -* COMDEX/WORLD OF WINDOWS ISSUE *-
                       -* WORD PERFECT OFFERS MOST! *-
                        -* Bob Brodie Leaves Atari *-

   ======================================================================
                   STReport International Online Magazine
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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"
   """"""""""""""""""""""

      Comdex!!  Can you say wall to wall people?  Goodies Galore?  New
 Products?  New Software and upgrades at every turn?  You have an idea of
 what Comdex looks like at its quiet times.  This year's Atlanta show was
 excellent.  One simply had to walk away with sheer delight in knowing the
 future of computing is such a shining star.
   
      Enough of my babbling, let's get into this issue as there is plenty
 of info for all.  For the next three issues, expect a good deal about the
 "new" that's on the way.  
   
      Next week, we shall have the second installment of our overview of the
 online services, the networks and the future of telecommunicating through
 networks.  We shall have particular emphasis on front end, navigator and
 OLR software.


                                    Thanks again for reading.....
    
                                         Ralph...


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  STReport's Staff                      DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU!
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 Section Editors
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      PC SECTION     AMIGA SECTION       MAC SECTION    ATARI SECTION
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           John Szczepanik          Dan Stidham         Joseph Mirando
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           Jeff Coe                 Steve Keipe         Guillaume Brasseur
           Melanie Bell             Jay Levy            Jeff Kovach    
           Marty Mankins            Carl Prehn          Paul Charchian

 Contributing Correspondents:
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           Eric Jerue          Ron Deal                 Mike Barnwell  
           Ed Westhusing       Glenwood Drake           Vernon W.Smith
           Bruno Puglia        Paul Haris               Kevin Miller   
           Craig Harris        Allen Chang              Dominick J. Fontana

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



                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)
                         ===========================



                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
   
                                Issue #22
   
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.



                  ******* General Computer News *******


                  ** Epson Unveils New Inkjet Printer **

    Epson America Inc's first color inkjet printer capable of heightening 
 photographic imagery has been unveiled this week at the Comdex/Windows 
 World computer trade show in Atlanta.

    Manager Edith Dees of Epson's printer group product is reported as 
 saying the Stylus Color uses Epson's proprietary stylus inkjet 
 technology.

    "When used with special paper," reports say, "the printer can produce 
 near photographic quality images with 720 by 720 dots per-inch resolu-
 tion. In normal mode, the Epson Stylus Color prints at 360 dpi resolu-
 tion. Print jobs are prepared in the background so images are generated 
 in less than 90 seconds releasing the computer's processor for other 
 use."

    Priced at between $550 and $600, a DOS/Windows version of the printer 
 is to ship in July, while an Apple Macintosh version will ship in the 
 fall.

    Epson also has introduced its Action Laser 1600, a new laser printer 
 that provides 600 dpi resolution while printing at six pages per minute. 
 A 150 sheet paper tray can accommodate legal-and letter-sized paper as 
 well as envelopes. Available now, the printer lists for $1,199. Replace-
 ment cartridges are $179.


                  ** MIPS, Toshiba Offer 200MHz Chips **

    A 200MHz version of a R4400 chip now is being offered by MIPS Techno-
 logies Inc., a unit of Silicon Graphics Inc., and Toshiba America 
 Electronic Components Inc., a unit of Toshiba Corp.

    Officials with the two companies are quoted as saying the new chip is 
 the first version of a MIPS RISC (reduced instruction set computing) 
 microprocessor that is certified as running at speeds of up to 200MHz.

    "The the R4400/200 chip uses Toshiba's 0.3 micron energy-conserving 
 Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor process and contains 2.3 million 
 transistors".
  
  
                   ** Apple Ships Mac CD-ROM Product **

    The Macintosh Productivity Edition CD-ROM disk now is being shipped 
 by Apple Computer Inc.'s Software Dispatch business unit.

    A report from Apple's headquarters says that the disk allows 
 customers to use trial versions of different products as well as view 
 self-running guided tours of those products.

    "They are bundled with many external Apple CD-ROM drives, multimedia 
 kits and certain Macintosh computer configurations".


                ** Silicon Graphics & Nintendo Team Up **

    Silicon Graphics Inc. and Nintendo Co. Ltd. announced this week they 
 will launch their jointly developed three-dimensional video machine, 
 called Project Reality, by the summer of 1995 -- just in time for the 
 start of next year's holiday gift-buying season.

    "We're doing great with Nintendo. We intend to be out with that pro-
 duct next summer for the Christmas buying cycle," said Thomas Jermoluk, 
 president and chief operating officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. "They're 
 very excited about it, and we have over 60 game developers already doing 
 games for the launch of the Project Reality system."

    It will first be released in arcades sometime before the end of the 
 year and then shipped for home use next year. The target price for the 
 home system in the United States is under $250.
  
  
                            ** Cable Modems **

    Cable modems -- intended to enable users to plug the cable TV line 
 into the back of a computer to get faster, cheaper access to various 
 services -- have been announced by several companies at a convention of 
 the National Cable Television Association.

    Reports say "The cable modems can move text, voice and pictures 1,000 
 times faster over cable TV lines than standard telephone modems," and, 
 "Those devices have more horsepower because cable television lines can 
 carry more information than telephone lines do now."  The officials said
 the modems are expected to be priced at $500 and up.

    Reports are that Intel's and Digital's modem should be capable of 
 moving information at 10 megabits a second, or 10 million bits a second.

    Said John Richardson, manager of Intel's consumer software laboratory,
 "That means a person could go into a database, ask for a magazine quality
 photo and get in on his computer screen in 10 seconds. That would take a
 half-hour now."

    Online services are represented at this week's convention because they
 see opportunities to sell more services through cable connections.

    Jeff Miller, CompuServe's director of research and development, said 
 that because information can be sent faster, service charges to consumers
 could be cheaper than they are now. He added that about 24 million out of
 the 26 million U.S. households with computers also subscribe to cable
 television.
  
  
                 ** Apple Portable Highlight at Comdex **

    Apple Computer Inc. has introduced its promised new series of port-
 able computers, the PowerBook 500, which is said to double the perfor-
 mance of the existing line.

    Apple product manager Julie Herendeen is quoted as saying the new 
 PowerBook features a 9.5-inch active color matrix screen and incorpor-
 ates a new innovation, an integral solid state Apple trackpad. (Users 
 move their fingers across this flat surface to control the cursor on the 
 screen.)
  
  
                   ** Poll: 12% of Homes Have Modems **
  
    A new survey finds 12% of the nation's households now have modem
 equipped computers and that 6% regularly go online.
  
    The survey of more than 4,000 homes, funded by the Times Mirror Co. 
 to study the interplay of people with the media and formation and public 
 policy, also concluded that Americans no longer fear or distrust new 
 technology.
  
    The polling, conducted by the Washington-based Times Mirror Center
 for the People & the Press, found a generation gap persists with regard 
 to feelings toward computers.
  
    Center director Andrew Kohut says that those under 50 like and use 
 computers "significantly" more than those over 50. Only 7% of those over 
 65 even use computers, the survey found.  Also 45% of employed survey 
 respondents said they work at home at least sometimes.
  

                   ** Zilog Makes Faster Modem Chips **

    A higher performance, 33MHz version of its Z80182 modem controller is 
 being unveiled by chipmaker Zilog Inc.

    Reports say that the new chip "allows internal, external and PCMCIA 
 modems to transmit at the V.Fast (V.34) speed."

    The chip is available at 33MHz in a 5.5-Volt 100-pin packages for 
 $14.36 in 10K OEM quantities. The 3.3-Volts version running at 20MHz in 
 100-pin packages is available for $13.83 in 10K OEM quantities.


                    ** IBM to Add Photo CD to OS/2 **

    IBM says it has signed a licensing deal for Photo CD technology with 
 Eastman Kodak and will integrate the technology into future versions of 
 OS/2.

    The computer maker says the move will make OS/2 the first PC operat-
 ing system to be Photo CD-enabled without requiring users to buy 
 additional software.

    An update that enables OS/2 2.1 to read Photo CD images will be made 
 available online from IBM and CompuServe this summer. IBM will integrate 
 the Photo CD read-only technology and the capability to write Photo CD 
 images into a future version of OS/2.

    The licensing agreement also gives IBM the ability to deliver 
 integrated Photo CD support in its other operating system platforms.

    "By integrating Photo CD support into OS/2, we're continuing our
 commitment to making OS/2 an operating system that offers more power and 
 greater capabilities than competitive offerings," says Wally Casey, 
 director of marketing for IBM's Personal Software Products division. "We 
 believe this will make OS/2 an even more attractive option to anyone who 
 is working with or creating applications that involve multimedia 
 content."

    Kodak's Photo CD system allows color images, including 35mm photos, 
 scanned images and computer-generated color graphics, to be stored in 
 the Photo CD format. Up to 100 high resolution Photo CD images can be 
 stored on a single Photo CD master disc.


                    ** Radio Shack to Sell IBM PCs **

    Under a new pilot program, Radio Shack is set to begin selling brand
 name IBM computers in about 500 of its stores.

    Reports say the agreement calls for Radio Shack, the retail subsidiary
 of Tandy Corp., to sell various IBM PS/Note notebook computers and PS/1
 desktop systems, along with its private label line of Tandy computers.


                 ** Gates: Power Computers for $2,000 **

    While new models of personal computers continue to offer huge increases
 in computing capability, retail prices will continue to hover at about
 $2,000 per unit, predicted Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates.

    Gates said this week in a speech at Comdex in Atlanta: "Today, most 
 machines are being sold with audio capability, eight megabytes of RAM 
 and at least a '486 chip. By early next year, at a $2,000 price point, 
 we are going to be able to see Pentium-type performance, with 16MB and -
 - I believe -- even a CD-ROM drive built in."


                ** Windows Users Now Number 50 Million **
  
    The number of licensed users of the Microsoft Windows operating 
 system doubled in the previous 12 months, bringing the total number of 
 customers using it to more than 50 million.
  
    Microsoft officials said Windows is the most popular PC operating 
 system in the world with a current sales rate of 2 million copies each 
 month.
  
    Since Windows 3.0 first shipped, the number of users has roughly 
 doubled each year, growing from about 2 million in May 1990 to 5 million 
 in 1991 to 10 million in 1992. The number of Windows users in 1993 were 
 counted at the 25 million mark, while more than 50 million are claimed 
 in 1994.
  
  
                       ** Dell Recalls Monitors **

    Dell Computer is voluntarily recalling approximately 63,000 Dell 
 Model DL-1460NI 14-inch SVGA color monitors. The units were sold 
 directly by Dell, as well as through Sam's Club, Costco, Price Club and 
 CompUSA.

    The computer maker says internal components may overheat, causing a 
 fire hazard.

    Dell says consumers using its monitors should look for the model 
 number "DL-1460NI" on the back of their unit. Users of the affected 
 monitors should call Dell at 800-913-3355 to arrange for shipping and 
 repair of the monitor.

    Dell says it has received 32 reports of its monitors overheating and, 
 in some cases, catching fire. None of the reported incidents involved 
 personal injury and the reported fires did not spread. Dell imported the 
 monitors from a Taiwanese manufacturer in 1992 and 1993.


                    ** NEC Cuts CD-ROM Drive Prices **

    NEC Technologies Inc. of Wood Dale, Ill., has cut the prices on its 
 Multi-Spin 3X family of CD-ROM drives.

    The MultiSpin 3Xe, which used to cost $600, now sells for $499. The 
 MultiSpin 3Xi's price has been dropped from $500 to $465. The MultiSpin 
 3Xp, which used to sell for $455, is now priced at $415.

    "The market for CD-ROM readers has transformed itself over the past 
 year," says Marc Miller, vice president of NEC Technologies' Advanced 
 Media Products Group. "The CD-ROM market has exploded: NEC introduced 
 triple-speed CD-ROM readers, availability of CD-ROM software titles has 
 grown exponentially and customers know about and want CD-ROM." 

                 ___________________________________________


                                         

 > HAYES 288 V.FC STR InfoFile      288 V.FC PowerHouse Modems
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""






                     HAYES INTRODUCES INTERNAL 288 V.FC MODEM 
                           WITH HAYES ESP INCORPORATED 


         Atlanta, GA, 20 May 1994 -- Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
 today announced the availability of OPTIMA 288B V.FC + Fax for US$499 and
 CDN$599.  Incorporated onto this internal modem card is Hayes ESP
 Communications Accelerator.  The integrated Hayes ESP COM Port Technology
 is a custom 16-bit communications co-processor which allows OPTIMA 288B
 V.FC to achieve full data transmission port speed of  230,400 bit/s in
 multi-tasking environments such as Windows. 

         This internal data + fax modem supports V.Fast Class (V.FC) for  
 28,800 bit/s (28.8 bit/s) data transmission; ITU-T V.42bis data
 compression; ITU-T V.42 error-control; and Group 3 fax using V.17 for
 14,400 bit/s fax transmission.  

         This product is also fully compatible with the installed base of 
 V.32bis (14.4 bit/s), V.32 (9600 bit/s) and V.22bis (2400 bit/s) modems. 
 In addition, OPTIMA 288B V.FC will operate at 28,800 bit/s with future
 Hayes products implementing the V.34 (V.Fast) standard once it is
 approved.  Hayes will make an upgrade to V.34 (V.Fast) available at a cost
 of less than US $100.

         In order to achieve its superior throughput, Hayes OPTIMA 288B
 V.FC supports an enhanced and well optimized implementation of the V.42bis 
 standard, as well as a larger dictionary than other modem vendors in order
 to improve performance for a wide range of file types.  Examples of files
 that consistently achieve superior throughput rates include graphics
 files, text files, e-mail message files, database/spread sheet data and
 other types of user generated data.

         It is a common misconception that an internal modem plug-in card 
 will not suffer the same throughput and data loss problems as an external 
 modem attached to a serial port.  The combination of Hayes high-speed
 OPTIMA technology and Hayes ESP provides reliable high-speed
 communications for users who prefer an internal plug-in modem solution. 
 With Hayes ESP's dedicated co-processor, users benefit from built-in
 automatic flow control to ensure data integrity by eliminating buffer
 overrun errors experienced with even the 16550 UART at speeds of 115.2
 bit/s or higher.  The ESP COM Port Technology is the only serial
 architecture to support speeds above 115,200 bit/s in Windows or network
 operating system environments.  To maximize the PC's performance, Hayes
 ESP provides dual 1024-byte send/receive buffers and a 16-bit PC Bus
 interface for superior I/O performance.

         OPTIMA 288B V.FC + FAX comes with a two year limited performance 
 warranty which is extendable to five years when customers register the 
 product within 90 days of purchase (US & Canada only).  OPTIMA 288B V.FC + 
 FAX is bundled with Smartcom for Windows LE and Smartcom FAX for Windows 
 communications software.



                      HAYES ANNOUNCES OPTIMA 288 V.FC  
                                     FOR
                                 MACINTOSH 

         ATLANTA, GA, 20 May 1994 -- Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
 today announced OPTIMA 28800 V.FC + FAX for the Macintosh.  OPTIMA 288
 V.FC for the Mac will be available 30 May 1994 for an estimated retail
 price of US$579 and CDN$719.  This external data + fax modem supports
 V.Fast Class (V.FC) for 28,800 bit/s (28.8 kbit/s) data transmission and
 comes packaged with a Mac-to-modem cable, Smartcom FAX for the Macintosh
 and Smartcom for the Mac communications software.

         OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX for the Macintosh will operate at 28,800
 bit/s with future Hayes products implementing the ITU-T V.34 (V.Fast)
 standard once it is approved.  Hayes will make an upgrade to V.34
 available  for less than US$100.

         OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX for the Macintosh supports Group 3 Fax 
 standard V.17 for 14,400 bit/s for send/receive fax transmission.   This 
 product also supports ITU-T V.42bis data compression, ITU-T V.42 
 error-control, and V.32.

         "We are excited about bringing high-speed data transmission to the 
 Macintosh environment," said Hayes President Dennis C. Hayes.  "The OPTIMA 
 product line was developed to provide Hayes customers with a
 cost-effective way to get the job done.  We are continuing this commitment
 with the introduction of a 28.8 V.FC modem into the Macintosh
 environment."

         With so many tasks competing  for the computer's resources, it's 
 virtually impossible for a communications application to maintain the
 degree of control necessary to efficiently manage high-speed serial
 communications.  To attack this problem in the ISA/EISA and Micro Channel
 bus architecture, Hayes recommends Hayes ESP Communications Accelerator. 
 However, for the Macintosh environment, Hayes recommends the  Hustler card 
 by Creative Solutions, of Rockville, Maryland.

         Included with OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX for the Macintosh is Smartcom 
 FAX for the Macintosh  which allows users to fax documents directly from 
 their Macintosh computer, as well as receive fax messages and then view, 
 print or save them to disk.  Smartcom FAX for the Macintosh also keeps 
 detailed Transaction Logs in files on disk so that both send and receive
 fax activities may be viewed at any time.

          All OPTIMA products carry a two year limited performance
 warranty.  A special offer by Hayes, available in the U.S. and Canada
 only, allows users to obtain a free extension of the limited performance
 warranty to a total of five years coverage when an OPTIMA product is
 registered within 90 days of purchase by mail or through Online With Hayes
 bulletin board system.  

 Notice: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. reserves the right to make
 improvements to the product described in this manual at any time and
 without notice.

 Hayes, the Hayes icon, the Hayes logo, the Hayes '302 Escape Sequence
 Patent icon, V-series, Smartmodem, Smartcom, OPTIMA and ACCURA are
 trademarks of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. V.FC is a trademarks of
 Rockwell International Corporation. MNP is a trademark of Microcom, Inc.
 Other trademarks mentioned in this document are trademarks of their
 respective companies.


         Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes develops,
 supplies and supports computer communications equipment and software for
 personal computer and computer communications networks.  The company
 distributes its products in over 65 countries through a global network of
 authorized distributors, dealers, mass merchants, VARs, systems
 integrators and original equipment manufacturers.  Hayes, OPTIMA, Smartcom
 and ESP are trademarks of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. V.FC and
 V.Fast Class are trademarks of Rockwell International Corporation.  Other
 trademarks mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.


               _______________________________________________



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      For example, if you set your InPlace Spell-Checker's Hot key to be
 F12, then as soon as you have finished editing the Subject line of your
 email, you can just hit F12 to automatically spell-check it!  You can just
 hit F12 to spell-check your text in Window's NotePad, or as another
 example spell-check the description of your new software in Window's
 Program Manager.  

      The InPlace Spell-Checker can become your best friend very quickly!
 It is also very easy for you to configure AboveSpell to your personal
 taste.  AboveSpell adds itself to Window's Control Panel:

      So all you have to do is start up Window's Control Panel, which is
 found in your "Accessories" Group in Window's Program Manager.  Locate the
 AboveSpell's Icon, and double click it to have the a Setup Dialog Box come
 up: In this Setup Dialog Box you can select to which Windows in WinCIM you
 wish the "Spell" button added, and set SpellAnywhere's and the InPlace
 Spell-Checker's Hot keys.

      AboveSpell is absolutely the best spell-checker for WinCIM, and with
 it, you receive two gifts:  SpellAnywhere and the InPlace Spell-Checker,
 for free.  It is quite a bargain for only $23.10.

      The fastest way to order AboveSpell is via CompuServe:  type GO
 SWREG, and register Program ID: 2413.  The amount of $23.10 (plus $3.00
 S&H) will be added to your next CompuServe bill automatically, and
 AboveSpell will be at your doorstep in about two business days-- your
 software will be shipped to you via USPS Two Day Priority Mail.  

      To order with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or
 Discover) you can email your order to GIR Software at CompuServe ID:
 72603,666 or call us at 508-580-2404 (9-6pm M-F EST).

      This terrific collection of Spell-Checkers will make your life
 easier, especially if you are using CompuServe to communicate with your
 friends and people of your profession.

                                              Sincerely Yours,
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 P.S.  To order AboveSpell, type GO SWREG, and register Program ID: 2413 . 
 Of course, you always have a 30 day money back guarantee-- zero risk to
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      "By the way, I was sure surprised to find your disk waiting for me in
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 of CompuServe, Inc.  Word is a Registered Trademark of Microsoft, Corp.

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                       WORDPERFECT CORPORATION SHIPS 
                              NEW WRITING TOOLS

 Grammatik 6 and Random House Webster's Dictionary improve grammar checking
 and writing 

 ATLANTA # May 23, 1994 # WordPerfect Corporation today shipped Grammatik
 6, a new version of its grammar and style-checker which offers several new
 writing improvement features, a re-designed interface to make it even
 easier to use, and a new automatic sentence rewriting feature that
 has never been available in a grammar checker until now.  The company also
 shipped a concise version of the popular Random House Webster's Electronic
 Dictionary.  Both products are part of  the WordPerfect Main Street
 consumer product line designed for the home and small business.
     
 Grammatik 6 (Windows)
 ---------------------
         The complete revision of Grammatik featured a design process with
 extensive user feedback, interface design and usability testing. 
 Thousands of hours of design and usability studies identified the need for
 a simpler more speller-like grammar interface as well as new ways to
 present powerful features like sentence rewriting and writing styles.

         Grammatik 6's new QuickCheck option provides a simple, easy way to
 do basic checks of spelling, mechanics and grammar, and saves users time
 by not checking for style and more esoteric characteristics such as
 archaic language, cliche's and gender-specific words.  In addition to
 QuickCheck, Grammatik 6 offers 10 predefined style guides and three levels
 of formality to choose from, so users can personalize their proofreading
 process for the appropriate audiences.  Also, an extensive Help system is
 available to give them guidance on both writing problems and program
 features.  

         New features have also been added to help users improve their
 writing.  Grammatik 6 offers a high degree of grammar and spell checking
 accuracy and is now the only grammar checker available that offers
 sentence rewriting, a feature that allows users to automatically replace
 their original sentence with Grammatik#s corrected sentence, simply by
 double-clicking.  To help users learn as they go along, the software also
 provides readability statistics, background information, and a new
 graphical Parse Tree that provides additional information on sentence
 structure.   

         As with previous versions, Grammatik 6 offers accurate error
 detection by using a linguistic technology called Mor-Proof meaning
 morphology-based proof reading.  Mor-Proof's combination of word and
 sentence analysis allows intelligent replacement of spelling, grammar and
 clause errors. As the software proofreads documents for errors in grammar,
 style, usage, punctuation and spelling, it also explains errors and gives
 advice. 

      Grammatik also provides a bookmark feature, which lets users stop
 proofreading in the middle of a document and instantly return to that
 point to resume checking.  

         The Macintosh version of Grammatik 6 is expected to begin shipping
 in August 1994.  The Windows version requires a 386 processor or higher
 with 2MB of RAM, Microsoft Windows 3.1, and 2.5M of hard disk space.  The
 Macintosh version will require a Macintosh with System 6.0.5 or later, a
 minimum of 2MB of RAM and 2.5M hard disk space.   Both have a suggested
 retail price of $49.95US/$60CAN.* With more than five million copies sold
 and support for all popular word processors, Grammatik is the best-selling
 writing improvement tool in the world on all platforms.

                   Random House School & Office Dictionary
                            (Windows & Macintosh)

         Based on Random House Webster's College Dictionary, the program
 contains quick and easy definitions for over 60,000 words, including the
 latest contemporary words.  A new engine in this version makes it more
 compact and much faster to use.  The dictionary provides a convenient way
 to improve writing for new and experienced computer users working at home,
 school, in small businesses or for those using mobile computers such as
 laptops. 
         The program uses a computerized dictionary database supplied by
 Random House, the largest general trade-book publisher in the English
 speaking world.  This database is converted to  a highly compressed
 WordPerfect format. The product also features a powerful search and
 retrieval mechanism, and a user interface designed for speed and ease of
 use.  

         For each word, the software gives the full definition contained in
 the hard cover dictionary.  The dictionary can be accessed from within all
 major applications, making it appear as a feature of the application so
 the user's work style is not interrupted.

         The Random House School & Office Dictionary is available now for
 both Windows and Macintosh.  The Windows version requires a 386 processor
 or higher with 2MB of RAM, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later, and 3MB of
 hard disk space.  The Macintosh version requires a Macintosh Plus or
 higher with System 6.0 or later, a minimum of 2MB of RAM and 3MB free hard
 disk space.   

         Both versions of the Random House Dictionary have a suggested
 retail price of $29.95US/$36CAN.* Localized versions for Canada, Germany,
 France and the United Kingdom have also begun shipping.

         WordPerfect Main Street products are available through computer
 superstores, warehouse clubs, retailers, and directly from WordPerfect
 Corporation by calling 1-800-321-4566.  All products within the
 WordPerfect Main Street line have a suggested retail price of
 $29-139US/$35-169CAN.* 



                       WORDPERFECT CORPORATION SHIPS 
                         EXPRESSFAX+ 3.0 FOR WINDOWS

 ExpressFax+ combines fax and data communications for the home and office 

 ATLANTA-May 23, 1994-WordPerfect Corporation's consumer products division
 today began shipping WordPerfect ExpressFax+ 3.0 for Windows.  As part of
 the WordPerfect Main Street product line, the fax and data communications
 product will allow users to send and receive faxes and connect with
 information services and electronic bulletin boards.  

         ExpressFax+ integrates essential fax and data features into a
 single product, distinguishing itself from other dedicated fax or data
 communications software. "Home and small office users are not looking for
 an intricate interface for their communications solution," said Sam Yee,
 product marketing director, consumer products division. "What we provide
 is a desktop that organizes the user's primary communication needs."

         The ExpressFax+ Desktop is the starting point where users access
 communication tools. From the Desktop, a user can enter the Phone Book,
 where phone numbers for data and fax are stored in one common phone
 book. Fax a Note allows users to create and send short fax messages. The
 Inbox holds received faxes, while the Outbox lists all sent faxes and
 status information.  Users gain access into the terminal module by
 pressing the communications icon.

         "We've designed ExpressFax+ from the ground up for the consumer
 market," said Jeff Mallett, senior director, consumer products division.
 "The fax and data communications program will be a great starting point
 for first time computer users as well as those computing on a portable.
 Combining ease of use and essential features, users will receive a
 complete solution for an excellent value."

         TextBridgeTM Optical Character Recognition (OCR) by Xerox Imaging
 Systems allows users to convert received faxes into text. Converted
 information can then be retrieved and edited within a word processor. 

         ExpressFax+ 3.0 requires Windows 3.1, a 386 or higher IBM PC or
 compatible, 5M of hard disk space and 4M of RAM. The product has a
 suggested retail price of $109US/$130CAN* and is available through
 computer superstores, retailers, warehouse clubs and directly from
 WordPerfect Corporation at 800-451-5151.



                  WORDPERFECT CORPORATION RENAMES "OFFICE"
                                  GROUPWARE
                            PRODUCT TO "SYMMETRY"

 OREM, Utah # May 24, 1994 # WordPerfect Corporation today announced
 WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1, an upgrade to WordPerfect Office 4.0a. The name
 of the product has been changed to more closely represent the significance
 of electronic messaging and eliminate possible confusion with
 other software products named "Office." 

         "Symmetry means balance, completeness, and harmony in components.
 We like the definition as it relates to people working with information
 and information systems" said Adrian Rietveld, president and CEO of
 WordPerfect Corporation. "With the move toward global communications,
 mobile computing and the information superhighway, the expanding
 WordPerfect Office product line needed a new name to better represent the
 significance of this product."

         "The industry should be very receptive to a name change for
 WordPerfect Office," said David Coursey, editor of the San Mateo, Calif.,
 based industry newsletter P.C. Letter. "While WordPerfect Corporation 1was
 among the first to use 'Office,' the name has become associated with
 product suites, or bundles of related software. With a new name, the
 confusion will end, giving users a clearer understanding of the product
 line and electronic messaging."

         The new product offers increased capabilities in its electronic
 mail, calendaring, scheduling, task management and workflow functions by
 bringing these services into a common interface shared across multiple
 platforms and operating systems. The result is a powerful, open electronic
 messaging system that can be easily scaled across any size enterprise.

         WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 builds on technology initially introduced
 with WordPerfect Office 4.0 and 4.0a, and differs from previous versions
 by bringing all clients, servers and gateways to the same level of
 functionality and consistency. This unique design uses the same core
 engine code for clients, servers and gateways.

         "Never before has a vendor released 50 completely compatible
 messaging products that provide customers with more scalability, openness
 and interoperability," said David V. Clare, senior director of marketing
 for Workgroup Applications at WordPerfect Corporation.  "With the release
 of WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1, WordPerfect Corporation is again setting the
 standard for the LANbased electronic messaging industry."

       WordPerfect Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing business,
 workgroup, consumer and electronic publishing software.  Driven by its
 vision to help the world communicate, the company develops software for
 people to process, share, present and distribute information.  The company
 is widely recognized for its multilingual and crossplatform software
 solutions and is the industry's premier provider of customer support. 
 Founded in 1979, the company markets software in 28 languages and in 117
 countries.  Through its merger with Novell, expected to be completed by
 midsummer, WordPerfect will take a leadership role in developing networked
 applications.


                    FIFTY NEW AND ENHANCED PRODUCTS TO BE
                                RELEASED WITH
                  WORDPERFECT SYMMETRY 4.1 MESSAGING SYSTEM

                    All WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 products
                            completely compatible
                        with WordPerfect Office 4.0a

 ATLANTA # May 24, 1994 # WordPerfect Corporation today announced
 WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1, which features 28 new products and 22 product
 upgrades to WordPerfect Office 4.0a. The new product line provides
 enhanced features and functionality for end users, MIS and technology
 executives.

          WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 is a fully integrated messaging
 application that combines electronic mail, personal calendaring, group
 scheduling, task management, rulesbased message management and workflow
 routing into a single application. The product comprises 12 client
 desktops, five remote operating systems, 10 server platforms and 23
 gateways, making it the most open and scalable solution in crossplatform,
 enterprisewide electronic messaging.  

         "WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 has been designed to balance the needs
 of three computing groups within an organization: end users, MIS managers
 and technology executives," said David V. Clare, senior director of
 marketing, Workgroup Applications at WordPerfect Corporation. "Workgroup
 applications can no longer be developed for end users or system
 administrators alone; robust feature sets must be provided for every group
 that interacts with the product." "WordPerfect Corporation is not only the
 first workgroup vendor to ship all the components of a messaging system
 simultaneously; it is also the only vendor to provide each computing group
 in the organization with significant product enhancements for their area
 of responsibility," said Clare.

         Ron Raes of Weyerhaueuser Mortgage said, "WordPerfect Office 4.0a
 currently allows our users tocommunicate with each other in our local
 offices as well as our remote offices. The product helps us meet our
 demanding business needs by automating workflow and allowing us to get at
 information more quickly. And now that WordPerfect Symmetry is Simple MAPI
 compliant, it will allow our users to mailenable their word processing and
 spreadsheet applications, making it easier for them to distribute
 information to each other and Weyerhaueuser's sister corporations."

 Enhancements for End Users 
 --------------------------
         Client Platform Support: WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 provides client
 support for 12 computing platforms, and with the exception of
 platformspecific features, all clients are identical in functionality and
 feature sets. New with the release of 4.1 is a native PowerMacintosh
 client and support for seven Unix environments, including HewlettPackard
 UX (HP 9000), IBM AIX (IBM RS/6000), SCO Unix, Data General UX (AViiON),
 Sun Solaris 2.x, SunOS 4.1.3 (Solaris 1.X), and SVR4 for Intel platforms
 (reference platforms NCR & Novell UnixWare).

         Openness: WordPerfect Corporation designed WordPerfect Symmetry
 4.1 to be more open by using accepted open messaging standards. Support
 for Simple MAPI has been added to the Windows client, allowing users
 to mailenable any other thirdparty product that also supports Simple MAPI.
 AOCE and AppleScript support have also been added to the Macintosh and
 PowerMacintosh clients.  In addition to industry standards, WordPerfect
 Symmetry supports PerfectFit technology, allowing for greater
 interoperability with all WordPerfect Corporation Windows products.

         Custom Messages and Custom Commands: New to WordPerfect Symmetry
 4.1 for Windows is the capability to extend the electronic messaging
 services of the product to other applications. Through the use of custom
 message mechanisms, other applications can be registered in the system and
 identified in a user's In Box with a unique messagetype icon. Based on the
 conditions defined in a custom message, an executable or DLL can be
 executed to act on the information contained in the custom message.
 Custom commands enable users to access other Windows applications through
 any WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 for Windows pulldown menu. Custom commands
 can also be incorporated into any message view which could then trigger
 any action or set of actions.

         Electronic ListServer: Made popular by the Internet, ListServer
 programs provide a means of sharing nonreplicationdependent information
 through the use of electronic mail.  ListServers allow email users to join
 forums of discussion and automatically receive messages that are sent to
 that forum.  In WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1, a list is created by defining a
 mailbox to which users can send messages on a particular topic.  To be a
 recipient of a particular list or forum, users send a message to the
 specified mailbox with the word "subscribe" in the message text and they
 are then added to the mailing list used to distribute messages sent to the
 list. All messages and associated attachments are distributed to each
 subscriber.  List participants are maintained as Blind Copy recipients on
 the list to preserve the privacy of each participant.

         Mobile Computing: WordPerfect Corporation provides a large variety
 of mobile messaging products that help users keep in touch with
 information while away from the office. In addition to providing Remote
 Symmetry 4.1 for Windows and DOS, WordPerfect Corporation is also
 releasing a remote package for Macintosh. All three remote packages are
 able to utilize both asynchronous and wireless connections. Also new with
 the 4.1 release is the rulesbased Pager gateway which connects users to
 local, regional and national paging services and the Telephone Access
 Server, which enables users to use a touchtone telephone to listen to and
 send messages.

 Enhancements for MIS
 --------------------
         Installation: The WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 Administration program
 now provides an "assisted install" procedure that instructs the installer
 on each necessary procedure to complete the install. The installation of a
 single WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 post office and clients can now
 be accomplished by a novice computer user with the appropriate network
 access in less than two hours. Additional installation enhancements
 include: simplified client installation program, automatic update of
 locallyinstalled WordPerfect Office 4.0a client software and directory
 synchronization with the NetWare bindery.

         Improved Uptime Support (24x7): New with WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1
 is complete 24x7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) uptime support for server
 and database maintenance. This includes online automated database
 maintenance by server processes which automatically maintains the
 integrity of the system databases. Also new is automated reporting of 
 problem files to the administrator and support for System Network
 Management Protocol (SNMP) for NetWare Loadable Modules (NLM).

         Administration Support: The WordPerfect Symmetry Administration
 program provides scalable enterprisewide administration capabilities,
 including central and distributed administration, automatic directory
 synchronization betweendomains and electronic software distribution. All
 WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 products are fully plugandplay compatible with
 WordPerfect Office 4.0a, allowing customers to upgrade the components of
 their systems one piece at a time without losing information or
 functionality.

 Enhancements for Technology Leader
 ----------------------------------
         Client & Server Architecture: The WordPerfect Symmetry clients
 that span 12 desktop platforms and servers that span 11 operating systems
 are all built on the same corecode engine, making them identical in
 functionality and feature sets. All WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 features
 reside in the WordPerfect Symmetry engine,which is then ported to the
 appropriate platform or operating system. This level of code integration
 enables the clients and servers to work interchangeably, with complete
 integration of  functionality across the enterprise.

         Enterprise Scalability: WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 provides
 highcapacity server support for better performance, high uptime
 characteristics and increased administration capabilities on the servers.
 Server platforms supported include NLMs, OS/2, DOS and the previously
 mentioned seven versions of Unix. Both the Message Server (MS) and
 Office Server (OFS) are supported natively on OS/2. Support is also
 provided for native TCP/IP communications between OS/2 and Unix versions
 of the server processes, and universal naming conventions (UNC) mappings
 for connections made by the NLMs.

         Connectivity/Interoperability: Connectivity between WordPerfect
 Symmetry and foreign email systems has been significantly enhanced at the
 4.1 level.  The enhancements include better coexistence with other email
 systems, including the Internet, X.400, and SNADS; interoperability
 and directory synchronization between WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 and
 OfficeVision/VM (OV/VM), Lotus cc:Mail, and NetWare Global MHS; and a move
 user utility for customers migrating from OV/VM or cc:Mail.

         WordPerfect Corporation is also providing a WordPerfect Symmetry
 Async Gateway for OS/2, incoming fax capabilities for the Fax/Print
 Gateway, a new Pager Gateway with support for local, regional or national
 paging services and SMTP Gateways for all seven supported Unix
 environments.  

 Pricing and Availability
 ------------------------
         WordPerfect Symmetry 4.1 Client/Administration Packs (which
 include 5 licenses) for all platforms each have a Suggested Retail Price
 of $695.  Additional licenses range from $135 for one additional license
 to $9,500 for an additional 100 licenses. The Message Server Pack is
 available for the following prices: DOS, $495;  OS/2, $1,495; Unix,
 $1,995; and NLM, $2,495.  All products are scheduled to release by the end
 of June 1994.

      WordPerfect Corporation is a worldwide leader in providing business,
 workgroup, consumer and electronic publishing software.  Driven by its
 vision to help the world communicate, the company develops software for
 people to process, share, present and distribute information.  The
 company is widely recognized for its multilingual and crossplatform
 software solutions and is the industry's premier provider of customer
 support.  Founded in 1979, the company markets software in 28 languages
 and in 117 countries.  Through its merger with Novell, expected to be
 completed by midsummer, WordPerfect will take a leadership role in
 developing networked applications.


          All brand and product names are trademarks or registered
                  trademarks of their respective companies.

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                           ======================



 by Frank Sereno

      This week I will be doing mini-reviews of the educational programs
 that I have  reviewed over the last six months in STR.  This will start
 our list of software ratings with 12 programs.  As each new program is
 reviewed, it will be added to the list which will be posted with this
 column on a regular basis.  If readers are interested in participating, I
 am willing to tabulate your scores on educational programs.  This is an
 idea I would like to implement that has been used in Computer Gaming World
 to rate computer games and by Consumer Reports to rate movies.  All that
 is required is to list the name of the program, the type of computer on
 which the program runs and then your rating of 0 to 10 for the program. 
 Mail these scores to me at the addresses which are posted at the end of
 this article.

      A.J.'s World of Discovery is an excellent program and it is also an
 interface for including additional A.J. learning games.  The graphics are
 very colorful and interesting.  The program has many humorous animation
 sequences.  The music included with the program is very entertaining. 
 Voices and sound effects are used often and well.  The user interface uses
 the mouse and is easy to navigate.  Audible help is provided in all
 program sections.  Negative feedback is very gentle and the positive
 feedback is extremely enthusiastic.  This program is very entertaining and
 fun.  This program has sections devoted to teaching time concepts, hand-
 eye coordination, problem solving, memory enhancement and art
 appreciation.  A.J.'s was originally offered for FREE.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  9.0    9.0      9.5        9.0              9.0           9.5     9.16

      Alphabet Blocks from Sierra On-line is an excellent program for
 teaching 3 to 6 year olds the letters and sounds of the alphabet.  This
 program is the first in a series in which the lips of on-screen characters
 are not only in sync with the sounds, but actually form the sounds.  The
 animation is excellent.  Background graphics are a bit spare but are well
 done.  The sounds and voices in this program are top-notch.  The interface
 is excellent.  The program is entirely mouse driven.  Audible help is
 available.  Negative feedback is non-existent.  Positive feedback is very
 friendly and enthusiastic.  The program actually measures the child's
 progress and retests him on problems he has difficulty answering.  With
 the many rewarding animations given for correct answers and positive
 encouragement of the on-screen coaches, children will play this excellent
 program again and again.  This program teaches its lessons very well and
 will give children the building blocks for reading.  This program
 originally retailed for $40 , but I have seen it sell for $15.  This
 program established a new level of performance in educational software.   

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  9.5    9.5     9.5         9.5             10.0           10.0     9.67

      Beginning Reading (formerly known as and reviewed as Ready, Set,
 Read) is the follow-up program to Alphabet Blocks.  This program is an
 introduction to reading designed for 4 to 7 year-olds.  The graphics and
 animations are just as good as Alphabet Blocks.  The sounds are excellent. 
 The coaches sound enthusiastic and friendly.  The mouse driven interface
 is very easy for children.  The coaches guide the children through the
 program with audible help and introductions to the six available lessons. 
 Positive, enthusiastic feedback is used throughout this program.  The
 lessons are fun and enjoyable.  Children will spend many hours working
 with Beginning Reading.  Many valuable concepts are taught such as
 rhyming, two-letter sounds, word recognition, alphabetizing letters and
 words, word building from sounds, and reading.  I have found this program
 in some retail outlets for less than $20.  It is a very good value.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  9.5    9.5      9.5        9.5              10.0          10.0    9.67 

      Busytown by Paramount Interactive is based on the books of Richard
 Scarry.  It is filled with good graphics but unfortunately some of the
 animations are a bit jerky.  Sounds, music and voices are excellent.  The
 varied and bright music will cheer anyone.  This program uses a mouse
 interface to allow the child to choose between a dozen different
 activities.  Audible help is available at most times in the program.  When
 the child leaves Busytown, the parents can read an on-line book which
 shows and explains the activities the child has done in this session with
 the program.  This program is great fun for children.  The various
 activities will teach children problem solving, counting, the parts of the
 body, fire safety, cooperation and more.  Prices range from about $25
 retail for the floppy version to around $35 for the CD-rom version.  With
 all the activities and lessons learned, this program is an excellent
 value.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  8.0    9.0      9.0        9.5              9.5            9.0     9.0

      Early Math is a colorful program from Sierra On-line that is intended
 to teach beginning math concepts to children ages 3 to 6.  The graphics
 and animations in this program are very colorful and interesting.  The
 usage of sound is excellent.  The game is completely mouse driven. 
 Audible help is available and each of the six learning games is explained
 upon beginning them.  Early Math includes charting of each child's
 progress.  This game is very enjoyable for children and it will be played
 many times.  The program wishes to teach a great many concepts and it does
 a very good job of teaching children counting, shapes, pattern matching
 and spatial relations.  I found this program in retail outlets for as
 little as $15 so it has great value.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  9.0    9.0      9.0        9.0              9.0            9.5    9.09

      Just Grandma and Me is the first of Broderbund's Living Book series
 of CD-ROMs intended as a learning aid for teaching reading to children
 ages 3 to 8 years.  JG&M is an animated book which is read to the
 children.  Each page is full of hidden animations which the child
 activates by clicking on various objects on the screen.  The graphics are
 beautifully drawn and the animations are very funny.  The voices, sounds
 and music used in this program are excellent and entertaining.  The
 program is mouse driven and audible help is available.  This program is so
 funny that even adults will play it.  Educationally, children should gain
 a love of books and possibly pick some words from the narration of the
 story.  The disc also has the Japanese and Spanish versions of the book so
 children could possibly learn a bit about other languages.  Available for
 around $30 retail, it is a good value.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  8.5    9.0     8.5         9.0               8.0           8.0     8.41

      Lenny's MusicToons is a multi-media introduction to music for
 children.  Graphics are well drawn and colorful, although not particularly
 detailed.  Sounds and voices are quite good and the music is very
 entertaining.  The interface is using a mouse to point and click on
 objects on the main screen.  Some lead to learning games, others start
 short animated sequences.  Disappointingly, Lenny's includes no audible or
 on-line help with the exception of the PTV game.  Lenny's is fun but
 younger children will not be able to play all the games well as some are
 intended for older children.  Children will learn about pitch, musical
 scale, rhythm and other basics of music.  Available for around $25,
 Lenny's is not a bad value.  If you have a combination of preschoolers and
 grammar school children, this could be a good addition to your software
 library.  If you have younger children, they will eventually grow into the
 more difficult exercises.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  7.0    8.5      6.5        7.0              7.5            6.5    7.17

      Math Rabbit from The Learning Company is intended to build math and
 thinking skills in children ages 4 to 7 years.  The program uses VGA
 graphics but these are not exceptional.  Animations that are used are
 smooth but not as impressive as those used in other programs.  The sounds
 are good.  The interface is point and click with the mouse.  Each lesson
 is explained audibly at the beginning, but no audible help is available
 after that point.  Negative feedback is fair and non-critical but the
 positive feedback doesn't seem enthusiastic enough.  The different lessons
 are entertaining and have good replay value.  Math Rabbit teaches
 counting, adding, subtraction and a bit about music as well so its
 educational value is quite good.  This program is a fairly good value
 overall retailing for around $25.

 Scores:


 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  7.0    7.0      6.0        7.5              8.0           7.5      7.17

      Mixed-Up Mother Goose is a multi-media children's adventure game. 
 Children use the mouse to guide their on-screen alter-ego around Mother
 Gooseland to fix the mixed up nursery rhymes.  No reading is needed to
 play the game.  The graphics are fairly good but they are dated since this
 program is several years old.  The sounds used in the program are quite
 good, but the voice acting is a bit "stiff."  The game is fun and non-
 violent.  This program doesn't have the same educational value as some of
 the newer titles.  It does teach problem solving and the various nursery
 rhymes.  Available on floppy and CD-rom, Mixed-up Mother Goose is
 available for around $15 to $20.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  7.0    7.5     7.0         7.5              6.5            7.0     7.08

      Snoopy's Game Club by Accolade is a collection of three games for
 pre-schoolers.  The graphics are good, but plain.  The sound effects and
 voices are good, but some of the voice tracks could be more distinct. 
 This program also uses a mouse interface.  It does not use audible help or
 encouragement but the games and interface buttons are fairly simple. 
 Encouragement is available in text displayed on the screen but the program
 is aimed at children who are not expected to be readers.  The games
 include a matching game, an animated puzzle game, and a game to identify
 two identical items in a group.  The games are fun and the difficulty can
 be raised so older children and even adults can enjoy the challenge.  This
 package has only fair educational value.  The games are meant to improve
 concentration, and memory  and observation skills.  Available at some
 retailers for under $20, it is a good buy but not a great one.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  7.0    7.5      6.5        7.5               6.0           6.5    6.83

      The Tortoise and the Hare from Broderbund Software is another in the
 Living Book series of interactive animated books for children.  Beautiful
 graphics combined with hilarious animations make this a visual delight. 
 The music, sounds and voices are all top-notch.  The standard mouse
 interface is used to allow the child to interact with each illustrated
 page.  The Tortoise and the Hare is amusing and great fun for all ages. 
 This title has great replay value.  Educationally, the program has both
 the English and Spanish versions of the book on the disc and one can
 change between either version at the push of a single key.  Children
 should learn some words as they are highlighted when the text of each page
 is narrated.  This program has good value.  It is available for under $35
 at many retailers.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  9.0    9.0     8.5         9.0              8.5            8.5     8.75

      Yearn 2 Learn Peanuts from ImageSmith is an educational game intended
 for children ages 3 to 10 years.  Peanuts has a geography puzzle game, a
 coloring book, a flying game, three levels of math games, comics and a
 geography puzzle game.  The graphics are true to the Peanuts characters. 
 They are really average.  Sound effects, music and voice tracks are used
 liberally throughout the program and are well-done.  The interface leaves
 a bit to be desired.  I feel that the negative feedback used is
 inappropriate for younger children.  The positive feedback is often slang
 expressions or just macho cheers.  The available audible help is not all
 that helpful.  Playing the various lessons involves using a mouse point
 and click interface that is fairly well done.  Play value depends on the
 age of the child.  The range of ages for this software means that some of
 the games are too advanced for the younger children while the easier games
 will be too simple for the older ones.  Most children will find at least
 one activity they enjoy.  Educationally, this program wishes to teach many
 concepts but the poor feedback undercuts its effectiveness.  Retailing for
 around $30, I feel that this program is trying to appeal to too large of
 an age group and can only be considered a fair value overall.

 Scores:

 Grafx | Snds | Intrfce | Play Value | Educational Value | Value | Average
  7.0    8.5     5.0           6.0            6.5            6.0     6.5


       STR Kids' Computing Corner Educational Software Ratings
       -------------------------------------------------------

     Title                     Software Company             Rating
     -----                     ----------------             ------
 Alphabet Blocks               Sierra On-line                9.67
 Beginning Reading             Sierra On-line                9.67
 A.J.'s World of Discovery     Sierra On-line                9.16
 Early Math                    Sierra On-line                9.09
 Busytown                      Paramount Interactive         9.00
 The Tortoise and the Hare     Broderbund                    8.75
 Just Grandma and Me           Broderbund                    8.41
 Lenny's MusicToons            Paramount Interactive         7.17
 Math Rabbit                   The Learning Company          7.17
 Mixed-up Mother Goose         Sierra On-line                7.08
 Snoopy's Game Club            Accolade                      6.83
 Yearn 2 Learn Peanuts         ImageSmith                    6.50

      Next week, I hope to review Fatty Bear's Fun Pack.  If you wish to
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                 PASSING COMMENT DRAWS SOME STERN COMMENTARY
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 Letter to the Editor
 From Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
  
 Last week the Editor, Ralph Mariano, had the following comments to make 
 in his editorial.
  
   "Now, for moment of silence for the poor souls on the Amiga and Atari
    computer platforms.  Hopefully, they'll see the light and make the
    move.  After all, only so many doors need stoppers."
  
 I have to feel that Mr. Mariano has fallen victim to the -- "If it isn't 
 the latest and greatest, it's a door-stop" mentality.  This mindset seems 
 to be the worst amoung those who 'convert' to another computer platform.
 Mr. Mariano likes to say he's "telling it like it is", but in this case 
 he's "telling it like he believes it should be".  When he says, "...see 
 the light and move...", he means move to HIS platform.
  
 Allow me to remove Mr. Mariano's rose colored glasses and introduce him 
 to the real world.  When Atari moved into the game market, my ST did not 
 automatically become a 'doorstop'.  When Commodore closed their doors in 
 the U.S., Amigas did not automatically become a 'doorstop'.  I can still 
 do all of the computing that I have done for the last 7-8 years. I still 
 do word processing, telecommunicating, DTPing, and most other computing 
 jobs that _I_ need done.  I admit it might not do them as fast as his 
 "fancy-smancy" '486/Pentium/whatever-is-the-newest-this-week system, but 
 it still gets me there.
  
 Oh yes, there is software and hardware that I can't run.  So?  I have a 
 customer who does $500,000-$750,000 worth of business a year who still 
 only has a '286 with a VGA monitor.  There is a lot of PC software and 
 hardware that he can't run - is his system a "door stop" too?  [Ralph, 
 don't tell me about how he can upgrade his system - he's priced getting 
 it upgraded and the price is almost the same whether he upgrades it, or 
 makes it a 'doorstop' and buys a new system.]
  
 Will I "see the light and move"?  Probably - one of these days when my 
 system stops working and really becomes a 'doorstop'.  But until that 
 time, my system might not be state-of-the-art, but it's no 'doorstop'.


 Editor;
 -------
      Geez I never meant anything more than please consider selling the
 hardware before it has no value left in it all.  That is of course except
 the sentimental value it will always have.  Just like my first computers
 have.  They're still here  and always will be.    They are very fond
 mementos.

  

 In another scathing retort from a reader in the Boston, MA area;

       "Now, for moment of silence for the poor souls on the Amiga and
 Atari computer platforms.  Hopefully, they'll see the light and make the
 move.  After all, only so many doors need stoppers."
     
                                           Ralph Mariano, STR1021
   
   
 OK, Ralph, enough is enough...  Week after week, you've been getting in
 your little digs at the Atari community.  It was one thing when you
 regulary attacked Atari Corp. for the constant mismanagement of their
 computer business.  You, and the rest of the Atari community were happy
 with Atari computers and with much of the software available for them,
 but constantly frustrated by the company's inexplicably bad decisions.
   
 Now that you have decided to change your personal focus, and the focus
 of your publication to the mainstream computer platforms, your attacks
 have taken on an entirely new appearance, and it's gotten pretty ugly.
   
 Although I made the choice to buy my first Atari computer before there
 was any rivalry between Atari and Commodore (before the C-64 existed), I
 nevertheless appreciated the rivalry between the companies and the users.
 I take no pleasure in seeing the end of Commodore.  I well understand
 the attitude of Commodore users who feel that they have found platforms
 that meet their tastes and their needs better than the machines that have
 captivated so many others.  You once understoood it too.
   
 Commodore is gone now, and Atari may or may not survive.  Even if Atari
 does survive, it might go off in a different direction, and still leave
 its computer users in the lurch.  Even without the support of the
 companies, however, the computers and their respective user communities
 will continue for some time to come.
   
 I was the last holdout in my usergroup to stay exclusively with my
 Atari 800 (not even an XL).  I was comfortable with the machine and the
 software, and it did what I NEEDED to do (remember that word "need," it's
 important).  When the time came that it could not handle what I NEEDED to
 do, I made the move to the ST platform.  This was several years ago, when
 I perceived it to be a better value than any other platform (a time when
 you were also of the same opinion).
   
 My ST system still meets my NEEDS more than adequately, and although I
 might like more attention, and more respect from the larger "computer
 community," I don't NEED it.  Sure, we all like to get our egos stroked,
 hearing how bright we are for making the "right" (i.e. "popular")
 decision, but there is more to life than that.
  
 Yes, I have no doubt that the time will come, sooner or later, when my
 NEEDS exceed the capabilities of my current system.  Unless a miracle
 takes place, and Atari introduces a worthy successor at a competetive
 price, I expect that my next system will not be an Atari.  Will it be an
 "IBM," or "Macintosh?"  Will it be an 'x86, Pentium, Power PC, or
 something we haven't heard of yet?  I don't know, I'll cross that bridge
 when I come to it.
   
 I use my computer much as you do... to communicate.  Sometimes the end
 product goes out electronically (as this document is destined to do),
 and sometimes it goes out on paper.  Are my thoughts made any less clear
 to you because I create this file on an Atari ST?  Would you have any way
 of knowing if, instead, I went into the next room and created it on my
 Atari 800?  No, of course you wouldn't.
   
 Do I NEED a word processor that takes 30 megabytes of hard drive space?
 Absolutely not, ST Writer Elite still handles most of my NEEDS, and
 consumes a whopping 66,560 bytes of disk space, including the printer
 configuration file.  Do I NEED a desktop publishing program that will
 handle high-resolution, true-color grahics?  Absolutely not, although it
 sure would be nifty.  There are certainly people who either NEED these
 things, or have enough financial resources to buy them just because they
 WANT them, but at this time, I am not in either group.
   
 Would I advise anybody to purchase an Atari computer system now?  Only
 if they were already an Atari user, and had the resources to buy a Falcon
 or TT, or came across a REALLY good deal on a complete used system with
 some good software included.  Certainly not if they intended to use it
 for any kind of standard business applications.
   
 I don't see you making any effort to berate those people who still use
 a Mac "Classic," or an IBM PC, XT, or even '286 class machine, even
 though they are nearly as far out of the mainstream as any Atari or Amiga
 user.  You even continue to support the Atari community with a section
 of your publication (now handled very well by Dana Jacobson, a personal
 friend of mine through our local user group), yet you choose to direct
 abuse, not at Atari Corp, but at the users.  Is the only reason you
 continue the Atari coverage, to keep us coming back so you can tell us
 what a bunch of dorks we are?
   
 My computer is old-fashioned, and out of date, and so are most of my
 clothes, but I am comfortable with both situations.  Do you want to be
 the Mr. Blackwell of the electronic publishing world?  Shall we take your
 editorial comments as the computer equivalent of the "worst dressed"
 list?  What's the point, Ralph?
   
 If there is a "light" to be seen, it's shining out there for you. 
 Forget the rancorous relationship between you and Atari Corp, and let go
 of the love/hate relationship you once had with their machines.  You
 have moved on, and it's time you developed a little better perspective
 on the situation.  The truth is that you feel that you have done what is
 right for you, and I, my fellow "Atarians," and "Amigoids" (or is it
 "Amigans?) as well feel that we are doing what is right for us.  The
 larger truth is that you are happy, pounding out your wisdom on your
 future doorstop, and I am happy doing the same on mine.
   
 Let it be, Ralph, let it be...
   
 Mitchell A. Myers
 Boston, Massachusetts
 May 21, 1994

 Editor;
 -------
      For what its worth, you are right in everything you are saying.  I
 have only one thing to offer... as I said to Lloyd, I was pointing to the
 sale value in the hardware.  The longer its held onto the lower it goes. 
 Other than that...  please let me be the first to say, I'll always have a
 soft spot in my heart for Atari's computers.  After all, I've had the
 privilege to meet some really wonderful people on that platform.  Times
 change though, and I feel Atari forced the change upon us all.  Now, the
 name of the game is elsewhere.  As for the world of Atari, you are right
 again... it should be let alone.  Folks will do what's best for them.





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 > From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"
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      To quote Bob Dylan: "The times, they are a-changin'..."

      Bob Brodie, Atari's director of communications and owner of past
 titles with Atari Corporation, earlier this week submitted his
 resignation, effective June 3rd.  In a public letter posted in Fnet, NeST,
 Fido, AtariNet and the ST RT on GEnie, Brodie stated that it was time to
 move on.  Reasons given were to have the ability to devote more time to
 his family.  Bob also stated that he has accepted a new position, rumored
 to be Lauren Sellers, owner of Goldleaf, and will have the ability to
 perform many of his new tasks at home.

      For many in the Atari community, this news has come as a surprise.
 For Atari's contemporary history, Brodie has "survived" longer than
 most and has been highly visible and community-supportive for the past
 five years at Atari.  Many Atari users, past and present, will miss
 Brodie.  There has been no public speculation as to a successor.

      The staff here at STReport wish Bob all the best of good fortune
 in his new positions.  One of Bob's Atari-related complaints was the
 fact that he was often away from his family for long periods of time.
 He finally has an opportunity to combine a career and spend more time
 with his family.  Good luck, Bob!!

      We've got a lot of information this week, which also includes our
 expanded Jaguar coverage.  So, let's get on with it!

      Until next time...

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 > Bob Brodie Resigns! STR Focus!  -  Brodie Bids Farewell To Atari
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""        An End of An Atari Era

      For some time now, I have felt that I needed to spend more time
 with my family.  I have been presented an opportunity that will not only
 allow me to work at home two to three days a week, and also includes a
 substantial pay increase.  The increase offered is much higher than I
 could ever reasonably expect Atari to raise my salary in a single year.
 I cannot in good conscience to my family refuse the opportunity to work
 at home, along with such a substantial pay increase.  It is with great
 regret that I submit my resignation, effective June 3, 1994.

      For almost five years now, my job at Atari has had a very high
 priority in my life.  During that time frame, my two sons have begun to
 turn in to men, and my little girl into a teenager.  My sons have been
 a real handful the past two years in particular, and my being around
 them the last three weeks during my vacation has had a very positive
 effect on them.

      Even though there have from time to time been other job offers, my
 preference has been to remain with Atari.  I believe in our products,
 and they are my personal choice as a consumer as well.  If my personal
 circumstances did not require me to be at home more often, I would
 gladly remain with the company.  It's not often that someone has an
 opportunity to turn their hobby into their job.  I am thankful that
 Atari allowed me to do just that!

      I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Atari, and the Tramiel
 family.  I have enjoyed my time at Atari, and have gained invaluable
 experience.  I wish the company great success with all of it's products!
 If fate should bring our paths together again, I would welcome the
 opportunity to work with Atari again.  It has been a privilege to serve
 Atari and you.

 Sincerely,
 Bob Brodie


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 > Atari Compendium STR InfoFile!  -  Atari Compendium Revised!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""


                       
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              
 =====================

 LONG BEACH, CA; Software Development Systems (aka SDS Publishing) is proud
 to announce the release of the first revision to the highly successful
 programmer's reference guide, "The Atari Compendium" by Scott Sanders. The
 new revision adds 60 pages of new material bringing its total size to a
 whopping 920 pages of facts, tables, and diagrams useful for any level of
 Atari computer programmer.

 The new revision has also been redesigned to be slightly thinner and was
 bound with a lay-flat binding for easy use. In addition, the cover is now
 coated to prevent fingerprints and aging.

 NEW MATERIAL INCLUDED IN THIS REVISION:
 =======================================
 Building MiNT Device Drivers and File Systems
 The XBRA Protocol
 Programming the IKBD Keyboard Controller
 An Expanded Style Guide
 More Memory Locations Documented
 Programming the Internal FM Sound Generator

 TABLE OF CONTENTS
 =================
 Table of Contents
 Chapter 1:      Introduction to Atari Programming
 Chapter 2:     GEMDOS/MiNT
 Chapter 3:     BIOS
 Chapter 4:     XBIOS
 Chapter 5:     Hardware
 Chapter 6:     AES
 Chapter 7:     VDI
 Chapter 8:     Line-A
 Chapter 9:     The Desktop
 Chapter 10:    XCONTROL
 Chapter 11:    GEM User Interface Guidelines
 Appendix A:    Functions by Opcode
 Appendix B:    Memory Map
 Appendix C:    Native File Formats
 Appendix D:    Error Codes
 Appendix E:    Atari ASCII Table
 Appendix F:    IKBD Scan Codes
 Appendix G:    Speedo Fonts
 Appendix I:    The Programmable Sound Generator
 Bibliography
 Index

 Each chapter contains an Overview listing the practical uses of available
 system functions as well as a Function Reference which lists the features
 and bugs for each OS function. Programming examples are given in 'C' and
 Assembly depending on which is more appropriate and examples are given to
 allow 'C' programmers to use Assembly bindings and vice-versa.

 Most importantly, this revision of the Compendium contains a named
 constant
 for almost every practical function parameter and return value. Use of
 constants is consistent with those documented by Atari and major compiler
 manufacturers. A TOS.H/TOSDEFS.H set of include files for major compilers
 is available from SDS to complement the book.

 "The Atari Compendium" was edited by several members of Atari's TOS
 development group and is now recognized by Atari as Official Developer's
 Documentation.

 SPECIFICATIONS
 ==============
 Binding: 9" x 7" Lay-Flat Binding
 Cover: UV Coated/Four-Color
 Pages: 920
 ISBN: 0-9638331-1-1
 Library of Congress CIP: 94-66014
 SRP (U.S.): $49.95

 PURCHASING INFO
 ===============
 "The Atari Compendium" is available for purchase worldwide at all fine
 Atari Dealers and direct as follows:

 USA/Canada/Mexico/South America
 -------------------------------
 Software Development Systems
 996 Redondo Ave. #404
 Long Beach, CA 90804
 USA

 Voice: 310/430-0364
 Fax: 310/987-2205
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 Delphi: SDSSOFT
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 Internet: S.SANDERS2@genie.geis.com

 Pricing: $49.95 US + S & H (Check or money order only please.)
          We will gladly refer you to a local dealer for credit card
          orders.
          Shipping and Handling is $4.00 US, $6.00 Canada/Mexico, and
          $12.00 outside of these countries.

          Existing owners wising to upgrade to the first revision should
          send the old front cover and $39.95 US + $4.00 S & H.
          
          TOS Header File/Examples Disk is available with book purchase
          for $10.00 + $2.00 S & H (All countries).

 Europe
 ------
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 UK

 Voice: +44 (0) 525-718181
 Fax: +44 (0) 525-713716
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 Pricing: Contact for pricing and availability.

 Australia
 ---------
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 W. AUSTRALIA

 Pricing: Contact for pricing and availability.


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 > COMDEX STR InfoFile!   -   Comdex Awards Announced 
   """"""""""""""""""""


      Personal OS/2 from IBM, a 4MB version of OS/2 for Windows that's
 slated to ship in about six months, was named Best of Show in BYTE
 magazine and The Interface Group's Best of Comdex/Spring and Windows
 World '94 award ceremony in Atlanta.

      According to BYTE, Personal OS/2 will be faster, support for Windows
 for Workgroups, and have an easier installation while offering better
 stability than Windows 3.1.

      Capturing the Most Significant Technology award was Ole Custom
 Controls from Microsoft, which merges the benefits of VBX with OLE 2.0.
 Finalists in the category were Alpha at 33MHz from Digital Equipment
 Corp. and Kurzweil Voice for Windows, a voice recognition system from
 Kurzweil Applied Intelligence Inc.

      The Best Rookie award, presented to the top first-time exhibitor
 with a product that shows outstanding potential went to Medio Multimedia
 for Medio Magazine and other CD titles, a magazine on CD-ROM, which
 integrates full-motion video, audio, text and graphics with current news
 stories, entertainment, reviews, sports and children's materials.

      In the Multimedia Software Category, Elastic Reality by Elastic
 Reality Inc., a morphing and special effects software for Windows,
 featuring warping, layering and matting capabilities was named winner.
 Finalists in the category were MediaShop for Windows, a multimedia
 production, integration and authoring package from Motion Works, and
 Razor, digital video editing software for Windows from in:sync
 corporation.

      In the Multimedia Hardware category, Video Machine Lite, a video
 editing system that allows users to add complex digital video effects
 in real-time video, from Fast Electronic U.S. Inc. was named winner.
 MediaPlayback PC and Macintosh, computer expansion boards and software
 from International Interactive Media, and MGA Impression Plus 64-bit
 graphics accelerator from Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. were named
 finalists.

      In the Portable category, Apple Computers' new line of PowerBook
 500 Series computers was named winner. Finalists in the category were
 Z-NOTEFLEX, a modular notebook computer system from Zenith Data Systems,
 and the IBM ThinkPad 755 family of notebooks with interchangeable modules.

      In the Best System category, TD-4 Personal Workstations featuring
 dual 90MHz Pentium processors and G91 graphics acceleration with optional
 3-D GLZ graphics engine, from Intergraph Corporation was named winner.
 Finalists in the category were the Revolution Q- SMP Symmetrical
 Multiprocessor system from Advanced Logic Research Inc. and the MACH
 1-166, an entry-level Alpha system from NEKOTech, a division of Inventory
 Conversion Inc., were named finalists.

      In the Peripherals category, Imagine-128, a 128-bit graphics and
 multimedia processor from Number Nine Computer Corporation was named the
 winner.  Finalists in the category were ViewSonic 17 Monitor OnView from
 ViewSonic and SmartRAID, a full "RAID-ready" storage solution from DPT.

      In the Printer category, Epson's Stylus Color ink-jet printer was
 named winner. Finalists in the category were the LaserJet 4 Plus and 4M
 Plus from Hewlett-Packard Co. and Fargo Electronics Inc.'s PrimeraPro
 Color Printer.

      In the Best Software category, Lotus Forms Version 1.0
 electronic-forms software for designing, routing and tracking forms,
 from Lotus Development Corp. was named winner. Finalists in the category
 were XRES, a painting/editing system for large, high-resolution images,
 from Fauve Software and Ca$HGRAF, a financial management package designed
 for small to mid size businesses, from Target Software Group Inc.

      In the Communications category, Scanfix, a multipurpose scanner
 that brings low-cost color faxing to the desktop, from Plustek USA Inc.
 was named winner.  Finalists in the category were CommCard, a high-speed,
 wireless fax/modem with landline and voice capabilities from Open Sky,
 and Connection Pro, a fax/voice modem with business audio and digital
 voice messaging, from Digicom Systems.

      In the Networking category, CorStream server, a dedicated server
 for the LANtastic network operating system, from Artisoft Inc., was named
 winner.  Finalists in the category were SkyLAN local talk wireless LAN
 from S&T Co. Ltd and Ben IIO, a 16-bit ISA Ethernet bus adapter, from
 Boca Research Inc.


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 > New Modem User Poll!  STR NewsFile!  -  12% of Homes Have Modems  
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""


      A new survey finds 12 percent of the nation's households now have
 modem-equipped computers and that 6 percent regularly go online.  The
 survey of more than 4,000 homes, funded by the Times Mirror Co.  To study
 the interplay of people with the media and formation and public policy,
 also concluded that Americans no longer fear or distrust new technology.

      The polling, conducted by the Washington-based Times Mirror Center
 for the People & the Press, found a generation gap persists with regard
 to feelings toward computers.

      United Press International quoted center director Andrew Kohut as
 saying that those under 50 like and use computers "significantly" more
 than those over 50.  Only seven percent of those over 65 even use
 computers, the survey found.  Also, said UPI, 45 percent of employed
 survey respondents said they work at home at least sometimes.

      Covering the same story, business writer Evan Ramstad of The
 Associated Press noted the poll also found more than half of all adults
 work with a PC and one-third of all households own one.   "In behavior
 and activities, computer owners don't fit the nerd stereotype," Ranstad
 added. "Less than 10 percent of all TVs are just a TV, not hooked to a
 cable system, VCR, game machine or satellite dish. In addition to
 confirming the wildly obvious, the survey's results reinforced the idea
 that affluent, highly educated people own and use technological devices
 more than the poor and less educated."

      AP notes the survey's 107 questions also produced some important
 findings for companies trying to understand how people now use computers
 at home.

      T-M Vice President Michael Leibhold told AP, "An awful lot of
 companies are launching online services, interactive TV services,
 multimedia services, with very little data. The importance of this study
 is the fact it puts something solid on the table so we can really begin to
 get a crisp picture of what reality is for these services."

      Breaking down the 12 percent of the population with modems, AP says,
 "Of that group, over half said they use electronic mail sometimes or
 often and nearly two-thirds say they use their machines to communicate
 with someone often or sometimes. But only one-fifth say they use their
 modem-equipped PC to receive news, participate in 'chat' groups, play
 games or get travel information."

      The wire service says the poll didn't seek reasons for the habits,
 but the survey found "that people who are most comfortable with PCs, VCRs
 and fax machines read more, follow the news more and know more about
 the world than those who are less technologically inclined," adding,
 "That finding suggests that people use technology to supplement rather
 than replace certain habits."

      The poll also found 65 percent of PC owners would miss them a lot
 if they no longer had them. "By comparison," says AP, "64 percent said
 they would miss cable TV and 67 percent they would miss newspapers if
 they were no longer available."

      Reports from United Press International and The Associated Press
 are accessible through the Executive News Service (GO ENS).



 >Piracy In China! STR NewsFile!  -  China to Jail, Execute Pirates!
  """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""


      China now promises to jail -- or even to execute -- copyright pirates
 under new proposals being discussed in the wake of pressure from the U.S.
 for increased protection of intellectual property rights.

      In Beijing, the Reuter News Service says the state-run China Daily
 newspaper is quoting Justice Minister Xiao Yang as saying, "Criminal
 sanctions must be imposed on those who commit intellectual property
 right offenses to safeguard the integrity of ideas and the dignity of
 law."

      And the Xinhua news agency quotes Li Bida, deputy director of the
 trademark office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce,
 as assuring a recent symposium on intellectual property protection,
 "Violators of trademark laws face harsh penalties -- up to life
 imprisonment and (the) death sentence."

      Reuters notes the U.S. recently put off an expected decision to
 brand China as a major pirate of software, books, music and movies in
 order to give the two sides more time for negotiation. The piracy
 decision now is due by June 30, when President Bill Clinton is set to
 decide whether to renew China's Most Favored Nation special trade status.

      Reuters says China has responded with repeated statements that it is
 already doing a good job.  Xinhua says, "China's courts and administrative
 authorities at various levels have pledged continued efforts to enforce
 the law to the letter and bring to justice violators of the intellectual
 property rights."

      The Chinese wire service also quoted Liu Jiyang, chief secretary of
 the China Intellectual Property Society, as saying that as China's legal
 authorities stick to "fair and just" principles, that China has moved
 closer to the international standards in the enforcement of intellectual
 property legislation.

      Said Xiao, "China attaches great importance to intellectual property
 protection work, and is improving the legislation in this regard. It is
 in the process of making its own protection work meet international
 standards.  Law enforcement, on the whole, is good."  

          Reports from Reuter News Service are a regular feature of
                CompuServe's Executive News Service (GO ENS)


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 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""



                             THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE
                             ====================


 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth


      One of the most tedious chores is entering long passages of text
 into a computer.  This task can be simplified with the use of optical
 character recognition software, which compares scanned text to a series
 of internal font tables to convert the original scanned text file into
 ASCII.  This week I'll take a look at such a program for our beloved
 Atari systems.

      OCR (version 1.25) is a freeware optical character recognition 
 package by Alexander Clauss.  Although I do not own a scanner (which
 would be required to do any serious translation work), I did put the 
 program through its paces using the supplied demo scanned text files. 
 OCR is a GEM application and works on any Atari TOS system including 
 those running MultiTOS. For users of multitasking systems, Clauss 
 recommends using MultiDial, a shareware program that places dialog 
 boxes in windows so that other tasks running concurrently aren't halted.
 Obviously the program uses memory up very quickly, so the more 
 memory one has in his/her system the easier the translation will be.

      To get OCR started, first the user must load in the text file to
 be translated, as well as a font database which should correspond to
 the font of the scanned text file.  If the type of font scanned has 
 never been used before, OCR will learn it as it goes along by allowing 
 the user to enter characters which it does not recognize.  The scanned 
 text must be loaded in GEM .IMG format, and may be rotated 90 degrees
 which is very useful for owners of hand scanners.  The .IMG file may 
 also be re-sized onscreen at various magnifications so that the user may
 be able to distinguish questionable characters if needed.  After both
 of the files have be loaded the user simply clicks on the _start 
 recognition_ menu entry and OCR does it's job.  While trying out the 
 demo text, OCR did its work quickly and without many questions.  There 
 are three levels of analysis available from within OCR: exact, medium, 
 and fast.  While exact is slower, it yields the highest level of 
 accuracy.

      OCR supports the standard Atari clipboard protocol.  Such support
 allows the user to easily cut text from that translated to be pasted
 into documents being edited in other programs which support the 
 clipboard protocol.  Also, .IMG files may be pasted into OCR which were 
 clipped from within other applications.

      The program seems to do the job it promises quickly and simply. 
 Although actual performance will ultimately depend on the quality of 
 the scanned image, the program should prove itself useful after only a 
 small amount of experimentation.  Future updates promise to include 
 scanning from within the OCR program, which will simplify the chore 
 even more.  Clauss has released the package as freeware but asks for 
 donations which will encourage him to continue OCR development.  At the 
 very least the author asks for an e-mail note to let him know that his 
 program is actually being used.  DO IT!

      I regret to announce that this will be the last installment of 
 "The Old Fishin' Hole".  Events in my life have occurred which demand 
 more time than I have to devote.  Therefore, I have had to make decisions
 involving activities which I can eliminate to afford myself the personal
 time needed.  I have enjoyed being a part of the STReport staff and will
 always remember the opportunity which Dana has given me.  Perhaps
 sometime in the future I will have the time to return (in some capacity)
 to Atari journalism.  Don't let the 'big one' get away...I won't!

         -John Duckworth
         
         
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  until moved to their appropriate sections.


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                               JAGUAR SECTION
                               """"""""""""""



 > From the Editor's Controller!             "Playing it like it is!"
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""

      The Summer CES is rapidly approaching.  The Chicago Cubs will have
 some fierce competition in late June!!  The STReport Jaguar staff has
 been hearing quite a bit of noise from the Jaguar-jungle of new and
 fascinating products for our favorite Cat!!  CES should see the kickoff
 of what we all hope will be Atari's national rollout in full force.
 Look for special STReport CES bulletins throughout the show, as well as
 at least two full-coverage articles from our staff attending the show.

      There've been no new games released since we last visited the
 Jaguar.  Wolfenstein 3D has yet to go to production, but rumor has it
 that it is real close.  A couple of new titles have been announced for
 expected release in the late fall: "Troy Aikman NFL (tm) Football" and
 "Double Dragon V - The Shadow Falls".

      Atari's Don Thomas has posted another "special offer" to the
 Jaguar faithful online community.  This time, it's free Jaguar bumper
 stickers!!  Look for details later on in this issue.

      ICD's 'CatBox' is slated for release sometime next month.  We're
 anxiously awaiting our review unit to let you in on all of the details
 of this new Jaguar peripheral.

      Let's get to the rest of the issue; we've got a lot to cover this
 week!!


      Until next time...


   
 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -  What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""     coming out.

    Current Available Titles
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.

     Available Soon 
     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $49.95        ICD

     Hardware and Peripherals 
     ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95      

                  __________________________________________



 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""
  

                          Fox to Go Interactive


      Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox is opening a business unit devoted
 to creating interactive computer and video games.  In Los Angeles
 yesterday, Fox announced initially modest plans, a new video game to
 coincide with the fall release of the Macaulay Culkin film "The
 Pagemaster."  Two titles are planned for 1994 and about eight interactive
 products are scheduled for 1995.

      The video game of "The Pagemaster," to be released around
 Thanksgiving, is the first game released simultaneously with a major
 motion picture, Fox said.  Another planned game is based on "The Tick,"
 a new cartoon series debuting this fall on the Fox Children's Network.

      Entertainment writer John Horn of The Associated Press quotes Fox
 President Bill Mechanic as saying the studio will "try to leverage the
 other assets" of both Fox and parent News Corp. and that entertainment
 and educational titles will be distributed through Fox's home video
 unit.

      Says Horn, "Future projects, for example, include a CD-ROM personal
 computer game based on 'Scavengers,' a television action game show
 produced overseas by a Fox television unit. Fox may also collaborate
 with HarperCollins, News Corp.'s book publishing arm, on an interactive
 Marilyn Monroe title combining Fox movie footage with HarperCollins
 text."

      The new unit will be led by Ted Hoff, formerly the senior vice
 president of marketing and sales for Time Warner Interactive.

      Reports from The Associated Press are accessible through the
 Executive News Service (GO ENS) and in AP Online (GO APONLINE).


           PENN & TELLER, THOSE 'BAD BOYS OF  MAGIC,' MAKE ...

 --(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 1994--Multimedia software publisher Absolute
 Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement in
 principal with Penn & Teller that will bring the popular
 comedians/magicians/scam artists to the world of mass market interactive
 entertainment.  The game, "Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors" for the Sega
 Genesis(TM) and Sega CD(TM), is being developed with the full creative
 participation of Penn & Teller themselves and will reflect the
 cutting-edge humor and innovative style of the performing duo.  Known as
 "The Bad Boys of Magic" for their irreverence and nose-thumbing attitude
 toward traditional types of magic, Penn & Teller have purveyed their
 particular brand of cool in their two best-selling books, award-winning
 theatrical shows, TV specials, and numerous appearances on David
 Letterman's programs, MTV and Saturday Night Live.  "Penn and Teller have
 spent an extraordinary amount of time at our development labs working with
 our designers" said Garry Kitchen, president and CEO of Absolute.  "It's
 been a very hand-on creative process, and one that I believe is unrivaled
 in the video game mainstream.  They've actually become a part of the
 design team."

      "Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors" will consist of several
 independent game play segments, which in the world of Penn & Teller
 translates into rip-offs, put-ons, flim-flams, and practical jokes.  One
 highlight will be video games' first fully interactive magic trick.
 Also featured is a multi-level action/adventure starring Penn & Teller.
 The CD version will contain digitized voice and live footage of Penn &
 Teller created exclusively for the game.  More details will be announced
 at a later date.

      "These guys have a unique way of looking at the world," continued
 Kitchen.  "About the only thing you can count on is to expect the
 unexpected.  This product is going to turn typical video game playing on
 its ear."  "Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors" is the first title to come
 out of Absolute's relationship with the William Morris Agency.  Both the
 Sega CD and Sega Genesis version are expected to be released this winter.
 Headquartered in Upper Saddle River, NJ, Absolute Entertainment, Inc.
 is an independent developer and publisher of multimedia entertainment
 software for Nintendo, Sega and 3DO hardware platforms, under the
 Absolute and Extreme Entertainment Group labels.
 The company is traded on the over-the-counter market and is listed by
 the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol ABSO.
                              --30--crh/ny

    CONTACT: Absolute Entertainment, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Cheryl Morriss
    Meredith Mansfield
    201/818-4800
    KEYWORD: NEW JERSEY
    INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS COMED ENTERTAINMENT
    PRODUCT  REPEATS: New York 212-575-8822 or 800-221-2462; Boston
    617-330-5311 or 800-225-2030; SF 415-986-4422 or 800-227-0845;
    LA 310-820-9473


                    Sega Provides Cable Video Games  

       Word is Japan's Sega Enterprises Ltd. is set to provide video game
 software to homes, using cable TV networks.

      The French Agence France-Press International News Service, quoting
 a report in Tokyo's Asahi Shimbun newspaper, says, "The unique service
 enabling people to play computer games at home will begin in the United
 States this month and in Japan next month."

      AFP says users will be able to play various video games for about
 $29 a month on the Sega system.

      Reports from Agence France- Press International News Service are
 accessible in CompuServe NewsGrid database (GO NEWSGRID) are a regular
 feature of NewsNet, accessible through the IQuest gateway (GO IQUEST).


            Spectrum HoloByte Inc. signs agreement  with ...

 ALAMEDA, CALIF. (MAY 19) BUSINESS WIRE - May 19, 1994--Interactive
 entertainment developer Spectrum HoloByte Inc. (NASDAQ:SBYT) has signed an
 agreement with Paramount Licensing Group as agent for Paramount Pictures
 Corp. to produce interactive software products based on the Nov. 18,
 1994, release of the movie "Star Trek Generations."

      This agreement is in addition to Spectrum's original licensing
 contract to develop titles on certain platforms for the "Star Trek: The
 Next Generation" television series, and is applicable through 1998. The
 agreement outlines a multiplatform deal which will authorize Spectrum
 HoloByte to develop games for all significant 16- and 32-bit platforms,
 to include 16-bit video game platforms, 32- and 64-bit game consoles,
 3DO, IBM and Macintosh CD-ROM and disk-based products.

      "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to produce games for such
 an outstanding Paramount property," said Gilman Louie, chairman of
 Spectrum HoloByte.  "'Star Trek' fans will be delighted to add another
 element to their collection of our games based upon the award-winning
 television series."

      "Star Trek Generations"  brings the cast of the award-winning
 television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to the big screen
 for the first time with fellow "Star Trek" alumni.  

      In 1991, Spectrum HoloByte entered into an agreement with Paramount
 Licensing Group which provides Spectrum HoloByte the license to produce
 computer and video games using the name and characters from the hit
 television series "Star Trek:  The Next Generation" for the 3DO
 Interactive Multiplayer System, Super NES and IBM/compatible and other
 personal computers.

      "Star Trek Generations" is produced by the Motion Picture Group of
 Paramount Pictures and is part of the entertainment operations of
 Paramount Communications Inc., which is a majority-owned subsidiary of
 Viacom Inc.

      R&C 1994 Paramount Pictures.  All rights reserved.  "Star Trek
 Generations" is a registered trademark of Paramount Pictures.

      Spectrum HoloByte is a developer and publisher of interactive
 entertainment software for use on CD-ROM and floppy-based personal
 computers.  The company also develops and publishes software for
 cartridge-based video game machines manufactured by Nintendo and Sega.
                              --30--MEW/la

    CONTACT:  Spectrum HoloByte, Alameda
    Holly Hartz, 510/522-3584
        or
    Bender, Goldman & Helper, Los Angeles
    Jenny Roelle/Angela Edwards, 310/473-4147
    KEYWORD:  CALIFORNIA

    INDUSTRY KEYWORD:  COMPUTERS/ELECTRONICS  COMED  ENTERTAINMENT REPEATS:
    New York 212-575-8822 or 800-221-2462; Boston 617-330-5311 or
    800-225-2030; SF 415-986-4422 or 800-227-0845; LA 310-820-9473


                 ___________________________________________




 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" 

                          THIRD PARTY CHECKLIST
         ("borrowed" direct from Atari's Developer Support Team)
  
 This list is compiled on a regular basis inside  Atari Corporation to
 notify departments the working status of specific 3rd party software
 projects.  With an understanding of the appetite for Jaguar news and
 information, I managed to get permission to forward much of the data
 from this document.  Some of it may seem old to people since there may
 have been rumors going around, however as of May 19, 1994, it is believed
 to be accurate.
  
 There are a couple of points I must make. First, these are only some of
 working third party projects AND in no way intended to be a complete
 list.  After having "dumped" the data to a file, I was asked to "x" out
 several additional projects which cannot yet be made public.  I have
 left the spaces intact to keep this list as authentic as possible.

 PLEASE do not contact these companies.  Many of these companies are
 prioritizing these projects for release and they want to remain focused
 on their work.  Look to them to answer questions AFTER they have begun
 shipping.
  
 Many of the companies listed plus many more are working on projects
 that are never included on this list.  This list also does not
 incorporate pending hardware projects.  The companies noted here
 reserve the right to change any or all of the information contained
 without notice.  I cannot be responsible for typing errors.
  
 This list will be posted to the CATscan BBS.  Call 209/239-1552 for
 access 24 hours.  Although normal phone charges apply, access to the
 service is free.  If you do not yet own a Jaguar... you probably will.
  ATARI will not accept the excuse that it's not in your area! 
 Call the CATscan BBS for the dealer nearest you or contact Atari at
 408/745-2098 during normal business hours; Pacific Time.
 Fax 408/745-2088.
  
  Ready to order inquiries via the Internet:
  
     CompuServe >Internet:70007.2363@cis.com
     GEnie      >Internet:Atari@genie.geis.com
  
  
                                        --Don Thomas
                                          Atari Corporation
  
  
  
 PUBLISHER            DEVELOPER            TITLE (- CD title)     IN STORE  
 ========================================================================== 
  
 All Systems Go      All Systems Go       Hosenose and Booger    4th Qtr 94 
 All Systems Go      All Systems Go      -BIOS Fear              4th Qtr 94 
 Anco Software Ltd    Anco Software Ltd    Kickoff 3/World Cup    July      
 Beyond Games Inc     Beyond Games Inc     BattleWheels           December  
 Beyond Games Inc     Beyond Games Inc     Ultra Vortex           September 
 DTMC                 DTMC                 Lester the Unlikely    -N/A-     
 Gremlin Graphics     Gremlin Graphics     Zool 2                 October   
 Ocean                Krisalis Software    Soccer Kid             June      
 -N/A-                Loriciel S.A.        Extreme Skiing/Snwbord -N/A-     
 -N/A-                Microids             Commando               December  
 -N/A-                Microids            -Evidence               1995      
 MidNite Ent. Inc     MidNite Ent. Inc     Air Cars               October   
 MidNite Ent. Inc     MidNite Ent. Inc     Dungeon Depths         October   
 MidNite Ent. Inc     MidNite Ent. Inc     Assault               1st Qtr 95 
 Telegames            Millenium/Teque      Brutal Sports Football July      
 Ocean Software Ltd   Ocean Software Ltd   Ape Sh_t (WT)          December  
 Ocean Software Ltd   Ocean Software Ltd  -Lobo                   1995      
 Ocean Software Ltd   Ocean Software Ltd   Theme Park            3rd Qtr 94 
 Ocean Software Ltd   Ocean Software Ltd   Syndicate             3rd Qtr 94 
 -N/A-                Photosurealism       Galactic Gladiators   4th Qtr 94 
 PIXIS Interactive    PIXIS Interactive   -Neurodancer            -N/A-     
 -N/A-                Virtual Xperience    Zzyorxx II             July      
 -N/A-                Virtual Xperience    Indiana Jag            July      
 -N/A-                Silmarils           -Robinson's Requiem     September 
 Telegames            Telegames            Ultimate Brain Games   September 
 Telegames            Tradewest            Double Dragon V        July      
 Telegames            Tradewest            Troy Aiken NFL Ftball  July      
 Trimark Interactive  Trimark Interactive  White Men Can't Jump   October   
 U.S. Gold Ltd.       Tietex/Delphine      Flashback              July      
 21st Century         21st Century         Pinball Dreams         September 
 Virgin UK            Argonaut             Creature Shock         ____      
 V-Reel               V-Reel               Horrorscope            ____      
 V-Reel               V-Reel               Arena Football         ____      
 Readysoft            Readysoft            Dragon's Lair          ____      
    

                               END OF LIST 


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                  TROY AIKMAN NFL(tm) FOOTBALL - SPORTS

      He's the best player in football. And now, he's got the
      best game available. This is the only football game that
      captures Troy's style of play. And, the only one that has
      Troy's favorite plays. This is a game scoring and passing
      that puts the player in control. You decide who to hand
      off to, who to throw to, and when. You decide whether to
      go up top for a quick score or to try and grind out a
      ball-control drive. And there are options like no other
      game. Like Troy's Picks, a special feature that lets the
      player allocate his team's budget - you decide if you
      want to beef up the offensive line, muscle up the defense
      or put more money into the kicking game. It's your call.
      [1 or 2 players] $??.?? (Telegames) Release: October 1994

               DOUBLE DRAGON V: THE SHADOW FALLS - FIGHTER
      There are fighting games, then there is Double Dragon V;
      the ultimate tournament style fighting game. Choose from
      4 fighting modes, 4 levels of gameplay, 12 unique
      characters and 12 different battle locations. Each player
      specializes in up to 6 "secret" moves that are as much
      fun to watch as they are deadly against fierce opponents.
      If you're here for the awesome music and sound effects or 
      just for sport of blood, you will find this game tap 
      Jaguar resources to the bone.
      [1 or 2 players] $??.?? (Telegames) Release: October 1994


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 > Game Console Media! STR Focus!  -  Game Media: What's The Best Format?
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                        GAME MEDIA - THE BEST FORMAT?
                        =============================



 by Marty Mankins, Staff Editor

      Most game systems use a cartridge as the media for their gaming
 library.  But all that is now changing.  There are many CD-ROM video
 game systems coming onto the market.  So far, only a couple can take
 both cartridge and CD-ROM - Sega CDX and Atari's Jaguar.  In this
 article, we discuss the advantages and downsides of having both forms
 of media and why the two media types differ.

      Say you are a game developer.  You want to create a game and you
 want to make it good so all sorts of game players on different game
 systems will like the game.  Let's also point out that you want to make
 sure the game appears to be real.  What kind of decisions go through
 your mind?  Well, there are all sorts of screens and images that start
 to make their way to your brain's video center.  But one of the first
 major decisions is what format to sell the game on.  Believe it or not,
 but after brief discussions with several game system companies, it
 became evident that the main priority of creating a game was how to
 squeeze all of the code onto the supported media.

      For Nintendo, they are all cartridges and have to live within
 those limitations.  If the game is licensed, there's not a lot of
 changes that can happen to the game if it's put onto media that holds
 more, like CD-ROM.  So the limitation is across the board.  And while
 we are on the subject of Nintendo, they have decided to not support
 CD-ROM at all on the new game system they are working on with Silicon
 Graphics, Inc.  So they have eliminated any decision factor - it's
 cartridge all the way.  Not all companies work like that.  Some of the
 many 3rd party companies that create games for different systems will
 allow for more work to be done for the CD-ROM version of the game.
 Sega is the best example.  They created an entirely new version of Sonic
 and put it on CD.  This created a new game based on the same game-play
 functions of the cartridge-based Sonic.

      The newer systems like 3DO and the Sony PSX system are CD-ROM only.
 They have the limitations of not being able to use the fast speed of
 the cartridge (not to mention the durability of a cartridge with younger
 game players), but can stuff all sorts of action, realism and cool
 scenery that adds to the intense level of the games.  The game loads a
 bit slower and can pause at times during some scenes, but the incredible
 graphics and mass-storage of many pieces of the game can make up for
 the slow wait.

                       HERE'S THE BEST SYSTEM YET!

      While I've talked about some of the systems that use a cartridge
 or CD-ROM as their sole input for entertainment, there are two systems
 that use both a cartridge slot and can take a CD-ROM.  The first is the
 Sega CDX.  This is a new unit which combines the Sega Genesis and the
 external add-on Sega CD drive.  Nothing has changed on the technical
 side of things - it's just in a smaller package.  While there are both
 types of media available for games and the compact CDX system is great,
 it offers nothing in the way of technology.  You are not going to break
 any speed records or have any sort of integration.

      Enter the Atari Jaguar.  While not all the specs have been
 released, the overall focus of the Jaguar is to have two options for
 games with the possibility of sharing the game between two media types-
 cartridge and CD-ROM.  This brings in some interesting advancements and
 options for game play.

      Picture a game where all of the controls and movements are stored
 on the cartridge.  You also have all of your polygon and other
 rasterized graphics for movement on the cartridge (because you want the
 game play action to be fast and furious!).  Now you add to that a 600Mb
 CD-ROM full of photos, game players and all sort of screens of data.
 You now have the capability of two media types coming together on the
 same system to create games so life-like and breathtaking that no other
 system could even come close.  Finally, bring in the 64-bit power of
 the Atari Jaguar and the speed and flawless details of game control and
 you have the only game system to own.

      And it doesn't stop there.  Think of the other multimedia
 possibilities that the Jaguar could offer.  It blows my mind when I
 consider all that's out there now for the multiple platforms and how it's
 going to get bigger and better.

                      ADVANTAGES vs DISADVANTAGES

      The above was to whet your appetite.  Those are some of the features
 that we can expect from the Jaguar.  Now what are the costs to make a
 cartridge vs. a CD-ROM.  Well, no one would release any prices for what
 it would cost to make 500,000 cartridges, but it's somewhere under $15,
 including packaging.  The cartridge is fast when it comes to executing
 code.  It can pass code segments at speeds of 4000% higher than a CD-ROM.
 The idea of a solid pack of plastic and silicon makes it more durable
 with people of multiple ages in a household.  I've seen Kool-Aid poured
 onto a cartridge and with a good two or three days of drying time, it's
 as good as new (well, most of the time).

      The biggest disadvantages to cartridges is cost.  You need to make
 sure you have the bucks to make a bundle to bring the cost down.  As
 we've seen above, it's about $15 (you may need to add a few dollars,
 depending on which system you are pressing for) to make cartridges.
 There is also more time needed to press a cartridge.  For the Atari
 Jaguar, they need at least 6 weeks once the final code is completed to
 manufacture a single game in large quantities.  Six weeks can be a long
 time if you're trying to beat the competition and get more games on the
 market.  Then you have more shelf space.  You'll want a place to store
 the manual and a likely candidate is a plastic case made to fit the
 cartridge.  Overall, cartridges are nice, but have some downfalls, most
 associated with cost.

      Now take the CD-ROM's cost.  If you make enough (over 500,000),
 you could get the entire cost - including packaging - to well under $6.
 That's a savings of more than double!  You are now looking at advantage
 #1 for putting games on CD-ROM.

      The large storage is a big plus.  It's like having unlimited
 storage.  And the media is easy to use, easy to store and can withstand
 some abuse (but not too much).  But, what about the downside of using
 CD-ROM.  The first item to appear on my list is speed.  Yes, the drives
 are getting faster and there are a good amount of technologies that can
 help data move faster (cache is one), but when compared to a cartridge,
 CD-ROM is a speed snail.  Some of the games that I have played on the
 3DO system have taken up to 40 seconds to load.  At times, it seems
 like an eternity.  We have gotten so used to fast everything, that it's
 jaded us into thinking that it's slow.  And by today's standards, it
 appears to be unacceptable when used on a dedicated gaming system.

      The other downfall to CD-ROM is not all discs can be shared
 amongst multiple devices.  There are some CD-ROM titles out there that
 can be used on both a Mac and a PC.  This is good.  Then you have CD-ROMs
 for the Philips CD-i system, you have Sega's CD-ROM games and 3DO is yet
 another.  But you can not share them amongst these systems.  Why do I
 bring this up?  It's going to be common that some sales people will not
 be able to tell the difference.  Already, there are problems of CD-ROMs
 getting shrink-wrapped into the wrong packages at the factory and even
 more cases of retail mix-ups.  One customer got his new Sega CD game
 home to discover that he had an encyclopedia for Windows!

      This may be taking things a bit too far, but if this universal
 technology of CD-ROM is going to be a true standard, it would have been
 nice if all of these companies would have met in a big room before they
 created their systems and worked out a standard.  Think of the
 possibilities: walk into your favorite retail outlet or call up your
 regular mail order firm and ask for a game (we'll say DOOM).  They send
 you a CD-ROM with the right manual for your gaming system and you're off
 and playing.  When you get tired of the game in 4-5 months, you can
 take it to your used retail game exchange center, turn it in for a new
 one and someone else with a different system can buy it and play it.

      Well, it didn't turn out this way, so we are left with a
 multitude of CD-ROMs that look alike, but don't play on different systems.
 Like I said, maybe I'm dreaming, but it would have been perfect for the
 gaming industry.  The time to create games would not be an issue since
 there would only be one development system, not 20 or more.

                               CONCLUSION

    Well, I've babbled on long enough.  The game media is a big issue
 and the idea of CD-ROM as a major part of the future is something we
 all will be used to (some of us may already be at that level).  The
 cartridge is here to stay as well.  No need to get rid of the fastest
 media to play games and other entertainment titles on.  Think about the
 future and what it brings with it.  Some of it is good and some of it
 will require some compromise.  Either way, the Atari Jaguar is one of
 the best and most flexible systems around.  If you already own one,
 hold onto something.  It's getting hotter!  If you don't own one yet,
 check it out.  You'll be amazed.

      If you're going to the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in
 Chicago, IL this summer, make sure you stop by the Atari booth.  Check
 out the new CD-ROM drive and all of the new game titles.  You'll see
 that it's the best up-and-coming system that's here to stay.


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 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile    -    Online Users Growl & Purr!
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              CATNIPS ..... (Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas)
  
 Atari has had some real CooL bumper stickers made up.  They are black
 and feature the yellow Jaguar eyes as well as the blood-red Jaguar logo.
 I understand these are being shipped to the upcoming C.E.S. show, but I
 have managed to, well let's say, "put some aside for my friends" .
 So here's another freebie for everyone... (YEA!)
  
 Send me a self-addressed and pre-stamped envelope and I'll put one of
 these "hot-off-the-press" three-color eye-poppers in it right back to
 you.  The dimensions are 3"x12" so keep that in mind. If you really do
 not want a gentle fold in it, send an envelope at least 12 inches long
 and make sure there's cardboard in it.  If you are not sure how long
 12 inches is, try a ruler.
  
  Send to: Don's Really Hot Jaguar Bumper Sticker Freebie
           Atari Corporation
           P.O. Box 61657
           Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1657
  
 The bumper stickers are FREE as long as you promise that you'll proudly
 display it where all your friends will see it. I recommend getting Mom
 and Dad's permission before slapping it on their furniture, appliances
 or automobiles.  Maybe they'll let you tape it in the back window of
 the car (tape it so the logo faces out please).
  
 I hope everyone likes these.  Consider it a "THANKS" for your patience
 as we work our "bumpers" off getting some more software into your hot
 hands as fast as we can!
  
  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation

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 > CATscan BBS! STR BBS Info!  -  Don Thomas Starts Up A BBS!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""     (Not an Official Atari Support System)


 Although still in beginning development stages, I wish to pass on to my
 distribution list a new Jaguar/Lynx resource.  The CATscan BBS is up
 and running.  Although I realize that this BBS may not be practical for
 most of you to utilize regularly, it is being set up as a data source
 of news and information regarding Jaguar and Lynx products.  Here are
 some of the features:

   An ongoing list of Jaguar/Lynx dealers which may be captured by state.
   Product descriptions selectable by title.
   Press releases from Atari and related third party sources.
   Gaming hints and tips.
   Game reviews.
   Questions and answers.
   Orders accepted for Atari products.
     (Processed by Atari as an extension to Atari's Customer
     Service Policies. All items sold at MSRP and billed by
     Atari. NO funds collected benefit the BBS or the SysOp.
     This is for the convenience of modem users who may not
     have access to online services to leave orders in E-Mail.)
   Competitive knock offs.


 My first goal is to force myself into a practice to assemble pertinent
 and accurate data in one central area.  By doing this, I will also be
 building a resource for the online press, SYSOPS of independent BBSs
 and a resource for retailers to help them answer customer questions in
 the store.  It can also be used to preview editor's stories, if desired
 for accuracy.

 There are downsides right now.  A lot of energy and time is going to
 create this resource, BUT I still have obstacles to overcome.
 1) At present, I am trying to overcome a barrier where it seems I can
    only log on at 1200 baud... some sort of software <--> modem issue.
    It really isn't THAT serious since the menus are set up clearly and
    information takes longer than 1200 baud to read online anyway. I
    hope this will be resolved before too long.

 2) A lot of info is already on the system, but it will take time to
    bring it up to speed. Many of the data banks are menu driven and
    time consuming scripts files must be written to accommodate them.
    At present product description and log on files are all taken care
    of.  I expect dealer lists will be formatted and up today.

 3) Total storage is presently restricted to 20 MEG. I hope
    this may be expanded as needed.

 4) The system only supports one line at this time.  In any case, feel
    free to log on quickly and establish your accounts. TRUSTED remote
    SYSOP positions are available.

 The number to CATscan is: 209/239-1552

 It is open to the public, but certain areas are disabled for initial
 callers.  There is NO fee to use the system.  The system WILL BE
 CENSORED.  Only data that is positive toward the image of Atari and
 companies supporting Atari will be permitted.

 Please pass his number on to dealers and developers who want to be
 included.  I will be happy to be set up to accept 3rd party orders IF
 they are registered and licensed by Atari.  If a dealer wants to be
 listed, all he has to do is post a request to the SYSOP.  Information
 may also be added to the system by contacting me at the following
 addresses:
       CIS: 75300,1267
     GENIE: Atari
   PRODIGY: EUKG11A

 Again, don't expect too much initially and please be persistent if you
 get a busy.  I am conducting frequent tests that might tie up the line,
 but I will not disconnect anyone on the system.

 Thanks!

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 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""
         
          
              
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
                            =====================
             
              
  On CompuServe
  -------------
  compiled by
  Joe Mirando




      Hidi Ho friends and neighbors.  First up is the news that Bob Brodie,
 Atari's Director of Communications, has resigned (see the news elsewhere
 in this issue).  As most of you know, we at STReport and Bob have had
 numerous disagreements concerning just about anything Atari-related. 
 Despite the "scenes" of the past, I've usually enjoyed talking with Bob
 and now, would like to wish him well in his future endeavors.

      Well, let's get on with the reason for this column... all the cool
 news, hints, and tips available every week here on CompuServe.


 From the Atari Computing Forum
 ==============================

 Rob Rasmussen asks:

   "I should probably ask this in Practice forum, but maybe others here
   have had this problem too. I usually use QuickCIS to capture messages
   from forums, and as usual it gets all the messages that are new since
   the last time I did it.  But sometimes I use Flash to go snoop around
   in different forums, capturing selected threads by selecting the titles
   from the menu that look interesting.  In this forum, for example, I
   hadn't done my regular QuickCIS capture of the sections I always read
   for about a week, but I had looked at thread titles and captured a few
   of them manually. Well, when I now do my normal capture with QCIS, I
   miss most of the past week's messages and get only the ones posted
   since I went on manually. This doesn't make sense to me, since I never
   read those older messages, only looked at their titles. I know there is
   a high message pointer, but how would I know what to set this to? Also
   in the message menu I can set the DAYS, but I may not remember how many
   DAYS to set it for.  After reading selected threads, I would like to
   restore it back to all new messages I haven't read. How can I do this?"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Rob:

   "The forum software goes by the highest numbered message you've read.
   
   So, if you skip 100 messages, but read the 101st, the software acts as
   though you've read them all.  The only way to go back is to reset that
   high message number.
   
   You'd have to jot it down, then maybe put it in the Read Command line,
   like this:    high 98584;rea new"

 Rob asks:

   "Do you mean jot down the high message number from the last time I
   captured messages in QuickCIS? I understand how if I read selected
   threads after that, it will reset the high msg #, but I still don't see
   how I can know what the previous high message was. Whether I 'Select'
   to read by subject manually, or use the command 'REA SEC:1,2,3' in
   QuickCIS, the messages I read are grouped by thread, but the message
   numbers are all mixed up, not in order. Out of all those, how do I know
   what the highest msg # I've read is? I recall seeing something on my
   screen that said something like "Highest MSG you've Read - xxxxx" but I
   can't remember where that is."

 Sysop Jim tells Rob:

   "...Your current high counter is displayed as you enter the forum.  If
   you wanted to jot it down, that would be the time to do it."

 Chief Sysop Ron Luks tells Rob:

   "One trick I use to keep the message counter from changing when I do a
   "manual" session is to read the messages that I want then (BEFORE
   EXITING THE FORUM) type this command:
   
   HI;D
   
   This means "don't change my high message counter as a result of
   anything I just read during the session."
   
   For example, when you enter the forum, lets say your HI message
   pointer is set to 1000.  If you read messages 1015 and 1038 only, your
   HI pointer will be set to 1038 when you exit.  If you type HI;D it will
   leave your pointer set at 1000 for the next QCIS run."

 Rob tells Ron and Jim:

   "Thanks... I tried it, and using HI;D solved my problem of the missed
   messages. Now if only I can remember to do that before leaving the
   forum. If I do forget, but I still have the previously captured
   messages, can I jot down one of those msg numbers, go back to the forum
   and set the high message # to one of those? If so, what is the
   command?"

 Ron tells Rob:

   "Yes, you can ALWAYS set the HI message pointer to whatever number you
   want.  You can enter just "HI" and then be prompted for a value or you
   can enter the HI command and the number at the same time like this:
   
   HI;34567
   
   The 3 parameters for the HI command are:
   
   HI;xxxxxx  == sets HI to a specific number
   
   HI;D == leave HI set at the value you had when you entered the forum.
           "D" means "Dont change"
   
   HI;L == means set HI to the highest current message number.  For times
           when you want to reset the counter to avoid past messages.  "L"
           means the "LAST message (highest number) in the forum."

 Marty Hall asks:

   "Are there any Datamanager experts out there? I don't see Timeworks
   listed anywhere....maybe I missed it. But here's my problem.........
   
   I'm using it to crosscheck flight times for aircraft. I have found that
   although you can set up a field for TIME, you can not set one up to
   add or subtract TIME. It is not considered a calculable number by the
   program. O.K., we convert TIME to a decimal number in the final
   analysis so if I convert it, then enter that number, ( 12:50 would be
   12.8 ), then do the calculations, it should work. WRONG! In industry (
   and military ) aviation flight time is computed basically the same. In
   24 hour clock, you subtract the Time Off from the Time On arriving at a
   Hour:Minute answer, then convert to decimal, add all the decimal
   figures from each leg and you have the flight time for the day.  When
   you convert to decimal, then subtract Time Off from Time On, etc., you
   end up with a different answer as the times are rounded off at a
   different point.
   
   What I need to be able to do is set up Datamanager to treat TIME
   figures as a numeric value, add and/or subtract them and then convert
   using the same table that the rest of civil aviation uses ( ie, 58 to 3
   min's = .0, 4 to 10 min's = .1, 11 to 16 min's = .2 etc. ) Any
   suggestions????"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer OnLine Magazine tells Marty:

   "I haven't used DataManager myself but I can think of some possible
   suggestions.  Make a copy of your database and then create some
   additional columns that perform the calculations.  Maybe 4 new columns
   so you can check the calculations on every step of the way.  Is there a
   function that can break the TIME data into separate parts?  So if you
   wanted only time you would (should be wanted only minutes) it would
   return minutes?  And the same thing for hours?  Then you can change the
   minute value to a decimal value based on a lookup like table (you
   stated in your previous message).  The combine the hours and converted
   minutes field together.  One method would be to use a formula like the
   following.

   decimal_value = ( hours * 100 ) + converted_minutes

   Or if your minute data is already 0.0 or less than you could just add
   it to the hours directly.
   
   decimal_value =  hours + converted_minutes
   
   Perform the following for both time values and then you can perform
   math operations on the resultant decimal values.  By having different
   columns for your calculation you should be able to determine where the
   linear error occurs.  Using this method it might not generate any
   significant amount of round off error at all."

 John Damiano at Transierra tells Marty:

   "I think the only way it will do that is if you enter time as a
   numeric field rather then a time field and then deal with the time
   value as a decimal input.

   IE:   23.55=2355....         23.55
                               -21.43
                                ------
                                2.12 or 2 hrs/12 mins"

 Meanwhile, Sheila Siegel asks:

   "Does anyone know of a program for the Atari ST that optimizes the
   hard drive?  We have an Atari that we use for music programs almost
   exclusively, and after a big project we would like to clean up the disk
   drive with an optimization program.
   
   Also--we occasionally have a loud buzz that comes out of the ST that
   fades after 15 minutes use.  We can't seem to find a way to eliminate
   this noise from the screen.  Anyone else have this problem and how did
   you solve it?"

 My pal Brian Gockley from ST INFORMER magazine tells Sheila:

   "Diamond Edge is a great hard drive  program, it is available mail
   order. As far as the buzz (what's the buzz, tell me what's a
   happenin'), I think it may be a small capacitor in the monitor ($2) that
   always fails. If you know anyone who is handy with a soldering iron,
   Best Electronics will sell you one."

 Clive Parker at everyone's favorite ST Euro Mag, STFormat, posts:

   "TOS 2.06 also has improved high density drive support and hard drive
   support.  With TOS 2.05 you can format a DD disk as high density. I was
   informed by Atari UK that this was a "feature" and not a bug."

 Gee, that sounds familiar don't it, folks?
 Paul Sinnema posts"

   "First let me introduce ourselves to You. We are a small company in
   Holland. We have been programming for the Atari computers since 1985
   (we were one of the first in Holland). We have created several products
   for the Atari.
   
   In the past we always contacted Atari Nederland when we discovered
   errors or found trouble during programming. To be specific we called
   Wilfred Kilwinger.  Wilfred no longer works with Atari Nederland and it
   looks as if there isn't going to be a replacement with the same
   knowledge and expertise.
   
   One of our products is a real Dutch program called 'Girotel ST'. This
   program deals with telebanking in a read Dutch fashion. Lately we
   received the new TOS 4.92 for the Falcon 030 from Atari Nederland B.V.
   We find that our programs really have trouble executing correctly with
   this version.
   
   - Some of the first things I found is that our program doesn't react
   to keys any more. Only when a window is opened the keys work correctly
   again.
   
   - A second thing I found was a real strange behavior of the
   drop-down-menu's.  When I move the mouse to the 'Desk' position the
   program hangs and I have to reset.

   Paul Sinnema.
   SB Automatisering,
   Postbox 56,
   9649 ZH  Muntendam.
   Holland."

 Kevin at PG Music tells Paul:

   "Since all TOS development seems to be handled by Atari UK, those of
   us in the US don't seem to know much about any newer TOS versions. :("

 Dazzz Smith asks:

   "I thought TOS 5 was the latest revision???"

 J. Patterson at Atari tells Dazzz:

   "TOS 4.92 is a beta version for the Falcon available only to registered
   developers.  There is a forum here online available to registered
   developers which I can give you access to if you can give me
   verification that you are a developer.  Faxing me a copy of your NDA
   and receipt for developer kit will be sufficient 408 745 2088 Attn
   Developer Support with your CIS acct#.  There are release notes in the
   forums which will probably help."


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