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Article #504 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 6-Jan-95 #1101 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Thu Jan 19 08:46:27 1995 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. January 06, 1995 No. 1101 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. Mariano Publisher-Editor ----------------------------------------- Voice: 1-904-783-3319 10am-4pm EST STR Publishing Support BBS * THE BOUNTY INTERNATIONAL BBS * Featuring: * 45GB * of Download Files Operating with * Mustang Software's WILDCAT! 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Also for next week we expect to be looking over a recent entry into the Windows Editor arena, EditMaster. More to follow-up on that one. The big news this week, even overshadowing the opening CES, is the Unisys enforcement of its patent on the LZW routines. It affects just about every facet of the computing community. Don't miss this week's coverage of this hot, late breaking story and its most recent developments. Ralph... Of Special Note: ---------------- STReport will be branching out further to Internet's userbase in the very near future. We've received numerous requests to receive STReport from a wide variety of Internet addresses. As a result, we're putting together an Internet distribution/mailing list for those who wish to receive STReport on a regular basis, and we'll UUENCODE each issue and mail it to you. If you're interested in being added to our mailing list, please, send your requests to either "email@example.com" or, RMARIANO@DELPHI.COM. 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Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* >> Microsoft to Introduce Bob << Microsoft Corp. reportedly is set to introduced a new $100 program called Bob intended for new PC users among the rapidly expanding home market. Word is the program is to be unveiled by Microsoft chief Bill Gates this weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show and will reach retailers by March 31. In the Wall Street Journal this week reporter Don Clark says Bob, running on top of DOS and Windows, has a set of eight programs for hand- ling common household chores, including options to balance checkbooks, mark calendars and handle electronic mail. "Instead of menus and windows on the screen, Bob uses images of rooms in a home and cartoon-like characters that tell you how to do things," Clark writes. "Click with a mouse on the image of a piece of paper on a desk, for example, and Bob launches a program that is tailored for writing letters." Adds Clark, "Several other companies have begun to use metaphors such as rooms or buildings, including General Magic Inc. and Novell Inc. But Bob will be among the first programs on the market to stress a 'social interface,' in which an animated character guides users' actions. The characters, such as a dog named Rover, can give custom-tailored tips because the program keeps track of problems that users are having. While the on-screen guides now communicate in 'balloons' containing text messages, Microsoft envisions future programs that will speak to users and understand their spoken questions." Microsoft involved more than 1,200 consumers for testing the program, which is based on the research of Stanford University professors Clifford Nass and Byron Reeves. >> Nintendo, GTE Form Alliance << In an attempt to retain its No. 1 spot in the video game industry, Nintendo of America has announced a joint venture with GTE to develop, market, publish and distribute video games, including games to be played over phone lines. GTE expects the move to boost its presence in retail stores. Reports say the companies will release in May a cartridge-based 3-D game called FX Fighter, which "will run on the conventional 16-bit Nintendo Entertainment System players, but GTE said it plans to work with Nintendo to develop products for Nintendo's 64-bit Ultra videogame player, due out in the fall." >> Canadian Fax Service Unveiled << Delrina Corp. has announced an agreement with The FAX Network of Toronto to provide an all-Canadian fax broadcast service for PC users. The service allows users to send up to several thousand facsimile messages virtually simultaneously to locations worldwide. The service is offered with Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 and Delrina Com- munications Suite software sold in Canada. Users can schedule their broadcast fax for immediate delivery or at a predetermined time to take advantage of off- peak rates. The price to broadcast a fax within selected Canadian cities is 39 cents per minute during peak hours and 29 cents per minute during off peak hours. >> Pentium Clone Draws Developers << Nexgen, maker of Nx586, the only clone of Intel Corp.'s Pentium chip, says it has commitments from 33 more PC manufacturers to use the chip in their products, bringing the total number of supporters worldwide to 71. Reports quote Nexgen as saying the chip offers Pentium-level perfor- mance at typical prices between $1,500 and $2,500. The Nx586 entered volume production in September. Notable among the additions in the U.S. are Liuski International of Melville, New York, Fry's Electronics of San Jose, California, and the Radio Shack chain. Nexgen President/CEO Atiq Raza said, "Once we began shipping production volume of the Nx586 processor family, we expected personal computer manufacturer adoption to grow rapidly. But the current rate of sign-ups, since Comdex, has surpassed our expectations." >> Gateway Ships Updated Pentiums << Gateway 2000 reports that effective Friday all of its Pentium PCs shipped directly to customers worldwide will incorporate Intel's updated Pentium microprocessor. The direct market computer seller says it is the first company to make the complete transition to the updated Pentium chip across its entire Pentium line. Customers calling Gateway 2000 today to order a Pentium- based PC can expect delivery within one to two weeks, say company spokesmen. >> Dell Converts to Mended Pentium << Dell Computer Corp. says it has completed converting its OptiPlex computer line to Intel's updated Pentium chip. The computer maker notes that it expects the transition to Intel's updated Pentium chip to continue across its entire Pentium processor- based product line, including its Dimension desktops and PowerEdge servers. The company started converting its Pentium processor-based products and shipping updated Pentium processors to customers on Dec. 22. The updated Pentium processor corrects the recently publicized floating- point division flaw. >> Unisys Stirs Graphics Community << Computer maker Unisys Corp. has begun enforcing a software patent on what originally was widely thought to be a free technology, an algorithm used in tools to view digital pictures and other online graphics. At issue is the Lempel Zev Welch algorithm, which is used in GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) tools for formatting and viewing online graphics, as well as in the Tagged Image File Format. Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jared Sandberg quotes officials with the company as saying the formats contain proprietary technology it patented in 1984. Unisys spokesman Oliver Picher contends his employer is seeking relatively low royalties, telling the Journal, "If they're making money, we have a right to fair return on the intellectual property that's involved." Picher said other software makers and online services that use GIF graphics have been contacted for possible licensing agreements. Meanwhile, regarding Unisys, the Journal this morning observed, "As the online industry grows at a rapid pace, companies are vying to protect their intellectual property, particularly for software programs that have become online standards. But some see the move as an attempt by Unisys, which last week said it planned to lay off 4,000 employees this year, to squeeze whatever revenue it can out of the burgeoning online business." Pat Clawson, president of TeleGrafix Communications Inc., an online software developer, characterized the effort as "a grab by Unisys to get money from the information superhighway to prop up a failing company," adding his firm won't obtain a license from Unisys. "We're just going to take GIF out of our products." Unisys' Picher denied the allegations. "It's easy to see a conspiracy in this," he said, "but it's not there." >> Motorola to Offer Newton << A version of Apple Computer Inc.'s hand-held Newton computer that can send electronic mail without being connected to a phone line is to be offered by Motorola Inc. The machine, christened with the new name "Marco Wireless Communica- tion," will be priced between $900 and $1,400 and will be introduced this week at the Macworld computer exhibit in San Francisco. >> CompUSA Christmas Sales Up 42% << CompUSA Inc., the nation's largest computer superstore retailer, reports that its fiscal second-quarter net sales increased 42% from the year-ago quarter to a overall record of $762 million. Same-store sales for the second quarter ending Dec. 24 were up 14.6% and same-store sales for December rose 16.2%. At Hambrecht & Quist, analyst Todd Bakar said CompUSA's second- quarter sales results are a "clear reflection" of a strong calendar fourth quarter for the computer industry as a whole. Analyst Lee Levitt of International Data Corp. noted the sales were bullish enough to even overcome the controversy surrounding a flaw in Intel Corp.'s Pentium chip. >> Computer Sales Up; Toy Sales Down << Blame it on the computer. Toys R Us, the American toy store giant, said today that hot computer sales this Christmas season cut into their sales of Power Rangers, Barbie dolls, bicycles and other toys especially during the last two weeks of December. Toys R Us Chief Executive Officer Michael Goldstein told analysts the company has reduced its projection for fiscal 1994 international sales to between $135 million to $140 million, down from a previous target of $150 million. >> New CD Specifications Unveiled << Philips Electronics N.V. and Sony Corp. report that tentative basic specifications for a new type of multisession music CD -- commonly referred to as "CD Plus" -- are now available for evaluation and consideration by record and computer companies. The electronics giants note that the proposed specifications would allow two CD standards to coexist on a single disk. A multisession music CD combines standard audio tracks with additional CD-ROM information. Philips and Sony note that the development of the first stage of the multisession music CD format has now been completed. To finalize the format, the companies will continue to consult with record and computer companies in an effort to achieve compatibility with major multimedia personal computer platforms, such as Multimedia PCs and Macintosh systems. Philips and Sony anticipate that the multisession music CD format will be supported by the record industry. Microsoft Corp. has announced its support of the new format and will make necessary services, such as authoring tools, available to the record industry. Philips and Sony hope that the specifications can be finalized within the next couple of months. >> Apple Cuts Server Prices << Prices on Apple Computer Inc.'s Workgroup Servers 6150, 8150 and 9150 have been cut from 5% to 11%, effective immediately. Apple also: -:- Has introduced its AppleShare Client for Windows software product, which will be available to Workgroup Server customers at no additional cost. -:- Said it will enhance its AppleShare file and print software for higher performance on PowerPC processor-based Workgroup Servers. Apple said the price changes are effective immediately in the U.S. and depending on system configurations, the Workgroup Server 6150 ranges in Apple price from $2,549 to $3,159; the Workgroup Server 8150 ranges in price from $4,759 to $7,169; and the Workgroup Server 9150 ranges in price from $5,929 to $8,709. >> WordPerfect Sales Up 116% << Novell Inc. announced this week that unit sales of its WordPerfect software for the Apple Macintosh computer soared 116% in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared to the same period a year ago. Reports say the sales of the word processing program rose 51% for the entire year ended Oct. 31, when compared to the previous fiscal year. The figures represent sales of WordPerfect Version 3.0 and the newer Version 3.1. >> Epson Offers New Monitors << Epson America Inc. has begun shipping 15-inch and 17-inch SVGA color monitors that it says offer high-resolution display for full-motion color graphics and business presentations. The units carry street prices of $349 and $599, respectively. A statement from Epson says the monitors are Energy Star-compliant, having three power-saving modes and low-radiation technology. They also have 12 programmable modes to display colors and text and a 70MHz refresh rate for flicker-free viewing. The maximum noninterlaced resolution for the 15-inch display is 1024 by 760, and 1,280 by 1,024 for the 17-inch. >> Apple Unveils New Power Macs << Apple Computer Inc. has introduced three new Power Macintosh computers. The computer maker says the systems offer up to 40% greater performance than its original Power Macintosh systems. Available immediately worldwide, the Power Macintosh 6100/66, 7100/80 and 8100/100 computers provide increased clock speeds of 10%, 21% and 25%, respectively. In addition, Level 2 cache (256KB) has been added to the Power Macintosh 6100/66 and 7100/80 systems, further boosting performance by up to 15%. Level 2 cache increases system performance by reducing the computer's average access time required to retrieve data or instructions from RAM or ROM. On average, Apple expects the overall performance increases of up to 30% for the Power Mac 6100/66, 40% for the 7100/80 and 20% for the 8100/100 when compared with their predecessors, the Power Mac 6100/60, 7100/66 and 8100/80. Apple has also increased the minimum hard drive configurations to 350MB for the Power Mac 6100/66 and 700MB for the 8100/100. >> Tandy Closes 213 Stores << Some 213 Video Concepts and McDuff mall stores are being closed by Tandy Corp. in a restructuring it says is aimed as focusing on its some 6,600 Radio Shacks, 69 Computer City SuperCenters and nine Incredible Universe stores. >> IBM's RSI Case Goes to Trial << In Minnesota, jury selection has begun in what officials say is the nation's first repetitive stress injury case against IBM to reach trial. The case centers on a complaint by Nancy Urbanski, a former adminis- trative assistant at Eagan High School, who is suing for more than $50,000, alleging she developed permanent RSl from using computer keyboard equipment made by IBM. Apple Computer Inc. also is a defendant. Reports say that Urbanski's suit, filed in Dakota County District Court, accuses the two computer makers of manufacturing equipment that is unreasonably dangerous and failing to warn or give consumers instructions on its proper use. Denying the allegations, IBM and Apple contend, among other things, that Urbanski's injuries were caused by her own negligence. ___________________________________ > Frankie's Corner STR Feature """""""""""""""""""""""""""" The Kids' Computing Corner -------------------------- by Frank Sereno Coin Critters Nordic Software P.O. Box 6007 Lincoln, NE- 68506-0007 phone 402-488-5086 FAX 402-488-2914 floppy diskette for Windows and Macintosh approximate retail $30 ages 5 to 12 IBM Requirements Macintosh Requirements CPU: 386SX CPU: MacPlus or greater RAM: 4 megs RAM: 1 meg Video: SVGA Video: Monochrome or color CD-ROM: no CD-ROM: no Hdisk: 3 megs Hdisk: 3 megs OS: Windows 3.1 OS: System 6.0.7 Sound card recommended Coin Critters builds math skills by teaching children counting and the value of coins. The program tracks the progress of each child and moves him to the next lesson after each is completed. Using a standard point and click interface, children will play nine exercises with five variations based on coin denomination. Children will be asked to identify coins by "Heads Up" and "Tails Up." The next exercise, "Match Coins," asks the child to add the value of the coins and enter the answer. "Select Coins" requires the child to select a combination of coins that will equal a target number. "Do You Have Enough Money?" asks the child to compare the price of an object to the value of coins on the screen. He simply answers yes if he has more money than the price or no if he has less money. "Coin Equivalents" prompts the child to find the number of smaller denomination coins required to equal a larger coin. "Which Is More?" places two grouping of coins on the screen and the child must click on the group with the larger value. "Purchase Items" is a consumer lesson. The program displays an object and its price. The child is asked to buy the object with exact change using the least number of coins. "Make Change" is a merchant lesson. Using the coins on the screen, the child must count back the difference between the amount of money given and the correct price. The graphics are very plain and not very interesting. The sounds used in the program are digitized well but there aren't many used. To appeal to younger children this program needs more pizzazz. The interface is point and click. I have to say it needs a bit of refinement for younger children. No audible help is available. On-line help is available from the main screen but it is all text-based. To create a new player or select an existing player, the child must deal with the file selector rather than typing or selecting his name from a menu. Positive feedback is a simple "okay" accompanied with an animation of a person popping his hat in a very small window. This is not varied or enthusiastic enough for younger children. The negative feedback is excellent. The little animation is a fellow saying "Oops!" as his hat falls over his face is not impressive, but the program also shows the child the correct answer by counting out the coins. The lessons can be customized by setting the number of problems which must be solved and the number of incorrect answers which can be given before the program gives the correct response. The program has an adequate user's manual. One of the better features is that the program allows the printing of worksheets for problem-solving away from the computer. The program will also print out a progress report for each player. The report only lists the lessons available and whether these have been completed or not. It does not show any indication of proficiency. I do not feel that this program will be fun for most children. Children earn tokens after completing lessons which can be used in an arcade game. The child will move a Coin Critter through a maze by using the cursor keys to eat a certain denomination of coin. Bombs move back and forth the screen. Touching a bomb ends the game. The graphics are very basic, sounds are minimal and the gameplay isn't fun. The game is simply not enough reward for the lessons. Educational value is not as high as I hoped. I believe the lessons are well founded on sound educational principles but the program has narrow scope. Another problem that I see is that in the buying and selling lessons, the program uses some very unrealistic prices for items. One example is a Macintosh computer for 113 cents. Since there are thousands of consumer items available for less than $2.00, it would have been better if the program used those to help teach children the true purchasing power of money. Bang for the Buck is poor. The program has a very narrow educational scope and it doesn't have great play value. Coin Critters does not come with a money-back guarantee. This program would probably be good for a third grade math class but I just cannot recommend it for home use. If you are interested in this program, please try it before you buy it. Ratings Graphics ........... 5.0 Sounds ............. 6.0 Interface .......... 6.5 Play Value ......... 5.0 Educational Value .. 7.0 Bang for the Buck .. 6.0 Average ............ 5.91 ### Notice from Sanctuary Woods Sanctuary Woods recently released a new multimedia game, "Radio Active: The Music Trivia Game Show." Unfortunately, a problem arose during the duplication of the CD-ROMs and some defective discs were shipped to retail outlets. All current product is being replaced on store shelves. If you have already purchased "Radio Active," you can obtain a free replacement disc by calling 800-943-3664. ### Radio Active is a very entertaining game and you can look forward to a full review in a future issue of Silicon Times Report. Until next week, I thank you for reading! ____________________________________________ > New Forum! STR FOCUS! FORTUNE MAGAZINE ON COMPUSERVE! """"""""""""""""""""" FORTUNE MAGAZINE ONLINE ======================= The first thing that greets the user upoon entering the NEW Fortune Forum is; Welcome to the Fortune Forum: The Center for Business Information and Talk on CompuServe. If you're new here, don't worry because we are new as well. This initial period marks the beginning of a long and mutually fulfilling exchange of views and information between the editors of Fortune and our readers. It is also a chance for our readers to exchange insights and opinions with each other. We've worked hard over the past months to bring the world's most informative and in-depth business magazine online at CompuServe. If you're here, you've probably already looked through the online edition of the magazine. If not, we hope you become a regular reader, as well as a contributing member of this forum. We've a lot of plans for this forum. Plans that include special guests, special issues, special software and information found nowhere else online. But, regardless of what we do to provide a stimulating and enjoyable place for you to visit, what this Forum ultimately becomes is up to all of us working together. This forum is not the old kind of one to many media, but a new hybrid of communication -- many to many. In a very real sense, all opinions are equal here. Indeed, the online forum format is in essence a "postocracy" -- you can't be seen or heard unless you participate. The editors of Fortune are united in encouraging your opinions, ideas, and feedback. We'll all be checking in from time to time to give you responses from our side of the screen. This is your chance to talk to, talk back, and talk about what we're doing, and what we should be doing. We hope you'll plunge right in and help us start things off with a series of exchanges that explore the large and small issues, the personalities and policies that shape and define the business environment of the 1990s. Of course, we expect many discussions will be stimulate by our current issue, but there's no rule that says they have to do so. Feel free to start your own topics on issues that matter to you. Feel free to express your opinions and insights in other topics as well. At Fortune, we're not just talking at our readers, we're talking with them and listening as well. **** STReport would like to invite everyone to stop by and say hello! ________________________________________ > COREL Support STR InfoFile """""""""""""""""""""""""" For Immediate Release --------------------- Corel Corporation Limited Announces NEW SUPPORT PROGRAM for Twelve European Countries Ottawa, Canada--Jan. 03, 1995-- Corel Corporation Limited based in Dublin, Ireland today announced a new technical support program for users of CorelDRAW, Corel VENTURA, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Corel GALLERY and CorelFLOW. Beginning January 3, 1995 Corel will replace its current system of providing free technical support on a toll line with a new flexible support program on toll-free lines for the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Corel's new technical support program is designed to provide registered Corel customers with increased access to technical support. The new program will compliment Corel's current free-of-charge support options which include a fax-back service, CompuServe, Bulletin Board download service, and an Interactive Voice Answering System (IVAN). "With this plan, support personnel will be more accessible to the customers who need technical support the most," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "The combination of our alternative, free-of-charge services and the pay-for-support services will give users the ability to pick the option that best suits their technical support requirements resulting in quicker methods of obtaining product information and improved service for the customer." Support will be provided in the following six languages: English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, and Italian. Each registered user will receive two free credits for CorelDRAW 5 and one free credit for all other products, valid for one technical support call on a toll-free line. If a technician is unable to resolve a technical support call because of a documented bug with Corel software, the technician will not use the customer's credit. After the free credits have been used, Corel users will have the option of purchasing support call credits (one per incident) or an annual support plan allowing unlimited technical support for one year. Pricing below is quoted in Sterling. Billing will be in local currency. 25.00 STG for one support call credit 150.00 STG for an annual support plan Corel is also offering a company annual plan which will allow companies with five or more copies of the same Corel product to purchase unlimited technical support for a period of one year: 695.00 STG for five users with additional users at 130 STG. Corel technical support can be reached at the following toll-free numbers as of January 3, 1995: Austria 0660-5876 Belgium 0800-11138 Denmark 800-1-8754 France 0591-6005 Germany 0130-820522 Ireland 1-800-406-406 Italy 1-678-74781 Netherlands 06-022-6403 Norway 800-11662 Sweden 020-791084 Switzerland 155-8223 UK 0800-614-185 For countries where a toll free service is not available Corel will continue to offer free support over toll lines: Spain +(353) 1-405-2322 All other countries +(353) 1-405-2333 Approved Distributors, Resellers, Service Bureaus and Training Centers Corel Corporation and its subsidiaries will continue to provide free technical support, on a toll-free line, for CorelDRAW and related products to all Corel approved resellers, distributors, service bureaus and training centers. In countries where toll-free lines are notavailable, free support will be provided over toll lines. In July 1994, Corel established a dedicated phone line to serve these groups. To qualify for toll free technical support, resellers must complete Corel's approved reseller application. Those who qualify, and are approved, will receive product literature upon request, an employee purchase plan, Not for Resale pricing and the new free phone number. For additional information please call 613-728-3733. Approved Training Centers receive direct referrals, unlimited technical support, use of Corel's product logos and approved logos for advertising and monthly newsletters. For more information on Corel's ATC program, contact Patsy Hogan, Educational Program Manager, at 613-728-8200 x1530 or through CompuServe at 73311,3000. Corel's Approved Service Bureau program provides a qualified list of service bureaus for CorelDRAW users and provides bureaus with co-operative marketing opportunities, special pricing on Corel products, monthly newsletters and technical assistance. For more information on the CASB program, please contact Rhonda McIntyre Logie, CASB Manager, at 613-728-8200 x1402 or through CompuServe at 73423,1722. Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as an award-winning developer and marketer of PC graphics and SCSI software. CorelDRAW, Corel's industry leading graphics software, is available in over 17 languages and has won over 180 international awards from major trade publications. Corel ships its products through a network of more than 140 distributors in 60 countries worldwide. Corel is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: COS) and the NASDAQ--National Market System (symbol: COSFF). Corel is a registered trademark of Corel Corporation. CorelDRAW, Corel Ventura, Corel PHOTO-PAINT, Corel GALLERY and CorelFLOW are trademarks of Corel Corporation. Corel Corporation Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Corel Corporation. ______________________________________________ > ULTRAEDIT STR FOCUS! THE Editor for Windows.... """""""""""""""""""" Pocket Overview UltraEdit-32 V1.32a =================== Every so often, a first class shareware package comes along. STReport has endorsed the use of this editor form the days of its original high quality incarnation. I might add, with good reason. The updates have been very regular and well planned. The support has been as good as the best of the commercial houses offer. Ian Mead has produced what we feel is the ideal editor for use in the windows environment. The perfect notepad replacement. And.... much, much, more. Ultraedit 32 is available for D/L in a number of forums on CIS and elsewhere. After trying this one, you'll not only register it, You'll stay with it. Belao are listed but a few of its great features... check 'em out. **** UltraEdit-32 is a Windows(TM) disk based text or HEX editor taking full advantage of the multiple document interface (MDI). It is designed to allow simple editing of any text or binary file. UltraEdit-32 allows up to 255 files to be open at one time. Standard Features: ------------------ - Disk based text editing - No limit on file size, minimum RAM used even for multi-megabyte files - Multiple files open and displayed at the same time - Open multiple files at once from the file open dialog - Insert file into an existing document at cursor position - Drag and Drop support from the file manager - Insert & Overstrike modes for editing (Unlike many other Windows text editors) - UltraEdit-32 is Windows 3.x CUA compliant - Find and Replace - Also allows selection of text between caret & find target when shift key is pressed - Goto Line Number - Font Selection for display and printer. (Supports all fonts installed including TRUE-TYPE fonts) - Print support with headers, footers, margins and page breaks. - Automatic Line Indentation - Tab Settings - Word Wrap Support - Hexadecimal Editor - Allows editing of any binary file - HEX Insert and Delete of characters - HEX Find, Replace and Replace All - Bookmarks - Unlimited number of Bookmarks - Multiple Windows of the same file - Comprehensive macro support, including saving and loading - Context Sensitive Help - Automatic backup file generated with (.BAK) extension in the directory of the original file - UltraEdit-32 retains its screen position each time it is used - Line & column number display (line number display may be disabled) - Pop-up menus with right mouse button. - Text conversion to lower or upper case and capitalization. - Line fixup for lines without CR/LF combination. - Convert Word Wrap to CR/LF's allowing word wrap to be written to file with hard returns - Convert CR/LF's to Word Wrap (removes CR/LF's from file) Also: ----- - UltraEdit-32 accepts a command line input and so can be used to replace NOTEPAD or other editors that are called up from a file manager by clicking on a file. --- Registration --- You are limited to 45 Days of use for an unregistered version. UltraEdit-32 is a shareware program. If you find it useful and continue to use it you are obligated to register it with the author by sending $27.00 + $3.00 Shipping (Ohio Residents add $1.35 Sales Tax) to: Ian D. Mead 8209 Chestnut Hill Ct. West Chester, OH 45069 --- Compuserve Registration --- UltraEdit-32 may also be registered online on compuserve by typing GO SWREG and following instructions for registering using ID 4017. This will entitle you to an authorization code, the latest registered version, and technical support. This program may be freely distributed provided it is unmodified, no charge is made, and all of the following files are included: 1) READ.ME - This File 2) UEDIT32.EXE - Executable File 3) UEDIT32.HLP - UltraEdit-32 help file // History ---------- V1.32a - Created from UltraEdit v1.32 for Windows. (Also formerly known as EditPro, MEDIT) Windows is a registered Trademark of Microsoft Corporation ___________________________________________ > GIF CONTROVERSY STR Spotlight The probable DEMISE of .GIF """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" TO GIF OR NOT TO GIF! ===================== The Black Hat Award! by Ralph Mariano Recently, in the past week, a major fire war has erupted in the online community. Its seems there are real problems in the world of graphic file formats and precisely with .GIF usage. Apparently, about six and a half years ago Unisys Corp. obtained a patent on its LZW format algorithm for producing GIF files. At about the same time, CompuServe seemingly adopted the GIF graphic file format as its preferred file format to use. Now, after all these years of harmonious use.... Up jumps Unisys crying FOUL! CompuServe, in trying to keep its users and developers best interests at heart, entered into an agreement with Unisys whereby CompuServe would offer an agreement to its developer subscribers that would, in principle offer a token umbrella of limited protection against exorbitant royalties with retroactive penalties. The real problems are with the "agreement" and certain of its clauses. None of which seem to make any real sense especially to the majority of shareware authors. The Graphics Support Forums of CompuServe are focusing on this matter in their area nineteen (19). It behooves anyone producing software programming that handles GIF files to actively participate. Basically, the overall opinion seems to be centered around three looming questions. Accordingly, we are aware of certain benevolent revisions that are now in the works. CompuServe has unjustly caught a great deal of negative commentary when all they've been trying to do is help. A) - Why did Unisys WAIT SO MANY YEARS to make a complaint. B) - What about those programs that have nothing to do with CIS? C) - Isn't GIF a file format whose TIME HAS COME AND GONE? The first question is a very difficult one to answer since if one tries to explain away the many years between the birth of GIF files and now, with Unisys "crying foul", it would easily appear one is trying to apologize for Unisys' rather bizarre and unorthodox behavior. Then again, if one were to point out the real problems and cry out "setup!" It would be considered bashing poor old, Unisys. The bottom line is they've managed to create a tumult the likes of which we haven't seen since the days of ARC vs ZIP and the birth of ZIP. Which, by the way, should be a fairly strong reminder of what happened to those who thought they'd reap a small fortune over ARC and instead, forced the birth of a far superior effort called ZIP. Could this be history repeating itself? Only the "names have changed". But the "game" remains the same. In this reporter's humble opinion, CompuServe and especially The Graphics Forums' Larry Wood and the sysops are inadvertently being made the "bad guys" by some folks when in fact, the stumbling, collapsing former giant in the computing community, Unisys, is at the center of this ugly tempest and unfortunately, wearing the real Black Hat. Seemingly, it appears as if they are "groping for straws". Or, is it dancing for dollars? The important points are that CompuServe, over the years, has made the GIF format available to anybody, including their competiton. Why would CompuServe now want a fee? They don't! Unisys does. The real question here is why did Unisys wait _so long_ to make a squawk? It appears as if they were waiting until the GIF format was so firmly entrenched in the computing world that they would reap a harvest of untold limits. Mind you, nobody is saying "conspiracy" as was mentioned in the WSJ. As of this writing, its appears the only thing they're about to reap is the biggest, most notorious black eye any entity in the history of computing has ever or most likely ever will earn. CompuServe and the Graphics Forums are innocent of anything except trying to help the users and developers. Don't even ask about the amount of the original license fee it was finally reduced to $1.00 as a result of the strenuous efforts of Larry Woods of the Graphics Support Forums and Compuserve. Unisys has engendered, by their actions over the GIF format, far more ill will than they can imagine. Wait until the Internet goes to "high heat". By then, Unisys will have realized they made Intel's "Pentium trick" look like child's play. In fact, there is no way Unisys can claim they took their time or were unaware of the need to protect their "patent". You see, another online service Genie, as a matter of fact, procured such a license in 1990. Essentially it reportedly reads similar to the current incarnations as far as the statements about having to work in conjunction with the service thus licensed. Further, its been reported Genie may be contemplating removal of all viewers except those explicitly covered by their interpretation of their license with Unisys. The bottom line is Unisys was already granting licenses in 1990 to those services having the foresight to see problems on the distant horizon. In answer to the second question. One must never lose grasp of the fact that the computing community worldwide, is a vibrant, well tuned in group of highly informed people. These folks are quite capable of seeing the reality of this repugnant mess amidst the smoke and mirrors of today's busy world. No sooner had this story broke when we had at least a half dozen calls from concerned readers wondering what Aldus, Corel, Microgrfx and other major software publishers were going to do. All that was said is "brace themselves, drop GIF support like a hot rock and get ready". The bottom line here is they are well aware of the overall condition of Unisys (currently laying off another 4000 people) and its more than obvious quest for "new money". Someone ought to tell 'em at Unisys that their methods will never work as they seemingly expect they will. Some time ago in US History, it was well said when the expression of: "Millions for Defense but NOT ONE CENT for tribute" was made heard 'round the world. Its a shame Unisys didn't do its history lessons well. They are about to learn that lesson well. The last question is the dilly. Of course GIF as we know it is old news. Its an eight bit graphic file. All Unisys has done is hasten the inevitable. A twenty four bit or better file format with super tight, no loss compression is most definitely "in the works". As an aside, this reporter is aware that many of the devs are already commenting out GIF support and making sure they encourage everyone to do the same. BBS operators (SysOps) worldwide are already converting away from the GIF file format to JPEG for the time being. One offered the comment; "better to convert and show zero support for Unisys for what they've done". Sadly, there are those who will protest that Unisys was only protecting their patent. They're correct. One question however, screams for a _real answer_ though. Why did Unisys wait so long to say something? Don't they realize just how bad their actions are making them appear? Perhaps they just don't care anymore about PR and their image in the computing community. Obviously you, the reader, can deduce that this story has been steadily unfolding for the past week. As of this additional writing, Unisys has come forward with another and what appears to be the final statement. This statement is an excellent review, repositioning, and total clarification of the directions in which they intend to go. As a result, this reporter believes the computing and developing community at large may breathe a huge sigh of relief. On the other hand, it appears that those developers who have enjoyed a rather large and generously porfitable chunk of the commercial market are going to be hearing from Unisys shortly. Now Comes... ------------ The reactions..... only some but they reflect the mood of the entire computing community. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT ===================== Reports from The Wall Street Journal are among the Dow Jones news service resources available through the Executive News Service (GO ENS). Computer maker Unisys Corp. has begun enforcing a software patent on what originally was widely thought to be a free technology, an algorithm used in tools to view digital pictures and other online graphics. At issue is the Lempel Zev Welch algorithm, which is used in GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) tools for formatting and viewing online graphics, as well as in the Tagged Image File Format. Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning [Jan 4], reporter Jared Sandberg quotes officials with the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, company as saying the formats contain proprietary technology it patented in 1984. CompuServe, which introduced the GIF format in 1987, now has licensed the LZW technology from Unisys and has set up a licensing program so other software developers using the technology can pay Unisys 1.5 percent of the cost of each copy of software sold. Unisys spokesman Oliver Picher contends his employer is seeking relatively low royalties, telling the Journal, "If they're making money, we have a right to fair return on the intellectual property that's involved." Picher said other software makers and online services that use GIF graphics have been contacted for possible licensing agreements. CompuServe's Graphics Support Forum (GO GRAPHSUP) is fielding questions about the situation, inviting online visitors to view Section 19 of its message board ("GIF/LZW Discussion"). Also a file called AGREE.TXT has been added to Library 19 of the forum to provide background. An online statement in the forum about the patent license says, "Through this license, CompuServe is able to provide a sub-license to GIF developers. This CompuServe GIF license agreement grants the developer lawful use of GIF and the LZW algorithm for certain uses. This relieves licensees from the obligation to license LZW directly from Unisys and extends to them other benefits of the terms negotiated by CompuServe. "The CompuServe GIF license is based upon terms established with Unisys by CompuServe. This includes a requirement that the developer's software be used primarily with the CompuServe Information Service or use information obtained through the CompuServe Information Service. This license is subject to a reasonable royalty." Meanwhile, regarding Unisys, the Journal this morning observed, "As the online industry grows at a rapid pace, companies are vying to protect their intellectual property, particularly for software programs that have become online standards. But some see the move as an attempt by Unisys, which last week said it planned to lay off 4,000 employees this year, to squeeze whatever revenue it can out of the burgeoning online business." Pat Clawson, president of TeleGrafix Communications Inc., an online software developer, characterized the effort as "a grab by Unisys to get money from the information superhighway to prop up a failing company," adding his firm won't obtain a license from Unisys. "We're just going to take GIF out of our products." Unisys' Picher denied the allegations. "It's easy to see a conspiracy in this," he said, "but it's not there." The Clawson Open letter ----------------------- January 2, 1995 An Open Letter to Our Colleagues In the Online Communications Community: The announcement by CompuServe and Unisys that users of the GIF image format must register by January 10 and pay a royalty or face lawsuits for their past usage, is the online communications community's equivalent of the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor. The announcement of the CompuServe-Unisys GIF Tax on December 29, during the lull between Christmas and New Year's Day, was clearly timed to cause maximum damage while an unsuspecting public celebrated the holidays. We at TeleGrafix Communications have no quarrel with those who seek to protect their intellectual property and profit from it. Indeed, we are in business to do the same. We believe those who develop software are entitled to reap financial rewards from their labors. But in our opinion, the timing and circumstances of the CompuServe-Unisys action indicates this is a shakedown of the online communications community by two powerful corporations, rather than a reasonable effort to protect intellectual property. The GIF format has been in widespread public use since 1987. Its widespread use and royalty-free licensing has been encouraged by CompuServe for years. Neither CompuServe or Unisys have made any significant improvements to GIF or its underlying LZW algorithm and compression process to justify charging for what has been free. Giving GIF users only 14 days to comply with sudden, unexpected demands to pay the private CompuServe-Unisys GIF Tax or face prosecution for past usage of what had been promoted for seven years as free, open standard software is unconscionable. It is especially outrageous since CompuServe and Unisys admit in writing that they decided to require licensing SIX MONTHS AGO in June, and didn't announce it to the public until now. According to the CompuServe-Unisys GIF licensing agreement, the settlement of the patent dispute was executed on June 21, 1994. CompuServe agreed to implement the agreement "as soon as reasonably practicable and in no case later than six (6) months after the date this Agreement is executed..." That six month period ended on December 21, 1994 -- but CompuServe did not make the licensing terms public until December 28. Indeed, CompuServe appears to have violated the terms of its own settlement agreement with Unisys. While many of the messages we have read online in reaction to the CompuServe-Unisys GIF Tax decree express both dismay and disbelief, virtually none have analyzed the actual provisions of the licensing agreement. It is in this area that TeleGrafix Communications wishes to contribute to the dialogue. In our opinion, the CompuServe-Unisys licensing agreement is both illogical and overly broad. Let's examine some of its key provisions. All quotes cited are directly from the agreement. 1. CompuServe will license Developers who want to use GIF technology. The term "developer" is defined as "the other undersigned party to the agreement," and it seems to apply to ANYONE who contemplates distributing any product that uses the GIF format. 2. Developers will be licensed to sell or distribute "Products" that "use and exploit GIF...solely within the Field of Use." The term "Field of Use" is defined as "primarily for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and for manipulating and viewing data received through the CompuServe Information Service." The licensing agreement further defines the term "Products" as being "software that is developed or distributed...which is designed for and used primarily for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and for manipulating and viewing data received through the CompuServe Information Service." IT APPEARS THAT THE ONLY LAWFUL USE OF GIF WILL BE FOR COMPUSERVE-RELATED PRODUCTS. Using GIF images in any other manner, such as on CD-ROMs or bulletin board systems, is prohibited. Most of the thousands of products that have used GIF in some manner are henceforth contraband. 3. Developers may no longer "use, copy, modify or distribute the GIF specification, except as expressly permitted by CompuServe." This states that the GIF specification can no longer be shared, published or uploaded in any manner without the express consent of CompuServe. 4. Members of the public are prohibited from using any software product containing GIF until they have become a REGISTERED user of the product. The customer also must agree to use the product "primarily for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and for manipulating and viewing data received through the CompuServe Information Service." This virtually eliminates the concept of freeware or shareware containing GIF capabilities, since prospective customers can no longer try out these software products without registering them first. 5. Software developers must pay $1.00 for a license to use GIF, PLUS a fee equal to the GREATER of 1.5% of the selling price of the product, or $0.15 per "Disposition." Disposition is defined as "the sale, lease or license or any other grant of rights to a Product or any new Product." All royalties must be paid quarterly. Noncommercial and freeware usage of GIF technology is NOT exempted from the royalty requirement. Because the royalty provisions and definition of "Disposition" are so broad in scope, it appears that a GIF Tax payment may be due to CompuServe-Unisys each time a GIF image is transmitted via BBS or Internet. The operators of a BBS or World Wide Web site with hundreds or thousands of GIF images online could easily be bankrupted by these licensing requirements. 6. CompuServe must be notified of ANY new product using GIF when it is first offered to customers. 7. Persons using GIF must keep records of its use, and CompuServe has the right to audit those records every year upon seven days notice. Persons using GIF must pay the cost of the audit if a royalty underpayment of 10% or more is discovered, along with 12% interest on any underpaid royalties. 8. Even if the patent is later found by the courts or the U.S. Patent Office to be invalid and unenforceable, or if the patent expires, any developer must "return all copies of the GIF specification and any confidential information of CompuServe then in its possession or control to CompuServe, (ii) stop using the Licensed Technology, and (iii) stop distributing Products." This states that EVEN IF THE PATENT IS OVERTURNED OR EXPIRES, YOU MUST STOP USING OR DISTRIBUTING GIF. 9. Even though CompuServe has publicly disseminated the text of the agreement it wants GIF users to sign, the terms of the agreement are to remain confidential. This is illogical, to say the least, since they have posted it for public download on their own system. 10. Developers have to indemnify and hold CompuServe harmless for any damages if their CUSTOMERS somehow use GIF technology in a way not permitted by the licensing agreement. 11. Unisys has the right to enforce the agreement, as well as CompuServe. Further, Unisys has the right to pursue legal action or seek damages against Developers even after the agreement has terminated. TeleGrafix Communications Inc. will not sign such a licensing agreement. We think most other software developers, BBS SysOps and Web site operators also will refuse to sign. We encourage our colleagues in the online communications community to evaluate the CompuServe-Unisys action, and to lodge appropriate protests directly with those companies. We believe that the CompuServe-Unisys GIF Tax drives a stake through the heart of Internet development. It will cripple the World Wide Web, NCSA Mosaic, and other Internet multimedia technologies that rely heavily on GIF imaging. Fortunately, we at TeleGrafix Communications do not depend on GIF imaging in our new RIPscrip 2.0 online multimedia technologies. We chose to implement the JPEG image format and only recently decided to add GIF support as a convenience to our customers. Due to the restrictive conditions of the CompuServe-Unisys GIF Tax and licensing agreement, we must now reevaluate our plans for supporting GIF use in the upcoming release of RIPscrip 2.0. While our company hopes to profit financially from our advanced RIPscrip 2.0 technology, we will not demand royalties from those who have used the freeware versions of our earlier RIPscrip 1.54 products and/or technical specifications. The RIPscrip 2.0 specification also will be made public for third-party use after it is finalized. We expect that the CompuServe-Unisys action will spell the death of GIF as a commercially viable technology, shifting the attention of the online communications community to JPEG imaging. Sincerely, Pat Clawson President & Chief Executive Officer TeleGrafix Communications Inc. Huntington Beach, CA Voice: (714) 379-2140 Fax: (714) 379-2132 BBS: (714) 379-2133 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org **** Compuserve's Position --------------------- Subject: GIF/LZW Clarification - Msg Number: 174559 From: Larry Wood 76703,704 To: All Forum: GRAPHSUPPORT Sec: 17-Copyright & More! Date: 04-Jan-95 17:07:50 Gang, I have been asked by CompuServe to post the following comments: From: Tim Oren, CompuServe In 1987, CompuServe designed the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) specification for graphics files. The GIF specification incorporated the Lempel Zev Welch (LZW) compression technology. In early 1993, Unisys Corporation notified CompuServe of patent rights granted to LZW. At that time, CompuServe began negotiating with Unisys to secure a licensing agreement. This agreement was reached in mid-1994, and CompuServe then initiated a process to secure a similar license that would benefit its GIF developer community. Following the agreement reached between CompuServe and Unisys, CompuServe announced the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) Developer Agreement, shortly after its completion, on December 29, 1994. This agreement is aimed at GIF developers who are developing programs and shareware primarily for use in conjunction with CompuServe. The service offers a license to these developers to use LZW technology in programs written to the GIF specification. CompuServe remains committed to keeping open the GIF 89a specification both within CompuServe and in areas outside CompuServe. CompuServe continues to strongly support the use of the GIF specification in the entire online community including the Internet and World Wide Web. This agreement will be transparent to end-users and will not result in any charges for people using viewers or transmitting GIF images. The agreement offers software and shareware developers who use the LZW technology in their GIF programs protection under a software license that CompuServe is authorized to grant under the agreement with Unisys. Developers who choose to take advantage of this service would acquire the rights to use the LZW technology in certain software and shareware developed primarily for use in conjunction with CompuServe. Developers who choose to participate in this agreement within the implementation period will also benefit in that Unisys has agreed not to pursue royalty claims for past use of the LZW technology in GIF. The implementation period has been extended to January 31, 1995. CompuServe has presented this new agreement as a service to its GIF developer community. Cost to developers will be a $1.00 one-time licensing fee and a royalty payment of 1.5 percent or $0.15, whichever is greater, per registered copy of a program containing the LZW technology. CompuServe will not profit from this service. CompuServe encourages developers to work with Unisys directly if the GIF Developer Agreement does not meet their needs. Unisys is continuing to make the LZW technology available to any interested parties under reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. Developers are not required to register with CompuServe. Registering with CompuServe is simply one option for addressing the Unisys LZW patent issue. Developers may want to consider consulting with legal counsel. CompuServe is committed to keeping the GIF 89A specification as an open, fully-supported, non-proprietary specification for the entire online community including the World Wide Web. Whether they choose to register with CompuServe or not, developers are encouraged to continue use the GIF specification within their products. A copy of the GIF Developer Agreement is available in the Library section of the CompuServe Graphics Support Forum (GO GRAPHSUP) and will shortly be posted to CompuServes World Wide Web page (HTTP://WWW.COMPUSERVE.COM). Developers who are not developing software primarily for use in conjunction with CompuServe should contact Unisys directly at: Welch Patent Desk, Unisys Corp., P.O. Box 500, Bluebell, PA 19424 Mailcode C SW 19. Sincerely, Original Signed By Tim Oren Tim Oren, CompuServe Vice President, Future Technology *** The Compuserve Agreement ------------------------ AGREEMENT FOR USE OF GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT(SM) ---------------------------------------------------- This Agreement is entered into as of the effective date set forth below between CompuServe Incorporated, an Ohio corporation ("CompuServe"), and the other undersigned party to this Agreement ("Developer"). Section 1. Grant of Rights. 1.1. Effective upon Developer's payment of the initial license fee described in Section 2, CompuServe hereby grants to Developer a non-exclusive, worldwide: (a) license to use and exploit GIF(SM) to make, have made, use and sell Products solely within the Field of Use; and (b) sublicense to use and exploit the Licensed Patent to make, have made, use and sell Products solely within the Field of Use. 1.2. CompuServe will provide Developer with a single copy of the most recent specification for GIF(SM) and any updates to such specification that are released by CompuServe during the term of this Agreement. Once an updated version of the GIF(SM) specification has been released by CompuServe, Developer should incorporate the updates contained in the new specification into its Products as part of Developer's ordinary release cycle. 1.3. Developer understands that CompuServe and Unisys Corporation are the owners of all patents, copyrights, service marks and other intellectual property embodied in the Licensed Technology. In connection with its use of the Licensed Technology, Developer shall take all steps reasonably required by CompuServe and/or Unisys Corporation to acknowledge and protect their respective ownership interests in the patents, copyrights, service marks and other intellectual property interests embodied in the Licensed Technology. Developer further agrees not to take any action that would impair the respective interests of CompuServe and/or Unisys Corporation in the Licensed Technology. 1.4. Developer may not use, copy, modify or distribute the GIF(SM) specification, except as expressly permitted by CompuServe. Developer may make three copies of the GIF(SM) specification for back-up purposes only, provided CompuServe's service mark, copyright and other notices and legends are included in such copy. Developer shall not alter or delete any of the notices or legends contained in the GIFSM specification and any updates thereto. Developer agrees to provide the following notice on Products or in any Product documentation: "LZW compression and decompression methods are licensed under Unisys Corporation's U.S. Patent 4,558,302 and equivalent foreign patents. Additional technology embodied in GIF(SM) is licensed from CompuServe Incorporated. Graphics Interchange Format and GIF are service marks of CompuServe Incorporated." 1.5. Developer shall not grant any customer the right to use a Product until such customer has been registered by Developer as a user of the Product and customer's rights to use such Product are governed by an agreement with Developer providing that (a) the customer's use of such Product will be primarily for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and for manipulating and viewing data received through the CompuServe Information Service, and (b) the customer will not alter, enhance or redistribute any Product. 1.6. This Agreement does not provide Developer with title to or ownership of the Licensed Technology or any service mark of CompuServe, but only the license granted herein. Developer may only grant its customers a limited right to use Products. Section 2. License Fees. 2.1. In payment for the licenses granted herein, Developer shall pay CompuServe a one-time initial license fee of $ 1.00 which is due in full upon the execution of this Agreement and a fee per Disposition equal to the greater of (a) 1.5 percent of the selling price per Disposition or (b) $.15 per Disposition. Unless otherwise provided herein, all license fees and other amounts payable hereunder by Developer shall be paid to CompuServe in U.S. Dollars within ten (10) days after the end of each quarter. Quarterly periods may be defined at CompuServe's discretion. 2.2. Developer is solely responsible for payment of any taxes resulting from Developer's use of the Licensed Technology, except for taxes based on the income of CompuServe or Unisys Corporation. Developer agrees to hold CompuServe harmless from all claims and liability arising from Developer's failure to report or pay such taxes. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. Section 3. New Products. Developer shall have the right to add additional Products solely within the Field of Use by providing notice to CompuServe of the existence of each new Product at the time such new Product is first offered to Developer's customers. Section 4. Reports. Developer shall keep adequate records to accurately determine the payments due under this Agreement. Each payment hereunder shall be made and accompanied by a report in such manner and form as requested by CompuServe setting forth the number of Dispositions of each Product occurring hereunder and any other information reasonably necessary to calculate payments due hereunder. Developer shall not enter into any arrangement under which copies of Products will be prepared or the Licensed Technology used, unless Developer has taken steps to ensure that it can account for and pay the royalties required hereunder. Section 5. Audits. CompuServe shall have the right, no more than once during any calendar year, to have an independent certified public accountant inspect the relevant records of Developer on seven business days notice and during regular business hours to verify the reports and payments required to be made hereunder. Should an underpayment in excess of 10 percent be discovered, Developer shall pay the cost of the audit. In any event, Developer shall promptly pay any underpayment together with interest at the annual rate of 12 percent. Section 6. Assignment. This Agreement and the licenses granted herein may not be assigned by Developer without the prior written consent of CompuServe. Section 7. License Term. The initial term of this Agreement shall commence on the effective date of this Agreement and shall expire at midnight (EST) on the first anniversary of such date. This Agreement shall automatically renew for additional consecutive one year periods, unless either party delivers a written notice of termination to the other party not later than 30 days before the expiration of the then current term. Section 8. Termination for Cause. This Agreement may be terminated by CompuServe: (a) upon 30 days prior written notice, if Developer is in breach of any of its material obligations hereunder and the breach is not remedied within such 30 day period; or (b) upon reasonable written notice, if the Licensed Patent expires or is found invalid or unenforceable in any proceeding before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or in a U.S. court of law, after all appropriate appeals have been finally decided. Promptly following any termination of this Agreement, Developer shall (I) return all copies of the GIF(SM) specification and any confidential information of CompuServe then in its possession or control to CompuServe, (ii) stop using the Licensed Technology, and (iii) stop distributing Products. Section 9. Notices. All notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered by personal delivery, registered mail return receipt requested, a "Next Day Air" delivery service or by customary electronic means, addressed as indicated on the signature page of this Agreement. Section 10. Miscellaneous. 10.1. CompuServe represents that it has executed an agreement with Unisys Corporation dated June 21, 1994, pursuant to which Unisys Corporation (a) granted to CompuServe a license to sublicense the technology covered by the Licensed Patent to make, have made, use and sell Products in the Field of Use, provided such Products are identified to Unisys Corporation as required by such agreement, and (b) agreed as follows: "Unisys hereby releases any and all claims of any nature based upon any use of the technology of the Licensed Patent by Licensee in the Products, internal use in offering the CompuServe Information Service, or use by its licensees in derivatives of the Products, which have occurred to date and during the period of implementation of this Agreement, provided that Licensee shall exercise commercially diligent efforts to implement this Agreement as soon as reasonably practicable and in no case later than six (6) months after the date this Agreement is executed by Licensee." 10.2. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT, COMPUSERVE DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED PROMISES, REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO THE LICENSED TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING ITS CONFORMITY TO ANY REPRESENTATION OR DESCRIPTION, THE EXISTENCE OF ANY LATENT OR PATENT DEFECTS, OR ITS MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 10.3. The cumulative liability of CompuServe for all claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall not exceed the total amount of all license fees paid to CompuServe hereunder. In no event shall CompuServe be liable for any lost profits or incidental, special, exemplary or consequential damages for any claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 10.4. Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as: (a) requiring the maintenance of the Licensed Technology; (b) a warranty as to the validity or scope of the Licensed Technology; a warranty or representation that any Product will be free from infringement of patents, copyrights, trademarks or other similar intellectual property interests of third parties; (d) an agreement to bring or prosecute actions against third party infringers of the Licensed Technology; (e) conferring any license or right under any patent other than the Licensed Patent; or (f) conferring any right to use the Licensed Technology outside the Field of Use. 10.5. This Agreement contains the complete and final agreement between the parties, and supersedes all previous understandings related to the subject matter hereof whether oral or written. This Agreement may only be modified by a written agreement signed by duly authorized representatives of the parties. 10.6. The validity and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by Ohio law, without regard to conflict of laws principles. The parties further consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in the City of Columbus, Ohio. Process may be served on either party by U.S. Mail, postage prepaid, certified or registered, return receipt requested, and addressed as indicated on the signature page of this Agreement. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 10.7. Developer shall not disclose to anyone for any reason the terms of this Agreement or any information provided to Developer by CompuServe that is marked as being confidential information of CompuServe, except with CompuServe's prior written consent. Developer shall protect the confidentiality of such information with at least the same degree of care it employs to protect its own similar confidential information. Developer may use such confidential information of CompuServe solely for purposes of exercising its rights under this Agreement, and shall make no other use of such information. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 10.8. Developer acknowledges and agrees that Unisys Corporation is an intended third party beneficiary of each and every provision of this Agreement, other than Section 2 hereof, and may enforce any rights it may have under such provisions to the fullest extent permitted by law as if it were a party to this Agreement. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. 10.9. Developer shall indemnify and hold CompuServe, and its officers, directors, agents, employees and affiliates, harmless against any damage, loss, claim, action, liability, cost or expense suffered by or brought against any of the foregoing indemnified parties arising out of or relating to any breach or violation of this Agreement by Developer or its customers or any conduct of Developer or its customers relating to their use of the Licensed Technology. This paragraph shall survive any termination of this Agreement. Section 11. Definitions. As used herein: 11.1. "Disposition" means the sale, lease or license or any other grant of rights to a Product or any new Product as may be added pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement. 11.2. "Field of Use" means software provided by CompuServe or Developer and used by subscribers to the CompuServe Information Service to access the CompuServe Information Service or use information obtained over the CompuServe Information Service which utilizes the technology of the Licensed Patent. 11.3. "GIF(SM)" means CompuServe's copyright and other intellectual property embodied in the Graphics Interchange Format(SM) as described in the most recent release of the specification for the Graphics Interchange Format(SM), as the same may be updated from time to time during the term of this Agreement, but (for purposes of this Agreement) does not include the technology covered by the Licensed Patent or CompuServe's service marks for the Graphics Interchange Format or GIF. 11.4. "Licensed Patent" means U.S. Patent 4,558,302 registered in the name of Unisys Corporation relating to digital data compression and decompression, and all foreign counterparts. 11.5. "Licensed Technology" means, collectively, GIF(SM) and the Licensed Patent. 11.6. "Products" means software that is developed or distributed under this Agreement which is designed for and used primarily for accessing the CompuServe Information Service and for manipulating and viewing data received through the CompuServe Information Service, and any new Products as may be added pursuant to Section 3 of this Agreement. Signatures: CompuServe Incorporated Developer By____________________ By_______________________________________ Name: Kent D. Stuckey Name:____________________________________ Title: Secretary Title:___________________________________ Address: 5000 Arlington Centre Blvd. Address:_________________ ____________________________________ Columbus, Ohio 43220 ____________________________________ Phone: (614) 457-8600 Phone:___________________________________ Fax: (614) 457-9665 Fax:_____________________________________ Effective Date: __________________________________ Editor's Note: -------------- As a result of the latest notice of clarification of position by Unisys, presented below, the above CIS agreement form is expected to be reviewed and revamped considerably. **** Here's the "eye opener" NOW --- THE LATEST UNISYS CLARIFICATION =============================== HAS UNISYS SEEN THE LIGHT? *** STR believes they have.... Great relief for the many shareware, freeware and small developers who felt they were left in a "lurch". Issued by Unisys at 12:05pm this afternoon 01/06/95 --------------------------------------------------- Notice: ------- Larry Wood, Forum Administrator for CompuServe's Go Graphics Group (GGG) has asked that his personal appreciation of Unisys's ultimate recognition of the valuable contributions of the developer community be expressed. UNISYS CLARIFICATION AND LATEST STATEMENT ----------------------------------------- January 6, 1995 --------------- Unisys Clarifies Policy Regarding Patent Use in On-Line Service Offerings The concerns, inquiries and some apparent confusion that have resulted from the December CompuServe advisory clearly indicate that we need to clarify our policy concerning the use of the Unisys Lev Zempel Welch (LZW) patent by software developers for the major on-line services. We want to reiterate earlier communications that the issue of patent licenses is not focused on the end users of on-line networks, including the Internet. We encourage end users to continue to take full advantage of the outstanding benefits of a rapidly growing on-line community. Unisys was awarded the patent in 1985. We became aware of the increasing interest in our LZW patent beginning in 1990 when many companies approached us to license the patent for their hardware and software products. The growth in the use of compression technology was mushrooming in order to meet the demands for transmitting increased amounts of data. To date, more than 100 companies, including hardware, software and on-line information services, have licensed the Unisys LZW technology. Two years ago, Unisys learned that the LZW method was incorporated in the GIF specification and immediately began negotiations with CompuServe in January of 1993. We reached agreement with CompuServe on licensing the technology in June 1994, which calls for CompuServe to pay Unisys a royalty of 1% of the average selling price it charges for its software. This represents approximately 11 cents for each copy sold and connected to its information service. Under the agreement, CompuServe, at its discretion, could relicense the LZW technology to commercial developers using the GIF specification in software that connected directly to the CompuServe information service. With the agreement completed on June 21, 1994, CompuServe was given six months to implement the terms of its license. CompuServe later asked for a one-month extension, which we granted. Unisys did not require CompuServe to pass on any fee to its sub-licensees or end users. Such a decision, and the content and timing of CompuServe's advisory, was at their discretion. Consistent with the entire information industry's desire to protect intellectual property, Unisys will expect all of the major commercial on-line information services companies employing the LZW patent to license the technology from Unisys at a reasonable rate. The on-line service companies are not required to sublicense the technology to developers producing software for the commercial on-line services. It will be, as it is today, at the on-line service's discretion as to whether it charges a license fee to developers or chooses an alternative method to account for its licensing fees payable to Unisys. We recognize and are concerned -- thanks in large part to the recent and very active use of the on-line network -- that developers did not understand that the patented technology was resident in GIF. Taking that into account, Unisys does not intend to pursue previous inadvertent infringement by versions of GIF-based software products marketed prior to 1995. Concerning all future software product development and enhancement of existing products for accessing on-line services, Unisys expects developers of commercial, for-profit software to secure a license from Unisys, or through the licensed on-line service, for the use of the patented technology. The very reasonable terms should prove no financial barrier to the introduction of product into the on-line network. Unisys does not require licensing, or fees to be paid, for non-commercial, non-profit GIF-based applications, including those for use on the on-line services. Concerning developers of software for the Internet network, the same principle applies. Unisys will not pursue previous inadvertent infringement by developers producing versions of software products for the Internet prior to 1995. The company does not require licensing, or fees to be paid for non-commercial, non-profit offerings on the Internet, including 'Freeware'. Commercial developers of GIF-based software for the Internet are expected to secure a licensing agreement with Unisys for software products introduced beginning in 1995, or enhancements of products that were introduced prior to 1995. Again, terms should not preclude the entry by these firms into the marketplace. For organizations introducing World Wide Web servers and 'Home Page' offerings, most will not be required to secure a license from Unisys. Most organizations acquire software from other developers to create their offerings on their servers. Therefore, only the software firms who sell the enabling software for profit would be expected to secure a licensing agreement from Unisys. Unisys understands that this issue has caused concern. We want to reassure all users and developers that we are strong proponents of the on-line industry. We're proud that this important Unisys technology has played a role in the introduction of innovative products and services, many of which are fueling the explosive growth of the information superhighway. As members of the information community we want to strike the appropriate balance between information access and the rights of all information companies, including the developers of software, to protect their intellectual property rights. Patent information: Contact Welch Patent Licensing Department Unisys Mail Stop C1SW19 P.O. Box 500 Blue Bell, PA 19424. Or via Internet, send E-mail to LZW_INFOUNISYS.COM, or use a form available on the Home Page of the Unisys Web Server (http:\\www.unisys.com) to request follow-up information. Media contacts: Unisys Public Relations ----------------------- Bob O'Leary (215) 986-6413 or Oliver Picher (215) 986-5367 Editor Note; Reprint permission of this article is hereby granted provided the article remains totally intact with the proper by-lines included. """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N FARGO PRIMERA PRO COLOR PRINTERS - 600DPI For a limited time only; If you wish to have a FREE sample printout sent to you that demonstrates FARGO Primera & Primera Pro SUPERIOR QUALITY 600dpi 24 bit Photo Realistic Color Output, please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope [SASE] (business sized envelope please) to: STReport's Fargo Printout Offer P.O. Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155 Folks, the FARGO Primera Pro has GOT to be the best yet. Its far superior to the newest of Color Laser Printers selling for more than three times as much. 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Best of all, this high-speed access will not be subject to high-priced surcharges. The normal $2.00 per hour SprintNet surcharge will apply...even at 9600 bps! This open beta test is expected to run through the end of the year. To find the number of the SprintNet access number nearest you, simply type PHONES at any GEnie menu prompt (or use the "Move To Keyword" option in GENIE for Windows and type PHONES). Remember, this rate applies only to 9600 bps access via SprintNet. So be sure to choose the access number showing "9600" in the "Baud Rate" column AND "SprintNet" in the "Network" column. From the "Fine Print" department, please note that the $2.00 per hour surcharge for SprintNet access is applicable even during your initial four hours of monthly usage. So, whether you're into downloading software, reading bulletin boards, or accessing databases, it's about to become cheaper to do it faster! 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MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== John Deegan, Editor (Temp) > DELRINA NEWSWIRE STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" DELRINA WORLDWIDE UPDATES! ========================== Delrina Joins with The FAX Network to Deliver New Fax Broadcast Service for PC Users in Canada TORONTO, Ontario--January 5, 1995--Delrina Corporation (TSE:DC, Nasdaq:DENAF), the maker of WinFax, the world+s most popular fax software, today announced an agreement with The FAX Network of Toronto, to provide an all-Canadian fax broadcast service for PC users, allowing them to send several thousand facsimile messages virtually simultaneously, anywhere in Canada, the U.S., and internationally. The service is offered with Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 and the Delrina Communications Suite software sold in Canada. "This is an important step for Delrina in Canada," said Ron Close, Vice President, Delrina Communication Services. "People need the flexibility to communicate with others in the method most comfortable to them. Delrina is aggressively developing fax, voice, paging and data messaging services, and integrating them into our complete line of communications software. This agreement with The FAX Network is our first offering in this fast growing market in Canada." "We are pleased to link up with Delrina because of the synergy between the two organizations," said Richard Boudreau, President of The FAX Network. "It allows us to tap into a market that would have been prohibitive for us to develop using traditional sales and marketing channels. On the other hand, Delrina gains immediate access to an unparalleled set of features and functionality for enhanced fax services." According to BIS Strategic Decisions, a market researcher in Norwell, MA, the market for enhanced fax services is expected to grow more than 300% from its current $210 million to $680 million in 1997. Study indicates that finance, publishing, marketing, law enforcement, and government organizations are rapidly adopting fax broadcasting for a wide variety of applications. Delrina already offers Fax MailBox and Fax Broadcast services in the U.S. and the U.K. To send a broadcast fax PC users simply select the "Services" option in Delrina+s WinFax menu bar. Once a document has been saved as an attachment and the list containing the destination fax numbers has been selected, Delrina+s software takes care of the rest through one local or toll-free telephone call. Users are able to send documents to up to 300 recipients simultaneously within minutes of clicking "Send" as opposed to hours using a standalone fax program or fax machine. Users can schedule their broadcast fax for immediate delivery, or at a predetermined time to take advantage of off-peak rates. Delrina+s software knows when to take advantage of lower transmission rates. The price to broadcast a fax within selected Canadian cities is 39 cents per minute during peak hours and 29 cents per minute during off peak hours. The FAX Network is a division of privately held Tricaster Facsimile Systems Inc., owned by Tricaster Management Inc. They are leaders in the provision of enhanced facsimile services in Canada and other countries. Tricaster Management Inc. is owned by the Campbell family of Toronto, well known in the telecommunications industry as pioneers in Cable TV, Stock Market data dissemination (C.M.Q.), paging (Beeper People) and wireless telephony P.C.S. (Telezone). Founded in 1988, Delrina is a high profile Canadian success story and ranked among the fastest growing software companies in North America. The company develops, markets and supports PC-based software products and services for fax, voice, data communications, electronic forms processing, and consumer markets. Delrina employs more than 600 people with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and offices in San Jose, CA, Washington, DC, Kirkland, WA, the U.K., France, and Germany. - ### - Press Contacts: Josef Zankowicz, Delrina Corporation (416) 441-4658 Internet: email@example.com Richard Boudreau, The FAX Network (905) 277-5347 Delrina Announces Alliance with British Telecom ----------------------------------------------- BT Licenses Delrina Communications Software for New Pocket Modem TORONTO, ONT -- January 5, 1995 -- Delrina Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC), the world+s leading provider of fax communications software for Microsoft Windows
, today announced that British Telecom has licensed Delrina+s line of OEM fax and data communications software. Delrina WinFax , WinComm and DOSFax LITE products will be included with BT+s recently released Prologue 1414 pocket modem. BT developed Prologue in response to the huge demand for PC-based communications which is being fuelled by business and home office PC users accessing on-line information services and public e-mail systems such as the Internet. BT foresees substantial growth in the small business/home office market, and is taking charge with its reputation as a leading multi-national telecommunications supplier and Delrina+s brand name recognition in fax and data software to provide a solution that customers can truly depend on for their PC communications needs as they do now with their telephone for their voice communications. "The BT brand name carries certain reassurances of quality, image and reliability which have been instrumental in establishing our reputation as a market leader," said Keith Ross, BT+s UK Product Manager for Modems and Access Products. "We were keen to partner with Delrina for similar reasons." "Through our alliance we are able to provide a complete PC communications solution, enabling BT customers everywhere to enjoy the benefits already enjoyed by Delrina users around the world," said Larry Levy, European Managing Director at Delrina. Delrina develops, markets and supports PC-based software products and services for the fax and data communications, electronic forms processing and consumer software markets. Nearly 100 manufacturers include Delrina communications software with their products, including IBM, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1988, Delrina employs more than 600 people with headquarters in Toronto, Canada and offices in San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; Kirkland, WA; the United Kingdom; France; and Germany. Delrina can be contacted at (416) 441-3676. - ### - Press Contact: Josef Zankowicz Delrina Corporation (416) 441-4658 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Delrina Ships Japanese Version of WinFax PRO -------------------------------------------- TORONTO, ONT and TOKYO, JAPAN -- January 5, 1995 -- Delrina Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC) today announced that it has begun shipping WinFax PRO 3.0 Japanese, the Kanji version of the world+s most popular PC fax software for Windows. WinFax PRO 3.0 J is Delrina+s first double-byte product and, as such, prepares the way for the company+s entry into emerging markets in Japan, China, and the Pacific Rim, which require that native applications be written to work in double-byte configurations. In addition, WinFax PRO 3.0 J+s user interface, on-line help, documentation and packaging are completely written in Japanese. According to the Japan Personal Computer Software Association, Japan alone represents a market of more than $700 million in sales annually, and is expected to grow at the rate of 80% over the next few years. Macintosh and Windows software sales represent 20% and 40% respectively of total PC software sales in Japan. The remaining 40% of PC software sales are for the NEC computer. WinFax PRO 3.0 J has also been designed to work on the NEC PCs. WinFax PRO 3.0 J, code named "Samurai Warrior", was in development at Delrina for the past year. "The engineering that went into creating this version was a formidable task," said Bert Amato, Delrina Executive vice-president, and Chief Technology Officer. "We had to learn the intricacies of double-byte enablement, on which there is little or no documentation, and forge through a myriad of technical details to make the product work with the unique computers and communications equipment in Japan." WinFax PRO 3.0 J is being promoted and distributed by one of the leading resellers in Japan, Something Good Inc. Founded in 1982, Something Good Inc. is the largest distributor of Windows and Macintosh software in Japan for NEC 98, DOS/V, Windows and Macintosh hardware and has an unmatched track record in marketing cutting-edge software products to the discerning Japanese personal computer market. Delrina Corporation, the world leader in PC fax and forms software, was founded in 1988. The Company is a high-profile Canadian success story and ranked among the fastest growing software companies in North America. The Company employs more than 600 people with headquarters in Toronto, Canada, plus sales, marketing and development offices in San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; Kirkland, WA; Lexington, MA; the U.K., France, and Germany. Delrina can be contacted at (416) 441-3676. - ### - Press Contact: Josef Zankowicz Delrina Corporation (416) 441-4658 Internet: email@example.com ********************************************************************** IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= STReport International OnLine Magazine is available every week for your reading pleasure on DELPHI. STReport's readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of an extremely friendly community of enthusiastic computer users there. SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN --DELPHI -------------- Via modem, dial up DELPHI at 1-800-695-4002 then... When connected, press RETURN once or twice and... 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However, it appears that no sooner than the new year is in, we've witnessed what will probably go down as a bigger public relations blunder than the Pentium bugs! Yes, I'm referring to the Unisys "crackdown" of their GIF and LZW formats. As described in greater detail in the articles elsewhere in this issue, shortly after Christmas, Unisys announced that they were enforcing their software patents on what was thought to be "free" technology. While I can't claim to understand the full implications of this situation, it appears that Unisys is requiring licensing fees, royalties, and other profit-inducing payments for its GIF compression routines used by many software programs. The first to find itself behind the eight ball is Compuserve. Compuserve, while only the first of the pay services to be targeted, has drawn up an agreement with Unisys. It is clear from messages I've seen on Compuserve, that Unisys is the villain in this seemingly foolhardy endeavor. It will be interesting to see how the other online services react once they begin to feel the ramifications of this situation. It's going to also be interesting to see how developers react to this development. For the past seven years or so, the GIF compression routines have been freely distributed and supported. Interestingly enough, GIF has become a standard for graphics over the years. Once this ruling by Unisys takes hold, it could mean a quick death for the GIF format; and, it could result in a new and much-improved standard. I foresee many developers pulling GIF support from their programs (such as telecommunications packages, DTP-import capabilities, etc.). It could also mean the death of GIF-viewers and other related programs. Another concern of mine, personally, is of the BBS SysOp. Will GIF-format files be allowed on bulletin boards. How about viewers, converters, and the like? Will we be liable for royalties on all GIF downloads? Clearly, this situation has just begun to break the surface and no one really understands what, and who, will be affected in all of this. In the next few weeks, we hope to help unravel this mess and keep you informed as to what this will all mean. Will it be yet another means for profit in the ever-growing popularity of the "Information Super Highway" or is it really just the end result of finally being able to reap some overdue rewards from past programming? We'll see soon enough, I'm sure. Until next time... Delphi's Atari Advantage!! TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (1/4/95) (1) MAXIVEWR IMAGE VIEWER (6) CRACK ART V. 1.36 (2) CAIN 11/94 (7) GZIP 1.03 FOR ST COMPUTERS (3) SIRCWARE VIRUS KILLER (8) SERIAL PORT SPEED ENHANCER (4) SYSTEM SPEED CHECKER *(9) STALKER 3.02 TO 3.03 UPGRADE (5) STARBALL V.1.6, PINBALL! *(10) BORDERS IN IMG FORMAT * = New on list HONORARY TOP 10 The following on-line magazines are always top downloads, frequently out-performing every other file in the databases. STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT 10.53) ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO: VOLUME 3, ISSUE 14) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. ________________________________________ > Atari Safari! STR InfoFile! Houston's 5th Annual Show Announcement! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" Every one is invited to the 5th annual ATARI SAFARI in Houston Texas. Thiswill be the largest gathering of Atari users in Texas and surrounding states. Meet developers, dealers, and other Atari users. Primarily a vendor show, over a dozen national vendors including TOAD Computers, Oregon Research Associates, Trace Technologies, Binary Sounds, DMJ Software, COMPO, Gribnif, ChroMagic Software Innovations, It's All Relative, Systems for Tomorrow and others will be at the Houston Atari Safari on February 18th, 1995. User Groups will also be represented, giving you the opportunity to plug in to the best of Atari resources. See demonstrations, win door prizes, buy those things you have always wanted for your computer! Come and join hundreds of other Atari users that are expected to attend the largest Atari products show in Texas. ATARI SAFARI '95 ATARI SAFARI '95 will be held on February 18th, 1995 at the Ramada Hotel, 7787 Katy Freeway, Houston Texas. Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm. Admission is $4.00 per person (kids under 12 admitted for $1.00). The Houston Atari Safari has a continuing tradition of providing paid attendees a "Safari Pak" which includes an ST or 8-bit disk of public domain software provided by HACE, and newsletters, flyers, and brochures by a variety of user groups and vendors. This year, 8-bit users will receive their choice of PD software or an 8-bit commercial program, courtesy of The Floppy Wizard. The Safari Pak offers vendors an easy method of contacting approximately 300 Atari enthusiasts with brochures, catalogs, demo disks, etc. Vendors that are not attending Atari Safari '95 can take advantage of this opportunity by sending their materials to HACE (PO Box 820335, Houston TX 77282-0335) or to George Iken (11830 Westmere Drive, Houston TX 77077). Materials for the Safari Pak should arrive by 13 February to assure inclusion for the show. Door prize donations are also appreciated and should be sent to the same address. Tables are available for product sales for $20.00 (includes admission for two table helpers). User Group information tables (not for sales) are free but do not include admission for helpers. Retailers and individuals are allowed to sell new and used software and other computer related merchandise. Only Public Domain and ORIGINAL commercial software is allowed. Houston is served by two airports, Hobby Airport (primarily Southwest Airlines) and Intercontinental Airport (most other airlines). The ATARI SAFARI '95 show site is equidistant (about 20 miles) from each of these airports. Hotel availability in the area of the show includes: Ramada Hotel (show site), 7787 Katy Freeway: Approximate room rate is $69 per night. Call 1-800-272-6232 for reservations. Holiday Inn (1 block away), 7611 I-10 West: Approximate room rate is $55 per night. Call 713-688-2221 for reservations. J. W. Marriott (3 miles away, by the Galleria), 5150 Westheimer: A $79 weekend special may be available. Call 713-961-1500 for reservations. For additional information contact George Iken (713) 493-0122, or Bill Kithas (713) 855-0815, or the HACE BBS (713) 458-9923. Table Reservation Form for the ATARI SAFARI 95 Fill in this form and return to the following address so that it will be received in Houston no later than 10 February 1995. HACE --- P.O. Box 820335 --- Houston, Texas 77282-0335 Name : _________________________________________ Company : ______________________________________ Address : _______________________________________ City, State, Zip : ______________________________ Phone number : __________________________________ Do you represent a dealer or company: __________________ Number of tables required (6' x 3') : __________________ Do you need an electrical outlet : _____________________ Describe any special requirements : ____________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ $20.00 x _______ (number of tables) = __________ Amount due HACE. Make checks payable to HACE. Thank you for your participation! Remember there are many ways you can contribute to and benefit from this show. By being there as a vendor and/or as a demonstrator. Or donate a door prize to publicize your product, or send flyers, catalogs, or demo disks for inclusion in the Safari Paks. We are looking forward to another excellent Atari show, and would like you to be a part of it. __________________________________________________ > Edith Pro! STR InfoFile! - European Text Editor News! """""""""""""""""""""""" ABC SOLUTIONS AND ZFC (The Netherlands) Present: EDITH PROFESSIONAL ============================== The finest text editor available for Atari computers! Edith does it ALL!! ============================== Here is a *brief* list of Edith's features: OOOOOOOOOOOOO FULL DRAG & DROP OOOOOOOOOOOOOO COLUMN CUT AND PASTE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MULTI-LEVEL SEARCH AND REPLACE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FULL MULTI-LEVEL BOOKMARKING, SAVED WITH FILE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ALL TOS COMPATIBLE, MULTIPLE WINDOWS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BLOCK CASE CHANGE/EDIT OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXTENSIVE PROGRAMMERS PROJECT FUNCTIONS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GORGEOUS INTERFACE, CUSTOM FILE SELECTOR OR TOS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FULL UNDO COVERAGE (*ALL FUNCTIONS*) OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AUTOMATIC BACKUPS AND 'CARBON COPIES' OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CAN USE SPEEDO FONTS FOR DISPLAY OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SUPPORT FOR UP TO 256 COLORS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 21 ON-LINE MANUAL PAGES OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COMPLETELY COMPATIBLE WITH MULTITOS, GENEVA OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAGIC, WINX, GEMINI OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CONFIGURABLE TRASHCAN CAN STORE OLD TEXT BLOCKS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO KEYBOARD MACROS AND QUELLENBERG KURZELS OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO (ABBREVIATIONS) OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXTERNAL TTP FILTERS PROVIDE TERRIFIC EXTENSIBILITY 00000000000000 CALCULATOR, QUOTING, COLUMN SORTING oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo and a whole lot MORE! Edith has the finest looking interface on the market today. It is a wonderfully stable, reliable and highly configurable piece of software. It is also a marvellously easy-to-use Text Editor .... once you try Edith, you'll *never* go back to anything else! _______________________________________________ > CHARGES DISMISSED STR FOCUS! """""""""""""""""""""""""""" -/- Judge Dismisses Piracy Charges -/- A federal judge has dismissed charges against a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student indicted for running a computer bulletin board system that allegedly helped others obtain pirated software. Judge Richard G. Stearns said existing law doesn't cover system operators in cyberspace, a ruling decried by software developers and publishers who told Barbara Carton of The Wall Street Journal they think it represents a setback in the enforcement of criminal copyright statutes. Donald K. Stern, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, told the paper he couldn't immediately say whether he would appeal, but that he will discuss with the U.S. Department of Justice whether it should file legislation to deal explicitly with software piracy. As reported earlier, 21-year- David LaMacchia of Rockville, Maryland, was charged last March with one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud in connection with running a free campus bulletin board, accessible via the Internet, for three months beginning in November 1993. Prosecutors said more than $1 million of copyrighted software, including Microsoft Corp.'s Excel and Novell Inc.'s WordPerfect, was uploaded onto the system and then downloaded by subscribers. The Journal reports this morning Judge Stearns ruled LaMacchia couldn't be prosecuted for criminal copyright infringement under the wire-fraud statute. The judge added that allowing the case to proceed could criminalize the conduct of "not only persons like LaMacchia, but also the myriad of home computer users who succumb to the temptation to copy even a single software program for private use. It isn't clear that making criminals of a large number of consumers of computer software is a result that even the software industry would consider desirable." Judge Stearns criticized LaMacchia's behavior, saying that if the indictment is to be believed, "one might best describe his actions as heedlessly irresponsible and, at worst, as nihilistic, self-indulgent and lacking in any fundamental sense of values." LaMacchia could have received five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine had he been convicted. Defense attorney Harvey A. Silverglate told the Journal the decision recognizes the right of BBS operators to run what was essentially a free-speech forum, since LaMacchia was never paid for his services. The ruling, he said, cuts back on the scope of federal interstate-fraud statutes, which have, in recent years, "been stretched and contorted beyond their original" purpose. But on the other side of the case, Sandra A. Sellers, director of litigation for the Software Publishers Association, said the ruling was disappointing, causing concern for future cases because it narrows what little case law exists on the subject. Sellers said that whether LaMacchia was paid or not, "when you get down to it ... he was transmitting unauthorized copies of authorized software. And it's disappointing" that the judge didn't find that to be a violation of the law. Meanwhile, SPA Director Ken Wasch told The Washington Post the LaMacchia case points up the need for additional legislation to protect intellectual property on electronic networks, adding that companies annually lose $1.5 billion in the United States and $7.5 billion worldwide from such "piracy." The Post also says LaMacchia issued a statement saying, "I am gratified that Judge Stearns has confirmed that the indictment against me does not allege conduct that is in fact criminal. It is a relief to know that this remains a country where the rule of law governs." At MIT, spokesman Kenneth Campbell told the Post the university was waiting for the last legal word before it considers whether LaMacchia's actions violated internal MIT regulations regarding computer usage. MIT's 13th "rule of use," he said, is do not copy copyrighted software or related material. JAGUAR SECTION ============== > From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Well, Happy New Year to everyone! It's been pretty quiet since the new year began. My feeling is that everyone at Atari is finally getting back from their holidays rest and gearing up for this week's Winter CES in Las Vegas! Rumors are that there will be many announcements made at this show, so stay tuned. We've got at least one staff member attending the festivities, so look for an exciting report in the next couple of weeks. No new games have arrived since the Christmas rush, but we've learned that there are quite a few waiting in the wings and will most likely "hit the streets" during the WCES, or shortly after. Newcomer Tom Sherwin, in the meantime, offers his views in a review of Zool 2 - one of the first couple of platforms games currently available. Tom's been burning the midnight oil testing the latest releases for the Jaguar, so watch for more reviews in coming weeks! We've also got our second review of Doom coming up next week, as soon as STReport Editor Joe Mirando can resurrect (no pun intended!) his thoughts from his comatose Stacy. So sit back, put that latest Jaguar offering on Pause, and we hope that you enjoy another issue. We're looking for an exciting 1995 from Atari and its many Jaguar supporters! 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. J9028 Wolfenstein 3D $69.95 id/Atari Corp. JA100 Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95 Telegames J9008 Alien vs. Predator $69.99 Rebellion/Atari Corp. J9029 Doom $69.99 id/Atari Corp. J9036 Dragon: Bruce Lee $59.99 Atari Corp. J9003 Club Drive $59.99 Atari Corp. J9007 Checkered Flag $69.99 Atari Corp. J9012 Kasumi Ninja $69.99 Atari Corp. J9042 Zool 2 $59.99 Atari Corp Bubsy $49.99 Atari Corp Iron Soldier $59.99 Atari Corp Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER CatBox $69.95 ICD Val D'Isere Skiing $59.99 Atari Cannon Fodder TBD Virgin Hover Strike $59.99 Atari 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 Jaguar CD-ROM $149.99 Atari Corp. ___________________________________________ > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile - Current Developer Lists & Titles """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Game Title Date Game Type MSRP Publisher ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Air Cars 1Q/95 Racing $59.99 Midnight Ent. Alien vs Predator NOW Role Play/Adventure $69.99 Atari Arena Football 1Q/95 Sports TBD V Reel Assault 1Q/95 Action/Combat $59.99 Midnight Ent. Barkley Basketball 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Battlemorph 1Q/95 Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Battle Wheels 1Q/95 Racing/Combat TBD Beyond Games Blue Lightning (CD) 1Q/95 Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Brutal Sports Football NOW Sports/Combat $69.99 Telegames Bubsy NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Burnout 1Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Cannon Fodder 12/94 Action/Adventure TBD Virgin Checkered Flag NOW Racing $69.99 Atari Club Drive NOW Racing $59.99 Atari Creature Shock (CD) 1Q/95 Adventure/Sci-Fi TBD Atari/Virgin Cybermorph NOW Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Dactyl Joust 2Q/95 Action TBD Atari Demolition Man 1/95 Action/Combat $59.99 Atari Doom NOW Action/Combat $69.99 Atari Double Dragon V 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Williams Dragon:Bruce Lee Story NOW Combat $59.99 Atari Dragon Lair (CD) 1Q/95 Adventure TBD Ready Soft Dreadnought (CD) 2Q/95 Adventure TBD Atari Dungeon Depths 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Midnight Ent. Evolution: Dino Dudes NOW Puzzle/Adventure $49.99 Atari Flashback 1Q/95 Action/Adventure TBD US Gold Fight For Life 1Q/95 Combat TBD Atari Hardball Baseball 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Highlander (CD) 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Horrorscope 1Q/95 Combat TBD V Reel Hover Strike 1Q/95 Action/Combat $59.99 Atari Iron Soldier NOW Action/Strategy $59.99 Atari Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Kasumi Ninja NOW Combat $69.99 Atari Rage Rally 1Q/95 Racing TBD Atari Raiden NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Rayman 1Q/95 Action/Adventure TBD UBI Soft Robinson Requiem 1Q/95 Adventure TBD Atari Soccer Kid 1Q/95 Sports TBD Ocean Space War 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Star Raiders 1Q/95 Space Simulation TBD Atari Syndicate 1Q/95 Simulation TBD Ocean Tempest 2000 NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Theme Park 1Q/95 Simulation TBD Ocean Tiny Toon Adventures 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Trevor McFur NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Troy Aikman NFL Ftball 1Q/95 Sports $69.99 Williams Ultimate Brain Games 1Q/95 Puzzle TBD Telegames Ultra Vortex 1Q/95 Action/Adventure $69.99 Beyond Games Val D'Isere Skiing... 01/95 Sports $59.99 Atari White Men Can't Jump 1Q/95 Sports TBD TriMark Wolfenstein 3D NOW Combat/Action $59.99 Atari Zool2 NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari [Editor's note: Titles, scheduled release dates, and prices are verified from Atari and Edelman Public Relations - all subject to change] _______________________________________ > Jaguar Game Title STR Review - "Zool 2" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" -= Available Now =- By Thomas Sherwin Developed by: Gremlin Graphics/Imagitec Design Published by: Atari Price: $59.99 Silly story line aside (too silly to repeat here), Zool 2 is your basic platforming game where you get to play Zool, or Zooz (the female version), and run, jump, and shoot through five different worlds (each world has three stages). Each world is liberally sprinkled with treats that Zool/Zooz must collect before being allowed to leave the level. If you don't collect enough, you have to go back and get more. There are also power-ups, hidden areas, and enemies a plenty. At the end of each world, face the end-level boss. You can also collect bonus tokens and when you get three, you get to play a bonus round... something like breakout. Zool and Zooz are also supposed to have "hidden Ninja moves" which you're left to discover on your own. I've only found one (something akin to Sonic's spin) but I'm sure there's plenty of stuff waiting to be uncovered. Zool and Zooz also have unique abilities which allows them to explore parts of the world that the other character might not be able to. Zool can crash through barriers when he tries to jump up THROUGH them. Zooz can crash barriers when she jumps ON TOP of them. I haven't found any real advantage to either character. Graphics -------- Lots and lots of colors done in a cartoon style. Some might even say it's TOO colorful. The shading is good and everything is made to "stand out" from the background. The things you collect also change with each world, a nice touch. Each world also has a very different look and feel. The animation is very fast and smooth, although it has occasional spots of slowdown (when too many things are happening at once). Zool and Zooz have plenty of animation, but the enemies are a little lacking. The end level bosses are a complete joke... virtually NO animation and maybe four colors tops. I would have expected the bosses to be much more impressive (even Trevor McFur has impressive bosses!). Though it's not quite Rayman, it's still better than what the SNES or Genesis could do. Sound FX/Music -------------- The sound effects are crisp and are well-timed to the events. A few more effects would have been welcome as some of the sounds are recycled for different actions. The background music varies with each world and seems to fit the general "flavor" of the environment. There seems to be a common theme to all of the music, but it isn't repetitive (read as "annoying"). It's basically cartoony-type music relegated to the background. Control ------- This is something I was not used to. You get the standard button layout (jump, fire, and "special") which you can change to something that you feel comfortable with. The part I found odd at first was that pushing up also makes you jump. It took me a while to get used to that as I still wanted to use one of the buttons for jumping. But using the jump button is futile as there are many times where you need to jump and shoot simultaneously. After a while, the jump button becomes useless. But once you adjust, control is easy. All controls are very responsive. Manual ------ Rather thin, but it tells you what you need to know. The game itself is rather straightforward, so a manual like the AvP booklet (novel?) isn't necessary. Entertainment/Gameplay ---------------------- As fun as a fast and furious platformer could be. Some platforming gamers may be put off by the fast pace or the lack of any "real" strategy, but I found it rather refreshing... just something for fun! You can't just waltz through as you're playing against the clock, though you're given plenty of time as long as you keep going. I also liked the fact that you have to collect at least a certain percentage of the available goodies before you leave, preventing "cheaters" from just bolting for the exit. The enemies are EVERYWHERE and a lot of them are small and fast. Let's just say your thumb rarely leaves the fire button. Until you can learn where some power-ups are, the baddies will be EXTREMELY frustrating. The level layout and the locations of prizes never change, but there are enough bad guys constantly floating around to keep you on your toes. The baddies also regenerate so places you've been aren't necessarily safe to go back to. You can change the difficulty setting to suit your skills. As difficulty increases, you must collect more stuff on each level before you're allowed to leave, and enemies seem to be even greater in numbers. I doubt anyone would want to go above "Normal". A Big Gripe ----------- There is NO save game feature. I had to single this out as this is something I consider to be a MAJOR flaw. You must go through EVERY world to get back to where you finished last time. So as you get better at Zool, it starts to become an endurance contest. Some sort of password feature or a game level select (a la Doom) is needed for something like this. I can only hope that a level select cheat code is around the corner. Graphics: 8.0 Sound FX/Music: 8.0 Control: 7.0 Manual: 7.5 Ent./Gameplay: 8.5 Reviewer's Overall: 8.5 Summary ------- Admittedly, Zool 2 hardly screams "64-bit". Rayman has certainly seemed to define what a true "next generation" platform game should look like. But if you are a platforming fan and don't mind something fast, Zool 2 is a good buy. Colorful graphics and excellent gameplay make Zool 2 a solid platforming game for the Jaguar. Even if you like slower or more strategic gameplay, you should give Zool 2 a try. I'm a platformer fan and found Zool 2 to be worth the price of admission. __________________________________________ > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile Solving Those Riddles! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" More Kasumi Ninja Tips, from CompuServe's Atari Gaming Forums: Fm: SYSOP*Jim Ness 75300,3155 To: Cody Maloney 75204,3532 Got this Internet list today: Version 4.0 Kasumi Ninja Moves ============================= These moves are compiled from various sources, including the KN FAQ, people on the net, and myself. I've confirmed them all. firstname.lastname@example.org is the keeper of the KN FAQ and would most likely be the person to send new moves to. ALARIC, KING OF THE GOTHS ====== SPECIAL MOVES: Power Slide = C + half circle low from away to towards Goth Hammer = C + towards, up Dynamite toss = C + half circle away from down to up DEATH MOVE: Dynamite mouth C + away,towards,away,down towards+B [Andy M] ANGUS MCGREGGOR: THE SCOTTISH BRAWLER ===== SPECIAL MOVES: Caber Toss = C + down, up Head Butt = C + down, towards Fireball = C + half circle high from away to towards Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: "The Head Pummel" C + towards, away, down CHAGI: THE KICKBOXER ====== SPECIAL MOVES: Fireball = C + away, towards, towards Hammer Kick = C + away, up Knee Slam = C + towards, towards, B Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: Slams knee into crotch, buckling opponent over, then shoves foot through the opponents chest. C + away,towards,away,down towards+A [Andy M] DANJA, THE URBAN GANG LEADER ===== SPECIAL MOVES: Bolas = C + away, away, away, towards (far) Teleport = C + down, up, up (quickly!) Crotch Grab = ? Throat Spike = ? Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: Exploding Bolas C + away,up,away,up,away,up [Dan L] HABAKI ====== SPECIAL MOVES: Fireball = C + half circle low from away to towards Ninja Teleport = C + then up,up Whirlwind Kick = C + then away,away,towards,towards Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: Power Head Smash Cut in Half: C + away,up (must be close) [Brian O] PAKAWA: THE COMANCHE INDIAN WARRIOR ====== SPECIAL MOVES: Head Butt = C + towards, towards, towards (close) Hunting Blade = C + half circle low from away to towards. Buffalo Jump = C + back, up, up Throw = B + away DEATH MOVE: Scalping C + half circle low from towards to away, twice SENZO ===== SPECIAL MOVES: Fireball = C + half circle low from away to towards Ninja Teleport = C + up,up Whirlwind Kick = C + away,away,towards,towards Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: Power Head Smash C + up,down (must be close) [Willbill] THUNDRA, THE AMAZON QUEEN======= SPECIAL MOVES: Jungle Lunge = C + away, towards, towards (far) Jungle Strike = C + towards, towards, towards (close) Teleport = C + down, up Bite opponent = ? Throw = A + away DEATH MOVE: Fly though opponent's upper body C + up, towards, up, towards [Jeff S] GYAKU: THE GREY NINJA aka (You'll see!) ===== He's the same same as Habaki and Senzo. Except he's grey. Also he can do a few extra moves like fireballs bounce off him and back at you and some fireballs pass though him. When fighting Gyaku it's the best of 5. Don't do a fatality on him while playing in Ninja God mode. :) Sb: KASUMI CODES Fm: CHUCK A. SMITH 76231,3376 To: ALL Out here there is a list of many moves for KN. One missing is, Habaki's fireball. Here it is: Roll back/down/forward. You must be holding the C button during move. It seems to work better if you don't stand too close. Sb: #66056-#Kasumi Death Moves? Fm: Darryl Still Atari Europ 75300,2632 To: Claver D. Bickman 75347,2545 (X) Some of them have just been released to the press. Here are two of Angus' to keep you going Caber Toss = C/Down/Up Glasgae Greeting = C/Down/Towards The Fiery Sporron has not been revealed yet! _____________________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando CIS ID: 73637,2262 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Well, it's been two weeks since you heard from me last. There's lots and lots of information, hints, tips, and gossip to tell you about, but before we get started, I'd like to tell you why there was no column last week. I was just settling down to write the introduction part of my column when, much to my dismay, I found that several keys on my STacy's keyboard were "dead". This is not an unknown problem among those who deal with Atari's portable ST. "No problem," I thought, "I'll just use my trusty STe". A moment later I realized that I couldn't use the STe because I had lent it to a friend who had sent his Mega 2 out to be upgraded to a Mega 4. Damn! Since several people have told me that it could simply be that the contacts were dirty, I decided to march through the valley of death by opening the STacy up. After removing the case, cleaning all of the key contacts, and putting it all back together, I discovered that now, not only did some of the keys not work, but I no longer had access to my hard drive. Yep, I had done one heck of a job. A quick call to the friend that had borrowed the STe solved the problem of my comptuer withdrawal, but that was too late to get my column in. Since my review of Geneva from Gribnif Software was also on the STacy's hard drive, that too is late.... look for the review next week. Well, that's enough about my holiday season. Let's get on with all the info available... From the Atari Computing Forums on CompuServe ============================================= Bob Ledbetter tells Bob Brodie: "I have Works installed, with Speedo BTW, on a 1040 STe, and everytime I change font, it bombs. At least 4 bombs, and the only out is to re-boot. Any ideas?" Bob Brodie, who used to be Atari's Director of Communications, tells the other Bob: "A couple of things come to mind. First, how much ram do you have in the system? If you're only running a meg, that could be the problem right there. Second, what are you running in your auto folder? Specifically, are you running an older version of Warp 9? While most of the Warp 9 problems showed up during printing, there are other reports of incompatibility with Speedo/Warp 9. You might have to shut Warp 9 off before running Works. Finally, how many fonts are you installing? If you're using the whole standard set of Speedo fonts, you're probably out of RAM even on a four meg machine. Cut down the number of fonts and see what happens. Please drop me a note, both here and in email to remind me to visit more often. And let me know how you're doing with Works. Yes, it works on a 1040 STE with TOS 1.62. But... If memory serves me correctly, there was a bug in the install program that came with Works on this version of TOS. Also, to be honest with you, 1 meg of RAM isn't enough to run the program and SpeedoGDOS. You can use other versions of GDOS, like FONT GDOS, but your output won't look as good. In my opinion, Works should have carried a notation that indicated how much ram was required, and that a hard drive was strongly recommended. As for how much ram, well that depends on what printer you're using and how many fonts you want to load. I urge you to go to four megs of RAM if you haven't already." On the subject of PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption, and the governments refusal to allow it to be exported to other countries, Michael Rochon asks: "What are PGP files and Who are "the powers that that be" and Why are foreign nationals so dangerous???. Maybe this cloak and dagger stuff could revive the Atari market. Come on! Let us in on the play here." Sysop Ron Luks tells Michael: "PGP is an encryption program. The powers that be are the US GOVERNMENT, and they classified it as illegal to export this technology." There is QUITE A BIT more to it than that, so if you're interested, ask around... just don't ask any foreign nationals. Or federal agents, for that matter. When Rob Rasmussen asks why his ST won't read DOS disks, Sysop Bob Retelle tells him: "The ST *does* understand the PC file format, but most likely the disk your friend gave you was a High Density disk, and the ST does *not* read those. Hardly anyone in the PC world uses the 720K format that the ST reads, any more. If someone's going to give you a PC disk, you have to be sure to ask them to format it that way. I don't use Windows, but I know OS/2 has an option you can select for formatting 720K disks. As Jim indicated, when Windows noticed that the destination disk was different from the source disk during the disk copy, it tried to reformat it so the two disks would match. From Filemanager, you CAN drag files, but you have to know the secret handshake to get it to do that. First you have to select the files, and unlike the ST, you can't do this completely with the mouse. Someone who knows Windows better will probably correct me, but I think the way you do that is to hold down the Shift key (and if it doesn't work, try the ALT and CTRL keys one at a time, but I think it's Shift) while you select the FIRST file in the block you want to copy, then still holding down the Shift key, move the mouse pointer to the LAST file in the block and still holding Shift, click on that one. The entire block of files should turn black, indicating they're selected. Then you can drag the entire block to the A: drive icon.. I think you also have to hold down a key (try Shift again) to indicate to Windows that you want to COPY the files, not MOVE them. The way I do these things is to forget Windows completely and use Norton Commander from DOS... Also, it's not that it's any more difficult or awkward than GEM, it's just different." Rob tells Bob: "Thanks for the clarification on how to copy files in Windows. The main problem, as you said, and as I am not used to noticing, was that the disk my friend with the IBM gave me was high density. So DUHHH...I put it in my Falcon and the files come up just fine. I had been trying to do it on my ST. Anyway, I didn't realize the Falcon could read disks formatted with Windows even if the Falcon can read high density. Who's complaining tho?" "LW" tells us: I recently downloaded a file from the MIDI forum (Dr. T's Omega II demo program) and unpacked it onto my I: drive (my drive is C:-J: partitioned). The archive program screwed up some how and made all the files into Folders! Now I can't delete them. When I try, my system reboots! Any ideas how to get rid of these files?" Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine asks LW: "Have you run a utility program like Diamond Edge to check for errors?" LW asks: "Diamond Edge, where do I get it?" Albert, being the treasure trove of knowledge that he is, tells LW: "It is a Commercial Product. It is similar to Norton Disk Doctor and Speed Disk on the IBM PC." Carl Barron gives LW a bit of good advice: "Backup everything but the self-referencing folder[s] (most likely the problem [folders with no names ??] zero the partitiion [NOT THE DRIVE] and restore what you backed up. If Diamond Edge or an equivalent fat fixer can create a legal fat without this problem, then just delete the stuff. Most likely DE will fail." Mike Mortilla adds: "First check to see if the files are "write only." Then, also try to delete 1 file at a time. You might also try re-naming the files and then deleting them." LW tells Albert, Carl, and Mike: "I went into the folders that were supposed to be files. They also contained folders that had weird names, like #$@%^ . When I opened these folders, they would take me back to the root... drive I: . Weird! So, then I started to delete these folders with the weird names, some wouldn't delete at all but I think at least one did successfully. Then I backed out twice to get to the root AND DRIVE I: WAS EMPTY!!!!!! I rebooted, drive I: still empty!!!! Good thing there wasn't anything I couldn't get back on that drive! Weird!" Mike tells LW: "Sounds like you FAT is messed up or something. Whenever you get a zero # of items where you know you have data SHUT OFF THE COMPUTER and re-boot (at the very least!). If you try to access that you might have serious problems! Sounds like a re-format is in order (sorry!). That;s why I love using a Syquest removable. At least I can reformat and restore my structure in about 1/2 an hour or so. It used to be an all day proposition." LW tells everyone: "Well, I was able to zero the partition, JUST the one that got screwed up! So I'm back in business!" John Amsler posts: "Consider the following: AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Thomas Jefferson AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1743 - 1790 With the Declaration of Independence January 6, 1821 ... My father's education had been quite neglected; but being of a strong mind, sound judgment and eager after information, he read much and improved himself ... Being ignorant is not so much a Shame, as being unwilling to learn. Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard Improved, 1755 In studying Law or Physick, or any other Art or Science, by which you propose to get your Livelihood, though you find it at first hard, difficult and unpleasing, use _Diligence, Patience_ and _Perseverance_; the Irksomness of your Task will thus diminish daily, and your Labour shall finally be crowned with Success. You shall go beyond all your Competitors who are careless, idle or superficial in their Acquisitions, and be at the Head of your Profession. -- _Ability_ will command _Business_, _Business Wealth_; and _Wealth_ an easy and honourable _Retirement_ when Age shall require it. Benjamin Franklin Poor Richard Improved, 1755" Good words, John. And something that a lot of _so-called_ intellectuals would do well to pay heed to. John Also asks: "Has there been some change in CompuServe's software? I haven't changed anything, but all of a sudden when I compose a message online, the line numbers keep tabbing (or so it seems) across toward the right side of the screen (rather than displaying flush with the left side of the screen)." Sysop Ron Luks tells John: "Nope. There's been no changes in the onlione software that would account for this (that I'm aware of). Does it happen in other forums or just this one?" John tells Ron: "I haven't tried posting messages in other forums, but the same thing happens when I try to compose a message in CompuServe's Mail utility. (I swear, I haven't changed a thing!)" Sysop Bob Retelle tells John: "From the pattern of the message lines you showed us, it looks like for some reason you're just getting line feeds, not a line feed/carriage return combination like you should. (That is, the next line drops down a line, but the cursor doesn't return to the beginning of the next line like it should). Let us know if it still happens when you try logging on with Flash II.." John tries and tells Bob: "I'm currently logged in with Flash II and the problem occurs with that, too." Sysop Jim Ness tells John: "It looks as though your term program is not accepting carriage returns (or CIS is not sending them). Online you can GO TERMINAL to check the settings CIS has for you." John tells Jim: "What baffles me is why it appeared suddenly, when I had made no changes either to STalker or CIS. > Online you can GO TERMINAL to check the settings CIS has for you. Aha! I knew there was a way to check that but I had forgotten what the command was. Thanks!" We'll keep you updated on what happens with John's setup. Robert Carpenter asks: "Does anyone know if version 2.5 is the latest version of NVDI? I'm having a conflict between it and Edit Plus 3.10. I talked to Craig Harvey (Edit Plus author) and he said that the only NVDI problem he knew about was because someone was using an old version of NVDI." Albert Dayes tells Robert: "NVDI v3.x is available from Toad Computers for around $70." Lianne Reitter asks: "I wonder if anyone knows of a utility, or something, that will allow me to format a floppy disk on my Falcon, that can be read on the Amiga platform. A friend of mine has a Amiga 2000, and I would like to give him some stuff that is on the Sterling CD ROM. Unfortunatly, neither machine will recognize a disk formatted from the other. Any info would be greatly appreciated." Sysop Bob Retelle tells Lianne: "Unfortunately while I remember that there was some way to do what you want to do, I don't remember exactly what it was. I believe there was some way to make the Amiga read the ST disks.. maybe if you asked in the Amiga Forums here on CompuServe there would be someone over there who remembers how to do that. If you live close enough to your friend, you could always send the files by modem..." Lianne tells Bob: "I understand that the program I am looking for is called Dos-2-DOS for the Amiga. (Just in case anyone else asks 8).) My Amiga buddy lives 2 floors below me but I couldn't modem him anything becayuse it was telecommunication software I was trying to get off the Sterling CD ROM for him. Hows that for computing Irony? Seeing as you are a SYSOP maybe you can answer another question for me. I realize that the Atari platform is not the most popular, but surly it does as well, if possibly not better now, than the Amiga platform, yet there is never any mention of Atari stuff in the Compuserve Mag? Every once in a while I read about some software for the Amiga, (this month issue for example). Is the Atari Forum quieting down on CSERVE? My Local user group TAF (Toronto Atari Federation) is putting together a show in April; ACE'95. I have posted messages to this effect on CSERVE, but have not received many responses where as GEnie has been quite busy. Just curious, I much prefer CSERVE to the other Commercial boards, for various reasons. But I wonder if I am getting the wrong impression. Thanks again for your help, Have a very safe and happy Holiday Season." Bob tells Lianne: "Things go up and down in the Atari world... right now the big buzz is the Jaguar game system, over in the Atari Gaming Forum, ever since Atari dropped their computer lines... we still do whatever we can to support the users of the computers, in addition to all the new owners of the Atari game systems... Have you posted about the TAF show here in the Atari Computing forum..? It's been a while since I've been able to get up to Toronto for the show, but I remember having a lot of fun there... I was part of the Windsor, Ontario Atari show a few years ago too.. that was fun too..!" Albert Dayes asks Lianne: "Doesn't the Amiga have a utility that can read MS-DOS compatible disks? Something like cross-dos?? That way you could format a disk 1.44 or 720k of your Falcon and use it on the Amiga. ave you asked about a utility to read MS-DOS compatible disks in the Amiga forum?" Callum Lerwick, the one with the Pentium-based HAL 9000 computer, tells Albert: "The newer Amiga's come with a utility that can read PC disks, I've sucessfully transfered files using a PC disk this way. I don't know where to get it if he doesn't have it already..." Lianne tells Albert: "Thanks for the help. That, and Dos-2-Dos are the recomended utility choices. I did post message in the Amiga platform, but you Atari guys know so much about this stuff I knew I wouldn't be aking a mistake in posting the question here too. Thanks again." Well folks, it's been a long, hectic, totally forgettable week (with the exception of Callum's "Pentium Post". So, I'll stop here and say good bye for now. 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