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Article #528 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 2-Jun-95 #1122 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson) Date: Mon Jun 12 00:15:11 1995 could not open /dev/kbd to get keyboard type US keyboard assumed could not get keyboard type US keyboard assumed SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. A subsidiary of STR Worldwide CompNews Inc. June 02, 1995 No. 1122 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. 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Since we all know the firm ship date for Win'95 is August 24th, the best thing to do now is encourage your favorite software publisher to get those 32 bit updates out the door. By my observations, there may be a number of these major houses literally caught napping. There is simply no excuse for any of these software houses not to be "Johnny on the spot" ready with the updates for similar release dates as Win'95. Everyone is aware there has been more than half a million Win'95 users for quite some time now. Its a safe bet they've been asking for the new 32bit drivers, patches and updates. August 24th is going to show the users just who, in the software world, really has their act together. Internet!! World Wide Web!! FTP sites, T1 lines, and ISDN all new terms for some to pick up on but for others, its the signaling of the beginning of the end of an era. The Online Services are never going to be the same. 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CompuServe however, does have the best running and most reliable available with the "CIM" offerings. The worst of the lot comes from Genie. Their "FE" has to be the best example out of what not to have your software do. They call the version in circulation a "beta" version it should be called a pre-alpha version. It terrible. Running a super hot second to Genie's software is Prodigy's excuse for Windows software. The only software that allows the user's system to take full advantage of high speed modems and high speed CPU's is CompuServe's it allows the user to set their lock baud at 155200 while offering the user 14.4 and 28.8 connections. Running hot on the heels of CIS is AOL. Their big problem is file transfers "going to sleep". In time they'll either be top stuff or gone. The shake out has already begun. To sum it all up, CompuServe is, by far, the best value, the best performer and without a doubt, offers the most to users of every age. Then comes AOL, the "teenage" network, its so organized that one often feels the need to put one's hand up to gain permission to log-off!
AOL is a fine service for the younger set. Prodigy and Genie we'll leave alone. They have enough on their plates at this time anyway. Delphi!! Here is a sleeping Giant. Watch Delphi closely over the next six months. You are going to amazed at what can be accomplished. Delphi may very well wind up being the biggest of them all in no time flat. Why you ask?? Delphi has a good understanding of the Internet and is going to build itself completely around that concept. All the surviving services will eventually become fancy gateways to the "Net". What will be interesting is to see which one offers what to be the "King of the Hill". All this can only be a super benefit to the users. This time, the users will win ..big time. Ralph... Of Special Note: ---------------- HTTP//WWW.ICBA.COM/STREPORT =========================== STReport is now ready to offer much more in the way of serving the Networks, Online Services and Internet's vast, fast growing site list and userbase. 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Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* >> Win95 Net Feature Scrutinized << A feature in Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 95 software that allows users to register electronically instead of mailed post card is coming under scrutiny because of its capability to report what other programs also are on a customer's computer. Microsoft designed the function, known as Registration Wizard, to encourage more people to register their purchase of Windows. Like many companies, Microsoft uses data from registrations to figure out its customer base and promote other products. Recently a trade magazine erroneously reported the registration process automatically scanned whole networks of computers to determine software usage, a report that provoked a barrage of complaints about Microsoft on the Internet and online services. However Microsoft executives as saying the feature gathers information only from the computer on which Windows 95 is used and reports it to the company only at the customer's option. Mike Conte, product manager for Windows 95, said, "It was an unfortunate article that was written and then it hit the Internet and took on a life of its own." Describing the Registration Wizard as a market research device, he added, "If a customer has a funny feeling about it, they can choose not to send the information." He said Microsoft will use electronic registration for the first time with Windows 95, which is due to go on sale in August. Sources say, "Its process includes a step in which the form looks at the personal computer's hard drive and makes a list of programs it contains, whether they are made by Microsoft or not. At three points in the registration process, including the moment after the software check is listed, the program asks the customer whether that information should be sent or not to Microsoft." >> Claris Cuts MacWrite Pro Price << Claris Corp. has cut the price of its MacWrite Pro 1.5 word processor to $49. The company says the pricing change is designed to make MacWrite Pro a more attractive product for entry-level Macintosh and Power Macintosh users. The software provides style sheets, one-step table creation, floating tool palettes, variable columns and numerous other features. It supports System 7.5, including PowerTalk, QuickTime video playback, Apple Script and Apple Events. Users of MacWrite II and competing word processors can upgrade for $39. MacWrite Pro 1.0 customers can upgrade for $29. >> Xerox to Offer Compaq Service << Compaq Computer Corp. says it has authorized Xerox Corp. to perform warranty service on its products within the U.S. The move makes the company a fully accredited Compaq Third Party Maintainer. Xerox will serve as a provider of on-site warranty service as dispatched by Compaq. Xerox is a major service organization, with more than 11,000 service engineers in the U.S. and 25,000 worldwide. The company has over 200 U.S. service sites. >> June Launch Seen for IBM PowerPC << A computer industry newspaper is reporting IBM next month will launch its first PC based on the PowerPC microprocessor that it co-developed with Apple Computer Inc. and Motorola Inc. Computer Reseller News, a weekly that follows personal computer wholesalers and distributors, says IBM isn't very likely to achieve high volume shipments for the new machines until later this year. The newspaper said IBM plans to unveil the machines, which include desktop and laptop versions, on June 19, one day before the PC Expo computer convention in New York. Word is prices will start at about $3,000 for a multimedia desktop computer with videoconferencing and speech-recognition capabilities. >> Compaq Cuts Server Prices << Compaq Computer Corp has announced price reductions of up to 16% on its ProSignia 300 server line. The ProSignia 300 5/90 Model 1050, configured with a 1.05GB Fast- SCSI-2 hard disk, 16MB of RAM, built-in 32-bit Ethernet support, a 256KB secondary cache and a CD-ROM drive now costs $3,999. The ProSignia 300 5/75 Model 1050, configured with a 1.05GB Fast- SCSI-2 hard disk, 16MB of RAM, built-in 32-bit Ethernet support, a 256KB secondary cache and a CD-ROM drive is now priced at $3,549. >> Firms Plan Steinbeck CD-ROMs << Book publisher Penguin USA and multimedia specialist Byron Preiss Multimedia Co. Inc. say they have agreed to co-publish a series of CD- ROM titles based on books with electronic rights controlled by Penguin. The companies note that the first titles will be based on Penguin books by and about author John Steinbeck. Penguin currently publishes all of Steinbeck's major works as well as a major biography of Steinbeck by Jackson Benson. The first CD-ROM title will be "Of Mice and Men", which is scheduled to ship in September. The disc will be followed by two titles for young adults, will be "The Pearl" and "The Red Pony." No prices have been announced. >> ABC Sports CD-ROMs Planned << Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and software publisher Spectrum HoloByte Inc. say they have established a joint venture to develop and produce CD-ROM and video game software carrying the ABC Sports label. Each company will hold a 50% interest in the venture. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The companies note that the games produced by the venture will use the ABC Sports trademark as well as the Monday Night Football and Wide World of Sports names. The companies expect to develop five products in the first two years, including football and auto racing titles. >> New Notebooks Roll Out This Week << New notebook computers from Dell Computer Corp., Toshiba America, AST Research Inc. and others are expected this week, all built around a new mobile version of Intel Corp.'s Pentium chip. Dell officials said their firm will introduce nine new models of its Latitude notebook computers, including the Latitude XPi, based on the new 75MHz and the 90MHz mobile Pentium processors, which consume less power. The XPi has a launch price of $2,999 and $3,399, with a one-year warranty. The new Latitude XPi notebooks also have 10.4-inch color screens, standard 8MB of memory, a 340MB hard drive which can be upgraded to a 1.2 gigabyte drive and weigh about 6.2 pounds. Dell also is introducing new models based on Intel's 486DX4 processor, called the Latitude XP, with a 75 or 100 megahertz processor. They have an introduction price of $2,799 and $2,999, respectively, with 8MB of memory standard, a 10.4-inch color screen, a 340MB hard drive, upgradable to 1.2 gigabytes and one year warranty under the special introduction price. Meanwhile, Toshiba America is expected to unveil a new model of its Protege notebook computer, based on the new Intel chip. A Toshiba spokeswoman said the company will introduce a new model, called the Protege 610CT, based on the 90MHz version of the new mobile Pentium chip. The new version of Toshiba's Portege subnotebook, a class of PCs also known as ultraportable because of their light weight, contains a 720MB hard drive and a 9.5-inch screen, up from 8.5-inches in previous models. It will cost about $4,500. And AST Research officials said the company will introduce one model that has an innovative pipe for dispersing the heat generated by the advanced microprocessor without the need for a battery-draining fan. All three companies also have new accessories for attaching the notebook computers to monitors and keyboard for office use. >> Sony Cuts Game Unit Prices << In Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. says it is slashing a third from the domestic price of its new PlayStation game machine, a move officials expect will mean the company will capture another two million home video game players. Sony said it has sold a million of its 32-bit PlayStation game machines since the product was launched in December. Its new model SCPH- 3000 is to hit the Japanese market on July 21 and "we expect PlayStation sales to reach a goal of three million within a year," said a spokeswoman. By the end of this month, 44 software titles for the PlayStation machine will be on sale and Sony says there will be 200 by the end of the year. Sony said it now has 5,500 retail outlets in Japan selling its game players. Sony said the price cut on its PlayStation was made possible by paring down factory costs. >> High-Capacity Hard Disk Set << Seagate Technology is planning to ship the industry's highest- capacity, ATA/IDE- interface hard disk. The 2.1GB Medalist 2140 is designed to work with advanced business and multimedia applications. The company will also offer the 1.6GB Medalist 1640. Both drives feature an average 10ms seek time, a 16.6MB per second Fast ATA-2 interface and a 256K multi- segmented cache. The units also provide an average sustained data transfer rate of more than 3.5MB per second, and are capable of burst data transfers of up to 16.6MB per second. Built-in power management technology allows the drives to have a low-idle power consumption of 3.5 watts, which will allow system manufacturers to meet Energy Star power efficiency specifications. Volume production of both drives is scheduled to begin this summer. No prices have been announced. >> HP Joins New Notebook Race << Joining the race for the lead in the newest field of notebook computers, Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced a range of OmniBook 5000 notebook PCs designed around Intel Corp.'s new 90MHz Pentium processor for mobile computers. Company officials are quoted as saying the new systems will ship in the third quarter of this year and that pricing will be available most likely in July. The new notebooks also include L2 cache and full PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) bus architecture to achieve performance levels typically seen in desktop systems. The PCI architecture enables high- speed video performance with clear display images and smooth, full- motion video. As noted Intel's new Pentium chip consumes less power than Pentiums used in desktop computers, making it ideal, designers say, for mobile systems. >> Drive Makers See Calmer Times << Now that it is avoiding a penchant for pricing wars that once led to notorious boom-bust cycles, the disk drive industry may be heading for a smoother future. That's the prediction of Barron's financial journal, which notes the industry -- including Conner Peripherals Inc., Maxtor Corp., Quantum Corp. Seagate Technology Inc. and Western Digital Corp. -- is benefitting from consumers' "bottomless appetite" for bigger and better disk drives. Reporter Howard R. Gold writes that demand for multimedia computers, this summer's debut of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 operating system and other factors are driving demand for ever greater disk drive capacities in PCs. >> I-Net Users Are Reluctant Shoppers << Fewer than 25% of Internet users are willing to make an online credit card purchase, according to a recent survey conducted by Dataquest Inc. Although more than 60% of the survey respondents consider security to be an important concern, the lack of online safeguards plays only a small role in the relatively small interest in online shopping, notes the market research company. "The key factors behind the growth of electronic shopping are developing compelling applications and producing scenarios that focus on the consumer rather than the merchant," comments Allen Weiner, principal analyst of Dataquest's Online Strategies program. "Applications need to provide convenience as well as a pleasurable shopping experience to be successful with the consumer; simply providing a different way of doing the same old thing will not lead to success in this market." >> FCC Might Regulate Online Speech << The new draft of a bill under consideration in Congress proposes to bring in the Federal Communications Commission as a regulator of allegedly indecent speech online. Communications Daily reports this week the changes have been proposed in language of the measure (S-652) sponsored by Sen. J.J. Exon (D- Ne.braska.) which, notes the newsletter, "further attempts to limit exposure of children to indecent material, while providing new defenses for online operators." However, it adds, civil liberties groups allege "the attempt at compromise falls short." CD says the new draft is aimed at information providers who transmit or make available "any indecent comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image or other communications to any person under 18 years of age." "Additional language," says the newsletter, "would provide new defenses for online providers, including that they didn't have 'editorial control' over (the) material; however, (the) provision wouldn't apply to (a) provider that gave up editorial control with (the) knowledge that (the) company with control intended to violate (the) law." The proposal also would allow the FCC to prescribe by regulation procedures or reasonable steps to prevent transmission of indecent communications. Says the new draft, "Such steps and FCC procedures may include enabling the user to restrict or prevent access to communications described in this section." Reacting, Jill Lesser of People for the American Way told the newsletter civil liberties groups "are still not satisfied," saying there have been talks to try to replace Exon's language with a bill proposed by Sen Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont) calling for study of online obscenity. However, CD says, Exon hasn't agreed to withdraw his wording. Meanwhile, the Clinton Administration says the new wording in the proposal hadn't changed its position as outlined in letter to Leahy in May that said the Exon bill could pose hazards for law enforcement in addition to harm to civil liberties. The American Civil Liberties Union contends in a statement that the draft's new language "in its existing or revised form, violates both free speech and privacy rights," adding, "The Exon amendment cannot be 'fixed.' It must be rejected." >> Judge Rules Prodigy Accountable << New York state Judge Stuart L. Ain has ruled Prodigy is responsible for the content of its subscribers' electronic messages, apparently stripping the online service of a major defense in a current libel suit. Ain's 15-page opinion in the case of a multimillion dollar suit against Prodigy says the company can be held liable because it functions more as a publisher than as a passive conduit of information. It's felt that the decision gives the go-ahead to a suit filed by the investment banking firm Stratton Oakmont Inc. last November against Prodigy. Stratton contends Prodigy is liable for a message posted by a subscriber last October accusing the investment firm of criminal conduct. Sources say, "The case is being closely watched by the online information industry, which contends that it can't be responsible for what its subscribers post on its bulletin boards any more than a bookstore or newsstand can be liable for what they make publicly available. The online industry contends that, like a bookstore or library, it exercises no control over the content of its subscribers' messages." Generally, Ain took no issue with that argument, writing in his opinion, "Computer bulletin boards should generally be regarded in the same context as bookstores, libraries and network affiliates." However, he said, Prodigy is different, because as far back as 1990 it marketed itself as a superior service precisely because of its editorial control. The judge's ruling cited an article by Geoffrey Moore, Prodigy's director of market programs and communications, which said, "We make no apology for pursuing a value system that reflects the culture of the millions of American families we aspire to serve. Certainly no responsible newspaper does less." Also, the judge observed, Prodigy has promulgated "content guidelines" for its postings, used a program to screen all bulletin- board messages for offensive language before posting and appointed a group of "board leaders" to enforce the guidelines. So, Judge Ain wrote, "It is Prodigy's own policies, technology and staffing decisions which have altered the scenario and mandated a finding that it is a publisher. Prodigy's conscious choice, to gain the benefits of editorial control, has opened it up to a greater liability than CompuServe and other computer networks that make no such choice." The CompuServe case to which Ain referred is the only prior libel case involving online services. There, a 1991 decision limited a defamed party's ability to sue for libel. Prodigy has argued in the current case that the volume of its daily postings -- some 60,000 messages -- made monitoring each one impossible. The company claimed that it abandoned its early marketing claim in 1992, long before the disputed Money Talk postings last October and that its board leaders don't function as editors. But the judge ruled that the company didn't provide any 'documentation or detailed explanation of such a change' and rejected the argument. __________________________________ > Enhanced-IDE STR FOCUS! """"""""""""""""""""""" A discussion on: Enhanced-IDE Hard Disk Drives ============================= If the hard disk drive that you are considering purchasing or installing is an IDE, Enhanced-IDE or AT drive that exceeds 528MB and your ZEOS computer does not have a PCI bus, I would suggest that you read this document. There are several ways that you can install an Enhanced-IDE hard disk drive into your computer. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. I will attempt to provide an overview of each process and discuss some of the pros and cons of each method. It is your computer and the ultimate decision on which route to go is yours. All that this document is intended to do is give you enough information to make that decision. We will be considering four different options. Choice 1: -------- You may want to consider using a product like Disk Manager from On-Track. Disk Manager is a software product. It installs as a device driver that installs in your CONFIG.SYS file and acts as a "translator" allowing the operating system to talk to the hard disk drive. It works well with DOS and Windows but has the drawbacks typical to any TSR or device driver, it uses memory and it is possible that you will find an incompatible application. A more serious drawback is that this method may not work with alternate operating systems like OS/2, NT or Linux. Another drawback is that this method will not allow the use of some of the enhancements (like faster transfer rates). Choice 2: --------- Using an Enhanced-IDE controller with its own BIOS. This method requires the use of a slot. Virtually all of the Enhanced-IDE controllers that I have seen have been VLB devices. If you do not have a VLB slot available, using this method may not be possible. This method does offer several major advantages though. This is a true Enhanced-IDE interface and all of the enhancements are available: The four features of Enhanced IDE: ---------------------------------- ” High Capacity Addressing of ATA Hard Drives ” Fast Data Transfer Rates for ATA Hard Drives ” Dual ATA Host Adapters Another major benefit of using this method is that it should work properly across all operating platforms, including: OS/2, NT and Linux. Of course, you will want to check with the publisher or vendor the operating system to be sure that IDE driver support is available. If you decide to go this route I would urge you to purchase the hardware from a vendor that offers a thirty day money back guarantee and a one year warranty. This is hardware and you will want to be sure that it works properly and continues to work properly. NOTE: ----- ZEOS does not sell these controllers and has not tested or certified them for use. Be sure to discuss the functionality of the card with the vendor. ZEOS makes no representation regarding the functionality of these products. Choice 3: --------- This choice is included mainly for discussion. There are third party BIOS' available that promise Enhanced-IDE or large drive compatibility. These third party BIOS' may not allow you access to some of the enhanced features found on your ZEOS computer. While you gain the ability to put the hard drive directly into the drive table you may loose other features. Choice 4: --------- The final choice is to use a SCSI hard disk drive rather than an Enhanced- IDE drive. SCSI drives are every bit as fast and as large as Enhanced-IDE drives. Many ZEOS computers have offered a optional SCSI interface on the motherboard (meaning that a slot is not required). The SCSI interface can also be used for other internal and external accessories like tape back-up units, CD-ROM drives, plotters, scanners and more. If you are considering future upgrades to your computer and have made the decision to stick with the current computer for a while longer, the SCSI interface offers the greatest degree of expandability and using chip that you just plug into the motherboard makes it inexpensive, fast, and easy to accomplish! There you have it. You now have the information necessary to make an informed decision on how you want to upgrade your computer's hard disk drive. Editor s Note: -------------- While the information contained herein is direct at those who own a ZEOS Computer, the information is solid info for just about anybody with a desire to learn. _______________________________________ > Epson Supplies and Accessories STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" EPSON Accessories Inc. Epson Accessories and Supplies Catalog for Epson Printers/Scanners Call: 800-873-7766 Effective: May 95 Fax: 310-782-4401 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== BLACK FILM RIBBONS FOR 24-PIN PRINTERS (1 pass only) For highest quality and darkest printing ----------------------------------------------------- 7764 Film Ribbon Cartridge LQ-860, LQ-2550 $22.00 7768 Film Ribbon Cartridge - Narrow carriage LQ-200/500/510/570/570+ $12.00 LQ-850/870, L-1000, AP-4000/5000/5000+ 7769 Film Ribbon Cartridge - Narrow carriage LQ-950 $15.00 $12.00 7770 Film Ribbon Cartridge - Wide carriage LQ-1000/1010/1050/1070, $19.00 LQ-1070+, LQ-1170, L-750, AP-5500 BLACK FABRIC RIBBONS FOR 9-PIN PRINTERS --------------------------------------- 8750 Ribbon Cartridge Narrow carriage MX-70/80, MX-80F/T, $6.00 RX-80/80+, RX80F/T FX-80/85/86e, FX-850, FX-870,JX-80, LX-300,800 LX-810, APEX-80, T-1000 AP-2000 8755 Ribbon Cartridge - Wide carriage MX-100, RX-100, FX-100, $9.00 $7.25 FX-185/286/286e, FX-1050, T-750, AP-2500 8762L Ribbon Cartridge - Narrow carriage LX-80/86/90, $9.00 Homewriter 10 8763 Ribbon Cartridge EX-800, EX-1000 $7.50 $6.25 8766 Ribbon Cartridge DFX-5000/5000+/8000 $33.00 $26.50 8767 Replacement Ribbon Cartridge for 8766 DFX-5000/5000+/8000 $24.00 AP-80-1 Ribbon Cartridge AP-80 (not an Apex) $8.95 $2.80 CR-94010 Ribbon Cartridge CR-420/420i $12.95 $12.60 HOOCR-BB Ribbon Cartridge(5 pak) HX-20, HX-40 $17.50 $14.00 S015047 Ribbon Cartridge AP-2250 $9.75 $7.95 BLACK FABRIC RIBBONS FOR 24-PIN PRINTERS ---------------------------------------- 7753 Ribbon Cartridge - Narrow carriage LQ-200/500/510/570/570+ $7.00 $5.50 LQ-800/850/870, L-1000, AP-3000, AP-4000, AP-5000 AP-5000+ 7754 Ribbon Cartridge - Wide carriage LQ-1000/1010/1050/1070 $10.00 $8.00 LQ-1170, L-750, AP-4500 7762L Ribbon Cartridge - Wide carriage LQ-2500, LQ-2550, LQ-860 $11.00 $8.75 7767 Ribbon Cartridge - Wide carriage LQ-950 $14.00 8753 Ribbon Cartridge LQ-1500 $10.00 $8.00 S015032 Ribbon Cartridge AP-3250 $9.95 $8.00 S015060 Ribbon Cartridge AP-3260 $9.95 $7.95 To Order - Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== SINGLE COLOR DOT-MATRIX RIBBONS --------------------------------- 7753-R Red Ribbon Cartridge LQ-200, LQ-500/510/570/570+ $8.99ea. 3 for LQ-800/850/870, L-1000, $24.90 AP-3000/4000/5000/5000+ 7753-G Green Ribbon Cartridge same as above $8.99ea. 3 for 7753-B Blue Ribbon Cartridge same as above $8.99ea. $24.90 Mix or match ribbon colors S015032-R Red Fabric Ribbon Cartridge AP-3250 $9.95ea. 3 for S015032-G Green Fabric Ribbon Cartridge AP-3250 $9.95ea. $27.00 S015032-B Blue Fabric Ribbon Cartridge AP-3250 $9.95ea Mix or match ribbon colors MULTI-COLOR RIBBONS ---------------------- 8764 Ribbon Cartridge - Color EX-800* EX-1000* $19.00 7763 Ribbon Cartridge - Color LQ-2550/2500* $28.00 $27.40 8759 Ribbon Cartridge - Color JX-80 $15.95 $9.95 S015061 Ribbon Cartridge - Color AP-3260* $24.95 $20.90 S015073 Ribbon Cartridge - Color LX-300* $24.95 $21.10 S015077 Ribbon Cartridge - Color LQ-300* $25.00 $24.30 *These printer models require a color option kit COLOR OPTION KITS ---------------------- 8391E-A Color Option Kit LQ-2550 $59.00 C832011 Color Upgrade Kit AP-3260 $49.00 $43.90 C832081 Color Option Kit LX-300 $49.00 C832111 Color Option Kit LQ-300 $49.00 $42.30 **Color ribbon is included in all kits** CUT SHEET FEEDERS ------------------------ 7346-A Dual Bin - 150 sheets per bin FX-850, LQ-850 enhanced $125.00 $100.00 7343G-A Dual Bin LQ-2550 $529.00 8331 Single Bin - 80 sheets FX-80/FX-80+, FX-85 - enhanced $19.95 8333 Single Bin, 60 sheets FX-100/FX-100+/185/286 $49.95 8335 Single Bin SQ-2000 $49.95 8338G-A Single Bin, 75 sheets Homewriter-10, LX-80/86/90 $19.95 $18.00 8338V Single Bin, 75 sheets LX-80/86/90, Homewriter-10 $9.95 $10.95 8342 Single Bin, 60 sheets EX-800 $149.95 $99.95 8343 Single Bin, 60 sheets EX-1000, LQ-2500 $129.95 $75.00 8346 Dual Bin, 60 sheets per bin EX-1000, LQ-2500 $179.95 $99.00 8347 Single Bin, 60 sheets LQ-800, FX-86e $69.95 $49.00 8348 Single Bin, 60 sheets LQ-1000, FX-286e, T-750, L-750 $149.95 $59.00 C806121 Single Bin, 150 sheets LX-810, LQ-510, AP-2000/4000 $149.00 $131.40 C806271 150 sheets or 25 envelopes LQ-860 $240.00 $195.00 C806281 Dual Bin, 150 sheets per bin LQ-860 $349.00 $280.00 C806371 Single Bin, 50 sheets LQ-570/570+/870, AP-5000 $73.00 $65.70 AP-5000+, FX-870 C806381 High Capacity, 150 sheets or 25 envelopes LQ-570/570+/870,AP-5000 $192.00 $170.80 AP-5000+, FX-870 C806391 50 sheets LQ-1070/1170, FX-1170 $102.00 $90.50 C806401 High Capacity, 150 sheets or 25 envelopes FX-1170, LQ-1070/1070+/1170 $240.00 $211.50 C814021 Front Sheet Guide FX-870 $12.00 C814031 Front Sheet Guide FX-1170 $15.00 To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== TRACTOR FEEDERS --------------------- 7302L-A Tractor Unit DX-35 $69.95 $29.00 7303W Tractor Unit LQ-800 $59.95 $29.00 7304W Tractor Unit LQ-1000 $69.95 $29.00 7314G-A Pull Tractor LQ-2550 $99.00 $86.30 8304V Tractor Unit LX-80/86/90, Homewriter-10 $19.95 $11.00 8307-A Pull Tractor Unit EX-800 $59.00 $39.00 8309G-A Pull Tractor Unit DFX-5000/5000+/8000 $149.00 $131.50 C800161 Pull Tractor Unit LQ-860 $73.00 $59.00 C800171 Push Tractor Unit EPI-4000 $149.00 $49.00 C800191 Pull Tractor Unit LQ-570, LQ-570+, AP-5000, AP-5000+ $64.00 $56.50 C800201 Push/Pull Tractor Unit LQ-870, FX-870 $69.00 $60.40 C800211 Push/Pull Tractor Unit LQ-1170 $86.00 $76.00 C800221 Pull Tractor Unit LQ-1070, LQ-1070+, AP-5500 $77.00 $68.70 C800262 Push Tractor Unit AP-2250, AP3250, AP-3260 $49.00 $43.20 C800301 Push/Pull Tractor Unit LX-300 $69.00 $65.10 C800311 Pull Tractor Unit EPSON Stylus 1000 $90.00 $87.30 FONT & IDENTITY MODULES ----------------------------- 7695A IBM 5152 Identity Module LQ-800, LQ-1000 $89.95 $69.95 7696A ESC/P EPSON Identity Module LQ-800, LQ-1000 $89.95 $69.95 7400A Courier 10/12 Font Module LQ-500/510/800/810/850/950 $29.95 LQ-1000/1050, L-1000 7401A Prestige 10/12 Font Module LQ-500/510/800/810/850/950 $29.95 LQ-1000/1050, L-1000 7402A Script 10/12 Font Module same as above $29.95 7404A Sans Serif 10/12 Font Module LQ-800, LQ-1000 enhanced $29.95 7407-A LQ Multi-Font Module LQ-510/850/950/1050/2550 $99.00 $59.95 L-1000, AP-4000/4500 7407-P LQ-Multi-Font Module LQ-510/1010, L-1000, AP-4000 $29.95 AP-4500 To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== LASER TONER & IMAGING CARTRIDGES --------------------------------------- S051011 Imaging Cartridge AL-1000, AL-1500 $179.00 $159.00 S051023 Imaging Cartridge AL-1100, AL-1400 $145.00 $118.80 S051016 Imaging Cartridge AL-1600 $245.00 $166.70 EPL-6000, ActionLaser, ActionLaser Plus --------------------------------------- IBS301 Drum Unit/Charger Unit $165.00 $132.60 IBS300 Replacememt Toner Cartridge $29.00 $23.00 HGM45-02001 Ozone Filter $9.76 EPL-7000/7500/8000 ----------------------- S051009 Long-Life Imaging Cartridge $299.00 $241.30 S091001 Ozone Filter $20.00 $17.60 ActionLaser II ------------------- S050002 Replacement Toner Cartridge (Ozone filter included) $180.00 $156.20 S051005 Photoconductor Unit $235.00 $202.60 LASER ACCESSORIES ----------------------- ActionLaser-1000 ------------------- C812311 Face-Up Paper Tray $15.00 $13.50 C812301 Lower Paper Tray (250 sheets) $219.00 $192.20 C823301 FAX Interface Board Type B $399.00 $383.90 512KBMEM 0.5MB Memory Chip Kit for Epson Board $69.00 $43.10 2MBMEM 2.0MB Memory Chip Kit $199.00 $163.90 C823241 Ethernet Interface Board, Type B $499.00 C832021 EPSONScript Level 2 with 35 PS fonts $299.00 $284.60 MACLP2 EPSONTalk Postscript Level 2-Macintosh $399.00 $349.00 ActionLaser-1500 ------------------- C812311 Face-Up Paper Tray $15.00 $13.50 C812301 Lower Paper Tray (250 sheets) $219.00 $192.20 C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B $399.00 $383.90 512KBMEM 0.5MB Memory Chip Kit for Epson Board $69.00 $43.10 2MBMEM 2MB Memory Chip Kit $199.00 $163.90 C823241 Ethernet Interface Board, Type B $499.00 C832021 EPSONScript Level 2 with 35 PS fonts $299.00 $284.60 MACLP2 EPSONTalk Postscipt Level 2-Macintosh $399.00 $384.00 ActionLaser-1600 -------------------- C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B $399.00 $383.90 C832091 EPSONScript Postscript Level 2 $329.00 $299.00 MACLP3 EPSONTalk Postscript Level 2 Interface $399.00 $359.00 C812301 Lower Paper Tray - 250 sheets $219.00 $192.20 C812311 Face-Up Paper Tray $15.00 $13.50 C823071 32KB Serial Interface Boad, Type B $152.00 $121.00 C832091 EPSONScript Level 2 Board $329.00 $328.70 C823101 32KB Parellel Interface, Type B $152.00 $121.00 C823241 Ethernet Interface Board $499.00 C823141 Coax Interface, Type B $699.00 $559.00 C823151 Twinax Interface, Type B $669.00 $535.00 C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B $399.00 $383.90 EPL-6000, EPL-7000/7500 ------------------------- E-65 65-In-1 Font Cartridge $169.00 $159.00 EPL-6000 ------------- IBS100 FX Identity Cartridge $229.00 $183.20 HGM45-01001 Cleaning Pad (replacement part) $10.40 HGMAK-06901 Basket - AK (replacement part) $20.64 HGMBK-00410 Paper Cassette Tray EPL-6000 $59.65 HGMBK-03910 Paper Tray (replacement part) $22.77 KEP-2000-LP 2MB Kingston Memory Expansion Board $399.00 $239.00 KEP-2002-LP 2MB Chip Kit EPL-6000 $185.00 $169.00 EPL-7000/7500/8000 --------------------- 512KBMEM 0.5MB Memory Chip Kit for Epson Board $69.00 $43.10 EPL-8000 -------------- C812231 Legal Size Paper Tray - 250 sheets $79.00 $69.00 C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B $399.00 $383.90 C812271 Face-Up Output Tray - 50 sheets $35.00 $32.00 C812281 Lower Paper Tray $399.00 $325.00 C822061 Zero KB Memory Expansion Board $65.00 $59.80 2MBMEM 2MB Memory Chip Kit $199.00 $163.90 512KBMEM 0.5MB Memory Chip Kit $69.00 $43.10 KEP-7005 0.5 Memory Chip for Kingston Board $90.00 C823241 Ethernet Interface Board, Type B $499.00 ActionLaser ----------------- IBS100 FX Identity Cartridge $229.00 $183.20 HGMAK-06901 Basket, AK (replacement part) $20.64 ActionLaser, ActionLaser Plus -------------------------------- E-65 65-In-1 Font Cartridge $169.00 $159.00 HGMBK-00414 Paper Cassette Tray $59.65 HGMBK-02910 Paper Tray (replacement part) $22.77 KEP-2000-LP 2MB Kingston Memory Expansion Board $399.00 $239.00 KEP-2002-LP 2MB Chip Kit $185.00 $169.00 ActionLaser II -------------------- C812131 Legal Size Paper Tray $79.00 $70.80 C822061 Zero KB Memory Expansion Board $65.00 $59.80 C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B $399.00 $383.90 KEP-ALII-2 2.0MB Memory Expansion Board $211.50 2MBMEM 2.0MB Memory Chip Kit $199.00 $163.90 512KBMEM 0.5MB Memory Chip Kit for Epson Board $69.00 $43.10 KEP7005 0.5MB Memory Chip for Kingston Board $90.00 To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== INK JET CARTRIDGES ----------------------- 7750 Ink Cartridge SQ-2000 $54.95 $44.00 7760 Ink Cartridge SQ-2500 $24.95 $20.00 8761 Ink Injector HS-80 $12.95 S020002 Ink Cartridge - Black SQ-850, SQ-2550 $39.95 $19.95 S020003 Ink Cartridge - Black EPI-4000 $35.00 $28.00 S020025 Ink Cartridge - Black EPSON Stylus 400/800/800+ $17.50 $15.95 EPSON Stylus 1000 S020031 Ink Cartridge - Black EPSON Stylus 300 $24.95 $19.95 S020034 Ink Cartridge - Black EPSON Stylus COLOR $17.00 $15.00 S020036 Ink Cartridge - Color EPSON Stylus COLOR $35.00 $30.00 SPECIAL PAPER FOR STYLUS COLOR INK JET PRINTERS -------------------------------------------------- S041028 360 dpi Paper (200 sheets) $21.00 $19.00 S041029 720 dpi Paper (200 sheets) $25.00 $22.00 S041030 Transparency Film (50 sheets) $55.00 S041032 Media Starter Kit - 20 sheets 360 & 720 dpi paper and 5 transparency film sheets $18.00 $16.00 S041033 High Quality Glossy Paper (30 sheets) $65.00 $60.00 STYPAK Economy Pack - 1 black ink cartridge, $95.00 $79.00 1 color ink cartridge, 400 sheets of 720 dpi coated paper. To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== PRINTER STANDS ------------------- 8502 Heavy Duty Printer Stand + $10 UPS chg. DFX-5000/5000+/8000 $250.00 $218.30 8503 Desk-Side Printer Stand AP-2250, AP-3250 $39.00 $37.90 BT-80 Std. 80-Col. Desktop Printer Stand Universal $23.99 BTG-80 Std. 80-Col. Desktop Stand for Continuous Greenbar Paper Universal $27.95 NTG-1 For 80 or 132 Col. Front, Rear or Bottom Feed Printers. Solid Steel with casters - Universal $59.99 ODD-1 Holds 2 Printers any size with lower forms input tray Universal $99.00 DBL-18 Holds 2 printers, fax machine or scanner and printer. Top platform adjusts upward from 12-inches to 16-inches in height to allow expanded area for lower printer. Top platform measures 18-inches wide by 18-inches deep. Lower platform is 14-inches by 16-inches wide. Universal $97.50 LDT 6-Bin Wood Printer Stand supports printer with storage space for paper & envelopes 20x20 wide by 9-1/2 deep. Paper trays measure 3 high by 9-1/2 deep. Universal $64.95 To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== INTERFACE BOARDS AND BUFFERS ------------------------------- 7149 Serial Board with 32K Buffer LQ-1500, SQ-2000 $129.00 $119.95 8143 Serial Board, No Buffer, Type A LQ-2550, DFX-8000 $64.00 $55.30 LX-810, JX-80, EX-800/1000, FX-80/80+/85/86e/286e, T-750, FX-100/100+/185/850, LQ-500/510/1010, LQ-800/1000 LQ-850/1050, LQ-950 C823021 Serial Board with 32K Buffer RX-80/80+/100/100+, LX-80/86 $139.00 $120.30 HI-80, JX-80, FX-80/80+/100/ FX-100+/185/286/286e/850/870 FX-1050, FX-870/1170, DFX-5000/5000+/8000, EX-800 EX-1000, L1-500/510/800/850 LQ-800/860/870/950/1000/1010 LQ-1050/1170/2500/2550, AP-2000/2500/4000/4500/5000 AP-5000+, EPI-4000 EPSON Stylus COLOR C823051 Serial Board No Buffer, Type B RS-232D or Current Loop LQ-570/570+/870/1070/1170 $88.00 $75.90 AP-5000/5000+/5500, EPL-8000 ActionLaser II, EPSON Stylus COLOR C823071 Serial Board with 32K Buffer, Type B RS232D, RS-422A or Current Loop I/F FX-870/1170, LQ-570/570+ $152.00 $133.70 LQ-1070/1070+/LQ-870/1170 AP-5000/5000+/5500 DFX-5000/5000+/8000 EPL-8000, ActionLaser II AL-1000/1500/1600 EPSON Stylus COLOR C823032 Parallel Board with 32K Buffer RX-80/80+/10-/100+, LX-80/86 $152.00 $133.70 LX-800/810,HI-80, JX-80 FX-800/80+/85/86e, FX-100+ FX-185/286/286e/850/1050 DFX-5000/5000+/8000 EX-800/1000, LQ-200/500/510, LQ-800/850/860/950/1000/1010 LQ-1050/1070+, LQ-2500/2550 AP-2000/2500/3000/4000/4500 AP-5500+, EPI-4000 C832101 Parallel Board with 32K Buffer, Type B FX-870/1170: LQ-570/570+/1070 $152.00 $133.70 LQ-1070+, LQ-870/1170, AP-5000/5000+/5500 DFX-5000/5000+, EPL-8000 ActionLaser II, ActionLaser 1000/1500/1600 EPSON Stylus COLOR C823141 Coax Board, Type B connectivity to IBM 3270 series FX-870/1170, LQ-570/570+ $699.00 $615.30 LQ-1070+, LQ-870/1170, AP-5000/5000+/5500, DFX-5000+, ActionLaser II, AL-1000/1500/1600, EPL-8000 EPSON Stylus COLOR C823151 Twinax Board, Type B connectivity to AS/400 or System 3X FX-870/1170, LQ-570/570+ $699.00 $588.50 LQ-1070/1070+, LQ-870/1170 AP-5000/5000+/5500 DFX-5000+, ActionLaser II, ActionLaser 1000/1500/1600, EPL-8000, EPSON Stylus 1000 EPSON Stylus COLOR I-O8310 Twinax I/F Card for Type A Epson printers connectivity to AS/400 or System 3X LX-800/810, EX-800/1000 $695.00 $556.00 FX-86e/286e/850/1050, DFX-5000/5000+/8000, LQ-500 LQ-510/1010/850/860/1050, AP-2000/2500/2550/4000, L-1000, LQ-2500/2550 I-O9310 Coax I/F Card for Type A Epson printers connectivity to AS/400 or System 3X LX-800/810, EX-800/1000, $735.00 $588.00 FX-86e/286e/850/1050, DFX-5000/8000: LQ-500/510 LQ-850/860/1010/1050, AP-2000/2500/2550/4000, L-1000, LQ-2500/2550 C832021 EPSONScript Level 2 with 35 PostScript compatible fonts ActionLaser 1000/1500 $299.00 $284.60 C832091 EPSONScript Level 2 with 35 PostScript compatible fonts ActionLaser-1600 $299.00 C832121 EPSONTalk I/F Board EPSON Stylus COLOR $149.00 (requires LocalTalk Cable) C823241 Ethernet I/F Board, Type B Adds Novell Netware connectivity to printers and allows an Epson printer to be shared among all network users without a dedicated PC. DFX-5000+, ActionLaser II $499.00 ActionLaser-1000/1500/1600 EPL-8000 C823301 FAX Interface Board, Type B Allows EPSON laser printers to be used as a stand-alone FAX machine. Includes Delrina WinFax Lite 4.0 software. EPL-8000, ActionLaser II $399.00 $383.90 ActionLaser-1000/1500/1600 MACLQ EPSONTalk for LQ-70 series includes LocalTalk I/F Board. Require LocalTalk cable. LQ-570/570+/1070/1070+ $229.00 $219.00 LQ-870/1170, AP-5000/5000+ MACLP2 EPSONTalk for Macintosh users. Includes LocalTalk I/F. Requires min. 2MB printer RAM and LocalTalk cable. ActionLaser 1000/1500 $399.00 $384.00 MACLP3 EPSONTalk for ActionLaser-1600 Includes RISC-based PostScript Level 2 compatible emulation. Requires LocalTalk cable. ActionLaser 1600 $399.00 $395.00 ESMAC Macintosh Interface Kit for Epson Scanners ES-300c, ES-600c, ES-800c (SCSI) $399.00 $359.00 To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Printer Models Price Price ==================================================================== CABLES ---------- C1-9E-A Parallel PC, 36-Pin to DB-25 shielded Universal $29.00 $26.80 8239 Serial Apple IIc, 6-Pin Din/DB LQ series, EX series printers $29.00 $24.00 8293 Serial Apple IIe, 6-Pin Din/DB LQ-series, EX series printers $29.00 $24.00 8297 Serial, IBM 6-Pin Din to DB-25 LQ series, EX series printers $29.00 $24.00 CA070 Serial, IBM AT, 6-Pin to DB-9 LQ series, EX series printers $29.00 $24.00 F2L044-10 Serial cable, EQ/AT to 25 Pin Universal $19.00 $12.50 F2V024-06 Macintosh to ImageWriter II 6-ft Mini-din 8 to Male EPSON Stylus COLOR $6.95 F2V024-10 Macintosh to ImageWriter II 10-ft cable Mini-din 8 to Male EPSON Stylus COLOR $10.95 I-OMINI Mini Centronic Shared Cable for Type A Interface Boards DFX, LQ-2550 $60.00 F2A034-10 Parallel Right Angle PC to Printer Cable 10-feet Universal $39.95 $29.95 PRINTER DUST COVERS -------------------------- Sand color with rainbow stripe DPE81 Printer Dust Cover LQ-850 $13.95 DPE82 Printer Dust Cover LQ-1070 $16.95 DPE83 Printer Dust Cover LQ-1170 $16.95 UPN35 Printer Dust Cover LQ-570 $12.55 DPE77 Printer Dust Cover ActionLaser 1000/1500/1600 $24.95 DPE75 Printer Dust Cover EPL-7000/7500 -covers tray $24.95 DPE79 Printer Dust Cover ActionLaser II $24.95 DPE87 Printer Dust Cover EPSON Stylus COLOR $13.95 DSA20 Scanner Dust Cover ES-300c $13.95 DSH14 Scanner Dust Cover ES-800c $13.95 SMART LABEL PRINTERS ------------------------ SLP-WINSW Smart Label Printer Software Upgrade: Smart-Label Printer Plus only $49.95 DOS to Windows (SLP-Plus only) SLP1000P-WIN Smart Label Printer Plus: DOS/Windows Smart Label Printer Plus $159.00 SLP1000-MAC Smart Label Printer Plus: Macintosh Smart Label Printer Plus $149.95 SLP2000-WNDS Smart Label Printer Pro: DOS/Windows Smart Label Printer Pro $229.00 SLP2RL Std. White Labels: 130 per roll, 2 rolls/pak Smart Label Printer Plus $8.88 SLP-2RL-CL Clear Labels: 130 per roll, 2 rolls per pack Smart Label Printer Plus $13.99 SLP-SRL Shipping Labels, 220 per roll, 1 roll per pak Smart Label Printer Pro $14.99 SLP-DRL Disk Labels for 3.5, 220 per roll, 1 roll/pak Smart Label Printer Pro $15.99 System requirements: PC with serial port DOS 2.1 or later, 512KB RAM available. Macintosh: Mac-Plus or later. System 6.0.3 or later. Printer or modem port. To Order, Call Toll-Free 1-800-873-7766 ==================================================================== Product Product Compatible List Sale Code Description Scanner Models Price Price ==================================================================== SCANNER ACCESSORIES ----------------------- ESMAC Macintosh Interface Kit ES-300c. ES-600c SCSI $399.00 $359.00 B808012 Bi-directional Parallel I/F Board for the PC ES-300c/800c/600c Parallel $169.00 $139.00 B808081 Bi-directional Parallel I/F Board ES-600c $49.00 B808091 SCSI Interface Board ES-600c $110.99 B813011 Automatic Document Feeder ES-600c/800c/1200c $499.00 $449.00 B860011 Direct Print Cable PC Scanning System $94.00 $75.00 B813061 Transparency Unit for 35mm slides ES-600c*, ES-800c*, ES-1200c $799.00 $699.00 *Must have a ROM upgrade and be installed by an Authorized Epson Service Center SCANTASTIC Plug-In-Module: Adobe PhotoShop for Macintosh ES-300c/600c SCSI/800c $69.00 $55.00 OTHER PRODUCTS / USER'S MANUALS ETC. ------------------------------------- Call for availability and price: Printer, Scanner & Plotter User Manuals Replacement Dot Print Heads User-Installable Parts - i.e Printer Knobs Toll-Free: 1-800-873-7766 Monday - Friday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pacific Time EPSON is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All products mentioned herein are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective companies. Prices, product descriptions are subject to change without notice. EPSON Accessories is not liable for damage due to omissions or typographical errors. Inventory of some items is limited to supply on hand. Epson Accessories, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epson America, Inc. Use of Customer Names are held in strict confidence by Epson Accessories, Inc. Customer names are not sold or rented. __________________________________________________ > UltraEdit 32 STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""" ULTRAEDIT-32 V2.10 ================== 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 - Column mode editing!!!, Insert columns/ delete/cut/add sequential numbers - Insert file into an existing document at cursor position - Drag and Drop support from the file manager - Insert and overstrike modes for editing (Unlike many other Windows text editors) - Multi-level undo and redo - UltraEdit-32 is Windows 3.x CUA compliant - Find and Replace - Also allows selection of text between caret and 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 Cut, Copy and Paste support - 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) - More ... 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 $30.00 (Ohio Residents add $1.65 Sales Tax) to: Ian D. Mead 8209 Chestnut Hill Ct. West Chester, OH 45069 USA -------- 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. For CompuServe registrations, a newer version is not sent out if the latest version is available on CompuServe. -------- E-Mail Address -------- Internet: IDM@iglou.com CompuServe: 71613, 2654 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 - The Executable File 3) UEDIT32.HLP - The UltraEdit-32 help file // History V1.32a - Created from UltraEdit v1.32 for Windows. (Also formerly known as EditPro, MEDIT) V1.32b - Added save all command to file menu. V1.32c - Added HEX cut, copy and paste. Fixed GPF after closing first empty document and then selecting file from most recent list. Added space between header/footer and main body of text. Fixed problem with opening long files with ' ' characters in the file name - can no longer select multiple files from the open dialog - now have to open each file with a separate command. v1.32d - Fix to HEX paste v1.33 - Added CTRL+Backspace to delete preceding word. Find/Replace now uses ^t to find tabs and ^p to find newline (CR/LF). Added dialog to allow selection of a column number at which to wrap the text when coverting wrap to hard returns. v1.33a - Added support for characters a,o,and u with umlauts and A, O, and U with umlauts (i.e. „÷’ýÙ›) and ž. Fixed possible GPF with paste. When switching from or to HEX mode, maintain cursor position. Fix text selection on reverse find in HEX mode. v2.00 - Add Column editing!! Enhance selection features in HEX mode, add "^s", "^c" syntax for macro find/replace of selected text and clipboard contents. Switch to/from hex mode and cursor position is maintained. Macros now support next/previous window. Other minor enhancements and fixes. v2.01 - Added column insert/delete/cut. Added sequentail number insertion for each row. Added multi-level undo. v2.01a - Fixed reverse find. Fixed word wrap problem where a single space between words may appear on the beginning of the line after the wrap. v2.01b - Added "Tool Tips" for the toolbar. Added 3D dialogs for systems with CTL3D32.DLL v2.10 - Added "Find In Files", Select Line, Select All, Configurable file types, other configurable options, and bug fixes. The toolbar may now be dragged from one position to another. Editor s Note; -------------- For what only seems like a day or two ago, when actually it was an easy year ago, this program was first featured in STReport. Since that time, many text editors have come and gone... this one simply keeps getting better and better with every update. The support has been outstanding, the development updates have kept the program totally in pace with the industry updates and growth. What more can be said?? This editor does the job and is well supported. We highly reccommend Uedit32 to anyone wanting a truly powerful replacement to the Windows notepad, wordpad etc.. You cannot go wrong with Ultra Edit. Windows is a registered Trademark of Microsoft Corporation. _________________________________ > THUMBS PLUS!!! STR InfoFile Great Stuff!! Top of the Line. """"""""""""""""""""""""""" THUMBSPLUS VERSION 2.1 ====================== 2.0d (Shareware) - 2.1 (Registered) Announcing ThumbsPlus version 2.1, the only effective, elegant and inexpensive way to locate and organize your graphic files. You will be amazed by this sleek, fast, efficient graphics browser and organizer. Version 2.1 is available ONLY to registered users; the current revision available as shareware is 2.0d. Features available only in the registered version are marked with a "!" below. o Fast and accurate thumbnail generation -- by individual file, directory or entire disk. Disk & directory scans can be done in the background, allowing you to continue working. o Support for many image, font, multi-media and clip-art formats, both raster and vector, including: !.AVI Video for Windows !.MOV QTime for Windows .BMF Corel Gallery clip-art .PAT * Corel pattern files .BMP,.DIB Windows or OS/2 bitmaps .PCD Kodak PhotoCD .CDR * CorelDRAW! .PCX,.PCC Zsoft PC Paintbrush .CEL AutoDesk Animator cel files .PSD Adobe Photoshop 2.5 .CGM Computer Graphics Metafiles .RAS,.SUN Sun Raster files .CMX * Corel Presentation Exchange .RAW Raw Grayscale .CPT Corel PhotoPaint .RLE Compressed Win Bmps .EPS * Encapsulated Postscript .TGA,.WIN Tga TrueVision(TM) .GEM GEM Metafiles .TIF Tagged Image Format .GIF CompuServe GIFs .TTF TrueType fonts .ICO Windows Icon files .WAV Sound files .IFF,.LBM Amiga Images, Deluxe Paint .WMF Windows metafiles .IMG GEM Images .WPG WPerfect (v1 & v2) .JPG JPEG (JFIF) files .MND Mandelbrot for Windows * Only the preview image is accessibly directly for those types marked with a (*). The complete image may be available if an OLE server for the type is loaded on your system. ! TWAIN scanner support for scanning images directly into ThumbsPlus. o Using Aldus Rev1 graphic filters, which Thumbs+Plus can automatically locate on your hard disk, you may be able to handle the following formats (and others) .DRW Micrographx Designer/Draw .PIC Lotus 1-2-3 Pictures .DXF AutoCAD (2-D) files .PLT AutoCAD Plot files .HGL HP Graphics Language .WPG DrawPerfect graphic .PCT Macintosh PICT files o Using OLE, Thumbs+Plus can thumbnail and view any file for which an OLE server is present on your system. Some possible types include: .CDR CorelDRAW! files .DS4 Micrografx Designer .DOC Word for Windows document .PPT Power Point presents .GRA Microsoft Graph .PUB Microsoft Publisher o Multiple graphic viewing windows with file save (BMP, GIF, JPG, TGA, PCX, TIF, WMF), print, copy, paste, crop, auto-crop, convert metafiles to bitmaps and more. o On-the-fly gamma correction and quick dithering of 24-bit images for 8-bit (256-color) displays. o Zoom-in (2x - 9x), stretch to fit, and stretch to fit width. Metafiles may also be zoomed. o Enhanced solid color metafile viewing with 8-bit (256-color) drivers, which eliminates that ugly dithering which Windows does by default. o Image editing and conversion capabilities: - Color adjustment (contrast, gamma, brightness, RGB) - Color depth (bi-level, 4 to 256-color, grayscale, truecolor) with several palette selections, dithering options and preview. - Rotate and re-size with interpolation (anti-aliasing), with preview. - Miscellaneous: Invert, flip vertical, flip horizontal, auto-crop, swap red and blue. - Edit or add comments to supported types (TIF, GIF, JPEG). - Batch (unattended, background) mode to edit and convert multiple files, while still using your computer for other tasks. ! Digital image filtering (blur, sharpen, edge detect, emboss, etc.) ! Image histograms and histogram equalization o For saving JPEG files, Thumbs+Plus provides a "loss preview" so you can see an indication of the difference between the original and the compressed file. (Requires 16 or 24 bit display.) o Install and remove TrueType fonts quickly and easily -- while looking at them. It also shows which fonts are currently installed (by font name), and will show the font character set. o Support for drag-and-drop from File Manager to view, drag-and-drop to other applications (like File Manager), and DDE support for using Thumbs+Plus to view files (or open Thumbs+Plus databases) from File Manager. o File management capabilities, including drag-and-drop for file organization, a color-coded directory tree for quickly locating directories with graphics, directory creation and file renaming, copying, deleting and moving. o Off-line (removable) device support, for cataloging floppies, CD-ROMs or other removable media. The thumbnails are available even when the disk is not online -- and Thumbs+Plus can even label disks. o Complete or partial catalog printing, with scaleable thumbnails, file captions (if desired), and user layout control. o User-specified editors let you pick the editor of your choice -- by file type, or use the File Manager association. o "Automatic Clipboard Save" provides the ability to automatically save clipboard contents to disk files. Thumbs+Plus saves each time the clipboard changes. - Select format (BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, TGA). - Clipboard metafiles can be saved as .WMF or converted to a raster format. - Specify the desired path and file name prefix. - Useful for screen or window capture too (using PrintScreen and ALT+PrintScreen). - Unobtrusive -- you don't have to activate the program for each capture. o A built-in Windows Wallpaper hanger (centered or tiled) for any supported file type, and a customizable full-screen slide show. o A toolbar and keyboard shortcuts for common functions. o Extensive on-line help and customization of many aspects of the program. o Automatic (or manual, by directory tree or disk) removal of "orphaned" thumbnails (thumbnails for files which were moved or deleted from another program). o Customization of the file list, so that it can include the date and time or size of the files, and for sorting by date, size, extension or name. o Selection of files to display, or files to select, by file name mask. o Export selected thumbnails to Windows bitmap files. Thumbs+Plus is distributed as shareware and may be evaluated free of charge for up to thirty days. If you continue to use Thumbs+Plus after the thirty days have elapsed, you must register. The price for an individual license is US $50. Site and corporate licenses are available. Further information about licensing and ordering is available in the on-line help file. To obtain Thumbs+Plus version 2.0d: ----------------------------------- CompuServe: THMPLS.EXE in GRAPHSUP forum, library 3 (GIF viewers) THMPLS.EXE in DTPFORUM, library 6 (PC DTP Utilites) THMPLS.EXE in WPUSER forum, Library 16 (Presentations/Graphics) THMPLS.EXE in WINFUN forum, library 9 (Graphics Utilities) Also available in other forums. America Online: THMPLS.EXE in the Windows area Internet: cerious/thmpls.exe via anonymous ftp from vnet.net Installation is simplicity itself: Just run the program and it will set up and configure itself automatically. ______________________________________ > WUGNET CDRom STR FOCUS! ----------------------- WUGNET Sampler CD-ROM ===================== SUMMARY ------- WUGNET, the independent advocacy group for Microsoft Windows 95, is producing a CDROM of 32 BIT, full featured, fully functional, timed out working models , and beta versions of upcoming commercial applications, shareware utilities and games for Windows 95. This CD is designed to let you take an early peek at the power of Windows 95. This CDROM will contain only 32 bit versions of software specifically designed to take advantage of the new features of Windows 95 including: Long File Names, OLE, and Windows 95 interface. If you are a Windows Preview Program tester you will appreciate this great collection of 32 bit applications. To order this CD please fill out the order form located at the end of this file and email to firstname.lastname@example.org: Or FAX to (610) 565-7106 "The Windows 95 preview participants and beta testers are PC experts and decision-makers. Consequently, it's essential to have them test drive the new 32-bit software that takes full advantage of Windows 95. I'm delighted that they can evaluate the Windows 95 versions of my "Astronomy Lab" and "Vault" programs thanks to the WUGNET Windows 95 Sampler CD." "As a software developer, it's important to get my programs out to the folks that can use and recommend them. Until the WUGNET Windows 95 Sampler CD, there were limited opportunities for distributing 32-bit Windows 95 programs to the users that could run them." Eric Bergman-Terrell -- Personal MicroCosms / Pocketsized Software "I welcome the opportunity to put a Beta version of my latest program on the WUGNET Sampler CD-ROM. The contacts I make through WUGNET are exactly the right kind of user to get valuable feedback from regarding early versions of my software products. And my participation allows me to demonstrate to my customer base my commitment to Win32, OLE-2 and Windows 95 as software platforms for mainstream personal computers." Henry Black P.E., a Professional Engineer of Half Moon Bay Partial Listing as of May 15, 1995 ================================== Company: ARIS Product: ARIS EDIT 2.0 BETA 2 Description: ARIS EDIT is a powerful text editor for Windows 95, Windows NT 3.5 or Windows 3.x with Win32s 1.2 or higher. Its main features include almost unlimited file size, maximum line length of 32k, no line number limitation, drag and drop support for text and files, syntax coloring for C/C++ files, configurable tools menu, help file scanner, various conversion routines, printing and print preview and much much more. This version of ARIS EDIT is a beta version and will time out on March 1st 1996. Company: American Megatrends, Inc. Product: AMIDiag'95 Description: AMIDiag'95 is the latest version of the award winning AMIDiag Advanced Diagnostics software package. The new version is designed specifically for Windows 95. It includes both system configuration information and diagnostics. The final release will also include an uninstall utility, a system cleanup utility, a tune-up tune- up utility, and an application troubleshooter. Company: Attachmate Product: EXTRA! Personal Client 6.0 Description: A Multi Host Connectivity product that communicates with IBM Servers, Mainframes, UNIX & VAX, and Internet services Company: Barry Press Product: The Barry Press Utilities - Windows Shareware Description: This is the initial, beta release of the 32-bit Windows 95 version of the Barry Press Utilities. Included in the shareware version (registration still $20, with updates on Internet and CompuServe at no cost for registered users) are a simple monthly calendar, a drag-and-drop ASCII file printer (also capable of spooling spooling Postscript files to a Postscript printer), an icon for printer orientation control, an ASCII file comparison program, a shell extension to add a command line option to the Explorer (like the old File.Run), a digital clock, and a random multimedia file player. Registered users also receive the Windows 95 version of DLLMan, a tool to show the dynamic link libraries used by programs or the programs using a dynamic link library. Company: Canyon Software Product: Drag And Zip for Windows 95. Description: Drag And Zip is allows you to create, manage and unzip files under Windows 95. Company: Canyon Software Product: Drag And File for Windows 95 Description: Drag And File is a very powerful file manager for Window 95. Company: Digital Directory Assistance,Inc Product: PhoneDisc for Windows 95 Description: Telephone Directory on CD-ROM Company: FTP Software, Inc. Product: InterDrive 95 Description: Company: FreeMail Inc. Product: FreeMail Description: Founded in 1994, FreeMail, Inc. is the creator of FreeMail, the self-replicating e-mail system that does not require a network and uses regular telephone lines. With an installed base in the thousands, and with new FreeMail 'Children' being constantly distributed, FreeMail is one of the fastest growing personal e-mail systems for Windows and Macintosh users. Windows 95 version. Company: Product: Robodun Description: If you need a post-dial terminal window to connect to your provider using Windows 95 Dial-Up Networking, you need RoboDun. RoboDun automates the login process with user written scripts for the connection, and can handle PPP and SLIP with IP detection and placement. Version 0.61 adds CompuServe PPP support and on-the-fly script disabling/enabling. Company: Product: Systips Description: Tooltips system items, such the close button, sizing buttons, caption bars and more Company: H&M Systems Software, Inc. -- Argos Gameware Division Product: ArtApart Description: ArtApart - the true multimedia jigsaw puzzle set for Windows from Argos Gameware. It lets players reassemble wonderful color pictures from as few or as many pieces as they wish, and one will never lose a piece. Optional sound effects, animation and game table variations accompany the action as players slide the interlocking 3D pieces into place. ArtApart is even better than the real thing: Puzzles can be saved and restored any time, without losing one's place. Company: Hamilton Laboratories Product: Hamilton C shell(tm) Description: Hamilton C shell recreates the original UNIX C shell and utilities, adding numerous enhancements. Over 130 commands, utilities and built-in functions including alias, cat, chmod, cls, cp, cron, cut, diff, dirs, dskread, dskwrite, du, eval, fgrep, grep, hashstat, head, history, kill, more, mt, mv, popd, printf, ps, pushd, rm, sed, sleep, split, strings, tabs, tail, tar (supports tape drives), tee, time, touch, tr, uniq, vol, wc,whereis and xd. Designed from scratch. Carefully follows all Windows NT and Windows 95 conventions. Fanatical quality. Hamilton C shell comes with a 270 page manual split evenly between tutorial and reference material. Company: IPSwitch Product: TCP/IP Description: Company: KIDASA Software, Inc. Product: Milestones, Etc. 4.5 Description: Milestones, Etc. 4.5 Summary Milestones, Etc. 4.5 is an easy and flexible project scheduling tool. It makes Gantt charts, Line-of-Balance charts, milestone schedules and more. It's packed with powerful features like outlining and "SmartColumns," but still supports easy click and drag scheduling. Compatible with MS Project (reads and writes Project MPX files). Supports OLE 2.0 as a server, enabling you to link or embed your Milestones, Etc. schedules in other Windows applications. Company: KIDASA Software, Inc. Product: Milestones, Simplicity 1.0 Description: Milestones Simplicity 1.0 Summary Milestones Simplicity 1.0 is an easy to use Windows project scheduling tool used for producing presentation quality Gantt charts and other types of schedules in minutes! Project schedules can be created from scratch using Milestones Simplicity's flexible formatting options and easy click-and drag scheduling. A variety of templates are available to make first schedules easy. Company: KNOWLEDGE DYNAMICS CORP Product: wINSTALL Description: Winstall Is An Automatic Installation Utility For MS-DOS, Windows, And Windows NT. wINSTALL, by Knowledge Dynamics Corporation, is a generalized installation program that makes professional, easy-to-use installations easy both for you and your customers. It's easy for you to use because it's flexible and powerful, and designed to make installation-building easy. It's easy for your customers to use because it provides them with a native Windows application that makes installation of your product a snap. wINSTALL is a ready-to-run installation program that is configured to install a given product by a ASCII text file called a "script file". This script file defines your product name, version, default output drive, subdirectory, and most other dialog that occurs between our install program and your customers. You also may prompt your customers for partial installation information (such as for optional help files or an option tutorial) within the script file. wINSTALL Company: Product: SnapShot/32 Description: Allows one to capture any part of a Windows 95 or Windows NT desktop. Picture can be printed or saved as a BMP or GIF file. Company: LEAD Technologies Product: imaging and compression technology Description: Windows 95 LEADTOOLS 5 (Windows 3.x, WIN32, Windows NT, Windows 95) Complete imaging software development tool to integrate bitonal, grayscale and color images into application. Includes functions which compress (JPEG, CMP, CCITT & more), read, write, convert, color reduction, process (resize, rotate, flip, invert, reverse, transpose, crop, sharpen, blur, edge & line detection, mosaic, hue & saturation, histogram equalize, grayscale, halftone despeckle, and more) print, and scan (TWAIN), all standard formats. One display/print function to scroll/zoom, dither to device capability or scale-to-gray when resizing bitonal images. Company: Micrografx Product: Picture Publisher Description: Powerful Graphic image editor Company: Nico Mak Computing, Inc. Product: WinZip - "Bringing the convenience of Windows to Description: WinZip 5.6a Brings the convenience of Windows to Zipping w/built-in support for popular INTERNET file formats: ZIP, TAR, gzip, and Unix compress. PKZIP is not needed for basic ZIP operations Windows 95 features include long filename support Recent Magazine quotes include: "Cadillac of unzippers", PC Magazine "Should be a part of any Windows/NT user's toolkit" - Windows Sources 10/94 "Easy to use" InfoWorld 4/18/94 Winner: Windows Magazine's 1993 WIN100 Award "Best Utility" 1994 Shareware Industry Awards Company: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. Product: WebSite Description: WebSite is an elegant, easy solution for Windows NT 3.5 (Intel)and Windows 95 users who want to start publishing on the Internet. It is a 32-bit World Wide Web server that combines the power and flexibility of a Unix server with the ease of use of a Windows application. Its intuitive graphical interface is a natural for Windows users. It provides a tree-like display of all the documents and links on your server, with a simple solution for finding and fixing broken links. You can run a desktop application like Excel or Visual Basic from within a Web document on WebSite. Its access authentication lets you control which users have access to different parts of your Web server. A cool WebSite t-shirt comes free with each WebSite. Company: Jeff Parker Product: Alarm 1.6a Company: Personal MicroCosms Product: Astronomy Lab 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Astronomy Lab 2 is an astronomy prediction, graphing, and simulation program. Company: Personal Training Systems Product: Peter Norton Presents Windows 95 Made Easy Tutorial Description: Peter Norton Presents Windows 95 Made Easy Tutorial from Personal Training Systems Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Astronomy Clock 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Astronomy Clock 2 displays the current time in local mean mean time, universal time, local sidereal time, and greenwich sidereal time format. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Hangman 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Hangman 2 is the hangman word game, with graphics. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Telephone Puzzle 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Telephone Puzzle 2 displays words as telephone numbers. It's up to you to determine that 2662587466 represents the word "CONCLUSION". Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Windows 95 and NT Screen Saver Pack Description: The Windows 95 and NT Screen Saver Pack includes 7 screen screen savers. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Bomb Squad 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: The object of Bomb Squad 2 is to defuse a time bomb by guessing its secret code Software Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Vault for Windows 95 and NT Description: Vault stores your notes as an outline. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Bog 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Bog 2 is a word game similar to Boggle. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: RCALC 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: RCALC 2 is an RPN (Reverse Polish Notation) calculator. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Puzzle-8 2 Description: Puzzle-8 2 is a computerized version of the well-known 8- tile puzzle. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Talking Clock 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Talking Clock 2 displays the current time and optionally announces the time every 15 minutes using a sound card. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Stereograms 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Stereograms 2 converts monochrome bitmap files to random-dot stereograms. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: FracView 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: FracView 2 plots the Mandelbrot Set and allows the user to zoom into regions of interest. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: MIDI JukeBox 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: MIDI JukeBox 2 plays multiple MIDI and/or .WAV files either once or in a continuous loop. Company: Pocket-Sized Software Product: Stopwatch 2 for Windows 95 and NT Description: Stopwatch 2 is a clock/stopwatch utility. Product: PaiGow Description: PaiGow is a card game played in Las Vegas You are dealt 7 cards and must split those up into two poker hands. One hand contains five cards and the other hand two. To win. the hand with five cards must be a higher poker hand than the two cards, your five cards must beat the dealers five cards, and your two cards must beat the dealer also. If one of your hands loses and the other wins, it's a push. Company: Software Builders International Product: NETZIP for Windows Description: Sophisticated file compression software. NetZIP allows you to drag and drop files to be compressed. NetZIP also uses the Windows multiple document interface so that you can open more than one ZIP file for viewing. Company: Stirling Technologies, Inc. Product: DemoSHIELD Description: Stirling Technologies, Inc. announces DemoSHIELD version for Windows 95. The new version is a 32 bit application which conforms to all Windows 95 installation and interface guidelines. Currently, DemoSHIELD users are using DemoSHIELD to create fully interactive, live, high impact demos and tutorials and cue-card systems for many Windows applications. Far from a warmed-over 16 bit DemoSHIELD, DemoSHIELD for Windows 95 includes new and improved features like screen capture, mouse movement simulation and an enhanced timeline editor to take advantage of the capabilities built into Windows 95. The current release of DemoSHIELD is the only demo toolkit that can actually control an application LIVE. With DemoSHIELD, the audience can actually interact with the demo or tutorial, live. This is not a simulation or a slide show, this is real, live application control. Of course, DemoSHIELD can show simulations also with screen shots or AVI files captured from popular capture programs. According to Stirling Technologies' Marketing Manager, Russ McNeilly, "Create a software demo now, create a tutorial or a cue card system tomorrow. DemoSHIELD is the complete package for all the demos and tutorials you want to create now and for Windows 95." Company: TCT ThunderBYTE Corporation Product: ThunderBYTE Anti-Virus Utilities for Windows 95 Description: Introducing ThunderBYTE - the UNKNOWN Virus killer! ThunderBYTE Anti-Virus (TBAV) utilities represents the next generation of anti-virus detection and cleaning software against known and unknown computer viruses -- complete with 5 different security levels to help protect against viruses: signature and heuristic based scanning technology, generic decryptionusing real-code emulation, integrity checking plus active monitoring. Company: Traveling Software Product: LapLink for Windows Description: LapLink for Windows solves Windows 95-to-Windows 3.1 connection problems for help desk staff, mobile users, and telecommuters. It provides reliable integrated remote control and file transfer capabilities over modems and IPX networks, in addition to its well-known cable file transfer capabilities. New SpeedSync technology makes file updates up to 8 times faster. Company: Wall Data, Inc Product: 3270 Connectivity Description: Company: Webster's Lexxicon Publishing Corp. Product: Steve Dossick's RabbitHelp (R) Description: Steve Dossick's RabbitHelp (R) is a Windows Add-On Help System for Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, and Lotus 1-2- 3. Product Features; Seamless "Plug-In" to Word, WordPerfect, Excel and Lotus main menus. Company: Wilson WindowWare Product: Windows 32 bit Batch Language Description: Winbatch/32, the 32 bit Batch language for windows. *Participant List generated as of May 15, 1995. WUGNET reserves the right to change this list prior to publication date. Commercial and shareware applications will continue to be accepted until June 15, 1995. Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. WUGNET is a registered trademark of WUGNET Publications Inc. All other registered trademarks and trademarks are property of their respective companies. New and exciting additions to this CDROM will continue to be added until June 15, 1995 at which time the code will be frozen. How much does it Cost? Prices in US Dollars -------------------- $29.95 +$4 shipping/handling in the US/Canada $37.95 +$7 shipping/handling overseas For bulk orders contact 800 WIN USER ------------------------------------ When will it arrive? Early July. How can I order this CD? Fill out the form below and MAIL/FAX OR EMAIL to: INTERNET:email@example.com cis: 76702,1356 TEL:(800) 946-8737 TEL:(610) 565-1861 FAX: (610) 565-7106 --------------CLIP AND MAIL/FAX/OR EMAIL --------------------- Name: Company: Address: : City: State: Zip: Country: Phone: Fax: Email address: Credit Card No: Expiration Date: Name on Card: # of CD's ordered: # of additional CD's needed: Total amount to charge to your credit card: [STR1122] """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" 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. Its said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words. Send for this sample now. Guaranteed you will be amazed at the superb quality. (please, allow at least a one week turn-around) 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 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___ ___ _____ _______ /___| /___| /_____| /_______/ /____|/____| /__/|__| /__/ /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/ /__/|____/|__|________|__/ /__/ |___/ |__|_/ |__|_/_____ /__/ |__/ |__|/ |__|______/ ________________________________________ /_______________________________________/ MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== John Deegan, Editor (Temp) > ORIGIN's Website STR InfoFile """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" EXPANSION PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR ORIGIN'S WEBSITE ================================================= http://www.ea.com/origin.html (AUSTIN, TX)_ORIGIN Systems' new home page on the World-Wide Web is already generating approximately 18,000 "hits" or accesses per day, and plans are already in the works to add exciting enhancements to this popular attraction. Currently, ORIGIN's home page includes a number of features focusing on its diverse, cutting-edge product line, such as: · ORIGIN's Product Catalog, which contains product descriptions, the latest screen shots, hint book information, system requirements and information on prior releases · Demo Area, which will soon include demos for all upcoming games, and currently includes demos of Wings of Glory and System Shock. · Technical Support, providing an FTP link to troubleshooting assistance and direct e-mail to Product Support and Disk Exchange. · Company Profile, offering current information on ORIGIN as well as company history. These areas include multimedia features, such as audio (MIDI and WAV files), digitized photographs, quicktime movies, and other devices for giving ORIGIN customers a peek into its new products and the inner workings of the company that creates them. One hot new area to look out for is the Point of ORIGIN/Wireless_a living multimedia newsletter that will provide continuous news and information to gamers and also offer a forum for viewers' feedback in its "Letters to the Editor" and "Op/Ed" columns. Readers will get the very latest information on ship dates and be able to ask about their favorite games, read about the game developers, and even see quicktime movies of products under development. Also included in the newsletter will be contests on ORIGIN trivia, puzzles to solve_even a cartoon section! Another exciting new development will be a link between the ORIGIN page and Electronic Arts Direct Sales. Viewers will be able to order games directly from the web site, and will even be able to take advantage of special deals not available in retail stores. For diehard ORIGIN fans, a special section on ORIGIN history "Museum of the Inane" will contain memorabilia like the famous "napkin contract," concept art from the Commander series, and some of the first RPG's created by Richard Garriott. There will even be an electronic scrapbook of fun photos from ORIGIN's past. And soon, viewers will also be able to send in their product registrations electronically and also participate in surveys and contests. Enhancements to established areas of ORIGIN's home page will build new features into the already existing framework of each section. In response to customers' requests, the Technical Support area will expand considerably to include Save Games and "Super-characters," patches and new executables, and utility programs. This and many other changes being planned will hopefully ensure that the very best and latest information and support is available to customers literally 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Contact: -------- David Swofford or Eileen McKeon Butt ORIGIN Media Relations ORIGIN, We create worlds and Ultima are registered trademarks of ORIGIN Systems, Inc. Wings of Glory and System Shock are trademarks of ORIGIN Systems, Inc. Electronic Arts is a registered trademark of Electronic Arts. All other products and trademarks are property of their respective owners. ORIGIN Systems develops and publishes state-of-the-art entertainment software. To date, the company has released more than 45 titles, including the award-winning Ultimar and Commander series of games. ORIGIN is based in Austin, Texas, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS). ********************************************************************** ATARI/JAG SECTION (III) ======================= Dana Jacobson, Editor > From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" """""""""""""""""""""""""""" I love short work weeks! What a terrific past Memorial Day weekend! Deadlines get closer, unfortunately...but we'll make it in time, as you're seeing. This has been an interesting week. Lots of sunshine and heat (yes Joe, it IS the humidity, not the heat!), and lots of interesting news items. We even have some rare, but new, Portfolio news from across the pond. New CD news, a new book for Atari users, and more. I'm going to keep it short this week - the weather's fine, so finish reading this week's issue and then go out and enjoy the sunshine! Until next time... _________________________________ Delphi's Atari Advantage! TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (5/31/95) (1) SPEED OF LIGHT 3.8 (6) COLD HARD CACHE V4 (2) NISHIRAN! (7) DR. BOB'S ICON DRAW 1.42 (3) SEAWOLF ARCADE GAME (8) PSST! 1.0 (4) LITTLENET/MIDI PORT NETWORK *(9) PICTURE FILE BROWSER 1.0A (5) ATARI COMMUNITY E-MAIL LIST (10) FLASH II 2.22 DEMO * = 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 11.21) ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO: JAGUAR EDITION 3) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. _____________________________________ > Atari A to Z! STR InfoFile! - Using Atari Computers, by the Book! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" The Atari A to Z by Mark S Baines Jargon, terminology and acronyms are the staple diet of any professional, technologist and hobbyist. The world of computing is no exception and to the uninitiated home or small business user, magazines, manuals and books can be very daunting. Written by someone who understands these frustrations and needs, The Atari A to Z is an encyclopaedia of modern computer terminology specifically pertaining to Atari computers. Whether you play games on an ST, run your business on a TT or write music on a Falcon, this book is aimed at helping you get to grips with magazines and books that are more perplexing than enlightening. In it, you will find definitions, explanations, mini-articles, tables and lists to help you gain a better understanding of your Atari computer. The material in this book was written with all Atari users in mind. There are simple definitions for the uninitiated and technical data for the experienced. You take what you want, when you want it. The Book The Atari A to Z is produced in A5 format, 340 pages long and contained in a quality ring folder for convenience. It contains 2,238 entries, 101 tables and 128,000 words. There are five appendices - Addresses, Book List, Connectors, Extensions, Atari ASCII set, ANSI Character Set. Firstly, this is a comprehensive general computing dictionary, there being entries for all the common terms and acronyms found in modern day computing. Like any computer user, Atari users require help with terms not specific to their particular machine. They should be able to find what they want here. Secondly, there are entries of Atari-related terms and acronyms which cover all the Atari computers and consoles. There are expanded explanations and essays, tables and lists which together form a comprehensive inventory of material that The Atari Compendium left out and not found elsewhere. The table of System Variables is more accurate than that in The Atari Compendium. There is a list of Exception Vectors, Atari Cookies and their meanings, Memory Maps for all Atari computers (and more accurate than that in The Atari Compendium), a full Breakdown of the DESKTOP.INF and NEWDESK.INF files (not found in ANY other publication), Errors Messages and Bombs, Pin Connections of all the ports on all the machines, Technical Specifications of the whole Atari range, a Breakdown of the TOS Versions and the differences between them, an explanation of GDOS, MultiTOS, the VT52 emulator and codes, all the main chips, viruses, a light-hearted look at computer laws, a list of common file extenders and their meanings, a list of contact addresses, a bibliography... this is just a little taster of some of the important aspects of this book. The Atari A to Z is thorough! The Author Mark S Baines is a highly experienced computer user having bought his first computer in 1982, been on the communications networks since 1983 and the Internet since 1993. Holding Bachelor and Masters degrees, he was once a secondary school teacher of Biology, Computer Studies and Information Technology, a network manager and school administrator. Mark left the profession after twelve years to move to his beloved Highlands to pursue a more benign lifestyle. He currently runs Linnhe Computing, carrying out training, consultancy, freelance writing, journalism, export and anything else that takes his fancy! Mark has written regular columns and other articles in various magazines for several years, including more recently ST Applications, ST Review and Atari World. Availability The book is only available from: Linnhe Computing Linnhe, Shore Street Inver, by Tain Ross-shire IV20 1SF Price UK The cost is a very reasonable 12.50 including postage and package. Payment is by Cash, Cheques (drawn on UK banks only) and Postal Orders only. Cheques must be made out to "Mark S Baines". EEC Including postage - total 14.10 US and Canada Including postage - total 17.00 Australia Including postage - total 18.10 PLEASE NOTE: Only UK cash, cheques and postal orders (available in Canada and Australia) are accepted. DO NOT send anything else! Ask your bank about the *cheapest* way to send UK money to the UK for just send cash safely wrapped to avoid detection. Special Offer: If you add an extra 5.00 I will send you the latest version of PROFILE 2 - the best and most thorough system analyser for all Ataris - a full and modern GEM interface and Falcon, MultiTOS, MagiC and Geneva compatible. This program is shareware and your registration key will be included together with other Linnhe Computing software. Slainte mhath Mark -- * Mark S Baines * FidoNet: 2:firstname.lastname@example.org * * * NeST: 90:email@example.com * * Inver, Scotland * TurboNet: 100:firstname.lastname@example.org * * 01862 871624 * AtariNet: 51:email@example.com * ____________________________________ > Atari CD-Rom! STR NewsFile! - Atari CD Master Announced! """"""""""""""""""""""""""" Announcing Atari CD Master by Homa Systems Homa Systems House has just finished work on a series of front ends for some popular IBM Windows CD ROMS that are part of the all new Atari CD Master package. The front ends have the following features: - easy user interface, fully multi-tasking in a window - pictures are viewable on 2, 16, and 256 color modes, including graphics cards and the Falcon - Powerful search features, with "narrow down" option. On TIME almanac, you can search the whole CD for a particular key word(s) - Up to 4 text windows open, with one picture window - Save, print, .... 1- Time Almanac of 1990's has all the issues of Time Magazine from 1989 to May 4, 1994, The CIA World Fact Book, Time charts and pictures, Man of the Year and much more. 2- UFO (I or II): This is an exciting CD with over 1,300 articles, many of them with amazing graphics describing REAL UFO events from prehistoric times to the present. Seeing is believing. 3- Space Missions: This CD contains over 1,600 articles, with over 700 astounding pictures on all the space missions from all over the world (USSR, USA, CHINA, England,and more) 4- Audio CD Master, v4, which is the ultimate Audio CD player on the Atari computers. Version 4 has lots of new features/enhancements. Atari CD MASTER will have new CD's added to it periodically, for a nominal update fee. Pricing is as follows: ATARI CD MASTER, 4 pack for only...... 39.95 US$ ATARI CD MASTER 4 pack plus the Time Almanac CD and UFO CD... 69.95 US$ Upgrade to ATARI CD MASTER for Audio CD Master(v3) owners.... 25.00 US$ With Time Almanac CD and UFO CD...... 55.00 US$ Upgrades can be done by sending your disk directly to Homa Systems House or through It's All Relative Software. Both Homa Systems House and It's All Relative can also supply the CD's to use with Atari CD Master individually. Time Almanac of the 90's and UFO CD are available for 15.00 US$ each. The price of Space Missions will be announced. At Homa Systems House, we are dedicated to bring you quality software and hardware. If you want to be on our mailing list, please send your name and address to us. Homa Systems House P.O.BOX 52127 OTTAWA, ON K1N 5S0 CANADA TEL: (613) 722-0901 FAX: (613) 722-9061 EMAIL: GEnie NIMA Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org It's All Relative, 2233 Keeven Lane, Florissant MO 63031 USA TEL: (314) 831-9482 EMAIL GEnie: GREG CIS: 70357,2312 Delphi: GREG Internet: GREG@GEnie.geis.com Ask for ATARI CD MASTER at your favorite Atari dealer. _______________________________ > Portfolio News! STR InfoFile! - Internet Newsletter Debuts! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" *************************************** * * * P O R T F O L I O N E W S * * * * Internet newsletter for * * Atari Portfolio users and fans * * * *************************************** No 1 April 7, 1995 ********************************************** * Portfolio in the Czech Republic There is a PF club that provides user services instead of Atari Corp. or dealers who are dead in this country. Contact: Portfolio 252 45 posta ZVOLE tel: +42 2 99 61 894 INTERNET: email@example.com * What is new for Portfolio? HARDWARE: --------- - PortWalk - tape recorder interface Enables to save and load files onto any tape recorder cassettes. It is very handy, and unlike 8-bit era of "tape recording", this interface is very reliable thanks to error detecting code. - 128 KB RAM CARD Atari cards are very expansive - the RAM card we developed uses one Low-Low Power chip and CR 2025 lithium battery (plus some diodes). The assumed life expectancy of the battery at least 2 years. - 25 pin parallel interface As there are big problems with Atari dealers in Europe, we decided to produce 25 pin Centronics (Parallel) Interface. It is a bit smaller than original interface and consumes twice less energy. - FolioDrive - 3,5" floppy disk unit with included parallel interface and battery pack It was specially developed for Portfolio and enables to read and write 1.44 MB PC diskettes. No cables more needed. You can run files directly from the diskette. SOFTWARE: --------- * In February we have finished a graphic version of Portfolio BIOS and DOS. This means that Portfolio can display any character using direct access to the LCD driver. Thus Portfolio can be used in countries with extended alphabet (e.g. in Czech Republic). We used similar routines to those used in PGC and PGX format. The resident program runs even under ROM applications. * There is a PC program that enables to work with Portfolio .TXT and .ADR files in the same way as on PF. OTHERS: * Genuine leather case with a battery pocket Protects Portfolio against dust and other "evils". One built-in pocket for identity card or passport, another pocket for 3 AA batteries. Full handwork. * Things under development: - Upgrade your PF to 512 KB RAM!! We are going to upgrade Portfolios to 512 KB of system RAM - 60*10 character display Another aim of ours is to make Portfolio display 60*8 characters using 8*4 pixel fonts. This will mean that user will see more of the whole screen if running PC files. We hope to implement other graphic features: * blinking * inversion Portfolio thus will become more PC alike. There were already some attempts to make soft running in 60*8 mode, but the new driver will be working constantly with all files. * What we want: - We are looking for Portfolio users in POLAND, HUNGARY, RUSSIA. We want to offer them the new BIOS with their characters. - We are looking for any Portfolio activities in the world. - We plan to develop following peripherals, provided there are enough Portfolio users to be interested in them and to buy them: * new version of FolioDrive 3.5 inch FDD unit with parallel interface, battery pack + internal 128 KB memory chip to serve as CASH and B: disk. * FAX-MODEM module to send and receive fax, modem messages every where in the world * cordless, radio-wave based interface to connect PF to PC * 512 KB or 768 KB SRAM module to serve as a data storage medium * Interface for PCMCIA cards * What we are looking for: - any PF fans that want to join us - any PF users who are able to develop new soft - information about: Re:Port, Portfolio Connection Newsletter, etc. - any kind of emotional, mental and other support - any dealer that is willing to go on with PF stuff and wants to sell our products * How to get the described things We hope that TOAD COMPUTERS will distribute all our products in the USA and Canada. Please support our efforts in promoting Portfolio and send them your request for PF and products Their e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Otherwise send e-mail to us: email@example.com Special greetings to: Don Messerli - for his soft and graphics BJ Gleason - for PBASIC and tons of other things S. Spoelstra - for his BASIC, and others Tomas Dusek - Go on developing the hardware! Martin & Milan Hrdlicka - the authors of new graphic BIOS _____________________________ JAGUAR SECTION ============== Jaguar's Edge Announces Editors! AEO E3 Video! Sony Announces Playstation Price Cut! Feedback! And much more! > From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! """""""""""""""""""""""""" While the last month or so has seen a dearth of new games for the Jaguar, it appears that this is about to change shortly. According to Computer West's Peter Curry, the first shipment of Pinball Fantasies has arrived and will be available next Friday, the 9th. This is one game to grab. I'm holding off with our review until next week to coincide with the game's release. It's come to my attention that Super Burnout has gone into production within the last day or so, so expect that one in mid-July. June is slated for a few games, but expect quite a few titles to hit the streets in July - to be followed by the JagCD and CD titles in August. It's starting to look like we'll have a hot summer for new games! And, we'll be here to keep you posted on the latest news! The new magazine, The Jaguar's Edge, has just announced its editorial staff. My counterpart at AEO, Travis Guy, has accepted the position as news editor. Congratulations to this new editorial staff; we're all looking forward to seeing the premier issue of the first Jaguar hardcopy magazine to hit the streets. Speaking of AEO, I understand that their E3 video is just about to ship. If you're interested in seeing some of the games that you've been hearing about lately from E3, check this video out. We're trying to get re-focused with our game reviews. A number of recent games are in various degrees of completion, so we should start to see them very shortly. Unlike some hardcopy magazines, we want to be sure that we do a thorough job of reviewing these games to give you an in-depth report (insert sly grin here!). Well, let's get to the fun and we'll see you all back here next week! Until next time... _________________________________ > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile - What's currently available, what's """"""""""""""""""""""""""" coming out. Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER J9000 Cybermorph $59.99 Atari Corp. J9006 Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99 Atari Corp. J9005 Raiden $49.99 FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp. J9001 Trevor McFur/ Crescent Galaxy $49.99 Atari Corp. J9010 Tempest 2000 $59.95 Llamasoft/Atari Corp. 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 J9020 Bubsy $49.99 Atari Corp J9026 Iron Soldier $59.99 Atari Corp J9060 Val D'Isere Skiing $59.99 Atari Corp. Cannon Fodder $69.99 Virgin Syndicate $69.99 Ocean Troy Aikman Ftball $69.99 Williams Theme Park $69.99 Ocean Sensible Soccer Telegames Double Dragon V $59.99 Williams J9009E Hover Strike $59.99 Atari Corp. Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER Pinball Fantasies $ 59.95 Computer West Super Burnout TBD Atari Air Cars TBD MidNite Entertainment Fight For Life TBD Atari Flashback TBD U.S. Gold Power Drive Rally TBD TWI Rayman TBD UBI Soft Ultra Vortex TBD Atari White Men Can't Jump TBD Atari Jaguar CD-ROM $149.99 Atari Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP MANUFACTURER J8001 Jaguar (complete) $189.99 Atari Corp. J8001 Jaguar (no cart) $159.99 Atari Corp. J8904 Composite Cable $19.95 J8901 Controller/Joypad $24.95 Atari Corp. J8905 S-Video Cable $19.95 CatBox $69.95 ICD ________________________________________ > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JOHN MARCOTTE TEL: (916) 954-0468 'The Jaguar's Edge' Announces Editorial Staff SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 27, 1995 -- Less than two weeks after the announcement of the world's only gaming magazine devoted to the Atari Jaguar, "The Jaguar's Edge" named its editorial staff today. "I am proud to introduce an experienced editorial staff that will make our magazine the leader in Jaguar news and information," said John Marcotte, publisher and managing editor of "The Jaguar's Edge". Assuming the position of news editor, will be Travis Guy. Atari fans will recognize Mr. Guy as current editor of "Atari Explorer Online", and a leader in the world of Atari publishing for over a decade. Using his extensive industry connections, Mr. Guy will keep readers informed of important news and events that impact the Jaguar enthusiast. Taking on the role of features editor is Pat Solomon. Mr. Solomon is currently developing a computer column for the "Des Moines Register", and was the managing editor of the alternative newspaper, "The Pundit". Under his direction, readers can look forward to in-depth interviews with developers and Atari personnel, strategy guides to their favorite games, and much more! Retaining his position as managing editor is John Marcotte. Mr. Marcotte was the editor of "The Catalyst", and currently writes freelance for various publications. "I am excited to work with two professionals like Travis and Pat," said Mr. Marcotte. "I know that with their help we will achieve our goal of being the number one source for Jaguar news and information." Atari and Jaguar are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Corporation. -/- Sony Cuts Game Unit Prices -/- In Tokyo, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. says it is slashing a third from the domestic price of its new PlayStation game machine, a move officials expect will mean the company will capture another two million home video game players. Sony told the Reuter News Service it has sold a million of its 32-bit PlayStation game machines since the product was launched in December. Its new model SCPH-3000 is to hit the Japanese market on July 21 and "we expect PlayStation sales to reach a goal of three million within a year," said a spokeswoman. "By the end of this month, 44 software titles for the PlayStation machine will be on sale," Reuters says "and Sony says there will be 200 by the end of the year. Sony said it now has 5,500 retail outlets in Japan selling its game players. Sony said the price cut on its PlayStation was made possible by paring down factory costs." Reuters adds competitors Sega Enterprises Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd., which also have 32-bit game players on the market, "are likely to feel pressure from Sony's price cut." __________________________________ > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile - Current Developer Lists & Titles """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Game Title Date Game Type MSRP Publisher ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Air Cars 7/95 Racing/Combat $59.99 MidNite Ent. Alien vs Predator NOW Role Play/Adventure $69.99 Atari Alien vs Predator CD 2/96 Role Play/Adventure TBD Atari Arena Football 8/95 Sports TBD V Reel Assault 2Q/95 Action/Combat $59.99 MidNite Ent. Atari Kart 9/95 TBD TBD Atari Att. of Mut. Penguins 10/95 Arcade TBD Atari Baldies (CD) 8/95 Action/Simulation TBD Atari Batman Forever (CD) 4/96 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Battlemorph (CD) 8/95 Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Battlesphere 9/95 Space/Combat TBD 4-Play Battle Wheels 2Q/95 Racing/Combat TBD Beyond Games Black ICE/White Noise 12/95 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Blue Lightning (CD) 8/95 Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Braindead 13 (CD) 10/95 Action/Adventure TBD ReadySoft Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 11/95 Sports TBD Atari Brutal Sports Football NOW Sports/Combat $69.99 Telegames Bubsy NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Cannon Fodder NOW Action/Adventure $69.99 Virgin Chas Barkley Basketball 9/95 Sports TBD Atari Checkered Flag NOW Racing $69.99 Atari Club Drive NOW Racing $59.99 Atari Commando (CD) 11/95 Action (3D) TBD Atari Creature Shock (CD) 8/95 Adventure/Sci-Fi TBD Atari/Virgin Cybermorph NOW Flying/Action $59.99 Atari Dactyl Joust 11/95 Action TBD Atari Dante (CD) 6/96 Action TBD Atari Deathwatch 12/95 Arcade TBD Atari Defender 2000 (CD) 10/95 Arcade TBD Atari Demolition Man (CD) 8/95 Action/Combat $59.99 Atari Doom NOW Action/Combat $69.99 Atari Double Dragon V NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Williams Dragon:Bruce Lee Story NOW Combat $59.99 Atari Dragon's Lair (CD) 8/95 Adventure TBD Ready Soft Dragon's Lair 2 (CD) 10/95 Adventure TBD ReadySoft Dreadnought (CD) 2Q/95 Adventure TBD Atari Dune Racer (CD) 1/96 Racing TBD Atari Dungeon Depths 2Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 MidNite Ent. Evolution: Dino Dudes NOW Puzzle/Adventure $49.99 Atari Fight For Life 7/95 Combat TBD Atari Flashback 7/95 Action/Adventure TBD US Gold Flip-Out 8/95 Puzzle TBD Atari Formula Racing (CD) 11/95 Racing TBD Atari Frank Thomas Baseball 4/96 Sports TBD Atari Hardball Baseball 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Highlander I (CD) 8/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Highlander II (CD) 10/95 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Highlander III (CD) 11/95 Action/Adventure TBD Atari Horrorscope 2Q/95 Combat TBD V Reel Hover Strike NOW Action/Combat $59.99 Atari Hover Strike CD 9/95 Action/Combat TBD Atari Hover Hunter 9/95 Action/Arcade TBD Atari Ironman/Exoman 4/96 Action TBD Atari Iron Soldier NOW Action/Strategy $59.99 Atari Iron Soldier II (CD) 1/96 Action/Strategy TBD Atari Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95 Sports TBD Atari Kasumi Ninja NOW Combat $69.99 Atari Magic Carpet (CD) 12/95 Action/RPG TBD Atari Max Force 9/95 Action TBD Atari Mind-ripper (CD) 2/96 Adventure TBD Atari Mortal Kombat 3 4/96 Fighting TBD Atari Myst (CD) 8/95 Interactive Novel TBD Atari NBA Jam T.E. 12/95 Sports TBD Atari Pinball Fantasies 6/95 Arcade $59.95 Comp. West Pitfall 8/95 Arcade TBD Activision Power Drive Rally 7/95 Driving TBD TWI Primal Rage (CD) 11/95 Fighting TBD TWI Rage Rally 2Q/95 Racing TBD Atari Raiden NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Rayman 7/95 Action/Adventure TBD UBI Soft Rise of the Robots (CD) 8/95 Action/Arcade TBD TWI Robinson's Requiem (CD) 8/95 Adventure TBD Atari Ruiner Pinball 8/95 Arcade TBD Atari Sensible Soccer NOW Sports Telegames Sky Hammer (CD) 10/95 Flying/Action TBD Atari Soccer Kid 2Q/95 Sports TBD Ocean Soul Star (CD) 9/95 Action/Sci-Fi TBD Atari Space Ace (CD) 8/95 Space/Combat TBD ReadySoft Space War 9/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Starlight BowlaRama CD 10/95 Simulation/Sports TBD Atari Star Raiders 2Q/95 Space Simulation TBD Atari Super Burnout 6/95 Racing TBD Atari Supercross 3D 9/95 Sports TBD Atari Syndicate NOW Simulation $69.99 Ocean Tempest 2000 NOW Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Thea Relm Fighters (CD)10/95 Action/Fighting TBD Atari Theme Park NOW Simulation $69.99 Ocean Tiny Toon Adventures 2Q/95 Action/Adventure $59.99 Atari Trevor McFur NOW Action/Adventure $49.99 Atari Troy Aikman NFL Ftball NOW Sports $69.99 Williams Ultimate Brain Games 2Q/95 Puzzle TBD Telegames Ultra Vortex 7/95 Action/Adventure $69.99 Beyond Games Val D'Isere Skiing... NOW Sports $59.99 Atari Varuna's Forces (CD) 11/95 Action/Adventure TBD Atari VidGrid (CD) 8/95 Puzzle/Music Video TBD Atari Wayne Gretzky NHL (CD) 11/95 Sports TBD TWI White Men Can't Jump 7/95 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 - all subject to change] _______________________________________ > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile - Solving Those Riddles! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Games Cheats in Atari Web Pages I just wanted to announce that the Atari Web pages now has a new section included. This section covers tips, cheats, and solutions for games on all Atari formats. Currently the cheats are split into Computer, Jaguar and Lynx categories, but if I get any cheats for other Atari consoles, or for the 8 Bit Atari I may divide the sections further. This is a new addition to my pages and is fairly empty. Over the next couple of weeks I've got several additions to make. If however you have any tips, cheats, or solutions for games on any Atari format please contact me with them and try to make it clear what system the cheats are for. I hope you all enjoy this section and I look forward to your response. Bye! Mark Stephen Smith : firstname.lastname@example.org Atari Web Pages : http://www.mcc.ac.uk/~dlms/atari.html ____________________________________ > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile Online Users Growl & Purr! """""""""""""""""""""""""" CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" The videos from Atari Explorer Online will be shipping soon according to Travis Guy, publisher of Atari Explorer Online. There are two videos. The first one focuses on the Jaguar and and the Atari booth at the recent Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. This 3-day event has become the industry's largest show of its kind in the U.S. and is open only to members of the press and the industry. The second tape offers an overview of the entire show with less emphasis of the Atari booth and what's new for the Jaguar. Travis has forwarded to me the contents of the Jaguar/Atari booth tape. I thought I'd share it with all of you. By the way, there are copies still available if you have not yet placed your order. For information on ordering send E-Mail to: email@example.com -OR- firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- email@example.com AEO at E3 video Contents ======================== TIME EVENT TIME EVENT ---- -------------------- ------- --------------------- 0:28 Opening Credits 52:25 Ultra Vortex 0:35 Cool Jaguar Logo 6 button controller 0:54 E3 Billboards/exts 56:50 SkyHammer 1:45 New Commercial 59:09 Power Drive Rally 2:16 Atari Booth 1:00:55 Ruiner 2:43 Rayman 1:03:29 4 Play Interview 5:23 Soulstar 1:08:28 Battlesphere 7:15 Atari Booth 1:11:45 ICD/Tom Harker 7:29 Dean Fox Interview 1:14:32 Kasumi Ninja Spot 11:45 Jaguar VR 1:14:53 Thea Real Fighter/CD 12:39 Virtuality Interview 1:15:19 The TRF Actors 17:31 White Men Can't Jump 1:15:32 Thea Realm Fighters 20:20 Doom Commercial 1:16:49 Blue Lightening 20:52 Aircars 1:19:23 Primal Rage 23:11 Shut Up and Jam 1:20:34 Teacher Spot 24:24 Francois Bertrand 1:21:05 Hyper Force 24:31 Fight For Life 1:23:04 C-West Interview 28:11 Nerf Max Force 1:25:05 Creature Shock 29:40 MYST 1:27:12 Brett Hull Hockey 31:04 Tempest 2000 Spot 1:30:43 Vid Grid 31:35 Jeff Minter Interview 1:31:47 Alien v Predator Spot 37:29 Defender 2000 1:32:19 CD? 41:39 Baldies 1:32:45 Battlemorph 42:48 Iron Soldier Spot 1:35:47 Deathmatch 43:05 Varuna's Forces 1:37:50 Hyper Image Interview 46:17 Pinball Fantasies 1:47:40 Hover Hunter 48:34 Flip Out 1:50:05 Lap Cat Pro Joystick 50:01 Beyond Games Interview 1:51:45 VLM/End Credits _____________________________________ > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" """"""""""""" STReport's MailBag """""""""""""""""" Http://www.icba.com/streport Messages * NOT EDITED * for content ----------------------------------- Feedback from the Internet mailing list and STReport WWW page: >Chris, > > Thanks for your interest in STReport! We'd be happy to add you >to our weekly mailing list - look for your first issue to arrive in >your mailing list on Friday evening, or Saturday morning. > Great. Also just wanted to drop you a line to tell you I enjoy reading the Atari news you put together each week for STR. I was an ST user for over 6 years but had to conform to the PC world, but I still like to keep tabs on the Atari and wish that it would become a contender once again. I also work in the research department for Microplay Video Game Stores head office (over 100 stores now, mostly in Canada but over a dozen in the US with 300 planned for this year through out the USA) and find all the jag info you provide a great asset. Best wishes for '95... *** I just wanted to tell your staff to keep up the excellent work they have been doing! I look forward to reading the latest issue each weekend, and the mag is incredibly well done. I usually mostly pay attention to the Atari/Jaguar section which is the greatest source of Jaguar information ANYWHERE; even beating AEO and the Jaguar Journal. One question, though. Whatever happened to the rest of the Kasumi Ninja codes from Atari? Once again, thank you for being one of the greatest publications out there. -Matthew G. Kaplan P.S. The Edgar Allen Poe with a Computer poem was HILARIOUS. Excuse any spelling errors in this letter, as I am in a rush. Hukt un fonix workt furr mee! [Editor's note: We just happen to have an assortment of Kasumi Ninja codes that you might be interested in seeing! I'll see what we can do to provide these soon, along with a number of other, as yet, unpublished codes - I have been remiss in that department lately.] Hello Everybody, Just to let you know I've just downloaded ST1121 from your Web page for the first time. I've been down loading your newsletter since my Delphi days, which was about a year ago. I since have joined a local provider to the Internet and have been on the 'Emailing List'. It was fun getting the Reports but at first a little confusing to get it so it was readable; decoding & unzipping. The Web page makes it so much easier. I enjoy your up to the minute news and your editorials. Good luck in the future. ______________________________ > Cannon Fodder STR Review ------------------------ STReport Jaguar Game Review: Cannon Fodder -= Available Now =- Developed by: Sensible Software Published by: Virgin Sugg. Retail Price: $59.95 Ease of Play: Average/Intermediate by Marty Mankins War is never pretty. The destroying of lives all in the name of survival is something that a lot of us have a hard time dealing with. But, in a simulated format, it can be interesting and challenging. In fact, all of your hatred for war can be vented in anger with such a simulator. And what better vehicle than a game like Cannon Fodder. This war game is one tough challenge once you get playing and you find that you will not mind shooting the bad guys in the name of saving all of your recruits. GAME OVERVIEW ------------- For such an intricate game, Cannon Fodder is surprisingly easy to play. It does a few games to get the hand of the movements, as it's not as simple as moving your men around with the cursor pad. What you do is move the pointer to where you want to move your men and then press 'C'. To fire, point the cursor in the direction of where the bullets need to go and press 'B'. Once you start moving your men you cannot stop the operation, but you can change their course. So this means if you wanted to go shorter but told your men to go further, just move the pointer to the new location and hit 'C'. If you have access to grenades or bazooka guns, then you need to press and hold 'B' and then hit 'C'. You can tell if you have these extra firepower devices by looking in the upper left hand corner. You have 24 missions to complete to win the overall war. In these missions, there may be multiple phases, which add extra levels of difficulty to the whole process. Your goal in most missions is to wipe out the enemy and their buildings. Once this is done, you will move past the phase and/or mission. At the end of each mission, you will get a chance to gain more recruits. Each mission and phase, you get so many men to fight your battle. Sometimes it's 2 or 3, sometimes you get 4 or 5. Being able to survive with at least one soldier at the end of the phase and completing your assignment, will move you to the next phase or mission. If you lost some men during a phase, you will get more, as long as you have enough recruits to pull from. Once you are out of recruits, the game is over. You can save your game at the end of each mission, so for those times when you don't have the time to play, you can come back to it later (giving you time to think of ways to finish the next mission). GAME PLAY --------- As mentioned above, game play is very easy. It's much easier than other games which seemed easy to play, but became harder the longer you played. Saying that game play is easy is not the same as saying the game is easy to play. This is one tough game, giving you hours of frustration and satisfaction in attempting to wipe out the enemy. The longer you play, the better you get at using the controls. But, when you are surrounded by enemies, you need to really take care in moving your men out of the way (from grenades, bullets or bazooka rounds) and using your own firepower to take them out. Turning corners takes practice when an enemy is on the other side, as does moving around to avoid getting hit, as mentioned above. Each mission is based on a certain part of the war zone. You have jungles, icy terrain and various other outdoors conditions that may help or hinder your fight. You can go through water, but you cannot fire your guns until you are close to land again. The enemy has the same limitations (thank goodness). The ability to fire at men in the water also applies to both parties. Another disadvantage about being in the water is that you move slower than you do on land, so cross at a point where the width of the water is not so wide. Sometimes you don't have that option, so do the best you can to get in and out of the wet stuff. In icy conditions, you don't have the traction at the edges of the cliffs, so be careful not to go down until you have taken care of the enemies. There is always a way to get back up, but it may not be the closest route. Another hazard to avoid in the quicksand. You won't get out too easily, so you must move around it. To see a map of your phase to complete, you press '0' on the keypad. This helps you plan out your attacks, but don't stay in there too long, as the enemy can fire at you without you looking. SOME DISLIKES ------------- As noted in my rating below, the controls were my least favorite, even though they were easy to learn. It adds just a bit more complexity than one would expect. Perhaps this is due to the guns and positioning, but it is a bit bothersome. The graphics needed to be a bit tighter. For a game that is supposed to be 64-bit, I found it was somewhere between 16 and 32-bit. Being able to save a game while in pause mode would have been nice. CONCLUSION ---------- Cannon Fodder is one game that is very entertaining and providing hours of play. It will take some time before a lot of us gamers are going to beat all 24 missions (maybe some have already, but I am not aware of anyone). As for the ratings I gave, the graphics were good, but could have been a bit tighter for the smaller characters. Sound was ok, but nothing spectacular. The overall game control was good, and it's not that hard to learn, but I prefer moving the men around without the extra button pushing. The manual provided good information, but could have had more info. And the entertainment value is very good, making it just difficult enough to keep playing. Graphics: 7.0 Sound FX/Music: 6.0 Control: 6.5 Manual: 7.0 Entertainment: 7.5 Reviewer's Overall: 7.0 _________________________________________________ > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""" PEOPLE... ARE TALKING ===================== On CompuServe ------------- compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Yep, it's that time of the week again. I've got to tell you that things are slowing down in the Atari world... I hope that it's only because lots of folks are like me and just can't seem to find the time to do all the things that they want to do... yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my... well, you get the idea. Luckily, there are still lots of things to talk about right here on CompuServe, so let's take a look... From the Atari Productivity Forums ================================== On the subject of MagiCMAC, the Atari ST emulator for the Apple Macintosh, Richard Brown tells us that... "MagiCMac is available from: Toad Computers 556 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Severna Park, MD 21146-3818 Toll Free: 800-448-8623 I received my copy from Toad this past week. To be frank, it is the best thing to ever hit the Atari scene! My company's programming department is already at work on MagiCMac specific utilities and new programs that will put MagiCMac and the Atari OS back on the map. The main thing you notice about MagiCMac is that it points out with extraordinary clarity what a pathetic state the Mac OS is in: if you feel the "need for speed," you'll run your Mac AS AN ATARI forever! We are not talking subtle speed increases, folks. Basic disk operations are up to HUNDREDS of times faster than the Mac's sorry attempt in several important areas. The multitasking is for REAL. The speed, on a PowerBook 145B (ONLY a 25Mhz 68030) is TWO TIMES faster than a stock Atari TT030, which, due the streamlined Atari OS, "feels" VERY Macintosh "PPC-ish." With the forthcoming NVDI acceleration for MagiCMac, it should prove even more amazing. Tests on the PowerBook 540 to be performed shortly. The basic "FEEL" of MagiCMac is about 10-15x the speed of ANYTHING Mac. PageStream flies. That's Write (a programmable, PostScript printing WP that kills all Mac WP's for speed) also flies. LDW Power, a Lotus compatible spreadsheet, works perfecto. Marcel, yet another WP, ditto. Scribe... ditto. Calamus DTP...ditto. etc. ad infinitum. For the Mac prgs that Atari CANNOT emulate, remember, you can SIMULTANEOUSLY multitask in BOTH operating systems. This means, you leave the PhotoShop work to the Mac, but use the files in PGS or Calamus on the Atari for SPEED. Both the Mac and the MagiCMac (Atari side) can read each other's files, with the exception that MagiC Mac can read MORE formats: Atari, IBM, AND Mac (the Mac reads only IBM and Mac formats). I have tested Syquest external drives, CD-ROM external drives and internal Mac hard drives with 100% success. Windows CD? No Problem. Mac CD? No problem. Atari CD? No problem. Ditto for Mac, IBM, and Atari (all standard format only) floppies. That's right,the Atari is happy with all the OS formats. For slower Macs (all 68030's and most 68040's), the molasses in winter feel is banished with MagiCMac. Pathetic performance is banished. SPEED rules. One problem, the inappropriate keyboard map of MagiCMac regarding PowerBook use, has been solved by my programmer (who is now whipping up a full blown, mouse-based keyboard editor for MagiCMac) and the file you need (MAGICKEY.ZIP) is right here in the ACC/Setup library! Full explanatory README included in the archive. I say, FEED YOUR NEED FOR SPEED! GET MAGICMAC!" Dante Viotti posts: "I have an Atari 1040ST Computer with a Tandy external 2400 bps Modem. CompuServe is offering 3 hours per month access to Internet free. From what I understand the software they offer to access Internet is for IBM, MacIntosh or a hybrid of both. They also adivise me to use a 9600 baud rate. Will you please advise me how I can access the Internet using the Atari hardware and Tandy modem described above." The Big Kahuna himself, Head Sysop Ron Luks, tells Dante: "You can access only the Internet News Groups with that hardware. AT 2400 baud, even those will be painfully slow. The exciting part of the Internet that everyone is talking about (with the graphics and newest material) is called the World Wide Web (WWW). Unfortunately, 2400 baud is way too slow (you need at LEAST 9600 baud access, and 28,800 baud is preferred) and you need a computer that has software called a Web Browser. There is no Web browser for the Atari (That I'm aware of) and I know for a fact that CompuServe will not be writing any." Carl Barron tells Ron: "Your remarks about baud rate and web viewing are right on the mark. There alledgedly is a lynx viewer under development for the atari line. Not by CIS, and since the internet here is so CIM-ONLY, it will not help atari users use CIS as an internet connection." Michel Vanhamme tells Carl that that is... "Not true anymore. Since CIS provides PPP connection to the Internet, one can use any software that offers PPP. But, as far as the Atari is concerned, the only software I know of is NOS, which doesn't offer WWW (yet), is text only, is a pain to configure and quite user-unfriendly... But it does FTP, Telnet, Usenet etc. without problems. I use it regularly here on CIS, and so do others (or is Christian the only other one? ). I've seen, in other forums, users of other platforms stick to their favorite (non-CIM) software to do WWW as well." Our own Editor-in-Chief, Ralph Mariano, adds his experiences to the mix: "Hold on a moment... CIS Internet access is PPP not CIM-ONLY. If one calls the CISnet number, and hits it with the right DNS address, its PURE PPP. That's Internet at its fullest with absolutely no leanings toward CIM wares in any way whatsoever. CompuServe has gone the extra mile in providing REAL Internet access. From my desktop, I use a plain vanilla dialer that's part of the desktop, a hand written script in RoBoDun, a script handler, that sends my Compuserve ID and password and immediately calls the PPP mode and into the Internet I go. I do not use any CIM at all. Once I'm logged in and connected to the PPP node, I then boot Netscape32 1.1n and it handshakes in on the TCP/IP stack and away I go to the WEB or any where else I care to go or do. Including full FTP activities. No CIM-WAREs anywhere." Sysop Ron Luks clarifies: "CIS has a PPP connection, so you can use any software you like to connect to the WWW via a local CompuServe node." Carl Barron tells Ron, Ralph and Mike: "OK now to find some PPP software. NOS is a start but there must be PPP at atari.umich.edu, etc. Will look shortly. Lynx is being ported, that I have heard from fairly reliable sources. I am glad that CIM-ONLY is not true!!!!" Steve Royall asks for help: "My brother uses an Atari system for music composition and games. I was wondering if there was any way for me to download files from the libraries onto my 386 PC and enable him to use them?" Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Steve: "No problem at all. Format a 720K disk on your PC and download files to your PC and then use the flopyy to move files between both systems." Sysop bob Retelle tells Steve: "Just to expand a little on Albert's answer... The ST and PC share almost exactly the same floppy disk format, so you can download files to your PC from CompuServe, then transfer them to your brother's ST using a 3.5" floppy disk. The only problem is that the ST will not read a 1.44 Meg High Density diskette, so you have to format the disk as 720K. (You don't actually have to dig up a true low density disk.. you can format a 1.44 Meg disk as 720K and it will work.) For the best compatibility, it's best to format the disk on the PC." Glenn ??? posts: "My son just got a Mac and we need to convert many ST Writer files to MacWrite. Could someone point me in the right direction. I'd be most grateful as I have no idea how to do this. (I assume it is "do able")" Albert Dayes tells Glenn: "The latter versions of ST Writer (version 4.8) can save files in ascii format. The easiest way would be to format a 720K floppy on the MAC using the Apple File Exchange (to make an MS-DOS compatible) and then copy the ST Writer files to it. The ST Writer files would be saved to ascii first of course." In response to a question about Branch Always' GEMulator, an ST emulator for PCs, Sysop Bob Retelle posts: "The info I've got on the new GEMulator 4.0 software indicates that it does indeed now support MIDI... Among other interesting thing are support for multiple serial ports and printers, direct access to ALL hard drive partitions from ST applications (so you can load say, clip art, from a PC partition into an ST application, and manipulate PC files and directories with the ST GEM desktop.), CD-ROM support, higher resolutions, and ability to work with compressed PC hard drive volumes like Stacker and DoubleSpace. Joysticks and sound boards are supported too... Sounds pretty good..!" Peter Joseph tells Bob: "That does sound good. Of course, the one remaining unanswered question (and probably the most disheartening) was regarding support for the SLM804. MIDI's important too; although I have a kick-a@# GM sound card in the PC, I already have some kick-a@# MIDI software for the ST. I don't know, though. Gemulator or not, I'm not sure if I could really give my ST up for adoption at this point; we've been through so much together. BTW, what's the price for the Gemulator 4.0 these days and where can it be purchased? :-)" P.S. Come to think of it, even support for the SLM isn't all -that- important. If I got a Gemulator, I'd probably be dumping the SLM anyway, in favor of a newer (read- supported) laser or deskjet." Hal Joseph tells Peter: "Over the years I've owned 15 or 20 ST's. (My wife says I have a soft spot in my head for Atari's) When I moved on to PC's and Mac's I kept one ST'e for MIDI. Both the PC and Mac midi files just don't sound as good. The timing isn't as good. You can record one track, play it back while you record another one and the software on both machines makes the tracks sound mechanical. My guess is only Atari has the midi ports on the mother board and has the interupts set high enough to make true bidirectional midi possible. The other machines use serial cards that just don't transmit and receive at exactly the same time. I don't know for sure so don't anybody start a flame war. But files i create on my ST sound better when later played on the clone or Mac. Any ideas anyone???" Jean-Paul Paquette tells us that he's... "...pulling my ST 520 out of the closet and selling my PC. The ST keeps on telling me that there are 0 bytes in 0 files when I go to open the A and B drive. I have 3 questions that I would like to ask about this. 1. Where can I find a service manual for the ST and parts if needed? 2. What is the best deal in multimeters (since I want to do electronic stuff anyway)? 3. Does this problem usually have something to do with a chip in the ST or is it the drive? I think I had this problem before and they replaced a chip in the ST that controlled the drive. I would greatly appreciate anyone who could anwser these questions or direct me to a place near western Ma. where I could find parts and help." Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jean-Paul: "It's possible the chips on your 520's motherboard will need to be "reseated" in their sockets... after a long period of storage there may be oxidation on the pins, or the chips may have actually loosened in the sockets. If you open up the case and remove the metal RF shield under the keyboard, you'll be able to press the socketed chips down into their sockets. Use a firm pressure, but be gentle. You should hear a "crunch" as the chips seat firmly down into the socket. Do this with all the chips in sockets.. there should be six relatively large chips along the lefthand edge of the board (the TOS ROMs), and a few scattered across the middle section of the board. The square ones in the middle (the MMU and GLUE chips) will probably have a metal clip holding them down.. be especially gentle with these, but press them firmly down in the middle. There is one more chip under the small metal RF shielded box on the right side of the motherboard (the video shifter chip) which you can reseat after popping the top off the metal box. The actual floppy disk controller chip is usually soldered down to the board, but if you've already had it replaced it may be in a socket along the top lefthand edge of the motherboard. Inspect the floppy drive connector on the motherboard to be sure it hasn't become loose on the board, and check all the cables for bent pins. As for parts and service, you can contact Toad Computers in Maryland at: (800)-448-8623 (unfortunately I don't know of any active Atari dealers in Mass.), or call Best Electronics for a copy of their Atari parts catalog at: (408)-243-6950. We use Fluke multimeters at work, but they're pretty expensive.. I recently bought a pretty nice auto-ranging digital multimeter at Radio Shack that wasn't too bad.. about $49 I think... (saved me from buying a new stove..! Turned out it was one side of the circuit breaker that was bad, and the new meter found it in 10 seconds..)" Robert Bell tells us: "I am having a problem with Michtron BBS 3.0. I just bought it a month ago a ago. It is on my hard drive. I can get the maintenance program to run. I then run the BBS, press the F1 key. i get through all the questions to the zip code. The program waits a minute or two. Part of the time I get a message "Sorry, I don't have room on the disk to save you". I get this message even though there is over 10 meg in the partition the program is saved. I then get two bombs , the last line is "Today is" and the computer locks. Can you help me?" Our Atari Section Editor, Dana (Unka Dana) Jacobson, asks Robert: "Are you sure that you have the system files configured to a partition that has plenty of space? MBBS is a solid program and doesn't come up with those kinds of error messages unless there's a reason. I've been running MBBS for 8+ years!! Have you tried to create an account for yourself via the Maintenance program itself? There is a section with the Maintenance program to configure and save the system files. You may have left that as the default, which is likely the drive A or C partition." Udo Heinold asks: "Is it possible to exchange data between atari portfolio and apple macintosh via parallel interface... especially an apple IIe." Lars Aschenbach tells Udo: "[Look in] the Lib's. There many programms to exchange between PoFo and Macintosh." Marty Mankins tells Udo: "You will need to get a serial interface and a program called XTerm 2. Then on the Macintosh, you will need a terminal emulation program. You then connect directly and can transfer files to and from the Macintosh." Well folks, that's about it. 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