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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 19-Jan-87 #35

Z*Magazine: 19-Jan-87 #35

  1. Timothy Kline
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    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
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    Subject: Z*Magazine: 19-Jan-87 #35
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    Date: Thu Jul 8 09:39:20 1993

    Zmagazine January 19, 1987
    Issue 35
    Zmag Staff:
    Publisher/Editor in Chief:Ron Kovacs
    Editor/Coordinator:Alan Kloza
    Software Reviewer: Eric Plent

    This Week in Zmag......







    All this and more in this weeks
    edition of Zmagazine.....

    ....Good Show! for the ST...........


    Hybrid Arts Inc., showed one of the
    most exciting new products in the
    Atari world: The ADAP Soundrack.
    ADAP stands for Analog to Digital
    Processor. It's a $2000 hardware
    plus software system, built in
    conjunction with Nilford
    Laboratories, Inc., for the Atari
    ST, designed to replace equipment
    costing over thirty times as much.

    The basis of the ADAP is a racey
    black rack mount box with sound
    input and output lines, plus
    an interface box which plugs into the
    cartridge port of a one- (or more)
    megabyte machine. What does it do?
    Digital sampling. And it does it

    Digital sampling is a process where
    sound is converted into digital
    patterns which a computer can store,
    manipulate, and play back at will.
    Compact discs have been using this
    technology for years now.

    Sound enters the ADAP box from
    virtually any sound source (such as
    a compact disc player) and is
    converted into digital signals in
    the ST's memory.

    Once the sound is in the ST, it
    appears as a digital waveform in a
    window in the center of the screen.
    You can examine the waveform by
    zooming in or out on either the X or
    Y axis, or even both. You can
    scroll along the waveform to see its
    entirety, or even sample more than
    one sound and switch between them.

    Hybrid Arts claims the system can
    sample at a rate of 44.1 Khz with 16
    bits of resolution -- that's compact
    disc quality! It even samples in
    stereo. Once a sample is made, it
    can be played back at the push of a

    The sound is phenomenal. But ADAP
    doesn't just let you record samples.
    You can also edit them. You can
    cut, copy, and paste portions of a
    sample. You can even do mixing,
    looping, or modify the actual
    waveform freehand.

    The ADAP system replaces some
    super-sophisticated musical sampling
    equipment by allowing you to "play"
    the samples from your MIDI keyboard,
    polyphonically, with up to eight
    voices going simultaneously.

    Some of the other features it boasts:

    - Fully MIDI compatible
    - Polyphonic
    - Storage of up to 64
    multi-samples in memory for
    instant playback.
    - Real-time digital effects
    processing (delay, echo,
    reverb, etc.)
    - Real-time oscilloscope
    - Direct from compact disc,
    digital to digital sampling.
    - Multi-sample keyboard splits.
    - Compatible with the new MIDI
    digital sample dump data
    standard. Will work with
    data from other MIDI sampling
    - 19" black rack-mount case.
    - Suggested retail price is

    When asked why they chose the Atari
    ST as the host sytem, Frank Foster,
    president of Hybrid Arts, replied:
    "It's not like we actually 'chose'
    Atari. It simply couldn't be done
    on any other machine. Not on an
    Amiga. Not on a Macintosh." Now
    that's a compliment.

    Other music news: Electronic Music
    Publishing House has MIDIPLAY, a
    real-time MIDI record/playback system
    which supports all 16 channels of
    MIDI information. List price is
    $49.95, and a demo disk is $5. They
    also have Musidisks, a series of
    pre-recorded data disks of
    everything from Bach to the Beatles.
    List is $19.95.

    The Catalog software division of
    Antic Publishing was showing, center
    stage at the Atari Booth, the 3-D
    Liquid Crystal Shutter Glasses
    along with some spectacular demos of
    upcoming software. The new releases
    include Wanderer, a point-of-view
    space game, CAD-3D 2.0, CyberMate,
    the much anticipated stereo modeling
    and animation system, a molecular
    modeling program, and Stereo Maps &

    Certainly the most impressive demo
    was the world-premiere of Tom
    Hudson's SteelyBoink!, a stereo
    ray-tracing demo illustrating a
    simulated depth of 8-10 inches into
    the ST's monitor. START Magazine
    will be presenting a version of
    the SteelyBoink! demo which does not
    require the StereoTek glasses on
    Antic Online in February. This
    will highlight Tom's ray-tracing
    article in START #4 (available in

    The following represents only a few
    of the many ST programs shown at the
    Winter CES. New products information
    and reviews of both these and any
    omitted programs can be found in
    upcoming issues of Antic and START.

    Firebird, of Ramsey, New Jersey has
    several new programs for the ST.
    Universal Military Simulator lets you
    create your own combat scenarios, or
    even enter in the parameters of real
    battles and then modify them "to
    explore the 'what if'
    possibilities." Tracker is a
    shoot-em-up arcade game which
    combines a huge playfield with
    artificial intelligence routines.
    Your deadly enemies, the Cycloids,
    remember your play tactics and try
    to prevent you from using them
    again. Golden Path is a new animated
    illustrated graphics adventure game.
    You use the mouse to control your
    character through 45 screens of
    graphics and animation. All
    three games should retail for $44.95.

    WordPerfect, the best selling and
    highest rated full-feature word
    processor for the IBM PC, is now a
    reality on the ST. WordPerfect
    Corporation was demonstrating a
    prerelease version of the product at
    the Atari booth.

    The Atari version of WordPerfect
    features the best of both worlds:
    it is GEM based, using menu bars and
    windows, but it also supports the
    full array of keyboard commands
    familiar to users of the IBM
    version. Additionally, users moving
    from the IBM to the Atari version
    will also benefit from full file
    compatiblity with WordPerfect 4.1.

    The program uses high-speed
    assembly language routines for
    ultra-fast response times. I gave it
    the acid test and found it faster
    than any other word processor for
    the ST, faster even than ST Writer,
    the venerable speed-demon.

    WordPerfect supports footnote and
    endnote compilation, full keystroke
    macros, automatic calculation of
    numeric tables with the built-in
    math mode, complete database merge
    capabilities, an outline feature, a
    nine-keyword sorting facility for
    alphabetizing lists, a 115,000 word
    dictionary, including legal and
    medical terms, a five-level table of
    contents and index generator, a five
    newspaper-style columnar display, a
    sophisticated thesaurus, a
    three-level undo capability, and a
    virtual memory data system, allowing
    data to flow onto disk when computer
    memory is full.

    This will clearly be the most
    sophisticated word processor for the
    Atari ST, taking full advantage of
    the new one, two, and four megabyte
    machines. WordPerfect for the Atari
    is scheduled for release second
    quarter, 1987. The suggested retail
    price is $395, although a
    representative from WordPerfect
    indicated Atari users should
    be able to purchase it in the low

    Timeworks has released their three
    powerful productivity software for
    the ST: Word Writer ST, a word
    processor, Data Manager ST (covered
    in the Brian Lee's Database Overview
    in START #4. out in March), and
    Swiftcalc ST, a spreadsheet. The
    Timeworks programs are designed as
    an integrated package. Suggested
    retail is $79.95.

    ....New Hardware and Software.......

    Although not as numerous or as
    flashy as the new ST software, there
    were several companies showing
    software or distributing information
    for the 8-bit Atari line. These
    companies shared a half-dozen XE
    computers, which sat alongside the
    new XE [game and computer] System,
    the new 8-bit 3 1/2 inch drive, and
    Atari's 1200 baud XE modem (which
    will also work on the STs).

    Prices on this hardware have not yet
    been set.

    New from Hi-Tech Expressions is
    AwardWare, a program allowing you to
    custom-design and print awards,
    certificates, tickets, coupons
    and checks. The program includes
    templates for your forms -- just
    type in your message and you're
    ready to give someone that special
    greeting! Retail price is $14.95.

    Also from Hi-Tech is CardWare, an
    animated birthday card, for $9.95;
    PartyWare, card and party design
    kit with database of friends and
    events, for $14.95; HeartWare, an
    animated greeting disk and love note
    maker (let a machine do the mushy
    stuff for you) $9.95; and
    WareWithAll, which includes colorful
    stationery, envelopes, stickers,
    markers, and disk labels, for

    ICD, Inc. was promoting their
    large array of 8-bit Atari products,
    such as P:R Connection, an interface
    allowing your XL or XE to run a large
    variety of disparate printers and
    modems; the Printer Connection, a
    "smart" cable which will make your
    8-bit Atari compatible with any
    Centronics parallel printers; Multi
    I/O, a box which gives you a
    RAMdisk, parallel printer interface,
    serial printer and modem interface,
    a printer spooler, and a hard disk
    interface; an 80-Column Adapter,
    which plugs inside of the Multi
    I/O case; US Doubler, a chip set
    which gives your 1050 drive true
    double density and an accelerated
    I/O rate; SpartaDOS Construction
    Set, ICD's custom DOS; SpartaDOS X,
    a cartridge-based DOS; R-Time 8; a
    piggyback cartridge clock; and RAMBO
    XL, a program enabling your 800XL or
    1200XL to make use of 256K of RAM
    (you supply the DRAM memory chips).

    Zobian Controls was promoting RAOS
    (Rat Actuated Operating System),
    their operating system giving your
    XE a GEM-like OS, including
    pull-down windows, a
    mouse-controlled arrow-pointer, and
    icons. Zobian also has improved
    their mouse, originally called the
    Rat. The SuperRAT is now a
    two-button digital mouse, which
    works in conjunction with the Zobian
    DESKTOP program Z-DOS (included in
    RAOS). The SuperRAT/RAOS
    combination sells for $99.00.

    ....Newsmakers In Computing.........


    Lotus Development Corp. today sued
    Paperback Software of Berkeley,
    Calif., and Mosaic Software of
    Cambridge, Mass., accusing them of
    copyright infringement, false
    advertising and unfair trade
    practices and seeks an injunction
    and unspecified damages.

    A statement from Lotus headquarters
    alleged that Mosaic's program called
    The Twin and Paperback Software's VP
    Planner "deliberately recreate, with
    only trivial variations, the 'look
    and feel' and user interface of
    Lotus 1-2-3 ... in violation of US
    copyright law." It says the
    competing software copied 1-2-3's
    specific command and function
    names, the organization of menu
    choices, the sequence in which these
    choices appear and 1-2-3's macro

    The suit, filed in Boston federal
    court, also alleges ads that claim
    similarity between the programs and
    1-2-3 "are misleading with respect to
    the performance and quality of these
    products," according to the
    statement. "We are disappointed,"
    said Jim Manzi, Lotus president and
    chief executive officer, "that so
    much time and talent in our industry
    has been spent in imitating rather
    than innovating. We expect that the
    successful prosecution of these
    suits will serve to channel energy
    away from imitation and back to
    the development of truly innovative


    Apple Computer Inc., citing a
    commitment to the Apple II product
    family, has introduced an updated
    version of the Apple IIe personal

    The updated IIe, which is available
    immediately, comes with an expanded
    keyboard, a built-in numeric keypad,
    improved training and reference
    materials and Apple's new "platinum"
    color scheme.

    The new IIe is completely compatible
    with all existing IIe software and
    peripheral equipment. The IIe's
    suggested retail price remains at

    "The introduction of an updated IIe
    completes the revitalization of the
    Apple II product family that Apple
    began in September by launching the
    IIGS, a memory expansion module for
    the IIc and several new
    peripherals," commented Delbert W.
    Yocam, Apple's executive vice
    president and chief operating

    "Three strong systems give educators
    and consumers a wide range of price
    and performance options and
    establish a foundation on which the
    Apple II family can grow far into
    the future," he said.


    LONDON -- British computer crime is
    on the rise and most security is too
    lax to halt the trend soon,
    concludes BIS Applied Systems in its
    latest "Computer Related Fraud
    Casebook." The survey shows an
    eight-fold increase in UK computer
    crimes, with average losses jumping
    from a mean of $46,000 in 1983, to
    $393,000 last year.

    Prominent in the cases studied was
    manipulation of electronic funds in
    financial services, especially among
    junior staff.

    For instance, a 24-year-old bank
    supervisor and a younger accomplice
    used a home computer and password
    known to several other bank
    employees to divert $8.5 million of
    Eurobonds to a Swiss account. They
    were discovered only because the
    bonds were from their bank's
    own investment account and officials
    noticed a shortfall in interest that
    they should have earned.

    Older employees, for whom
    self-imposed exile in South America
    or on the Spanish Costa del Crime
    may be less attractive, prefer to
    work within their company and
    defraud it over a number of years,
    according to the study.

    The classic protracted fraud is the
    "salami technique," in which
    perpetrators round off totals in
    multiple accounts and transfer them
    to their own bogus account.

    BIS says security problems are
    intensified by an increasingly
    computer-literate population and a
    greater presence in business of the
    microcomputer, which permits
    unauthorized local printing or
    copying of confidential information,
    data transfers out of the company,
    and simple malicious damage.

    BIS suggests an overall heightening
    of awareness and responsibility
    among senior executives in dealing
    with computer security.

    In the meantime, BIS says worried
    executives might do better by
    employing more women in high-risk
    positions. In the study, women were
    found to be four times less likely
    to commit computer crimes, and when
    they did, were less greedy.


    Have you got a crazy, weird story
    about managing your money? If so,
    Broderbund Software just might give
    you a prize for it.

    To promote its new On Balance
    software for money management, the
    San Rafael, Calif., publisher is
    sponsoring an "Off the Wall" story
    contest. The person who submits the
    most outlandish money story by April
    1 will receive a library of
    Broderbund software worth $1,000.
    The second-place winner receives
    $500 worth of software.

    The publisher says that between now
    and April 15, it will release some of
    the more bizarre stories of
    semi-finalists "to encourage (or
    console) taxpayers as they prepare
    their tax returns."

    Here's the first one:
    "A young California bachelor used to
    file each week's financial records
    in the corresponding issue of a
    national newsweekly; then he kept
    the issues stacked in his living
    room. The system worked fine --
    until he lent his apartment to his
    sister one weekend. In gratitude,
    she 'helped' her untidy brother by
    cleaning his apartment thoroughly.

    In the process, she threw
    out all the 'old' magazines -- along
    with an entire year's worth of
    statements and receipts, plus a few
    unpaid bills."

    Broderbund says that each
    semi-finalist will receive a copy of
    the $99.95 On Balance software,
    which is available for the Apple
    IIc, 128K IIe and IIGS computers.

    Story entries should be mailed to "Off the Wall," Broderbund Software,
    17 Paul Drive, San Rafael, Calif.

    All entries become the property of
    Broderbund Software.

    ...Video Games Coming Back...........


    Don't throw out your game paddles --
    the video game console is coming

    At least, that's what manufacturers
    have told writer Dave Matheny of The
    Minneapolis Star and Tribune.

    A little history: In 1982, the last
    golden year of the video- game craze,
    some 8.2 million consoles were sold
    by companies like Atari, Coleco and
    Intellivision. Then, because of
    consumer burnout, or competition with
    less-expensive computers, or bad
    karma, the bottom began falling out
    of the market.

    However, while most electronics
    consumers have been looking elsewhere
    for diversions, the video game market
    has been restructuring itself and
    adding new players, like Sega and
    Nintendo, and now the games, says
    Matheny, "have returned like prodigal
    sons, rising like a phoenix from the
    ashes of three years ago to snake
    their black cables across
    the living-room rug to the TV set."

    New manufacturers tell the newspaper
    they've determined the competition
    between computers and dedicated game
    consoles is a false one, that, in the
    words of Gail Tilden of Nintendo of
    America, playing video games is a
    "whole different atmosphere" from
    using a computer.

    "You want your computer for more
    serious purposes,"she says."You have
    it on a desk in another room. Two
    people don't pull up to a desk to
    play baseball."But, she says, they
    do gather in front of the TV set to

    ....Random Notes.....................


    Coleco Industries Inc., which was
    roughed up a few years ago trying to
    sell its low-end Adam Computer,
    certainly has bounced back. Forbes
    magazine now rates it the most
    profitable of large US public

    Coleco halted marketing of Adam at the
    beginning of 1985 after it didn't
    capture the home market.

    According to most observers, much of
    the credit of Coleco's good fortune
    goes hand in hand with the "colossal"
    success of its Cabbage Patch dolls.

    Also on Forbes' list of top
    profit-makers this year is Apple
    Computer Co. in the No. 10 spot.

    ..Features, Entertainment and Reviews

    Compuserve's SIG*Atari

    For those of you who have used the
    CompuServe Information Service, you
    have no doubt heard of one of it's
    most-used SIGs, SIG*Atari. For those
    who have not ventured into this
    world, here is a look at one of the
    best sources of information for the
    Atari home computers.

    To access the SIG*Atari 8-bit forum
    directly, simply log on to CompuServe
    and type "GO ATARI8". You will be
    rushed to the "Front Door", so to
    speak, of the SIG, and it is here that
    you have the chance to join SIG*Atari.

    You will have the choice of visiting
    the forum, or joining right now, so
    choose "Join Atari 8-bit forum". The
    system will ask for your name. Type
    it in, and you are now a member of
    SIG*ATARI! After joining, you will
    have access to all of the many
    functions of this SIG. One hint: If
    you are the type of person that does
    not like to use menus, choose "User
    Options" from the forum's top menu.
    From here you will have the option
    of turning off the menus, choose to
    read waiting messages right away,
    and many others. After you finish
    up in this section, type "T" to get
    back to the top forum menu.

    Top Level Menu

    Now we get to the best part: Using
    the SIG! Here is a view of the top
    level menu.

    ATARI 8-Bit Forum
    1 (L) Leave a Message
    2 (R) Read Messages
    3 (CO) Conference Mode
    4 (DL) Data Libraries
    5 (B) Bulletins
    6 (MD) Member Directory
    7 (OP) User Options
    8 (IN) Instructions

    Leave a Message: This will allow you
    to "Post" a message on any of the SIG'
    message bases. You can send a message
    to a user you know, or to all of the
    users on the SIG by answering "ALL" to
    the "TO:" prompt. NOTE: When entering
    a message, you MUST enter that users
    User ID Number at the "TO:" prompt
    if you are sending it to any one

    Read Messages: Select this option,
    and you will see the following menu.

    1 (RF) Forward
    2 (RR) Reverse
    3 (RT) Threads
    4 (RS) Search
    5 (RM) Marked
    6 (RI) Individual
    7 (QS) Quick Scan
    8 (BR) Browse
    Enter choice !

    Conference Mode: This is the SIG
    version of the CB Simulator. The
    "CO" option allows you to talk to
    people from all over the U.S. in
    "Real Time". You can also be a part
    of the many formal Conferences that
    take place in the SIG. These
    Conferences ('COs' as the regulars
    call it) are held with many kinds
    of people that are part of the
    Atari world. Software programmers
    like Bill Wilkinson, Neil Harris,
    and Keith Ledbetter can all answer
    your questions in "CO" mode, or you
    can drop them a message with the
    "Leave a Message" option from the
    top level menu. I will list the
    CompuServe ID numbers for the SIG
    SysOps(Systems Operators) at the
    end of this article.

    Data Libraries

    In the (D)ata (L)ibraries, you can
    find Compuserve's public domain
    file library. Some of
    the best programs come from here,
    like the Express! modem programs,
    and even Bulletin Board System
    software like FOREM and AMIS.
    There are quite a few data libraries
    to choose from. Here is an up-to-
    date list:

    0 [*] General
    1 [*] GAMES
    2 [*] Telecommunications
    3 [*] Utilities
    4 [*] Graphics
    5 [*] Application pgms
    6 [*] Sound & Music
    7 [*] HOT News/Rumors
    11 [*] BBS related

    Choose from any of the above, and
    you have a whole data library to
    look through!


    Here is where you can read the latest
    bulletins from the SysOps. New
    Bulletins are automatically shown at
    the time you log into the SIG. If
    you missed it, or want to read it
    again, this is where to go.

    Member Directory

    Use the Member Directory to search
    for information on fellow users. You
    can search for a users name, state,
    ID Number and interests. This is
    handy if you see a message from
    someone you want to talk to, but
    did not get that person's ID number.

    User Options

    Here is where you can select from
    many options to make using the SIG
    easier for you. The User Options
    menu looks like this:

    [ ] represents current setting
    1 (SM) Stop After Msgs [Always]
    2 (CN) Name [Eric S. Plent]
    3 (PC) Prompt Character []
    4 (ED) Editor [EDIT]
    5 (SU) Subtopics [...]
    6 (HI) High Msg Read [176026]
    7 (RE) Replies Info [None]
    8 (UM) Use Menus [No]
    9 (TY) Type Waiting Msgs [Yes]
    10 (SK) Skip Msgs You Left [No]

    As you can see, there are many things
    you can change on the SIG, all of
    which can make the SIG easier to use
    for you. For example, take a look
    at option 8: "8 (UM) Use Menus [No]".
    Select this, and you will be promped
    to turn menus ON or OFF. If you choose
    OFF with menus ON, you will be asked
    if you want to have this setting for
    all SIG access, or just for this one
    time only. Remember: If you choose
    to make this your default, it does
    not mean you are stuck with Command
    Mode for ever! You can change it back
    at any time.


    Choose this from the top menu to
    view a help file from the SysOps. You
    can get just about all the help you
    need from the many on-line help files,
    but if you have a problem that is not
    covered in the help file, post a
    message to the users or SysOps. They
    will be glad to answer any questions
    you might have on the SIG.

    As you can see, the Atari SIG on
    CompuServe has many things to offer.
    There are the tons of Public
    Domain programs you can download,
    the message bases, where you can
    read and enter messages that will
    be seen by all the membership, and
    the Conference Mode, where you can
    talk in Real Time to all of the
    people you have been trading messages
    with in the past.

    I hope I have been able to show you
    the SIG in a way that will make you
    want to try it. I have had much fun
    with the Atari SIG, and I am sure
    you will too. If you are already
    a member of CompuServe and/or the
    Atari SIG, you can leave me any
    comments at User ID# 76246,201. Please
    send the message through EasyPlex
    (GO EASY).

    Zmagazine January 19, 1987 Issue 35
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