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Timothy Kline

Z*Magazine: 27-Jun-86 Special Issue

Z*Magazine: 27-Jun-86 Special Issue

  1. Timothy Kline
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    From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.zmag
    Subject: Z*Magazine: 27-Jun-86 Special Issue
    Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
    Date: Sat Jul 3 20:30:19 1993

    ATARI NEWS JUNE 27, 1986
    Ron Kovacs-Editor Middlesex, NJ
    Xx News From Atari Corp


    As if the Summer wasn't hot
    enough, Atari has launched three
    computer promotions designed to
    make things even hotter.

    For the 520ST, we are offering
    a free monochrome monitor when you
    purchase a 520ST cpu and one SF354
    disk drive. We expect to see a
    variety of promotions based on this
    one. A complete monochrome system
    for $499 is one good attraction, as
    is the 520ST for $199 with purchase
    of drive and monitor.

    For the 8-bit computers we have
    two promotions. We have added some
    software to spice up the 65XE
    package. The position of this
    promotion is as an advanced game
    machine, and we are bundling 4
    software cartridges and a joystick
    with the 65XE CPU. The packages
    are: Star Raiders, Pac Man, Donkey
    Kong, and Sky Writer. This is an
    $85 value of free products with an
    under-$100 computer! We expect
    this to be a great attraction as
    the video game market heats up
    again this year.

    The second 8-bit promotion is
    our continuing 130XE package deal.
    Get a 130XE with a disk drive and a
    printer, plus the AtariWriter Plus
    word processing program and four
    other software titles (Music
    Composer, Star Raiders, Defender,
    and Home Filing Manager), for only
    $399. A version of this package
    with the 65XE in place of the 130XE
    is also available at a $349 list

    CES REPORT: Atari Sparking PC Comeback

    Atari's leadership in the
    comeback for personal computers was
    apparent than at the recent
    Consumer Electronics Show in

    Although computer products
    were in a section of the show floor
    that is not exactly prime territory
    Atari's booth attracted huge crowds
    throughout the show. The feeling
    was more upbeat than it has been
    for several years. There were more
    exhibitors and attendees than in
    the past few CE Shows. A strong
    sign of Atari's role in the
    comeback was the presense of Atari
    computers in virtually every booth
    in the computer section.

    Atari had the biggest and most
    prominent booth in the computer
    section. The entrance was flanked
    by two special displays: "See the
    Power of Atari" featuring video
    digitizers, and "Hear the Power of
    Atari" with music synthesizers.
    These exhibits were divided evenly
    into 8-bit and ST products.

    Within the booth 36 tables
    were set aside for third party
    software developers. Again, half
    the displays were for XE products
    and the other half were for ST.
    Atari was careful to emphasize both
    sides of our computer product lines
    in a show of overall strength and
    support. Despite the predominance
    of publicity for the ST line, the
    XE computers are still alive and
    doing well.

    The move toward added presence
    of the 8-bit products proved to be
    well timed, thanks to Atari's
    biggest competitor in this market.
    Commodore was present in only a
    small way, with a room tucked far
    away from the main floor. A few
    visitors were able to see company
    personnel trying to generate some
    enthusiasm for their latest attempt
    to generate corporate revenue --
    the "64C" computer. This
    repackaging of the venerable
    Commodore 64 managed to add little
    in the way of utility, simply
    adding a new disk of software
    along with a new case design. For
    this they have raised the suggested
    price to $200.

    There did seem to be some
    enthusiasm among mass merchants,
    all right. Most of them paid quick
    visits to the Atari booth to talk
    business. It looks like Commodore
    is trying to replace the 64 with
    the XE. Thanks, guys!

    Back to the Atari world, many
    of the software vendors at CES had
    new announcements of products.
    Batteries Included has announced a
    wide range of ST titles in the
    productivity category, including
    Thunder!, their realtime spelling
    checker; I*S Talk, a terminal
    program with a slew of features
    (also including spelling checker);
    DEGAS Elite, an enhanced version of
    their top-selling title; PaperClip
    Elite, an advanced wordprocessor;
    HomePack ST, an enhanced version of
    their 8-bit best seller; and more,
    bringing their product line to an
    even dozen ST titles by year's end.
    MicroProse had Silas Warner, the
    author of many top-selling computer
    games like Castle Wolfenstein and
    Robotwars, demonstrating a
    beautiful version of his new Silent
    Service for the ST. Baudville,
    Epyx, Firebird, and Strategic
    Simulations were some of the
    software companies showing ST
    titles for the first time in their
    booths. Many other vendors
    announced expanded support of all
    Atari products at the show (or
    immediately after).

    Atari was also helped by two
    user groups in the area, the
    Chicagoland Atari User Group
    (CLAUG) and the Suburban Chicago
    Atarians (SCAT). A word of advice
    to dealers -- don't underestimate
    the ability of user groups in your
    area! They have often shown they
    are willing and able to come to the
    aid of Atarians. Atari is proud to
    have such a devoted collection of
    users. Thanks, folks!


    A small company in the
    Pittsburgh area is now selling ST
    monitor cables and connectors.
    Many customers have asked us for
    these cables for connecting 520ST's
    (with modulators) to video cassette
    recorders. Now it is possible.

    You can get just the
    connectors for wiring your own
    cables, or you can buy cables with
    RCA plugs or with ST monitor plugs
    (for use as replacements or for
    longer cables), or they will make
    special customized cables for you.
    Contact At Your Service, 2856
    Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA
    15068, Attn: Mark Spires, or call


    The newest release from Atari
    this month is DB Master One, an
    enhanced and improved version from
    the one given away as part of a
    promotion last Christmas. We think
    you'll be impressed. This package
    is available now in inventory from

    Brand new in Atari's line of
    products is dbMan, the database
    from Versasoft. Atari has picked
    up the marketing rights to this
    product. It is available for
    immediate shipment. Just to
    refresh you, this package is a
    dBase III clone with many extra
    features. Later in this issue we
    talk about some of the ways we're
    using databases in our own
    operations here at Atari

    For the 8-bit computers, we
    want to remind you that the Atari
    Planetarium and Star Raiders II are
    also available in current
    inventory. Both of these titles
    have been very well received at the
    recent CES and Comdex shows, as
    well as in favorable reviews in
    upcoming issues of computer


    Aside from the flood of
    announcements at Comdex and CES,
    many other companies have jumped on
    the Atari bandwagon lately. It's
    nice to have momentum!

    Baudville Inc. has three new
    titles of home and educational
    software: Video Vegas (blackjack,
    poker, slots, and keno), Guitar
    Wizard (teaches guitar playing),
    and Ted Bear's Rainy Day Games for
    young people. These products are
    available for the 8-bit Atari
    computers. Their phone number is

    Epyx has released new products
    for the 8-bit and the ST lines.
    World Karate Championship for the
    8-bitters is a realistic graphic
    animation of the martial arts. For
    the ST, Epyx is shipping Rogue and
    their revamped Temple of Apshai
    Trilogy. Epyx plans to release
    Winter Games, World Games, Super
    Cycle, and Championship Wrestling
    for the ST series as well.

    Polarware/Penguin Software has
    released Oo-Topos for the ST.
    Polarware has drastically cut
    prices on their software titles to
    make them even more attractive to
    the public -- currently they are
    selling most games at a $19.95 list

    Strategic Simulations (SSI)
    has released Gettysburg: The
    Turning Point for the 8-bit Atari
    computers. At CES they were
    showing off preliminary versions of
    Phantasie for the ST, scheduled for
    release in late Summer.

    For the 8-bit products,
    Batteries Included is shipping
    Paper Clip with Spell Check, a word
    processor with integrated


    The latest highlights in the
    ST software world are some very
    powerful desk accessories. These
    programs stay resident in memory
    and provide features that can be
    used at any time by programs which
    take advantage of the GEM

    From Michtron, we have
    Cornerman. This program is much
    more powerful than the acclaimed
    Sidekick package for the PC. It
    includes features like: a full
    ASCII chart in a scrolling window;
    a calculator with decimal, hex,
    binary, and octal functions; a note
    pad; a phone dialer; a clock (which
    appears in the upper right corner
    of any GEM screen); and many more.
    Cornerman is probably most suited
    for a 1040ST, since it uses up
    quite a bit of RAM, but it has
    quickly found itself to be
    indispensible in my ST.

    A recent arrival here will
    probably give Cornerman a run for
    its money. Macro Manager from Blue
    Moon Software (distributed by
    Shanner International) is a very
    complete accessory. It's
    calculator works in algebraic or
    reverse polish notation and also
    includes financial functions. It
    also contains a weekly planner with
    project time reporting; electronic
    card file database; alarm clock
    calendar; and an electronic
    typewriter feature.

    One of the most necessary
    products is the latest from
    Batteries Included, called Thunder
    (a poke at Turbo Lightning?).
    Thunder is a realtime spelling
    checker for GEM applications.
    While you are typing, it checks
    your spelling and rings the bell if
    you make an error. By clicking on
    the desk accessory menu, it will
    tell you what word was wrong and
    offers you a choice of corrections.
    Thunder comes with a 50,000 word
    dictionary. It is expandable to 2
    more dictionaries, one with
    supplemental words and the other
    with replacement words -- you give
    it a word and an automatic
    replacement, for words you commonly
    misspell and for abbreviations
    which are automatically expanded
    for you.


    Did you know that there are
    more than 200 public domain
    programs for the ST available from
    a central source, not to mention
    the more than 100 ST pictures and
    100 8-bit programs? If you were
    signing into the Atari Corp. BBS
    regularly, you'd know this and a
    lot more. The Atari Base is the
    official BBS of Atari Corp. located
    at headquarters in Sunnyvale.
    You can also get any questions you
    have answered by our staff experts.
    There is a private section for
    dealers and for service centers as

    Speaking of service centers,
    Randy Hain, Atari's manager of
    service, will be getting active in
    the Atari BBS as well to provide
    up-to-the-minute information to
    registered service centers. So
    make sure you're tuned in to
    Atari's own information exchange.

    The Atari Base BBS can be
    reached by any computer with modem
    by calling 408-745-5308, any time
    any day, 300 or 1200 baud.


    One of the strongest uses for
    a computer is to manage your data.
    Recently there have been several
    strong software titles for the
    Atari ST computers in this category
    Two of these, DB Master One and
    dbMan, have found their way into
    many different departments here at
    Atari. We thought we'd share our

    Sam Tramiel's secretary uses
    DB Master One to manage his
    business cards. As the president
    of Atari, Sam meets a multitude of
    people. Rather than deal with an
    unweildy pile of cards, he has them
    typed into this program. When he
    needs to contact someone, the
    information is available almost
    instantly. This particular ST is
    equipped with a monochrome monitor
    to take advantage of the very high
    resolution, displaying 50 lines of
    information on the screen at a time

    In the service department,
    Randy Hain also uses DB Master One.
    He keeps track of service centers
    and applicants. He has created
    many custom report formats for his
    own use and for use by others in
    the company. For example, when the
    customer relations department asked
    for a list of all service centers
    with complete addresses so
    customers can be referred to them,
    he quickly changed one of the
    existing reports to create the
    customized one that was needed.

    Both of these departments
    started using DB Master One with
    its original release last Winter.
    Since then, they passed reports of
    problems and requests for
    additional features back to the
    program's designers. Most of their
    requests were implemented in the
    latest release which has just
    become available to you.

    For more sophisticated data
    management tasks, we are making
    extensive use of dbMan. With the
    features of dBase III, we have
    drawn on the experience of people
    in the company to create very
    complete applications.

    The customer relations
    department is using the ST for
    order processing. They process a
    tremendous number of requests for
    manuals, spare parts, and other
    items. Instead of typing and
    filing and manual report
    generation, the entire process of
    order entry and reporting is
    automated. The inventory items and
    their descriptions are in one file,
    open orders are in another, and
    sales tax for the state in a third.
    Orders go through the system faster
    and more accurately than ever.
    Because dbMan is a true relational
    database, more files can be added
    as the department learns how this
    program can help them even more.
    We don't just start with the
    solution, it grows as we think of
    more ways it can help us.

    Likewise, the finance
    department uses dbMan to store and
    track outstanding loaner systems to
    members of the press and others.
    Each system can be tracked so we
    always know what our outstanding
    inventory is, which machines are
    overdue, and who within Atari is
    responsible for each computer sent.
    This information was impossible to
    maintain with the older manual

    As time goes by we are finding
    more and more ST's cropping up
    within our own company. Along with
    the applications mentioned here
    already, we find them used by
    secretaries for word processing, by
    the controller and other finance
    people as spreadsheets, by the data
    processing department as terminals,
    and of course by the programmers as
    development tools. It may seem
    obvious that Atari would use its
    own computers, but there were
    once many IBM PC's and
    DisplayWriters and Wang systems
    here to do the same jobs that are
    now being done better by our own
    inexpensive ST systems. Our
    Chairman makes us all work our
    hardest and save every penny we can
    -- the ST is part of the way we do
    our jobs.

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