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GrACE NEWS 


THE NEWSLETTER OF THE GREENVILLE ATARI COMPUTER ENTHUSIASTS 


VOLUME: S' NUMBER! 8 

MEETING; AUGUST IS, 1587 
DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 pm 
GRIER MEMORIAL ARP CHURCH 

WELL I HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED 
THERE VACATIONS THIS SUMMER!! 

NOW THAT SUMMER IS ABOUT OVER 
AND FOOTBALL SEASON IS JUST AROUND 
THE CORNER, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE 
GOOD TO IDEA TO HAVE SOMETHING GET 
US IN THE MOOD. SO THIS MONTH 
GRAIG TOMPKINS IS GOING TO DEMO 
TOUCHDOWN FOOTBALL BY ELECTRONIC 
ARTS. 

WE WILL ALSO HAVE KEVIN 
KINGSMORE WHO IS GOING TO 
TELL US WHAT'S NEW IN THE 
ATARI WORLD FOR THE ST AND 
THE XL AND XE. HE IS ALSO 
GOING TO DEMO TWO PROGRAMS 
FOR THE ST. ONE IS A GRAPHICS 
PROGRAM CALLED COMPUTER EYES 
AND THE OTHER IS THE NEW IBM 
EMULATOR PROGRAM BY ADVANT 
GARDE SYSTEMS CALL PC DITTO. 

WE WILL ALSO HAVE THE DISK 
LIBRARIANS TELL US ABOUT THE DISKS 
OF THE MONTH. 

Also we'll have the disk 
librarians tell us what they have 
on there disk of the month. 
REMEMBER the cost is $2.00 for 8- 
bit and $3.00 for 16-bit disks 
(non member s $ 1 . 00 addi t i onal 
charge) 

So join us Tuesday, June 16th 
at the Gr i er memorial ARP Church 
Fellowship Hall. Meeting begins 
at 7:00; program at 7:30. SEE YOU 
THERE ! 


<unar ii, mr 

Froi the Prez. .. 

For the past several years, I have had the dubious honor of being 
in charge of registration for our local area soccer league. To 
give you sose idea how long ago, I began with the best data base 
available at the tiie for the Atari 800 , good ole DOE. A 
couple of years later, Synfile caie along which was quite an 
iip^Gveient. I finally loved to the advantages of Data Pe v fect 
for rapid sorting, great print-out options and bach-up security. 

Even though I have had «y ST for about a year now, I still pull 
out the ole 800 tank Each soccer season to handle registration 
instead of transferring the data over to one of the iany powerful 
data bases available for the ST, Every tiie I go through 
lagging all the equipient out of the closet and start connecting 
the IQ cables, especially to the 850 (I had to thin!: for a ainute 
chat that was for), and the power supplies* ! ash ■yss!f J "Mhy do 
1 do this instead of taking the tiie to do the whole thing on the 
ST"? Possibly for one of the following reasons: 

*) Too lazy to read doc (have you ever looted over DE-flan 
doc?) 

2) Not activated to transfer data files, - .. good guess, 

3) Both of the above. 

After soie soul searching,. I realized that therE was another, ! 
perhaps, lore honest answer... its just plain FUN draggin r all the 
S-bit stuff out and blowing the dust off sole of the great ole 
disks 1 Before I ever cose close to loading up Data Perfect to 
actually do business*, its absolutely iiperative to see how far 
I can go on Juapian, what new lares I can design with hr. Robot, 
how long I can last before bankruptcy with Trains, what GS level 
I can achieve on Kenned) Approach. . .or yes... if I r i really into 
this... how iany times I can grease it in 1 on one of the few 
actual still-in-existence gases of Final Flight! I have found 
myself taking literally hours to finally get around to do what 1 
originally intended. 

After each soccer season is underway, its tiie to pack everything 
back into the closet, as the kitchen table is needed for other 
things (like eating so 1 an told, over and over, etc,). But in 
just a few lonths, it will be tiie for Spring sign-up, and once 
again I will be duty-bound to pull out the 800 stuff and fire up 
Data Perfect for soccer purposes, but not before seeing if I can 
do better with the egg wave on Joust, or lake it past the city 
with Blue flax... 


Don a Id Sh oc k 1 ey 
Vice-Fre&i dent 


JOHN DISHER 
PREZ 


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CERTIFICATE 

MAKER 

UPDATE 


In the June, 1987 
newsletter I contributed 
a review ol the 
program. Certificate 
Maker by Springboard. 

I presented a 
demonstration of the 
program at the meeting 
that month as well. 
Although I was generally 
pleased with the opera- 
tion and completed 
product of the program, 

I expressed several re- 
servations to it. In the 
demonstration I ex- 
plained that I had not 
yet been able to get 
different fonts to print 
-^ut on separate lines in 
he body of the certifi- 
cate as described in the 
documentation. I was 
sure that I was doing 
something wronger that 
I had a defective copy of 
the program. 

After the meeting, 
Kevin Kingsmore - lrom 
whom I bought the 
program - approached 
me with an olfer to ex- 
change the program disk 
for me — he had a new one 
in his car. I took him up 
on this offer and eagerly 
returned home to try the 
new disk. To my dis- 
may, it too failed to 
allow me to have more 
than one font used in the 
body of a certificate. I 
was now sure that I was 
-.doing something quite 
wrong. I decided to call 
Springboard’s technical 
help line the next day 
and put the problem to 


rest once and for all. 

My call to technical 
support turned out to 
be most unsatisfactory! 

After a rather lengthy 
explanation of the prob- 
lem, I was tola that the 
ATARI version of the 
program did not, in fact, 
support multiple fonts. 

I asked why the 
documentation, which 
specifically said was for 
the ATARI, did not 
correctly detail the 
operation of the prog- 
ram. I was told that it 
was a typo. ..even 
though the references to 
the procedure to use 
multiple fonts appeared 
numerous times in the 
doc. I was told that 
there would probably be 
no updates to the doc 
correcting this over- 
sight and that the prog- 
ram would probably 
never be updated to sup- 
ply all of the features on 
the ATARI that it does 
on other machines. 

I was not very 
satisfied by the 


response of 
Springboard to my in- 
quiry. The advertise- 
ments and documenta- 
tion for Certificate 
Maker are deceptive as 
to this desirable 
feature. 

Let me say that I do 
still like the program. I 
just wanted to explain 
this interchange with 
this particular software 
publisher in order to 
remind you that things 
are not always what they 
seem and that some 
software publishers 
support ATARI better 
than others. 

Rhe 1 1 Bryson 






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VOLUME: 5 NUMBER: 8 


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NEW RELEASES 
FROtt 

IfichTron 

I received in the 
mail yesterday a 
catalog from 
MichTron advertis- 
ing the software 
releases they had for 
the ATARI ST. 
Among the 45 titles 
for the ST by this 
most prolific of 
software developers 
were several new re- 
leases seemed espe- 
cially exciting. 

Several months 
ago, I bought GFA 
BASIC from 
MichTron. I have 
been completely 
satisfied with it. 
MichTron now has 
several utilities and 
support programs to 
go along with the 
BASIC. A brief 
summary: 

1. GFA BASIC 
Compiler. A fast 
2-pass Compiler 
which converts 
your programs into 
fast-running 
machine- language 
.PRG files. 

2. GFA Compan- 
ion. A new RC5 
editor that creates 
custom dialog boxes 
for use in your 


BASIC programs. 

3. ST Replay. A 
new program that wil 
allow you to digitize 
sounds and music 
which can be put into 
your GFA BASIC 
programs. 

4. Knovice. An 
artificial intelligence 
program that works 
in conjunction with 
your GFA BASIC 
programs. 

6. GFA Vector. 
Allows you to cre- 
ate and manipulate 
astounding images, 
optical effects then 
place them in your 
GFA BASIC 
programs. 

6. GFA Object. 

A 3-D drawing prog- 
ram which allows you 
to create stunning 
objects for use with 
your GFA BASIC 
programs, or for use 
with GFA Vector. 

7. Easy Record. 

A sophisticated B- 
Tree record storage 
management system 
within your GFA 
BASIC programs. 

B. FROG. A data 
base language that 
works with GFA 
BASIC making it 
easy for you to get 
information from a 


data base. 

With GFA BASIC 
only being on the 
market a short time, 
this is a phenomenal 
support for a BASIC 
language. 

Upcoming re- 
leases which should 
quicken the pulse of 
some of you include: 

1. Easv Page. 
Claimed to be the 
"...easiest page lay- 
out system in the 
world!" They say it 
will do practically 
everything the big- 
ger, complicated, 
more expensive prog 
rams do, but is much 
easier to use. 

2. GFA Draft Plus. 

A 2-S CAD program 

that is claimed to be 
"...equal to anything 
running on the IBM, 
at a fraction of the 
price." 



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New Releases from 
MichTron continued 


3. GFA Film. A 
fantastic graphic 
program that lets you 
do all kinds of special 
effects. 

4. Weide Math 
Coprocessor. A 
math coprocessor 
board that fits into 
the 520ST and the 
1040ST. This board 
allows you to use 

a new version of 
GFA BASIC called 
GFA Float which 
gives you the 
jpeed of the math 
coprocessor. 

6. GFA Object. 

An object manipula- 
tion program that 
lets you draw 3-D 
objects. You can 
Merge, Size, Rotate, 
Stretch, just to name 
a few of the features. 
The objects can be 
exported to be used 
by GFA BASIC, 
Vector, Draft Plus, 
and even DEGAS. 

6. GFA Publisher. 
The ultimate page 
layout program, that 
will be "...the Cadillac 
of page layout 
programs." 

7. Realtizer. A 
new utility that 
allows you to 


digitize Images from 
a video camera or 
video cassette re- 
corder! There is a 
variety of grey level 
support with 4 
speeds of scanning. 

The pictures can 
be save in numerous 
formats.You can even 
make color images 
with the included 
three filters.There 
are built-in printer 
drivers which allow 
you to adjust print- 
outs to fit your needs. 

Even though 
many of these prog- 
rams are not yet 
released, MichTron is 
a company that has a 
history of delivering 
everything they 
promise. I have al- 
ways found programs 
from MichTron to be 
of high quality and 
most useful. Many of 
the new releases are 
from GFA in 
Germany. Look for 
reviews and further 
information on these 
programs in the 
magazines and on the 
electronic bulletin 
boards. It looks like 
MichTron will con- 
tinue to be a major 
supporter of the ST! 

Rhett Bryson 



SCANNING 

CURRENT 

NOTES 


The latest issue 
(July-August) of Cur- 
rent Notes brings it's 
usual share of news, 
scuttlebutt, rumor and 
news concerning the 
ATARI ST. 

A company in 
Tucson, AZ offers 
three hardware 
accessories for the 
ST. They have a 
Monitor Master for 
$49.99 to allow those 
St owners who have 
both monitors to 
switch back and forth 
without having to 
grope behind their 
computers and switch 
cables. It has sepa- 
rate audio jack 
hookups that allow 
your sending audio to 
your amplifiers. It 
also brings out com- 
posite video on 520's 



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CURRENT NOTES 

CONTINUED... 


with RF modulators. 

They offer a RGB 
Video cable to allow 
hook-up to non-ATARI 
monitors. It Is 4 ft. 
long and contains com- 
posite leads. It sells 
for $21.99. Also in the 
cable department, 
they offer a Compo- 
site Video Cable for 
$14.99 which features 
molded ends and low 
loss video coax. 

News is stilt spotty 
about the available of 
the long promised 
"Blitter* chip. Still no 
firm word on delivery 
dates. 

Happy Computer 
will produce a floppy 
Interface for the ST 
that will format and 
operate 3.5", 6.25", 
and 8" drive In native 
Mac, IBM, and other 
formats as well as 
perform the usual Job 
of back-up. 

Coming soon will 
be a Mega-ST case for 
those of you with a 
520. All you have to 
do Is remove your 520 
mother board and 
Install it in a new thin- 
line box. It moves all 
serial, parallel, DMA, 
disk drive, and 
monitor connections to 


the box to unclutter 
your keyboard. It 
also gives ample 
room for 4-meg 
boards, blitter and 
other add-ons. The 
deluxe version has 
built-in fan, power 
supply, and a set of 
AC switches on the 
front panel like a 
master control panel — 
spike, surge, and 
noise protection also 
present. You must 
also buy a new slim- 
line keyboard with the 
modular telephone 
type plug. Could be 
neat! 

RHETT BRYSON 



HELP 

G.R.A.C.E. 

WRITE 
FOR 
THE 
NEWS 
LETTER !- 






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8- BIT LIBRARY WEffS 


And how has your summer been? 

This month 1 s di sk-of-th e-month 
will be a 2-sided disk- Qn 
side one will be the following 
programs: 

1. College Football Analysis - 
A neat program that will allow 
you to input scores from games 
and pr ed i c t most likely winner 
of next week's matchup, A very 
unusual program- It will be 
interesting how well this 
program is able to predict 
winner s ! This pr ogr am i s 

c omp r i sed o f t h e f o 1 lowing: 

a, RUN. SYS — should be 
. BINary loaded from DOS. 

b. AUTORUN- CTB - the main 
program (written in compiled 
Turbo Basi c - 

C. CFANALYS.DOC - the -DOC 
file, 

d - CURREM T . OF A - u s e t o keep 
track of weekly scores/stats. 

e, PRES7.CFA - reference 
file of pre-season ratings. 

2. DETECT20 - A BASIC program 
that will check any file on a 
disk and tell you what storage 
method it is stored in: ARCed, 
SCRUNCHED, etc. 

3. RE AD ARC - A BASIC program 
that will display the contents 
of an .ARCed file without 
having to actually run the ARCX 
ext r actor program ! 

4. QUIKMENU.BIN - A .BINary 
load program that will create a 
game-loader menu on a disk. 

Does not need to have DOS/DUP 
on disk, .just a formatted disk 
to write the loader too. Then 
-BINary or ML games can be 

c op i ed to the d i s k . 


Side 2 of the DOM will have a 
super di sk ut i 1 i t y pr ogr am 
called Disk Master on it. 

Assoc i at ed , DOC file also 
i nc luded. 

Hope to see y u at the 
meet i ng ! 

Geor ge Nel son , 

S-Bi t Li brar i an 


“FIRST TIME JITTERSP 

I have now been a member 
of GRace for almost one year! 
And I fully believe that I have 
been ab 1 e to en joy the use o f 
- my computer 500% more than if 1 
had never join, but that is not 
the reason why I am writing 
this article, exactly! I'm 
writing to make the point that 
there is al ways a time for 
firsts in everyone's life! 

From the time one is born 
there are always first, your 
first day of life, your first 
birthday, your first day of 
school, and many more. Well, I 
did a first at the June 
meeting, I did a review of a 
piece of software that 1 own. 
Needless to say I was nervous 
at first, because I knew that 
most of the peopl e there knew 
more about computer technology 
in there little finger than 
wh at I k n o w in my wh o 1 e b o d y . 
But, then I said to myself why 
not at least try to add to 
there knowledge as well as my 
own- I felt this is a user 
group not a torture chamber and 
the worst that could happen is 
that I might submit some 
information that someone didn't 
know and in turn learn 
someth i ng mysel f . 


GrACE NEWS 


VOLUME: S' NUMBER: 8 


Well, I'm still alive from 
my ordeal and you know 
something I did learn something 
from my experience. And right- 
now by writing this ar t i cl e I f m 
doing another first, I'm 
writing a news letter for the 
GRace Newsletter! Folk's isn't 
this what it's all about! You 
never get anymore out of 
something than what you put 
i n t o it! So f or t h os e o f you 
who hav'nt done so already, get 
involved with GRace, write a 
newsl et t er or review a piece of 
software, you'll find it 
enjoyable and informative! 

— Ray Byrd — 

P.S.— A fries sage to those who 
haven't been to a meeting in a 
1 ong t i me, you 're missing a 1 ot 
of GREAT FIRST r 


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A Financial Wizard is a 
disk of programs that are 
completely compatible with each 
other and can Finally give you 
a handle on your finances and 
what happened tD them. 

You start by Figuring out 
where the money needs tD go 
with the Budget program. This 
allows you to know if you are 
spending more than what you had 
really wanted for clothes or 
any other catagory . Did I 
mention you can have £2 major 
catagories Fdt expenses and 1 
For income. Each catagories can 
have up to 36 sub-catagories . 
There are even 3 major 
catagories For record keeping 
that doesn’t affect your 
checkbook balance Ci.e. 
kilowatt usage). 


A FINANCIAL WIZARD 


Do you dread the arrival 
of the bank statement? Do you 
know it will never balance to 
the penny? Ever wonder haw much 
you really spent For gas for 
the family car? Food? 
Electricity? 

If you answered yes to any 
dF these questions, then you 
are ready to use that "game 
machine” For what it really 
good at. Number crunching is 
what I’m talking about. If you 
have a 4SK Atari, Basic, and a 
disk drive or two you can find 
the answer to these and many 
other questions about where all 
the money you make is going to. 


The real workhorse is 
Check Entry. With it you enter 
all your checks, ATM 
transactions, and deposits. 

THis is where you really set up 
the rest of the programs to 
answer your questions and 
balance your checkbook, right 
to the penny if you are 
accurate and in about £0 
minutes or so. It is a very 
forgiving about mistakes and 
will not let you put a date 
like July 45 for example .There 
is error checking where it is 
possible. After you have 
entered your checks you can 
make use of the other programs 
on the disk. 

There is Check Search to 
Find out how much your wife 
spent Dn clothes this year. Dr 
you can Find out hDw much your 
tax deductable donations were 
at tax time without having to 
go through the shoe box 
counting slips of paper. 


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Tabulations and Bar Graph 
mill let you compare what you 
spent compared uith what you 
budgeted for and mill even give 
you a hard copy to show the 
mife mho says she only spent 
$30 on clothes. 

Checkwriter mill print 
your checks if you get 
preprinted checks. Won’t your 
creditors be surprised mhen 
they get those Fancy printed 
checks and begin wondering horn 
you got so Far up the social 
ladder . 


THE X10 POWERHOUSE 

If I t o 1 d you t h a t y ou 
could purchase a device that, 
when connected to your 
c omp u t er , wou 1 d c on t r o 1 25 & 
discrete devices or an 
unlimited number of 
non -discrete devices for under 
$30.00, would you be 
interested? Well, such a. 
device has existed for some 
time! It is c omp I e t e 1 y 
wireless and can control almost 
anything one can imagine, from 
lights to appliances, even the 
heat in your home! 


Finally, there Is 
Checkbook Balancer , It makes 
that task that almost everyone 
cringes about , everyone that 
doesn’t have Financial Wizard, 
easy as pie , This program take 
the info entered with Check 
Entry and your bank statement 
and voilla a balanced 
statement , Like I said in about 
EG minutes you can be back 
watching reruns of Facts of 
Life * And you said nobody 
balances their checkbook except 
by accident . 

The whole package is well 
documented and comes in a hard 
plastic case that is good For 
storing* I rate this a 3 (don’t 
believe in 10’s) For everything 
From ease oF use to price 
(around $30 I don’t remember 
exactly! - 

6F0RQF t*\ AKlfJ 



The device I f m speaking of 
is the X10 POWERHOUSE - This 
thing is amazing! It has a 
r esl —t i me e 1 oc k , day c ount er r 
programmable RAM and battery 
backup, To use the X10 you'll 
need an B5o, an R— VERT EE or the 
P-R CONNECT I ON - I prefer the 
latter for two reasons: 1 ) it's 
c omp at i b 1 e with most p r og r am s 
that are set up for the 850 j 
2> its price: $59.00! With the 
P-R CONNECTION, if you don't 
have a printer interface, for a 
few more dollars than one 
costs, you also get two RS-232 
ports. If you already have an 
interface, then for about 2/3 
of what an B50 costs, you can 
have RS-232 capability. 

First of all, the XI 0 
comes with IBM software or no 
software, but does come with an 
extensive programmer's guide* 
Using only this guide, I was 
able to program the X 10 to 
control everything in the house 
I wanted to* (Including my 
wi f e ! ! - . * . just ki ddi ng ! > The 
X 10 sends signals through the 
wiring in your home to modules 
that are either plugged into 
outlets or ones that replace 
existing switches and outlets. 
The types of modul es avai 1 ab 1 e 
are: Lamp (300 Watts 


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incandescent) j 2 & 3 prong 
App 1 i anc e ( 1 5 A resistive, 1/3HP 
mot or , 5G0W i nc and esc en t or 
400 W TV) , single and 3- way wal 1 
switches, wall outlet and 
thermostat . 

The first three modules 
listed plug into existing 
outlets and the item you wish 
t o c on t r Ci 1 plugs i n t o the 
module. I know nothing about 
the thermostat —only that it is 
available. Each module has two 
codes that you select to 
determine which of the 256 
combinations will operate that 
module: house codes from A-P 
and module numbers from 1-16 
<16 house codes times 16 module 
codes = 256 different codes). 
From the X10 you select a 
hOLisecode and module number 
that you want to control, then 
you select the mode -normal or 
sec ur i t y . 

Sec ur i t y will t ur n t h e 
selected mod ule( s ) o n or o f f 
within an hour of the time you 
set, never at the same time as 
the day before. Next, select 
what day <s) you want (weekday, 
weekend, today, tomorrow, or 
specific days). Then the time 
is selected in the form HH:MM 
AM or PM. Next , the 
operation-on, off or dim. When 
dim is chosen, there are 16 
i n ten si t i es to choose from, 1 
being dims and 16 being brig hit. 


There are some 

1 i mi tat i ons : the X 1 0 can on 1 y 
store 128 events. An event is 
one or mor e modui es wi th the 
same house code being dimmed, 
turn on or off. If you had 
house code "B", modules 1-16 on 
at 6:00 A.M., that would equal 
one event. If you chose house 
codes 11 B" and "C H module 1 on 
at 6:00 A.M., that would equal 
two events. If you change 


house codes or the operation 
time, or the operation, then 
you add events. 

Once you have programmed 
the XI 0, it can be disconnected 
from the computer, unplugged 
from the wall, taken into a 
closet, plugged back in and it 
will continue with the correct 
ti me and all of the events 
stored in its memory. We come 
home to a softly lit drive and 
house each night, get into a 
warm bed in the winter and get 
up to warm lighting and fresh 
coffee e a c h mor n i n g . Ah . . . What 
my Atari won F t do... and it 
didn't cost thousands! ! ! 

The X10 computer 
c ont r ol 1 er c an be pur chased at 
Radio Shack. The 1 modules can 
be purchased at Sears, Radio 
Shack and through some mail 
order companies. Modules run 
from *10.00 to *20,00. 

I thin!-’: the X 1 0 is on e o f 
the most satisfying computer 
accessories purchase you will 
make. It is not something you 
buy, use for a while and 
discard. It is something that 
gets used day in and day cut! 

The software I have will 
be made available to all, for 
the cost of a disk. 


RON MOORE 


MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH BBS 

The Sysop has informed me that 
the Gt ACE BBS is down until he ean^, 
determine the problemll 

ed itor 


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IBM COMPATIBILITY SOFTWARE 


Programs for the IBM PC and 
compatible systems can run on 
the Atari 520ST and 1040ST 
systems with help of PC DITTO, 
an emulation software program 
from Advant- Garde Systems, 

The program supports most 
popular DDS programs including 
Lotus 1 — 2— 3 and Symphony, Word 
Perfect, Desq-view, Framework, 
Dbase III Plus, and others with 
no additional hardware or 
c opr oc essor s , The prog r ami r uns 
software at BO per cent of the 
speed of an IBM PC XT. The 
reason is that this emulator is 
software rather than hardware 
based . 

It provides 1040ST users 
with up to 703K of usable DOS 
memory , and 520ST users with 
3S4K of usable RAM. It imitates 
MDA and C6A graphics modes and 
user s can boot DOS f r cm a har d 
disk. 

PC DITTO also fully 
emulates serial and parallel 
ports and supports 3,5 inch 720 K 
disk drives and optional 5,25 
inch 360 K drives for the Atari. 
The emul at i on program! i s 
provided on 3.5 inch media. 

However , the first ver si on 
only works on the color system 
and does not support GEM or the 
mouse. The list price of $89.95 
includes the program's first 
upgrade, due this fall, which 
will support monochrome systems 
as well as the mouse and MIDI 
por t s. 

PC DITTO i s avai 1 abl e from 
our friend, Bob Ehlers at 
Concurrent Technologies or from 
Advent -Garde Systems, 3S1 Pablo 
Point Drive, Jacksonville, 
Florida 32225 , (904 ) 221—2904. 

A1 Tompkins 


HEMS FROM SENECA ' 

This month Royce Ridings has 
cont r i but ed a VIP wor k sheet 
( AMDR30. UIKS) that (you quessed it) 
calculates loan amortisation 
schedules for up to 30 years, 

Royce welcomes others to make 
changes and additions. He will be 
•happy to discuss this worksheet 
with anyone who is interested. 

A copy of the wor ksheet will be 
placed into the ST library. 

Nice work Royce! ! 

Ed i tor 


conversations 

I have beer, waiting (or ST TALK PROFESSIONAL to 
appear for about three acmths. I ai still waiting! 

. I decided that since the only response I get when 1 
ash about it is 'it's not been released yet 
(jerk).’ (eaphasis added). Therefore, I decided to 
go straight to the horse's aouth and call SKI 
(Suantui Mi cr osysteas Inc.). I got to talk to the 
'head-ian' hiiself, John Defier, President of Gf!I. 

He told ae that ST TALK PROFESSIONAL was about six 
weeks away fro* introduction ( 1'a going to try to 
buy directly froa SMI in the hopes of getting it 
as quickly as possible— also do a review for the 
newsletter), Hr. DeHar told ae of soae of the new 
products that ONI has or is ready to introduce. Hr. 
Deflar has sent ae a flyer describing the products 
that I will bring to the aEeting. The products 
aentioned were: 

1, DESKCART- cartridge based accessory 

2, BE/ST- bulletin board systea for the ST 

3. DG IT!- a is dos shell 

4. GRAPHICS TABLETS/5GFTWARE- the tablets are 3x12 
(S395) and 12x18 (*695) with driver software 

I lust say that Hr. DeHar was very courteous and 
very willing to talk about GUI's product line. I 
wish GUI and Hr. DeHar all the success. 

Froa what Hr. DeHar told le about ST TALK 
PROFESSIONAL, it sounds great. 

Ed Culbertson 
Editor 




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