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a O April 12, 1991 Issue #91-15 

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by Ron Kovacs, Publisher 

Thanks for downloading another GREAT issue of Z*Net Online. We are 

pleased to include an eyewitness report from the CEPS 

show courtesy of 

Mike Brown, a longtime friend and supporter. Thanks Mike!!!! 

New Jersey readers and BBS callers take note that our 

area code has 

changed and takes full effect on June 1, 1991. Central New Jersey will 
change from 201 to 908. The way it works now, 201 will be specific to 

Northern New Jersey, 908 to Central New Jersey and 60 

9 to all Southern 

points of the state. Call your local phone company if you are not sure 
of the area changed. We were given a map by NJBell detailing the 

changes, hmmmm, perhaps a VIDI pic is in order?? You 
201 area code until June 

can still use the 

AtariUser Magazine is NOW shipping to over 30,000 readers today! Some 
of you will be seeing it this weekend and during the week ahead. Stay 

tuned for the latest information on this new Atari SP 

ECIFIC publication 

right here in Z*NET!! 

You may have noticed this is issue #91-15?? Any release from Z*NET 

will now be in sequence order. Last week we released INDX9114.TXT which 
is an index of issues available on GEnie in Library #25. GEnie is the 
only online service containing ALL of the "Z" releases. 

Thanks are also being sent to the staff of this publication for the 
continued support and great articles. I appreciate the assistance and 
look forward to continued success! 


by Terry Schreiber, Assistant Editor 


Atari Canada announced the Mega 1 STE a cut-down version of the Mega 4 
STE. The Mega 1 was said to be the exact same as its big brother minus 
the harddrive, host adapter, math chip and 3 megs of ram. It was 
presented as this by most dealers and advertised as such but something 
new has developed. The Mega 1 STE has a new harddrive cover that is 
louvered as to inhibit the install of a harddrive. The cover was 
completely re-designed in comparison with the Mega 4 STE with no 
mounting holes and louvers that will have to be cut or dremeled out to 
allow a harddrive to even fit. 

This does not take into account a way of mounting it as the mounting 
holes that were on the Mega 4 STE are missing on the Mega 1 STE. 
Reasoning behind this manoeuvre totally escapes me as Atari stated that 
the ICD Mega host adapter could be purchased and a harddrive added in. 
This cover couldn’t have been designed for re-enforcement could it? If 
it was surely the better idea people at Atari could have included 2 
plastic cross-members that would have accomplished the same in the 
original design, after all the monitor doesn’t sit on the harddrive 
cover. Could an optional cover be offered for people at a later date? 

Upon further contact with Atari there will be an upgrade offered from 
them with either a 40 or 80 megabyte drive, host adapter, mounting rails 
and of course the new (old) cover. No cost comparisions were available 
at press time but Z-Net will post the prices as soon as they are 


by Mike Brown, Z*Net Correspondent 

Atari’s Professional Systems Group show their stuff. 

This past week (April 8-11th) Chicago’s massive McCormick Place 
exhibition center played host to the best and brightest that Computer- 
based publishing has to offer in the annual Corporate Electronic 
Publishing Systems (CEPS) trade show. 

Atari chose this exhibition to introduce "Direct To Press", a complete 
and comprehensive array of pre-press publishing solutions. Direct To 
Press is more than a hastily assembled "bundle" of an Atari computer 
system with a popular page layout program, it includes tools for every 
phase of pre-press work from document processing and design, to photo 
retouching and imagesetter film output. 

Although my time at CEPS was limited (I have bills to pay too), I will 
try to cover the items showcased at CEPS that make the Direct To Press 
system such an attractive package for demanding vertical market 

To be sure, the "engine" that drives this sophisticated system is the 
Atari TT030/8 consisting of 8mb of RAM, an 80mb HD, and a TIM194 19" 
1280 by 960 monochrome monitor. This powerful computing platform 
performs at the high level shown at CEPS in concert with an array of 
very innovative software and hardware developed by Atari’s international 
and domestic business partners. 

The Direct to Press solutions offered by Professional Systems Group 
generally follow one of three complementary approaches: Soft-Logik’s 
PostScript based PageStream 2, Calamus SL with tms Cranach Studio family 
of high-end publishing applications (including proprietary SoftRIPs for 
specific models of typesetters and imagesetters) and the Retouche/Didiot 
family of digital lithography, line art, and page layout tools (using 
proprietary software technology to create raster images of pages within 
the host software, eliminating the need for a raster image processor, 
and uses specialized hardware to greatly enhance output speed and 

In addition to showing the current versions of Calamus, and Calamus 
Outline Art, ISD Marketing were showing Calamus SL (albeit, with German 
menus and help text). I was impressed by the color handling capability 
of SL, especially when shown on the PTC1426 14" color monitor. Users 
can specify colors either by simple RGB mixing or an external module 
such as pantone. Calamus SL will create the necessary four films per 
page for color separations. 

Calamus SL’s programmers seem to have paid attention to the critics that 
have said that the Calamus learning curve is too steep. I found SL more 
intuitive, and generally easier to use, although old Calamus hands will 
slip it on like a comfortable shoe. One of Calamus’ strong suits has 
been the manipulation of text around irregular objects, and SL continues 
this tradition by allowing text and graphics to be rotated through a 
full 360 degrees. 

Although the Linotronic equipment had not arrived the day I visited 
CEPS, Klaus Garms assured me that a special version of Calamus SL 
incorporates "SoftRIPs" to allow connection directly from the TTO030 to a 
Linotronic or AGFA Compugraphic 9000 series imagesetter. The AGFA booth 
was nearby, and I’m here to tell you that the ProSet 9800 by AGFA is 
capable of generating some very eye-popping 200-line screen color images 
(at very high speeds). The downside of this is that imagesetters are 
very definitely professional level machines, and have proportionally 
professional prices. 

Stealing CEPS attendees from the Xerox (Ventura Publisher) folks in the 
adjoining booth were Soft-Logik, with a preliminary version of 
PageStream 2. I was assured that PageStream 2 will be out "real soon 
now" for all of you devoted fans that are chomping at the bit. 

PageStream 2 includes new support for Adobe Type I, AFGA Compugraphic 
Intellifont industry standards, as well as the PageStream fonts that you 
are familiar with. PageStream 2 now includes 18 free outline fonts (10 
of which are Compugraphic hinted fonts) as well as the ability to use 
any Adobe PostScript font. 

Additional flexibility has been added to PageStream 2 with the support 
for additional graphics formats such as IBM, Mac and EPSF EPS. The 
internal drawing tools have been improved dramatically as well, but are 
still no substitute for a good drawing program. Those of you who have 
complained in the past about available page sizes can take comfort in 
PageStream 2’s new 1200 foot by 1200 foot page size "limitation". 

Although it was hard to get at the booth- a very enthusiastic group of 
young Europeans representing 3K-ComputerBild drew crowds all day to see 
Retouche Professional; a full featured photo retouching program. The 
interesting thing about Retouche, is that the "tools" used are purposely 
designed to be familiar to those in the lithography trade: Pen, brush, 
charcoal, stamp, copy pen, randomizer, sharpener, finger, water, eraser, 
scraper and an undo function called the "restorator". Retouche uses 
screen resolutions of up to 394 lines versus the 133 line limitation in 

An impressive feature of Retouche is the ability to distort, project, or 
transform halftone pictures on 3-dimensional Bezier surfaces. A 
sophisticated "mask" tool used to select areas of the image combines 
with professional level overlay techniques, such as addition, 
subtraction, mean value, and evaluation, to produce virtually any type 
of picture combination. 

Virtual memory management enables Retouche Professional to 
simultaneously handle up to ten pictures of up to 4096 by 4096 pixels 
(16mb RAM required). 

Retouche CD adds the dimension of color. It enables all of the features 
and functions to allow processing of full color as well as halftone 
images. Retouche CD can work with 256 colors from a palette of 16.7 

million colors and includes facilities for color selection, correction, 
and color separation for output to an imagesetter. 

3K also showed a prototype of their "Image Speeder" which will be a re- 
packaging of the TT030 specifically designed to connect to an 
imagesetter. It uses the TT VMEbus to synchronize to the video port of 
the imagesetter. It also contains some special hardware to assist the 
software RIP in the Didiot, Retouche Professional, and Calamus line of 

The Image Speeder is packaged in a tower case to accommodate a larger 
power supply and other peripherals such as a large capacity hard disk, 
as well as the laser printer controller. Special raster image processor 
hardware includes an Intel 82786 graphics coprocessor capable of 
throughput of 50mb/second. The 82786 is equipped with 4mb of RAM and 
has subunits for for a display processor for 1 to 8 bit pixels which 
display up to 256 colors from a palette of 16.7 million. Monochrome 

operations can run as fast as 30 million pixels per second; halftones or 
256 colors can run at 4 million pixels per second. The graphics 
processor provides hardware pan and zoom support. 

Sherlook Professional is a high speed and highly accurate program for 
optical character recognition that can process up to 12,00 characters 
per minute. The program automatically recognizes different languages, 
recognizes multiple fonts and point sizes on a single page, can be 
"taught" to recognize special characters, and has a built-in spelling 

Local CRAG usergroup member Randy Noak spent quite a bit of time showing 
me SciGraph by SciLab. It is a high performance integrated graphing and 
full featured vector drawing program that can display and manipulate up 
to 256 on screen colors or greyscale levels and create a wide variety of 
chart and graph types that can easily be converted into desktop 
publishing documents. 

I found SciGraph’s 3-D graphics manipulation functions to be 
particularly innovative. You have full control over the casting of 
shadows, and their intensity, the perspective of the graph in relation 
to the viewer, and other bits that can be played with almost infinitely. 
Randy and I spent the better part of an hour making hundreds of 
variations on just one set of 3-D data points. 

Goldleaf Publishing was proudly showing Wordflair II; the integrated 
document processor. I had my doubts about a program that claims to 
combine word processing, calculations, graphics, page layout anda 
simple database on a representation of a printed page. After a little 
"cockpit time" I can safely say that if you need to produce short 
documents in a limited amount of time, Wordflair II deserves more than a 
casual look. 

Wordflair’s on-screen help was particularly impressive, as I snuck on 
the package while Lauren Flanegan-Sellers and her crew were away from 
their station! The on-screen help made operating the program a breeze, 
even for a hardcore goof-up such as myself. 

One of the more fascinating offerings was presented by TradeiT of 
Germany. There was a little miscommunication sometimes with Thomas 
Klatt and Michael Wagner manning the TradeiT area (mostly because I’m 
not a graphic artist), but their fine Repro Studio Pro and Avant Vektor 
products spoke for themselves. Repro Studio allows the hand scanner 
owner functions that were previously reserved for those well-heeled 
folks owning flatbed scanners. 

Attendees were initially attracted to their "subject matter" (a stunning 
Blonde), but the oohs and ahs were definitely for the functionality of 
the product. 

If you don’t already have a hand-scanner, TradeiT offers several models 
based on Logitech engines compatible with the ST/TT. 

Overall, it was a pleasure to see Atari making a firm commitment to 
their Professional Systems Group. The caption on the cover of the 
handouts was: "Complete Publishing Solutions. No compromises", it is my 
opinion that Atari put everyone else attending CEPS on notice that they 
intend to be a player in the DTP market, and that they intend to do it 
through innovation, not "me-too-ism". 

The Atari personnel were most kind to take time out to answer my 
questions and allow us to produce the VIDI pictures of CEPS that will be 

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MEETING (Press Release) 


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tre, upstairs. The meeting will start promptly at 

expected to last three hours. 

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store. Directions from the Library to the Store will be available at 

the Library. 

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Ashton-Tate announced this week that it has begau shipping dBASE IV 
RunTime PLUS, a product that runs most dBASE IV version 1.1 applications 
without modification on Apple Macintosh personal computers. Priced at 
$195, dBASE IV RunTime PLUS gives Macintosh users access to thousands 

of dBASE applications that were created in dBASE IV for DOS, UNIX or 
VMS. More than simply a means of running an application, RunTime PLUS 
gives developers the additional capability to create, modify or debug 
dBASE code on the Macintosh. Registered users of Ashton-Tate’s original 
dBASE Mac product can buy dBASE IV RunTime PLUS for $75 plus shipping by 
calling Ashton-Tate customer service at 800-2ASHTON. 





Poqet Computer announced this week that purchasers of The Poqet PC will 
receive a free copy of Lotus 1-2-3 (release 2.2) for The Poqet PC. The 
software bundle applies to all merchandise purchased through Poqet 
dealers from April 15 to June 30. The Poget PC is a one-pound, portable 
personal computer powered by two AA-size alkaline batteries and has a 
suggested retail price of $1,450. For more information, contact Poget 
at (800) 624-8999, ext. 1590. For dealer information, call (800) 624- 
8999, ext. 1591. 


UNIX System announced this week the availability of the UNIX System V 
Release 4 Applications Binary Interface (ABI) for the MIPS RISC computer 
architecture. AT&T Computer Systems, NEC Corp., Olivetti Systems & 
Networks, Prime Computer, Pyramid Technology Corporation, Siemens 
Nixdorf Information Systems, Sony Microsystems Company, and Tandem 
Computers Incorporated, all have committed to offering MIPS-based 
computer systems compliant with the UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4) MIPS 

Nintendo has agreed to give up to $25 million in coupons to customers 
and pay $5 million to settle charges that it fixed its prices. Nintendo 
did not admit to the charges, but agreed to partially refund people who 
bought its 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System video game consoles for 
$99.95 from June 1988 to December 1990. Nintendo has agreed to issue 
redemption certificates worth $25 million and guaranteed the redemption 
of at least $5 million in certificates. Every purchaser of an NES 
console during the 30-month period is entitled to a $5 coupon, good on 
the purchase of a Nintendo game cartridge. Under the proposed consent 
agreement, Nintendo has agreed to refrain from: Fixing the price at 
which any dealer advertises or sells Nintendo products to consumers, 
Reducing the supply of Nintendo products to dealers because of failure 
to adhere to minimum suggested prices, Asking dealers to report other 
dealers who offer Nintendo products below resale prices suggested by 



AT&T will be offering the military three-minute long-distance telephone 
calls at no charge to anywhere in the world on April 12-14. Military 
personnel wanting to call a friend in Japan or Germany, for example, or 

just check in with relatives back home can visit the AT&T exhibit at 
Whidbey Island Exchange. At the exhibit, AT&T will allow military 
families to make three-minute long-distance calls at no charge to any 
location in the United States and to more than 270 countries and areas 


IBM, suffering from sagging business, unfavorable exchange rates and a 
new accounting charge, announced this week a first-quarter net loss of 
$1.73 billion, the first-ever quarterly shortfall for the world’s 
largest computer maker. The loss was due to a $2.26 billion accounting 
charge against earnings to cover a new accounting standard that requires 
employers to cover non-pension, post-retirement benefits such as 
health insurance - for current employees. Without the charge, net 
income was $532 million, or 93 cents a share. In the first quarter of 
1990, IBM earned $1.037 billion, or $1.81 a share. IBM last month 
announced plans to cut its work force of about 373,000 by 14,000 this 
year. IBM was founded in 1911 as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. 
The company changed its name to IBM in 1924. 


Press Release 

This week we conclude reprinting of the Atari press release related to 
EPS. Last week we published Part One. 




The following group of Publishing tools has been developed by 3K- 
ComputerBild and is published in North America by Goldleaf Publishing, 
Inc. The products share a focus on providing tools to meet the 
requirements of the most demanding lithography or typography 
professional, and most of the products use a proprietary technique of 
rasterizing the image within the application software, thereby removing 
the need for a separate raster image processor (RIP). 

Retouche Professional 

Retouche Professional (TM) is a professional lithographer’s dream come 
true. A full featured grayscale photo retouching program, Retouche 
Professional is a modular system of digital lithography tools for 
creating, retouching and reproducing halftone pictures. 

This sophisticated software features extremely high quality output that 
results primarily from a unique method of screening that uses a library 
of hand made (rather than mathematically generated) screens, can 

manipulate Pixel shapes and patterns and uses screen resolutions of up 

to 394 lines, as compared to the 133 line limitation in PostScript. 
Retouche Professional’s hand-generated screens resemble the screens used 
with camera reproduction and are optimized for specific output devices. 

Retouche Professional also features very fast throughput, again 
resulting from the program’s proprietary system of preparing and 
transferring pictures for the imagesetter without requiring a raster 
image processor. 

Retouche Professional uses instruments that will be familiar toa 
lithographer: pen, brush, charcoal, stamp, copy pen, randomizer, 
sharpener, finger, wateraser, scraper, and a "restorator" that supplies 
a local "undo" function with weighted overlay. Retouche Professional 
provides ten different types of grayscale gradations to enable the user 
to randomize away "steps" or "stripes." 

An especially impressive feature is the ability to distort, project, or 
transform halftone pictures on 3-dimensional Bezier surfaces. A 
sophisticated "matool used to select areas of the image combines with 
professional level overlay techniques, such as addition, subtraction, 
mean value, and evaluation, to produce virtually any type of picture 

Using vector paths as a graphics "macro" is a new conceptual approach to 
picture processing. AlI of Retouche Professional’s manual tools can 
repeatedly fw vector Paths or different tools can be used along exactly 
the same path. Vector paths can be easily constructed from straight 
lines and Bezier curves or imported from a line art program such as 
Didot Line Art. Alternatively, the font accessory enables outline fonts 
to be used as vector paths. 

Retouche Professional can convert color pictures that were scanned in 
with a flatbed or camera scanner to good-looking black and white 
pictures. It can alodify halftone pictures to improve their appearance 
in print, including automatic gradations changes to compensate for the 
inevitable loss of quality in the printing process. 

Virtual memory management enables Retouche Professional to 

simultaneously handle up to ten pictures of up to 4096 by 4096 pixels 
(16 MB). Job-oriented management of scanned images, masks, type, and 
art keeps files and work organized. Suggested retail price: $999.95. 

Retouche CD 

Retouche CD (TM) adds the dimension of color. It is a superset of 
Retouche Professional and enables all of the features and functions of 
that picture to work on full color as well as on halftone images. 
Retouche CD can work with 256 colors from a palette of 16.7 million 
colors and includes facilities for color selection, correction, and 
color separation for output to an imagesetter. 

The Retouche Professional method sends an entire rasterized page or 
image to the imagesetter in a smooth flow, unlike the constant start and 
stop created by a PostScript RIP. In stop and go mode, the mechanical 
stress on the imagesetter film transport results in fine cuts in the 
screening. Those cuts can create moire pattern problems. The smooth 
flow means that Retouche Professional can produce results on an 
affordable flatbed imagesetter that rival the much more expensive drum 
imagesetters. Drum imagesetters use vacuum pressure for precision film 

handling as the drum starts and stops. This quality advantage is 

especially apparent in color work. Suggested retail price: To be 

Didot Line Art 

Didot Line Art is a comprehensive vector graphics editor that can create 
logos, headlines, and other art work. It can generate PostScript files 
for any typesetter or complete page files for the Image Speeder, or CVG 
files that can be imported into Calamus SL. 

Didot Line Art can produce halftone pictures with 256 grayscale values 
in TIFF or the proprietary ISH format. Thus, users can combine natural 
looking material such as scanned photos with vector graphics, or 
texturize vector objects with natural surfaces such as wood. Didot Line 
Art can produce vector paths that can be exported and used with Retouche 

Part of Didot Line Art is an outline font editor with which users can 
not only design their own fonts, but also change Calamus fonts and load 
and use PostScript Type 1 fonts. (Type 1 fonts can even be converted 
for use with Calamus.) 

The vector graphics concept of Didot Line Art is closely related to the 
PostScript methodology. All vector graphics are constructed of paths, 
which consist of lines and Bezier curves. Line widths, fine styles, and 
"colors" (one of 256 gray values) can be defined for each path. Paths 
can describe surfaces as well as lines; a path can be filled with any of 
256 gray values. 

With these paths, users construct outline fonts (in the font creator) 
and graphic primitives that can be grouped together to form complex 
objects. Primitives and complex objects can be resized and reshaped, or 
turned and distorted. 

Text functions can also create complex objects: line text, path text, 
and circular text. The program’s help lines and grids are more 
sophisticated than most. Magnetic snapping functions enable the user to 
snap on a grid, a specific help line, a circle, or a Bezier point. 
Horizontal and vertical snapping are available, as is the ability to 
define a snap angle or a snapping radius. Suggested price: To be 


Didot Professional 

A superset of Didot Line Art, Didot Professional (TM) is a complete page 
layout and publishing package. It builds complete pages including piped 
text across many columns and pages, as well as halftone or color 
pictures of any size and bit-mapped images and vector graphics. Color 
support covers the same 16.7 million colors and uses the same method, 
including color separation, as Retouche CD. 

Didot Professional is a page-oriented and object-oriented publishing 
program. The program is focussed on giving the user extremely precis 
control over page layout and works with objects, such as strips of text, 
photos, or drawings. This differs from the typical method of working 
with frames that represent the objects, and then importing the objects 
into the frames. 

All style and format information is specified and stored using macros. 
Thus, if the user has tagged all subtitles, a change to the "subtitle" 

definition of font and size will affect all of the tagged subtitles. 
Suggested retail price: To be announced 

3K Image Speeder 

The 3K Image Speeder (TM) is a customized re-packaging of the Atari 
TTO30 that is specifically designed to connect to an imagesetter. It 
contains a high speed scanner interface as well as an interface that 
synchronizes the computer’s VME bus with the video port of the 
imagesetter. It also contains some special hardware to assist the 
software RIP in the Didot, Retouche Professional, and Calamus line of 
products. The Image Speeder is packaged in a tower case to accommodate 
a lager power supply and other peripherals such as a large capacity hard 
disk, or a Syquest removable storage media drive, as well as the laser 

printer controller. 

The special RIP support hardware includes an Intel 82786 graphics 
coprocessor that is capable of a throughput of 50 MB/second. The 82786 
is equipped with 4MB of RAM and has subunits for a display processor for 
1 to 8 bit pixels which display up to 256 colors from a palette of 16.7 
million, and for a true graphics processor for fast drawing and blitting 
operations. Monochrome operations can run as fast as 30 million pixels 
per second; halftones or 256 colors can run at 4 million pixels per 
second. The graphics processor provides hardware pan and zoom support. 

An essential part of the image Speeder is the special screening 
processor developed by 3K-ComputerBild. Its function is to enable the 
screening of halftone images with no delay at output. Several different 
kinds of screening methods are supported. The screening processor can 
apply an external gradation in real time. Suggested retail price: To be 

Sherlook Professional 

Sherlook Professional (TM) is a high-speed and highly accurate program 
for optical character recognition that can process up to 12,000 
characters per minute. The program automatically recognizes different 
languages, recognizes multiple fonts and point sizes on a single page, 
can be taught to recognize special characters, and has a built-in 

spelling checker. Suggested retail price: $899.95 


Developed by Sci-Lab, SciGraph (TM) is a high performance integrated 
graphing and full-featured vector drawing program that can display and 
manipulate up to 256 onscreen colors or grayscale levels and create a 
wide variety of chart and graph types that can easily be imported into 
desktop publishing documents. 

For high quality presentation graphics, SciGraph can import data from 
DIF and ASCII (CSV and TXT), and export table data to TXT, CSV, and 
LaTex format. Vector graphics can be exported to GEM, EPS, PS, and CVG. 
Once imported, the data can be converted to bar, line, area, and pie 
chars of all types including 3-dimensional graphs. Suggested retail 
price: To be announced 

Wordflair II 

Developed by Goldleaf Publishing, Wordflair II (TM) is an integrated 
document processor, a single program that creates short, presentation- 

quality, compound documents by combining word processing, calculations, 
graphics, page layout, and a simple database on a screen representation 
of a printed page. Wordflair II’s integration enables the user to 
easily manipulate text, data, and graphics without cutting and pasting 
from separate applications. 

It features fast text handling, a full built-in spelling checker and 
thesaurus, layouts using up to 9 columns, and advanced on-screen help. 
Table creation is easy in Wordflair II as is its sophisticated mail 
merge function. 

Page layout features include a graphics conversion utility that imports 
many file formats, a snap-to-grid function, and an editable reduced 
view. Suggest retail price: $149.95 

For more information about Retouche Professional, Retouche CD, Didot 
Line Art, Didot Professional, Sherlook Professional, SciGraph, Wordflair 
II, or the 3K Image Speeder, contact: 

John Fox 

Goldleaf Publishing, Inc. 

700 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 199 
Larkspur, CA 94939 



Copyright (c) 1990, US Government Printing Office 

(EDITORS NOTE: The information is presented as a special feature which 
will appear from time to time. These announcements are pooled from the 
online areas of CompuServe and GEnie and in the weeks ahead, we will 
focus attention to these areas and the topics and files available.) 

Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol Problems 

Alcohol use is involved in nearly 100, 000 deaths annually and plays a 
major role in numerous medical and social problems. The National 
Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) asked the Institute of 
Medicine (IOM) to assess the state of knowledge about alcohol-related 
problems and to identify the most important and promising avenues for 
research into their prevention and treatment. 

Alcohol use is associated with physical and social problems ranging from 
disease, violence, homelessness, and unemployment, to marital problems. 

Alcohol is involved in many injuries and deaths in the United States, 
whether resulting from motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, or 
fires. Yet it is difficult to prove that alcohol is a cause of 

traumatic envents or to determine the magnitude of the relationship. 
Although there is widespread belief that child abuse and neglect are 
associated with alcohol abuse, this association is unproven and should 

be investigated further. Studies also are needed on the influence of 
alcohol on sexually transmitted diseases and sexual activity, including 
early sexual activity and adolescent pregnancy. 

There are many possible approaches to prevention research from the 
vantage point of the individual alone. A fruitful area for further 
research is that of the individual in the context of the environment -- 
both specific drinking milieu and the environment in which a person 
grows, develops, and matures. 

The single best predictor of alcohol depedence today is family history, 
although not all children of alcoholics are at equal risk. The basis of 
the differential risk is not yet understood. Research should continue 
to locate the specific genes that predispose an individual to alcohol 
dependence and to search for physiological indicators of susceptibility. 
At this time, however, research has not progressed far enough to allow 
health care providers to base their prevention efforts on this genetic 

Researchers should investigate the relation between alcohol 
availability, retail price, and hours of sale and consumption. In 
addition, studies are needed to assess the effect of changes in speed 
limits on the number of alcohol-related crashes; the impact of server 
liability statutes; and the relation between the workplace environment 
and alcohol consumption. 

Focusing on the environment influences that shape drinking behavior 
leads naturally to the possibility of community-wide programs to reduce 
alcohol problems. The growing evidence of the success of programs 
involving mass media campaigns and education to alter community-wide 
risk factors for cardiovascular disease, cancer, smoking, and adolescent 
pregnancies indicates that such programs could be successful in altering 
community risk factors for alcohol abuse. Programs need to be planned 
carefully to involve formative evaluation, pilot testing, behavioral 
analysis, and the critical review of research 

Recent research on couples and family therapy suggests tht interventions 
to improve the functioning of couples and families may enhance the 
success of alcoholism treatment. However, only therapy involving 
couples has been evaluated systematically; the effectiveness of therapy 
with the whole family is unknown. 

Since 1980, the focus on identifying and treating individuals early in 
their development of alcohol problems has intensified. Effective, 
inexpensive, early interventions still are in the early stages of 
development. Whereas promising results have been reported from a few 
programs, little rigorous evaluation and few studies have been conducted 
on the behavioral processes that may underlie th ffectiveness of such 

Alcohol abuse has diverse deleterious effects on health, including those 
resulting from intoxication, the withdrawal syndrome, and many types of 
organ damage. Multisite studies of treatments for alcohol-related 
health consequences are essential because the low frequency of illness 
results in insufficient numbers of study subjects. Alcoholic 
hallucinosis, pancreatitis, and cardiomyopathy are examples of disorders 
whose understanding might require multisite research efforts. 

Controlled treatment trials of detoxification or research on ways of 
limiting or reversing cognitive impairment could be carried out at 
either single or multiple sites. 

For a comprehensive discussion of this topic and other subjects, we 
refer readers to the full report, available for $30, prepaid, from the 
National Academy Press, National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution 
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418. 


Copyright (c)1991, by Geoff LaCasse 

GXR Systems, Vancouver, B.C. 

This Calamus tutorial series concludes with a three-part multi-page, 
multi-column document. Topics include header/footer frames, page 
numbering, flow-around graphics, and double-sided page layout. The 
double-sided format, in particular, is poorly explained in the manual, 
and needs to have a number of points clarified if you are to exploit its 
potential for newsletters and other styles. 

Discard your document from the last session. Your new document (go to 
PAGE LAYOUT under the PAGE menu) should be letter size, portrait, and 
DOUBLE-PAGES. Double-pages creates left and right master pages which 
govern the layout for following pages. Each can then have its own 
format which need not be the same. Books, for example, may have mirror 
image pages with the page numbers in the bottom left and right corners 
and a larger text margin (or gutter) to allow for the binding where the 
pages touch. We will create something similar. Set the margins for the 
left and right pages. Select LEFT PAGES, and change default 0.00 values 
in Inner, Outer, Top, and Bottom to 1.25, 0.75, 2.00, and 1.25 (inches 
of course). Click on RIGHT PAGES (default will again be 0.00 for the 
four margins), and then on MIRROR MARGINS. Right Page values will 
change to those for the Left Page. Go to the PAGE menu, and ADD three 
pages to the document. Use the default values in this menu. 

You can move through a document several ways. At the top-middle of the 
screen--to the left of the X/Y COORDINATE box--are a number of icons 
including left and right arrow keys, a number, and two small page 

symbols. The number indicates the page presently on screen. This is 
Calamus’s numbering system (in essence, the first page of a document is 
page one). Your numbering system may (and can) differ substantially. 

Highlight the number, type in the number of the page you would like to 
move to (up to four), and press RETURN. Alternately, click on the left 
and right arrow keys to move backwards or forwards one page at a time. 
If you have a Double-sided document, the page icons will change from L 
to R and back to L as you move from page to page. When you move through 
the four page document the page layout format (the guide lines set 
above) changes position depending whether you bring up a left or right 
page. Move to page four and back again to page one. 

Create three columns for the document. Click on HELP LINES, then 
AUXILIARY LINES FOR COLUMNS and set up one row and three columns. 
Margins will be 2.00 top and 1.25 bottom, 0.25 between columns, 1.25 
left margin, and 0.75 right margin. These match our values for Left and 
Right pages--which need not be set when Auxiliary Lines for Columns is 

used. Here, Left and Right Pages is useful to compliment the layout (as 
we will see). When you now move through the document, the columns do 
not match its Double-sided layout. Instead, the columns are properly 
aligned on pages 1 and 3, but not on pages 2 and 4. I will look at some 
solutions next session. For the moment, go back to page one. Click on 

Calamus handles complex documents poorly (time, effort, and 
understanding is needed). In our example here, if our Left and Right 
pages had an identical column layout, document page format would be a 
simple process. With dissimilar layout, however, we need to employ a 
certain amount of ingenuity. Next session we will deal with this point. 

Header/footer frames are useful when creating common page elements, page 

numbering, and the like. Click off SNAP TO AUXILIARY LINES. From the 
LINES icon pad, create a 100% Raster, 10.0 point line across the page 
approximately 0.25 inches above the top of our columns. The line should 
reach between the two vertical guide lines. Above this, create a Text 
frame (make it Centered, Swiss 50, 36 point) which should also stretch 
between the guides. This frame will hold a common text element on each 
page (call it Geoff’s Newsletter or some such title). Make sure the 
text frame is at least 0.5 inches from the top of the page (there should 
be lots of room). Most printers (particularly Lasers and Ink-Jets) 
can’t print right to the edges of a sheet. Change the text value to 6 
point, and text colour to white. Text colour is found at the bottom of 
the FONT MENU icon pad. Click on 0 (white), rather than 1 (black). The 
selected colour is boxed. Create another Text frame the length of the 
line and place it on top of the line frame. The text frame should say: 
Calamus for Everybody. The white text will show up against the black 


Create another line--2.0 points with a 50% Raster--below the bottom of 

the column guides. Adda text frame (Right Justified, Swiss 50, 9 
points, colour back to 1) just below this line, adjacent to the far 
right column guide. This frame should be large enough to hold our page 
numbering. Go to the PAGE menu, and select PAGE NUMBERING. Notice the 
numbering options. Leave numbering at default, but change Start Number 
to 3. Select the text frame, place a cursor inside, and click on INSERT 

number 3 will appear in the frame. Note that only the word [PAGE] (and 
Style/Text ruler) if you open up the Text Editor. Calamus automatically 
numbers the first page according to your scheme and start number. To 
number pages 2 through 4, we need to create the header/footer frame. 

A Header/footer frame may consist of as few as one frame, or as many as 

memory allows. Go back to the FRAMES icon pad and bring up select 
cursor (the hand shape). Holding down the SHIFT key, select each frame 
—--in turn--on the document page. The handles on each should be visible. 


Click on HEADER/FOOTER FRAME (third row from top, middle icon). This 
process is similar to Grouping, discussed previously. Once a header/ 
footer is created, no component frame can be modified until the Header/ 
footer is UN-GROUPED (again like Grouped frames). If we move through 
our document, only odd-numbered pages (as Calamus counts) have the 
header/footer frame. With Double-sided documents, we need to create a 
separate frame for even-numbered pages. Next session. 

by Jon Clarke, Contributing Editor 

Password Security. My Password and I would like to say: 

Ever since the dawn of modern man a password has been a means of 
securing information. Weither on the battle front, for entry to a room, 
in a faternity or just plain fun as children we have at some stage in 
our life used one form or another of passwords. Now that more and more 
people have access to on-line services (bbs’s, System networks, Major 
Online Services like GEni tc) the password word as a means of 
protection has become more important. Your password in most cases stops 
other users from accessing your files or information you use on a 
paticular service. 

Passwords do not care what machine (read computer) you use or who is 
using them. Password protection transends all machines and is only 
looking for the _correct_ match. So to those of you who are reading 
this issue of Z*Net International no matter what computer you use an 
Atari, I.B.M , Clone, Unix Box, AS400 , or if you are reading this on 
your local BBS, on a major on-line service or even in your User Group 
News-letter this applies to YOU! 

Have you stopped laterly and thought how many passwords you may use in 
an average day? One, two, five or maybe more? Where do you use these 
passwords? On a BBS, On-line service, at work, on your Hole in the Wall 
Card, on the telephone? The list is endless and an average person can 
have at leaste five passwords without even trying. 

Have you thought laterly how many times you have either changed your 
password or how many of them are all identical? 

Well read on .... Below is a capture of several messages from STaTus 
BBS where the subject arouse over the last few weeks. This is a sample 
of some of the Questions and Answers given. 

*/ REPRINTED with the Authors and STaTus BBS permission /* 
*/ NB: Spelling and grammer have not been corrected /* 
*/ Permission to reprint Murray Moffatts article are /* 
*/ provided MURRAY_MOFFATT@PRIMEA.Prime.COM is intact /* 

Message : 9359 [Open] 3-31-91 9:40am 

From : Murray Moffatt 
To : Jon Clarke (x) 
Subject : #9344 hi 
Sig(s) : 1 (General) 

Speaking of passwords, I think it’s probably a good idea that someone 
should advise our new (and not so new) users on the art of picking 
passwords. Anybody volunteer? Speak now or forever hold your peace? 
No? Ok, I’ll take it on myself to do this. 

Your password is the only thing that stands between you and some nasty 
haker-type person. Your username is common knowledge to everybody that 
uses the system, so you must keep your password secret. This means not 
telling people, or lending it to people, or writing it down and sticking 

it to your screen, or anything like that. 

It also means that you must choose your password carefully. Recent 
experiements have shown that 25% of people choose passwords that can 
easily be hacked. The method that is most often used to hack a password 
is called the ’dictionary hack’. The hacker gets a dictionary and goes 
through it trying each word as the password. Of course he doesn’t do 
this by hand, he writes a little prog to do it, and the dictionary is a 
file of words. So, if you use a word that is found in the dictionary, 
Just stop for a second and think if any of your 
passwords are words that are found in the dictionary? 

you'll be found out. 

So, how do you combat 
dictionary! But at t 
number plates, phone 
Simply string two or 
example, BLAD 



Simple, don’t choose words from the 

he same time it’s not a good idea to use dates, 


etc. The best ways are to make us words. 

more words together to form a new word. For 


and RUNNER may be in the dictionary, but I’11 bet that 

RUNNER or BLADE.RUNNER isn’t! You can also use 

the initial letters from words of a phrase. For example, Three Blind 
would translate to a password of TBMRUTC. Looks 

Mice Ran Up The Clock 
like a nonsense word, 
just have to remember 


it? But it means something to you, you 

the phrase. 

Also, remember not to use the same password on different systems. I 

know that this is a hard thing not to do, but try to have different 

passwords on each board you use. And change the passwords regularly. 
Where I work all the passwords expire after 30 days, and you’re forced 
Some systems, like IBM systems, remember the last 5 

to enter a new one. 

or so passwords that you’ve used, and won’t let you re-use them. 
also force you to have at least one digit in the password and other 

things as well. 

Oh, and one last thin 

will always try these 


g. There are a whole lot of commonly used 
passwords. These passwords are used so often by people, that the hacker 


Heres a list that I grabbed of Usenet that someone posted of the most 

commonly used passwor 

alt/security/ 369 
From: jsax@cdp.UUCP 



Date: 9 Jan 91 05:08: 

00 GMT 

N£-ID: #R:cdp:1159900002:cdp:1159900003:000: 6649 

Nf-From: cdp.UUCP!jsa 

Ce: hfrederick 
Subject: OVERUS 



x Jan 


8 21:08:00 1991 

Taken from 

‘AR Novice’s Guide to Hacking- 1989 Edition’ 



The Mentor LOD/H 



Password List 

jester rascal 
johnny really 
joseph rebecca 






















charon guitar pete unicorn 
chester hacker peter unknown 
cigar harmony philip urchin 
classic harold phoenix utility 
coffee harvey pierre vicky 
coke heinlein pizza virginia 
collins hello plover warren 
comrade help polynomial water 
computer herbert praise weenie 
condo honey prelude whatnot 
condom horse prince whitney 
cookie imperial protect will 
cooper include pumpkin william 
create ingres puppet willie 
creation innocuous rabbit winston 
creator irishman rachmaninoff wizard 
cretin isis rainbow wombat 
daemon japan raindrop yosemite 
dancer jessica random zap 
snip snip 

The Internet Worm used a lot of the above passwords in it’s first 
password pass. After that it just used the dictionary, etc. 

It’d really be worth it to check this list when people change passwords. 
That plus 1-2 month password expire is good security. 


It’s amazing how many people use SECRET 
Not to mention using their first name.. 

or MODEM for their password. 

"God hates me." 
"Hate ’im back, 

vector0! jon@sactohO.SAC.CA.US 
...ames!pacbell!sactoh0O!vector0! jon 

works for me." 

alt/security/ 372 

From: (Pet 

Date: 10 Jan 91 01:58:06 GMT 
Organization: Processed People for a Processed America 


In article <1159900002@cdp> jsax@cdp.UUCP writes: 


>I received this from a respondent to my article on 
>recently. Is your password on the list? (Tell me! Tell me!) 


> These are passwords that were used by the Internet worm, 
>are included in COPS. 





I person would be crazy to admit there password is on that list, because 
you will be able to crack that persons account in less then two minutes 
using telnet. 

Note that list is used my everyone, it is effective on non-educated 
users but since every password checker written in the last five years 
has this list (or the list the internet worm was built from) it is not 

as useful as it once was for password cracking. I suggest aquiring a 
list of female names, I have had the most sucess with those lists. 

My 8mm tape collection used a list of common last names, female names, 
male names, the worm list, /usr/dict/words (from SunOS 4.1) and the 
word list from Webster’s 7th Collegiate Dictionary, plus a list I put 
together (contains default password some OS’s come with). 

Pete Shipley: 

-- Quip V1.3 (C) Murray Moffatt 1990/91 

a Murray Moffatt 
/ \ / \ : Senior Programmer 
lp MOY: | O oO | : Eagle Technology Group Ltd 
| X | == | : Auckland, NEW ZEALAND 

Message : 9438 [Open] 4-04-91 5:20am 

From : Deigh Davies 
To : Murray Moffat 
Subject : Hackers 

Sig (s) : 1 (General) 

Thanks for all that info Murray, now will you explain to a greenhorn 
why it is so important that no-one knows my code? If I were paying for 
phone calls etc I could understand the secrecy but the only thing that 
comes to mind is graffiti where someone could get me a bad name. There 
must be more important reasons than that! 

Message : 9439 [Open] 4-04-91 7:46am 

From : Murray Moffatt 
To : Deigh Davies (x) 
Subject : #9438 Hackers 
Sig (s) : 1 (General) 

If we were using a real system instead of this little BBS, then anyone 
having your password would be able to log in as you and delete all your 
files! And if you’re reasonably powerful and have access to lots of 
files (especially system files) then they could destroy your entire 
machine (imagine someone deleting all your disks!) 

As for BBS’s, well, about the worst they can do is send lots of rude 
messages under your name, and use up all your time. Then you'll come 
along and say ‘It wasn’t me!’ and most people won’t believe you cos all 
those nasty messages had YOUR name on them, so you will get a really bad 
rep and people will call you a snivling little good for nothing toad. 
How’d you like that? 

Somebody resently hacked Graffitti Wall (guessing the sysop’s password) 
and deleted a lot of his files (including message bases!). Obviously 
Craig didn’t have tight enough security! 

Message : 9443 [Open] 4-04-91 10:24am 
From : Jon Clarke 

To : Deigh Davies (x) 

Subject : #9438 Hackers 

Sig(s) : 1 (General) 

I guess it goes alot deeper than that Diegh. While a hacker may find 
your password and access an online service and remove your good name he 
may also do the following. 

Where do we have password? PIN number on your master card, visa, ATM 
(Hole in the wall card) card. If you use the same one and the person 
knows your codes you may be less a few dollars if they get your cards. 
Or if you are in a job where you need passwords (we have about 30 odd to 
remember (and they are all different)) a person who does not change his 
passwords tends to be a VICTIM awaiting an accident. 

Remember in certain areas your password is the same as your signature 
(Well in my game it is in the Bank), so Password protection is a prime 
thought Deigh. 

[SIG : Practise safe computing. Change your passwords today ] 


by Ron Berinstein, Contributing Editor 

Ok, I checked with the Federal Government and the nice people at the 240 
E. Washington Street address confirmed that there is in fact an extra 
exemption that Atari Software users can take. Taking same could save 
you a lot of money depending on how much you use your Atari, maybe even 
a thousand dollars. Of course they noted that there are some exemption 
criteria that you must meet in order to take advantage of the newly 
written tax code. First, you must have an island address. Second, your 
primary computer must be a Univac. Third, you must be fully qualified 
as an elephant trainer. No doubt many Atari users will want to inquire 
about this new way to save money on your tax forms this season! 

Well, maybe we as Atari users can’t save money on our tax forms JUST 
because we are Atari users, but, if you use your Atari for business 
purposes many expenses may well be tax deductible. And, with regard to 
the software in this column you'll save money right up front because of 
the either freely offered files, or the very low cost shareware ones. 
Not to mention how much money you might save because Atari Computer 
programmers have written plenty of fine programs that help us all daily 
with our regular routines, keeping us organized and on time, and 
allowing us to do for ourselves many functions that otherwise we might 
have had to depend on costly others to perform. 

LZH11318.LZH has been been uploaded this past week and replaces last 
month’s L2ZH11316.LZH, an optimized LHARC. For those of you who have not 
heard about this file do yourselves a favor and download it. It may 
well be the fastest "compressor" today. Very fast at extracting as 


HYPERCD.ULT "Hyper Screen" a 219K file that is a hyper test 
implementation for the ST. You must use ULTRA.LZH to unpack it. 

ULTRA.LZH A vintage 1989 packer 
uploaded again should it be nee 

Under the Heading: "What is th 
totally un 

FAT_RATQ.LZH combines the abili 
with the abitity to configure a 


your computer from DRIVE B! So 

Under the Heading: "What Shell 

SHELL34.LZH (Shareware) replac 

/unpacker formatter etc. has been 

e name of a file that combines three 
related functions?" 

ty to reverse your current screen colors 
mouse accelerator, and a way to boot up 

, there you have it! 

We Do Now?" 


s earlier versions of XYZSHELL. This is 

version 3.4 of the shell that w 
Hamilton’s XYZ 2.0. 

as designed to work well with Alex 

HACMN115.ARC contains the new popular game HACMAN2! This version, 1.15 

corrects 1.14’s bugs, namely th 
drives. Other bugs, including 

CAPFUN.ARC (shareware $20) CAPI 
Software was designed to teach 
capitalization. Designed accor 
Thinking Skills" and Madeline H 
Classroom tested. Unlike the p 
all TOS versions. 

EO_DEMO.ARC (Prg. cost $39.95) 

llow you to zoom in on any map 
o a file or a printer, and mor 
he geography tutor that I had 
oom in on her in motion! Of c 

N ttp 

SUNNY.PRG a new demo for the S 
hardware scrolling for multiple 
video shifter program though.. 

GPRINTDMO.ARC a 75k file with 

is version will work with single sided 
some that caused crashes were also 

TAL FUN! a program featured by Enque 
second to sixth graders fundamental 

ding to Bloom’s "Taxonomy of Higher Order 
unter’s, "Steps of the Teaching Process." 
revious version this one will run with 

GEOGRAPHY TUTOR the only electronic 

tlas for the ST! This is a demo of of the newest version. Same will 

, show the earth sphere in motion, print 
e. Personally speaking, I still prefer 
when I was in High School.. wow, did I 
ourse, she may be retired now... 

TE was posted this past week. Uses 
layers. You might need a 60hz to 50 hz 
CPANEL2.ARC will do for same. 

the latest demo of GPRINT version 1.03. 

GPRINT is one of my friend NORMW’s favorite programs! Finally he can 

print out Word Writer, First Wo 
plain ASCII files in fancy GDOS 
formatting options (Landscape p 
true right justification, title 
fonts and more). Must have GDO 
to use this though.. This prog 
contemplating leaving his compu 
could jog around the block! If 
care to print your results, dow 
for this version of GPRINT whic 
and see a snapshot of your work 

rd, First Word Plus, ST Writer, or just 
fonts. Plus it provides lots of 

rint for spreadsheets, multiple columns, 
pages, multiple proportionally spaced 

S or G+tPLUS, a printer driver, and fonts 
ram so excited Norm that he was 

ter desk for a moment or two so that he 
you don’t have GDOS or G+PLUS and don’t 
nload GPRNT_OX.ARC.. neither is required 
h will let you try the program’s features 

Under the Heading: "IT’s HERE, 

MAXI30DEM.LZH The Demo version 
takes the concept of file manag 
ST program! MaxiFile sports an 
display of disk space, an unpar 

IT’s HERE!" 

ement several steps beyond ANY previous 
"awesome" text viewer, a graphic/numeric 
alleled file/folder search function, DUAL 

DIRECTORY display, 

and much more! 

MAX30_2.TXT describing further enhancements and MF_OFFER. 
associated files with the MaxiFile Demo. 

This past week was filled to the brim with uploads that 

programmers and Serious ST fans. 


EM as well. 
h TOS programs while executing a GEM 
For those of you who are downloading MINT for the first time, 

are both 

will interest 

is a PD Multi-tasking program for use with TOS programs, 
and it can work interactively with G 
version is that you can access/launc 

A new feature in this 

Same includes various utility 


fied expressly for MINT. 


you will need MINTUTIL.LZH as well 
programs for MINT. 

KSH_VO4A.LZH is KornShell a shell 

LZH provides some utility programs for KornShell. 

Anyone using the Laser C version 2.1 compiler should download the 

following program. 

And all Laser C users may well be interested in the 

additional three files that follow the first. 


Same fixes a bug in the compiler that mistreats the 

|= and 

&= operators when the destination operand is a register variable. 

Source code has been included. 

STRRCHR.C supplies the strrchr ( 
from some compilers like LASER C. 
function strchr( ) by 

STFLEX.ARC is a lexical 
MS-DOS by James Patchel, 

in C source code form that is missing 

reversing the direction of the search. 

analyser with LASER C source code. 
and has the complete development log and 

same is easily modified to the 

Ported from 

documentation on the porting code from an MS-DOS machine to an Atari ST 

as well! 

STGRAMMR.ARC provides the grammar for use with ST BISON 

and ST FLEX (Lex Clone). 


posted.. it had, but, 

that it’s name be changed to: STBISON.ARC. 

caused calamity. 

(YACC Clone) 

Last week’s software shelf reported that BISON.ARC had been 
shortly after press time the uploader requested 

I hope that same hasn’t 

The June/July issue of START featured PD UNIX-style text editors for the 

ST. The five posted this week and include: 


Everything you wanted to know 
the following two posts: 


features a GFA 3.0 version of a 3D2 to DXF converter. 


about YMODEM and ZMODEM is contained in 
information on getting hardware independent C 

(which also has 


converts CYBER shapes to AUTOCAD DXF version 9 or 10. 

in record mode. 

This Week’s 



PROGRAM of the W 
countless hours of typing for folks tha 

will load PI1 pictures into CYBER CAD-3D backgrounds while 



is one that might well save 

t use database programming. 

DELIMITR.ARC (shareware $5) will convert data in a listed ASCII format 
(such as a BBS’s file listings) into a delimited data file that can be 
read into many database programs (INFORMER II etc.). So, if your 
database program like many others can read delimited format files (those 
separated with commas), but can’t read SDF files, this program will 
convert the SDF (Standard Data Format - i.e. just a text listing) files 
into delimited ones avoiding the terror of retyping, and providing 
easily a lot of information in database form, that just otherwise might 
not be available. 

The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead 
Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly 
uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve, 
and Delphi online services. 



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by Keith MacNutt 

LHarc 1.1318 - by Haruyasu Yoshizaki 

LHarc is one of the most efficient file compression methods available to 
the home user today. Up until 1988 the ST used mostly ARC and some PAK 
format compression programs for the reduction of files for the purpose 
of storage and transmission on phone lines. As time has passed there 
have been improvements to one method or another to try and get not only 
speed in compression but in how small a file they could produce. In the 
late 1980’s a new program arrived called LZH, and though it produced a 
smaller file, it was definitely slower than the previous methods. Today 
LZH still produces a smaller file, but it now is comparable to the best 
methods available. 

One of the biggest advantages to this new version of LZH is the ability 
to do all the extraction and compression in memory. Not only does this 
save wear and tear on hard drives but adds speed by not reading and 
writing to the source and destination drives. What follows is a test I 
conducted on two LHZ programs using a very,very large text file. Over 
time I’ve found that text files take the most time to compress and 
result in some of the smaller reductions. 

File size = 1,279,998 bytes 

LHA121 441,156 21 minutes 15 seconds 
EXTRACTION 3 minutes 3 seconds 

438,239 15 minutes 20 seconds 
EXTRACTION 2 minutes 39 seconds 

As you can see, not all programs are created equal. Now, not everyone 
will be dealing with files this large, but I used this as an example to 
try and illustrate just how big the difference was between these two 

fine programs. 

When the program first came out, I tried to use it with CODEHEADS 
ARCSHELL, but found that not all the features would work properly with 

the present version. Well, CODEHEAD Software came to the rescue, and 
included a feature in their latest release (version 2.4) that will work 
with the new version and all the previous LZH type programs. It will be 
interesting to see what all the other authors of LZH type programs will 

do now that this new version has shown that the race is not over yet, 
and that there still may be ways to fine tune the method further for 
even faster and smaller output files. 

AUTHORS LHarc vl1.1318 Haruyasu Yoshizaki 
LHA v1.21 Roger Burrows 

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