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a May 3, 1991 Issue #91-18 
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The first Atari-run Atari show will occur this November i 


n Chicago, 


the local assistance of the LCACE user group there. This will pioneer 
a new effort to provide wide-ranging shows with a variety of companies 
involved, including non-Atari-specific vendors in a large trade show 

atmosphere. Real working seminars and training sessions 
developed as well. The Chicago show is also planned to b 

are to be 
e a major 

gathering of 8-bit developers and users. Atari will not reduce their 
support for user-group sponsored shows, nor will they compete with them. 

FSM GDOS "Under $100", IN 60 DAYS 
Atari’s Bob Brodie and Mike Fulton announced that the lon 


scalable font GDOS will very likely be sold to existing users at a price 

"under $100" and that it will include a full single font family of 
Ultrascript fonts. Plans also are to include it automatically with new 
Mega STe and TT computers, already installed on their hard drives. 

Atari is in fact purchasing the source code and rights to 
graphics and word processing system that pioneered the do 




processing field in the Atari market. While plans are not complete at 

this time, Bob Brodie said when asked at a Southern Calif 
meeting that Atari may revise the program and re-name it. 

ornia user 


include bundling it with the FSM GDOS and offering it as a free startup 

package in all new Mega STe and TT computers. While Atar 

i is NOT 

supporting existing WORDUP! owners at this time, it is possible that the 
eventual Atari product will be made available as an upgrade for WORDUP! 



Word Perfect gave preliminary notice that they intend to abandon support 
efforts for the Atari platform for their high-end word processing 
system, currently at version 4.1 on the Atari and 5.x on most other 
platforms. Support has continued until now with small revisions and 
upgrades every few months. Reasons for the decision are based on the 
cancellation of a standing 10,000 unit order from Atari Germany, who had 
been including Word Perfect with all high-line Atari computers sold. 

The bundle has been canceled under pressure from German developers who 
don’t want their own word processing products to be slighted. While the 
last word is not in on this matter, it looks dim for any hope of 
eventual new Word Perfect versions for the Atari. 


Existing Mega and TT computers still have the 720K drives, while many 
computers now offer higher density 1.44 meg drives. Atari explains that 
the Western Digital controller chip used by Atari (and required at the 

BIOS level for compatibility with nearly every ST program on the market) 
will not run at a sufficiently high speed to reliably handle the high 
density format at the unusually high data speeds used in the Atari 
computers. When negotiations with Western Digital began regarding a new 
custom chip, Western notified Atari that it wasn’t even planning to 
continue to produce the unit Atari already uses. Agreements for 
engineering a totally new chip were made, and Atari’s facility in 

Israel is nearly finished with a more capable alternative. Best news is 
that Atari made sure to SOCKET the controller chip on new machines, 
allowing even users to upgrade the chip and drive unit when they become 

Lynx owners will be able to plug in to the cigarette lighter in any 

automobile for power by using the new adaptor from Atari. To be 
released immediately, it will provide power for a pair of Lynx units, 
allowing ComLynx games to be used as well. Pricing was not available at 

press time but is expected to be well under $20. 




by John Nagy 

Atari’s Manager of User Group Services, Bob Brodie, has been making 
appearances at user group gatherings across the US for all of his 18 
months on the job. But perhaps the most organized and largest 
appearance was last Saturday, April 27, in Glendale, California. 

Over 200 people from more than six different clubs came to see Bob ina 
theater setting above the Glendale Public Library. Bob addressed the 
group from a lectern on the stage, and had a warm reception to his talk 
about Atari, history, and his own experiences both before and after 
joining Atari. Of particular interest were his observations of where 

Atari is going now, and how recent professional shows were changing the 

perception of Atari in the commercial world. 

Bob spoke for about an hour, then returned after a break to take 
guestions. These were done in an unusual manner. All visitors were 

given a numbered ticket when they entered, and tickets were pulled from 
a fishbowl one at a time for questions. While some persons did not 
a question, most did, and in about an hour of Q&A, all tickets were 
drawn, assuring that every visitor had their chance to ask whatever 
wanted. In the remaining half hour, Bob took more lively questions 

traditional hand-raising. 



The answers to hard questions were characteristicly clear and pointed. 
Bob only said "I can’t tell you the answer" when the matter was 

something he truly didn’t know about... and he said so. 

Specific newsworthy announcements and information from the meeting are 

in the NEWSWIRE, but in general: 

* Atari is moving to market itself in the areas wher 

it excels. 

now include the Publishing field, as demonstrated at 

show. Bob was himself impressed with the showing of professional 

level hardware and software at CEPS, and described t 
excited reactions of the attendees there. 

the recent C 

he warm and 


* Future machines from Atari will continue as extensions from the ST/TOS 

absolutely to be expected. 

lineup, and software portability up the range of coming machines is 

* The 8-bit line is officially dead at Atari as a production machine. 

While still competent, it cannot compete in price co 

mparison and 

marketing viability with the lower line ST. Bob talked about plans to 

institute a trade-in program for 8-bit Atari owners. 

It may come 


summer or fall, and give a terrific discount on the remaining 520STFM 
units in stock. The 520STe is coming, and the older model is ripe for 
a special deal. It was suggested that ST owners be allowed a trade 
deal to move to TTs as well, and Bob promised to take that suggestion 
back to Atari President Greg Pratt, who is engineering the plans for 

the 8-bit trade deal. 

* Atari is taking a leadership role in organizing and producing what 

have been known as "Atarifests". There is to be car 
any stepping of user group efforts where the groups 
and Atari will support responsible efforts wherever 
Atari will initiate and execute major shows of their 
may be using volunteer and paid help from local Atar 

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first of Atari's Computer Shows is scheduled for November in Chicago. 

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efforts will be made to bring in other major manufac 
computers and peripherals. 

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support man for developers. Mike was able to add a great of tech detail 

for a variety of guestions when Bob was out of his dep 


Other notable visitors were representatives from CODEH 


and ATARIUSER MAGAZINE. Copies of Z*Net Monthly and A 
freely distributed and held the attention of most of t 
the break. 


tariUser were 

he crowd through 

When the meeting adjourned, it was only to re-form at The Computer 
Network, a nearby Atari Dealer. There, an open house had been 
advertised via direct mail and posters, as well as a handout at the 
Brodie talk. The above-mentioned developers had arranged display 
stations at the store, and refreshments were offered by the store. 

The crowds in the store were dramatic and enthusiastic. Special pricing 
was offered and snatched up by the buyers. Tony Lee, one of the co- 
owners of The Computer Network, reported that the three-day sales total 
for Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday (they are closed Mondays) around the 
open house was more than $25,000 above the average for the period (about 
$4,000). Needless to say, he’s very happy. So are the developers who 
saw a great reception and sales resulting from their efforts. Visitor 
logs at the store show that people came as far as several hundred miles 
to see the Saturday events. 

The result of the very satisfying meeting and open house may bring about 
a new concept for Dealers and User Groups. "BrodieFests" are easy and 
inexpensive to arrange, and can give everyone a great Saturday event. 
Less than a show and more than a visit, this type of event can really 
offer an attractive forum for Bob and third-party developers to meet 
with users and to support dealers. 

This BrodieFest was arranged by John King Tarpinian and his group 
H.A.C.K.S. of the Los Angeles area. John has already begun plans for a 
series of similar events, and has invited such developers as Nathan 
Potechin of ISD (CALAMUS, DYNACADD) to give technical seminars or 
training meetings. Given the proven potential for attendance and sales, 
these targeted events could be the next wave for user groups to sponsor. 


Here’s the schedule of 1991 Atari appearances as scheduled at this time. 
Entries marked "Bob Brodie at..." are typically speaking engagements or 
appearances at clubs, dealers, or small non-Atari specific shows. 

May 4-5 

The Windsor Atari Users Group of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and the 
Washtenaw Atari Users Group of Ann Arbor, MI are hosting the Windsor/ 
Detroit International AtariFest on May 4 and 5 at the St. Clair College 
of Arts and Technology in Windsor. Atari Canada and U.S. will both 
attend. Contact Craig Harvey, WAUG - Ann Arbor at 313-994-5619 or Brian 
Cassidy, WAUG - Windsor at 519-966-0305. 

May 18 
Bob Brodie in Orlando Florida 

June 1-4 
Summer Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Las Vegas Nevada 

June 12 

Bob Brodie in Sacramento California 

June 15-16 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST ATARIFEST June 15th and 16th at the Steveston Senior 
Secondary School, 10440 Number Two Road, Richmond B.C. Canada. This is 
the first major Canadian Atari show west of Toronto, and is just across 
the US border from Seattle. Contact Terry Schreiber at (604) 275-7944, 
T.Schreiberl on GEnie, or Node #505 Atari West BBS on F-Net. 

July 20 
Bob Brodie at BRACE, Asheville North Carolina (Sheldon Winnick) 

July 27 
A third AtariFest is planned at Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, July 
27th, sponsored jointly by the user groups at Indianapolis and 
Bloomington known as MIST (Mid-Indiana ST). MIST AtariFest III will be 
held at CADRE, Inc., 6385 Castleplace Drive, Indianapolis, In. Leave 
mail on GEnie to (Bill) W.LORING1, or call 812-336-8103. 

August 8-11 
GENCON Gamers Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin 

August 23-25 

Dusseldorf Atarimesse. This is the huge all-Atari show held annually in 
Germany. Contact Alwin Stumph, Frankfurterstrasse 89-91, 6096 Raunheim. 
Phone 49-6142-2090 fax 49-6142-209180 

September 14-15 
The Southern California ATARI Computer Faire, Version 5.0, also known as 
HE GLENDALE SHOW has been confirmed for September 14 and 15, 1991. 
Contact: H.A.C.K.S., 249 N. Brand Bl. #321, Glendale, CA 91203, or call 

John King Tarpinian, Faire Chairperson, 818-246-7286. 

October 12-13 
WAACE show Washington DC 

October 21-25 
Fall COMDEX Las Vegas Nevada 

November 23-24 

Chicago Atari Computer Show BY ATARI. Contact Larry Grauzas, P.O. Box 
8788, Waukegan, IL 60079-8788, phone 708-566-0671. Administrated by the 
Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts (LCACE). 


Courtesy GEnie ST RT 

Edited by Ron Kovacs 

<[Sysop] JEFF.W> The past few weeks have seen the premier of a new 
magazine for users of Atari products. AtariUser Magazine from Quill 
Publishing is here and we have some of the people who put it together 
with us this evening. 

Included among our guests are editor-in-chief John Nagy, assistant 
editor John King Tarpinian, and coordinating editor Gantry Gappmayer. 
They may have sneaked one or more staffers in on me, which is fine...the 
more the merrier. I’11 let them introduce themselves. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Hi! Glad to see so many people interested in 
ATARIUSER! We used to be ST JOURNAL... but the glossy mag business is 
VERY expensive. We can do 10 issues in the ATARIUSER format for each 
we did in Gloss. 

We have done 30,000 issues in our first issue and it went out EARLY! 

Our turn around time is only about 1 week between final edits and 
mailing... making us almost as timely as the online magazines. But more 

I have lots to say, but lets go to questions, and I;ll fill in as we go. 
John King Tarpinian is the Vice-Editor and he is here too, along with 
Gantry Gappmeyer,office manager. 

<[Sysop] JEFF.W> Let's start with the cover price, guys. How can this 
magazine be free (or close to free)? I love great value like this, but 
how does that work? :-) 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> OK, well, we found that charging 4.50 wasn’t 
enough to make a profit, so we dropped it altogether. Seriously, the 
turnout time for getting the cover price back to us from news stand 
sales made it unusable for real functioning as a startup magazine, so we 
tried something that has worked regionally here in California. 

The free computer mags are paid for by the ads. Its that simple. Now, 
making that work nationally with such disparate distribution, that’s 
been the biggest hurdle. But the first 30,000 are gone, and we at least 
broke even. Next month, 35,000+ and maybe even a profit. 

<[Ronaldo] P.PEPIN> Where can I get this Magazine, I live in CT, and 
unfortunately there are not many Atari users here - I have only seen 2 
ST magazines, START and ATARI Explorer.. 

<[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> Ronaldo, leave us E-mail and we will tell 
you where we shipped. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We do 90% of our distribution to dealers of 
Atari "stuff", plus to every user group we can find. Bob Brodie was a 
help on both those fronts. We have a slew of corrections for him now, 

<[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> We still have a lot of groups that only 
have P.O. boxes. We have to have a street address to ship UPS. 

<[Sysop] JEFF.W> Renaldo, are you a member of a user group? 

<[Ronaldo] P.PEPIN> Well, I just got an Atari a few months ago, when I 

was invited to a F.A.C.E. meeting (An Atari User group based in 
Fairfield) but for the last few months there has not been a meeting. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We have distribution through TOWER BOOKS and 

are trying to get into other chains, but we are hitting an understanding 
problem... They can’t understand how to take a free mag. We even let 
them charge a dollar if they want to. They can’t fathom it. We do 

offer a subscription program for those who cant find it otherwise. For 
$15, you’ll get us every month at your home... call 1-800-333-3567 and 
we’ll sign you up. We really want to get more dealer drops and user 
groups listed too. TELLUS. 

<[duane] D.BRANKLEY> Are you going to try to be like Current Notes, the 
mag for the Washington DC area? 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> For those who have not seen us yet, AtariUser is 
a newsprint-ish 40 page color and b&w magazine, covering all the Atari 

lines. Even the 8-bit. And we put it in dealers and groups FREE, 50 a 

<D.BRANKLEY> I just got my frist issue Sat at my user group meeting. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We are not like any other mag, in that we are a 
professional Atari Monthly covering even the Lynx and Portfolio, NOT a 
user-group collective. We also go to 30,000 places, not a few thousand. 
How did it go over there, Duane? 

<[duane] D.BRANKLEY> it is great and please Include the Store Lé&Y 
electronics in woodbridge on your list to put them out... we LOVE it! 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Our writers are professionals from many other 
magazines who are excited about the direction we are taking... not 
preaching or pandering, just trying to help USERS to USE their ATARI’s. 
We are offering a special deal for those attending tonight... not only 
do we have a free magazine, those here RIGHT NOW can have one 25 word 
FREE classified ad in our July issue. We normally charge $25 for this, 
and the reach (35,000 ATARIUSERS) is great. And we'll send email to 
each with the details. More goodies a bit later. 

<[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I’d like to say that I am very impressed with 
the editorial content and features of your mag. But what I’d like to 
discuss is the mini-reviews. 

I’m afraid you may take some flack because they are not in-depth 

reviews, but, in fact, it’s really neat to see four products on an open 
leaf. I hope you will expand this feature so that mini-reviews take up 
4-8 pages. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We have had no negative comments (til now) about 
the short reviews... if you are complaining... we do want to go a third 
page anyway, but pages cost plenty. 

<[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Your reviewers gave me a real feeling for 
whether I’d like these programs. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> That’s our intention. Its great fun editing a 
1,000 word review (the writers think that’s short) to 300 for the mag. 

<[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> It isn’t necessary to know about every feature 
to make that kind of judgment, and I hope the mini-reviews will 
continue. I hope also that you’ll have the money to expand. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We will go to 48 pages soon (hopehope) We have 
a great 6 page review of Document Processors in the next issue by Jim 

Peirson Perry, doing 6 programs in depth. I am very impressed with this 
one. But i bleed when I see 6 pages go away. Oh well. You'll like it. 

<B.MALATESTA> Well first great magazine and second, have you ever 
thought about putting AtariUser were no Atari magazine as ever gone 
before. With the expanded information and the excellent price a freeby 
to lynx and other Atari buyers would certainly enhance Atari's position 
in the future. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Have you any suggestions as to where that might 
be? We want those ideas. Call us. 

<B.MALATESTA> Ok here goes, how about getting such a great magazine were 
the Atari buyers of tomorrow spend their money. Not just bookstores. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We also are doing some overseas and Canada 
distribution, but it COSTS A LOT to ship. That's why we ask Dealers to 
pay shipping, and we also are asking groups that CAN to send $6 a bundle 
too, to be sure we can ship to those who can’t. 

<B.MALATESTA> See many people say " Atari they still" why not use this 
great product to let alot more people know on the other ends of the 
computer world. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We are working thru a list of 2,000+ dealers... 
We sure want to expand, and we find that we can probably place 100,000 

copies into distribution... if we could PAY for it. We can’t, not with 
the resources of the current advertisers. But we’re working on it. 

<[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> John/all- Can you elaborate on the 
"preferred" method for authors to submit materials to you? What kind of 
material are you currently in need of for the mag? 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Mike, talk to us via EMAIL here. We need 
reviewlets most of all. 

We have a GREAT staff of writers... Clint Smith, he’s here tonight too, 
does the LYNX column and is unigquly qualified to cover it. 

<[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> Also- would you please post a textfile with 
your ad rates? 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> BJ GLEASON, writer of PBASIC and great stuff for 
the Portfolio, is covering the Port. We have Norm Weinress, JKT here, 

Jim Pierson Perry, Dave Plotkin, and lots more. We have special 
articles authored by Nathan Potechin, George Woodside (VKILLER) and 

more. But submissions are welcome. Now the announcement: 

We are now going to include the well-known Z*NET NEWSWIRE service 
starting with the next issue. Z*Net is in STart magazine now, and is 
also part of the support for PD JOURNAL in Germany and soon to be ina 
major UK glossy. Jeff, can you have Ron Kovacs take a bow? 

<[Sysop] JEFF.W> Ron...take a bow. 
<[Ron Kovacs] Z-NET> Hi... Bowing...... 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Thanks, Mike! You too are part of Z*NET, so you 
are part of the base of AtariUser already. 

<[Ron Kovacs] Z-NET> John.. Just a note... You forgot to mention Dr. 
Paul Keith... and just another note to say thanks and good luck with 
AtariUser and we are pleased to be a part of it! 

<[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> I want to ask any user groups to send me 
ideas for articles. My column is supposed to be for all clubs. I will 
consider any idea submitted. 

<[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> Thanks all- 

<[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> I think for AU to hit the big ##’s, there has to 
be a good balance between the $15 Individual and $72 UG cost. There are 
quite a few small UG which cannot swallow $72, but do not want to take a 
freebee, or pitch half the mags. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Come again with the 72S UG cost?? 


<[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> $6x12 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Oh, yearly. Sorry, that’s to 600 issues. 

Divide that up and see if its cheaper. As I said, we are asking the 
groups who can afford it to pay, so that the others can ride it out. By 
the way, Chuch is the 8-bit writer for us, and does know the 8-bit Atari 
as well as anyone anywhere. 

<[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> Well, if there are only 10-15 users, they end up 
pitching 40 mags. Just seems there could be a middle ground somewhere. 
Also, I think some larger bookstores (as you mentioned earliier) need to 
carry it, for those isolated people. 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We also suggest that groups do a page or two 
newsletter and stuff AtariUser with it, place them at the dealer, and 
watch their membership grow. 

<[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> We gave out 200 magazines with an insert 
when Bob visited Sat. 


<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Pitching 40 copies is ridiculous.. put them at 
a library or school. I can’t imagine not finding a home for 50. We 
also imagine that getting the new issue MIGHT be a draw for the 
meetings... just maybe,,, ;%*} 

<[john@GE_Lamp] ST-GUEST> The $385 STe price on the inside cover. Have 
you figured a way around dealing with that @ keeping the "dealers" happy 
and the advertisers happy too? I can see both sides - who do you make 
happy? (BIW:Great issue!) 

<[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Good question. Probably not. Seriously.... I 
am offended, at first, that dealers are upset with an ad in our mag that 
would not draw the first comment when it appears (SOON) in START or ST 
INFORMER... I suppose we must take a different profile to an extent 
because we are "free" whether it makes sense or NOT.... 

But we have made new policy re price ads for discounted Atari hardware. 

I think we will find a happy medium. I hope. Ideas, again, are 
<[john@GE_Lamp] ST-GUEST> Interesting situation. I feel for ya... good 

luck. Thanks 

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Copyright by Geoff LaCasse 

GXR Systems, Vancouver, B.C. 

This session, I wrap up the Calamus tutorial with a discussion of 
several advanced topics. Calamus at its highest level is a very 
powerful program, but its mastery can take several hundred hours. Ten 
short sessions can do little more than indicate Calamus’s areas of 
utility. Such efforts will be rewarded, but you will need to expand 
your vision beyond the bounds of this tutorial. Here are a few topics 
which need to be explored. 

I have alluded to--on several occasions--the CALAMUS.HLP file which 
forms an integral element in Calamus (located in the SYS folder). The 
HLP file supplies the help messages in the upper right screen, but more 
importantly is the means to a mouse-less guick-key command structure. 

We have seen a few examples: the main icon pads are accessible with the 
function keys fl through £5, ALT-E brings up the Text Editor, and ALT-P 
the print menu. 

The HLP file is a text file with ’hooks’ to Calamus’s icon command 
structure. Use a text editor or word processor to look at the file. 
Each line begins with a number. The numbers 1-385 signify the tertiary 
icon pad (Calamus’s basic commands); 2049-2087 are Calamus’s secondary 
icon pad; 4097-4116, the primary icon pad; and 8196-8277, commands in 
the drop-down menus. To the right of each number is a familiar Calamus 

command, to its right in some cases a letter or number (the latter 
preceded by f or F). The letter is the keyboard equivalent for the 
icon, used in conjunction with ALT (ALT-E, ALT-P). The function keys 

differ slightly: f plus a number designates the standard function keys 
along the top of the keyboard, F includes the SHIFT key. Substitute 
custom for default values, add other keyboard keys, and save the file in 
ASCII format (no word processor codes). 

Keyboard '’quick-keys’ are particularly useful when moving from one 
primary icon pad to another. No need to move your hands from the 
keyboard to the mouse, or waste time clicking on several levels of 
icons. Press ALT-A or B or C, or Fl or 2 or 3. These guick-keys 
provide one means to speed document production, macros are another. 

MACROS is one of the more powerful, albeit least understood, features of 
Calamus. Macro is probably a misnomer. Snapshot would be a better 
word: a snapshot of a current Text Ruler (including tabs and Paragraph 
Justification), Text Style (Font, Point size), or text. 

Import a moderate size plain text file (no codes) from your favorite 
word-processor into a document, load the default macro file which came 
with your Calamus disks, and open the text editor. Macros are active 
with the key combination CONTROL plus a designated key. Place the 

cursor at some point in the text, and insert one of the macros. Insert 
it again. Return to your document layout. The first insertion places a 
[TEXT RULER] or [STYLE] at the insertion point. The second insertion, 

because it’s last in a chain, overrides the first and becomes the 
default value until the next [TEXT RULER] or [STYLE] code is 
encountered. One of the insertions is superfluous. 

Chaining can be a serious problem; different Text Rulers or Styles can 
mask one another. Insert the BODY TEXT macro, then the HEADLINE macro, 

t the same point in the text. When you return to the document, 
EADLINE will take precedence. 

Because placement is critical, insert Rulers or Style changes in the 
Text Editor, rather than from the document. Indiscriminately adding 
macros at the document level can cause undesirable text changes. For 
example, replacing the Headline style with some other in the example 
above from the document will be successful only if we are able to place 

the cursor right after Headline. This will not always be possible, 
particularly in complex formatted documents. Delete the old and place 
the new from within the Text Editor. 

Create macros from clean, un-styled text. The macro menu (TEXT, far 

right icon pad) contains four icon options, including LOAD MACRO FILE, 
END OF BLOCK (and their Text drop-down menu equivalents) are used with 
the text clipboards and not Macros. If you do not get what you want on 
the first attempt, go into the text editor and delete the old macro, 
then try again. When satisfied with the results, save your macros to 
disk. Different Macro files, each with a different purpose, may be 
saved and loaded. My thanks to Ron Grant for the material on Macros. 


ROTATING TEXT in Calamus is easy, and very powerful. Select a text 
frame (preferably a headline), go to FRAMES, ROTATED TEXT, and FRAM 
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS. Replace the default 0.0 (degrees) value with 
another, press RETURN, and click on ROTATE FRAME. Repeat the process 
with a new value. Rotation is from right to left in tenths of a degree. 
An entire frame contents will be rotated. Click on RECONVERT ROTATED 
TEXT to reduce angle to 0.0. 


MERGE DOCUMENTS from the FILE drop-down menu. Documents should have 
similar document formats (single or double-sided, letter or legal, 
portrait or landscape) otherwise Calamus may be unable to complete the 
task or rather unusual effects will occur. 

QUICK ST, TURBO ST, and BUTTONFIXER can improve Calamus’s efficiency. 
Atari 1040s and old Megas have slow screen refresh and scrolling. Quick 
ST and TurboST will boost this performance substantially, certainly 
enough to justify their cost. Buttonfixer, a public domain program, 
improves selecting one frame from a stack. Buttonfixer is especially 
useful if you have TOS 1.4 and above. 

Calamus comes with two fonts, Swiss and Times. Neither are very 
satisfactory: kerning values are poor, and print quality sub-standard 

on a laser or inkjet printer. Use instead the Compugraphic fonts 
available from ISD or third-party from a variety of sources. I use 
Cherry Fonts because the quality is excellent (and the family font 
packages are cheaper than those available from Compugraphics). Some of 
the public domain fonts are good, but most have the same faults as those 
which come with Calamus. 

Other features include the ability to use a monochrome and high 
resolution (1280 by 960) monitor at the same time. Documents can be 
saved with or without creating a backup (.BAK) files. You can Search 
and Replace text and style features. Its possible to export text 
created in Calamus. Document size is limited only by available memory, 
although those longer than 20 pages can become unwieldy. Documents 
which exceeds your computer’s memory will crash Calamus. 

I hope you enjoyed this rather brief introduction to Calamus. Within 
the next few months we should see the next generation of Calamus which 
will replace many of the features presented here. The wait will be 

worth it. 

Next week, I begin a column which I modestly entitle ATARI’S FUTURE. 
The column will focus on Atari hardware and software and their 
application to a rapidly changing computer environment. How does Atari 
fit in the computer world of the 1990’s? What software will keep the 
company at the forefront and encourage sales? What does the user need 
and want? 


Press Release 




Don’t you wish your MiGraph Handscanner could SCAN IN COLOR as easily as 
it does in Black-and-White? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Well, guess 
what, IT CAN! 

No, it doesn’t require hardware modification. ALL YOU NEED is the 
Amazing New COLORSCAN program from SKWare One! COLORSCAN converts those 
scanned monochrome .IMG files that the Handscanner produces into sharp, 
detailed brilliant COLOR PICTURES! 

COLORSCAN’s Great Color Conversions can be saved in virtually every 
Atari Picture Format, eight in all! You choose from Degas, NeoChrome, 
TINY, Deluxe Paint .IFF, Atari HyperPaint, the NEW GEM COLOR .IMG files 
(in ST/TT format), and extended range (20-color) SPECTRUM Files (in STe 

COLORSCAN is fully STe-4096-Color Capable and contains a powerful multi- 
featured palette editor so you can customize your colors! Yet, 
COLORSCAN is simple to use, with a host of convenient features (like 

self-scrolling windows) and lots of options. 

I can’t compare the COLORSCAN program to any other program, because the 
And, it’s as easy as 1-2-3! Just load your scanned .IMG file, click on 

the Convert button, and watch as COLORSCAN’s fast and powerful 
algorithms turn black bits into a dazzling color picture that develops 
right before your eyes! Just save your great picture and you’re ready 
for another... and another! 

COLORSCAN produces remarkable results at a surprisingly affordable 
price! (Have you priced a color scanner lately?) If you own the MiGraph 
Handscanner, the COLORSCAN program is a MUST BUY! 


With 6,000-word User’s Manual on-disk (prints two-side on DeskJet). 
(Requires Color Monitor and 1-Meg ST/STe) 

MasterCard/VISA accepted 

THE ONLY WAY you can get the Amazing COLORSCAN is to send your Check, 
Money Order, or Credit Card Information to: 

SKWare One / P. O. Box 277 / Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014 USA 

SHIPPING: SKWare One pays postage on all USA AND CANADIAN orders. For 
overseas orders (not on North American continent), include an additional 
$3.00 for surface mail or an additional $4.00 for air mail delivery. 

(All prices given in US dollars.) 

UPGRADE POLICY: All Upgrades Are Free For Six Months From Date of 


COLORSCAN will debut at the Windsor-Detroit International AtariFest, 

May 4-5. Come see it in action if you want to see if it’s as good as I 
say! (It is!) Or, download the COLRIMG8.LZH from GEnie or other major 
national BBS (requires IMGVIEWR.PRG to view). Having previewed 

COLORSCAN at a local show last week, what I heard was "You made THAT 
picture with this program? Uhh, how can I get a copy?" If you have to 
see it to believe it, then you'll be convinced by seeing COLORSCAN! 





The BEST BARGAIN in Atari ST Graphics Programs CONTINUES to get BETTER! 
EURAT Version 2.20 adds UNIOUE FEATURES to what was already a GREA 


* Now you can Create and Edit Graphics in virtually EVERY ATARI PICTURE 
FORMAT: Degas, TINY, NeoChrome, Deluxe Paint .IFF, MacPaint, and GEM IMG 
files, including the NEW GEM COLOR .IMG files (any size color .IMG, in 
ST/TT format; SEURAT is the first program to support these Color .IMG 
files)! Yes, Now SEURAT Loads and Saves Eight Atari Picture Formats! 

* EIGHT Image Buffers! Instead of having to work on only a single .IMG 
file in a single image window, with SEURAT you can edit and exchange 
between up to eight .IMG (and Degas and Tiny and IFF...) files at once! 

* Whether you are using the full resources of SEURAT to create and edit 
Mono .IMG’s for your Desktop Publishing or giant Color .IMG’s, you can 
use powerful raster tools and work in a familiar Paint Program 
environment with full-screen access to .IMG’s! Enjoy the best of both 

* NOW STE-4096-COLOR Capable! SEURAT’s Powerful Palette Editor, with 
video-like color controls which modify whole palettes with a single 
mouse stroke, now works in BOTH STe AND ST modes. And, if you work on 
a ST, it will save your pictures with STe-compatible colors! 

* SEURAT will load lo-rez COLOR pictures directly into the MONO program 
and convert them to mono .IMG files, and loads mono .IMG and pix into 
COLOR and converts them into medium-rez Color .IMG! Lo-rez color 
converted with editable dithers for superbly detailed printing of color 
images! SEURAT re-scales color pix to correct for monitor aspect ratio, 
automatically reproducing the true proportion of color images. No more 
squashed conversions! 

* PRINT FROM SEURAT! With built-in drivers for HP DeskJet (and LaserJet 
& all HP-compatibles), and Epson Nine-pin, too! DeskJet driver outputs 
at 75/150/300 dots-per-inch in BOTH Portrait and Landscape orientation, 
and it’s positionable on the page to the dot! But that’s not all... 

* Complete PRINTIMG.PRG (it’s included with SEURAT) for GDOS printing! 
PRINTIMG.PRG offers the same capabilities as desktop publishing programs 
like PAGESTREAM and CALAMUS. Images can be scaled to ANY size, from 
full-page down to "thumbnail-sketch," re-proportioned, stretched or 
squished to fit, can be placed anywhere on the page you want it, and in 
either portrait or landscape orientation, all on any printer for which 

a GDOS driver exists! (GDOS program not supplied.) 

* With BOTH BEZIER and SPLINE CURVE DRAWING Tools! Lets your ST draw for 
you, with a virtually infinite variety of natural-looking curved lines. 
Quick and easy-to-use, they really speed up your drawing! And 
SlowMouse, variable-speed mouse makes free-hand drawing easier, too! 

* FAST Multi-Ratio Zoom (2X to 8X) and BEST ZOOM Interface! 

* SO MANY FEATURES! System, Degas and GDOS TEXT fonts to scale, style, 
color and rotate! 11 block functions to shape & twist image blocks; 92 
color & mono fill patterns; 42 brushes including user-defined and multi- 
colored brushes; 4 graphic write modes & 21 block & mask write modes; 
circle, ellipse & filled disc in free, repeat & concentric modes; round 
& square-cornered rectangles & solids; rays; airbrush; clear-circle & 
clear-box; vertical, horizon- tal & free lines; polylines & polygons in 
line-edge or spline-curve; area & seed fill; user-set clipping; color 
remap; mirror; screen shift, flip, invert & rotate; fill editor; brush 
editor; line editor; gobs of great disk functions like Format anda 
Super File Directory; and a hundred or so other features & tools that 
there’s no room to mention here... Whew! 

* INDISPENSIBLE for GEM .IMG graphics for your Desktop Publishing! More 
graphic tools and operations for creating and editing .IMG files than 
ANY OTHER PROGRAM (no matter how much it costs)! And NOW COLOR .IMG 
FILES, TOO! SEURAT Loads and Saves Almost EVERY Atari Picture Format! 

* DON’T BE MISLED by SEURAT’s continued LOW PRICE! VERSION 2.2 is a 
POWER TOOL that out-performs many of the "big-name" programs! 


Two-disk set, with 36,000-word User’s Manual on-disk: COLOR AND MONO 
Programs! You Get BOTH! Plus 195 utility and application files (fonts, 
fills, pix)! (Requires 1-Meg ST with doublesided drive) MasterCard/VISA 
accepted. THE ONLY WAY you can get a copy of SEURAT is to send your 
Check, Money Order, or Credit Card Information to: 

SKWare One / P. O. Box 277 / Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014 USA 

DeskJet DOC Printer Disk Also Available: You can print out a self- 
collating two-sided copy of the 92-Page User’s Manual on the Hewlett- 
Packard DeskJet in draft mode with this print package. (You just print 
the LEFT.DOC, put the stack of paper back in without re-arranging it, 
then print the RIGHT.DOC, and end up with a collated copy of the User’s 
Manual printed on front and back sides, with staggered margins, ready 
for binding. If you want a copy of this print package, just ask for the 
"DeskJet DOC Printer Disk" and include an additional $3.00 ($4.00 
overseas air mail). 

UPGRADE POLICY: All Upgrades Are Free For Six Months From Date of 
Purchase! And, yes, SEURAT owners, announcement of Version 2.2 means 
that YOUR upgrade disks will be coming in four to six weeks! 



by Ron Berinstein 

It was an icy cold night... quickly we closed the car doors and ran to 
the house... A voice told me that I should be careful... I opened the 
house door slowly and inspected the room... With finesse I reached for 
the dimmer switch and created the mood. She swept passed me with the 
grace of a ballerina, and made her way to the tape collection... No 
doubt, she was seeking through the assembled collections of Vivaldi, 
Mozart, Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues. I closed the blinds, and then 
with deft touch, lit the candles. I imagined that she then would want 
me to whisper sweet nothings in her ear. Looking up she asked for the 
soft wear... I knew I was on my way to home plate, she wanted to choose 
from the assortment of silks and satins reserved for "special" events. 
The show started and then like a lumber jack she stopped me, "Give me 
your back up tape," she yelled, ... it appeared that she was yet 
another woman out to only get my soft"ware." 

You want to play Games you say? 

CW.ARC (Shareware $5) Colawars v.1.0 is an unusual scrolling action, 
arcade like game. You will get to travel through five different worlds 
with only your soda pop projectiles to help you survive. 

CARD GAMES BY CHARLES BAILY features the first enhanced game of Hearts, 
with both regular and expert modes of play. Also included, a two deck, 
four handed Pinochle. 

HERO II DUNGEON contains four levels... The first two are modified 
versions of the original dungeon. Expect to find this file much more 
difficult than the first. 

SPLATTER.ARC Two to four player strategy game to be run in low res. 
This game can very addictive. It is fashioned after REACTION. Source 
code is available for this game for $3.00. 

Well, to speak Graphically... 

WRLDBT.PRG is World Beat, a new STE demo from France. Noel, our STE 


Demo Spy, tells me that the graphics are "pretty nice." They picture a 
bouncing world! Also, a side note... This file contains some adult 

FUJISPIN.LZH is a cyber seguence animation of a spinning FUJI logo with 
it’s shadow cast on a checkerboard background. Each frame was run 
through RezRender’s Phong shading routine. You will need ANIMATE4.PRG 
or CYBER PAINT to view this file. 

WF_ICONS.LZH will please WordFlair owners... Within the file are custom 
made ICONS.. Those environmentally concerned computer users will like 
the RECYCLE ICON intended for use as a replacement for your ST’s stock 

trash can. 

Has COMIC RELIEF come to ST Users? 

RICK KEENE COMIC BOOKS has been posted this past week. You will be 
able to download two computerized comic books, both by Rick Keene. 
These according to "Gordie" should be reviewed by you first and then if 
you wish, given to your kids. 

Calamus Fans can find a new font posted recently. 

BRNDTNGO.ARC contains Bernard Tangle, a clone of the Bernhard Tangle 
Font. It has two sets of upper case letters and a set of lower case 
letters. All of the International characters are included. Compatible 
with Calamus v.1.09N and with Outline Art. This font is an italicized 
font with a set of script style upper case letters. 

PageStream Fans also can rejoice. 
AMRCNHSD.LZH is the Dictionary Fix for PageStream 1.82 and above. 

Portfolio users wanting to transfer data may wish to download the file, 
STFOLIO.LZH. It will tell you how to build a cable to do exactly that 
between your Portfolio and your ST via the parallel interface. 

Transferring data is an important issue. Networking has been 
particularly popular amongst groups of young professionals on the rise 
in corporate America today. As it relates to ST's, well that is another 
story. Wanting to make that story a believable and realistic one though 
are the folks behind UNIVERSAL NETWORK, a low cost solution. They say 
that theirs is an easy to use network which supports Lantech and SGSnet 
hardware. You will find more information about this in, UNVET.TXT 

CALLMAXI.ARC This document describes how programmers can easily call 
CodeHead Software’s powerful MaxiFile III utility, and use it asa 
"multiple item selector." (LGF’s ARC Shell and Aladdin Extractor both 
make use of the MaxiFile "back door" to select multiple items ina 
directory.) Extremely detailed information is given here, with example 
code in assembly language and GFA Basic that can be plugged right into 
your programs with very little work. Possible applications: word 

processors (open several documents with one call), terminal programs 
(choose a list of files to send), graphics programs (load several 
pictures or images at once), etc. Copyright 1991 CodeHead Software. 

UIS3_TOO.ARC Read these ARCed files and you too can access UIS's 
directory buffer. Use UIS 3.3 to select multiple files! Sample assembly 
code included, as well as a ready to run GFA BASIC LIST file (you'll 
learn how to read Atari’s Cookie Jar as well!). The first in their 
series of, "It’s a GFA BASIC program AND a text file as well!" series of 
support files. 

DC BOOTIT.ARC V.1.0 lets you run boot disks from the desktop. Choose 
drive A or B, 50 or 60 Hertz, and resolution. A needed addition for 
accelerated computer owners. LOW REZ ONLY! 100% Assembly. ST, STe, 
and TT compatible. 

FUNKALRT.ARC (shareware $10) a BRAND NEW utility from the development 
labs of LGF Software -- Funk Alert!, a really *tiny* (but powerful!) 
program that lets you use the function keys Fl, F2, and F3 to select the 
buttons in any GEM alert box! Highly compatible with all ST/TT GEM 
programs, Funk Alert uses less than 1K of your precious memory when 
installed. The fully operational program and complete documentation are 
included in this ARC file. Funk Alert is Copyright 1991 Charles F. 
Johnson & Little Green Footballs Software. Support shareware! 

2BSFKEYS.ARC V. 0.92 allows you to assign text macros to function keys 
(20 total). It can be run as a program from the desktop as well. The 
previous version reguired you to use DC FKEYS. The program now works in 
low, medium, or high resolution. 

MAXI PAT.PRG This small, easy to use program will patch two very minor 
bugs in CodeHead Software’s recently released MaxiFile III, the file 
management SuperTool. Simply run the program and follow the prompts; be 
sure to modify a COPY of your MaxiFile III program file, just in case 
something goes wrong. And remember, CodeHead Software _means_ 
"support!" (NOTE: This program is NOT ARC’ed or LZH’ed. Just download 
it and run it.) 


VIDEO.LZH The Bells & Whistles Videotape database, version 1.2, a full- 
featured program which will help you keep track of your movies, specials 
etc. on videotape. Makes full use of GEM, with menus, buttons, and 
dialog boxes. 

DJENV141.ARC is an HP Deskjet envelope printing utility. Same recently 
posted by Las Benedict. 

CAL50.ARC which will allow you to display calandars, and remember dates 
is up on CompuServe. A major update with new features. Now, HotWire 
alarms and DC-Squish compatibility! With CAL50 you can see any calendar 
of any month/year. Also it allows you to attach events to days by date 
or position in month. CalShow runs as AUTO program OR as a GEM program 
or desk ACC! Browse over or search for events, etc. Custom Desk menu 
entry makes it easy to distinguish multiple copies (Birthdays, Holidays, 
etc). Preloaded with over 100 events! Runs on any ST/TT, any rez. 

And talking about CompuServe... 

QWKCIS.TOS QuickCIS version 1.60d - Automated CompuServe QuickCIS is a 
CompuServe navigator, capable of visiting CIS Mail and up to 6 forums, 
per call. Retrieve messages and post replies at the highest speed your 
modem will handle. Read and write offline, at your leisure, while the 
billing clock is off. Also supports downloading. 300-9600bps, color/ 
mono. Self-extracting archive. "Run" this file to dearc. 

ELEBA.ARC TELEBASE v1.4, GEM-Based Phone/Fax No. Manager Many 
nhancements and new features! 56 buttons per TBF file instead of 25! 
5-character memory tickler buttons rather than 8 character.! Double 

he room for notes on each button! New SEARCH and PAGE features! 
rinting function completely revamped! Freeware. 

vt POH 

BROWND2.ARC This is a replacement for the one previously mentioned last 
week. If you downloaded the previous program, change the file BARRET. 
PI3 to BARRETT.PI3 and it that should work, or you can download this 


Programmers will find EMACS information up this week. 

UE_311.ARC This archive contains the Micro Emacs 3.11 text editor, the 

executable program and documentation, including a Postscript file of the 
manual and numerous command files. Emacs is freeware. 

UE311C.LZH, UE311H.LZH, UE311MAK.LZH will also be attractive. 

GPLDOC.ARC GNU G++ Documentation for TeX This is the TEX 
documentation for the GNU G++ Compiler Version 1.35. Same is from a 
distribution package from 1 

Tim Oren. 

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 Ouarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve, 
and Delphi online services. 


Press Release 

June 29th and 30th, 1991 
Mercyhurst College Campus Center 
Erie, PA 

The Great Lakes Atari Computer Users Conference will be held Saturday, 
June 29th, and Sunday, June 30th at the Mercyhurst College Campus Center 
in Erie, Pennsylvania. Erie is located on the southern shore of Lake 
Erie midway between Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, NY. It is within an 
easy drive of many other major cities including Detroit, Chicago, 
Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Toronto, London, Syracuse, 
and Albany. Many of these cities have strong user groups supporting the 
Atari computers who will be participating in this event. 

With fourteen flights daily, USAir provides the primary air service into 
Erie International Airport and is the host airline for the conference. 
For conference attendees traveling by air, USAir is offering 35% off 
regular round trip coach airfares and an additional 5% savings on 
published discount fares. Call 1-800-334-8644 (800-334-8644 Ext. 7702 
from Canada) for reservations or additional information. Refer to Gold 
File Number 13190000 and the Great Lakes Atari Computer Users 

Most national motel chains are represented at the seven exits off 
Interstate 90 which provide access to Erie. Rates are reasonable and 
well below national averages. 

Mercyhurst College is located at 501 East 38th St. and is easily 
accessible from Exit 8 (PA Route 8 - Pine Ave./Parade St.) or Exit 7 
(PA Route 97 -— Glenwood Park Ave.) off I-90. Signs on the campus will 
direct you to the ample parking areas near the Campus Center. 

Show times are 10 AM to 6 PM om Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday. 
Tickets are only $3 at the door. Advance tickets are available through 
participating user groups and by mail at the discount price of $2. Door 
prizes drawings will be held throughout the day. Seminars on technical 
topics and commercial products for the Atari computers will also be 
offered on a continuing basis. 

To order tickets by mail, register as a seminar speaker or reserve 
exhibit space write to GLACUC, PO Box 10562, Erie, PA 16514 or call 
Patty Marshall (Vendor Contact) at 412-225-8637 or Dennis McGuire (User 
Group/Seminar Contact) at 814-833-4724. 


by Keith MacNutt 

J.L. Jacobi 
Take Note Software 

285 Divisadero #3 

San Francisco, CA 94117 
415) 431-9495 

Logging on to any BBS or PAY service will convince most people that 
calculators are not one of the things the ST is short on. They come in 
every size and description, in both acc or prg and even a few in tos 
formats, printing or non printing, memory misers or hogs and some that 
are included as features in 8 in 1 style programs. Now since I love 
utilities, I’ve possibly tried half to three quarters of all the 
calculator programs out there, looking for one that I could say did 
everything I needed. 

For the moment my search has ended, and though bigger or better, smaller 
or faster ones may come along, I think this one fits the bill for what I 
think 17/11 need in the future. 

This calculator has some very nice features such as the ability to 
rename the extender to acc or prg, print after each entry or as a group 
of entries, and one that I really love is the ability to reposition the 
calculator window anywhere on the screen. Even though it takes up 100k, 
most people will find that this is not a real problem if they have the 
extender named as a program instead of an accessory. 


On the right hand side of the calculator there is a small window which 
is the tape box. Inside that window you can see 18 of the last 
operations with a limit of 999 before the window starts to over write 
itself. Under the window you will also find buttons to: 

) tape off - turn tape box off 

) dec- decimal (base 10) 

) print- print entire tape 

) clear- clear the tape 

) space- insert blank line between operations 

ae WBN ER 


Six possible formats can be displayed. 

dec- decimal or base 10 

$ -— decimal with values in dollars and cents 
hex -hexadecimal or base 16 

oct -octal or base 8 

bin -binary or base 2 

rt -running total 

Dot WN EH 


Programmers will find these helpful 

AND- logical AND 








LONG- controls the numbers of bits used by the shift and roll functions. 
BSET- set a bit on 

BCLR- set a bit off 

SIN- sin of a number 

COS- cosine of a number 

TAN- tangent of a number 

ATAN- the arc tangent of a number 

ASIN- the arc sine of a number 

ACOS- the arc cosine of a number 

DEG- convert radians to degrees 

RAD- convert degrees to radians 

SQR- the square root of a number 

LOG- the logarithm of x base e 

EXP- the xth power to the base number 

TRUN- return only the whole portion of a number 
FRAC- return only the fraction of a number 
ROUN- round the number off 

MOD- returns only the remainder or modulus of an integer of division 


On the left of the calculator is a button called send. If this is 
selected and you were to exit the program, the contents in the top 
display box would be sent to any program monitoring the keyborad (such 
as word processors). 


Normally all printing is done on the right side of the printing page, 

but if you click on left justify you will now have all calculations at 
the left, which is nice if you are using narrow calculator paper that 

comes in rolls. 


All numeric and regular keys are the same as the on-screen equivalents 
with the exception of these: 

F1 -cycle through the main display box format numbers 
F2 -cycle though the translation display formats 
F3 -cycle through the tape box formats 
UNDO -CE clear entry 
CLR/HOME -CA clear all 
) - on the numeric keypad is equivalent to "*" 
/ - on the numeric keypad is divide (ascii 246) 


The latest version has also included the ability to save all operations 
in the calculator box to disk. If you save one or more files to disk it 
will first look for tape####.asc and if it finds say a file called 

tapel.asc your calculations are then saved as tape2.asc. So as you can 

see there are more than enough features to satisfy most peoples needs in 
a calculator. 


Press Release 



Hanover, Germany. March 20, 1991. GFA Systemtechnik GmbH, 
headquartered in Dusseldorf had very positive responses to its key 
announcements at CeBIT’91 this past week. 

First, the company announced the availability of GFA-BASIC for IBM 
compatible PC’s. For the first time, programmers will be able to use 
the language’s simple constructs to create applications that use Menu 
Bars, Windows, Alert Boxes, and Pop-up Menus under both the MSDOS and 
WINDOWS 3.0 operating systems from Microsoft. All GFA-BASIC programs 
written for Atari ST and Amiga are compatible to these new versions. 

The company also demonstrated for the first time the Atari TT version of 
GFA-BASIC. This new version brings to the TT compatibility with all 
software that has been written for the ST. GFA-BASIC is now compatible 
to all Atari, Amiga as well as IBM compatible programs. 

And finally, the company announced the establishment of its U.S. 
subsidiary, GFA Software Technologies Inc. to support and market its 
products in North America. Demonstration versions of these products are 
available for evaluation. 




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Maurice Giguere Tel: 508-744-0201 

Salem, Ma. March 20, 1991. GFA Systemtechnik of Dusseldorf, Germany, 
publishers of GFA-BASIC for the ATARI ST and Commodore AMIGA announces 
the formation of GFA Software Technologies, Inc, a wholly owned 
subsidiary, to support and market GFA-BASIC in North America. 

Maurice Giguere, the President of this new subsidiary, announced that 
his goals were to "expand the use of this powerful language by providing 
call-in as well as bulleting board access to GFA technical personnel to 
assist programmers in their development efforts." 

The company currently publishes GFA-BASIC version 3.5 for the Atari ST 
and AMIGA computers. The current list price of the Interpreter and 
Compiler are $94.95 and $54.95 respectively. 

Also, GFA has recently released GFA-BASIC for MSDOS and Windows 3.0 
which will allow ST and AMIGA programs written in GFA-BASIC to run also 
on these platforms. The List Prices start at $249 for the MSDOS 286 

version and range to $495 for the 386 Windows 3.0 version. 

GFA is committed to helping its customers gain efficiencies and extend 
the value of their investment in ATARI ST and AMIGA programs that are 
written in GFA-BASIC. 

For more information contact: 
GFA Software Technologies Inc. 
27 Congress St. 

Salem, Ma 01970 

Tel: 508-744-0201 

Fax: 508-744-8041 
VISA/MasterCard accepted 

MCI MAIL: MGiguere 

Salem, Ma. March 20, 1991. GFA Software Technologies, Inc. today 
announced the availability of GFA-BASIC on the Atari TT. The typical 
Atari user was very happy to see the number one BASIC for the Atari on 
this new generation of Atari computers. Frank Ostrowski, chief 
technologist for GFA said "this implementation will exhibit all the 
speed and functionality we have appreciated on the other Atari 

The product is shipping with both an Interpreter and Compiler. The 
List Prices of each are $94.95 and $54.95 respectively. 


GFA Software Technologies, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of GFA 
Systemtechnik of Dusseldorf, Germany. GFA Systemtechnik has been 
supplying high technology tools and solutions to companies like Mercedes 
Benz and BMW through its affiliates around the world. Based on his 
experience with computer language editors and compilers, Frank 
Ostrowski, the chief technologist for GFA saw an opportunity to develop 
a powerful higher level language that would provide portability across 
the most popular PC platforms. One year ago Mr. Ostrowski began 
development of this product which would provide the basis for allowing 
programmers to easily create applications which not only could run on 
many computers, but also would conform to the "Graphic User Interface" 
which most users would be demanding on PC’s as they had on the Atari 
line of computers. 1 

The corporate goal was then apparent: give a simple, 
well-known language powerful commands to accomplish this task and bring 
to the PC the user friendliness of the applications that were possible 
on Atari. Mr. Ostrowski as the original developer of GFA-BASIC for the 
Atari had now created a tool which not only provides the power 
programmers need for this task, but also the variety of platforms needed 
whereby these applications can run effectively. 

GFA Systemtechnik in Germany has attractive an aggressive group of 
bright young developers dedicated to bringing to the applications 
programmer tools which he can use to maximize the market size for the 
systems he develops. GFA Software Technologies, Inc is the US 
subsidiary responsible for supporting these products. 



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