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ATARI TO BEGIN DIRECT SHOW SPONSORSHIP 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.

WORDUP! PURCHASE BY ATARI CONFIRMED Atari is in fact purchasing the source code and rights to graphics and word processing system that pioneered the do


WORDUP!, cument


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.

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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 available.

LYNX AUTO ADAPTOR RELEASED 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.


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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

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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.

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* 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

eful avoidance of want to do them, they can. But

own. These, i clubs. The


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

It will be billed as a cross-brand show, sponsored b efforts will be made to bring in other major manufac computers and peripherals.

Also attending the talk was Mike Fulton, Atari's newes

y Atari, and turers of

t technical

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


GADGETS BY SMALL, SLICCWARE, THE COMPUTER NETWORK, ST 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 colorful.

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, too!

<[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 pop.

<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 solicited. <[john@GE_Lamp] ST-GUEST> Interesting situation. I feel for ya... good

luck. Thanks

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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