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June 4, 1993                                                         No. 1.12
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> From the Editor's Desk                          "Saying it like it is!"

The first point of business this evening is to once again remind people 
that there will be NO issue next week.  There WILL be one the following
week, though -- June 18th.  And two weeks after that, etc.  If you don't
like the fact that we're going ever other week, send me Email and tell me.
If you DO like it, send me Email and tell me.  I will weigh the number of
responses for each side and make a determination.  We may very well return
to a weekly state once Summer is over, but that remains to be seen.

Ever since GEnie announced its new pricing structure beginning July 1, there
has been a LOT of fuss.  People tell me they've been receiving unsolicited
Email on GEnie from angry users with a petition to attempt to make GEnie
change it's mind.  RELAX.  It won't work.  GEnie made this decision because
too many people were abusing the flat rate areas.  I don't mean the people
that necessarily read a lot of the GEnie*Basic bulletin boards, but rather
the people that LIVE there.  The people that make multiple passes each
night.  The people that hold conversations with dozens of people via Email,
to avoid the charges of attending one of the Value Services areas.  The
people that use Email to exchange files through UUENCODING.  These actions
are what is causing GEnie to slow to a crawl, and causing so many people
to complain.  The elimination of the flat rate entirely and adopting a
cheaper hourly rate will force this to stop.  If you manage your time wisely,
your bill should not change that much.  You don't have to read the former
GEnie*Basic BB's EVERY night.  Alternate nights, do it two or three times
a week.  Remember that the original goal of GEnie was to create a place for
users of similar computers to exchange information.  It was only after it
had grown that these new areas were opened.  One of the Amiga RT sysops
noted, "Something that gets me is how people over in the GEnius RT say,
'why should we be forced to subsidize the computer RT users??'"  It's

If you're still convinced that GEnie has stabbed you in the back, there are
OTHER online services to consider:  Delphi and Portal just to name two.  I
think GEnie will become a much better place come July 1st.

                              Rob @ Amiga Report


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                          Contributing Correspondents
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                                  Mike Meyer

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                 Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                 ------------------------   ----------
                Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                               Issue #16
                            By: John Deegan


SuperMac Technology Inc. announced that Atari Corp. has licensed SuperMac's
Cinepak advanced video compression technology.  The agreement with Atari
marks the fourth licensing pact for Cinepak.  SuperMac's Cinepak technology
serves both the electronic entertainment and computer markets.  Cinepak is
part of Apple Computer Inc.'s QuickTime standard.  As well as Creative Labs
Inc.'s digital-video developments in the PC arena. Cinepak is also
available on The 3DO Co.'s upcoming Interactive Multiplayer multimedia
system.  Cinepak is a video compression-decompression (codec) scheme that
allows each video frame to use less space than usual, while still retaining
high quality colors and images.



LONDON, ENGLAND -- Computer crime officers were quietly celebrating a
guilty conviction against two self-confessed hackers late last week,
as the pair were led down to the cells to begin their six month prison

Neil Woods, 24, a computer science graduate and later computer salesman,
as well as University researcher Karl Strickland, 22, had pleaded guilty
to the charges and so became the first hackers to be jailed under the
Computer Misuse Act, 1990, in the UK.

Ironically, the pair were accused as part of the same investigation that
netted Paul Bedworth a few years ago. Bedworth, who pleased innocent on the
charges laid against him, went through a jury trial earlier this year that
ended up acquitting him. Woods and Strickland, however, because they had
pleaded guilty, were sentenced as a matter of course.

During a brief trial, the court heard how the pair caused an estimated
UKP123,000-worth of chaos while breaking into an estimated 10,000 on-line
systems around the world. The list of hacked system reads like a who's who
in the on-line world, ranging from NASA through to a European cancer research

No country was safe from the hackers' exploits. Systems in France, Germany,
Italy, and Sweden were hacked in Europe, along with systems in the US and
Canada, not to mention Russia, India, Singapore and Australia. The
prosecution said in court that the list read like an atlas, rather than a
list of offenses.

Woods and Strickland, who corresponded with other hackers, never met until
they were arrested. They were charged with conspiring to obtain telephone
services dishonestly over a two-year period, as well as publishing that
information on bulletin boards for other like-minded individuals to read.

Presiding over the case, Judge Michael Harris said that, while he accepted
their activities were not designed to cause damage, it was absolutely
essential that computer systems, which he described as playing an essential
role in 20th century life, be protected.

"If your passion had been cars rather than computers we would have called
your conduct delinquent, and I don't shrink from the analogy of describing
what you were doing as intellectual joyriding," he said.

"Computers now form a central role in our lives, containing personal details,
financial details, confidential matters of companies and government
departments and many business organizations. Some, providing emergency
services, depend on their computers to deliver those services," he added.

While Woods and Strickland pleaded guilty, Paul Bedworth, who was arrested
two years ago, did not. After pleading innocent on the grounds of computer
addiction, he was acquitted of the charges earlier this year.

Woods and Strickland are known to be members of a gang of four computer 
hackers known as the "eight-legged groove machine."  Two other people who
comprise the team are still at large, their identity not having been
discovered by Scotland Yard's computer crime division.

During the course of their exploits, the pair are known to have accessed a
variety of networks over BT's packet data networks, as well as the Joint
Academic Network (JANET). In court, the prosecution accessed European
Commission (EC) computers which led them into the accounts division of the
EC. One particular session led to the disruption of the main switching
computers on the Swedish telephone network in 1990.

To assist them in their exploits, the pair harnessed the power of mainframe
computers to make thousands of calls an hour on their behalf, repeatedly
battering login programs on other computers with tens of thousands of
passwords. This "blitz krieg" approach was necessary to gain access and
destroy security files before the system operators got back in the morning.

As a result of these efforts, the European Organization for the Research and
Treatment of Cancer received a UKP9,000 phone bill for around 50,000 calls
made by the scanner program.

Other networks accessed by the pair included classified military networks,
several banks, including Warburgs and Lloyds, as well as the Financial Times
Profile on-line service.



ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- After months of extensive previews -- and broad hints
on product pricing and positioning -- DEC finally announced here Tuesday
details of its plan to take the PC world by storm with its new range of
powerful personal computers based around the company's high-performance
Alpha 64-bit processor.

Pricing on the new range -- known as the DECpc AXP 150 -- starts at $6795 for
a "base" level machine that includes Windows NT 3.1, 16 megabytes (MB) of
RAM, a 14-inch SVGA color display, a 245 MB SCSI hard disk, the Alpha AXP
processor running at 150 megahertz (MHz) -- as well as the usual collection
of serial, mouse, parallel and keyboard interfaces.

While this price is a little more expensive than some analysts had predicted,
the machine looks to be far more compatible with PC standards than you would
expect from a non-Intel platform. It comes, for example, with a six-slot,
extended industry standard architecture (EISA) bus and a 3.5 inch floppy
disk drive -- so that you might not even know there was an Alpha processor
in the machine until after you switched it on.

The bad news is that DEC will not start shipping this machine until a final,
shrink-wrapped version of Windows NT is ready for the Alpha platform --
something that the industry should not expect until at least the end of 

In the meantime, those really keen to get started using a Alpha system with
NT can buy the developer's configuration of the DECpc AXP 150, which includes
everything offered in the base level system, but adds an extra 16 Mb of 
memory, almost 200 Mb of hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, a 16-inch 
(rather than 14-inch) display, an Ethernet adaptor card and a copy of Windows
NT Beta 2.0. This system is available immediately, sells for $9,995 and 
includes an automatic upgrade to the production version of Windows NT for
Alpha when it is ready.



ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Digital Equipment Corporation's DECpc AXP/150, a
personal computer using the company's 64-bit Alpha AXP microprocessor,
and shipping to developers with a beta version of Windows NT as its
operating system, is an interesting machine, owing to its unusual

The Alpha AXP/150 is unusual in three particulars. The first is its
microprocessor, a 64-bit Alpha AXP running at a screaming 150 megahertz

This is more than double the 66MHz top speed of competing microprocessors.
The Alpha chip is not Intel-compatible. The second unusual aspect is the
clock speed. The system bus runs at full speed, 150MHz. In fact, the system
clock is 300MHz, which is cut in half to pro vide timing for the micro-
processor and system bus. The fast bus speed should provide very fast access
to memory. Other peripherals will be accessed through extended industry
standard architecture (EISA) slots at 33MHz.

The third major differentiator is the operating system. The AXP/150 ships
with a beta version of Windows NT. It cannot run Windows or DOS directly,
though 16-bit DOS and Windows applications run under NT through an emulator.
The only 32-bit applications that will run are NT applications that have
been recompiled specifically for Alpha.

With these major exceptions, the AXP/150 is a regular high-end tower PC,
greatly resembling Intel-based PCs sold by DEC. It can support 16 to 128
megabytes (MB) of RAM, sports 512K of secondary cache, has a built-in SCSI
controller, and can support a hard drive up to 1G in size. Compaq QVision
SVGA graphics are standard, and four open EISA slots and three unused storage
bays are available.

Two serial ports, one parallel port, a keyboard, and a mouse are included. A
fully-configured developer version of the Alpha AXP running a beta version
of Windows NT as its operating system is available immediately for $9,995.

Purchasers will receive a free upgrade to the shipping version of NT when it
becomes available. A non-developer configuration will ship with the upcoming
release of Windows NT 3.1. This version will include 16M of RAM, a 14" SVGA
color monitor, and a 245M SCSI disk drive, and the operating system. This 
version will cost $6,795 from DEC Direct.



TOKYO, JAPAN, -- Mitsubishi Electric claims it has developed a powerful
and efficient 4-megabit flash memory, that is not only faster, but consumes
less electricity. The company is planning on applying this technology to
16-megabit flash memory.

Mitsubishi's latest flash memory operates at three-volts, and reads out data
at 50 nanoseconds. This is claimed to be considerably faster than existing
flash memory. Mitsubishi's flash memory is called DI-NOR-type, which is the
original chip of the firm.

The device takes advantage of two existing types of flash memories: NAND
(Not AND)-type and NOR (Not OR)-type.  NAND-type consumes less electricity
but it takes time to read out data. NOR-type can read out data faster but
it consumes more electricity.

Mitsubishi's DI-NOR-type consumes less electricity and can read out data 
quickly. The major reason for the improvements is that the device uses a
tunnel effect to deliver electrons to the cell when it reads and writes data.

Mitsubishi wants to test this 4-megabit flash memory further in order to
establish a quantity production method. Also, the firm intends to apply the
technology to 16-megabit and 64-megabit flash memory.

Flash memories can keep data even when switch is turned off. The device is
smaller than that of a DRAM. Also, it can read and write data, as well as
store a large amount of data. As a result, some analysts expect the
technology to replace hard disks in the future.



TOKYO, JAPAN, -- Matsushita Electric has developed a digital neuro LSI
chip, which it claims will be able to handle text and pictorial data at
very high speeds. Meanwhile, Hitachi has developed a TRON-based 32-bit
microprocessor. TRON is considered by many as the national operating
system in Japan.

Matsushita Electric's digital neuro LSI is still a prototype, but it is
claimed to be capable of recognizing text data and graphic data with high
precision. This chip is based on Matsushita's original neuro model. It has
a learning feature and neural network capabilities.  The chip measures only
11 by 11 millimeters.

According to Matsushita's tests, the device can recognize hand-written
letters at a speed 10 time faster than existing chips. It can recognize
figures - both Kanji and alphabets. As far as alphabetical letters are
concerned, it is claimed that the system can recognize 1,600 letters per
second - almost 20 times faster than current chips.

Meanwhile, Hitachi has developed a TRON-based 32-bit microprocessor. It is
the high-end version of the firm's G-MICRO family, called the G-MICRO
H32/500. There two versions - one with a clock speed of 50 megahertz (MHz)
and the other with a clock speed of 66 MHz. The 66-MHz version consumes
only nine watts of electricity, but it can process data at 130 MIPS (million
instructions per second).

The release of the 50-MHz version is planned for this October, with the
66-MHz version planned for early 1994.

   The previous stories are (c) 1993 NewsBytes.  Reprinted with permission.



NEW YORK (MAY 28) PR NEWSWIRE - Commodore International Limited (NYSE: CBU)
today reported a net loss of $177.6 million, or $5.37 per share on sales of
$120.9 million for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 1993. 

   This compares with earnings of $4.1 million, or $.12 per share on sales of
$194.6 million in the year-ago quarter. 

   For the nine months ended March 31, 1993 the net loss was $273.6 million,
or $8.27 per share compared with net income of $49.5 million, or $1.47 per
share in the same period of the prior year. Sales for the nine months were
$517.2 million compared with $770.3 million in the year-ago period. 

   Overall the sales decline of almost 40 percent for the quarter was
primarily due to prevailing economic softness in all of the Company's major
markets, especially Germany.  There was also significant pricing erosion for
the Company's older Amiga models and PC products.  Unit volume of Amiga
products declined 25 percent while Amiga revenues declined over 45 percent. 
PC unit volume increased 30 percent, but revenues increased only slightly
from the prior year.  C64 computer sales were nominal in the quarter. 

   The unit sales decline and severe pricing erosion during the quarter,
primarily in the month of March, had a substantial adverse effect on
profitability for the March quarter.  In light of this significantly changed
business environment, the Company reevaluated projected inventory values and
determined that writedowns of $65 million were required to reduce inventory,
including the older Amiga products, to current estimated net realizable value.
In addition, the Company made a provision of $70 million for special pricing
and promotional allowances, additional restructuring costs, and asset

   Irving Gould, chairman and chief executive officer, stated:  "We are
extremely disappointed with our results for the first nine months of this
fiscal year.  We believe that Commodore's technology, brand name and
distribution network continue to have significant value and we are exerting
all of our efforts to restructure the company to take advantage of these
values during this period of severe difficulty." 

   Commodore International Limited through its subsidiaries around the world
is a manufacturer and marketer of computer-based products for professionals
and consumers.  The company's major product group is Amiga multimedia
computers.  In addition, the company has a range of PC compatible computers
and the entry level Commodore 64. 

             Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
                             (Unaudited; $000's) 
 Periods ended                 Three Months           Nine Months 
 March 31                    1993        1992       1993        1992 
 Net Sales                $ 120,900    $194,600  $ 517,200  $770,300 
 Cost of Sales              232,200     140,300    618,400   538,300 
 Gross Profit (Loss)       (111,300)     54,300   (101,200)  232,000 
 Operating Expenses          55,800      49,100    146,100   168,600 
 Operating Income (Loss)   (167,100)      5,200   (247,300)   63,400 
 Interest Expense, Net        5,000       2,800     13,900    11,200 
 Other Expense (Income)       5,500      (1,900)    11,700      (100) 
 Income (Loss) Before 
 Income Taxes             (177,600)      4,300   (272,900)   52,300 
 Provision for 
  Income Taxes                  ---         200        700     2,800 
 Net Income (Loss)        $(177,600)  $   4,100  $(273,600) $ 49,500 
 Net Income (Loss) Per Share $(5.37)      $ .12     $(8.27)    $1.47 
 Average Shares 
  Outstanding            33,086,000  34,137,000 33,068,000 33,782,000 

                       Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
                             (Unaudited; $000's) 
                                  March 31,           March 31, 
                                    1993                1992 
 Cash and Investments             $ 21,500            $ 60,800 
 Accounts Receivable, Net          152,100             255,400 
 Inventories                       106,700             202,200 
 Other Current Assets               10,000               9,400 
   Total Current Assets            290,300             527,800 
 Other Assets                       83,900             108,200 
 Total                            $374,200            $636,000 
 Current Debt (Notes A and B)     $115,300            $ 71,800 
 Other Current Liabilities         191,800             165,800 
   Total Current Liabilities      $307,100            $237,600 
 Long-Term Debt and Other           37,100              60,300 
 Shareholders' Equity               30,000             338,100 
 Total                            $374,200            $636,000 

 (A)  Current debt includes $46 million of Senior Notes, $13 million 
      of which were repaid on April 12, 1993 as required.  As of 
      March 31, 1993 the Company is in non-compliance with certain 
      financial covenants under the Note Agreement with respect to 
      the remaining $33 million.  The lender has waived non- 
      compliance through the end of July 1993 in order to allow the 
      Company to pursue a debt restructuring. 
 (B)  Current debt at March 31, 1993 includes a $10 million 11.75% 
      demand loan from a company controlled by the chairman of the 
      Company.  On April 12, 1993, an additional $7 million was 
      borrowed, with $9.5 million being repaid May 24, 1993 through 
      the sale of inventory.  The remaining $7.5 million debt is 
      collateralized. /delval/ -0-                       5/28/93 

CONTACT:  Ronald B. Alexander, chief financial officer and secretary of
Commodore International Limited, 215-431-9100 



SAN MATEO, CA -- Electronic Arts today announced the upcoming release
of Deluxe Music, the much anticipated update to the best seller Deluxe
Music Construction Set.  With Deluxe Music, professional and novice
musicians can create, publish and perform great music without a concerted

Deluxe Music now offers many new dictation features including multiple
document support, hide and reveal project options for the easy management of
open projects, macro support to automate repetitive tasks, and full AREXX

Deluxe Music also provides new playback options such as a stand-alone Player
module and the ability to attach any instrument sample or MIDI Channel to an
instrument name.  With over 20 instruments included with multiple play styles
(like staccato or legato) for each instrument, dynamic range from ppp to fff,
play back speed from 10 to 300 beats per minute and full four-voice sound,
the Deluxe Music composer has a wide range of options to choose from. Deluxe
Music also has full publishing capabilities and now supports 48 staves.

Deluxe Music's full range of easy-to-use dictation, ovation and pagination
features make it accessible to novice musicians and yet powerful enough for 
the most experienced musician.

Electronic Arts is offering a $50 (including shipping and handling) upgrade
to DeluxeMusic Construction Set owners.  Details for ordering the Deluxe
Music upgrade can be obtained by calling Electronic Arts at (800) 245-4525
Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.  and 5 p.m.  Pacific Time.



   The Aglet Modula-2 V2.04 Interface consists of over one hundred modules
   providing the Benchmark (TM) Modula-2 programmer with a calling
   interface to all of the Amiga system resident library functions
   distributed with AmigaDOS v2.04, as well as definitions of all
   system record structures and flags.

        Note: This product has no connection with Avant-Garde software or
              Leon Frenkel, the author of the Benchmark product.

   These M2 interface DEFINITION MODULEs follow closely the C language
   "includes" interface of ".h" file distributed by CATS.

   The supplied modules replace the Amiga-specific modules delivered
   (for AmigaDOS v1.2) with the original Benchmark compiler. Compatibility
   is maintained with the rest of the Benchmark system, with the exception
   of the "Simplified Amiga Library" add-on.

   Source for all the DEFINITION and IMPLEMENTATION modules of the interface
   is also included.

   Also included is a program, DoIFace, which can be used to create a
   similar interface for Benchmark programs to additional Amiga resident


   v2.04 AmigaDOS
   Benchmark Modula-2 Compiler


   The package is available from me for US$ 35.00. Shipping is included
   to destinations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. For other
   destinations, please add an additional US$ 3.00.

   Residents of Virginia must add an additional 4.5% state sales tax

   Please make your check or money order out to Thomas M. Breeden.


   Each distribution is copyrighted and licensed for a single computer.
   Commodore copyrighted commentary material is distributed under an
   "Includes Distribution License" from CATS.


   A number of Test/Example programs are included, showing the usage of
   many of the new features of AmigaDOS 2.04, such as public screens,
   file notification, gadtools, asl, etc. (Otherwise, no specific
   documentation on using AmigaDOS v2.04 is included.)

   Two additional examples of interfacing to Amiga Resident Libraries
   are included: 1) the AmigaGuide library from Commodore 2) the ISAM
   library from RedShift Software.

   Thomas Breeden
   Aglet Software
   Box 3314
   Charlottesville, VA 22903


   email : CompuServe 75210,2424
           Internet   75210.2424@compuserve.com



MicroBotics has announced a trade-up program for owners of its MBX1200 and
MBX1200z memory expansion boards for the Amiga 1200.  Under this program,
users may trade in their memory expansion boards for a discount on the new
1230XA 68030 accelerator.

Users are asked to call Darrin at MicroBotics if you have an MBX1200 that you
want to trade in.  You will get the registered user price PLUS an additional
$50 credit towards the XA purchase. We'll take your board and install your
existing math chip and RAM on the XA, thoroughly test it and ship the 1230XA
to you.

There  will be a detailed mailing on this to all registered USA and Canadian
owners. It is a little difficult to arrange to do this to Europe so at this
time the offer is limited to North America mostly because of customs barriers
and shipping costs.




  MemBlocker Version 1.1


  MemBlocker blocks memory. You are able to allocate memory blocks of a
  specified size and release them later. This may be done from Workbench or
  CLI, Kick 37.175 (OS2.04) or greater is needed anyway.


  Blocking memory is usefull for all those with different types of FAST-RAM,
  this is 32-bit and 16-bit ram. Many owners of accelerator cards and some
  other expansion memory have both of these types in their system. When you
  boot your system, the software or hardware of the accelerator assign the
  32-bit ram to the highest memory-priority. So nearly all of this 'fastest'
  RAM is used before the 16-bit ram is touched. When there is no more 32-bit
  RAM left you suddenly see a significant slowdown after starting a program
  in 16-bit ram. So one would like to save as much as possible of the 32-bit
  RAM for those programs that need 'fastest' memory.

  One the other hand, there are many programs that don't need 'fastest' RAM.
  Comodities, other utilities, diskcaches, buffers and more. Many of these are
  started in the startup-sequence, user-startup or wbstartup-drawer. This is
  where MemBlocker comes in: You block your precious 'fastest' 32-bit ram
  before launching those applications and release it afterwards. So the
  applications are forced to use the slower 16-bit RAM.

  But be careful what programs you force into slower RAM: devices, handlers,
  simply everything where speed is needed should get 'fastest' RAM.
  Another usage might be to shrink your availible memory for test purposes.


 MemBlocker may be freely distributed, as long as no charge is made other
 than to cover time and copying costs. The package must be distributed as
 the original archive. If you want to include MemBlocker as part of a 
 commercial package, contact the author listed below. Fred Fish is 
 specifically given permission to include MemBlocker in his fine disk 
 library. It is also allowed to put MemBlocker on free accessible BBS's
 or Internet sites.


  Carsten Melberg
  Karlsbader Str. 3
  D-8520 Erlangen    (D-91058 Erlangen from 1. July '93)



 Version 1.00-1.02 internal releases
 Version 1.1 first public release


  On everey aminet site, e.g. amiga.physik.unizh.ch




[ I've been thinking of renaming this newsgroup to ]
[ comp.sys.amiga.multiprint.          -Dan         ]




     2.00 27-May-1993

     This is an update to version 1.12 released on the
     13th of May 1993.


     John Matthews
     4 Wadham Grove,
     Tawa, 6203
     New Zealand
     Phone 64 4 232-7805
     Fax (by arrangement)

      Internet : tribble@gphs.vuw.ac.nz
         ( Irregular Monitoring )


     MultiPrint is a program initially designed to print
     document files, and other text files, to as few sheets
     of paper as possible. It has since had other features
     such as bold/italic/font support, Compugraphic support,
     paragraph reformating and full justification added
     for improved flexability and readability.
     MultiPrint prints text files to multiple columns, on
     both sides of the sheet automatically, with no need
     to shuffle the pages.
     Pages are printed with a footer, with margins, page
     numbers, and with a gutter to allow easy stapling,
     or hole punching.


     Version 2.00 fixes a few bugs that were found in the last
     released version, and adds a few significant features.

2.00 May 27, 1993
    Bugs Fixed :
      1. Big bug fixed for those out there using most printers other than
         Hewlett Packard compatible printers. Now, shouldn't print blank
         lines where bits of text should be.
      2. Fixed some small formatting problems.
      3. Fixed some other things, but I've forgotten what they were.
         Had had no serious messages about them though :-)
      4. Jumped version numbers, and changed to a trailing 0, to provide
         consistent numbering.
    Added Features :
      1. Modified Centering, so \C - returns you to the previous mode of
         justification. It is no longer necessary to remember when
         adding the codes to the files.
      2. Added 'This page intentionally left blank' :-)
      3. Added command line switches to turn off in-file formatting


     MultiPrint requires 2.04 or higher.
     MultiPrint works best with page oriented printers, such
     as lasers and HP deskjets. A fast printer helps.

     MultiPrint provides better output with the use of
     Scalable fonts, and better italics/bold if you have a
     complete family (or more) of Scalable fonts.


     This version can be found as MultiPrint18.lha on
     amiga.physik.unizh.ch (, where I uploaded
     it in the new directory.
     You could also try wuarchive.wustl.edu (
     In New Zealand, you can try kauri.vuw.ac.nz.


     Should end up in /pub/aminet/text/print, where the last
     version was put.


     MultiPrint200.lha, MultiPrint200.readme


     MultiPrint is shareware, basically. If you find the
     program useful, or need anything added, and want to
     encourage me, a donation is welcome, but not
     I would like to make enough money from MultiPrint to
     replace the Ink Cartridge I used most of in testing
     Suggestion, US$20 or equivalent, NZ$ if you can get them.
     Any amount is fine though.
     Hey, here's ambition ... maybe I could make enough
     to buy a laser printer! :-)


     Shareware. Distribute to whoever, but if you plan
     to include it in a magazine's cover disk, or anything
     like that - let me know first.
     No matter what, leave the documentation intact.



[ On the other hand, comp.sys.amiga.armyminer wouldn't ]
[ be bad, either....                                   ]
[                                     -Dan             ]


    ArmyMiner is a logic board game where some of the squares
do contain bombs. When clicked, the bomb-free squares display
the number of bombs in their neighbourhood. The objective of
the game is for the user to mark all the squares having bombs
in a minimum of time. The game requires good concentration
and offers a very interesting mental challenge.

    There are many instances of that game on different
platforms (Minesweeper on IBM-compatible, XMines on XWindows,
etc). ArmyMiner integrates all of the good aspects I've
seen on all the versions of that game available on 
personal computers. Its options include:

  - Automatically mark or clean the neighbours of a square
  - Safe start (no explosion at first click)
  - Safe click (gadget-like behavior for squares)
  - Question marks (for configuration analysis)

  You can also specify your own custom board settings.
The game has a very useful pause option, sound effects,
high-score tables and a very nice interface. It works
on either OS v1.3 or 2.0, under NTSC or PAL.

  ArmyMiner is freeware, binary only. You are free
to use it as long as you leave my copyright notice intact.
You can distribute that program as long as you don't ask any
more money for it than a nominal fee for copying, and if you
keep the "ArmyMiner.doc" file with it. If you want to include
this program in a commercial package, you need my written

  "Copyright 1993 Alain Laferriere, All rights reserved"

  About release 1.2:

    This version of ArmyMiner is not executable-compressed.
This should please all the users that complained about it.
A bug has also been fixed with system fonts different than
"topaz 8". Also, you can now turn the pause on, by pressing
the 'p' key on the keyboard.

  ArmyMiner is currently available on the following FTP sites:

  Switz.  amiga.physik.unizh.ch (  pub/aminet/game/think
  Scand.  ftp.luth.se           (  pub/aminet/game/think
  USA     ftp.etsu.edu          ( pub/aminet/game/think
  USA     oes.orst.edu          ( pub/aminet/game/think

  The files you have to download are:

  - ArmyMiner_1.2.lzh
  - ArmyMiner_1.2.readme

  Have fun! 


                     ANNOUNCING A MAILING LIST FOR
                    The AmigaE Programming Language

For the users of Wouter van Oortmerssen's AmigaE programming language,
and for those interested in this language, a mailing list is forming.

Topics of discussion will cover the full range of Amiga programming using
E, such as graphics, file handling, compiler questions, and more. This
is also the place to keep up on the latest AmigaE information, get news
about AmigaE releases, and find others who share your enthusiasm for
this wonderful new programming environment! And with Wouter van 
Oortmerssen as a member of this list, it's definitely the place to be
if you use AmigaE!

This list is managed by a person (me), not a listserv, so please keep
that in mind when addressing list administration problems. Also, for
now, I would like to ask all participants to resist the temptation to
post large uuencoded binaries to this list. We really must be considerate
of those down the line who may not have the disk space for such posts.

To join the AmigaE mailing list, send an e-mail message to
amigae-request@bkhouse.cts.com. Remember, this request is read by
a person, so you may ask other questions about the list, or ask to
be subscribed at an address differing from where you sent the 
message. I will read each of these, and I'll do my best to answer
your questions and configure things the way you want them. You should
generally send all administrative questions to the request address.
I'm guaranteed to read this mail at least once a day, but it may
take me a couple of days to address questions posted to the list
at large.

One thing you should indicate in your request is whether or not
you want your own postings mailed back to you with the rest of the
list traffic. By default you will receive your own posts.

Bkhouse, home of ArgusNet, is an Amiga 3000/25 running list handling
software that I wrote in AmigaE. We are uucp connected (every two
hours) to a system that is full-time wired to the Internet. Mail
turnaround is pretty fast, all things considered. Messages posted
to the list should be processed and sent to the participants in
a maximum of four hours. If list traffic becomes heavy, I may have
to stretch that window out a bit.

To post  to the list, send your message in an e-mail to:

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nkraft@crash.cts.com or nkraft@ucsd.edu (whichever works best
for you). The first address is, of course, preferred.


> ONLINE WEEKLY Amiga Report Online               People...  Are Talking!

From GEnie's Amiga RoundTable

From Denny Atkin (DENNYA) on PC upgradability...

You only have one choice for a processor upgrade in most 486 machines: the
P24T "Pentium Jr.," which will (1) only have a 32-bit data path, compared to
the 64-bit path on the real Pentium, and (2) run at half-speed externally so
that it can function on a 33MHz motherboard.

Compare this to the Amiga's brilliant processor slot scheme (available on ALL
slotted Amigas, and retrofittable to all other Amigas except the A600), which
lets you use ANY processor.

You can upgrade your video, but not your video bus, in a PC. Big difference.
Current owners will be hosed as ISA-only owners are now once PCI takes over
from VESA as the standard late this year.

As for upgrading your Amiga video, you can purchase a number of high-res
graphics cards such as the Retina. You need drivers for higher resolutions,
but you do on the PC too.


A reply to Denny from C.FRANCESCHI...


>P24T "Pentium Jr

For the 486 Pentium upgrade whats the price???

The Compaq's Pentium is only $9000.00 list and has a 64bit motherboard kicks
out around 20mflops and 120 mips, sporting a "State of the Art Windows based
32bit OS (NExT Step) which can run MS Windows or DOS in a window with its

NEC's Pentium uses a tandem cpu setup with 128-bit data paths showing around
220 mips of muscle and 40-something MFlops.  And can use the same 32-bit OS.

The new Mac supposedly better than twice the power of the Quadra 950 may
possibly be called the "Cyclone" is due mid July.

I've got a 3000T with an PP&S 35mhz Mercury and a ProRam3000 sporting 66 megs
of RAM.  A Firecracker24, ImageMaster9.52 and ADPro2.3. I'm having a hard time
keeping up with my competition in commercial image processing.
(ie.Quadra 950s with hardware cache and SGI indigo)

I've just returned my A4000 due to no significant improvement over my existing

I'm having a dificult time deciding whether to spend $5000.00 on a Visiona
135mhz graphics card, or a just couple thousand more for a Compaq Pentium.

Anyone that not living soley off thier computer, make at least $50,000.00 a
year from thier Image Processing skills, drive a decent car, and own thier
home need not reply.

      An Amiga Die Hard...  ...By A String.


More from Ty Liotta (T.LIOTTA) about the Toaster 4000...
Ok I have some more Toaster 4000 news. I have been running some speed tests
on the new Lightwave and there is something very wrong going on. Either the
Amiga 4000's 68040 is very slow, or something is going on with the new
Lightwave software. I am using as my benchmark, the "texture examples" scene
which comes with Lightwave. I am not saving the frame to disk, and am
rendering it in hi-res mode. On my system at home, I am running a beta version
of the new lightwave which is optimized for the 68040 and contains some of the
features as lightwave on the Toaster 4000. My home system is an amiga 2000 w/
a progressive zeus 68040 going 28mhz. Here's the deal. My home system renders
the image in 4 minutes 10 seconds. The A4000 with the 4000 Toaster renders it
in about 12 minutes!!!! Like I said there is something very wrong going on. We
are talking 3 times slower here! I don't know what this is due to, but would
really like to find out. Any ideas?

To other matters... I don't think the 3.0 software running in an Amiga
2000 will be able to do everything the 4000 Toaster is capable of doing in an
A4000. It is technically impossible. The new effects take heavy advantage of
the higher amount of colors on the A4000 to do much nicer wipes with 256
levels of transparency. The CG might be able to run the same on the A2000, but
this is debatable. You will certainly not be able to play back any Lightwave
animations in real time either because of no AGA chipset. These are all very
nice features, but it depends on how you use your Toaster to determine if they
are worthwile to plunk down a large chunk of change to completly redo your


From Robin Evans (R.EVANS6) about typical PC upgrade problems...

A company I used to work for bought hundreds of AST 286 machines at about the
same time I bought the accelerated 2000 that's humming beside me right now. I
talked to a tech who still works there the other day. He told me that they are
giving away those 286's right now because they've found they are worthless for
what they are planning to do with the new network at the firm.

Those machines will not run the current operating system standard, which --
for better or worse -- is Windows.

They can't replace the mother board -- not for a reasonable cost at least. And
they can't upgrade the machines with new processors. AST came out with a
machine which had a 'replaceable processor' slot, but did it just after all
those machines up there were installed. AST isn't offering them any sort of
discount or 'upgrade path' for buying newer machines.

This 2000 that I have is a much better computer today than those 286's which
were the standard back when I bought it. I could upgrade and tweak this thing
in ways that are unheard of for 286 owners.

Compared to Apple and the clone-makers, Commodore has done a better job of
making computers which have a long and useful life.


From FidoNet's Amiga_Tech echo

Date: 17 May 93  11:08:52
From: Tom Jones
  To: Scott Marlowe
Subj: 4000/EC30 rumors

Hello Scott,

You opined :

SM> 1) Slow Expansion BUSSitus.  A programmed I/O 16 bit bus can only do so
much, and provides the CPU with a high load when running a lot of  data. Makes
for poor performance on things like video from a HD. 2)

There are faster and slower busses, not all equal, but in general yes.

SM> No Co-Processor to make a list of things to do, freeing the CPU to  just
do its job.  The Amiga, and most main-frames and minis have  this feature. It
makes multi-tasking a much more reasonable job.  3) A Processor that needs an
AS instruction for every register it  wants to save, and uses about 5 times
the number of cycles as a  68030/040 to task switch cannot hope to do
pre-emptive multi-tasking  at any reasonable rate.

Again I agree in general terms. I am a computer field engineer for the
last 23  years and have been ML programmning main/mini and PC chips for
most of  it so I am aware of the shortcomings of the Intel architectures.
I hated the 80XX on first exposure and still do. The register based I/O,
the need to  transfer blocks of data "in you pockets" from high memory,
the constant pushing of all the registers onto the stack and popping them
off to task  switch....a bummer for DEC or RCA1802 or 68000 users who are
used to  memory mapped I/O and table pointers and MMU's. It never fails to
astonish me when I reflect on the success of this Model-T architecture.

SM> My point is that no matter how good NT gets, the PC architecture is  too
limiting right now to allow faster operation of the important  things, like
I/O.  Even MC or EISA machines are no match for Zorro II  or III, and that
makes a big difference when running 4 or 5 serial  ports, or a fast hard drive
controller, or just playing a tune in the  background.

NT will be a Pentium counterpart. Also, MicroSoft wants to make versions of 
NT for even palmtop and laptops, obviously then they plan to make very
cut-down versions for slow machines as well as the topend version that runs
16mb mem and 100mb harddisk. Never underestimate your enemy if you want  to
win the war.

 SM>  TJ> The day of the proprietary O/S and proprietary hardware are
 SM>  TJ> coming to a close in the near future, and whether we love it or
 SM>  TJ> not the Amiga is both. 
 SM> I think that proprietary OSes will soon be as insiginfigant as  different
layouts for remote controls on VCRs.  As long as two  machines can talk to
each other, and read each others DATA FORMATs,  no one will care too much
whether it runs the same OS.

But they do care, a lot. That is the reason Open Systems Foundation and many
other such groups keep getting formed. Unless they command so big a share of
their market that their proprietary O/S is a defacto standard (a feat even 
Big Blue is having trouble pulling off more and more these days) most companys
are giving at least lip service to open systems architectures and Unix.  They
hate it in their hearts because they make less money and can't lock the user
into paying for their software, but they have to laugh when the boss laughs
anyway and the boss is their customers.

I don't think data interchange is the only answer either. We already have lots
of cross-platform translation programs to let Amigas read PC or MAC data files
and some programs that can sort of read 1-2-3 files and DBIII files and
WordPerfect files. Most of them are always at least one revision behind the
current standard rev on the PC or MAC and require a lot of work to reinsert
the formating that got left behind etc. I don't think there are *any* programs
on the other two that will read any format created by Amiga specific programs
however, with the exception of IFF to GIF. It  will always be that way, a one
way street, unless you run the same O/S.

Who says NT has to be Intel based only, by the way? Why can't you believe that
Commodore would pay Microsoft to run an optimized 68060 version for Amiga
users? I guess that is pretty hard to believe actually. ;-)

Anyway that is how I see it.


Date: 22 May 93  22:26:08
From: John Kamchen
  To: All
Subj: A1200 Hack

                        The Amiga A1200: Inside & Out
                  Part 6   More Drive Stuff    May 21st 1993
             (C)1993 Silicon Synapse Electronics  & John Kamchen
    Stalker's Guild BBS (204)257-3751 23hrs DHST Wpg, Canada Fido 1:348/706

               Insert 'Not My Fault If It Goes KaBOOM' clause here.

     Another one SO SOON?  Ok, here's the scoop.  Finally got rid of that
Toshiba 2.5" drive..  for $350, and got myself a 212mb Western Digital Caviar
(fish eggs?).  Man, is it FAST!  SysInfo reports 1,490,000 bytes a second
(compared to my 650,000 with the 2.5").

  When doing this hack, there are some real problems to consider.  I came
across these ones:

 1.  The mounting holes on the HD didn't QUITE line up with the holes in the
computer.  If I put the drive in like it should be (with the LED towards the
floppy slot) it sat about 4mm to far to the side (the fancy molding of the
drive slot got in the way).  By using the next mounting possibility (the drive
faced the same way, but was an inch or so closer to the middle of the
and that seemed OK, but is wasn't sitting at the correct angle.  Best thing is
to drill new holes in the plastic OR tape the sucker in place.

 2.  What to do with the floppy.  Best I can suggest is to buy a defective
A1010 (the Amiga external floppy).  Take the dead drive out, put your new one
in.  Assign DF0: to DF1: and hope for the best.  Can it be done?  maybe.
Another way to do this is remove the round cable from the external floppy
and run DF0:'s ribbon cable inside.  Run the cable out of the rear hatch.

                               The (gulp) CABLE!

     I won't say its the worst soldering job I've had , but thank god I'm used
to this sort of thing.  I had a standard 'single' IDE cable, and 44pin 2.5"
cable.  Adding them together took a while.  You will need:
A fine tip soldering iron (NOT A WELLER 140W PIPE WELDER!)
Solder (duhh)
1 & 1/2  feet of small diameter heat shrink tubing, cut into 40  1cm lengths.

     On each cable, take off one end (watch pin 1 on that 2.5" cable).
On the 40 pin cable, pull a wire down one inch.  Take off 1/4in insulation.
On the 44 pin cable, pull a wire down 3/4 inch.  Strip the last 1/4in.
Place one tube of heat shrink on the 40 pin cable.
Twist the two wires together (make sure not to twist the insulation).
Place joint in the 'helping hands'.  Make sure shink tube isn't near joint.
Apply a small amount of solder to the twist.
Cut tip off twist joint, and fold back into 44pin cable side.
Slide shrink tubing over joint.  Friction should hold it there.
Procceed to next wire.


     Once your done, solder in the required power cable for your HD onto
the floppy's power cable.  (I made a whole new cable.  Remember, don't destroy
any original parts.

     When your done soldering, take a hair dryer to all your shink tubing
untill she be shrunked.

     You have an option at this point.  You can take those connectors you
pulled off before, and re-attach them to the morphed cable.  I don't see much
use adding the 2.5" connector, but the 3.5" might come in handy for a Slave
drive in the future.  Yer call.

     One thing to remember, that 90-ish degree angle bracket that was on the
floppy must be put back in place.. at the right angle.

     If I can borrow some kinda video sampler in the next while, I'll add some
pictures of this hack in the next installment.

NEXT TIME:  Who knows?  Adding a high density drive? (if I can afford one)


Date: 28 May 93  17:15:04
From: Joey McDonald
  To: All
Subj: 1,638,400 color ECS?

I recently left a message asking about the possibilty of NEW
display modes (MEGA-MODES) on ALL amigas.

Example: There's a program available for the Atari ST/STE that
offers 6 new modes including 48 colors per scan line out of
4096 and even 19,200 colors out of 32,768! All on a stock 
Atari. Remember the ST/STE are limited to 4096 colors just
like the Amiga. So How was this 32,768 color pallette

Shouldn't it be possible to have the following modes on ANY
AMIGA in 320x400 low-resolution?

Mega-32 - 32 "different" colors per scan line - simulating 12,800
Mega-64 - 64 "different" colors per scan line - simulating 24,600
Mega-HAM - 4096 "different" colors per scan line - simulating 1,638,400

With dyna-hires, the copper displays 16 different colors
per scan line. It's similar to having 400 16 color hi-res
pics opened on a single screen and each only occupying a
single scan line. 

I really don't know why this can't be done with 32 or 64
colors in Low-Res, perhaps EXTENDING the pallette beyond

What about Mega-Ham?
What about a seperate HAM pallette per scan line? As an
example, Imagine 400 different ham screens, each existing 
on a single scan line. Wouldn't this give you a simulated
1,638,400 colors? 

I may not be correct, But If A stock ST/STE's pallette
can be extended to 32,768 with software only, the Amiga
should be able to do better! 

Any responses to this or my other message would be
appreciated! ALL YOU TECH-WIZ's....... RESPOND!!!!


Date: 29 May 93  09:04:27
From: Charles Farrington
  To: Tom Jones
Subj: Amiga laptops

    Supposedly Commodore wants eventually to manufacture their own laptops
eventually.  But they have a couple of problems.  One is the current expense
of active matrix screens.  That is expected to improve over the next year or
so.  The second is the chip set which draws a lot of power, and does not do
well with current battery technology.  They apparently will have to redesign
the chips to improve the current usage, before they can manufacture a laptop. 
Anyone have any other info on this?  I am not sure what happened to the third
party laptop that was being advertised a year ago, but apparently C= pulled
the rug out from under them.  And as far as Commodore and it's technology and
trademarks - well we used to have a store here in San Antonio called Amiga
Video Plus.  It was a computer store that sold only Amiga products, and
specialized in video work, Toaster products, etc.  Commodore informed them
that Amiga was C='s trademark, and that they could not use it in their name. 
They changed the name to Amigo Video Plus.  But that is like a local car
retailer not being able to call itself Ancira Chevrolet, or something.  The
store eventually closed down - a loss to San Antonio.  Why does Commodore
shoot itself in the foot (and it's supporters through the heart)?


Date: 28 May 93  11:00:08
From: Larry Baum
  To: Joey McDonald
Subj: Re: 198,400 color ECS!

First off, low-res has only 320 pixels so you can't get 4096 colors per line,
second you couldn't do it anyway. Next you can't get a 198,000 mdoe eother as
the ECS has only 4096 shades!  At best you could continuously reload colors
throught the screen. The copper can only reset the color by every 4 pixels
within the line and about 32 before each line begins in lores. HAM would most
likely look better.
Espc. dynamic HAM at 320x400.
   On the AGA, an interesring thing might be to reload all 256 color registers
each line and then display 256x400 pictures, if the copper can handle
reloading 256 per line (which it might since the higher # colrrs wouldn't be
needed until aater along the scanline, you could get a true 24bit mode at
256x400. I'm not sure if AGA is fast enough and heard some odd thing about the
16.8 mil palette not setting in until the end of the line after a copper
command though 


Date: 30 May 93  20:07:00
From: Luis B. Perez
  To: John Fraser
Subj: Re: Digital Equipment's ALPHA chip

In article dated (27 May 93) John Fraser wrote to Malvin Velez :

 JF> If Apple decides to stop using the 680x0 series chips in their computers
 JF>  (and it's quite possible considering how much they've got wrapped up in
 JF>  this new chip), then will Motorola actually produce the
 JF> 68060? I mean, Apple is the biggest purchaser of the 680x0 line and if

According to Apple, they are going to keep buying the Motorola 68xxx series
for a while...how long that "while" is going to be???...well I am taking

I read somewhere that Motorola is planning to keep the 68xxx series as long as
the year 2000 or so...I believe I read that in a Amiga electronic news...not
sure if it was Amiga Report, Genie...will look for it and will let you
know...if you are interested.


Date: 30 May 93  20:07:00
From: Luis B. Perez
  To: John Fraser
Subj: Re: Digital Equipment's ALPHA chip

In article dated (27 May 93) John Fraser wrote to Malvin Velez :

 JF> If Apple decides to stop using the 680x0 series chips in their computers
 JF>  (and it's quite possible considering how much they've got wrapped up in
 JF>  this new chip), then will Motorola actually produce the
 JF> 68060? I mean, Apple is the biggest purchaser of the 680x0 line and if

According to Apple, they are going to keep buying the Motorola 68xxx series
for a while...how long that "while" is going to be???...well I am taking

I read somewhere that Motorola is planning to keep the 68xxx series as long as
the year 2000 or so...I believe I read that in a Amiga electronic news...not
sure if it was Amiga Report, Genie...will look for it and will let you
know...if you are interested...

 JF>  they drop out, I doubt Motorola will produce it just for us and Atari
 JF>  (Ha Ha). On the other hand, the Alpha chip can emulate other chips
 JF>  through modified MICROCODE (this is how Microsoft is running WinDOZE
 JF>  NT
 JF> on the Alpha- by actually imitating a x86 processor!). So if it can be
 JF>  done for the x86 it can be done for the various 030-060 processors.
 JF> It should be interesting to see what develops in the next 3-5 years....

I agree...lots of rumors in Usenet about Digital and Commodore...lets wait and


Date: 31 May 93  15:32:27
From: Seth Stroh
  To: John Fraser
Subj: Re: Digital Equipment's ALPHA

JF> over-inflating their chip-speed claims.). But the big question is:
JF> will Motorola actually produce the 68060? (I've heard that it's
JF> possible that they won't - I mean, where's the 40 and 50mhz 040's
JF> that were supposed to be out now?) And if Apple is basing
JF> (baseing?) their new
JF> systems on the PowerPC, who will be buying the 68060 anyway? ( I'm
JF> not sure if Apple is going to continue to produce 680x0-based
JF> machines or not. 1> If they are, then the 060 machines will be
JF> faster than their
JF> PowerPC machines. 2> If they don't, then I can't see Motorola

  Well, dont be too conserned about Motorola droping the 680x0 line.  Those
chips are used in a LOT more than Mac's and Amiga's.  And yea, it would be
damn stupid for Apple to stop making 680x0 macs cuz not only is the Power
PC chips slower than a 68060.  It also has to EMULATE a 680x0 to run Mac
software which will present an even biger slow down.  Anyway, from what I
have read, Motorola plans to keep building on the 680x0 line for a long
time.  Now then, on to Alphas.  Welll, I saw an Alpha workstation not to
long ago and it was decently impressive but I was FAR more impressed with
the SGI Crimson + Reality Engine.  Thats a bit of an unfair comparison tho
cuz the Reality Engine has 18 Intel I860's on it and the Alpha work station
was runing a single Alpha chip.
  Official word from C= is that they do have someone (it was either 1 or 2
hard ware engineers out of their 200 total) that is working on RISC based
Amigas.  But for the moment I think they are going to use the 68060 in the
high end 3rd generation machines.


> The Most Sincere Form Of Flattery:  Emulators of All Types
  By Robert Niles

The Amiga is quite a fantastic computer. Great graphics, stereo sound,
multitasking capabilites and such. But one thing that it can do and that most
people don't give a lot of thought to, is that it can emulate other
operating systems reasonably well.

As most of you know, Commodore sells various MS-DOS bridge boards. But I
wanted to take a look and see what other systems the Amiga is capable of
emulating, and what is required to do so. Here is a listing of all of the
platforms that I have found the Amiga capable of emulating and the name of
the hardware and or software needed to do so....from MS-DOS systems to the
GameBoy. The common names of all archive that are freely distributable 
are given within parenthesis, and are located at most ftp sites catering
to the Amiga, Delphi, and my BBS.


Niether Amiga Report, nor myself endorse in ANY way piracy of ANY kind.
In other words, if it is not in the Public Domain, purchase it! Some of 
these programs listed here may require all or part of a operating system 
(like ROM codes) which may be copyrighted and need to be purchased in order 
to be used.



-Commodore Business Machines, commercial.

	-A2088 XT Bridge Board
	-A2286 AT Bridge Board
	-A2386SX AT Bridge Board

-ATonce, by Vortex GMbH. 286 AT emulator, hardware/software combination,
 need MS-DOS, commercial. Both 7MHz and 14MHz versions available.

-PCTask (v2.02) by Chris Hames. Powerful 286 emulator, need MS-DOS,
 Sharware. (PCTASK202.LHA)

-IBeM (V1.20), by Mark Tomlinson. A MS-DOS 8088 XT emulator. (IBEM120.LHA)


-AMax II (and PLUS model), by ReadySoft. Hardware, commercial.

-Emplant, by Utilities Unlimited, Inc. Hardware/software comination,


-AppleII+ emulator by Greg Dunlap. Need file that holds image of the


-Atari emulator, by Stefan Haubenthal. Needs TOS 1.02a. (ATARIEM.LZH)


-The A64 Package (V2.0d), by QuesTronix. A shareware C64 emulator.
 Purchased version contains complete set of files and hardware.
 (A64V2D1.LHA and A64V2D2.LHA)


-Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator (V1.6), by Peter McGavin. Needs Spectrum
 ROM code. (SPCTRM16.LHA)

-QDOS, by Rainer Kowallik. The author claims that this is the most
 emulated operating system other than MS-DOS. Simply an alternative
 operating system for smaller 68000 machines. QDOS is an operating
 system emulated by other computers like the Atari-ST, Sinclair,
 Thor, Futura and others. (QDOS.LHA)

-MINIX 1.5 by Prentice Hall, Inc. A UNIX system 7 type operating system.
 Commercial, working demo disk available. (AMINIX.DMS)

-UNIX by Commodore Business machines. Available on the A3000UX.

-CP/M emulator by Ulf Nordquist. (CPM.LZH)

-Z80 emulator (V1.03), by Phil Brown. (Z80EMU.LHA)

-GameBoy ...ok, not exactly an emulator, but the concept is kinda strange.
 The file I've found is called GAMEBOY.LHA and it looks like the GameBoy made
 by NinTenDo, except this has an interface to load games. Tetris comes with
 it. And the source to Tetris is available. Possibly giving one the chance
 to make more games.

While this listing is no where complete (especially in the MS-DOS section)
it should give you an idea of other systems in which you may be compatable
with. If you know of an operating system not listed here, let me know,
I will most certainly add it to a future edition of Amiga Report.


> Usenet Review:  QuickWrite v1.1
  By Mike Meyer


        QuickWrite version 1.1


        QuickWrite is an entry-level word processor.  It uses the Preferences
printer as an output device, limiting itself to the capabilities of that
output device.


        Name:           New Horizons Software
        Address:        206 Wild Basin Road, Suite 109
                        Austin, TX  78747
        Telephone:      (512) 328-6650


        $75.00 (US).  Street price should be around $50.



                While a printer isn't required, the program has little use
                without it; one is "recommended".  Other than that, you need
                an Amiga with 512K of ram.  A second disk drive is
                recommended.  The software should work fine with all CPUs and
                graphics chip sets.


                You must be running at least AmigaDOS 1.2, and it works fine
                with AmigaDOS through 3.0.


        None.  Installs on a hard disk.  The provided program disk is
bootable as a Workbench disk.


        I used QuickWrite regularly on an Amiga 3000 with 2 meg of Chip RAM
and 8 or 16 meg of Fast RAM, running various versions of AmigaDOS.


        If you have a printer that does acceptable character printing with
multiple type styles and lousy graphics -- or even no graphics -- you have
only a limited number of options to take advantage of that printer.  If you
have some graphics, you can use a DTP package, and get results that are
probably unacceptable.  You can use an editor that lets you insert binary
text, and put in the Preferences (or your printers) control codes to switch
type styles by hand.  This requires estimating formatting, and can make using
other tools difficult.  Finally, you can use QuickWrite.

        QuickWrite ("QW") is a "word processor" in the original sense of the
phrase.  It does not have desktop publishing functionality, multiple font
support, nor even proportional font support.  What it provides is convenient
access to many of the character features of the Preferences printer.  For
people who have a printer that has a number of such features, but doesn't
have the graphics support required for a true DTP package (this describes
pretty much any dot-matrix printer), QuickWrite is an excellent investment.

        You can start QW from either the CLI or the WorkBench, and it can
run on either the Workbench screen or a custom screen of the user's
choosing.  After being started, QW opens a window that will be familiar to
the users of most Amiga DTP or word processing packages.  Inside the standard
Intuition window borders you find a ruler with movable triangles that
control text wrapping, a tool bar for setting various options, and a couple
of scroll bars and arrows for moving around the document.

        The ruler gadgets control the left margin for the first line of a
paragraph, the left margin for the other lines in a paragraph, and the right
margin.  You also click on the ruler gadget to set tab stops.

        The tool bar has controls for setting the tab type (left, centered,
right or decimal-aligned), paragraph justification (left, center, right or
fully justified), line spacing (single or double), and optionally setting
paragraph spacing to include a line before or after each paragraph, or both.

        In addition, double-clicking on the ruler makes the tool bar vanish
or appear, and clicking on the tool bar outside the gadgets causes it to

        In addition, there are three gadgets to the left of the horizontal
scroll bar at the bottom of the window.  Two are arrows that scroll through
the document page by page.  The third is a text button displaying the current
page.  Selecting it brings up the "Go To Page" requester.

        The Project menu is much as one would expect from an Amiga word
processing package, with commands to Save project, Save As, Open projects,
create a New project, Page Setup, Printing with and without a Merge, and
saving settings.  The entries that open file requesters open either a custom
requester that may include extra buttons, or under 2.0 or later, an ASL
requester that won't have the extra buttons.  A handy shortcut in the Print
options is Print One, which prints a single copy of the current document
using the current page setup.

        The Edit menu has the usual set of options ones expects in an Amiga
editor -- Cut, Copy, Paste and Erase.  After that comes a submenu allowing a
selection to be changed to UPPER, lower or Mixed case.  Another submenu
allows the insertion of non-text items of various kinds -- the Date or Time,
a Page Break or Page Number, or a non-breaking Space.  The Date or Time can
be either the current date or time, or the date or time when you print the
document.  You control the format of these items with the requester brought
up by the next entry.  There is also an entry for selecting all text in the
document, and entries that bring up requesters for editing preferences and
screen colors.

        The Search menu is fairly standard -- Find, Find Next, Change, Goto
Page, and a useful entry that takes you back to the current selection or
entry point.  The Format menu provides an alternative access to the
paragraph options available from the tool bar, the ability to set text style
(Plain, Underline, Bold, and combinations) and color.

        The Document menu controls some of what you see and edit.  You can
use it to edit the header and footer of the current document, or to show the
header and footer in the Document window.  The Layout entry brings up a
requester that allows you to specify the margins, for all pages or for the
title page.  This menu also holds the entry for manipulating the spelling
checker and gathering the usual document statistics: counts of various
things, average lengths of words and sentences, and a readability level.

        The View menu holds, for some reason, the About entry.  It also
allows you toggle the entire Ruler into and out of existence, and control
what units of measurement it uses.  You can also enable or disable the
showing of page guides and "invisible" characters.  Enabling this last
option causes whitespace characters to have unique non-character glyphs
displayed for each type of whitespace:  a feature I found very useful and
miss in other word processing packages.  At the bottom there is a selection
list of all open documents, allowing you to choose the active one from that
list.  Since there is a limit of 10 open documents, this menu will always
fit on the screen.

        Finally, there is the Macro menu, used for invoking REXX macros.
There are spaces for 10 macros, a requester that allows you to select ones
that are not on the menu, and an entry for customizing the entries.  It's as
flexible as most Amiga programs, and more so than some.

        QW takes better advantage of 2.0 features than other programs do.
For instance, it opens a public screen, making it easy to start other
applications on that screen.  KeyShow is a favorite of mine for accessing
characters via the ALT key.  Heavy WorkBench users may find the Application
Icon even more useful, as it lets you open projects by dropping their icons
onto it.

        The user interface is largely Amiga User Interface Style Guide
compliant.  Not completely -- some menu entries are in strange places, and
some shortcuts are rather odd.  For the most part, I found the interface
comfortable and easy to use.  The one problem is that redrawing the windows
-- especially on an 8-color screen -- was slow even on an A3000.  Turning on
the ruler and tool bar made it awful.  The rest of the program seems
reasonably snappy, though.

        As a word processor, QuickWrite does what it claims to do.  It
lets you format documents using a set of constant-width type styles as
supported by the Preferences printer driver.  It doesn't let you mix
type sizes -- going from condensed to elite, for instance -- in a
single document.  It is an entry-level package.  It gives you WYSIWYG
control of text, but you have to set it all yourself.  You can't define
a text style, nor change attributes of all text of one "style" with a
single command.   As such, it's perfectly adequate for letters or short
papers, but I'd hate to try doing anything very long with it.  It's
probably perfect for undergraduate use, but people doing a thesis or
dissertation will want something more powerful.

        If you decide you've outgrown this package, you can buy an
inexpensive upgrade to New Horizon's ProWrite DTP package.


        QuickWrite comes with a softbound, 76-page User's Manual.  It also
includes a 12-page pamphlet covering the differences between 1.0 and 1.1.
The documentation is for beginners and follows the process of creating and
printing a document, with the more esoteric features (ARexx, AmigaDOS 2.0
features) left for last.  It includes an acceptable index, and appendices
cover error messages and trouble shooting.  It's adequate, which is better
than much of the documentation one sees.


        The ability to put meaningful names in the Rexx Macro menu is nice.
It would be nicer if that text weren't the name of the macro you're
running.  Date and time stamps that are the time of printing are very nice;
other packages should include this feature.  The time spent redrawing a
window -- even for an activation -- is inordinately long.  Support for
changing between the Preferences fonts in a single document would be nice,
but I can understand that this is a non-trivial undertaking.  Adding more
real DTP functionality -- style sheets, etc.  -- would also be nice, but is
also probably beyond the scope of this product.


        As far as I can tell, there really aren't any similar products
available.  There are some "text editors" that include part of this
functionality, and at least one module of a modular DTP package might be
considered similar.  Entry level DTP packages such as FinalCopy are
sometimes billed as word processors, but they include more functionality,
and require a better printer.  What QuickWrite reminds me of more than
anything else is the word processors -- WordStar, Magic Wand, etc.  -- that
were available a decade ago.  There is now a GUI, and it really is WYSIWYG,
but it provides much the same functionality.


        While I found no bugs, I had a number of problems with third-party
printer drivers.  QuickWrite expects a lot from a printer driver; many
printer drivers don't deliver.  SuperDJC2, a PD Brother HR printer driver,
and the GPFax printer driver all failed in one way or another.

        Also, the product doesn't work with SoftWood's Proper Grammar,
neither I nor II.


        In chasing down the problems with the printer driver, I talked with
the tech support group.  They were knowledgeable, courteous, and provided
quick and accurate responses to my questions.


        I'd say the product is excellent for what it is intended to do.  It
isn't a DTP package; it's a small word processor for use with character
printers.  I'd recommend it without qualms to anyone looking for a program
for doing short documents on a printer with poor or non-existent graphics


          Copyright 1993 Mike W. Meyer.  All rights reserved.
                        Reprinted with permission.

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> What is JPEG Compression?  AR InfoFile


Who are those      JPEG stands for the "Joint Photographic Experts Group."
JPEG guys?         This is a group of experts who defined a standard
                   compression scheme for still images, commonly called JPEG

Overview           JPEG Compression consists of a series of reasonably complex
                   mathematical operations.  These include:  color space con-
                   version, discrete cosine transforms, quantization, and
                   entropy coding.  After these steps you end up with an image
                   which takes fewer bits to store than you started out with.

                   However, when you decompress a JPEG compressed image, you
                   end up with an image that is not quite the same as the
                   original  (which is why JPEG Compression is referred to as

 Is lossy          You might well ask why anyone would want to compress an
 compression bad?  image using a lossy technique.  Compression ratios for
                   lossy compression are much better than for lossless com-
                   ression and the loss is generally very small.  And, in
                   fact, every operation of converting an image is lossy (the
                   original photographic or electronic process which captured
                   the image was lossy, scanning or digitizing the image was
                   lossy, displaying the image on a monitor is lossy, and
                   printing the image is lossy).

Details            JPEG compression involves the following steps:

           Step 1  The image is converted to a color space with separate lum-
                   inance and chrominance channels.  This is done because the
                   human eye is far more sensitive to the luminance in-
                   formation (Y) than it is to the chrominance information (Cb
                   and Cr); by separating them, it's possible to compress the
                   chrominance information more than the luminance before the
                   perceived image quality suffers.

                   This step isn't specified in the JPEG draft (it doesn't
                   discuss color space at all), but is standard practice.

           Step 2  The luminance and chrominance information are separately
                   transformed to the frequency domain using a discrete cosine
                   transform acting on 8x8 pixel blocks.

                   To reduce the amount of data which needs to be compressed
                   the chrominance information may be sub-sampled first.

           Step 3  The transformed data is quantized (so some information is
                   thrown away).  The samples representing higher frequencies
                   are generally quantized using larger steps than those rep-
                   esenting low frequencies.

                   The quality level you specify is used to scale a set of
                   quantization values which have been found to cause the
                   quantized data to all have approximately equal importance
                   visually.  A lower quality number will cause larger quan-
                   tization steps to be used, and hence increase the com-
                   pression ratio and decrease the image quality.

           Step 4  The quantized data is compressed using an entropy coder.
                   Huffman and Arithmetic coding are allowed by the draft JPEG
                   standard; only Huffman coding is allowed by the JFIF
                   standard.  Huffman coding can either be done with a set of
                   fixed tables or custom tables can be generated for an

JPEG Interchange   This data corresponds to the JPEG Interchange Format and is
Format             ready to be stored in a file.  Unfortunately the JPEG
                   Interchange Format does not include enough information to
                   actually be able to convert the file back to an image.
                   Specifically, the color space used and the aspect ratio or
                   resolution of the image are not included.  Until recently
                   there was no standard way of putting this information in a
                   JPEG file.

JFIF               On March 1, 1991 representatives of several JPEG hardware
                   and software developers (including C-Cube, Radius, NeXT,
                   Storm Tech, the PD JPEG group, and Sun) met at C-Cube and
                   established the JPEG File Interchange Format (JFIF).


> Another Moronic, Inane and Gratuitous Article
  by Chad Freeman
  (cjfst4+@pitt.edu or cjfst4@cislabs.pitt.edu -- Internet)
  (cfreeman -- BIX)

First off this week I'd like to let everyone know about an exciting new
product coming in the next few months for the Amiga.  Its the Hair Toaster
4000 by BubbaDrec.  Just look at these exciting features!

    o Have a haircut just like the Prez!

    o Tie up airport runways for hours on end!

    o Have YOUR personal life exploited, distorted and yes, even extorted by 
      the media!

    o Have political wanna-be's who look like that guy from Tyson Chicken
      talk about how much less they paid for their haircut (and doesn't he
      have about $190 less hair, anyway)!

    o All this for only $200! (Styling unit extra)

I have been beta-testing this unit for a few weeks now, and it's amazing! 
While the first few versions did some pretty strange things to my hair (one
version shaved 'Limbaugh for Chief of Sanitation' in my head), I'm now 
sporting a du like the prez (well, maybe not; well, maybe; well, maybe not).  
Watch for it and for BubbaDrec's next amazing project, the Bikini Line Juicer 
(BubbaDrec wants you to know they're looking for alpha-testers, and a special 
arrangement with LLoyds of London for certain delicate parts is included).

But on to other things.  I've heard through the rumor mill that Mr. Dionne
(currently in the revolving president's chair at Commodore, for those of you
who haven't checked in the past couple of days) is actually attempting to take
his job seriously.  He even suggested hocking that gold C-64 they have up 
there in West Chester for some spending capital in the advertising budget. 
And speaking of advertising (for those of you who missed it, a subtle segue
has just occured), I'd like to share with you, my adoring public, my own
personal (and really nifty, if you ask me)...

    (hey, this ain't no big-budget show, y'know)

    # 5:  Buy an Amiga now, and you get to squish that annoying Amigaman
          with your foot!

    # 4:  Amiga:  We can make it look like it fills your minority quotas!

    # 3:  Now a free toy suprise inside of every Amiga box!

    # 2:  Amiga, cause who wants a computer that nerdy Bill Gates guy likes?

    And my number one idea is...

    # 1:  Amiga, our ads suck because we're too busy making great computers!

'Well well,' you might be saying to yourself, 'aren't we being a little
Barrett-like in these columns, Mr. Freeman?'  Well, you're quite right,
although I can be quite sarcastic, sardonic, and somewhat supercilious
sometimes.  I hereby devote the next paragraph of this article to praising
Commodore for what I think is the best piece of equipment they ever came out

When I first saw the Commodore joystick, I thought 'this sure don't look
like an Atari joystick!'  And indeed it doesn't!  It was white and black (to
match the VIC-20 color scheme, I suppose), shaped like a rectangle held
longwise with a downward slope at the top, that sloped bit containing
a big red cheap plastic oval of a button, right in the middle so it
could be used lefty and righty (I always thought it was too bad I had
grown up using an Atari stick and thus doomed myself forever to righty
sticking, even though I've had now two things (joystick and Lynx) that
are ambidextrous).  The stick itself wasn't a circular cylinder like
Atari's, but a triangular one, and it had that black rubber stuff that
was just soft enough you couldn't resist chewing on the top while
playing great games like Gateway to Apshai.  It had a 'short throw,'
and it once you hooked that baby in the crook of your thumb, you just
didn't let go.  These things lasted forever; certainly much longer
than any Atari stick I knew of.  I have to give my highest rating, 5
feet above sea level, to this mechanical marvel (no longer in production) 
from Commodore Business Machines International Incorporated Limited TM BM
SM M&M, partners in law.
Well, lets see, we've done two lists, two reviews, got in some barbs at Jim
Dionne and Commodore, and at least five jabs at various political figures.  
Well, I'm all tuckered out, how about you folks?  But before we go, the joke 
of the week!

    Q. How many Commodore advertising people does it take to screw in a

    A. None; they sit in the dark until someone from engineering does it! 

So, adieu and adios (the author says, trying to inject class into a very tacky 
article), and I'll see you next biweek with another exciting installment of 
A.M.I.G.A: The second most widely read column in my house (the horoscope won 


> New Internet BBS/Online Service  AR InfoFile

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HoloNet is an easy to use Internet Access BBS.

HoloNet is based on custom BBS software which provides an easy to use menu
driven interface.  HoloNet is ideal for those looking for an easy way to
use Internet services.  HoloNet does not currently provide UNIX shell access.

Services include:

    o  Convenient Access
       A local call in 850+ cities nationwide.

    o  Online Publications
       Include USA Today Decisionline, Newsbytes, Datanet Computer News,
       Eeeekbits, and Boardwatch Magazine.

    o  USENET
       Averages over 30MB of USENET news per day.  The following news readers
       are available: NN, TIN, and RN.

    o  Internet E-Mail
       Members have an Internet E-mail address similar to: member@holonet.net

    o  Internet Access
       Access to telnet, talk, finger, IRC, and FTP.
       (note: you must comply with the policies of any networks you use)

    o  Single and Multi-player Games
       Board, card, fantasy, and puzzle games.

    o  Support for Eudora
       Excellent off-line Macintosh e-mail reader.

    o  UUCP E-mail and USENET feeds
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HoloNet is a service mark of Information Access Technologies, Inc.
Copyright (c) 1992 Information Access Techologies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


> About the Internet
  By Robert Niles

As everyone is reading about, or learning about the InterNet, getting access
to it sometimes is difficult, or at times kind of expensive. While there are
quite a few places where you can log onto the internet, these places are quite
busy, or hard to manuever in. Especially when all you want to do is send an
Email message through the InterNet.

More and more people are on the InterNet nowadays, and email addresses are
listed in magazines, documents for ShareWare and Public Domain programs, and
personal InterNet addresses are often displayed in the FidoNet echos.

Not so well known is the fact that if you have access to a BBS that is
connected to FidoNet and makes available to their users NetMail, you also have
the ability to send and receive InterNet email. The ability to send NetMail
messages is the most important point here. Many SysOps don't give their users
this capability, some may charge a small fee for it, as a NetMail message MOST
of the time costs the SysOp of that BBS a little extra money. But for those
who do, sending and receiving InterNet mail through FidoNet is quite easy.

First of all you need to know the address in which to send the message to.
NetMail needs a FidoNet address in which to send the message to. And to send a
message from FidoNet to someone on the InterNet you must know of a place in
which acts as a "gateway" between the two networks.

FidoNet has a listing of all the BBSs within a file called the NODELIST, and
each BBS has certain "flags" that describe what that system can do. A
FidoNet/InterNet "gateway" is marked by the flag of "GUUCP" (Ask your SysOp
for more information on which systems carry a "GUUCP" flag). All you have to
do is send your NetMail message there using a little different format than
usual. One such system that acts as a "gateway" is 'Bink of an Eye'. His
FidoNet address being 1:105/42.

Now with sending a message to someone on the InterNet. Say for example you
know the address of a programmer, and his address is "nuthead@gorki.com"
(this is just an example, do not try to send anything there). Send a message
to him by doing the following (all prompts displayed by a BBS will be in
brackets, these will not always look the same for every BBS, but will be quite

[Address:] 1:105/42
[To:] UUCP
[Subject:] Anything you want here.

To: nuthead@gorki.com

The message you want to enter goes here...type whatever you want.


When the BBS asks you for the FidoNet address, just enter 1:105/42 (or
whatever address you prefer and carries the "GUUCP" flag).

Where it asks you who you want the message to go to type "UUCP" this lets the 
system know that the message is to be sent out to the InterNet.

On the subject line, just type whatever you want, just like you normally would
with any message.

Now this is important...one the first line where you would normally start
typing in your message you need to tell them to whom and where the message is
going to. Just enter "To:", a space and then the name/address combination (ie: 

Make sure there is at least ONE blank line between the InterNet address and
the message that you are actually sending. 

Anyone who can receive NetMail, can also receive messages from anyone on the
InterNet. Your InterNet address is based on the name you are using on the BBS
receiving the message, and the receiving BBS's FidoNet address. My FidoNet
address is 1:3407/104 and my name I use on my BBS is "Robert Niles". 

The "1" in the FidoNet address is the zone in which the BBS is in.
The "3407" is the net that the BBS is in, and
the "104" is the node.

Your InterNet is just a combination of the two added together and a postfix
so that the InterNet sends this to a FidoNet "gateway". For example:


This is all case insensitive. The "node", "net", and "zone" that are in
brackets are to be replaced by your FidoNet address. My InterNet address
would be based on the FidoNet address of "1:3407/104" and come out as:


Notice, the zone, net, node is backwards in the InterNet address as opposed to
the FidoNet address, and remember, your name listed in your Internet address
MUST be the same as what the BBS you plan on receiving this message on has you

OK...now you're ready to send and receive messages through the InterNet. Talk
with your SysOp if you don't have NetMail access, I'm sure he'll work
something out with you somehow. This system is a bit slower than having true
InterNet mail access, but for those who, for some reason or another, don't
have InterNet access, this should give you another alternative to getting
your message out.


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> Fred Fish Announces More Disks!  AR InfoFile
  (Reprinted from Comp.Sys.Amiga.Announce)

Disks 841-860 have been available for some time, but I was lazy and never
got around to posting the announcement.  :-)

Disks 861-870 are now available.  Shipping to all those who have preordered
disks should be complete by 24-May-93.

Note that you can get a copy of the catalog (2 disks) of the complete library
contents by sending $3 for disks, postage, and mailer to:

        Fred Fish
        Catalog Disk Requests
        1835 East Belmont Drive
        Tempe, Arizona  85284

Thanks to all who submitted new and interesting material.  If you submitted
something in the past and it has not yet appeared in the library, please
feel free to resubmit it, particularly if it was several months ago.  I
sometimes hesitate to include material submitted more than about six
months ago because of some vague feeling that as soon as I include version
1.01 submitted many months ago, I'll see version 5.23 posted on usenet.

For those wishing to submit material for possible inclusion in the library,
here are a few simple guidelines that will make my job of organizing the
material MUCH easier and GREATLY increase your chances of having the material
accepted for inclusion:

1.      Don't submit bootable disks or disks with any other sort of
        proprietary material included, since I then have to go examine
        each file to decide if it is distributable or not, and if not,
        what effect removing it might have.  Unless the material is
        particularly interesting, I frequently just toss such disks
        into the recycling bin.

2.      Organize the distribution in a manner similar to my disks.  I.E,
        place all files related to a particular submission under a single
        directory on the disk.  If there is more than one submission per
        disk, place each submission in its own directory.

3.      Try to write a simple entry for my "Contents" listing that
        summarizes your submission.  It should be about 3-10 lines, and
        include the current version number, the version and disk number
        of the most recent version (if any) that was last included in the
        library, whether or not source is included, and an "Author" list.

4.      Ensure that your submission will run correctly from its sub-
        directory and if necessary, supply a script runnable from workbench
        (via :c/xicon or c:iconx) that makes all necessary assigns, copies
        fonts and libraries, etc.

5.      Send your submission in a sturdy envelope with sufficient padding.



AniMan          AniMan combines Amiga animation, speech synthesis, and voice
                recognition, to provide you with an animated talking head
                that will run any Amiga program by voice command.  Ask for
                an Amiga program by name, and AniMan will oblige.  If AniMan
                becomes impatient, you may be insulted.  AniMan will also
                recite poetry if you ask nicely.  It is designed to work with
                the Perfect Sound 3, Audio Master (Audio Magic), or generic
                audio digitizers.  Also requires 1MB of fast memory.  This is
                Version 5.0 of AniMan, an update to version 3.2 disk 723.  New
                features include support for AGA and improved performance.
                Binary only.
                Author:  Richard Horne

GifInfo         A small program that gives information about GIF files, such
                as size, number of colors, etc.  Includes documentation in
                English and French.  Version 1.12, binary only.
                Author:  Christophe Passuello

PowerData       Patches AmigaDOS, enabling all programs to read and write
                files packed with PowerPacker in way that is completely
                transparent to themselves and the system.  Programs will read
                powerpacked datafiles directly, and will also magically start
                compressing their own datafiles, as they create or update
                them.  This is version 38.115, an update to version 38.105 on
                disk 801.  Partially localized for use with Workbench 2.1.
                Workbench 2.04+ only.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Michael Berg


AntiCicloVir    A link virus detector that detects 30 different such viruses.
                Checks your disk and memory for known link viruses, and can
                also detect known bootblock viruses in memory.  Version 1.8,
                an update to version 1.7 on disk 815.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Matthias Gutt

GadToolsBox     A program that lets you draw/edit GadTools gadgets and menus
                and then generates the corresponding C or assembly code for
                you.  This is version 2.0, an update to version 1.4 on disk
                731.  Includes source.
                Author:  Jan van den Baard


BrowserII       A "Programmer's Workbench".  Allows you to easily and con-
                veniently move, copy, rename, and delete files & directories
                using the mouse.  Also provides a method to execute either
                Workbench or CLI programs by double-clicking them or by
                selecting them from a ParM like Menu with lots of arguments.
                Uses whatis.library to detect file types and executes commands
                based on these.  Version 2.13 for AmigaDOS 1.3 and 2.31 for
                AmigaDOS 2.0 (localized).  Update to version 2.04 on disk 649.
                Binary only.
                Author:  Sylvain Rougier and Pierre Carrette

MeMeter         A WB 2.0 only version of MeMeter (only 2000 bytes).  Update
                for original MeMeter, which didn't work under 2.0.  Includes
                source in C.
                Author:  Pierre Carrette

ParM            Parametrable Menu.  ParM allows you to build menus to run
                any program in either in WorkBench or CLI mode.  This is an
                alternative to MyMenu which can run only when WorkBench is
                loaded.  ParM can have it's own little window, can attach
                menus to the CLI window you are running it from, or to the
                WB menus, just like MyMenu.  Versions 3.6 & 4.3, an update
                to version 3.6 on disk 649.  Binary only.
                Author:  Sylvain Rougier and Pierre Carrette

WBRun           A RunBack style program which use parm.library.  Runs programs
                in WorkBench mode from any CLI.  Programs are fully detached.
                The program you run must support WorkBench startup.  Includes
                source in C.  Versions 1.3 and 2.0.
                Author:  Sylvain Rougier and Pierre Carrette

WhatIs          WhatIs.library can detect file types and is fully parametrable
                by an ascii file.  You can describe file types and they will
                be recognized by the library.  A few tools are also included.
                Author:  Sylvain Rougier and Pierre Carrette


DBB             Digital Breadboard is a full GUI digital logic circuit simu-
                lator.  Digital Breadboard currently supports 2 and 3 input
                AND, OR, NAND, and NOR gates, NOT and XOR gates, D, JK, and
                SR edge-triggered flip-flops, multiple independant clocks,
                switched and pulsed inputs, outputs, Vcc, GND, independant
                4-channel oscilloscope, event counters, variable speed timer,
                preferences printing, and more.  Requires AmigaDOS 2.x.  This
                is version 1.1, freeware, binary only.
                Author:  Dan Griffin

DiskPrint       A label database which prints and stores disk labels for 3.5"
                and 5.25" disks.  Primarily created as a combined database and
                print utility for FD disks, it includes easy-to-use label lib-
                rary functions (like printing labels for a whole FD series in
                one turn or multiple print of one label) and labels for most
                FD disks which are available within a few mouse clicks.  Fea-
                tures include a fast search routine, user-definable label lay-
                out, different label sizes, intuition-based disk directory
                read-in and a lot more.  Very configurable.  Works fine with
                every printer connected to the parallel port and AmigaOS 1.2,
                1.3, and 2.x.  This version now includes DESKJET support for
                single label sheets.  Includes both English (PAL & NTSC) and
                German versions.  This is version 3.59, an update to version
                3.51 on disk 685.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Jan Geissler

ISL             Imagine Staging Language, a decompiler and compiler which
                allow the user to create and modify Imagine staging files 
                in a manner much more powerful than that provided by Imagine
                itself.  Imagine is the 3d rendering and animation program
                published by Impulse.  ISL does not require any particular
                version of AmigaDos, but it only works with version 2.0 of
                Imagine.  Version 1.4, binary only.
                Author:  John T. Grieggs

Sz'kwa          Sz'kwa, a children's game from Northern China, as described
                by Clifford A. Pickover in his book `MAZES for the MIND,
                computers and the unexpected'.  Requires Workbench 2.04 or
                higher.  This is version 1.1, binary only.
                Author:  A.R.Mohowitsch

TextPlus        A TeX frontend word processor that provides facilities for
                tables, lists, mailmerge, footnotes, inclusion of IFF graph-
                ics, an ARexx-Port (111 commands) and full OS2.0/3.0 compat-
                ibility.  Makes use of PasTeX, Georg Hessmann's Amiga imple-
                mentation of TeX.  New features are support for LaTeX, Make-
                Index (automatic index generation) and printing via PRT:
                (TeX is not needed for the latter).  This is the German ver-
                sion 4.10, an update to version 4.00 on disk 700.  Disk 846
                contains the English version.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Martin Steppler


FileCache       This package is for compiler and assembler writers.  It im-
                plements a cache for include files with a file cache server.
                Can greatly speed up compilation and assembling.  Binary only.
                Author:  Christophe Passuello

IObject         A linker library that emulates some gadgets of the gadtools
                library (CheckBox, Cycle, Button, Scroller, Integer, String)
                and an area of text with scrolling.  Works with all versions
                of WorkBench.  Includes examples and documentation in English
                and French.  Binary only.
                Author:  Christophe Passuello

TextPlus        A TeX frontend word processor that provides facilities for
                tables, lists, mailmerge, footnotes, inclusion of IFF graph-
                ics, an ARexx-Port (111 commands) and full OS2.0/3.0 compat-
                ibility.  Makes use of PasTeX, Georg Hessmann's Amiga imple-
                mentation of TeX.  New features are support for LaTeX, Make-
                Index (automatic index generation) and printing via PRT:
                (TeX is not needed for the latter).  This is the English ver-
                sion 4.10, an update to version 4.00 on disk 700.  Disk 845
                contains the German version.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Martin Steppler


ADM             A comfortable and flexible address database with font sensi-
                tive windows, commodity support, application window support,
                an ARexx-port, public screen support, and fully controllable
                from the keyboard.  It includes user flags (grouping), email
                support, and freely configurable label printing.  It can fill
                out letter forms and call your word processor, print remit-
                tance orders, dial the modem, and has online help.  Requires
                AmigaDOS version 2.04 or later.  Version 1.01, German version
                only.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Jan Geissler

MidiChords      A program which replaces and extends the chord-key-play-
                function, as may be found on several low priced keyboards.
                To make full use of this code a MIDI interface and a keyboard
                capable of MIDI reception is required, however, a limited
                audio output is available too.  Some special harmonic routines
                are: Chord Finding, Sequencing and Random Play.  Chords and
                sequences are played by simple mouse clicks and recorded
                Seqfiles can be saved (and loaded).  On-line information may
                be switched on/off.  Version 3.2, binary only.
                Author:  Theo Brugman


Amiga_E         An Amiga specific E compiler.  E is a powerful and flexible
                procedural programming language and Amiga E a very fast com-
                piler for it, with features such as compilation speed of
                20000 lines/minute on a 7 Mhz amiga, inline assembler and
                linker integrated into compiler, large set of integrated
                functions, module concept with 2.04 includes as modules,
                flexible type-system, quoted expressions, immediate and typed
                lists, low level polymorphism, exception handling and much,
                much more.  Written in Assembly and E.  Version 2.1b, an
                update to version 2.1 on disk 810.  Public domain.  Includes
                partial sources.
                Author:  Wouter van Oortmerssen

CWeb            A programming tool that allows you to program top down, by
                splitting your program into many small, and understandable
                modules which `ctangle' tangles into a compiler understandable
                file.  By applying `cweave' to the program you can produce a
                pretty-printed listing for processing with `TeX'.  This is
                version 2.7, an update to version 2.0 on disk 551, now with
                full ANSI and C++ support.  Includes source.
                Author:  Donald Knuth, Silvio Levy, port by Andreas Scherer

Poker           A "fair" version of a casino video poker machine in which a
                deck is dealt randomly.  Regular casino rules apply.  This is
                a variation of the version that appeared in the October 1992
                of JUMPDISK, the Original Disk Magazine for the Amiga.
                Author:  Richard Ramella


AmigaPascal     This is a mini PASCAL compiler, which may be used for smaller 
                projects.  It is not yet quite complete and can only be run
                from the CLI.  Works on all Amigas, and OS versions from 1.2
                to 3.1.  Version 1.0, freeware, binary only.
                Author:  Daniel Amor

BackGammon      The computer version of the game.  This is a tiny little game
                which runs on Workbench.  Works on all Amigas, and OS versions
                from 1.2 to 3.1.  Version 0.9, freeware, binary only.
                Author:  Igor Druzovic and Daniel Amor

CDTV-Player     A utility for all those people, who'd like to play Audio CD's
                while multitasking on WorkBench.  It's an emulation of CDTV's 
                remote control, but is a little more sophisticated.  Allows
                access to the archive even without a CDROM drive (i.e. AMIGA
                500-4000), although you can't play a CD.  Program and KARAOKE
                (live on-screen) included.  Recognizes CDs automatically.
                Version 1.8, an update to version 1.5 on disk 805.  Freeware,
                binary only.
                Author:  Daniel Amor

MathPlot        A function plotter with lin/log plot, a complete KS 2.0 inter-
                face, and ARexx support.  Needs Kickstart/WorkBench 2.0 and
                mtool.library (included).  Version 2.01, an update to version
                1.04 on disk 573.  Shareware, source available from author.
                Author:  Ruediger Dreier

RRT             Demo of a real time mapping of a reflection of a graphic onto
                a sphere.  Is system friendly, multitasks, and uses an Intui-
                tion screen.  Written in C with small assembler assist.  In-
                cludes source.
                Author:  Adisak Pochanayon


4-Get-It        A fully playable version of an arcade quality puzzle game with
                10 levels.  The full version has almost 300 levels and 700K+
                additional graphics.  Impressive sound and graphics.  Requires
                1 MB.  Binary only.
                Author:  Adisak Pochanayon

FastGIF         A very fast GIF viewer with a graphical user interface, file
                requester, support for AGA chips set, support for viewing in
                a WorkBench window, IFF saving (registered version only), and
                GIF89a compability.  Includes English and French versions.
                Version II (1.01), an update to version 1.00 on disk 690.
                Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Christophe Passuello

MineField       Another MineField program.  This one has nice graphics, sound,
                adjustable parameters, and a 3D look interface.
                Author:  Adisak Pochanayon


AmigaWorld      A database program that contains information about every
                country on Earth.  It enables you to have a look at the data
                of one country, or to compare several countries.  It is easy
                to handle, and you can use it with your favourite colors,
                font, and even language (at the moment there are English,
                German, Swedish and Dutch data files).  Requires 1MB of memory.
                This is freeware version 1.1, an update to version 1.0 on Disk
                804, New features include information about currencies.
                Modula-2 source is available from the author.
                Author:  Wolfgang Lug

ArmyMiner       An utimate "XMines-type" game that integrates all of the best
                aspects of the previous Amiga versions of the game.  Options
                include:  Automatically mark or clean the neighbours of a
                square; Safe start (no explosion at first click); Safe click
                (gadget-like behavior for squares); Question marks (for con-
                figuration analysis).  You can also specify your own custom
                board settings.  The game has a very useful pause option,
                sound effects, high-score tables and a very nice interface.
                It works under OS v1.3 or 2.0, NTSC or PAL.  Version 1.0, 
                binary only.
                Author:  Alain Laferriere

GraphPaper      Creates graph paper.  You specify the size and number of cycles
                in both the X and Y directions.  Each major cycle may be
                divided into minor cycles and may be linear, logarithmic, or 
                log/log.  It will print the graph paper on any preferences
                supported graphics-capable printer.  Version 1.2, includes
                Author:  Bill Ames

HyperANSI       An ANSI editing program.  Allows you to edit up to 999 pages
                at a time, with a unique 'transparency' mode which allows you
                to 'see through' the pages ( and save as a single page ).
                Other features include; Copy, Move, Fill, Replace, Flood fill,
                Text alignment & justification, line drawing, character paint-
                ing (colors and/or text), half character painting, and keyboard
                remapping for all 255 IBM characters ...Plus more.  Version
                1.6, an update to version 1.02 on disk 803.  Shareware, binary
                Author:  Mike D. Nelson

SingleFile      A small utility that can be used to determine if there are
                duplicate files or directories on a given volume.  It can be
                used to help save hard disk space and reduce backp times.
                CLI usage only, version 1.0, binary only, shareware
                Author:  Phil Dobranski


CPUClr          A small hack, inspired by CPUBlit, that replaces the BitClear
                routine of the graphics library with a highly optimized 68020
                (or higher) routine.  This results in about a 60% speed up on
                a 68020 and should be even more on a 68030/68040.  This is
                version 3.20, an update to version 2.0 on disk number 709,
                includes source.
                Author:  Peter Simons

OriginsDemo     Demo version of a commercial genealogy program.  The number
                of records is limited in practice only by available memory
                and storage.  You may track attributes of people, such as
                date and place of birth, death, burial, and marriages, and
                parent/child relationships.  Details such as baptism,
                immigration, and occupation are also allowed for.  Reports:
                individual, family group, pedigree, Ahnentafel, descendants,
                Tiny-Tafel, alphabetical lists.  Free-form text for sources
                and notes; display of IFF pictures; ARexx functions.  The
                demo version allows a limited number of records, has
                printing of some reports disabled, and has GEDCOM utilities
                removed.  Requires minimum 1 MB of ram, OS V1.3 or greater,
                and arp.library.  Version 1.06, binary only.
                Author:  Jeff Lavin

ReSourceDemo    Demo version of the commercial disassembler.  Very fast,
                intelligent, interactive.  Over 900 menu functions. Most of
                the Amiga structure names are available at the touch of a
                key (user-defined structures also supported).  Base-relative
                addressing, using any address register, is supported for
                disassembling C programs.  Choice of traditional 68K syntax
                or the new M68000 Family syntax.  Online hypertext help.
                Requires minimum 1 MB of ram, OS V1.3 or greater, and
                arp.library.  Version 5.12, an update to version 3.06 on disk
                number 232, binary only.
                Author:  Glen McDiarmid


ADtoHT          A program to convert AutoDoc-files to AmigaGuide-format.
                Creates links to functions and include-files.  Requires
                OS2.0+.  Version 1.01, includes source, freeware.
                Author:  Christian Stieber

AppISizer       An AppIcon utility to get the size of disks, directories or 
                files.  Gives the size in bytes, blocks and the actual size 
                occupied.  Now supports 5 tooltypes and command line options
                for the positioning and replacement of the internal AppIcon,
                and for the positioning of the output window.  Requires 
                KickStart 37.175 or higher.  Version 0.61, an update to 
                version 0.41 on disk number 802.  Binary only. 
                Author:  Gerard Cornu
Hyper           Will lead you through documents that are written to be used
                with the legendary `Am*gaGu*de' from Commodore.  An ARexx port
                gives access to it from other applications.  Requires OS 2.x.
                Version 1.17e, an update to version 1.15a on disk number 786.
                Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Bernd (Koessi) Koesling

IconAuthorDemo  A replacement for IconEdit2.0.  It can transform IFF images or
                brushes into resized 2-BitPlane brushes or icon files that
                match the WorkBench2.0 colors.  Online help is available via
                `Hyper'.  Demo version limited to processing provided demo
                image only.  Requires OS 2.x.  Version 1.08, an update to
                version 1.06 on disk number 786.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Bernd (Koessi) Koesling

MapTrix         A texture map/backdrop generator featuring a large number
                of fractal effects, including mountains and clouds, wave
                synthesis, and "static" generators.  Also has some image
                processing tools, including emboss, ruffian, convolutions,
                resizing and smooth.  Supports DCTV if available.  Requires
                AmigaDOS 2.04+.  Version 1.0, shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Alexander D. DeBurie

PhxAss          PhxAss is a complete macro assembler, which supports the
                instruction-set and addressing modes of all important Motorola
                processors (MC68000,68010,68020,68030,68040,6888x and 68851).
                It understands all common assembler-directives and can generate
                not only linkable object-files but also absolute code, which
                can be written to memory, to a file or directly to disk using
                the 'trackdisk.device'.  In all cases the user has the oppor-
                tunity to choose between the large and small code/data-model.
                Version V3.00, an update to version V2.11 on disk 749.  Binary
                Author:  Frank Wille

PhxLnk          Linker for Amiga-DOS object-files, which also supports the
                small-code/data model.  Version V1.35, an update to version
                V1.27 on disk 749.  Binary only.
                Author:  Frank Wille

QDisk           A Workbench 2.x or better program to display the space usage
                of your Amiga DOS devices.  (A WorkBench type "Info" command)
                Also shows other information relating to drives.  Supports tool
                types to position windows and set a warning flag when space
                usage becomes high.  Version 1.0, binary only.
                Author:  Norman Baccari


DiskMate        A disk utility with multidrive disk copier (either DOS or non-
                DOS disks), disk formatter, disk eraser, disk installer, and
                floppy disk checker.  Version 4.1, an update to version 3.0
                on disk number 804.  Binary only.
                Author:  Malcolm Harvey

DRAFU           "Draw a function".  Display any mathematical function by itself
                or overlay on top of a previously displayed function.  Can also
                calculate integrals over those functions.  Save the result in
                an IFF or ACBM file (disabled in this demo version).  Many
                screen mode/display options.  Includes an AREXX interface and
                its own scripting language.  Version 0.82, compatible with
                WorkBench 1.2/1.3/2.0.  Binary only.
                Author:  Andreas Kleinert & Ulrich Degens

Upcat           Disk catalog program.  Read file information from disks, store
                it in a catalog in memory.  Save/load catalogs to/from disk,
                display catalog in several ways, select files to be displayed,
                print (selection of) catalog, 32 user definable categories,
                add comment to files in catalog.  Version 1.0, freeware,
                binary only.
                Author:  Frans Zuydwijk


Banner          A tiny utility to create - surprise, surprise - banners.
                By default BANNER uses an internal font that is ideal for
                title pages or sources headers.  You may also render your
                banner from any amiga font with (nearly) unlimited font size
                and variable aspect.  Version 1.4, binary only.
                Author:  Tobias Ferber

HWGRCS          Part 1 of a complete RCS 5.6 port to the Amiga currently at
                patch level 2.  It is not related to the old RCS on Disks 281,
                282 & 451,  but all new and shiny.  The Revision Control
                System (RCS) manages multiple revisions of text files.  RCS
                automates the storing, retrieval, logging, identification, and
                merging of revisions.  RCS is useful for text that is revised
                frequently.  For example: programs; documentation; graphics;
                papers; form letters; etc.  Included are RCS 5.6, GNU DIFF
                1.15 and LP as a neat V37 line print utility.  Complete sources
                are contained in part 2 of the distribution on disk number 856.
                Author:  Many, Amiga port by Heinz Wrobel, docs prepared by
                         Hans-Joachim Widmaier

KeyCall         Provides up to 10 hotkeys using F1-F10 and your choice of
                qualifier.  The advantage of using hotkeys as opposed to
                menu or docking programs etc, is of course, that the keyboard
                is always available regardless of the screen you are currently
                working in.  Compatible with both 1.3 and 2.x systems.
                Version 1.3.2, binary only.
                Author:  Mick Seymour

LP              A very powerful tool to prepare text files for printer output.
                Offers a great variety of options including indention, page
                headers, page numbering, multi-columns and WITH files.
                Includes TI and FILES, two utilities to check your printer
                output and create WITH files for LP.  Version 1.18, includes
                source in C.
                Author:  Tobias Ferber


ButlerJames     A database program designed primarily for address management,
                but can be used for other purposes as well.  Hotkey activated,
                allows you send selected groups of data directly to the
                keyboard input stream or printer.  Very useful to avoid having
                to continuously enter an often used address into your favorite
                word processor for example.  Compatible with OS 1.2/1.3/2.0
                Binary only.
                Author:  Christoph Zens  

DockImages      An ILBM Dock-Images-Picture with a collection of Dock-Images
                for AmiDock (Gary Knight) or the ToolManager (Stefan Becker)
                or a similar program.
                Author:  Various, collected and submitted by Wolf-Peter Dehnick

HWGRCS          Part 2 of a complete RCS 5.6 port to the Amiga currently at
                patch level 2.  It is not related to the old RCS on Disks 281,
                282 & 451,  but all new and shiny.  The Revision Control
                System (RCS) manages multiple revisions of text files.  RCS
                automates the storing, retrieval, logging, identification, and
                merging of revisions.  RCS is useful for text that is revised
                frequently.  For example: programs; documentation; graphics;
                papers; form letters; etc.  Included are RCS 5.6, GNU DIFF
                1.15 and LP as a neat V37 line print utility.  Binaries and
                documentation are contained in part 1 of the distribution on
                disk number 855.
                Author:  Many, Amiga port by Heinz Wrobel, docs prepared by
                         Hans-Joachim Widmaier


AnimBrushes     Eight AnimBrushes for use with ToolManager 2.0 (Copyright
                (C) 1990-92 Stefan Becker).  They have been designed for a
                four color non-interlaced hi-res screen.
                Author:  Gerard Cornu
Eval            A full-featured floating point expression evaluator that
                can assign variables, has many built-in functions and
                constants, allows input and output in any number base, and
                uses a C-like syntax for expression evaluation.  Full ANSI
                C source is included and easily portable to other platforms.
                Version 1.12, includes source.
                Author:  Will Menninger

MakePatch       Scans a file for changed, inserted or removed bytes and saves
                these changes to a small patchfile.  This file contains all the
                information for the supplied "Patch'Em" program to patch an
                old version into the new one.  Very useful and time-saving for
                sending updates to Beta testers for example.  Not just limited 
                to programs, you can use MakePatch/Patch'Em with all kinds of
                data; graphics, sound, lharc archives, etc.  Version v0.017,
                includes assembly source.  Requires OS 2.04 minimum.
                Author:  Peter Simons

SolitaireSamp   Sampler package of an integrated collection of five Solitaire
                card games.  Included are: Carlton, Martha, Pas Seul, Slider
                and Poker Squares.  Nicely done, with online help and instruc-
                tions.  Binary only.
                Author:  Richard Brown & Tower Software

UDraw           A drafting tool that is bitmap oriented rather than object
                oriented.  The original intent with UDraw was to provide 
                a mechanism for the rapid drawing of schematic diagrams.
                However, UDraw has applications beyond this original intent.
                Makes heavy use of "clip boards", files which contain clips
                of various items that are displayed simultaneously but behind
                the work area, parts of which can be lifted off and pasted to
                the working screen.  Version 1.0, binary only.
                Author:  Ron Stefkovich.


DocDumpDrv      More printer drivers for DocDumpV3.6 (FF800).  Included are
                drivers for the HP-Deskjet+, HP-Deskjet500 and HP-Laserjet
                SeriesII.  The Laserjet version uses a softfont, which is
                Author:  Robert Grob

EPU             A program like Stacker or XPK that allows applications to
                access compressed data from AmigaDOS devices without knowing
                that the data is compressed, and automatically compresses
                new data.  The file size is not limited by memory and the
                settings of the handler can be changed at any time.  Version
                1.4, an update to version 1.0 on disk number 809.  Shareware,
                binary only.
                Author:  Jaroslav Mechacek

SuperDark       A screen blanker with some special features.  It is similar
                to the AfterDark screen blanker in the PC and Mac worlds.
                Features include a lot of different screen effects, a screen
                locker, and more.  Version 1.5, an update to version 1.2 on
                disk number 835. Includes source.
                Author:  Thomas Landspurg


DCmp            A utility that allows you to compare two disks block by block.
                Written in order to check the reliability of the Video-Backup-
                System, (VBS),  DCmp can create a file containing a list of
                differing sectors which can be used in conjunction with a
                disk-editor to correct the defects.  Version 1.51, an experi-
                mental release.  Works with all Amigas using Kickstart 1.3
                or higher and supports req[tools].library.  Also comes with
                FCmp, a file compare utilility.  Includes C-source.
                Author:  Tobias Ferber

DirKing         A very powerful replacement for the AmigaDOS 'List' and 'Dir'
                commands.  It gives full control on the format of the directory
                listing and what information should be printed.  The directory
                can be sorted on any field, or on several fields in the order
                you want.  Supports many filters, such as name and date, and
                the filters can be made effective on files only, directories
                only or on both.  You can also define a pattern for each level
                of the directory tree.  Has an LFORMAT option which is useful
                for generating scripts.  A unique feature is the ability to
                monitor the scanning process.  English version supplied,
                German, French and Dutch versions available from the author.
                Version 2.12e, an update to version 2.11e on disk number 784.
                Binary only, shareware.
                Author:  Chris Vandierendonck

NewDate         A replacement for the AmigaDOS 'Date' command.  Besides the
                usual date options, NewDate enables date output in your own
                defined format.  NewDate also supports English, German, French,
                Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Finnish and Polish datenames.
                Version 1.10, binary only, freeware.
                Author:  Chris Vandierendonck

PARex           Replace strings in any file, whether plain text files or pure
                binary files.  By using scripts you can define any number of
                search and replace strings to be used for processing a file.
                You can use all ASCII codes when defining these strings, so
                non-printable characters are no problem.  PARex makes patching
                files very easy.  Version 2.12, binary only, shareware.
                Author:  Chris Vandierendonck

PPMC            The Powerpacker Mini Clone.  PPMC is powerpacker.library
                meeting gadtools.library.  It's a OS2.0+ utility, useful for
                packing and unpacking text and data files.  It has a complete
                CLI interface and is localized under OS2.1 and higher.  This
                is version 1.2c, an update to version 1.2b on disk 812.  Some
                new enhancements as the multiple file packing and/or unpacking
                under Shell and many code optimizations.  Includes Danish,
                Dutch and French catalogs, a 68030 version, hypertext docu-
                mentation and source for SAS/C.
                Author:  Reza Elghazi


AzMake          A work environment for Aztec C.  You can compile, assemble,
                link, print, etc your programs by clicking a gadget.  Typing
                in the Shell is out.  Version 2.3, an update to version 1.1
                on disk number 586.  Binary only, shareware.
                Author:  Christian Friedel

bBaseIII        An easy to use, versatile, yet full featured database program.
                Search or sort on any field, (un)delete records, print mailing
                labels or envelopes, get printouts in many formats, scramble
                files, flag records, and more.  Fields are user-configurable,
                so bBase can be used to keep track of addresses, tape or video
                collections, recipe files, or anything else you can think of -
                one program does it all!  bBaseIII is a greatly enhanced
                successor to bBaseII.  Version 1.1, an upgrade to bBaseII,
                version V5.5 on disk 710.  Binary only, shareware.
                Author:  Robert Bromley

CConvert        A utility to convert IFF files to raw bitplane data.  It
                features options to create sprite data lists or interleaved
                bitmaps.  It can generate RAW files as well as linkable object
                files. Version 1.82. Includes source in assembler.
                Author:  Klaus Wissmann

LazyBench       LazyBench is a utility for lazy people with a hard disk cram-
                med full of goodies which are difficult to reach because they
                are buried away in drawers inside drawers inside drawers in-
                side drawers...  Supports tools and projects and both OS 1.3
                and OS 2.xx versions are supplied with this distribution.
                LazyBench for the OS 1.3 opens a little window on the Work-
                bench screen and delivers a fully configurable menu which
                brings up to 30 applications at your fingertips.  LazyBench
                for the OS 2.xx adds an item under the Workbench "Tools" menu,
                installs itself as a Commodity and waits in the background.
                Use its hot key combination to pop its window and then select
                an application from a list of up to 100 applications.  Versions
                1.01 (OS 1.3) and 1.04 (OS 2.xx), an update to the version 1.00
                on disk number 839.  Binary only.
                Author:  Werther 'Mircko' Pirani

Minterm         Minimizes boolean algebra formulas.  Minterm can minimize
                formulas with up to 15 variables.  Version 2.0 for AmigaOS
                2.04 an higher. An old version (1.1) is included for users
                still requiring OS 1.2/1.3 compatibility.  Binary only
                Author:  Achim Pankalla

SysInfo         A brand new release of this popular program.  It reports
                interesting information about the configuration of your Amiga,
                including some speed comparisons with other configurations, 
                versions of the OS software, and much more.  Version 3.18,
                an update to version 3.11 on disk 820. Binary only.
                Author:  Nic Wilson


AskReq          Yet another batchfile requester, similar but unrelated to the
                program of the same name on disk number 827.  Opens up a
                window, displays a message and solicits a Yes/No type answer
                from the user.  Requires OS2.x, version 1.00, both English
                and German versions and includes source in C++.
                Author:  Harald Pehl

KingFisher      A specialized database tool providing maintenance and search
                capabilities for the descriptions of disks in the format used
                by this library.  KingFisher's database can span multiple
                (floppy) disk volumes, can be edited by text editors that
                support long text lines, can add disks directly from unedited
                email or usenet announcements, can remove disks, rebuild a
                damaged index, find next or previous software versions, print
                or export (parts of) the database, and more.  Includes a data-
                base of disks 1-850.  This is version 1.30, an update to ver-
                sion 1.15 on disk 808.  Binary only.
                Author:  Udo Schuermann


BEAV            "Binary Editor And Viewer", is a full featured binary file
                editor.  Just about any operation that you could want to do
                to a binary file is possible with BEAV.  You can: Insert or
                delete in the middle of a file thereby changing it's size;
                Edit multiple files in multiple windows and cut and paste
                between them;  Display and edit data in hex, octal, decimal,
                binary, ascii, or ebcdic formats;  Display data in byte, word,
                or long word formats in either Intel or Motorola byte ordering;
                Send the formatted display mode to a file or printer.  The
                display and keyboard handling functions for BEAV are based on
                microemacs.  Version 1.40, portable, and includes source and
                makefiles for several other systems.
                Author:  Peter Reilley, Amiga port by Simon J Raybould

BioRhythm       An intuition based easy-to-use program that shows your 3 basic
                BioRhythms plus the average-"rhythm".  Take a look, dump it to
                your printer and make your plans for "when to do what".  This
                is version 2.2, an update to version 1.0 on disk 759.  This
                version has some new features and is 400% faster.  Binary only,
                PAL version.  C-Source available from author on request.
                Author:  Thomas Arnfeldt

GlobeAnim       An animation which displays a smoothly rotating earth.
                Includes separate versions for both PAL and NTSC systems.
                Author:  Hannu Mikkola

PhoneList       Simple phone list database, unique in the fact that it allows
                easy usage from either the WorkBench or CLI.  Allows you to
                add, delete, search and create an alpha-sorted list.
                Author:  Michael Hoffmann

ScopePrint      Simple program for displaying/printing Oscilloscope simulations
                of sine and square waves.  Presents you with a two-channel
                o-scope and allows you to input the frequency, phase, and
                amplitude of the signal(s).  Version 1.0, binary only.
                Author:  Wim Van den Broeck


GuiArc          A graphical user interface for cli-based archivers like lha,
                arc, ape, zoo, etc.  It has the 'look & feel' of a directory
                tool and can perform all basic actions on archives, such as
                Add, Extract, List, Test, Delete, etc.  You can enter archives
                as though they were directories.  You don't have to know any-
                thing about archivers.  Fully configurable (Archivers not
                included).  Version 1.10, requires AmigaDOS 2.0+, freeware,
                binary only.
                Author:  Patrick van Beem.

Luffar          The game of Noughts and Crosses, the object is to get exactly
                five "Noughts" (six doesn't count!) in a row up/down/across
                or diagonally, before your opponent gets five "Crosses" in a
                similiar fashion.  0, 1 or 2 human players, rewind and ahead
                buttons.  Version 1.0, freeware, binary only. (Source available
                from author).
                Author:  Magnus Enarsson

Lyr-O-Mat       A simple, fun program designed to generate sentences out of a
                word list and a sentence pattern database.  German and English
                database included.  Version 1.0.  Binary only.
                Author:  Karlheinz Klingbeil of CEKASOFT

MPE             A compiler tool for users of the M2amiga programming environ-
                ment.  MPE does the same job better than your batch file.  You
                can do everything with the mouse or the right amiga key.  With
                this Modula-2 Programming Environment you can compile, link,
                and run your program.  When there is an error, the editor is
                started automatically.  You can set all switches for M2C, M2L
                M2Make, M2Project, and M2LibLink.  This is version 1.60, an
                update to version 1.38 on disk 766.  Binary only.
                Author:  Marcel Timmermans

NetMount        A tiny application that simplifies the ParNet mount procedure.
                You need ParNet (see dis 400) from The Software Distillery to
                use NetMount.  Binary only.
                Author:  Tobias Ferber

Noisome         A commodity that allows you to play sound samples when a key
                or mousebutton is pressed, or a disk is inserted or removed
                You can have different samples for the space and return keys
                as opposed to other keys, special samples for the mousekeys,
                a sample to be played instead of the visual display-"beep"
                and more...  The samples are played in mono or stereo, and two
                can be played simultaneously.  The audio allocation priority
                can also be set.  Includes several sound samples.  Version 1.0,
                binary only.
                Author:  David Larsson

PowerPlayer     A very powerful, user friendly and system friendly module
                player.  It can handle nearly all module-formats, can read
                powerpacked & xpk-packed modules and comes along with its
                own powerful cruncher that uses the lh.library.  Has a simple
                to use interface and an ARexx port.  Version 3.9, a major
                update to version 3.4 on disk 769, binary only, now shareware.
                (Previous versions were freeware.)
                Author:  Stephan Fuhrmann


Change          Small CLI-only program to translate numbers from one numbering
                system to another.  Binary, octal, decimal and hexadecimal
                numbers are supported.  Version 1.00, includes source in C++.
                Author:  Harald Pehl

MouseAccel      Yet another mouse accelerator, this one implemented as a
                commodity.  If you find the built-in accelerator too slow, try
                this one.  Requires at least AmigaOS 2.04.  Version 1.07, an
                update to version 1.01 on disk 497.  Includes german version
                and source in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht

SCAN8800        A specialized database program to store frequencies and sta-
                tion names for shortwave transmitters.  It can also control
                a receiver for scanning frequency ranges.  Version 2.33, an
                update to version 2.28 on disk 812.  Binary only.
                Author:  Rainer Redweik


AntiCicloVir    A link virus detector and exterminator.  Also detects other
                types of viri.  This version can detect:  126 Bootblock;
                12 Link; 23 File; 5 Disk-Validator; 5 Trojans; and 3 Bombs;
                Automatically checks each inserted disk for bootblock and
                disk-validator viruses.  Can scan all files of a specified
                directory for known link viruses, and constantly monitors
                memory and system vectors.  Version 2.0, an update to version
                1.8 on disk 842.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Matthias Gutt

Back&Front      Sends a window to the back or bring it to the front with
                defined actions.  For example, bring a window in front by
                double-clicking in it and send it back with the middle mouse
                button.  Any keyboard or mouse event can be trapped.  Number
                of required actions can be changed (double-click vs triple-
                click).  Implemented as a commodity.  Requires at least AmigaOS
                2.04.  Version 1.09, an update to version 1.03 on disk number
                497.  Includes german version and source in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht

Genealogist     ArJay Genealogist is a specialized database for keeping track
                of genealogical information.  It features a full, easy to use
                Intuition interface.  The program is totally non-sexist and
                secular in nature, and correctly handles multiple marriages,
                "unconventional" marriages, adopted children, and unmarried
                parents.  The printed reports include descendant and pedigree
                charts, personal details reports, family group sheets, and
                index lists of people and families.  Free-form note files can
                be created using any editor, and IFF pictures can be viewed
                using any IFF viewer, from within the program.  Other features
                include dynamic on-screen ancestor and descendant charts,
                extensive online context-sensitive help, flexible "regular
                expression" searching, and multiple ARexx ports with an exten-
                sive command set.  Up to 1000 people per database, with data-
                bases held in RAM for maximum speed and responsiveness.  PAL or
                NTSC, AmigaDOS 2.04+ required.  1 Meg RAM recommended.  Version
                3.04, binary only.
                Author:  Robbie J Akins


CFX             Crunched File eXaminer allows the user to examine and find
                files using several different search criteria.  CFX knows a
                huge amount of the current Amiga filetypes, including a vast
                number of "cruncher" types.  CFX can also give in-depth dis-
                assemblies of crunched files, including most address crunched
                files, relocator crunched files, and some major archive crun-
                ched types.  This version requires kick 1.3 or 2.0.  Version
                5.275, an update to version 5.242 on disk number 750.  Binary
                only, freeware.
                Author:  Bob Rye and Marcus Mroczkowski

Degrader        Degrades your machine to try and get badly written programs
                to work.  Allows you to block memory, add non-autoconfig
                memory at reset, turn audio filter on or off, intercept
                privilege violation errors, switch off cache/burst modes and
                can slow down a fast machine.  Also can swap the boot drive
                and force 50Hz or 60Hz.  Will do things straight away, after
                one reset or after every reset.  Version 1.30, an update to
                version 1.00 on disk number 562.  Binary only.
                Author:  Chris Hames
DRED            The Disk REDucer.  This program allows the user to arrange
                data on a set of disks using a best fit algorithm. If you have
                ever found it difficult to figure just which files should go
                onto which floppy, then DRED is for you!  Most of the time
                (there are exceptions!) you can achieve 99% fullness of
                floppies/media.  Requires kick 1.3 or 2.0. Version 2.003.007,
                binary only, freeware.
                Author:  Bob Rye, Marcus Mroczkowski and Brett O'Callaghan

Floozy          Disassembles the Foozle FidoNet mail management system logfile
                into readable, human understandable statistics.  Floozy's out-
                put is clear and concise and fully covers all aspects of Floozy
                use.  All message base names, number of messages, and in/out
                packets/bytesizes are noted and further stats are calculated on
                these figures. Requires kick 1.3 or 2.0.  Version 1.0204,
                binary only, freeware.
                Author:  Bob Rye

Oscillograph    An emulation of an oscillograph, with five internal signal
                generators.  The internal signals can be freely edited, even
                mathematical functions can be used.  External signals can be
                used when a digitizer is connected to the Amiga.  This program
                can be used for learning, demonstration, and even simple
                technical applications.  The german original and the english
                translation are included, as well as a set of oscillations.
                Version 2.0, binary only.
                Author:  Michael Gentner

PC-TaskDemo     PC-Task is a software IBM-PC emulator.  It allows you to run
                the majority of IBM-PC software on your amiga with no
                additional hardware.  Runs just like a normal application
                allowing multitasking to continue.  The program has a
                graphical user interface and no additional filesystem/device
                mounting is required.  A few clicks with the mouse and it is
                operational.  VGA, EGA, CGA, MDA, Serial, Parallel, Mouse,
                2 Floppy drives and 2 Hard drives are emulated.  The hard
                drives can be partitions or hard drive files like the
                bridgeboard can use.  This is the demonstration version
                2.01 full version is available from the author.  Binary only.
                Author:  Chris Hames

Xerox4045       A printer driver for printers supporting the Xerox 2700
                command set.  The 4045 (a hulking 8 PPM laser unit), is
                probably the most popular member of this family, so it got
                the name.  The focus of this version was to get the dot
                graphic functions working.  This appears to be working
                correctly as printing from Professional Page V2.1 and Tax
                Break have been successful in 300X300 graphics mode.
                Version 1.0.
                Author:  Bob Schulien


CenterScreen    A commodity which centers the frontmost screen horizontally
                on hotkey.  Useful if you normally operate with overscan
                screens and an old program opens a normal size screen.
                Requires at least AmigaOS 2.04.  Version 1.07, an update to
                version 1.03 on disk 497.  Includes german version and source
                in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht

ComplexPlot     Allows the transformation of a drawing by a complex function.
                The drawing can be edited with the mouse (line, circle and
                fill modes included), and generators for cartesic and polar
                nets can be used.  The freely editable complex function then
                changes the drawing in many interesting ways.  Both english
                and german versions are included (and some demo drawings).
                Version 1.0, binary only.
                Author:  Michael Gentner

DeluxePacMan    A pacman type game.  Commercial quality, with excellent
                graphics and responsiveness.  Automatically adjusts to either
                PAL or NTSC.  Can be controlled with a joystick, mouse, or
                keyboard.  Written in assembly.  Version 1.4, an upgrade to
                'PacMan' on disk 717.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Edgar M. Vigdal

GetDate         A small program that allows users with an A500 or A1000 with-
                out a Battery backed-up clock to set the date and time from
                the startup-sequence.  The user is prompted for the current
                date and time.  The last date/time entered becomes the default
                for the next boot.  Binary only.
                Author:  James Weir

LeftyMouse      Yet another LeftyMouse, this one implemented as a commodity.
                Swaps the left and right mousebutton for lefties.  Requires
                at least AmigaOS 2.04.  Version 1.06, an update to version
                1.04 on disk 497.  Includes german version and source in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht


CDTV-Player     A utility for all those people, who'd like to play Audio-CD's,
                while multitasking on workbench.  It's an emulation of CDTV's
                remote control, but is a little more sophisticated.  Access
                to the archive even without a CD-ROM-Drive (i.e. AMIGA 500-
                4000), although you can't play a CD.  PROGRAM & KARAOKE (live
                on-screen) included.  Recognizes CDs automatically.  AREXX-Port
                for usage in other programs.  Version 2.0, an update to
                version 1.8 on disk number 849.  FISH-WARE, binary only.
                Author:  Daniel Amor

MouseBlanker    Blanks the mouse pointer after a defined timeout or if you
                press any key.  Implemented as a commodity.  Requires at least
                AmigaOS 2.04.  Version 1.21, an update to version 1.13 on disk
                497.  Includes german version and source in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht

Request         Opens the OS 2.0 autorequester from script files.  Title, text,
                gadgets and publicscreen of the requester can be changed by
                commandline options.  Requires at least AmigaOS 2.04.  Version
                1.04, an update to version 1.00 on disk 497.  Includes source
                in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht

RussianFont     Three Russian Vector Fonts, with a special Russian keymap that
                matches the Russian typewriter.  These fonts are compatible
                with Russian Fonts found under WINDOWS (=> easy exchange).
                Version 3.0, update to version on disk number 805.  Designed
                with FontDesigner.  Binary only, shareware.
                Author:  Daniel Amor

SMaus           A highly configurable "SUN-mouse" utility, implemented as a
                commodity with a graphical user interface.  It activates the
                window under the mouse pointer if you move or after you have
                moved the mouse or if you press a key.  You can specify titles
                of windows which shall not be deactivated using wildcards.
                Requires at least AmigaOS 2.04, uses locale.library if avail-
                able.  Includes english and german docs, german catalog file.
                Version 1.17.  Shareware, binary only.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht


Clock           A simple Clock program but with the handy feature that you can
                "snapshot" the clock to stay with any screen or it can be free
                to pop to the frontmost screen automatically.  Up to 4 alarm
                times can be set, which can simply put up a requester or
                cause some program to run in background.  Hourly chimes can
                also be made to run a program (I.E. a sound sample player).
                Uses locale.library with OS2.1+  Version 2.00, binary only.
                Author:  Bernd Grunwald

CL_SEP92        This is the September 1992 release of CheatList for the Amiga.
                Cheatlist is a collection of various forms of help (cheats,
                hints, codes, etc.) for Amiga games.  Included in the package
                is PokeList, a similar file which details pokes usable with the
                Action Replay cartridge.  The September release covers 500
                games, and on average, another forty games are added each
                release.  Shareware.
                Author:  Various, compiled by Peter Monk

Uhr             A small configurable digital clock (Uhr is german for "clock"),
                that makes use of the FormatDate() function in WorkBench 2.1's
                locale.library.  Requires at least Kickstart 2.04 and WorkBench
                2.1.  Version 1.03, an update to the version on disk 757.
                Includes source in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht


AmigaGuide      Archive distribution of the AmigaGuide hypertext utility direct
                from Commodore.  Contains developer examples and tools for
                AmigaGuide under V34/V37 and V39, plus a new free print/sign/
                send-in distribution license for AmigaGuide, amigaguide.lib-
                rary, WDisplay, and their icons.
                Author:  Commodore Business Machines

FollowMouse     A pair of small blinking eyes following the mouse movements
                on the screen.  Runs from both the WorkBench and CLI.  Version
                1.2, an update to the version on disk number 757.  Includes
                source in PASCAL.
                Author:  Kamran Karimi

Installer       Archive distribution of the Amiga Installer utility direct from
                Commodore.  Contains V1.24 of the Installer, documentation and
                examples for developers to use when developing their software.
                Also contains various enhancements and fixes detailed in the
                documentation enclosed.  The documentation has also been
                enhanced and brought up to date.
                Author:  Commodore Business Machines

SoftProtect     A software disk write-protection.  With the permission of the
                user, disables floppy writes even on write-enabled disks.
                Switches to enable/disable states with a gadget.  Runs from
                both WorkBench and CLI.  An update to 'AskFirst' on disk
                number 753.  Includes source in assembly.
                Author:  Kamran Karimi

StackCheck      A program that determines the maximum stack usage of another
                program.  It uses a completely different method than all
                the other stack-watching programs like WatchStack or Xoper
                and is very reliable.  In most cases it does not require any
                CPU time to do its work.  Version 1.0, includes source for
                Aztec C and GNU C.
                Author:  Gunther Rohrich

SWAP            Memory management may be considered as one of the weak points
                of Amiga OS.  SWAP was written as a trial to provide swapping
                for Amigas without any special hardware.  The main intention
                is to let the user choose a task, swap it to disk so that its
                occupied memory is released, and do other things.  Later on,
                he could swap the program back to main memory and let it
                continue from the point it was interrupted.  Includes source
                in C and assembly.
                Author:  Kamran Karimi

WindowShuffle   Activates and brings to front next or previous window with
                hotkeys.  Hotkeys can be changed.  Implemented as a commodity.
                Requires at least AmigaOS 2.04.  Version 1.07, an update to
                version 1.05 on disk 497.  Includes german version and source
                in C.
                Author:  Stefan Sticht


> Portal:  A Great Place For Amiga Users

                   Portal Communications' Amiga Zone

         The AFFORDABLE alternative for online Amiga information

The Portal Online System is the home of acclaimed Amiga Zone, which was
formerly on the People/Link System.  Plink went out of business in May,
1991 and The Amiga Zone's staff moved to Portal the next day. The Zone has
just celebrated its second anniversary on Portal. The Amiga press raves
about The Amiga Zone, when compared to its competition.

If you live in the San Jose, CA area, then you can dial Portal directly. If
you live elsewhere, you can reach Portal through any SprintNet (formerly
Telenet) indial anywhere in the USA or through Tymnet from anywhere in
North America.  If you have an account on another Internet-connected system, 
you can connect to Portal using the UNIX Telnet programs, from anywhere 
in the industrialized world.  Delphi and BIX users can now Telnet into
Portal for a flat $19.95 a month, with *unlimited* use.

Some of Portal/Amiga Zone's amazing features include:

 - Over 1.5 GIGabytes of Amiga-specific files, online, 24 hours a day.
   Portal has dedicated a 2.5 GIGabyte disk drive to the Amiga Zone.
   We have virtually unlimited space for files and new uploads. 

 - The *entire* Fred Fish collection of freely distributable
   software, online.  All of it.  Every disk.  Well-organized so
   it's easy to find exactly what you're after.

 - Fast, Batch Zmodem file transfer protocol. Download up to 100 files at
   once, of any size, with one command. 

 - Twenty Amiga vendor areas with participants like AmigaWorld, ASDG,
   Soft-Logik, Black Belt, Apex Publishing, Stylus, Prolific, NES,
   and many others including Compute's Amiga Resource with over
   4 Megabytes of exclusive Compute magazine disk stuff you won't find

 - 35 "regular" Amiga libraries with thousands of files.  Hot new
   stuff arrives daily.  Since Portal has FTP connections we can get
   new freely-distributable software online within MINUTES of its 
   being announced on Usenet.

 - No upload/download "ratios" EVER. Download as much as you want, as
   often as you want, and never feel pressued doing it.  Start downloading
   files with your first session on Portal. 

 - Live, interactive nightly chats with Amiga folks whose names you
   will recognize.  Special conferences.  Random chance prize contests.
   Famous Amiga folks aren't the exception on Portal, they're the norm.
   Instead of stumbling around in frustration you can talk to the
   people who design your hardware, who write your software.

 - Vast Message bases where you can ask questions about *anything*
   Amiga related and get quick replies from the experts.

 - Amiga Internet mailing lists for Imagine, DCTV, LightWave, HyperAmi,
   Director and Landscapes are fed right into the Zone message bases.
   Read months worth of postings.  They don't scroll off, ever!
   No need to clutter your mailbox with them.

 - FREE unlimited Internet Email.  Your Portal account gets you a
   mailbox that's connected to the world.  Send letters of any length to 
   computer users in the entire industrialized world.  No limits. 
   No extra charges. No kidding!
 - Portal has the Usenet.  Tthousands of "newsgroups" in which
   you can read and post articles about virtually any subject you can
   possibly imagine.  Usenet feeds into Portal many times each hour.
   There are 14 Amiga-specific Usenet newsgroups with hundreds of
   articles posted every day, including postings by Commodore 
   personnel.  Since Usenet is distributed worldwide, your questions
   and answers can be seen by literally hundreds of thousands of
   people the same day you post them.  

 - Other Portal SIGs (Special Interest Groups) online for Mac, IBM, Sun,
   NeXT, UNIX, Science Fiction, Writers, amateur radio, and a graphics
   SIG with thousands of GIF files to name just a few.  ALL Portal SIGs
   are accessible to ALL Portal customers with NO surcharges ever.

 - The entire UPI/Clarinet/Newsbytes news hierarchy ($4/month extra)
   An entire general interest newspaper and computer news magazine.
 - Portal featues an exciting package of Internet features: IRC, FTP,
   TELNET, MUDS, LIBS.  Free to all Portal customers with your account.
   Internet Services is a menu driven version of the same kinds of 
   utilities you can also use from your Portal UNIX shell account.
 - All the files you can FTP. All the chatting you can stand on the IRC.  
   And on IRC (Internet Relay Chat) you can talk live, in real time 
   with Amiga users in the U.K., Europe, Australia, the Far East, 
   24 hours a day. 

 - Our exclusive PortalX by Steve Tibbett, the graphical "front end"
   for Portal which will let you automatically click'n'download your
   waiting email, messages, Usenet groups and binary files!  Reply to mail
   and messages offline using your favorite editor and your replies are sent
   automatically the next time you log into Portal.
   (PortalX requires Workbench 2.04 or higher)

 - And Portal does NOT stick it to high speed modem users. Whether
   you log in at 1200 or 2400 or 9600 or 14.4K you pay the same low 

How does all that sound?  Probably too good to be true. Well.. it's true.

Portal Signup or for more information:

1-408-973-9111 (voice) 9a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Fri, Pacific Time
1-408-725-0561 (modem 3/12/2400) 24 hours every day
1-408-973-8091 (modem 9600/14400) 24 hours every day
or enter "C PORTAL" from any Sprintnet dial-in in the USA,
or enter "portal" from any Tymnet "please log in:" prompt, USA & Canada
or telnet to "portal.com" from anywhere.


All prices shown are in U.S. Dollars
                                                Total Total  Total  Total
                                                Cost  Cost   Cost   Cost
                                          Fee   1 hr. 5 hrs. 10 hrs.30 hrs.
                          Startup Monthly Per   Per   per    per    per
                          Fee     Fee     Hour  month month  month  month
                          $       $       $     $     $      $      $

Portal                    19.95   19.95         
 2400/9600/14.4Kbps, *direct 24 hrs        0.00 19.95  19.95  19.95  19.95
 2400/9600bps nonprime Sprint or Tymnet    2.50 22.95  32.45  44.95  94.95
 2400/9600bps prime Sprint +% or Tymnet 5.50-10 29.95  69.95 119.95  varies
 2400/9600bps non prime # PCPursuit        1.00 20.95  24.95  29.95  49.95

* plus cost of phone call if out of Portal's local dialing area
  Direct rates also apply to connections made to Portal using the
  UNIX "telnet" program from an account you may already
  have on an Internet-connected system. 
% 9600 bps Sprintnet and Tymnet available in over 300 cities areas
+ $10 rate prevails at smaller US Cities
# PCPursuit is a service of US Sprint. Portal is a PCPursuit
 "Direct Access Facility" thus connection to Portal with a PCP account
 is simply a matter of entering C PORTAL,PCP-ID,PCP-PASSWORD  at the
 SprintNet login prompt instead of C PORTAL. 


   Portal Direct 9600/14400 bps service is availble for both USR HST
   modems, and any V32/V32.bis modems. There are dozens of direct-dial
   high speed lines into Portal.  No busy signals!

   SprintNet 9600bps service is V.32 modem protocol only.
   Tymnet 9600bps services is V.32 modem protocol only.
   Again, Portal does NOT surcharge high speed modem users!

   Portal subscribers who already have an account on an Internet-capable
   system elsewhere, can use that system's "telnet" program
   to connect to Portal for $0.00 an hour. That's right ZERO. From anywhere
   in the world.  If you're in this category, be sure to ask the Portal 
   reps, when you signup, how to login to Portal from your existing
   Internet account.  

Call and join today.  Tell the friendly Portal Customer Service
representative, "The Amiga Zone sent me!"

That number again:  408-973-9111.

Portal Communications accepts MasterCard, Visa, or you can pre-pay any
amount by personal check or money order.  The Portal Online System is
a trademark of Portal Communications. 


> Amiga Report CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

SUNNYVALE, CA -- Atari Corp. reported a TWO MILLION DOLLAR loss as first
quarter sales of the company's computers and video games slumped.  The loss
of three cents per share in the three months ended March 31 came on sales of
$10.1 Million, down sharply from $44.1 million for the same period in 1992,
when Atari lost $13.8 million, or 24 cents per share.

ORLANDO, FL -- What is said to be the first consumer-available Falcons in
Florida, if not the Southeast, have arrived at John Morrison Computers in
Orlando, Florida.  The first shipment of three machines arrived Wednesday
afternoon, with 84 meg Conner hard drives, as opposed to the 65 meg Seagate
units originally expected.


> AR Dealer Directory            These are not ads -- just a reader service!

                            Armadillo Brothers
                            753 East 3300 South
                           Salt Lake City, Utah
                           VOICE:  801-484-2791
                              GEnie:  B.GRAY

                       Computers International, Inc.
                             5415 Hixson Pike
                          Chattanooga, TN  37343
                           VOICE:  615-843-0630

                           Finetastic Computers
                             721 Washington St
                             Norwood, MA 02062
                           VOICE:  617-762-4166
                       Portal:  FinetasticComputers
               Internet:  FinetasticComputers@cup.portal.com

                        9000 US 59 South, Suite 330
                              Houston, Texas
                           VOICE:  713-988-2818
                            FAX:  713-995-4994

                              PSI Animations
                         17924 SW Pilkington Road
                          Lake Oswego, OR  97035
                           VOICE:  503-624-8185
                     Internet:  PSIANIM@agora.rain.com

                           Software Plus Chicago
                          3100 W Peterson Avenue
                             Chicago, Illinois
                           VOICE:  312-338-6100

          (Dealers:  To have your name added, please send Email!)


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