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In what the company terms "the most significant upgrade in its
history", ASDG's Art Department Professional (ADPro) now offers
unmatched display board support, over  100  pre-written ARexx programs,
direct support for the Fargo  Primera dye sublimation  printer,  new
file formats and operators, and an  entirely new look and feel which
dramatically boosts ease-of-use.


Madison,  WI,  January  14,  1994 ---- ASDG Incorporated, a leading
supplier of color  imaging  and  special  effects  solutions  for the
television and motion picture  industries,  announce Art Department
Professional (ADPro) version 2.5. According  to  the  company,  ADPro
2.5 is "the most significant upgrade in the product's history".

ADPro  version  2.5 offers a choice of several completely style guide
compliant user interfaces.  According to company president, Mr.  Perry
Kivolowitz, "A new and  thoroughly  modern  user interface was our most
requested improvement. We surveyed  our customers and found that some
preferred a list oriented graphical user   interface  (GUI)  for speed,
while others preferred a button oriented GUI for  ease-of-use.   We 
implemented  both  and  allowed  them  to be intermixed configurably."

The  result,  says  the  company,  is  an easier-to-use ADPro in which
no major feature  is  more  than  a mouse click away.  Comments which
typify beta tester feedback  to  the  new  user  interface  include
those of Mr.  Brick Eksten, of Expert  Services.   Says  Mr.  Eksten, "I
find the interface to be much faster, and  that  helps  me  get  more
work done." These sentiments were echoed by Mr. Kenneth  Wilder, Head
Animator with Marmalade, who found the new user interface alone gained
him a 20 percent increase in productivity.

ADPro's  GUI  now runs on many third party display boards, such as the
Picasso, using RTG (ReTargetable Graphics) technology.  ADPro can now
render images in a window on the same screen as its user interface,
bringing new levels of WYSIWYG performance  to  the  product.   Other 
newly  supported  third  party hardware includes:  DPS PAR, EGS, Retina
Z-III and Retina, and the Video Toaster.

The  Amiga's  finest  image  format  support  has  gotten  even better
with the addition  of  6  new  file formats in ADPro and 3 new formats
in the (optional) Professional  Conversion  Pack  (PCP).  To ADPro, the
company has added support for  Commodore's  CDXL animation format,
Digital Broadcaster JStream files, FLC and  FLI  animations,  ICO  files
and  direct reading and writing of Workbench icons.   The  PCP  has 
grown to support files in the SGI, Alias, and Wavefront (both  the RLA
and RLB varieties) formats.  Owners of the PCP should note that, as  in 
the  past,  their  PCP  modules  will  be upgraded as part of the ADPro

ADPro  2.5 directly supports the revolutionary Fargo Primera printer in
its dye sublimation  mode  (its  thermal transfer mode was already
supported by ADPro's PrefPrinter saver).  "The Primera is a breakthrough
due to its low price," said Sales  Manager  Gina  Cerniglia.   "We've 
adapted our state-of-the-art printer support  to  drive  the  Primera in
dye sub mode including the ability to print huge posters in amazing

ADPro  2.5 includes more than 100 pre-written ARexx programs, many of
which are interactively  customizable  by  the user.  Used in
conjunction with the latest version  of FRED, these ARexx programs can
be combined in an infinite number of ways,  producing  a  huge  array 
of full motion special effects automatically.  And,  ADPro  now  allows 
users to define their own ARexx programs which can be incorporated
directly into ADPro's configurable user interface.

Many  other  improvements  or  additions  have  been  made to ADPro
such as the ability  to  perform  alpha channel blending with nearly
every file format, not just  those  that  support  their  own  alpha 
channel.   Composits  can now be performed  over  a range of colors
permitting more flexible chroma keying. New operators include Histogram
Equalization and a brush-based Pattern operator.  A new  program  called
CineMorph  is  included  which converts streams of images between 24
frame per second film style and 60 field per second video style time

ADPro  2.5  also  sports  greatly  improved  documentation.  ADPro's
manual now includes  9  tutorials,  many more pictures and diagrams, and
an expanded ARexx programming  section.   The  manual  has  also  been
reorganized (and its index expanded)  based  upon  customer  feedback 
making  it  easier  to use and more helpful.

ADPro  2.5's  price will remain unchanged at $299.  Existing owners can
upgrade for  $45 plus shipping and can, for the first time, upgrade via
telephone using Visa, MasterCard, or AmericanExpress.

For  more information, please contact Ms.  Gina Cerniglia at ASDG
Incorporated, 925  Stewart Street, Madison, WI 53713 or call (608) 273
6585.  Expert Services can be reached at (606) 371 9690.  Marmalade can
be reached at (818) 552 5024.

                  CATS Amiga Developer Info  24-Jan-94

Attached is information on CATS developer materials, Amiga registered
developer programs, Amiga programming manuals, bug/enhancement reporting,
and Workbench licensing.

NEW!  Note that the new 3.1 Amiga (aka 'Native') Developer Update disk set
is now available!

We would appreciate your help in cross-posting this information to
other electronic information systems.  Thanks!

Technical Information List for Non-Registered Developers and Users

Listed below are the materials available to non-registered developers and
users.  Send check or money order (US funds only - no foreign checks accepted)
to Commodore Business Machines, CATS-Orders, 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester,
PA  19380.

Shipping and handling for USA is $5.00.  Shipping and handling for Canada
and Europe (via Air) is $15.00.

Add local state sales tax for the following states:
        Pennsylvania, Virginia, California  and Tennessee.


NOTE for European Developers:

European developers and users may also purchase many CATS technical items
through the following German company.  Their list and prices may differ
slightly from the CATS US list, and AmigaMail subscriptions may only be
purchased directly through CATS US.

                Hirsch & Wolf oHG
                Attn: Hans-Helmut Hirsch
                Mittelstr. 33
                D-56564 Neuwied

                Fax: ++49-2631-839931
                Tel: ++49-2631-83990
        (Fax preferred)


A500/A2000 Technical Reference Guide, P/N:  TECHREF01      $40.00

        A 275-page reference manual that describes the technical features of
the A500 and A2000, as  well as those features that differ from the A1000.
Table of contents includes:  System Block Diagrams,  Amiga Expansion,
Designing Hardware for the Amiga Expansion Architecture, Driver Documentation,
Software for Amiga Expansion, PC Bridgeboard and schematics.

Programmer's Guide to ARexx and Disk, P/N's:    AREXX01 & AREXX01D      $20.00

        (August 1991) Manual (228 pages) and disk designed to allow you easy
access to the power of ARexx.  Includes information on how to make effective
use of ARexx, how to conform to development standards and how to interface
applicatations to the ARexx environment.

1989 Amiga Developers Conference Notes, P/N's:  NOTES89 & NOTES89D      $75.00

        510-page manual and 2 disks created for 1989 Amiga Developers
Conference.  Subjects include: Intro to Programming the Amiga, Features
Outline for V1.3 ECS Features and the Graphics Library, Janus Dual-Port
Memory, Hi-Res Color Graphics Card, Interfacing to ARexx, Advanced Amiga
Architechtures, The IFF parse.library, and more.

1988 Amiga Developers Conference Notes, P/N's:  NOTES88 & NOTES88D      $75.00

        400+ page manual and 4 disks created for 1988 Amiga Developers
Conference.  Topics covered include:  Unique Amiga Techniques, Tips and
Tricks for Programming in C, IFF, Autoboot and Kickstart V1.3, V1.3 Printer
Device and Printer Drivers, Amiga Audio and Sound, Overscan, Hi-Resolution
Fonts, Programming for 16-Bit   Amiga, A500 Expansion Cards, and much more.

Amiga 1000 Schematics and Expansion Specifications, P/N:  A1000SM       $20.00

        (June 1986) Spiral-bound manual containing full Amiga 1000 schematics,
timing diagrams, PAL  equations, and documentation for the auto-configuration

AmigaDOS V2.0 Native Developer Update, P/N:  NATDEV20           $20.00

        The 2.0 Native Developer Update is a must-have for any Amiga
programmer.  This four-disk set contains the  final 2.0 function Autodocs,
final 2.0 C and assembler Amiga include files, linker libs (Amiga.lib,
debug.lib, ddebug.lib) FD files, offsets, a great deal of 2.0 example code,
and the "Software Toolkit II" disk full of the latest Amiga debugging tools.
(This disk set has been replaced by the new V3.1 Amiga Developer Update
but is still very useful for its 2.0 example code).

V3.1 Amiga Developer Update Disk Set, P/N:  AMDEV3.1            $30.00

        This new 5-disk must-have set includes:

        Docs - V40.15 Autodocs, and articles/notes about V38/V39/V40
        Includes & Libs - V40.15C and assembler include files and linker libs
        Examples1 - General library examples including Locale, plus PCMCIA
        Examples2 - IFF modules and examples, Datatypes, AmigaGuide
        SWToolkit3 - The latest Amiga debugging tools

Also included is a new SetPatch for V37 which adds better ExAll emulation,
and the current (as of 15-Dec-93) V40 SetPatch for V38 and higher systems.
Note that the 40.15 exec.doc autodoc has been updated to have the correct
prototype for CheckIO.  The 3.1 Amiga Developer Update materials can be
used when developing for any Amiga OS version since they include the earlier
structures and function autodocs.  A new Readme called Using_Amiga_Includes
provides some tips on developing for earlier releases.

Toolmaker, P/N:  TOOLM01                $99.00

        A user interface builder and source code generator based on the
gadtools library introduced in Release 2.  (Contact Michael Erwin, 82 Gary
Drive, Trenton, NJ 08690  (609) 587-2885 -- between 2PM and 5PM EDT for
technical support.)

AmigaMail Volume II, P/N:  AMAILBI01    $75.00

        Back issues of the technical newsletter on the Amiga from September/
October '90 to May/June '93.  (Binder and index tabs are sold separately.)

AmigaMail Volume 1, P/N:  AMVOL1        $75.00

        Back issues of the technical newsletter on the Amiga from January/
February 1987 to July/August '90.  (Binder and index tabs are sold separately.)

AmigaMail Binder, P/N:  AMAIL1B01 (Vol. 1),  AMAIL2B02 (Vol. II)  $10.00 ea.

AmigaMail Index Tabs, P/N:  AMAILIND       $5.00 ea.


                     The Amiga Programming Manuals

Non-registered developers must purchase their Amiga RKM and AmigaDOS
manuals through bookstores or from the publishers.  Dept C does not sell
these manuals.  These manuals cover Release 2.0.  To program newer
2.1 or 3.x features, use the 2.0 programming methods shown in these
manuals plus the new functions and flags covered in the tutorials,
autodocs, and examples on the 3.1 Amiga Developer Update disks.

        Published by Bantam Books (800-223-6834, NY & Canada 212-765-6500):

                The AmigaDOS Manual 3rd Edition
                        ISBN 0-553-35403-5

        Published by Addison-Wesley (800-447-2226, 617-944-3700):

                Amiga User Interface Style Guide
                        ISBN 0-201-57757-7

                Amiga Hardware Manual
                        ISBN 0-201-56776-8

                Amiga ROM Kernel Manual: Includes and Autodocs
                        ISBN 0-201-56773-3

                Amiga ROM Kernel Manual: Devices (includes the IFF manual)
                        ISBN 0-201-56775-X

                Amiga ROM Kernel Manual: Libraries
                        ISBN 0-201-56774-1


                Workbench, Includes, and AmigaCD Licenses

Developers who wish to distribute files/commands from Workbench

a license to do so.  Distribution of the items in PD, shareware, or
freely redistributable form is not allowed.  Licenses may be requested
through your local Amiga support organization, or through
CATS - Licenses, 1200 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA., 19380.

Licenses are available for Workbench 1.3, Workbench 2.0, Workbench 2.1,
Workbench 3.0, Includes 1.3, Includes 2.0, Includes 3.0, and Includes 3.1.
In addition, an amendment is available for 1.3 Workbench license-holders
to distribute 2.04 (37.x) iffparse.library.

If you are developing a CD product for any Amiga CD platform, you
must have an AmigaCD license.  AmigaCD licensees receive tools for
creating bootable AmigaCD products, and may access our closed AmigaCD
conferences on our developer networks.  An AmigaCD license may be
requested through CATS Licenses (address below).

To request license forms, be sure to specify which license(s) and
amendments(s) you require and include your full SURFACE MAIL address
including country.  Licensing generally costs $100/year for Workbench,
$25/year for Includes/Libs.

Developer archives for the original Installer and original Amigaguide
are available on the nets and on BIX in  These archives
include a print/sign/send free license for distribution of these products.


                    Official Developer Conferences

Our primary goal is to support developers who are registered in our Amiga
developer programs.  However, some support for non-registered develepers
may also be found in the open Amiga developer conferences on the
same networks where our closed support areas are located.

BIX: (open); amiga.cert and (open only to registered
        Certified and Commercial developers); amiga.cd32 (open only to
        AmigaCD licensees).  Registered developers and AmigaCD licensees
        will find instructions for requesting access to closed BIX
        conferences in the topic.

UUCP: comp.sys.amiga.* (open); adsp.* (open only to registered Certified
        and Commercial developers in Europe via their support program);
        adsp.cd32.* (open only to AmigaCD licensees).

CIX (UK): amiga.* (open); adsp.* (open only to registered Certified
        and Commercial developers); nv.beta (open only to AmigaCD

Additional independent Amiga user and developer areas may also be found
on most popular commercial BBS systems including Genie and Compuserve.


                     Amiga Example Code and Tools

1. 3.1 Amiga Developer Update (see Materials list).  Contains example
   code for new 2.1 (V38) and V39 (3.0) features.

2. 2.0 Native Developer Update (see Materials list).  Contains the
   all of the 2.0 Devcon code examples and 2.0 AmigaMail code

3. Latest IFF code: Version 37.10 is on Fish Disk 705.
   A new V39 version of the NewIFF code which supports AA is available
   to registered developers in our closed BIX, ADSP, and CIX conferences.
   This code requires iffparse.library (note - the 2.04 iffparse.library is
   1.3 compatible).

4. Fish Disks 741 and 742 contain 4 archives of 2.0 RKM Companion Code
   (all of the 2.0 Rom Kernel Manual code examples).  Fish Disk 344
   contains the previous 1.3 "RKMCompanion" code.

5. Debugging Tools - 3.1 Native Developer Update (see Materials list).
   Some updated tools (usually latest Enforcer and Mungwall) are also
   submitted to Fred Fish as released.


                Reporting Bugs and Requesting Enhancements

Bug reports and enhancement requests may be submitted electronically
in "Report" format only.  The Amiga "Report" program for generating
bug reports and enhancement requests is provided on the 3.1 Amiga
Developer Update disks, and is also on Fish Disk 920.

Mail bug reports in Report format to:
Mail enhancement requests in Report format to:


                Registered Amiga Developer Programs

Developers who have or are developing commercial products for the
Amiga should participate in one of our registered developer programs.
The programs vary country by country, but generally provide hardware
discounts on development systems, access to pre-release developer
materials, and the ability to access closed electronic conferences.

There are different programs at varying cost and level of support.

Developers in the US and Canada may request a developer program application
by mailing to the following address and requesting a developer application,
and including their own name and full SURFACE MAIL address.  Developers in
other countries should contact their local Commodore branch for information
on developer programs.

United States
For information on becoming a registered developer in the US or Canada:

CATS - Developer Applications
1200 Wilson Drive
West Chester, PA. 19380

UUCP:  OR  rutgers!cbmvax!ej

BIX: cats.admin

Region: United States and Canadian developers.

                        MUI Fido File Request 1.00


    MUI Fido File Request 1.00


    MUI Fido File Request is a GUI for selecting files from a filelist,
    which almost every Fidonet mailbox provides for download.

    The list of selected files is written to a .REQ-file in your
    outbound directory.

    The next time you call up your Fido Boss these files are
    automatically downloaded by your Fidonet communications software.


    - Amiga OS 2.04
    - WB 2.1 (if you want to make use of localization)
    - Stefan Stuntz' Magic User Interface 1.4 or better


    Any Aminet site, e.g.

      Switzerland  pub/aminet/
      Scandinavia      pub/aminet/
      Germany    pub/aminet/
      Germany    pub/aminet/
      Germany    pub/aminet/
      Germany    pub/aminet/
      Germany    pub/aminet/
      USA   pub/aminet/
      USA    pub/aminet/
      USA   pub/aminet/






        Mowgli 2:242/7     +49-(0)241-40 59 49


     Freely distributable, but copyrighted.


    Martin Steppler

    FidoClassic: 2:242/7.12
    FidoLight:   2:2452/107.12


 OREM, Utah, Jan. 24, 1994  WordPerfect Corporation announced today that
 it is restructuring its operations to adapt to changing market conditions
 in the software industry. The reorganization will result in a reduction
 in force of 1,025 employees or 17% of the company's worldwide workforce.

      "Because of the intensely competitive nature of our industry and
 rapidly declining software prices, we must continually monitor the
 effectiveness of our internal organization," said Ad Rietveld, president
 and chief executive officer of WordPerfect Corporation. "This reduction
 in workforce is a painful process for us, but a step we can't avoid if we
 are to maintain long-term competitiveness."

      Employees at WordPerfect's Utah County headquarters who receive
 lay-off notification will continue to receive full salary and benefits
 for 60 days, and will also have access to career counseling, placement
 services and a full-service career resource center.

      The company is offering support for employees who will remain with
 WordPerfect Corporation as well. "Employees will always be our greatest
 asset and we are deeply committed to providing them with a stimulating
 and rewarding work environment," said John Lewis, executive vice
 president of WordPerfect Corporation.

      As part of its restructuring, WordPerfect Corporation is
 consolidating related workgroups; reducing the core in-house
 manufacturing services; shifting the localization of some international
 language versions to outside contractors; and outsourcing many other
 functions that were previously performed in-house.

      "Maintaining efficiency is an ongoing process," said Lewis. "We will
 continue to review the effectiveness of our organization in light of the
 dynamic industry where we work."