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==  compt.sys.editor.desk                          By:  Jason Compton   ==
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It's the Magic Month, September.

Remember, this was the month we were told Amigas would first be available.
And, in a rather non-concrete form, it looks like preparations are being
made to get them out, with a UK press/dealer conference to generate
interest and an announcement of the array of pack-in software that will
come with each machine.

Gilles Bourdin of Amiga Technologies told me today that 100,000 A1200s have
already been sold in pre-orders.

Of course, on the other hand, only the continent of Europe has any sort of
solid distribution network.  In North America, we are still waiting, just
as the Australians are.  God only knows what the intrepid South American
and African Amiga users are thinking now, to say nothing of AR's readers in
Kiev.

AR's getting rather old, and it's time to shake things up from time to
time.  After all, it was pointed out to me last night that, with AR 3.16,
there have been 89 issues of Amiga Report.  That is a lot of magazine.

Am I tired of it?  Nah, not at all.  But sometimes it's nice to get a new
logo (thanks again, Gareth) or switch the icon (courtesy of Philip
Vedovatti).  In fact, we've been playing with all sorts of ideas for AR.
An independent reader has taken it upon himself to release a graphical HTML
version of AR with each new release to Aminet (Thanks, Josef@IRC).  As for
AR proper-well, there are only so many neat things you can do with
AmigaGuide, but plans are in the works to come up with a modular system to
add little "multimedia niceties" onto the magazine.  I won't do anything if
the work involved detracts from the quality and content of the magazine,
but it's something worth exploring.

For all the talk we've done about supporting the Amiga over the past
months, the fact remains that if Amigas and Amiga products don't sell, the
market collapses.  Included in this issue is not only a collection of news
and reviews on recent products, but the return of paid advertising.  A
group of Amiga companies decided it was worth their while to pay the AR
expense account this month in exchange for a chance to reach the Amiga
public.  I can't make you, but I'd like to ask that you at least take a
couple of minutes to flip through our advertising text.

Speaking of talk, there was quite a bit of it at Amiga Convention '95.  A
show report appears in this issue.  It should pretty well close out my
summer of travel, but the prospects for a late autumn/early winter North
American Amiga show are good.  Any European show organizers interested in
flying me out as a speaker are, of course, more than welcome to contact me.
:)

One last thing-while contact information is nearly impossible to get, it
has been confirmed that a company known as ISE has been contracted to do
all Amiga hardware and software development, on demand, from Amiga
Technologies.  They have already been in contact with a number of Amiga
engineers and developers, but no hirings have been reported yet-largely due
to the apparent requirement that engineering be done in Germany, ISE's
home.

Jason