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 December 05, 1991                                             Volume 1.18

 > 12/05/91: AM-Report  #1.18      The Online Magazine of Choice!
                              -The Editor's Desk
                              -General Amiga News
                            -General Industry News

                 -* Commodore Stockholders Meeting Scandal *-
                          -* New Technology Amigas *-
                        -* High Density Floppy Drive *-
                          -* CDTV/P Expansion Kit *-

                           TODAY'S NEWS ..TODAY!


 > AMReport's Staff              The regulars and this week's contributors!

                            Publisher - Editor
                             Ralph F. Mariano

          -----------         --------------           ------------
          Robert Retelle      Charles Hill             R. ALBRITTON

                         Contributing Correspondents

     Mike Todd (CIX)                         Jim Shaffer, Jr. (UseNet)
  70117,634 on CompuServe                   amix.commodore.com!vanth!jms

                               Andrew Farrell
                    Australian Commodore and Amiga Review
                      Professional Amiga User Magazine

      Mike Ehlert, SysOp: PACIFIC COAST MICRO BBS -- FidoNet 1:102/1001

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Another week (or so), another issue.  This time there is a lot of real
interesting stuff going on in the Amiga market.  Quality advertisements
for the Amiga 3000 and CDTV have been noticed on radio, television and
in print.  Numerous people in cities like Denver, San Francisco, Toronto,
Houston and Seattle have reported television ads for CDTV and quality
radio spots for the Amiga.  Commodore is pushing the Amiga 3000 "video
solution" in magazines like Computer Graphis World with full-page ads.
Hell hasn't frozen, but the Cubs are playing night games at Wrigley so
I guess anything is possible.

The latest Commodore stockholders' meeting was a real interesting item.
It seems that some irate shareholders actually showed up in the Bahamas
to let Gould know how they feel.  One was physically ejected by security
after refusing to be silenced!

Commodore is selling more Amigas and selling them faster.  A rare sighting
of an Amiga high-density (not A.E.) drive has been reported.  Amiga 
developers are churning out new software and upgrades to current items.
SID 2.0 is finally being released.  OCR is coming to the Amiga.  The
Toaster should finally work with 2.04 and the Super Denise.  NewTek is
at it again.  General industry news abounds.

I've received numerous letters blasting NewTek [again].  It seems that
Computer Shopper credited NewTek with "designing" the Toaster Workstation
(an A2000 with a Toaster and optional GVP 3501 card).  CS also said that
the Workstation doesn't require a "host computer".  Hmmm...what's the
Amiga?  Video peanut butter?

Of what use is CDTV?  Who is its intended market?  I've also received a
number of letters on this subject.  Most of them claiming Commodore will
fall flat on its face.  So, I used my imagination and my writing skills
(meager though they may be) and addressed the subject.

Two of the items in here are direct reprints of Philadelphia Inquirer
articles.  All credits are given and copyrights (if any) belong to the
Philadelphia Inquirer.  A brief chat with my lawyer (actually my company's
lawyer) confirmed that I was legally able to reprint the articles without
permission of the Inquirer for the following reasons:

1) Proper credit is given to the author and the publisher.
2) AM-Report can fit the legal definition of "press".
3) I derive no profit from publication.
4) The Inquirer loses no potential profit from publication.

[Just to placate the legal departments on the various networks.]

Read on MacDuff.


                        \XX/ AM-Report International

                          *** NEW BITS AND BYTES ***


The following is from the Tuesday, November 26, 1991, edition of the
Philadelphia Inquirier.  It is verbatim.  All copyrights belong to
the Philadelphia Inquirer.

----------------- Begin newspaper article -------------------

Stockholders follow Commodore to Bahamas
by Valerie Reitman
Inquirer Staff Writer

    NASSAU, Bahamas -- For the third consecutive year, Commodore International
Ltd. yesterday held its annual shareholder meeting in a posh Bahamiam country
club near the home of its chairman and largest shareholder, Irving Gould.
    But the distance and expense of getting to the meeting on the island in
the Atlantic during a holiday week didn't stop a handful of small shareholders
of the West Chester company -- mostly zealous users of Commodore's Amiga
computer -- from attending.
    "If Gould wants to shut users out, the next meeting's going to have
to be in Siberia," Edward Gee, of Havertown, a medical-equipment technician,
said before the meeting at the Lyford Cay Club.
    One dissident shareholder, Richard Ash, of Philadelphia, was physically
ejected by security guards after he tried to introduce a motion to adjourn
the meeting and reconviene it in New York.
    Through 1988, the company's annual meetings were held in Manhattan.
At the last session in New York, several shareholders complained about the
company's high executive salaries and perks and the use of the corporate jet.
    Ash said yesterday that more shareholders could attend if Commodore's
meetings were held in the United States, since that is where most of its
shareholders live.
    "You're holding it in Nassau because you don't want" shareholders to
come, he charged.
    Commodore's chief financial officer, Ron Alexander, asked Ash to make
his comments in the question period after official business.
    But Ash persisted, saying: "No one is able to attend the meeting in
the middle of nowhere."
    Ash, a perennial thorn in Commodore's side, has in the past complained
about management's high salaries, a private jet used to ferry Gould back
and forth to the United States and stock options granted to Gould and
company president Medhi Ali for a penny apiece.
    "I've come to Nassau at great expense because I'm a shareholder," Ash
    Gould retorted that it was appropriate to schedule the meeting in the
Bahamas: "Are we a Bahamian company?"
    Commodore has its headquarters in Nassau, although its North American
base, as well as the company's financial and research operations, are in
West Chester.
    The location it lists as its Bahamian headquarters actually is the
office of its registered agent, Ernst & Young, on the third floor of a
small pink ofice building called Sassoon House.  About 1,000 companies
represented by firms in the building are listed in the lobby.
    "Just one employee of Commodore is located in the Bahamas," said
Paul Clark, an Ernst & Young partner.
    When Ash persisted in speaking, Alexander asked him to "leave
peacefully" or be "physically ejected."  Then, two guards appeared and
Ash was led from the room.
    Gould later apologized to shareholders for "what happened earlier."
    In meeting business, Mike Levin, president of the Philadelphia Amiga
Users Group and a student at Drexel University who paid $500 to get to the
meeting, said he was representing the "lifeblood of the company -- its
actual customers."  He told Commodore executives that rivals were "catching
up" to Amiga's technology, which has made the computer popular with computer
hackers and graphic artists.
    Gee and several other shareholders told company officials that they
were concerned Commodore was not adequately promoting its personal computers
in the United States, where it has consistently been losing money and market
share.  At the same time, it has been enjoying stellar sales and profits
in Europe, particularly in Germany, where it is second only to IBM in PC
sales.  Overseas sales made up 85 percent of Commodore's $1 billion in
revenues in fiscal 1991, which ended June 30.
    While Gould conceded that rivals had gained on the Amiga, he said they
had yet to match it in price compared with performance.
    Gould and Ali said they were frustrated in not being able to crack the
North American market.  In the year ended June 30, the firm had a loss of
$24.7 million in the United States on sales of $192.8 million.  In the
prior year, its North American operation lost $17.7 million on sales of
$259 million.
    With European and other operations included, it had profits of $48.2
million on sales of $1.05 billion in fiscal 1991, and $1.5 million on sales
of $887.3 million in fiscal 1990.



The following is the interesting portions of article on Commodore in the
December 2nd issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer (their copyright):

Business Section - Page D1


By Valerie Reitman
Inquirer Staff Writer

    NASSAU, Bahamas -- Dan Hess flew from Bellefontaine, Ohio, last week
to an annual shareholders meeting in the Bahamas with one question for
the directors of Commodore International Ltd.
    Why wasn't the company advertising its Amiga computer, which he
thinks is fantastic, more heavily in the United States?  Such commercials
could show the machine's capabilities -- from word processing to video
games to animation.
    "We could crush Nintendo," Hess, whose family owns about 2,000 shares
of Commodore, told company directors.  "Commodore needs its name stamped
    Irving Gould, the company's chairman, acknowledged his frustration
in getting dealers to stock and promote the product.
    "We've gone on several advertising campaigns," Gould said.  "If we
took spot ads every 15 minutes on every station, if we don't have store-
fronts and product distribution, it still wouldn't make any difference.
It's no good -- it's the chicken and the egg."
    Indeed, while Commodore is second only to IBM in personal-computer
sales in Europe, how to crack the North American market is a problem
that has vexed Commodore for years as it competes with top sellers such
as IBM, Apple and Compaq and the IBM clones.
    Although many of Commodore's computer users are zealous -- in fact,
some live up to Gould's term, fanatic -- the West Chester company
can't seem to get much of a hold in the biggest and most lucrative market
in the world: the United States.  It reaped 85 percent of its fiscal 1991
sales of $1.04 billion in Europe.


    Commodore president Mehdi Ali hinted that the company was working on
a "new generation" of Amigas to come out in the next 18 months -- and
indicated that the company might make a bigger push then.
    "We don't have critical mass" now, Ali said.  "With the next generation
of Amiga, we will make a big push. We can't flog something we've been
flogging for four years in the same way."
    "I constantly get letters from users," Gould said.  "I don't call them
users, I call them fanatics.  With all those letters, I wish somebody would
tell us how" to sell computers in North America.
    Gould and Ali declined to answer questions after the meeting about the
"new generation" of products.


    International Data Corp., a market research firm, says Commodore
controls 12.4 percent of the personal-computer market in Europe, slightly
behind IBM's 12.7 percent.  Apple's Macintosh computer was way behind
with 5.2 percent, Compaq with 4.6 percent and Oivetti with 6.2 percent.


    Still, Stahlman believes that Commodore's North American division
will soon return to profitability.  But he believes that it will "return
to its roots" and that its "new generation" of products will emphasize
the lower-end Amiga 500, which it sells through mass merchandisers.
    Such a strategy disturbs users of the high-end Amiga machines,
which Commodore sells through dealers.
    Ethan Solomita, a Columbia University computer-science major who
called himself an "Amiga fan who's trashing the company," said users
who exchange information on computer "bulletin boards" complain about
what they see as the dwindling technological lead of the Amiga line
over rivals IBM and Apple.  "Everyone is fearful that if they don't
put money in the Amiga, it will just not compete.
    "Now, IBM has begun catching up technologically, and Amiga's not
keeping pace," Solomita said.  "The operating system and graphics are
catching up, and the prices are dropping.  Today, the Macintosh is
starting to become comparably priced, and clones are well under Amiga's
    The users and shareholders, such as Dan Hess, complain about Ali's
and Gould's salaries.  Gould earned $1.75 million, while Ali earned
$2.4 million.  Gould in 1989 was granted 350,000 options, while Ali
was given 120,000 shares in the last fiscal year atop 300,000 options
given previously.
    John Akers, chairman of International Buesiness Machines Corp.,
which has 50 times Commodore's sales, made $2 million in salary in 1990.
    "I wish he [Gould] would take some money out of his wallet and put
it into marketing." Hess said.
    There was even talk among users of a grass-roots movement of
Commodore computer owners to buy shares of stock and gain a controlling
interest in the company.  Since Gould owns 20 percent of the shares,
that's kind of a pie-in-the-sky idea.
    One shareholder, Edward Gee of Havertown, who attended the meeting
in Nassau said that he requested a list of shareholders from Commodore
last summer, but that the company would not provide it.


Commodore International Limited has announced that during the month of
November, unit sales of the Amiga computer line has reached the three
million mark.

Shipments of the Amiga computer product line began in September, 1985. 
Sales reached the one million mark in March, 1989, three and one-half
years after introduction.  The two million mark was reached one and
one-half years later in November, 1990.  With increasing unit sales,
Commodore has now reached the three million mark in twelve months.


CompuServe user Pat Beaulieu is reporting that the floppy disk drive in his
Amiga 3000 will format high-density disks out to 1.6 Mb under OFS and 1.74 Mb
under FFS.

He reports that an "info" command reports the drives with double the normal
space free and that Quarterback recognizes the disks as 2 Mb floppies.

Pat reports that his A3000 was purchased 8 to 9 months ago and that nothing
special is required to format the larger disks, except the larger disks

Commodore, of course, denies the existance of any such drive.

The following explanation for the technology was given by a [CIS] resident

"Yes, the technology does exist.  Since there appears to be at least one such
unit out there, I will tell you that it works by slowing down the drive to half
the speed.  In this manner the custom chips are able to handle the transfer
rate of the larger amount of data stored on the track (twice the amount in this
case).  It looks at the HD hole to decide when to do this operation so... IF
you have been using some HD diskettes and formatted them on the normal drives
and then attempt to read it on one of these new technology drives you will not
be able to do so.  BTW, this will certainly break any software out there that
ASSUMED that a floppy was only 880K instead of querying the drive as it is
supposed to."

[Ed. -- Okay, everybody.  Get out them high priced floppies and check it


The November 25th issue of PC Week is reporting that Commodore is
readying the CDTV/P add-on kit for CDTV players.  The kit contains
a keyboard, mouse and floppy disk drive and will be priced in the
$300 range.

The CDTV/P add-on kit is being billed as a kit that will turn a
consumer-electronics protuct (CDTV) into a full-fledged computer.


The following message was posted on CompuServe by Michael Gerard.

Hi folks:

I just spoke with Consultron about their new product for BridgeBoard
users called "Ambassador".  They indicated that the product should be
available sometime in January.

Of interest to A3000 Bridgeboard users, they said they are struggling
with having their product allow booting the bridgeboard from an Amiga
drive.  The problem they are having is that a new version of the Janus
software is expected from CBM R-S-N, and they don't know if that would
break their software's ability to offer this booting feature.  Boy, 
wouldn't it be nice?!

Consultron is quite aware that A3000 users have to do a bit of hacking
with drives to fit their computers with BB's, so they are taking this
feature very seriously.

I asked Consultron if they would mind posting an information text here
in the AmigaUser forum but they said that they don't have a CIS account.
I told them that if they created such a text file, I would be glad to
post it for them, and forward back any responses to them.  Let's see if
they ge me that text.

As far as upgrades go, they said while it has not been finalized, it
looked like Cross-Dos users would be able to upgrade for the difference
between Cross-Dos ($40 list) and Ambassador ($79.95 list) or around $39.95.

Here's how the features list reads from the ad in .info/Dec:
from the BridgeBoard:

    o   Directly access the Amiga-connected floppy drives as MS-DOS drives
        from within most MS-DOS programs.

    o   Receive up to a 100 times speed increase when using our version
        of the PC virtual hard drive partitions.

from the Amiga:

    o   Access MS-DOS formatted media using the same features as our
        five star rated product CrossDos.

    o   Access BridgeBoard created virtual hard drive partitions (such
        as MakeAB and JLink files).



Central Coast Software is pleased to announce a new version of Quarterback,
the best selling hard disk backup program for the Amiga.  Quarterback 5.0
adds several new features and enhancements, including:

~  Integrated streaming tape support.  Quarterback has built-in support for
streaming tape drives, no additional software or device drivers are necessary.

~  Compression.  Quarterback can optionally compress the data being backed up,
requiring fewer floppies (or smaller tapes) for the backup.

~  Backup and restore to a file.  Rather than doing direct-access to floppy or
tape drives, Quarterback can optionally backup to an AmigaDOS file, so you can
use Quarterback as a general-purpose archiving tool.

~  Password protection and encryption.  You can optionally protect your backups
with a password -- the data will be encrypted and unusable by anyone but the
password owner.

~  New "3-D" user interface.  Quarterback has a completely revamped 3-D user
interface, and now is even easier to use than before.

~  Increased performance.  Unbelievably, Quarterback is now even faster!

~  AREXX and Workbench 2.0 support.  Quarterback now has an AREXX port and can
be fully controlled through the AREXX system.  Additionally, Quarterback
supports a number of new features in Workbench 2.0.

Several other improvements have been made to Quarterback, such as support for
up to four floppy drives, increased file selection versatility, and more.

Quarterback 5.0 will be available in January 1992, and will have a suggested
retail price of $75.00.  Upgrades from previous versions will be made available
at a reasonable cost, details on upgrading will be made available at a later

James Bayless
Central Coast Software
A division of New Horizons Software, Inc.


SID 2.0
The following message was posted on Timm's BBS (Deep C) about SID 2.0, a
very popular file utility program.

There are bad months, and then there are bad months...        11/29/91

As most of you know, I spent the end of the summer travelling alot.  On my
last trip to New York (what an awesome city), I became violently ill. I was
so sick that I was vomiting constantly and passing out.  Upon my return to
Cincinnati, I went to the hospital and was diagnosed as having a bacterial
virus.  They sent me home, but two days later I was back, and they admitted
me and started me on heavy IV's.  I spent over a week in the hospital, and
another three weeks at home in bed.  I returned to work on November 4th --
my birthday -- a month and a day after becoming ill.

In November I've been on full physical restriction--go to work, go home, and
go to bed.  But on Monday the 25th I saw my doctor and he gave me the okey-
dokey:  the infection is completely gone, and I can slowly resume my normal
life.  I've lost 15 pounds and my muscles have begun to atrophy, but 
hopefully I should be back in the swing of things in no time.  I'm still
experiencing vein problems -- the IV's were so harsh that they damaged the
veins in my left arm -- but other than some pain and blood clots for the
next few months, it shouldn't present much of a problem. So now the magic
question...how's SID?  

I have managed to invest another 100 hours in SID this month (amazing what
happens when you have no social life), where I've fixed almost every bug
reported to me by my beta testers, I've rewritten it to be easily translated
into any language (German, French, Italian, etc), I've finished the colors
and most of the buttons, and all I have left is the menu editor and the docs.
I've learned enough not to make any more promises--something always seems to
come up when I do--but I should be cashing the checks very soon, if that's a
hint.  I'm also making some changes in how SID will be distributed, how much
it will cost, etc., but for those of you who have already sent me your check
and are waiting (im)patiently, don't worry, you're covered.  All I can is say
thanks to those of you who have supported me.  I know I have taken quite a
beating on the boards, and even some of my trusted beta testers have turned
against me.  It's a shame considering how hard I've worked on SID.  I just
hope all this is worth it in the end.

--Timm -----------------------------------------



     "Since the release of the Migraph Hand Scanner, we have been searching
 for  an OCR Solution that would meet Migraph's high quality and
 performance standards", state Migraph president Kevin Mitchell.  "Migraph
 OCR is the result of a joint development effort between Migraph and a top
 developer of OCR software on UNIX based systems.  The combination of the
 OCR engine and Migraph's interface provides a powerful, yet easy to use
     "Perhaps a better indication of our commitment to the ST market can be
 measured by the emergence of Migraph OCR, The Omnifont based OCR product.
 You will not find any of the leading PC Software giants rushing to spend
 thousands of dollars, and several man-years to port a $500 OCR package to
 the Atari. Nor has any developer for the ST made the large upfront cash
 investment necessary to bring Omnifont technology to the ST.
     Well, just like you, we at Migraph got tired of waiting. So we forged
 a strategic alliance with an OCR Omnifont engine developer. Together, we
 are bringing their mature UNIX OCR engine coupled with our intuitive
 interface to the ST market. The cost to Migraph has been substantial. We
 have focused our complete financial and manpower resources on this
 project.  We've done this knowing that your satisfaction and word of mouth
 recommendation would generate years of sales as we continue to support and
 improve the product."

     Optical Character Recognition is the process of using software to
 recognize text characters that have been scanned into the computer.  The
 end result is an ASCII file which can be loaded into a word processor or
 desktop publishing programs.


     Migraph OCR uses Omnifont Technology, widely recognized as the leading
 technology for OCR products.  Omnifont technology enables the program to
 recognize characters based on mathematical definitions rather than a set
 pattern.  This greatly increases the speed of the application as well as
 its accuracy.

     "Having the Omnifont engine makes this a quality product.  Adding
 'Intelligence' makes it a superior product" states Kevin Mitchell. 
 "Trainable OCR programs have the capacity to learn new symbols aided by
 the user.  Migraph OCR uses lexicons and linguistic dictionaries to help
 recognize characters, so that fewer characters are presented for
 identification by the user.  The end result is quicker and better
 character recognition and a more satisfied user."
 Migraph OCR includes these additional features:

     = Directly supports the Migraph and Golden Image Hand Scanners
     = Loads IMG and TIFF files
     = Defines text and graphic areas; saves out text as ASCII files and
       saves graphics in TIFF or IMG format.
     = Includes four different linguistic databases: English, French,      
       German and Dutch.
     = Allows the user to create dictionaries for multipage documents that
       have the same type of characters (mathematical, Greek, etc.)
     = Easy to use interface.


 Migraph OCR will run on any Atari ST, Mega, STe or TT system with 2mb ram
 and a hard disk drive.
 Migraph OCR will be available this December through normal distribution
 channels as well as direct from Migraph.  The suggested retail price is

 For additional Information:
                               MIGRAPH INC.
                          200 South 333rd Street
                                 Suite 220
                          Federal Way, WA  98003
                           1-206-838-4637 voice
                            1-206-838-4702 Fax

[Ed. -- Yes, I know this is an Atari announcement.  Migraph is planning on
        having an Amiga version out in January or 1992.]



                       Product Information Sheet
                          December 1st, 1991

Black Belt Systems is pleased to present a totally new type of tool for
the Amiga series of computers. This new tool is called "NoteBook", and
the name says it all. What we have done here is to provide a
replacement for the tired old notebook on your desk; and pump it up
with enough "pizzaz" so that it's actually fun to use.

NoteBook never runs out of paper; and throwing away sheets doesn't
waste material and money. It's an object oriented system, and that
means that those drawings you've been making in the margins will be
easier to do, and better looking to boot!

Look at these features:

    - Three types of paper: Lined, graph and blank
    - Switchable grid on a per-page basis
    - Fully supports labelled TABs on any page
    - Change TAB label, move, add, delete or change TAB color anytime
    - Use Multiple fonts in text
    - Any number of pages per sections per notebook without slowing down
    - object oriented; Wonderful drawing tools including
        * Freehand (filled, unfilled, open, closed, colored, outlined)
        * Rectangle (filled, unfilled, colored, outlined)
        * Ellipse (filled, unfilled, colored, outlined)
        * Polygons (filled, unfilled, open, closed, colored, outlined)
        * Polyarcs (filled, unfilled, open, closed, colored, outlined)
        * Arcs (filled, unfilled, open, closed, colored, outlined)
        * Text (colored)
        * Text Highlighter (multiple pens)
    - Reposition any object after it's been drawn
    - Reposition any object WHILE it is being drawn!
    - Change object color, outline, size, aspect etc after it has been drawn
    - Group and Ungroup objects to any level
    - Change paper style at any time - even with a full page!
    - Import and Export text and IFF
    - Text Search capability
    - Complete "clipboard" for cut, copy and paste of objects between pages
    - Multi-level UnDo, single level ReDo
    - Color printer support
    - Flip pages without waiting for them to draw
    - Quick page marking with "paperclips"
    - Extremely efficient - tiny notebook files!
    - "Sleeps" on your WorkBench for instant availability
    - Nice to look at, fun to use.


Our NoteBook is the perfect replacement for the ones you've been
using until now. The speed and convenience of computer manipulation
of notebook pages and sections has to be experienced to be appreciated.
Until now, if you made a note days ago, you had to struggle to find it.
Now it can be kept in it's own little section, and you can flip there
instantly - or, put a "paperclip" on the page, and use the go to next
and previous paperclip operations to find those "special" notes.

Since NoteBook can "sleep" on your WorkBench, it's always available at
the press of a mousebutton; handy doesn't begin to describe the feeling.

This is not a text editor. It's not a DTP system. It's not a paint
program. It's not a CAD system. It's not any of those - yet, it is more
than all of them combined - it has only one drawback over a desktop
based "real" notebook, and that is "you can't take it with you". The
fact is, most often you don't need to. Most notes are taken at the
desk, with the general intent of getting around to dealing with the
task or information later. NoteBook was designed with that idea firmly
in mind.

If you need to use what you've put in your notebook somewhere else, IFF
image export, printer output and text export make it easy. You can even
use NoteBook pages with our ClickFAX system and send them to others as
fax documents!

This is the perfect tool for the busy Amiga user; and it's the perfect
"stocking stuffer" for this Christmas. Everyone is always saying they
have trouble buying things... "They've already got one of THOSE"... but
not this time - because there is NOTHING like NoteBook!


System requirements:

    - 1 megabyte of memory
    - AmigaDOS 1.3 or 2.0

System Recommendations:

    - 1 megabyte or more of memory (some fast memory suggested)
    - Deinterlacer or Flicker-Fixer (runs in interlace mode only)


    - $39.95 suggested retail


    - December 1st, 1991

Call (800) TK-AMIGA or (406) 367-5513 to place your order;
     (800) 852-6442

Call (406) 367-5509 between 2pm and 4pm M.S.T. for technical questions.

Black Belt Systems
398 Johnson Road
Glasgow, MT 59230

NoteBook is Copyright (c) 1991 Black Belt Systems, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
under the Pan-American Conventions.


Carina Software is pleased to announce the availability of Voyager, the
Dynamic Sky Simulator for the Amiga. 

Voyager is a full featured planetarium program and a full featured sky
simulation program.  The feature list is far too long to post here, but if you
would like a flyer, call or write Carina Software, 830 Williams St., San
Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 352-7332.  The major advantages of this program are 1)
high performance (from 2-30 times that of competitors), 2) advanced features
such as a conjunction search, a plot of Jupiter's Galilean moons, or showing
the paths of spacecraft(i.e. Voyager II), 3) animations are fast enough to be
shown within the program and do not require another program to play back a
special file, 4) Data Extensions with stars to mag 9.5 and over 4000 deep sky
objects, and 5) an easy and intuitive user interface with which users are
extremely pleased.

Voyager has been shipping for almost 2 months and is now available in many
software stores.

                     Charles at Carina


RAD Moose, NewTek's online representative on CompuServe is no longer with
NewTek.  He will be replaced on CompuServe by James Hebert of NewTek's
Support Department.  

AM-Report wishes RAD best of luck in whatever path he chooses.

RAD Moose can be reached by U.S. Snail at:

       RAD Moose
       1621 Old Castle Place
       Westlake Village, California 91361-1528


The following message was posted by RAD Moose, NewTek's online representative
on CompuServe [see above note]:

       To the best of my knowledge, all of the incompatibilites with the
revised Denise chip should be taken care of in the 2.0 release of the Video
Toaster.  The 2.0 Video Toaster should also work fine under 2.0 AmigaDOS/WB.
Currently, NewTek does not support the Video Toaster in the A3000.  I am not
sure of future products.


The Federal Communications Commission issued more than 100 notices to Comdex
vendors for exhibiting equipment not yet authorized by the commission as
meeting its technical standards.

Violators could be subject to $75,000 in administrative fines or criminal
fines of as much as $100,000.


In a survey conducted of North American companies and government agencies,
two viruses -- the Stoned and Jerusalem viruses -- caused more than 50
percent of computer virus infections.


Richard G. Wittman, Jr. of Denver, Colorado has admitted breaking into a
NASA computer system.  He has plead guilty to one felony count of altering
information -- a password -- inside a federal computer.

In a plea bargain, the government dropped six similar counts against Wittman
and has agreed to seek a lighter sentence than the $250,000 fine and upto
five years in prison recommended.

It took Wittman less than two hours to break into NASA's computer system.
He accessed over 118 different systems on the computer and successfully
made himself a "super user" with the ability to read other people's
electronic mail and files.

It took NASA nearly 300 hours to track Wittman and about 100 hours to
rewrite the software to prevent a recurrance.


IBM confirmed that it will be eliminating about 20,000 jobs this year.  In
similar announcements, IBM Canada said it will cut 2,000 jobs and IBM
Australia will reduce it's workforce by 25 percent in 1992.


Apple Computer, Sony Corp. and Motorola Inc. intend to jointly develop
multimedia personal computers by the end of 1993.  The three firms are
also expected to ask IBM, Toshiba, matsushita and AT&T to join them in
the development deal.


                             COMMENTARY ON NEWTEK

I've been receiving more of NewTek's hate mail lately.  It seems that the
December '91 issue of Computer Shopper had an article in the "NOW in the
Channel" section on the Toaster.

The article was describing the new Toaster Workstations and how they will
interface to a Mac or a PC.  The two main items that have really irritated
people are the statements that "no host computer" is needed for the Toaster
and that it is "NewTek designed".

I'm not certain if "NewTek" designed was a direct quote from NewTek or just
Computer Shopper's creative writing.  I think it is a combination of both.

The following rumors are floating around the Amiga community:

1) Commodore is unhappy with the situation with NewTek and is trying to
   harass them.  The "holiday prices" on A2000s and A2000HDs was not only
   a ploy to sell A2000s, but to undercut NewTek's Workstations.  At the
   current pricing levels (A2000 = $999; A2000HD = $1,295) any Joe off of
   the street can purchase an Amiga for less than NewTek under their OEM/VAR

2) NewTek's price raise on the Toaster was in effect a way to stop customers
   from undercutting NewTek by buying Amigas and Toaster cards.

3) The $3,995 price on the Toaster Workstation is the absolute minimum that
   NewTek can charge under an agreement with Commodore.

Again, those are rumors and noone on either side will confirm or deny any
of them.  Take them as you will, but remember the following...

1) If Commodore *is* upset, they have noone to blame but themselves.  *They*
   signed the OEM/VAR agreement with NewTek and if NewTek was violating that
   agreement, CBM would cut off their supply of Amigas.  They haven't, so
   either CBM isn't mad or NewTek is playing fair by the rules CBM set up --
   and beating CBM at their own game.

2) NewTek is pumping the sales figures and installed base of Amigas, making 
   it more attractive as a supported platform for software developers.  NewTek
   is also pumping $$ into Commodore's coffers.  $$ talks.

On the good side, NewTek is claiming that Toasters are used by the following

1) President Bush's staff uses the Toaster nightly to edit and prepare the news
   broadcasts for his viewing.

2) The U.S. embassy in Moscow requested that one be shipped to the Soviet
   capital during the August coup so that video tapes of the event could be
   edited with convenience and speed.

3) Both MTV and VH1 have Toaster Workstations.

4) Multiple artists, including Herby Hancock and Laurie Anderson, have
   employed it to create recent videos.

5) Musician Todd Rundgren has not only used the Toaster to create a video,
   "Change Myself," but has gone so far as to found a new production company
   called Nutopia, starring the Video Toaster.

6) The popular televsion series, Unsolved Mysteries. In a special UFO episode,
   scheduled to air during the '91, '92 season, the Video Toaster features
   Lightwave (a 3-D animation rendering device) and Toaster Paint to generate
   special effects.  [Ed. -- I think I saw this one!  It had interviews with
   George Lazar and John Lear.  A couple months ago, it was.]

The Toaster has gained more unsolicited press, from a wider variety of sources
than any other computer product in history.

Amiga News, a newspaper-like publication out of Peterborough, NH ($.75/copy)
has an interview with two of the Toaster's designers.  From what they said,
it is about 2/5 done.  Future upgrades (software activation of idle hardware)
will make each previous Toaster incarnation look like an electronic Etch-A-

For those interested in helping "correct" the oversites of such magazines as
Computer Shopper, I suggest a short letter.  DO NOT write "poison-pen" notes
or angry letters.  Simply point out that in their article (include the issue,
article title and page number) they had an misleading item.  Tell them that
the Toaster is an expansion card for the Amiga; a Toaster Workstation is a
Toaster-equipped Amiga 2000 relabeled by NewTek under an OEM agreement with
Commodore; and a Toaster Workstation/30 is an Amiga 2000 equipped with a
Toaster and a GVP 68030 accelerator which has been relabeled by NewTek under
the same OEM agreement.  Short, polite letters get printed.  Nasty letters
get trashed.

For more information on the product, contact NewTek, Inc, 215 S.E. Eights St.,
Topeka, KS 66603; 1-800-843-8934 or (913) 354-1146; FAX: (913)354-1584. For
dealer inquiries call (612) 881-2862.


                         AMI-EXPO ART & VIDEO CONTEST

The  AmiEXPO  Art  and  Video  Contest will be judged during
AmiEXPO - West Coast,  February  14-16,  1992, being held on The
Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.  The contest categories
and prizes are listed below.

Commercial Video
1st Place - A Video Toaster from NewTek, Inc.
2nd Place - Pixel 3D 2.0 from Axiom Software
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

Commercial Still
1st Place - A Dozen Photographic Print Transfers from ASDG, Inc.
2nd Place - Art Department Professional from ASDG, Inc.
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

Mixed Media Video
1st Place - A ChromaKey from MicroSearch
2nd Place - ShowMaker from Gold Disk, Inc.
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

Two Dimensional Image
1st Place - A Impact Vision 24 from Great Valley Products
2nd Place - DesignWorks from New Horizons
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

Three Dimensional Image
1st Place - An 68040 Accelerator from Great Valley Products
2nd Place - Vista Pro from Virtual Reality Laboratories
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

Mixed Media Image
1st Place - DCTV from Digital Creations, Inc.
2nd Place - RasterLink  from Active Circuits, Inc.
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

1st Place - A SupraDrive Removable Syquest Drive from Supra Corp.
2nd Place - Imagine from Impulse, Inc.
3rd Place - A One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine

All first, second and third prize winners will receive a
certificate to be presented at a ceremony during AmiEXPO as well
as a One Year Subscription to AmigaWorld Magazine.  The work of
the first, second, and third prize winners will be displayed in a
special section of the AmiEXPO Theatre during each AmiEXPO.

Judges for the show will be selected from the wide pool of
computer/fine arts faculty members from the art/media institutes,
colleges and universities.

For official rules and entry blank:

AmiEXPO Art/Video Competition
465 Columbus Avenue, Suite 285
Valhalla, NY  10595

 Rules for the Fourth Annual AmiEXPO Art and Video Contest

1.	All submissions must have been created using Commodore Amiga
Computers.  Images created using other systems are not

2.	Categories for the Art and Video Contest are Two Dimensional
Image, Three Dimensional Image, Mixed Media Image, Animation,
Mixed Media Video, Commercial Still and Commercial Video.  For
the purposes of the contest, a Mixed Media Image is one that uses
either a mixture of digitized and "painted" or rendered elements
or a digitized image that has been subjected to image processing
techniques. Artwork, Photographs or Video frames that have been
merely digitized and saved on disk are not acceptable. Mixed
Media Video uses both moving video images and computer generated
animation, graphics, digital effects and/or text.  Entry into the
commercial categories is limited to those stills and videos
created for the trade.  Videos that have merely been verbatim
captioned using the Amiga are not acceptable.  Animation entrants
should be aware that entries which a story and make use of some
kind of audio, whether it be music, narration or sound effects or
any combination of the three, have the best chance of winning.

3.	Deadline for submissions is January 21, 1992.  Any artist
may send entries in all categories. Artists may send three images
as entries to the Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, Digitized
Image and Commercial Still categories. Artists may send one entry
to the Animation, Mixed Media and Commercial Video categories.
The still images should be submitted on disk. Animations and
videos should be submitted on 3/4" videotape. Each set of
submissions to any category must be sent on a separate disk or
tape. So, for example, someone wishing to send entries to all
categories would submit four disks (with three images each) and
three videotapes. Submissions will not be returned unless
accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped mailer. AmiEXPO cannot
be held responsible for these submissions.  All submissions must
be accompanied by an official entry form.  Duplicate the form
below for additional entries.

4.	The winners of the contest will be announced at AmiEXPO -
West Coast, February 14-16, 1992.  AmiEXPO reserves the right to
use the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning entries in all categories
in promotional materials and journalistic coverage of the March
1991 show and contest and all future Expo's and contests. AmiEXPO
also reserves the right to include entries into the regular
AmiEXPO Theatre presentation. Artists retain their copyrights.

5.	Prizes are awarded solely on artistic merit as determined by
the judges.  The decision of the judges is final.  If judges are
unable to determine a suitable winner in a category, they may
elect to omit awarding a winner in that category.  All prizes may
not be awarded.

6.  Send entries to:
			Steve Jacobs 
			AmiEXPO Art & Video Contest
			25 Andrews Memorial Drive, CPU 2
			Rochester, NY 14623

AmiEXPO Art Contest Entry Form

Name:	________________________________________________
Address:	________________________________________________
Phone:	________________________________________________

Category:	__2 Dimensional	__3 Dimensional	__Mixed Media Image
(One	Per	__Animation		__Mixed Media Video	__Commercial Image
Form)		__Commercial Video

Title of Piece/Pieces:	________________________________________________

Hardware and Software used to produce the piece/pieces:

By signing this form I understand that AmiEXPO assumes no
responsibility for the material I send them. I also understand
that AmiEXPO reserves the right to use the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
winning entries in all categories in promotional materials and
journalistic coverage of the February 1992 AmiEXPO Art Contest
and all future Expo's and contests. AmiEXPO also reserves the
right to include entries into the regular AmiEXPO Theatre

Signature:	________________________________________________  
Date:  		________________________________________________


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