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 1. Quest 5.0 for Windows: Unprecented Interactive Power and Flexibility
    to Multimedia Authoring Systems
  
 2. Microsoft Gets Serious about Fun in Windows "Chicago"
  
 3. Midisoft Launches Localized Software Products in Europe
  
 4. Commodore Hits the Financial Buffers
  
 5. AmigaWorld Reinforces Position of Strong Support in Market
  
 6. New Viper Pro: Accelerated 1280x1024 True Color Graphics and Video
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                            Quest 5.0 for Windows
                            ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                      Unprecented Interactive Power and
  ___             Flexibility to Multimedia Authoring Systems
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| |_| |               Salt Lake City, US -- May 1, 1994
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|_| |_|llen Communication of Salt Lake City, Utah, introduced a Windows version

of its Quest Multimedia Authoring System(TM) this summer. For ten years the DOS

version of Quest has been the de facto standard for interactive multimedia
trainers and educators developing on the DOS platform. Quest 5.0 for Windows
builds on the power of its DOS counterpart with an all-new user interface and a

breakthrough system design that promises developers the flexibility to move
beyond typical boundaries and create in their own style.
  
"Quest 5.0 is far more than a conversion to the Windows platform," said Rex 
Allen, president of Allen Communication. "This is a fundamentally new approach.

It is designed from the ground up to harness the power of Windows and to bring
greater interactive power within the reach of more developers -- whether they
are creating training, entertainment titles or educational courses."
  
A fully integrated authoring system, Quest 5.0 is designed for developers at 
all levels. All multimedia tasks that are frequently used are availbale at the
entry level. Developers work from WYSIWYG displays and floating toolbars to
assemble graphics, text, audio, video motion, buttons, and animations, or to
set up branching and interactions. Non-programmers can design and create 
dynamic titles and courses with Quest. At the same time, skilled programmers 
will not be inhibited either. All the power of "C" programming code is embedded

in the system.
  
Flexibility at Design and Frame Levels
  
Quest 5.0 is the only authoring system that gives developers the flexibility to

author at both the Design and Frame levels.
  
At the Design level, developers can make big-picture decisions about flow, 
overall structure, and interactions. Working with postage-stamp presentations 
of actual frames, developers have an immediate view of how the title content 
looks and how it links together. This not only encourages sound design, but 
reduces the mistakes that are made when developers are forced to work at a 
micro level too soon.
  
At the Frame level, developers work from the inside of the frame, viewing the 
screens exactly as the end-user will see them. Quest 5.0 offers a true WYSIWYG
environment. All funcitons of the system can be accessed without exiting to
outside editors. Graphics, audio/video options, controls, interactions,
branching, and animations are all built into the system.
  
"Our experience as a development house is reflacted strongly in this product,"
Allen said. "Developers who see and use Quest 5.0 will instantly recognize it
as a tool created by developers for developers."
  
Live Objects Bring Unprecedented Interactive Power
  
Quest 5.0 provides unlimited possibilities for interactivity because every 
object is a "smart" object. Developers and users can "talk to" and modify 
object properties during both development and runtime. Once a "smart" ogject 
has been named, it comes alive. Developers can select actions and conditions 
for it, request data from it, and even let the end-user manipulate it.
  
"'Smart' objects are the heart of Quests's interactive power. These aren't just

display tricks, but true independent objects with a life of their own. This
feature alone shatters previous limitations on multimedia interactivity. True
'smart' objects bring high-level interactivity within the reach of every 
developer," Allen said.
  
Windows Quest includes an embedded authoring language called "Quest C," which 
makes all the power of "C" programming language available within the system. 
Using the "Quest C Coach," non-programmers can select options from dialogue 
boxes to create C-syntax code. Witout entering a line of code, they can access
programming functions, variables, and command statements to control and
manipulate "smart" objects. These features give non-programmers more access to
programming power than ever before available in an authoring system. "C"
programs can be written and compiled without going to an external editor. By
blending "Quest C" programs with "smart" objects, developers have virtually
unlimited multimedia power. Plus, Quests extensible design allows developers to

create customized "smart" objects to meet their specific needs. Custom "C"
program templates can also be stored for repeated use.
  
FastTrack
  
With Quest's FastTrack feature, developers can quickly add their own content to

pre-built screen layouts, menus, templates, borders, buttons, question/answer
frames, and interactions -- even a whole series of pre-linked frames. Entire
interactions can literally be built in minutes. FastTrack not only cuts
start-up time for new users, it also allows experienced users to create and
store their own templates, layouts, and strategies for repeated use,
significantly speeding up production time.
  
Dynamic Librarian
  
Developers can manage all data from a dynamic-link librarian tool. All types of

data can be stored in the same library -- graphics, bitmaps, digital video 
(AVI) files, animations, audio files, buttons (such as media control panels, 
dials, and slide controls), scene designs, testing sequences, or even large 
sequences of frames within a title design. These items can then be quickly 
accessed and used repeatedly in a course or title without increasing its size.
  
Extensibility
  
Quest includes an extension manager, an easy-to-use tool that allows developers

to attach Windows DLL's, executables, and developer utilities to the Quest
Engine. Once attached, calls to these DLL's and programs are made directly from

within Quest frames and object lists. Developers who purchase third-party
database utlities, communication libraries, or custom objects can play them
directly in Quest.
  
More Productivity Features
  
A full-featured debugger traces all objects, interactions, and programs used 
within a title; it provides detailed, prescriptive feedback in message windows.

This helps developers quicky isolate and correct problems.
  
A smart-spots editor helps developers specify irregular or non-adjacent touch 
areas down to the pixel-level.
  
Several hundred special effect features such as 3-D, fade in and wipe out, can
be used with any visible object. Additionally, five types of animations (path,
cycle, bounce, drag, and file) are included in Quest.
  
Online help and documenation, tutorials, and pre-created management options for

controlling student logon or tracking performance are also included with the
package.
  
  
Quest 5.0 for Windows is priced at $3,995. There are no runtime fees or 
royalties. Significant education and quantity discounts are available. Customer

support is free.
  
  
A dynamic demonstration of Quest for DOS (not Windows) Version 4.2 is available

in the Multimedia RoundTable Library on GEnie Page 2000. It requires TWO files:

  
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 Number: 1016  Name: QUEST1.ZIP    (Disk 1 of 2)
 Approximate # of bytes: 1132800
  
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 Number: 1017  Name: QUEST2.ZIP    (Disk 2 of 2)
 Approximate # of bytes: 1189120
  
Description:
This is a GREAT DEMO of Quest, Allen Communication's full-featured Multimedia 
Authoring system for DOS. It demonstrated the fully integrated multimedia 
package that allows you to bring together text, graphics, animation, video, and

digitized audio to create dynamic interactive titles for both DOS and Windows.
Allen's new version, called Quest 5.0 for Windows, is expected to be available
in summer 1994 for $3,995 suggested retail. VGA graphics and mouse required.
Download both files and decompress them to high density floppy disks.
  
  
For more information about Quest for DOS or Windows, contact Allen 
Communication, Likeside Plaza II, 5225 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 
84116, telephone 801/537-7800, fax 801/537-7805.
  
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             Microsoft Gets Serious about Fun in Windows "Chicago"
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      Announces New Software, Support for Developers of Games for Windows
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|_|  |_|icrosoft Corporation announced its intention to make the Microsoft 
Windows operating system a great environment for computer games. At the 
Computer Game Developers Conference in Santa Clara this weekend, Microsoft 
announced it will deliver a new software library and other tools to make it 
easier for developers to create 32-bit games with fast graphics for existing 
and future versions of Windows. A developer's handbook entitled "Writing HOT 
Games for Microsoft Windows," the WinG software library, and information about
a CompuServe forum for developers were described at the conference.
  
"Microsoft is committed to delivering top-notch multimedia functionality in 
Windows," said Brad Chase, general manager of the personal operating systems 
division at Microsoft, "and games are one of the largest, most important 
categories of multimedia applications. Because of the installed base of more 
than 40 million Windows-based machines, the forthcoming 32-bit capabilities of
Microsoft Windows 'Chicago,' and the games tools we announced this weekend, we
believe the Windows family of operating systems offers great opportunities for
games developers to grow their businesses."
  
The most welcome news Microsoft delivered to games developers is about the 
tools for better graphics for existing Windows systems. Fast graphics are 
critical to dexterity-based computer games, and the WinG library makes graphics

speed and responsiveness dramatically better than was previously possible with
Windows and comparable to the MS-DOS operating system. To demonstrate WinG's
graphics performance, Microsoft and Id Software, maker of the popular
MS-DOS-based game Doom, showed a prototype of Windows-based version of Doom at
the conference.
  
According to Jay Wilbur, business manager of Id Software, the process of moving

to Windows was easy. "John Carmack, the chief architect of Doom, and others
ported the core Doom game in about two days, and boy, did it look good!" Wilbur

said. "We plan to have a full version of Windows ready for Christmas."
  
"The Windows-based PC is destined to become the primary information and 
entertainment device in the home," said Ron Whittier, senior vice president at
Intel Corporation. "The WinG library will help make Windows the premier 
platform for games."
  
New Capabilities for Games Coming in Windows "Chicago"
  
In addition to improved graphics speed, Windows offers compelling advantages to

game developers today, such as device independence and extended memory 
management services. Microsoft Windows "Chicago," the next major release of 
Microsoft Windows, will offer game developers even more capabilities because of

its 32-bit architecture.
  
According to Microsoft's Chase, the new WinG lets developers get started today
on great, fast games for Windows "Chicago," while also taking advantage of the
installed base of Windows and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 this year. He added
that Microsoft expects some developers to be interested in going directly to
Windows "Chicago" because it will enable them to create entirely new types of
games. "For example, the extra performance of the 32-bit architecture of
Windows "Chicago," as well as multithreading, networking and built-in support
for high-performance digital video, could add up to some dazzling multiplayer
games," said Chase.
  
"WinG performance, plus new features in Windows "Chicago," make Windows a great

computer-game environment," said David Stafford, president of Cinematronics.
  
Developer Support Scheduled in May
  
Microsoft plans to deliver tools to get developers started creating games for 
Windows:
  
 * The WinG library, which provides a portion of the fast graphics support
   of Windows "Chicago" under Windows 3.1. Game developers who use these
   libraries and the Win32 API set will be able to create fast 32-bit,
   256-color games that are compatible with both current and future releases
   of Windows. A beta release of the library is scheduled to be available
   by the end of May.
  
 * "Writing HOT Games for Microsoft Windows," a handbook that includes
   technical information and advice for game developers.
  
"WinG and the forum are the first step," said Chase. "We are looking forward to

a continuous dialogue with game developers that will help us make Windows the
platform developers want for great computer games."
  
More information about Microsoft's game efforts can be obtained in the 
Microsoft RoundTable on GEnie Page 505.
  
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software 
for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and 
services for business and personal use, each designed with a the mission of 
making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full 
power of personal computing every day.
  
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 _____      Midisoft Launches Localized Software Products in Europe
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  | |               Redmond, Washington -- April 15, 1994
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  | |
  |_|he rising demand for multimedia audio products in Europe has led Midisoft,

a multimedia music and entertainment software company, to distribute three of
their popular products localized for German, French, Italian, and Spanish
speaking countries. Dutch translations will also be available to OEM customers.

Localized versions of Studio for Windows, MIDI Kit with Recording Session, and
Sound Impression are expected to ship in Europe and North America During the
second quarter of 1994.
  
These products and others are readily available in North America.
  
Midisoft products give the user the ability to learn about, create, record, 
playback, print, or simply experiment with music and sound effects on their PC.

Midisoft's products are based on MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
and WAVE technologies which are industry standards for the audio components of
multimedia PCs.
  
Studio for Windows
  
Studio for Windows is aimed at the mainstream PC user with an interest in music

or multimedia. It is the first music software program that instantly displays
standard musical notation in real-time. It features both MIDI sequencing and
notation capabilities which give the PC user the ability to record, edit,
print, arrange, and play along with MIDI music.
  
Users can enter notes directly from a MIDI instrument or place notes onto 
staves using mouse and Studio's note tool box. Quantize and humanize commands 
provide nearly infinite degree of correction for rhythm. Advance functions 
include Loop, Punch, Splice Cut/Splice Paste, Step Play and Step Record to make

editing fast and easy. Record up to 32,000 tracks. Record and edit all types of

MIDI data including controller and pitch bend, program changes and aftertouch.
Studio for Windows supports up to 256 MIDI channels and includes MIDI Sync for
connections to SMPTE and FSK devices.
  
Studio for Windows was released in the U.S. in December of 1991 and is now 
widely distributed throughout North America. It lists for $249.95 (U.S.).
  
MIDI Kit with Recording Session
  
MIDI Kit with Recording Session is for the music enthusiast who wants to 
connect their PC sound card to a MIDI instrument and record what is played. The

product includes a universal MIDI adapter card and Recording Session for 
Windows, an easy-to-use MIDI music playback and recorder program. Together, 
they turn a PC into a multi-track MIDI recording studio that allows the user to

compose, record, and edit music in real time notation.
  
One end of the MIDI adapter cable connects to the joystick port on the sound 
card. The other end provides necessary MIDI In, Our, and Thru ports for 
connecting a MIDI instrument. A pair of MIDI cables is included. Suggested 
retail price is $119.95 (U.S.).
  
Sound Impression for Windows
  
Midisoft's Sound Impression for Windows is a software program that includes 
sound recording and production features such as a familiar stereo rack-mount 
look-and-feel interface that makes the product easy-to-use for both beginners 
and seasoned audio enthusiasts. Waveform audio data (WAV files) can be 
recorded, edited, mixed, and manipulated, then combined with MIDI files using a

"start-stop" feature for voice-overs.
  
Effects such as chorus, echo, flange and fades may be added using Sound 
Impression for Windows. Users can add music to voice tracks, embed voices into
spreadsheets, word processors and other OLE applications. A CD audio playback
interface is also included. Suggested retail price for Sound Impression is
$79.95 (U.S.).
  
Additional Midisoft Products Available in North America:
  
Music Mentor
  
Midisoft's Music Mentor with Recording Session for Windows is the only software

one needs to start learning and creating music on the PC. It is the first
computer-based music learning program to include a tutorial and a 
notation-based MIDI sequencer. Its animated tutorials provide a strong 
introduction to the basics of music notation and elements of music composition.

Examples are given of how these elements were aplied during five major
historical periods.
  
Music Mentor includes Midisoft Recording Session, an easy-to-use music playback

and recorder porgram which allows users to interact with sample songs, import
other MIDI files, or create their own original music. It is the ideal program
for the person who wants to learn the basics of music and MIDI. Suggested
retail price is $149.95 (U.S.).
  
MusicMagic Songbook
  
MusicMagic Songbook for Windows includes both the MusicMagic player and 
arranger, and the Songbook Library of over 100 songs in a wide range of styles.

Users can play music and sing along, or just look, listen, and learn since
music notation appears instantly as it is played.
  
With the help of Songbook Library, the stories and personalities behind each 
piece of music come to life. Users can look up background information of songs
along with lyrics. Music notation commands include delete, cut, copy, paste and

move notes. MusicMagic Songbook is retails for $49.95 on 3.5" media, and CD-ROM

for $39.95 (U.S.).
  
Multimedia Music Library
  
Midisoft Multimedia Library is a convenient source of high-quality, royalty- 
free music for use in multimedia productions. Fifteen libraries each contain a
main theme together with approximately 19 related variations and edits. Each
piece of music is optimized for both GM (extended-level) sound cards, and FM
(base-level) sound cards.
  
The floppy disks contain 175 Standard MIDI files organized in such a way as to
make it easy to select a main theme and related shorter peices. Each of the
original pieces on the disk has been professionally created and performed for
maximum sound quality and musical accuracy. The Library includes a MIDI 
Editor/Player utility. Multimedia Music Library retails for $79.95 (U.S.).
  
World of Music Sampler
  
The World of Music Sampler is a collection of 37 classical, pop, and jazz 
pieces (including drum patterns, ragtime, religious, patriotic, kits' tune and
Hollywood classics) stored on floppy disk in Standard MIDI File format. Each
piece of music is optimized for both GM (extended-level) and FM (base-level)
sound cards.
  
The Sampler is an ideal source of MIDI music for entertainment, education, or 
business, and may be used to enhance multimedia projects and desktop 
presentations. The included MusicMagic utility program lets users edit and 
remix any MIDI arrangement, and even create tunes by placing notes on the score

with the mouse. Suggested retail price is $24.95 (U.S.).
  
  
Midisoft Quick Reference Guide
  
                                                             Multi- World of
        Studio 4  Music Mentor  MIDI Kit  MusicMagic  Sound  Media    Music
        Windows    w/Rec.Ses.  w/Rec.Sess  Songbook  Impress Library Sampler
  
Play Back   *         *            *        *           *      *        *
Edit        *         *            *        *           *      *        *
Mix         *         *            *        *           *      *        *
Create      *         *            *        *           *      *        *
Learn About
 Music                *                     *
Learn Music
 History              *                     *
Real-Time
 Notation   *         *            *        *           *      *        *
 On-Screen
64th Note
 Resolution *
Song
 Library    *         *            *        *           *      *        *
Print Music *
Input from
 MIDI Instr *         *            *
Record/Edit
 WAV files                                              *
Play CD-
 Audio                                                  *
Integrate
 Audio                                                  *
Sync Audio                                              *
  
  
Screen captures from five Midisoft music products are available from the 
Multimedia/Cyberspace Libary:
  
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Number: 1018  Name: MIDISOFT.ZIP
Address: CYBERSPACE   Date: 940505
Approximate # of bytes: 152960
Number of Accesses: 2  Library: 1
Description:
This file contains five screen captures in GIF from Midisoft's award-winning 
line of music software for Windows. Each screen shows that program's GUI 
Graphical User Interface) and, in some cases, its standard music notation 
display. Midisoft's products range from serious MIDI composition to music 
history to simple musical enjoyment. Screens included are from Studio for 
Windows, Music Mentor, MusicMagic Songbook, Sound Impression, and Multimedia 
Music Library, and may be displayed on any system equipped with a GIF viewer.
  
  
For more information on these products, contact Midisoft Corporation, P.O. Box
1000, Bellevue, WA 98099, telephone 206/881-7176, fax 206/883-1368.
  
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                  Commodore Hits the Financial Buffers
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| |_| |              West Chester, PA -- May 2, 1994
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|_| |_|fter months of speculation surrounding its financial stability, 
Commodore International, one of the personal computer industry's pioneers, has
announced plans to enter into voluntary liquidation.
  
A month after reporting an $8.2-million second-quarter loss and admitting it 
was on the verge of financial collapse, Commodore has announced it is 
transferring its assets to trustees for the benefit of its creditors and 
placing its major subsidiary, Commodore Electronics Limited, into voluntary 
liquidation. Both companies will be liquidated, officials said.
  
Repeated attempts to obtain further details from the company brought no 
response by Newsbytes' deadline.
  
Commodore, once a typewriter repair shop and later a maker of calculators, was
among the first entrants into the personal computer business in the late 1970s.

After considerable success with its PET series of business computers in the
late 1970s, the early 1980s saw the low-priced, eight-bit Commodore 64 computer

chalking up respectable sales volumes in the home computer market.
  
In 1985, Commodore launched the Amiga, a powerful personal computer with strong

graphics features. By that time, however, IBM and its imitators had taken the
largest share of the personal computer market, leaving a slice for Apple
Computer's Macintosh but not much room for the Amiga to make its mark.
  
The Amiga "really was spectacular for manipulating and playing with video," 
noted Toronto-based personal computing consultant Richard Morochove, but it 
never took a significant market share.
  
Commodore also tried to get into the home multimedia market, first with the 
CD-TV and then with the CD32. Both machines used the same internal workings as
an Amiga, but came with a built-in compact disc read-only memory (CD-ROM) drive

and were meant to play entertainment and education CD-ROM titles at home.
  
After the CD32 was launched, Commodore officials admitted the original CD-TV 
had been a disappointment. They hoped the more powerful CD32 would do better, 
but as the company collapsed it was still struggling to make the device catch 
on.
  
Commodore's attempt to grab a piece of the market for PCs compatible with IBM's

met with more success in Europe and Canada than in the United States, but in
recent months that too started to fade.
  
Early this year, the Canadian subsidiary, Commodore Business Machines Limited 
of Toronto, turned over the right to sell Commodore-brand PCs to most buyers to

another company, 3D Microcomputer Wholesale and Distribution (Canada), keeping
for itself only the government, education, and institutional markets. At the
time, Doug MacGregor, president of Commodore Canada, told Newsbytes that his
company was finding it harder and harder to compete in the DOS PC market.
  
In early March, the Australian subsidiary, Commodore Business Machines 
(Australia), of Sydney, was put into liquidation, with total debts of about 
AUS$3 million.
  
The parent company said in late March that its financial problems were 
constraining sales of all its products, while poor economic conditions and a 
weak computer game market were further crippling the CD32.
  
While Commodore was a PC industry pioneer, the company had faded into relative
obscurity in recent years, to the point where few but the minority of Amiga
users will notice it is gone, Morochove told Newsbytes.
  
"Somehow they lost their leadership and weren't able to regain it," he said. 
"For the last few years they haven't been a major player in the PC market."
   
        (C) Copyright 1994 Newsbytes. Reprinted by permission.
  
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                                  AmigaWorld
                        --The Leading Amiga Publication--
  ___           Reinforces Position of Strong Support in Market
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| |_| |               Peterborough, NH  -- May 3, 1994
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|_| |_|migaWorld, the independent, monthly consumer publication for users of 
Amiga personal computers, has announced today that recent events at Commodore 
Business Machines in no way affect AmigaWorld's commitment to the market.
  
Responding to news on Friday, April 29, that Commodore was going out of 
business, AmigaWorld Editor-in-Chief Daniel Sullivan stated, "Regardless of any

change in the status of Commodore's operations, AmigaWorld will continue to
provide coverage of the Amiga market for its readership. We believe there are
sound reasons to remain in the Amiga market -- namely, an installed base of
five million Amiga computers worldwide; a dedicated AmigaWorld readership of
loyal, enthusiastic users; and an innovative, proactive group of third-party
developers."
  
Sullivan added, "We also feel certain that the technology will survive the 
liquidation of Commodore through licensing agreements with interested third 
parties -- of which there appear to be many. This is an excellent opportunity 
for the Amiga community to take charge of its own destiny and set a direction 
for further development that Commodore has not been able to provide."
  
The AmigaWorld staff views this situation as an opportunity to provide an even
greater level of service to its readers and advertisers. With Commodore's
departure from the market, customer service will become an even greater
priority at AmigaWorld. The staff will continue to support everyone involved in

the market through such means as phone support and on-line feedback. By
providing strong customer service and up-to-date market coverage for readers,
AmigaWorld hopes to be the catalyst for future growth and development in the
Amiga community.
  
AmigaWorld Magazine is published by TechMedia Publishing, Inc., an 
International Data Group company. IDG is the world's foremost publisher of 
computer-related information and the leading global provider of information 
services on information technology, with over 194 computer publications in 62 
countries.
  
  
For more information, visit the *StarShip* RoundTable on GEnie Page 555, 
keyword AMIGA.
  
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                    New Viper Pro: Accelerated 1280x1024
 ____              True Color Graphics and Video Playback
|  _ \             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
| | ) |                Sunnyvale, CA -- March 16, 1994
| | | |
| |_) |
|____/iamond Computer Systems, Inc., has expanded its Viper line of graphics 
accelerators to include Viper Pro. Available for PCI (Peripheral Component 
Interconnect) or VLB (VESA Local Bus), the Viper Pro provides 24-bit, true 
color at 1280x1024 resolution, flicker-free refresh rates and fast dual-ported
VRAM performance. Viper Pro's color and speed capabilities bring workstation
graphics to the desktop PC enhancing graphics applications that require
photo-realistic images. In addition, the card is equipped for multimedia,
offering digital video acceleration and playback as an optional feature.
  
"Viper Pro is the ideal solution for PC power users who demand workstation- 
like true color graphics and video acceleration," said Bill Wong, vice 
president of marketing for Diamond.
  
True Color Graphics
  
The Viper Pro is designed for graphics and engineering professionals who need 
true color imaging and large screen monitor support. Based on the P9100 64-bit
performance graphics engine from Weitek Corporation in Sunnyvale, Calif., Viper

Pro accelerates high resolution and true color graphics modes including 16.7
million colors in 1280 x 1024 resolution and 65,000 colors in 1600 x 1200. It
supports ISO-compliant, ergonomic refresh rates of more than 120Hz by utilizing

the 170MHz IBM RGB525( Palette DAC, from IBM Microelectronics.
  
Fast Performance
  
Viper Pro extends graphics performance to more than 26 million true-color 
WinMarks as measured on WinBench 4.0 with an Intel 66MHz system. The technology

behind this ground- breaking speed is the combination of the P9100 controller
and Diamond's proprietary software drivers which optimize the performance of
the board.
  
Windows 3.1 software drivers are included with the Viper Pro and releases of 
Windows NT, OS/2 2.1, AutoCAD 11, 12 and MicroStation are planned.
  
Multimedia Ready
  
Accelerated video playback with scaling is available with the Viper Pro. Based
on Weitek's Video Power chip, the Viper Pro provides accelerated video playback

at 30 frames per second. In addition, Video Power supports all of the leading
compression/decompression (codec) formats including Indeo, Cinepak, Captain
Crunch, MPEG and Motion-JPEG.
  
In addition, the Viper Pro is equipped with a standard feature connector to 
allow the card to communicate with other add-in boards such as sound or digital

video capture.
  
Price and Availability
  
Available in two configurations, 2MB VRAM upgradable to 4MB and a 4MB version,
the Viper Pro is aggressively priced to offer graphics professionals and power
users affordable true color graphics. They are priced at $479 suggested retail
for the 2MB version and $699 for the 4MB version. Video Power may be added for
$100.
  
The product is shipping to OEMs and will be available to retail customers in 
the second quarter of 1994.
  
Warranty and Service The Viper Pro, as with all of Diamond's graphics cards, is

backed by a five-year limited warranty. Technical assistance by phone is 
available six days a week, and 24-hour support is available through the 
bulletin board service (BBS), CompuServe and America OnLine electronic 
services. For Diamond's 2400 bps BBS contact (408) 730-1100, or the 9600 bps 
line at (408) 524-9301.
  
Diamond Computer Systems, Inc.
  
Established in 1982, Diamond Computer Systems, Inc., designs, manufactures and
markets video graphics adapters, high-end Windows accelerators and multimedia
cards in Sunnyvale, California.  Diamond's products are sold through regional,
national and worldwide distributors and mass merchants as well as to major
OEMs.  Diamond also has offices in Japan and Germany. ### Viper is a trademark
of Diamond Computer Systems, Inc.  All other product names are property of
their respective manufacturers.  All products were tested independently by
Diamond Computer Systems using the Ziff-Davis Labs' WinBench v3.11 and WinBench

v4.0.
  
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              Diamond Announces Stealth 64 Graphics Accelerator
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 ____  Sets a New Standard for 64-bit Graphics Price and Performance
|  _ \ 
| | ) |               Sunnyvale, CA -- March 16, 1994
| | | |
| |_) |
|____/iamond Computer Systems, Inc., has announced its first 64-bit VRAM 
accelerator, Stealth 64. Designed for PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) 
and VLB (VESA Local Bus), the VRAM-based Stealth 64 reaches new levels of 
graphics performance, breaking the 100 million WinMark barrier in WinBench 
version 3.11, and reaching over 30 million WinMarks for WinBench version 4.0.
  
At only $399 suggested retail price with 2MB of VRAM (upgradable to 4MB), the 
Stealth 64 takes price and performance for graphics accelerators to a new 
level.
  
Stealth 64
  
Based upon the new Vision964, 64-bit graphics engine from S3 Incorporated in 
Santa Clara, Calif., Diamond's Stealth 64 accelerates Windows 3.1, AutoCAD and
other graphics applications by providing true 64-bit pixel processing and VRAM
memory access and by off-loading common graphics functions such as BitBLTs,
rectangle fills and raster operations from the system CPU.  All color depths
are fully accelerated providing instantaneous screen updates even in 24-bit
true color modes. And, by utilizing a jumperless and switchless design, the PCI

version of the Stealth 64 is 'Plug and Play' ready.
  
With up to 4MB of high bandwidth VRAM and a 135MHz RAM DAC, the Stealth 64 
displays true color at up to 1024x768 resolution and 65,536 colors up to 
1280x1024 resolution and far exceeds VESA's minimum recommended standards with
flicker-free refresh rates of up to 120Hz.
  
Unlike many 64-bit VRAM accelerators, the Stealth 64 is ideal for 
multi-platform corporate environments with software driver support for Windows
3.1, AutoCAD ADI, and DOS. Releases are planned for OS/2 2.1 and Windows NT.
  
Furthermore, performance is never compromised no matter what the operating 
environment. Under DOS, the Stealth 64 supports VESA extended graphics modes up

to 1280x1024 resolution as well as 65K and 16.7 million color modes. This 
allows for application support for popular DOS, design, presentation and 
entertainment software, and makes the Stealth 64 an excellent choice for the 
game player as well as the Windows or CAD power user.
  
Diamond's Stealth 64 also is ready for the next generation in multimedia system

technology. Its VESA feature connector offers complete compatibility for
Diamond's award-winning VideoStar full-motion video capture, compression and
playback card.
  
InControl Tools and DPMS Power Savings
  
For easy, one-step installation and enhanced productivity, Diamond's Stealth 64

features InControl Tools desktop productivity software. InControl Tools is a
Diamond designed software utility that provides virtual desktop capabilities
including on-the-fly resolution switching. With InControl Tools it is simple to

change color depth,  font, font size, cursor color and size, and move freely
about the screen using the real-time pan and zoom feature.
  
Also included with the Stealth 64 is DPMS (Display Power Management Signaling)
which controls power consumption for VESA compliant monitors, thereby
conforming to Energy Star and VESA guidelines. DPMS allows a monitor to be
placed in a reduced power standby mode after a predetermined time of no 
activity, and eventually to be completely shut down.
  
Price and Availability
  
The Stealth 64 is available in two versions, 2MB upgradable to 4MB and a 4MB 
version. Its suggested retail price is $399 and $599, respectively. The Stealth

64 will be shipping to the OEM and retail channels in April, 1994. Warranty &
Service The Stealth 64, as with all of Diamond's graphics cards, is backed by a

five-year limited warranty. Technical assistance by phone is available six days

a week, and 24-hour support is available through the 23-line bulletin board
service (BBS), CompuServe and America OnLine electronic services.  For
Diamond's 2400 bps BBS contact (408) 730-1100 or for the 9600 bps line contact
(408) 524-9301.
  
Stealth Family
  
Diamond's Stealth family of graphics cards include the Stealth 24, Stealth Pro,

Stealth 32 and Stealth 64 product lines. All Stealth cards supply high-quality
graphics acceleration, true color modes and VESA VBE compliance.
  
Diamond Computer Systems, Inc.
  
Established in 1982, Diamond Computer Systems, Inc., designs, manufactures and
markets video graphics adapters, high-end Windows accelerators, audio cards and

full motion video controllers in Sunnyvale, California. Diamond's products are
sold through regional, national and worldwide distributors and mass merchants
as well as to major OEMs. Diamond also has offices in Japan and Germany. ###
Stealth and InControl Tools are trademarks of Diamond Computer Systems, Inc.
All other product names are property of their respective manufacturers. All
products were tested independently by Diamond Computer Systems using the
Ziff-Davis Labs' WinBench v3.11 and WinBench v4.0.
  
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          21st Century Media Announces New Product Line for Multimedia
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 _____            ClipPix: Multimedia Images from PhotoDisc
|_   _|
  | |                    Seattle, WA -- May 2, 1994
  | |
  | |
  |_|wenty First Century Media is enhancing its PhotoDisc product line with the

creation of ClipPix(TM), the company's first image content product designed
specifically for multimedia designers and producers.
  
Many multimedia developers have experienced tremendous success through their 
use of PhotoDisc images. It's becoming increasingly clear, however, that non- 
print professionals have special needs. Size? Display? Format? Color depth? 
Price? After surverying more than 200 multimedia professionals and interviewing

their customer base, PhotoDisc will release ClipPix on May 16, 1994.
  
Following in PhotoDisc's quality-oriented footsteps, each two-CD volume in the
ClipPix line features up to 500, 72 dpi (screen resolution) images from the
portfolios of award-winning photographers. This first CD has uncompressed 8-bit

color images at 640x486 pixels allowing users quick and painless access to all
500 images via both a Windows and Macintosh browsing utility. The second CD
contains compressed, 24-bit color, higher resolution versions of he same images

optimized for full-screen display at 640x486 and 1024x786 pixels for the more
serious designers.
  
Liberal Mutlimedia License
  
Just like the PhotoDisc collection, the ClipPix collection, the ClipPix series
will host a liberal use license. The ClipPix license, however, will be uniquely

supportive of multimedia development, allowing even resale customers up to
10,000 copies without additional fees. An innovative one-time fee will be
available for large-scale unlimited rights for over 10,000 units.
  
"Existing PhotoDisc volumes are designed to meet the exacting standards of 
print output, and the product's image files tend to be too large for effective
multimedia use," notes 21st Centure president, Tom Hughes. "No one else in the
industry had addressed the real needs of multimedia designers. ClipPix is a
solution."
  
PhotoDisc is the leading producer of digital stock photography on CD-ROM. The 
PhotoDisc digital photography series currently features ten high-resolution 
volumes with a broad offering of subjects an dover 3,000 images. Approximately
700 new images are released every quarter.
  
  
Samples available for downloading from the Multimedia/Cyberspace Library:
  
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Number: 1021  Name: CLIPPIX.ZIP
Address: CYBERSPACE  Date: 940506
Approximate # of bytes: 380928
Number of Accesses: 1  Library: 8
Description:
Two 24-bit JPEG images from 21st Century Media's ClipPix PhotoDisc Collection:
 1. BACO81.JPG  744x490x256+ colors -- intricate geometric designs!
 2. BUS007.JPG  728x490x256+ colors -- men in shirtsleeves with graph at a
    business meeting. Looks like a photograph only its on your screen!
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These sample screens illustrate the quality of this extensive commercial 
collection of photographic clip art for use in multimedia presentations. 
Viewable on any system with JPEG viewer (best in SVGA). LVIEW31.ZIP in this 
Library recommended for display in Windows.
  
  
Special Offer
  
If you purchase ClipPix before May 16th, the price is only $119. After its 
release, the price will be $149 direct.
  
To place an order, contact PhotoDisc at 1-800-528-3472, or write us at 2013 4th

Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA 98121, fax 206/441-9379.
  
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 _                        Cyberspace Library Finds
| |                       ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
| |                   Cyberspace, GEnie -- May 6, 1994
| |
| |__
|____|ast week's CYBERSPACE REPORT included Visual Software's announcement 
about a brand new version of Visual Reality for Windows, a powerful suite of 
3-D graphics and animation programs. We received the demonstration version of 
Visual Reality for Windows shown below too late to include it with that story.
It's a big download -- two disks worth -- but well worth it if you're into
photorealistic art creations!
  
 *********************************
Number: 1019  Name: VRDEMO1.ZIP
Approximate # of bytes: 1400320

 *********************************
Number: 1020  Name: VRDEMO2.ZIP
Approximate # of bytes: 950272
  
Description:
Disk 1 of 2: 256-Color DEMO of Visual Reality for Windows, a new commercial 
suite of programs from Visual Software Inc. for creating photorealistic 3-D 
graphics, animations, and scenes. Program itself handles up to 16 million 
colors. Demo includes fanatastic 3-D scenes ranging from subtle to outrageous 
for business graphics, architectural applications, and product design. Shows 
detailed GUIs used by Visual Model, Visual Image, RenderizeLive, Visual Font, 
Visual Player, Visual Ojects, and Visual Textures. Requires Windows, SVGA, 8MB
hard drive space, and VRDEMO2.ZIP. To install from Windows: Run from Files menu

by typing A:\VRDEMO. Expanded, this file fills a HD floppy disk to the brim.
More information in CYBERSPACE REPORT WEEKLY for April 29, 1994.
  
  
The April CYBERSPACE REPORT WEEKLY Compilation is now available from the 
Multimedia/Cyberspace Library in the following file:
  
 *********************************
Number: 1022  Name: CSR9404.ZIP
Address: CYBERSPACE   Date: 940506
Approximate # of bytes: 113408
Number of Accesses: 1  Library: 1
Description:
This compilation contains the five CYBERSPACE REPORTS WEEKLY for April 1994, 
late-breaking industry news you won't see in the magazines for weeks if not 
months! You'll find 50+ stories on everything from new commercial software and
hardware to multimedia and VR trends and upcoming trade shows, CD-ROM products
for Macintosh & Windows, reports from the National Assn of Broadcasters,
Compton's Multimedia Patent, recommended files and demos to download, animation

and recognition break-thrus, accelerators, and more! Permission granted to
reprint in all or part as long as credit is given. This ASCII text file is
readable on any system. Get it while it's hot!
  
  
               CYBERSPACE REPORTS WEEKLY for April 1994
               ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
940401:
  
 1. TouchVision Systems Updates D/Vision, Shows CineWorks at NAB
 2. Radius Revolutionizes QuickTime Video Editing
 3. Apple Launches Digital Camera for Macintosh & Windows PCs
 4. C-Cube's Multimode Video Decoder & Transport Demultiplexer Chips
 5. Media Vision Ships New Multimedia Kits
 6. CD Software Sales Explode in Fourth Quarter
 7. MDI Ships Major League Baseball SportsGuide Software
 8. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Rejects Compton's Multimedia Patent
 9. Recommended Library Files This Week in Cyberspace
  
940408:
  
 1. Observations from Cyberspace: Multimedia Meets TV at NAB
 2. PC Data Releases List of Top-Selling Software for 1993
 3. Twelve Vendors Recognized at Seybold Editor's Awards for Excellence
 4. Davidson & Associates Ships The Cruncher for Windows
 5. VIDI's Presenter Professional 1st for 3-D Visuals and 3-D Audio
 6. Media Vision's New Sound Boards Feature SRS Labs 3-D Sound
 7. Media Vision Launches 3-D Sound Boards
 8. More DareWare ShareWare in the Cyberspace Library
  
940415:
  
 1. Multimedia Development Group Hosts Event with Film and TV Producer
    Celebrities to Discuss "Killer" Content
 2. CompuAdd Launches 11 Multimedia Models
 3. New Generation of Apple Products Makes Multimedia More Accessible and
    Affordable for Macintosh and PC Customers
 4. Sound Blaster 16 Value Edition to Ship Worldwide
 5. Training Program Lets Users Learn and Experience Multimedia
 6. Individual Software Inks OEM Deal with Aztech Systems
 7. Aldus Type Twister Adds New Twist to Old Applications
 8. Ulead Systems Releases ImagePals 2
 9. Canada's 1st Virtual Construction Company Sets Up Shop in Cyberspace
10. Virtual Reality Conference Projects Future World Today
11. Spring Internet World '94
12. Explore New Worlds with "The Virtual Reality Construction Kit"
13. CYBERSPACE Library Finds
  
940422:
  
 1. O'Reilly Announces $500 Winner of "Best of New SMILEY Contest"
 2. Harvard Graphics for Windows Official Presentation Graphics at FOSE
 3. Gold Disk Extends Astound Introductory Price to April 30th
 4. CoSA Announces Hitchcock for Macintosh
 5. Paramount Publishing and Davidson & Associates Announce Joint Venture
 6. Music _Is_ the Edge: InterOctave Ignites Multimedia Products
 7. The Software Toolworks Expands Commitment to Edutainment Market
 8. GSI Announces Model 4C Intelligent IDE Accelerator Board
 9. ALR Offers World's First 16-Bit IDE CD-ROM Drive for Desktop PCs
10. BAT Keyboard a Hit with Computer Users
11. The Learning Maching: The Ultimate Altered-State Experience for
    Learning, Meditation, and Personal Growth
12. 1st Internet CyberStation to Broadcast from NetWorld+Interop 94
  
940429:
  
 1. World's 1st Wireless, Real-Time Motion Capture System Character Animation
 2. Nestor Announces Pact to Market Ni1000 High-Speed Recognition Chips
 3. Ray Dream Announces addDepth for Windows: Instant 3D Impact for Type
    and Graphics [Macintosh Ray Dream Designer Updates]
 4. Visual Software Ships Visual Reality for Windows
 5. Musitek to Ship MIDISCAN v1.1 for Windows Upgrade at Reduced Price
 6. Creative Introduces Family of Single Chip Sound Blaster Audio Solutions
 7. Diamond Introduces 64-bit Acceleration to SpeedStar Graphics Cards
 8. DevWare Releases Crouton Tools for Video Toaster Systems
 9. Living Books Acquires Multimedia Rights to Berenstain Bears
10. Living Books Acquires Multimedia Rights to Dr. Seuss Books
11. Video Arts and Philips Media Join Forces to Provide Humorous Management
    Training Programs on CD-i
  
All 50+ of these stories are now available in file 1022 CSR9404.ZIP!
  
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