January 1997 MAGazine Volume 13 Number 1

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The January General Meeting of the Memphis Amiga Group will be held Saturday, January, 12, 1:00 pm until approximately 3:00 pm at Steve Echols home, 4374 Barrymore.

The newsletter is published monthly for distribution to the members of the Memphis Amiga Group. MAGazine contains meeting announcements, hardware and software reviews, video and book reviews, and other information of interest to Amiga and computer users in general. Contributions are welcome and may be submitted in hardcopy or via disk in ASCII format at any meeting or you can upload to Operator Headgap BBS - (901) 759-1542 V.32bis hi speed operating CNET PRO v3.05c software. Be sure to leave a note to the sysop.

From the President's CLI

by Scott Pitts

We will be serving pizza once again at Steve Echols house, this will show how many actually read the Presidents pondering, because if you read this I am asking that you bring sodas, deserts, and cups etc. I would also like to thank Steve for volunteering his home for our meetings.

The election of officers will held at the this meeting in January. This is the time that new people will be given the opportunity to choose the direction of the group. I invite all interested parties to peruse any office that they may desire.

And if you haven't guessed by now, the meeting will be held at Steve Echols house once again at 1:00 pm. with the food arriving around noon.

Scott Pitts


The Group meeting started at around 12:00 and was very educational. As previously stated, we are continuing on this with the internet theme for the next few meetings. This will allow anyone to get connected, that wants to be. We will try for a mail solution again this month. Vaporware (makers of Voyager) are suppose to have a great mail solution, but it is still not available yet. I will try to obtain an update from them as to when we might expect a beta version. Also, I have talked to the developer of AirMail, another promising mail package. He is considering support for AS-225 and its clones. The meetings will continue to be a Steve Echols house until he runs us off. Last month, we saw AWeb 2.1. I will try to check with the creators, and get a status of when we can expect full frames support. This month we have a few demos planed. Eric is hopefully demonstrating Pine, a text based mail program. It should allow for basic email reading and sending, but does not have a gui interface. Paul has some workbench enhancements to show. We have some other demo's planned if all goes well.

As I have stated in the last few months, we are still looking for a good internet email program. Some users have had some success with Voodoo, so we may get a report this month. Microdot II looks good, but has yet to go into beta.

If any has any new software they would like to demo, or need assistance on, please bring it. We will try to assist with any problems, and everyone wants to check out the latest software. If anyone has any ideas about software that they would like to see demoed, please let one of the officers know. Hope to see you all at the next meeting.

Keith Burns

MAG Meetings

The Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) holds general meetings the second Saturday of each month. This month the meeting will be at Steve Echols house at 4374 Barrymore. (see map at left).

There will be no board of directors meeting at Gridley's BarBQ instead the Board meeting will be at Steve's at 12:00 P.M., Saturday, January, 12. For more information about the meeting call Scott Pitts at (901) 854-1987

Disk Sales & Video Rentals

MAG library and Fred FISH disks are $2 each.
($5 each for non-members)
Quality blank disk with labels are 65¢ each.
($1 each for non-members)
Rental of Amiga related videotapes is $3 per week.
(not available to non-members)
For all this and more contact club librarian
Bill Bowers (901) 360-0003.

Advertising Rates

Full Page $20.00
1/2 Page $11.00
1/4 Page $7.50
1/8 Page (or business card) $3.00

(contact Terry Campbell at 601-393-4864)

Memphis Amiga Group Officers for 1995

Scott Pitts
(901) 854-1987

Vice President
Steve Echols
(901) 756-9261

Keith Burns
(901) 756-8514

Terry Campbell
(601) 393-4864

Bill Bowers
(901) 363-0003

MAGazine Editor
Paul Stokes
(901) 867-8417

MAGazine Printing & Distribution
Terry A. Campbell
(601) 393-4864


The Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is promoting and encourageing the use and understanding of the Commodore Amiga Computer. Memberships are open to all those who share a common interest in the Amiga computer and its many wonderful and unique features. Monthly meetings are open to the public and visitors are welcome.

Annual membership dues for new members are $25.00 with an annual renerwal rate of $20.00. Associate memberships are available for $15.00 per year, renewable at the same rate, to those who must travel more than 45 miles one way to attend the general meetings. All memberships are family memberships and dues are nonrefundable.

VIScorp Gets Injunction

Title: VIScorp Gets Injunction Against Curtis Mathes

VIScorp Gets Injunction Against Curtis Mathes



DECEMBER 9, 1996


A federal district court in San Jose, California issued a preliminary injunction on December 4, 1996, against the source of Dallas-based Curtis Mathes Holding Corp.'s (Curtis Mathes) Uniview interactive television device prohibiting further use of proprietary technology developed by Visual Information Service Corp. (VIScorp) of Chicago, Illinois. Interactive Video Publishing, Inc. (IVP), David Serlin, Steve Owens, and Kaori Kuwata and "all those in active concert or participation with them" were enjoined from using any of VIScorp's trade secrets or technology and "from manufacturing, shipping, distributing, promoting, licensing or selling any of that technology or any product incorporating that technology."

VIScorp filed a complaint in the Northern District Court of California agains the defendants alleging that they misappropriated its trade secrets and technology and licensed the misappropriated technology to Curtis Mathes for its Uniview product. The court recognized that "IVP's deal with Curtis (Mathes) with likely be affected" by its order. The court found that VIScorp "will probably succeed on the merits of its claim that defendants used improper means to acquire VIScorp software trade secrets, and, therefore have misappropriated VIScorp trade secrets." No trial date has been set.

Compton Resigns

Title: Jason Compton Resigns from VIScorp

[The Amiga Web Directory]

Jason Compton Resigns from VIScorp

Only three weeks after Amiga OS pioneer Carl Sassenrath announced his resignation from VIScorp, another Amiga luminary, Jason Compton has announced that he too will step down effective December 16th. In contrast to Sassenrath's vitriolic diatribe, Compton's announcement was brief and free of the accusatory name-calling which has characterized much of the debate surrounding this episode of the Amiga's amazing journey.

Compton wrote in the Amiga newsgroup, comp.sys.amiga.misc, "I'd just like everyone to know that as of December 16, 1996, I will no longer be employed by VIScorp in any fashion. I'll do the best I can to handle VIScorp inquiries until then, and will be posing a VIScorp press release which should answer a number of questions that to date have not been addressed to everyone's satisfaction.

"Future VIScorp inquiries should be directed to David Rosen at drosen@ix.netcom.com."

When asked why he had decided to leave, Compton told CUCUG, "It just wasn't the right place for me right now. I had some concerns over the amount of coordination that was taking place between the company and myself, but I will miss many of the fine people I had the opportunity to work with."

As for his future plans, Compton says that he is going to take it easy for a little while but that he hopes to contribute professionally to Amiga community again soon. He also plans to continue to publish his well-known Amiga online magazine, Amiga Report, perhaps on a more regular basis now that he'll have more time available.

"This has been a learning ex-perience. After being known as somewhat of a rabblerouser, I now have a better appreciation for the inner workings of how decisions are made and that it's not always as simple as it ap-pears," Compton told CUCUG.

VIScorp stock finished down 1/16th of a point at 2.

AsimCDFS v3.7

Title: Asimware Innovations Inc. Announces AsimCDFS v3.7

Asimware Innovations Inc. Announces AsimCDFS v3.7

December 6th, 1996

We would like to announce the availability of AsimCDFS v3.7, which was released as of December 6th, 1996. This is a maintenance update for the AsimCDFS v3 package.

The update highlights include:

Registered users can obtain this release via our BBS, WWW or ftp site.

You will need your AsimCDFS serial number to obtain access.

About AsimCDFS v3...

The AsimCDFS software package is a CD-ROM control system which allows the user to read most CD-ROM discs with an Amiga computer and a suitable SCSI or ATAPI CD-ROM drive.

AsimCDFS is equipped with the following advanced features:

Asimware Innovations Inc. is an Amiga software development house specializing in CD-ROM and CD-Recordable technologies. Our current product line includes AsimCDFS, MasterISO, Texture Heaven 1 & 2, PhotoCD Manager and Audio Thunder.

Quikpak Announces Offer for Amiga Technologies

Title: Quikpak Announces Offer for Amiga Technologies

Quikpak Announces Offer for Amiga Technologies

An open letter to the Amiga Community


The past few years have not been kind to the Amiga Community. Since the demise of Commodore, the ownership and future of the Amiga has been continually uncertain. The only thing that has remained constant is the loyalty of Amiga users. It is with respect to this loyalty that we feel it necessary to let YOU know the current state of affairs and what QuikPak is doing to see that the Amiga has the successful future it so deserves.

Back when Amiga Technologies was owned by Escom, QuikPak was selected to manufacture the complete A4000T and components for the A1200. During the collapse of Escom and the subsequent negotiations with VisCorp, QuikPak continued manufacturing and servicing Amiga Computers. Throughout this time of uncertainty, QuikPak continued to support the platform, placing ads in the North American publication Amazing Computing, forging alliances with Amiga developers and supporters, and developing new products of our own. Recently, at AmigaFest in Toronto, we unveiled two new computers and we have been shipping the 060 Accelerator for the A4000T. We believe this product development clearly demonstrates our commitment to the Amiga.

It now appears evident that negotiations between VisCorp and Amiga Technologies have reached a standstill. As a creditor of Amiga Technologies, QuikPak has a vested interest in seeing the future of the Amiga handled properly. To this end, QuikPak has placed an order in front of the German liquidator for Amiga Technologies, and we are awaiting further information regarding this.

What does this mean to you, the end user? QuikPak believes that there is more to the Amiga than a simple set top box. We believe that the A4000 and its successors have a place in the market. We believe that a model along the lines of the A1200 also can play an important role in the future of the Amiga. We further believe that products currently under development at QuikPak can bring the Amiga back to the forefront in innovation. We believe that working closely with developers, other manufacturers, distributors, and dealers is necessary to make the Amiga a success. And, perhaps most importantly of all, we believe in listening to you, the person who has kept this platform alive.

We hope that the new year will allow us to bring you good news, that QuikPak will be successful in our negotiations with the German liquidator. We trust that the liquidator will move quickly, and justly, to see these events through. We encourage any and all input from the Amiga Community - let us know what you want to see. And, finally, we encourage those responsible for handling the Amiga Technologies' assets to be as open as we at QuikPak are striving to be.

Dave Ziembicki
QuikPak Corporation

Contact: Dan Robinson Director of Business Development of Amiga Computers QuikPak Corporation

MasterISO v1.25

Asimware Innovations Inc. Announces MasterISO v1.25

December 5th, 1996

We would like to announce the availability of MasterISO v1.25, which was released as of December 5th, 1996. This is a maintenance update for the MasterISO v1 package.

MasterISO v1.25 adds support for the following CD-R drives:

Support for Kickstart v2.0-based machines was also included in this release. Imagine writing a CD-R disc on your 68000 A2000? With MasterISO v1.25, you now can! Consult your WWW site for complete compatibility information.

Registered users may contact us directly or may obtain this release via our WWW site.

About MasterISO v1...

The MasterISO software package allows a user to control a CD-R recorder to create custom CD-ROM and CD-Audio discs.

CD-ROM discs are formatted in the universal ISO 9660 format, compatible with Amiga, IBM, Macintosh and virtually any other CD-ROM equipped platform.

CD-Audio discs are formatted to the Red Book standard and offer universal compatibility with standard CD players.

For reference, our current list of supported CD-R drives is:

Please contact us for a current list of tested CD-R and SCSI controller combinations.

Asimware Innovations Inc. is an Amiga software development house specializing in CD-ROM an CD-Recordable technologies. Our current product line includes AsimCDFS, MasterISO, Texture Heaven 1 & 2, PhotoCD Manager and Audio Thunder.

AQCVid Amiga Camera Adapter

Preorders for AQCVid Amiga Camera Adapter Being Taken

Release date: December, we will start taking pre-orders on Nov. 31, 1996 Price: $59.99 Dealer inquiries welcome For more information, please Email us.

The AQCVid is a hardware/software interface for Connectix Corporation's QuickCam digital camera. It allows the PC (parallel) version of the QuickCam to be connected to any Amiga. Listed below are the current specifications and requirements. we hope to add support for other QuickCams as well as more save formats such as CDXL and JPEG. Also included is an ARexx host commodity which allows the use of the QuickCam within an ARexx script.

AQCVid: Omnilink Corp.'s NEW Amiga interface for use with the QuickCam

Omnilink Corporation is pleased and proud to announce their first foray into Amiga(tm) hardware development with the AQCVid(tm). A unique hardware and software solution which allows Amiga users to enjoy the benefits of the popular PC QuickCam(tm).

For those of you who are not familiar with the hardware specifications of the QuickCam, here are a few:

A more recent QuickCam model has been introduced, which has 640x480 as one of its resolutions, with 24bit colour. AQCVid support is tentatively planned for this model, adding an even greater quality to an already impressive roster of applications. AQCVid is only for use with the PC/Windows version of the greyscale QuickCam. This development will allow all Amiga users a new field of applications for both amateur and professional use.

Here are some of the possible applications:

The AQCVid is designed to work with all ECS/AGA Amigas, and includes CyberGraphX support. File formats currently include IFF, ANIM5, and ANIM7. CDXL (animation w/sound) and JPEG is tentatively planned for a future release. Users also have the option of time lapse with exposure control. Internet users have an overwrite previous file function, useful for real-time 'net video updates.

An ARexx Commodity is also supplied to allow for control of the QuickCam by other external applications. 16bit audio sampling/playback support is also tentatively planned for 16bit Amiga audio expansion cards. Also planned is a ImageFX(tm) module that will allow direct control of the QuickCam by ImageFX. As new Amiga models come into being, Omnilink is committed to maintain QCVid compatibility with these hardware advancements.

We hope this will show the Amiga community and the personal computing community of the world, Omnilink Corporation's dedication to the best personal computer on the planet, the AMIGA.

Developers who would be interested in supporting the AQCVid for their software and hardware Amiga applications, as well as interested Amiga users, may contact us at omnilink@olnk.com

AQCVid Technical Information

The AQCVid is an adapter that plugs into your parallel port. All power is supplied by the Amiga. The QuickCam connects to the AQCVid adapter. There are NO modifications needed to be done to your Amiga or your QuickCam.

Minimum Requirements:

Connectix Gray Scale QuickCam, IBM-PC version

Software capabilities:


Maximum Resolutions:


Anim Op 5 and Anim Op 7W compression:

Anim Op 7L compression:

Image exposure time:

Save Formats:


Sales or ordering information please send Email to: sales@olnk.com

Copyright 1995-96 Omnilink Corp.

Page by Joe Sera

AQCVid is a trademark of Omnilink Corp. QuickCam is a trademark of Connectix Corp.

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Omnilink Corporation is now looking for European distributors. Interested parties may contact Omnilink through the Omnilink homepage.