Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 2, NO. 9 / DECEMBER 1983


Antic is pleased to present our annual Buyer's Guide. This guide is a collection of old standbys and new products as suggestions for your holiday gift giving. All of us here at Antic Publishing wish you a happy holiday season.



Atari, Inc.

Designed for beginners, this personal computer can grow with the user's ability and needs. 16K RAM can be ballooned to 64K, while built-in BASIC, full-stroke keyboard, and a self-help key all contribute to ease of use. Other features include an expansion bus, cartridge slot and, of course, joystick ports.


Atari, Inc.

Seekers of Atari's holy grail can stop here. This top-of-the-line, deluxe system is the last word in the integration of Atari computer capabilities. It contains all of the features of the 1400XL, as well as a built-in, double-sided, dual-density disk drive (repeat that several times quickly) which provides 256K storage per disk. A second drive can be installed in the same housing.


Atari, Inc.

The 800XL will probably be the workhorse of the new Atari line. With full 64K memory available, and BASIC built in, it can do - or can be connected to peripherals to do - anything any general-purpose microcomputer should do. The new Operating System is compatible with all earlier Atari software and devices legally designed according to Atari specifications.


Atari, Inc.

Modem and speech synthesizer are housed under the same roof in this ambitious, 64K Atari computer. Selected programs can be easily worked via one-touch cursor control. Built-in BASIC, TV and monitor outputs, four programmable-function keys, and a fullstroke board of 66 keys complete the impressive list of features.



Atari, Inc.

Store and retrieve your computer programs and important data with this streamlined, single-sided disk drive. It operates quietly in both single and enhanced-density modes, and comes with DOS 3.0. Novices will find the updated beginner's manual a valuable aid, and an all-new technical manual is handy, too. With its127K bytes per disk (100 pages) in enhanced density and a maximum transfer rate of 19.2 Kbps, this drive will appeal to many Atari users.

RANA 1000

Rana Systems
21300 Superior St.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(800) 421-2207
(800) 262-1221

The long awaited Rana drives have hit the market as an economical alternative to previous drives. They are low profile and quiet, though not yet equipped for double density. Five function buttons and an LED display status of machine operation.


9304 Deering Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(213) 882-9600

According to Indus, the GT "looks like a ferrari, drives like a rolls, and parks like a beetle." Though it contains standard drive elements, such as single-density and double-density DOS 3.0, and digital display, it also offers a sleek design style. The unit arrives in a portable carrying case, which your disk library can be stored; its built-in, plexiglass dust cover features push-button, up-and-down motion. Included with purchase are a database program, a word processor, and a spreadsheet program.

AT-DI and AT-D2

Trak Microcomputer Corporation
1511 Ogden Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(312) 968-1716
$469.00 (single density)
$499.00 (double density)

These two new intelligent drive systems -- single and double density - feature an on-board microprocessor and programmed memory, and they're only 3" high! Any Centronics-type printer will plug directly into the drive, eliminating the need for an interface. A digital track counter tells you where every bit of data is located.

ASTRA 1620

Astra Systems
5230 Clark Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
(213) 804-1475

Experience the convenience of multiple drives with this double-disk drive. This is like getting two drives for the price of one. It can be obtained in single or double density. When used as double density, it has the same capacity as four Atari 810s.


Percom Data Corp.
11220 Pagemill Rd.
Dallas, TX 75243
(800) 527-1222

Percom's AT-88 offers 88 formatted Kbytes in single-density, and can be smoothly attached to your Atari via a plug-in system. Other features are integral power supply, "no-patch" to Atari DOS, and critical constant-speed regulation.



Micro Systems Exchange
P.O. Box 4033
Concord, CA 94524
(415) 355-7130

A bilingual modem, the 212A communicates at both 1200 baud and 300 baud - using DSPK and FSK signaling techniques. It connects via a standard phone line and includes a convenient auto-dialer. You select from a menu of standard options and can develop custom features entirely in software.


P.O. Rox 7498
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(408) 745-1616

A new direct-connect modem that can be used for remote databank acceses, time-sharing, stock broker systems, videotex and electronic mail. You can link to The SOURCE, CompuServe, Dow Jones and other information utilities as well as online services via standard data terminals. VersaModem operates at 300 baud or below, using Bell Standard 103 protocol.


Microperipheral Corp.
2565 152nd Ave.,
N.E. Redmond, WA 98052
(206) 881-7544

As radio stations and cable operations begin to download computer programs, this receive-only modem may be in demand. It operates at speeds up to 4800 baud, but can get worked up to 9600 baud to allow for four-second down loading of any video game.


Anchor Automations
6624 Valjean Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(213) 997-6493
$79.95; $12.95 for each cable

Your search for an inexpensive 300-baud originate/answer modem should lead to the Volksmodem. Five different cables are available to connect it to almost any computer terminal, making it compatible with most systems. A hybrid of the direct/connect and acoustic modems, it has no cups, yet allows the user to monitor line status through the telephone. Includes a subscription to The SOURCE, itself a $100 value.



KIS Engineering
10D College Lane
Methuen, MA 01844
$12.95 plus $2.00 postage and handling

Keep static electricity from causing you uncomfortable shock or crashing your computer system. To save you or your Atari from getting "zapped", install this small inexpensive peripheral next to your keyboard.


150 Mitchell Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 472-5547
$127.00 (includes noise-filter option)

For Atari systems the manufacturer recommends the four-outlet unit, SS120/ 4LCSN, which handles both surge and noise. Unit has a response time of one trillionth of a second and clamps the voltage well below damaging levels.


Cuesta Systems, Inc.
3440 Roberto Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 541-4160
$395.00 -- 90 watt
$695.00 -- 200 watt

Don't let interference or power outages destroy all your programming efforts. This battery-powered backup unit is availble in 90 watt and 200 watt capacities. Both versions utilize a precision frequency standard and provide overvoltage suppression and EMI noise filtering.


P.O. Box 5058
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 979-2100
$134.95 Spider Pac
$124.95 Black Max

Plug all your system components into one power source, the Spider Pac, designed for Atari computers and peripherals. It sports a row of five 9-VAC outlets, five detachable power cords and three 120-VAC outlets. Other features include a 15-amp circuit breaker, illuminated on/off switch, spike protection, EMI filtration and RFI filtration. Black Max is a six-outlet spike filter with a mounting bracket, and a remote on/off switch so you can stop crawling under the desk.



Atari, Inc.

With the wave of a wand (actually a stylus with a switch), over 1500 colors and patterns are at your command. The 41/2"X6" drawing area can accommodate your masterpieces while instantly transferring them to the screen. The package also includes an Atari Artist cartridge.


Koala Technologies Corporation
4962 El Camino Real, Suite 125
Los Altos, CA 94022
(415) 964-2992
$125.00 (including software)

Koalapad is a small, lightweight, touch tablet that can reproduce drawn or written images, serve as a custom keyboard, move cursors or objects around a video display, and act as a game controller. Comes with software for basic painting, drawing and graphics.


Chalk Board, Inc.
3772 Pleasantdale Rd., Suite #140
Atlanta, GA 30340
(800) 241-3989

At one square foot in size, Power Pad appears to be the largest touch tablet on the market. Its multiple-contact-point Surface allows the user to draw in more than on area of the board at a time. An entire software collection, dubbed Leonardo's Library, has been developed for use with the product; however, it must be purchased separately.



Micro Systems Exchange
P.O. Box 4033
Concord, CA 94524
(415) 355-7130

This kit contains the necessary chips, wiring and resistors to upgrade the Atari 400 to a 48K computer. The instructions are designed for the novice, and lead through a simple installation procedure. Use your current memory board so as not to change in any way the designed features of the Atari 400. The memory chips replace the chips on the memory board (all are pop-outs). Several small wires must be soldered.


Mosaic Electronics
P.O. Box 708
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 653-7885
$29.95, Cable connector #1
$29.95, Cable connector #2

This product makes available four banks of 4K RAM above the normal 48K limit. You get 48K RAM hard-wired memory plus four 4K RAM banks of software-selectable additional memory for 52K of RAM continuous and 64K RAM total. ROM cartridges will not interfere with this product, and its memory is fully compatible with the 400/800 and all Atari software and peripherals.


Axion, Inc.
170 N. Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(403) 730-0216

Atari 400 owners can expand their memory to 49,062 bytes of RAM (48K) with this new, easy-to-install module. This plug-in compatible board requires no soldering and you need only a screw- driver to begin using it in ten minutes.


AMIGA Corporation
3350 Scott Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95051
(408) 748-0222

An alternative to ROM cartridges for the Atari VCS. Plugged into the game machine, it provides 6K RAM and amicroprocessor to receive and use game programs loaded from a cassette recorder. Pre-programmed tapes for the module are much cheaper than ROM cartridges, and the extra RAM enhances graphics and play.


For information on printers, consult our January 1984 issue. Extensive coverage will be provided there.


For information on controllers, consult the ANTIC PIX CONTROLLERS section in this issue.


P.O. Box 631-A
Hicksville, NY 11802
(516) 733-3439
$2.00 for shipping and handling

Two controllers for two-player games are no longer needed when Trak-Adapt plays too. Both people may use the same trackball or joystick without having to switch game ports. It can be used with controller extension cables and helps eliminate clutter from the gaming area.



2344 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(415) 848-8233
258 pages

Step-by-step examples show how to solve problems with Atari BASIC. You will learn programming techniques to do mathematical, financial and statistical computations as well as write games and data processing. Can be used with the Atari 1200XL.


Tab Books, Inc.
Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214
(717) 794-2191

The book's lengthy title is an apt description of its content. For the computerist who understands BASIC, but wishes to go beyond its limitations. Written by Linda M. Schrieber, a professional programmer and co-owner of an educational software firm.


Van Nostrand Reinhold
153 W. 50th St.
New York, NY 10020
(212) 265-8700

Assume you've just created the most brilliant program in the world, but you don't know what to do next. If yourintent is to share it with the rest of us, as well as collect a few dollars, this guide will be of service to you. It delivers the inside scoop on software publishers; who is buying and what is selling. Also, legal areas, such as copyrighting, marketing agreements, and contracts are covered.


Little, Brown and Co.
34 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02106
(617) 227-0730

Youngsters may move out the sandbox and into introductory portfolio management with the help of this text. Designed for parents and teachers who wish to work on computer skills with children, this 350 page book allows the youths to work on math and verbal skills, learn the metric system, and play the stock market, while the adults modify and personalize the programs.


Devin-Adair Publishers
143 Sound Beach Ave.
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
(203) 637-4531

Penned by a journalist who was initially reluctant to give up her electric typewriter, this book makes word processing simple for even the most computer illiterate. It is organized by the task required, and not by computer function. Over 200,000 sold.


Technique Learning Corp
40 Cedar St.
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(914) 693-8100
$195.00 including all six updates

Published in a looseleaf format, this current and comprehensive profile of software publishers is updated and expanded six times per year. All information is obtained firsthand, and includes important tidbits, such as product line descriptions, ordering policies, contact names, and much more. The publishers are also cross-referenced in six ways for easy access.


Reston Publishing Co.,Inc.
Reston, VA 22090

"Friendly" is the word to describe this introduction to Atari BASIC. Illustrations and examples provide a walking tour through the bewilderness of BASIC. It's as good a start as you can get before leaving the beaten path. Includes simple color and sound commands.


Reston Publishing Co.
11480 Sunset Hills Rd.
Reston, VA 22090
(800) 336-0338
$15.95 paperback
$24.95 hardback

Author Dale Peterson presents the relationship between technology and the arts from Da Vinci to Warhol to the makers of Star Wars in this compelling book. Focusing on selected American artists, writers, composers and game designers, Genesis II explains how they have embraced or turned away from technology. An entire chapter is devoted to contemporary visual arts, and another segment covers the history and development of video games.



Adventure International
P.O. Box 3435
Longwood, FL 32750
(800) 327-7172
(305) 862-6917
48K -- diskette $34.95

You and a friend can battle the nine unique and deadly foes in this fast-paced shoot-em-up game. Joystick and keyboard controls move your player(s) in up to ten levels. Victories and defeats are tallied on a tic-tac-toe-like scoreboard.


Thorn EMI
1370 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
(212) 977-8990
16K -- cartridge

Your mission is to destroy all enemy merchant shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. The sub is equipped with a map, sonar, periscope, and torpedos. You have a full instrument panel to help you evade the enemy's shells and depth charges, and to attack him undetected. Controls are: Surface, Dive, Rudder, and Neutralize Buoyancy.


Sierra On-Line
36575 Mudge Ranch Road
Coarsegold, CA 93614
(209) 683-6858
8K - cartridge

Warch this uppity ice-cube character - Mr. Cool - invade the pyre-pyramid and freeze out the Hot Springs and the Fireballs. His enemies constantly try to melt him and he has to act fast to avoid contact. The playfield simulates a furnace and you are the ice-cube in hostile territory.


(simulation game)
Roklan Corporation
3335 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(312) 392-2525
16K- cartridge

This game is based on a unique concept in video games: you follow the birth of a character and affect is development and personaliry throughout its "lifespan." Many life-like situations occur where the player must interact with others and often in humorous ways.


Synapse Software
5221 Central Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
(415) 527-7751
16K -- cassette
32K -- diskette

This isn't the first time a bunch of squares have nudged peaceful, wide-eyed creatures off their own turf. In this case, however, the hapless victims really are wide eyes (called Drelbs), while the four-cornered invaders are known as Trollaboars. When the drelbs become sick of being pushed around and hunted for kicks, they seduce the baddies to midtown and stage a showdown on the atomic flip grid. Do the eyes have it?


Infocom, Inc.
55 Wheeler St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-1031
48K -- diskette

The first in the new Infocom "Tales of Adventure Series," this prose adventure challenges you to find the buried entrance to the last great pyramid. Written by the author of Suspended, the game also features INTERLOGIC, a system that enables you to use complete sentences instead of the standard two-word commands.


First Star Software, Inc.
22 E. 41st St.
New York, NY 10017
32K diskette or cassette - $29.95
cartridge -- $39.95

Fernando Herrera, winner of the Atari Star Award for My First Alphabet, has created this action game in which players frantically paint rooms and dodge flying paint buckets. Players can choose to be one of eight characters (four of each gender), each of whom has his/her own theme music.


28611 Canwood St.
Agoura, CA 91301
(213) 991-6540
16K -- cassette and diskette

Here is the first game in this company's Funarcade series for the Atari. You must rush to stake out as much space for yourself as possible before time runs out. Watch out for the defender-droids and the Hyperspace traps. You may choose COAST or DIRECT moves and BEGINNER or EXPERT modes.


Sublogic Software
713 Eaglebrook Rd.
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 359-8482
32K -- diskette

Bombs away! This pinball game recalls the nostalgic days following WWII when pinball was the most vicious waste of time in town. Flashing bumpers, spinners, rollovers and targets simulate a classic battle for two players. Its careful design rewards flipper skill and discourages tilting. Activated by electronic "quarters."


Microprose Software
1 Caribou Court
Parkton, MD 21120
(301) 357-4739
48K - cassette and diskette

This aerial combat simulation for one to four players comes as close to real-life dogfighting as possible without risking life and limb. Programmer Sid Meier flew regularly with fighter pilots from the National Guard for three months before he wrote the program. The screen is divided into two independently scrolling horizontal displays. Your wingman protects you on raids.


Reston Publishing Co. Inc.
1l480 Sunset Hills Rd.
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-8900
24K -- diskette

Roll over Isaac Asimov, and tell Roger Zelazny the news. Atari sound, graphics and color capabilities are combined here to create a series of stimulating sci-fi adventure games. A novel with illustrations is included in this packet.


MMG Micro Software
P.O. Box 131
Marlboro, NJ 07746
(201) 431-3472
24K -- cassette & diskette

This is a real-time flight and landing simulator for a small plane similar to a Cessna. You're approaching the air strip, and must use your instruments and the view from your cockpit to land safely. You control pitch (angle to the ground), yaw (angle about the plane's vertical axis), and power with your joystick. You may choose flying conditions and decide whether or not to use your instruments.


150 North Main Street
Fairport, NY 14450
(716) 425-2833
40K- diskette

Find and save the fair princess Gwendolyn in this colorful new graphics adventure by Marc Benioff. It features extensive graphics and sound (on both sides of the disk) and in your quest it takes you into a mysterious maze of tunnels.


Broderbund Software
1938 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456 6424
48K -- diskette

The A.E. are coming! Beware! Squadrons of menacing sting rays are streaking down from the sky to attack you. You're doomed to be pestered forever unless you drive the A.E. away (A.E. is Japanese for "sting rays"). It's a fast-paced arcade game with eight levels of play that can be played with joystick or paddle.


Muse Software
347 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(301) 659-7212
32K -- diskette

Atari owners can now play this popular and prize-winning game by Silas Warner. It is a sight-and-sound spectacular which requires quick responses and thinking to escape the Castle alive.


Datasoft, Inc
9421 Winnetka Ave.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(213) 701-5161
32K--diskette and cassette
(sold together in both media)

An exciting new arcade game, Poo Yan (which means "piglet" in Japanese) combines color graphics with fast action. It requires quick reflexes and fast thinking as you battle a pack of vicious, hungry wolves to protect the helpless piglets roaming the forest.


Synergistic Software
830 North Riverside Dr., Suite 201
Renton, WA 98055
(800) 426-6505
40K -- diskette

Arcade game mirrors life, as terrorist plants nuclear bomb in active volcano. Players attempt to defuse it. Levels include such obstacles as boulders, lava, and a radioactive bat.


Penguin Software
830 4th Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134
(312) 232-1984
24K -- cassette
32K -- diskette

Diabolical Dr. X has managed to blackmail the entire world with his threat to impose nuclear disaster upon a major international center. Meanwhile, an ex-spy named OOP is dragged out of his cushy administrative position, in order to stalk the 120 sections of the castle in which X is holed up. Even James Bond would be a little nervous.


EPYX/Automated Simuiations
1043 Kiel Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 745-0700
32K -- cassette & diskette

A giant mantis, laying in wait in an insect god's temple, sounds like an escapee from a 1950's mutation movie. Unfortunately, this is the deadly challenge you face in this search for buried treasure. You create your own character via role-playing and must answer questions posed by the Dunjonmaster as you move along the dangerous path to riches.


APX Atari, Inc.
P.O. Box 3705
Santa Clara, CA 95055
(408) 727-5603
32K - diskette
Add $2.50 for shipping & handling

For Sir Galahad, encountering dragons and giant spiders are all in a day's work as he plunges ahead in his quest for the Holy Grail. The 100 galleries through which he moves not only provide plenty of action, they also house the tools with which he can save his shining armor.


Tronix, Inc.
701 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
(213) 215-0529
16K - cassette and diskette

One of the fastest video games, Kid Grid is designed specifically to take full advantage of the Atari's great graphics, sound and color capabilities. The Kid darts around a grid, attempting to connect all the dots. In hot pursuit are four bullies - Squashface, Thuggy, Muggy and Moose - and if they catch the Kid, the results are explosive.



Centurion Software
1714-B Marshall Court
Los Altos, CA 94022
(415) 965-9355
48K- diskette

Take a star-hopping galaxy tour with this unique space travel simulation program. Students of astronomy and mathematics can learn about the stars and three- dimensional Cartesian (X,Y,Z) and polar coordinate systems while exploring the great beyond.


Sunburst Communications
Room T 161
39 Washington Ave.
Pleasantville, NY 10570
(800) 431-1934
16K- diskette

Test a machine build a factory and yield a product while developing inductive reasoning skills and understanding of sequence, logic, and efficiency. Created for grades four through adult. Advanced color graphics and random generation of problems delight and challenge all ages.


Program Design, Inc.
95 E. Putman Ave.
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 661-8799
16K-- cassette
24K-- diskette
$18.95 (each tape)
$23.95 (each disk)

Help a child from ages three to six develop listening skills; learn shape, letter and number recognition; and improve hand-eye coordination while having fun with these PDI Challengers. The Library includes Pre-School IQ Builders 1 and 2, Sammy the Sea Serpent and The aventures of Oswald.


Educational Software, Inc.
4565 Cherryvale Ave.
Soquel, CA 95073
(408) 4764901
32K -- cassette or diskette

Fundamentals of music are taught in comprehensive lessons designed for all learning levels. Exercises also contain a teaching mode, and a quiz-master utility generates tests. Manual serves as study guide and reference book.


6723 Whittler Ave.
McLean, VA 22101
(800) 368-2152
48K -- cassette only -- $29.95 each
48K -- cassette/disk -- $34.95 each

Maximus calls these "software movies," for they incorporate color graphics, animation, lip-synched human voices and musical scores. Lessons in life are taught in both programs; Safetyline demonstrates child safety rules, while Storyline features fairy tales. Sold individually.


CBS Software
#1 Fawcett Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 622-2670
cassette -- $19.95 per program
diskette - $24.95 per program
16K - Add-subtract and multiply-divide programs
48K - Linear equation and quadratic equation programs

Teacher-created and classroom-tested, this series of four math programs allows students to learn and practice math algebra concepts at their own pace. All problems are randomly generated and each must be completed before moving on.



Atari, Inc.

You've been waiting for this one. Now run CP/M, the world's largest base of business applications software, on your Atari system. The Z-80 microprocessor boasts 64K RAM, CP/M 2.2 Operating System and 80-column display capability. Business and professional users in particular will appreciate its compatibility with all Atari disk drives and computers.

ICS 800

Sierra Digital Research, Inc.
P.O. Box 50089
100 Washington St., Suite 104
Reno, NV 89513
(702) 323-3856
32K -- cassette
40K -- diskette

A complete inventory program for the 800, it features price fields up to $100,000, and keeps track of 500 inventory items per disk. You can generate five different kinds of reports, including summary statistics, file contents, re-order reports, vendor lists and price lists. A sample data base is available for training purposes.


Miles Computing
7136 Haskell Ave., #204
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(203) 994-6279
48K -- diskette

This package can be fully integrated with Atari's Bookkeeper program and automatically posts information to the Atari software. It is designed for the entry of sales orders and shipping data, and will print invoices, keep address records, and generate back-order reports.


Luck Software
1160 Niblick Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
48K -- diskette

Retire your pencil and calculator and handle all your personal accounts with this easy-to-use accounting program.


Continental Software
11223 South Hindry Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(203) 417-3003
(800) 421-3930 (orders)
48K - diskette

This top-selling financial management system is now available for the Atari computers. It can perform a variety of accounting functions -- from balancing several checkbooks to monitoring cash flow, checks, credit cards, assets, liabilities, income and expenses, as well as printing statements.


Janpro Products
P.O. Box 1028
Ontario, CA 91762
(714) 983-3817
16K - cassette
24K - diskette

This program plots stock prices or other values entered into a vertical line chart. You can make hard copies of a stock at regular intervals (weekly, monthly) and can tape them side by side to form an endless chart - useful in tracking a stock. It has a chart range of 11.5 points or $11.50 with 1/2 point (50 cent) increments.



Atari, Inc.
P.O. Box 427
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 942-1900

Automate your card-file records with this easy-to-implement program. The Home Filing Manager requires only 16K memory, and has a capacity for 18 fields and 38-character field-size. Because of its simplicity, this system is well-suited for handling index-card information that is searchable on any field. Do your input editing and updating with ease.


TMQ Software, Inc.
82 Fox Hill Dr.
Buffalo Grove, IL 60090
(312) 520-4440

When your applications require you to store hefty quantities of records, enlist File Fax as your ally. This database system holds records by the thousands in a maximum of 31 fields, and provides 40-character field size and 800-character record size. A helpful manual is included.


LJK Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 10827
St. Louis, MO 63129
(314) 846-6124

Looking for a database program that's flexible yet easy to use? Find it in Data Perfect's appealing report features, change capability and computed fields. With its record size of 511 characters and 32-field capacity, you can enter sizeable quantities of data in Data Perfect and merge them into Letter Perfect.


Custom Electronics, Inc.
238 Exchange Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 592-4761

For the record - here's a full-scale data base management system capable of storeing 249-character records with as many as 24 fields. Fields can contain 110 characters. Helpful prompts assist the user, and CCA allows system modification. Supports Percom double-density mode.


Synapse Software
5221 Central Ave.
Richmond, CA 94804
(415) 527-7751
48K -- diskette

Successor to the popular FileManager database programs, Syn-File + improves on them in capacity (66 fields per record, 16 disks per file), and flexibility - you can search across drives if necessary. You can also load your old data files from other programs without rekeying. Other Syn programs include Syn-Trend, Syn-Calc, Syn-Comm and Syn-Tax.



Atari, Inc.
1265 Borregas Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 942-1900

AtariWrirer is a simple, yet sophisricated word processor that improves in many ways upon the previous Atari mainline product. AtariWriter is document oriented, rather than page oriented, and has many features. Editing is easy and accidental text loss is well protected against. With some printers, special print styles can be invoked. In addition, files that have been written with most other word processors can be loaded onto AtariWriter, then edited as desired.


Broderbund Software
1938 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-6424
48K - diskette

The first truly home-oriented word processing system, Bank Street Writer has heavily tested among students and young adults, and is designed for the whole family. Every function and command is fully and clearly prompted on screen. Many powerful features are inc]uded. Bank Street Writer requires a disk drive and 48K RAM, and comes with a special tutorial.


LJK Enterprises, Inc.
7852 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 962-1855
16K - cartridge or diskette

Letter Perfect is a character-oriented word processor with many powerful features. It is the only one that works with the 80-column boards, an advantage. It can merge data from LJK's Data Perfect database program, and can use the Spell Perfect spelling checker (both sold separately).


LJK Enterprises, Inc.
7852 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 962-1855
16K - cartridge or diskette

Users of Letter Perfect word processor will appreciate this companion program. It checks all of the words used in a text file against its dictionary and will make corrections as ordered. Has "sounds-like" feature, and dictionary is expandable. Program also gives count of words in document.


Alog Computing
1040 Veronica Springs Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 964-4660
32K- diskette
80 column printer, 850 interface

A simple word processor, this program turns your Atari into an electronic type-writer. The entire page layout is displayed while you type and edit. In just five minutes you can begin using it to write letters, memos or term papers. Features a help screen with command summary.



Atari, Inc.

Drawing on the television screen is no longer limited to industrious toddlers - all age groups will enjoy testing Atari graphics capabilities with this space-age quill. Simple to use, it plugs into Port 1, and is activated by pressing the tip against the CRT surface. Graphic Works software is a bonus.


QuinTech Systems, Inc.
1271 W. Dundee Rd., Suite #44B
Buffalo Grove, IL 60090
1-800-621-0660, outside Illinois
1-800-572-0440, in Illinois
48K - diskette
add $3.00 for shipping and handling

Creating your own dynamic computer art is easily accomplished through the use of menu selections. These productions are not static pictures, but a continuous flow of ever-changing designs that can be saved on disk for later playback. Interactive functions provided during playback include tempo control, color effects, and screen scrolling.


Reston Publishing Co.
11480 Sunset Hills Rd.
Reston, VA 22090
(703) 437-8900
16K -- cartridge

Anyone can become a director with this innovative new tool. You devise the action, set the scene, create the actors and play back the computer "movie." Use your imagination and your Atari to make professional-looking animation.


EPYX/Automated Simulations
1043 Kiel Court
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 745-0700
32K - cartridge

Express yourself artistically with computerized brush and palette. Fun With Art offers a choice of 24 design modes to delight users at all levels of artistic skill and computer experience. Fill your video screen with your renderings in eight shades of each of sixteen colors, for a total of 128 color variations. Insert the cartridge in your Atari 400, 800 or 1200, and use it with your joystick. Incorporate pictures you create in your BASIC program.



Eastern House Software
3239 Linda Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(919) 924-2889

ROM cartridge that plugs into the right-hand slot of the 800 to augment Atari BASIC. It provides a total of 18 BASIC commands and 16 machine language commands. These commands include automatic line numbering, hex and decimal conversion, finding and exchanging strings and scrolling up and down.


by Bill Budge
Electronic Arts
2755 Campus Drive
San Mateo, CA 94403
(415) 571-7171
48K -- diskette

Computerized erector set allows you to design and play your own pinball games, built from a library of pinball-machine parts. These include bumpers, balls, flippers, targets, and more. Construction is accomplished with joystick. Options include a sophisticated graphics painting and editing system, on-screen "wiring," and user-defined physical properties like time and gravity. Three complete examples come on the disk.


Amulet Enterprises
P.O. Box 25612
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 475-7766
24K -- diskette

These utility programs can view and edit the contents of any sector in hex, decimal or character (ATASCII or screen code). Also disassembles programs into 6502 mnemonics using virtual addressing. You can recover deleted files, map used and crashed sectors, copy any sector or block of sectors, and move cassette files onto disk or back to cassette.


Adventure International
P.O. Box 3435
Longwood, FL 32750
(800) 372-7172
(305) 862-6917

The second program in its Ultra Utility series, AI has just released this sophisticated labelling disassembler which closely re-creates the source code from which a machine language program was assembled. It reads code in from memory, but it also disassembles DOS files and even code from a list of specified disk sectors. Source code may be edited and reassembled with other popular Atari assemblers.


Allen Macroware
P.O. Box 2205
1906 Carnegie #E
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(213) 376-4105
16K - diskette One or two disk drives

Provides disk editing, repair and duplication for Atari and Percom drives. Repairs DOS and non-DOS sectors with on-screen Hex/ASCII editing. Will print all modes to any printer and inverse and special graphics characters to Epson with Graftrax and NEC 8023A printers. Has an an onboard disassembler and a complete manual.



Atari, Inc.

The least-expensive mass storage technique is to use standard audio cassettes. With the Atari you will need a special Program Recorder; this is the most recent. Though somewhat improved in reliability, the essential technology of the recorder remains as before. One track is used for data, while the other is available for sound at the discretion of the user. Two I/O connectors permit placement anywhere in the system chain.


Atari, Inc.

Now number entry is made easy! Here's a keypad that accommodates you when you're working with large amounts of numerical data. This 17-key numerical keypad comes with program diskette, and works with The Bookkeeper, VisiCalc. For added versatility, you can redefine key functions.


(media head and video screen cleaners)
SSK Enterprises, Inc.
2488 Townsgate Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(213) 889-1831

Dissolve and remove contaminants from your disk drive and cassette player heads with the non-abrasive cleaner in this complete line of cleaners and accessories for microcomputers. The Aerosol Anti-Static Treatment reduces damages caused by static electricity for up to two months with one treatment. The Screen Cleaner cleans and protects your VDT from static dust build-up and prevents yellowing on the plastic coating.


(CP/M interface)
USS Enterprises
6708 Landerwood Lane
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-0264

In our October issue, we made an error in our description of this product. If one has a CP/M system, Critical Connection makes it possible to use an Atari computer and Atari software with the CP/M peripherals. Also, the price is $175.00, not $75.00 as we printed.


Androbot, Inc.
101 E. Daggett
San Jose, CA 95134
(408) BOB-TOPO

Former Jetsons cartoon fans have been waiting for this since 1963. Topo, a 36.5"x 24" plastic and metal robot, moves, speaks, and interfaces with most computers via a remote infrared communications link. He (she!) can be controlled with either joystick or keyboard. TopoForth software package is included, thus enabling users to write original programs for the compliant creature. Battery operated.


(instructional package)
Little, Brown and Co.
Order Dept.
200 West St.
Waltham, MA 02154
(617) 277-0730
48K - diskette

Three to eight hours is all the time required to master VisiCalc, via this disk- and-guide aide. Divided into three lessons, it takes the user from beginning to advanced functions, and is the only tutorial that interacts directly with booted VisiCalc.