Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 4, NO. 12 / APRIL 1986


reader comments

The Atari 520ST is a hit in the marketplace. As we go to press, Atari Executive Vice President Mike Katz confirms Jack Tramiel's estimate that "at least" 100,000 STs were sold through Christmas 1985. Whatever the number, it's clear there are many new ST owners. Some of them are previous Atari users and Antic readers, while others are new blood attracted by the power of the ST
   But the ST isn't simply a hit, it's a whole new ballgame. Power without the price is not just the Atari Corporation slogan-it's a phenomenal achievement. Now there's an Atari computer so different that we've been covering it with a separate section in the magazine. And this is why I'm asking Antic readers to write and tell me how we can best serve you in such a fast-changing market.
   If you are an ST owner (or intend to be), let us know:

  • Which languages interest you most-BASIC, C, Assembler, Forth?
  •  What will you use your ST for- business, study, recreation?
  •  Do you want to learn 68000 assembly language?
  •  What other computers do you own or use?
  •  What kind of special information do you want Antic to provide?
   And if you're an 8-bit Atari computer owner who choses to stay with your present model for some time to come, we want to hear from you too! The potential of the 6502-based Atari computers has still not been fully explored. Antic pledges to continue supporting all Atari models with creative programs, information and products.
   Antic became the best-selling Atari magazine by providing the best service for all Atari users. I ask for your opinions now to help us continue providing the best service for two dramatically different lines of Atari computers.
   One big question we'll need to face eventually is: Would it be better to have one large, thick magazine that covers both the STs and the 8-bit Ataris? Or should all ST coverage be moved to a smaller, separate magazine when the user base is large enough? Either approach has both advantages and disadvantages, from a publishing business standpoint. So please let me know what your preferences are.
   Whichever direction Antic ultimately chooses, you can rest assured that we will be here for a long time to come-with programs, new products and support for whatever Atari computer model you own.
   Address your comments to me personally. If email is more convenient for you than sending a letter, you can reach me via the ANTIC ONLINE I/O Board. I promise that your effort won't be wasted. After all, Antic is successful because of our shared interests, enthusiasm and ideas.

James Capparell
James Capparell