ST New Products
THREE FROM BECKEMEYER
Beckemeyer Development Tools' AnsiTerm ($24.95), an ANSI terminal emulator, lets your ST perform the functions of one of the most widely-used terminals, using the ANSI X3.64 protocol, with the additional capabilities of automatic file transfer and printing. In addition to such file transfer protocols as XMODEM and ASCII text, AnssiTerm also provides Kermit and CompuServe "B" (which uses larger blocks for greater speeds and prevents timeouts by informing AnsiTerm of any delays).
In this unprotected program, the keypad and cursor keys function like a VT100 or VT52 keypad. Each function key can have two strings of keys attached to it, and all transmission rates supported by TOS can be used, from 50 to 19,200 baud.
The Hard Disk Accelerator ($39.95) is a disk-caching system that speeds up your computer by speeding up the disk access. Common tasks such as starting a program or searching a database often happen 100% faster, with peak performance over 300% faster. The Hard Disk Accelerator combines RAM access with hard disk access to boost average disk performance. The program is automatic: it can be used effectively with a small amount of memory, works with copy protected software and can be used with large programs.
MT C-Shell ($129.95), a UNIX-like multitasking, multiuser TOS-compatible operating system, features electronic mail and print spooling and supports networking.
Beckemeyer Development Tools, 478 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610.
(415) 452-1129. PRESS.
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STAR 24-PIN PRINTER
Print out drafts at 300 characters per second (cps) and letter quality documents at 100 cps with the NB-15 from Star Micronics. The Prestige font is built in, but typefaces such as Letter Gothic, Courier and Orator are available on cartridges to be inserted into printer slots. Use front panel controls to select page length, print pitch, typeface and draft/letter quality mode. And an expandable 16K print buffer helps you get work done fast.
$1,449 Star Micronics America, Inc., 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166.
(212) 986-6770, (714) 768-4340. PRESS.
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In Diablo ($29.95), a unique maze-like arcade game, you'll try to arrange the convoluted, 240-section, 120-panel track to keep an ever-advancing ball on a continuous course.
Disk Library ($49.95) puts everything you need to get organized right at your fingertips. It files, categorizes, and cross-references each disk, folder and file in your library and automatically updates them as you add them to the library. Disk Library also lets you add your own comments.
Classic Image Inc., 510 Rhode Island Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
(609) 667-2526. PRESS.
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Antic saw the new ST version of WordPerfect, the best selling and highest-rated full-feature word processor for the IBM PC, at CES in January. Clearly the most sophisticated word processor for the Atari ST, WordPerfect takes full advantage of the new 1, 2 and 4Mb Mega STs.
The Atari version features the best of both worlds: it's GEM-based, using menu bars and windows, but it also supports the full array of keyboard commands familiar to IBM WordPerfect users. Users moving from the IBM to the Atari version will also benefit from full file compatibility with WordPerfect 4.1.
The program uses high-speed assembly language routines for ultra-fast response times. It's faster than any other ST word processor-even ST Writer.
WordPerfect supports footnote and end-note compilation, full keystroke macros, automatic calculation of numeric tables with the built-in math mode, complete database merge capabilities, an outline feature, a nine-keyword sorting facility for alphabetizing lists, a 115,000 word dictionary, a five-level table of contents and index generator, a newspaper-style five-column display, a sophisticated thesaurus, a three-level undo capability and a virtual memory data system, allowing data to flow onto disk when computer memory is full.
$395. Word Perfect Corp., 288 West Center Street, Orem, UT 84057. (801)
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THREE FROM TIMEWORKS
Interested in three 90,000-word spell checkers, a 60,000-word integrated thesaurus and an integrated outliner? Then try Word Writer ST-especially if you're the kind of person who likes onscreen underlining, italics, boldface, light type, subscript, subscript, headers and footers, cut and-paste and all standard features.
Or use the SwiftCalc ST spreadsheet for budgeting, financial planning and organizing data, especially if you need super high-resolution graphics, such as pie charts, vertical bar charts, scatter diagrams and hi-lo-close stock charts. The sideways option lets you print all columns vertically on one continuous sheet by automatically rotating your spreadsheet 90 degrees as it prints out.
Data Manager ST, a highly flexible filing and record-keeping system, lets you store, retrieve, sort, evaluate and update large amounts of information. Included are a built-in graphics package, a customized report writer and a label maker.
$79.95 each. Timeworks Inc., 444 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015.
(312) 948-9200. PRESS.
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This real-time MIDI record/playback system simultaneously supports all 16 channels of MIDI information, including velocity ("touch"), both key and channel aftertouch, pitch bend, program changes and all 128 MIDI controllers (such as pedals). MIDIPLAY can store over 200,000 MIDI note/events-about three hours of music-in a megabyte of RAM.
$49.95. Electronic Music Publishing House, Inc., 2210 Wilshire Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90403. (213) 455-2025. PRESS.
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