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EDITORIAL
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Issue number four is ready for uploading, though it is a bit earlier
than usual.   This weekend is AmigaWorld Expo at the Stouffer Resort
in Orlando, Florida and I wanted to get the weeks issue of AM-Report
out the  door so I could  concentrate on the show.  Luckily (for me)
the show is in my home town, so I will be there all three days (just
to annoy my wife).  AM-Report will have a special supplemental issue
released on Monday evening that covers the Expo.

One rumor  has it that  Commodore will release  the 2.0 ROMs  at the
upcoming show.   Talking to a local dealer, I've come across another
rumor -- that  Commodore will NOT  release  them at the Expo because
they are miffed at AmigaWorld  for running the article on the A3000T
when they were explicitly told to WAIT. Either way, we will all find
out on Monday.

This week's issue was supposed to contain part two of the DIG series
that I started last week, but with hectec schedule my guest prof has
in conjunction with Amiga World Expo this weekend, things got pushed
back.  Look for part two next week.

A pre-review of the Digital  Micronics Resolver graphics coprocessor
for the Amiga is  also in this issue.   While I don't  have physical
access to the board, I  have the spec sheets  (including developer's
pricing) and have talked with DMI people in California.

I have filed all  the paperwork for getting logged on the Delphi and
GEnie (I refuse to use  credit cards for  non-essential purposes, so
these things take longer).   I am also looking into  Portal  and the
AmigaZone which was formerly found on American/PeopleLink.

As usual, AM-Report is looking for interesting articles on the Amiga.
If you use,  or know of someone who uses,  their Amiga in an unusual
manner (paper-weights don't count!) or  in business or anything that
would be of interest  to other  Amiga users,  send me a  message and
I'll put it in print.

Next week, a review on  Commodore's AmigaDOS Manual 3rd  Edition put 
out on the Bantam Amiga Library label.  The book covers all AmigaDOS
through 2.04.

Enough chit-chat...on with the news!


 -Chas

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                                NEWS & VIEWS
                                ------------

NEWTEK NUDE DANCING
-------------------
A message posted to FidoNet transcribed part of a news article in the
July 19th issue of  the Wichita Eagle newspaper  (Wichita, KS).   The 
article was  about how Shawnee  County's Board of Commissioners voted
2-1 to reject  a ban on  nude dancing in  unincorporated parts of the
county.   What does  this  have to do with the Amiga?   The following
quote will explain:

    "Tim Jenison president of a Topeka computer company that had
     fought the ban, called the  commission's vote a victory for
     personal freedom.   His company, NewTek,  organized rallies
     against the nude-dancing ban and  spent about $14,000 on an
     opinion poll and  a newspaper,  radio and television adver-
     tising  blitz  denouncing  the  ban  as  unconstitutional."

And  I thought  Mac  users  had  cornered  the  market  on  political
activity! I wonder what Laura Longfellow had to say about all this...

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AMIGAS IN DISNEY
----------------
An article which was originally posted on Usenet and later taken over
to FidoNet  gives graphic  examples of the  Amiga's reliability  in a
professional environment.   The original  article  was written  by an
employee of Commodore Germany,  but has the standard disclaimer about
personal opinions/messages.   I edited the  message  part  below  the
header and above the  reply because there were  quoted replys  nested
four deep and it was CONFUSING! The response is to a message claiming
a null pointer reference bug  (among other things)  makes  the  Amiga
unsuitable for process control work.

                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Article 3497 (11 more) in comp.sys.amiga.advocacy:

      From: peterk@cbmger.UUCP (Peter Kittel GERMANY)
   Subject: Amiga at Disney (Was: Re: Memory Protection)
Message-ID: <1500@cbmger.UUCP>
      Date: 16 Jul 91 07:01:59 GMT
References: <5397@orbit.cts.com> <1991Jul15.123140.11645@Sugar.NeoSoft.com>
  Reply-To: peterk@cbmger.UUCP (Peter Kittel GERMANY)
   Organiz: Commodore Bueromaschinen GmbH, West Germany
     Lines: 79
 
You should ask the people at Disney Studios: "We have shows here that
run 40 times a day since 2 years and are controlled by Amiga computers.
NOT ONE SINGLE show was abandoned due to a computer error. 20,000 shows
without a crash justify Disney's choice and this computer concept."
 
(This is re-translated from a translation into German.)
 
This was in a computer show in German TV (BR-III, Computer-Treff,
13.7.91, 17.05). They reported about all the computer controlling
at Disney in Florida, at Disney/MGM-Studios, at Epcot and in Disney
World (or is it DisneyLand?). Here some more scenes from that show:
 
Indiana Jones show
Moderator: "Which costly computer system is used here to control all
   those sound effects?"
Disney speaker: "Normal Amigas. We chose them for their multitasking
   capability. That was 4 or 5 years ago. At that time it was the 
   only computer with which you could do this. In the meantime there
   were many computers announced that are able to do the same, but
   they are still much more expensive. We could today place a $10,000
   computer here that can do the same, but it makes no sense, for the
   Amigas are working wonderfully. ... We only have problems with the
   environment, humidity and dust. (Action scene shown with fire and
   smoke, Amiga directly besides this, then they show heavy rain in
   Florida.) Real mud gets onto the computer boards. But the computers
   do stand this, you just have to open them every few months, clean
   them and perhaps change boards, then they work reliably."
Moderator: "This is the most important in the film studios where
   George Lucas was among to define the concept: The same procedure
   has to run without problems, dozens of times a day, year for year."
 
Disney studios, 3D MuppetVision
Moderator: "Also this show would be unthinkable without computer:
   3D characters (Mickey Mouse) on the movie screen interact with
   live actors (Kermit) on the stage. Light, sound and Special Effects
   are controlled and synchronized by an Amiga. (Follows the above
   mentioned 20,000 show statement.)"
 
Disney World, fireworks in the evening
Moderator: "You may have a nice fireworks, as it lights the sky
   every evening. And guess who stands behind that colorful magic?"
Disney Speaker: "During this fireworks we control all 3 parts of the
   show with the Amiga:
   1. Sound. The computer takes the input signal, music from a digital
      audio tape. Special software processes it in the computer to
      prepare it for different hardware configurations outside, levels
      are adjusted, and the result is fed to 4 or 5 separated loudspeaker
      towers that are distributed in the park. ... Only with the computer
      we can divide the main signal from tape into the correct sub-signals
      and synchroneously send it to the right places.
   2. We also control the pyrotechnics that is established on the roofs.
      We have 6 locations from where we start fireworks. ... During this
      we absolutely need perfect timing, as the fireworks is very tightly
      choreographed with the music of the show, and we want to provide
      the same result every evening. A precise result can only be
      achieved with the Amiga control computer.
   3. The 3rd system controlled by the computer is the light. It consists
      of six 5 kW spots that are controlled individually in their
      precise intensity."
 
So far excerpts from this TV show. Please apologize my English, I only
hope I didn't lose an important fact or misunderstood one.
It was amazing. They very often not only talked about "computer". No,
they explicitly said "Amiga computer" again and again.
We must address that TV station to get a good tape from it :-).
It's heartwarming.
 
-- 
Best regards, Dr. Peter Kittel  // E-Mail to  \\  Only my personal 
opinions... 
Commodore Frankfurt, Germany  \X/ 
{uunet|pyramid|rutgers}!cbmvax!cbmger!peterk

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DISNEY & PIXAR
--------------
Pixar and Walt Disney have signed  an agreement  which has Pixar making
one or more feature-length  animated  films to be  distributed by Buena
Vista Pictures Distribution.

Pixar was originally formed in 1979 as the Lucas Film Computer Graphics
Division.  Steve Jobs  acquired Pixar in 1986.  Pixar  has won  several
awards for its  computer-generated animated films, including an Academy
Award (The Baby) in 1988.

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CRAY STOCK
----------
Cray Computer Corp.  of Colorado  Springs, CO has  announced  a  public
stock offering.   4.5 million shares of common  stock are being offered
for $12.50 per share. Net proceeds are to be used for general corporate
purposes and capital expenditures.

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SUN & AMIGA
-----------
The SunExpo91  is bieng held  in San Jose (23 -25 July)  and includes a
session entitled "Enhancing your Multimedia Environment with Amiga-Sun"
presented by Norman L. Reynolds, University of Delaware.

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BLACK BELT UPGRADES IP
----------------------
Black Belt Systems has released version 5.0 of Image Professional.
5.0 is a major upgrade. There are many, many new features and
capabilities; here are some of the most significant:

    - Added multiple region select Intersect, add and Exclude.
    - You can now use ALL operations in "Exact Image" mode.
    - Loads 8, 64, 512, 4k, 32k, 262k, 2m, 16m color, BITMAPPED IFF images.
    - Loads 2-256 color, COLORMAPPED IFF images (1 - 8 bitplanes).
    - Loads specialty modes: "Half-Bright", HAM and GIF images.
    - Load, "De-Zipperize" and then display DCTV - better than composite!
    - Added lots and lots of new fill and draw modes, including
      many chroma and luma types of modes, rubthrus, etc.
    - There are now several basic transparency modes, the original one,
      plus new "additive mode", and "edge mode".
    - There are several new transparency blend graph shapes.
    - You can use *any* buffer as a transparency map.
    - You can generate buffers from blend maps and then modify them.
      from there - this is a _wonderful_ transparency tool.
    - There is an anti-aliased composition tool, especially good for
      placing text brushes (colorfonts or normal).
    - Added numerous new Process operators, upgraded several types.
    - Speeded up many Process operations.
    - Redrawing is much faster, selective redraw implemented across
      the entire program.
    - Added Emboss and Punch composition tools.
    - Select regions by color (and nearness).
    - New, more flexible basic shape creation tools.
    - New wet brush mode, wet up, then dry out.
    - All the bugs we could find (with your help, thank you!) we fixed.

All of these upgraded capabilities will be appearing in Imagemaster F/c
within a very short time period; registered Imagemaster F/c users will
recieve the upgraded software and the appropriate docs at that time, no
charge made and no action need be taken.

Black Belt Systems would like to thank you for your support.

Ben Williams

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COMPUTERLAND TARGETS BUSINESSLAND
---------------------------------
The nation's largest  computer retailer,  ComputerLand, has tendered an
offer to Busniessland, the financially strapped retailer.  Businessland
directors have recommended against ComputerLand's  offer of issuance of
ComputerLand common  stock in exchange for Businessland common stock at
a value of $1 per share.

Businessland currently has an offer from New York based JWP, Inc. which
expires on midnight, July 26th.

ComputerLand has stated that it will  consider paying cash for  some of
Businessland's assets.

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COMPUTER PROFITS AND LOSSES
---------------------------
Microsoft Corp. has reported net incomr for 4Q91  rose 73.2 percent to
$138.4 million over 4Q90.  Fiscal 1991 net income rose 65.7 percent to
$462.7 million; revenues  increased  55.8  percent  to  $1.8  billion.

Digital Communications Associates, Inc. (DCA) reported that its fourth
quarter earnings are down 79 percent  from 4Q90.  DCA is known for the
PC terminal program, Crosstalk XVI.

An analyst with  Donaldson, Lufkin  and  Jenrett  lowered  his  second
quarter and 1991  earnings estimates  for Borland  International, Inc.
helping  drive  the  stock down  2 1/8 in  heavy trading  on Thursday.

AST Research, Inc. has  announced record  earnings and sales for 4Q91.

DEC  reported  that it lost  $871.3 million in 4Q91.   While  DEC  had 
positive revenue  growth, it  had a  $1.1 billion restructuring charge
which could not be totally absorbed.

Compaq Computer Corp.'s second quarter  profits dropped 81 percent and
warned that the third  quarter could be  worse if the  economy  didn't 
pick up.  Analysts  state that  Compaq's cost  structure is way out of 
line and they see Compaq  doing  nothing  to  correct  the  situation.

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IBM CUTS LT PRICE
-----------------
IBM cut the price of its PS/2 L40 SX laptop computer by over 12 percent
to $5,245.  The price of 80ns  RAM for the system was cut by up to 45%.

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CD ON THE AMIGA
---------------

The following CD compatibility chart was posted on FidoNet's Amiga
National echo by David Sigman.



 The following CD drives have been tested with the following host
 adapters.

 COMMODORE
 ---------

 CONTROLLER  FIRMWARE                DRIVE                   ROM

 A590        scsi.device 4.6         HITACHI CDR-3650        0006
 A2091       scsi.device 4.6/6.1     HITACHI CDR-3650        0006
 A3000       scsi.device 36.68       HITACHI CDR-3650        0006

 A590        scsi.device 4.6         NEC     CDR-77,80,72,82 000
 A2091       scsi.device 4.6/6.1     NEC     CDR-77,80,72,82 000
 A3000        NOT SUPPORTED          NEC     CDR-77,80,72,82 000

 A590        scsi.device 4.6         PIONEER DRM-600         0801
 A2091       scsi.device 4.6/6.1     PIONEER DRM-600         0801
 A3000       scsi.device 36.68       PIONEER DRM-600         0801

 A590        scsi.device 4.6         SONY    CDU-541/6211    2.6a
 A2091       scsi.device 4.6/6.1     SONY    CDU-541/6211    2.6a
 A3000        NOT SUPPORTED          SONY    CDU-541/6211    2.6a

 A590        scsi.device 4.6         TOSHIBA XM-3201B        3232
 A2091       scsi.device 4.6/6.1     TOSHIBA XM-3201B        3232
 A3000       scsi.device 36.68       TOSHIBA XM-3201B        3232


 MICROBOTICS
 -----------
 CONTROLlER  FIRMWARE                DRIVE                   ROM

 HardFrame   scsi.device 1.8         HITACHI CDR-3650        0006
 HardFrame   scsi.device 1.8         NEC     CDR-77,80,72,82 000
 HardFrame   scsi.device 1.8         PIONEER DRM-600         0801
 HardFrame   scsi.device 1.8         SONY    CDU-541         2.6a
 HardFrame   scsi.device 1.8         TOSHIBA XM-3201B        3232

 NOTES: Firmware deficiencies on the NEC and CHINON drives may cause
        these drives to be UNUSEABLE on newer versions of Commodore's
        "scsi.device" driver and/or with newer versions of the Amiga's
        operating system software.


   The following drives are known not to work with the Amiga and/or
   CDROM-FS at this time.

   CHINON      Any Drive       Any Amiga

   HITACHI     CDR-1553        A3000

   NEC         Any Drive       A3000

   PANASONIC   Any Drive       Any Amiga

   SONY        CDU-541/6211    A3000


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                              The Non-Comm Club
                              -----------------

Non-Commercial Software Reviews                      by Charles Hill



                                    WANDA
                                    ~~~~~

Wanda is a PD  screen hack  done by Paul Leach.   It puts fish on your
WorkBench  screen which  swim  around  looking for windows.   The fish
blow  bubbles,  will  follow  the  mouse  pointer and  generally  be a 
nuisance.

The codes is done in 100% assembler, and  is very small.  The fish and
bubbles are sprites 2-7 updated on the vertical blanking interrupt, so
it is very smooth.   Wanda is, however, processor  intensive and tends
to drag other processes down.  The graphics aren't upto the "Aquarium"
screen-blanker on MS-DOS/VGA, but hey! these are sprites.   It is cute
and a short d/l.  If you collect  screen hacks,  this is one  to have.


                             AmigaUtil II Update
                             ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I found the docs to AmigaUtil II, the program I reviewed last week and
they answered most of my questions.  The  address (Quebec, Canada) and
shareware fee ($20) were listed  along with a host of  restrictions on
redistribution.  The docs  accompanied version 1.0 which  is buggy and
crashes (1.84 is fine) but the author's  request  that the archive not
be broken up, so...

The docs are thorough, and explain all the options of AmigaUtil.  They
were written by a French  language native, so the  English is a little
stilted in places, it is quite readable and clear.

AmigaUtil supports superbitmap images (one is supplied); renames files
when moving them on the same volume; was written in a combination of C
and ASM and can be started in iconify mode.  For more than that, read
my review in AM-Report 1.03.

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                                 STOCK WATCH
                                 -----------

Stock Watch is a weekly feature of AM-Report that lists the previous
weeks securities activities for  the four "name" computer companies:
Apple, Atari, Commodore & IBM.  The two numbers listed are the CLOSE
and CHANGE values for the stock.   Commodore & IBM are traded on the
NYSE; Apple on the NASDAQ and Atari on the AMEX.


            MON            TUE               WED            THUR 
          ------------------------------------------------------------
Apple     46     Unch   45     -1        45     Unch     45¼    +¼

Atari      2 3/8 +1/8    2 3/8 Unch       2¼    -1/8      2¼    Unch
    
CBM       12¼    -½     12 5/8 +3/8      12½    -1/8     12¾    +¼

IBM      102     +1½   100 5/8 -1 3/8   100¾    +1/8    100½    -¼
 

            FRI         SYMBOL      START       FINISH      CHANGE
          ----------------------------------------------------------
Apple     44 7/8 -3/8   (AAPL)      46          44 7/8      -1 1/8

Atari      2 1/8 -1/8   (ATC)        2¼          2 1/8      -  1/8

CBM       12 7/8 +1/8   (CBU)       12¾         12 7/8      +  1/8

IBM      100½    Unch   (IBM)      100½        100½          Unch
    

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                        Super Graphics for the Amiga
                        ----------------------------

Amiga graphics haven't changed much since 1985 and they are starting to
show their age.  Modifications to the Denise chip have given forth such
wizardry as Extra Half Brite and 1280 x 400 interlaced screens (yawn!).
The last year  has seen  an explosion of third  party graphics adaptors
for the Amiga, though  none of  them bring  SVGA type  resolution s and
graphics to the Amiga.

HAM-E by Black Belt  Systems and  Colorburst by M.A.S.T.  bring psuedo-
24-bit color to current  Amiga resolutions,  making for  some fantastic
graphics.  The Video Toaster,  while able to handle 24-bit graphics, is
an NTSC device and thus limited to the resolutions and palette of NTSC.
DCTV has limitations along  the same line as the  Toaster; framebuffers
such as those from Mimetics  display only still pictures.  The FC/24 by
Impulse comes closest  to offering  hires with 24-bit graphics,  but is
limited in the vertical resolution to about 512 pixels.

Enter the next generation of graphics for the Amiga.

The University of Lowell board by Commodore has been shown at a number
of shows, but so far only running under Unix -- not AmigaDOS.  The UoL
board is  an 8-bit  display (256 colors)  with (I believe) a  3  color
overlay from a palette of 16.7 million colors.  Resolution is reported
to be  1024x768, but  that is  uncomfirmed  (by me, at least).  Still, 
this is a step in the right direction.

Preferred Technologies has a  product called the  Spectrum 24 for  the
Amiga, which is  supposed to  ship in about four weeks.   The Spectrum
is a 24-bit framegrabber with its own RAM.  BNC  connectors provide in
and out video connections and software provides control over real-time
frame grabs, variable  format saves,  frame-buffered  24-bit displays,
etc.  Retail price is  listed by Preferred Technologies as $699 and PT
boasts "Firecracker 24 compatibility".  Still,  this is an NTSC device
and while it is great for  video work, CAD/CAM and  hires presentation
work means RGB at *high* resolutions.

Enter the DMI Resolver.

Currently there are two models of the Resolver, with only one shipping
now -- the other is set to ship  before year's end.   There are  eight
versions  of  each  model,  configured  according to the RAM  onboard.

The DMI-010 is an 8-bit graphic card (256 active colors from a palette
of 16.7 million) based  off the the TI34010 graphics  coprocessor.  It
can have a maximum of 4 Mb of display video RAM; 1 Mb of overlay video
RAM and 8 Mb of DRAM.  It provides a programmable dot clock for custom
resolutions upto 1280 x 1024  with a  16-color overlay.   The Resolver
is  compatible  with AmigaDOS and Unix  including X-Windows  and works 
with the A2000 or A3000.  The  cpu is clocked  out at  60 MHz  and DMI 
claims that with a double-buffering option  enabled, the  Resolver can
animate at upto 60 frames per second!

Configurations can be upgraded by  adding DRAM, but this  must be done
by DMI or an authorized representative.

A developer kit can be  purchased from DMI which  includes the  board,
DMI Linked Library software  interface to the TS340  Graphics Library,
Technical Specs, Technical  Docs on the software, a  license agreement
and a  non-disclosure  agreement.   DMI has  available  (for $1,200) a
"Texas  Instruments  TMS340  Family Code  Generation Tools  v5.01" kit
which includes a  linker, a ssembler and  C compiler  for the  IBM PC.
This kit is also  available from  TI for $1,500.   DMI claims that CBM
has a  2.0 version of the  tools, but as of yet,  they only run  under 
version 1.3 of the OS.

DMI plans to advertise starting in the  September issue of Amiga World
and  future  ads  will  contain  lists  of  DMI  compatible  software.

The price list  I have  is a  developer's  price list,  so I can  only 
estimate what the retail prices will be.   It looks like the  Resolver
will range in price from $1,595 to $2,500 for a fully maxed out board.

The model to be release later has the exact same specs except that  it
will use the TI34020 processor  instead of the TI34010 and it  will be
able  to  display (and  animate!)  full  24-bit  (16.7 million colors) 
instead of 8-bits.  The price will accordingly be higher.

Besides graphics boards for the Amiga,  DMI makes RAM  and peripherals
for the HP/Apollo  workstations.   Drop them a line  at the  following
address if you want developer info:

                           Digital Micronics, Inc.
                            5674-P El Camino Real
                             Carlsbad, CA 92008
                               (619) 431-8301

(The information  above was  compiled  from  the  developers  brochure
package sent to me  by DMI and  from telephone  converstaions with DMI
employees.)

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                                 Media Watch
                                 -----------

The Amiga was mentioned in a couple of prominent magazines recently:
Time and MacUser.

The August 1991 issue  of MacUser has a  feature article on  Mac DTV
(desktop  video) and six  products that  helped move the  Mac toward
this goal.

        "We found six products for the Mac that accomplish
         this  task  and compared them  with the  reigning
         champion of DTV,  the  NewTek Video  Toaster -- a
         card that turns the much maligned Commodore Amiga
         into a  surprisingly  powerful  studio-in-a-box."

There is also a sidebar titled "A Toast to the Toaster" which
says (among other things) the following:

        "Although we found that  no Mac DTV product is yet
         reday for prime time,  we did discover a  non-Mac
         video product that is:  the NewTek Video Toaster.
         The Toaster  comes in  two flavors:  the original
         card, which turns a  Commodore Amiga 2000 or 2500
         computer into  a desktop-video-production studio,
         and  a  new  stand-alone  Video Toaster  computer
         based on an  Amiga motherboard.   Both offer  the
         same impressive list of features."

...

        "With either  setup,  you  can  bypass  the  Amiga
         operating  system  and  deal  directly  with  the
         Toaster interface.  Although the Toaster's inter-
         face  is  less  friendly  than  the Mac's,  it is 
         straightforward and  the manuals are complete and
         instructive, unlike the  manuals we've  seen from
         some of the Mac video companies."

...

        "The Video Toaster computer - an Amiga motherboard,
         5 megabyts of memory, and a  52-megabyte hard-disk
         drive -- includes  new software that can also read 
         Mac PICT and  EPS  files  and  convert  them  into
         video."

...

        "...nothing we've heard of can match the Toaster's
         price and performance.   We can  only  hope  that 
         developers will  someday combine  the powers of a 
         Mac and the Toaster  and give  users the ultimate
         in DTV."

Elsewhere in the article...


                        (re: overall image quality)  

        "We compared each product with  the Commodore Amiga-
         based NewTek  Video Toaster --  a DTV product  that
         easily   outperformed   the   best  Mac  card,  the 
         Truevision NuVista+."


                           (re: broadvast quality)

        "None of the  Mac products  comes close to  matching
         the NTSC's tight voltage  and timing  requirements.
         The NewTek Video Toaster,  however,  shows that you
         can get broadcast-quality video from an inexpensive
         desktop computer."


                            (re: image accuracy)

        "The NewTek  Video Toaster  shows how little error a
         broadcast  quality  DTV  product adds  to the conv-
         version."

And on, and on, and on, etc. ad infinitum.

MacUser even went as far as to RECCOMEND the Toaster for "out-of-
the-box" DTV "good enough for video producers to drool over".

The article  closes with  the following  statement:  "Although the
Mac is the best thing since sliced bread as personal computers go,
for  DTV  it's  a   mere  crumb   compared   with   the  Toaster."

As far as the Mac was concerned, the review wasn't a pretty sight.

Elsewhere in  MacUser there was a column  on home video  and  some
anticipation  about  Apple's  rumored  answer  to  CDTV.   CDTV is 
mentioned and while praise/criticism is  not given, it  is briefly
described  and  called  "flexible".  Commodore is  mentioned a few
times, basically stating that it is in a good position  to capture
a big market.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Time mentioned the Video  toaster as  "the big news at the moment" 
that is a  "plug-in board  that  attaches  to  Commodore's  video-
friendly Amiga computer.

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                                 POWER OVER
                                 ----------

Power Over is my proposal to  Commodore for a  modification  to the
current Power Up! program which has  proved so popular.  While this
may seem arrogant to some people (an end user proposing a marketing
strategy), I have met with some success in the past in dealing with
Commodore "higher-ups" in this fashion.   Let me know what you, the
users,  developers  and dealers  think of my idea -- where  are the
holes and how can they be patched.

Power Up is a program by which a current  Commodore owner can get a
big discount on an A3000 or an A500 by providing  the serial number
and original manual cover from  his or her other CBM machine.  This
is a great way to reward loyal users, pump sales, and get the A3000
a decent installed base of  software.   The  program  has  been  so
successful that A3000s are massivly  backordered and  Commodore has
extended the program duration from its initial ending  date of 6/30
well into August.  (Don't believe that malarky  about problems with
backordered machines extending sales  past the final date...CBM has
a good thing going and is extending the ride!)

How do you improve on this concept?   By allowing owners  of  other
machines to trade up to an A3000.

Why doesn't CBM just cut  prices to begin  with and forego a  Power
Over program?   Well, price  cuts are  good, but  gimicks are  much
better for selling a product.  The  right gimick  combined  with  a 
price cut can sell many more items than a price cut alone.

Instead of taking serial numbers, with no  way of verifying them, a
dealer could take the entire machine -- a Mac, PC clone or ST.  The
discount amount would be based on the list price of the A3000 model
preferred less a set amount depending on the type and configuration
of the machine traded in.

PCs that were  traded in would most  likely result in  an increased 
sale of  Bridgecards (so  the masses  could keep their  precious PC
software).  Macs could  be stripped of their ROMs and AMAX II boxes
could be sold with the  A3000s for Mac  compatibility.  The  actual
machines (including  ROM-less Macs)  could  be sold  on the  Boston
Computer Exchange  to offset losses.  Profits  from the sale of the
machines could be split between the dealer and Commodore (since the
dealer doesn't make much profit on a Power Up machine as is).  ROM-
less Mac could be sold, as you CAN buy  ROMs if you bring an actual
machine into an Apple dealer  and have them installed.  The  resale
value is less, but it is still worth something. 

Discounts would be based on the weeks BoCoEx Index for the specific
machine being Powered Over.  Granted,  fluxuations might cause end-
user annoyance (discount  amounts would vary  slightly  each week),
but in the  end it  would work out  (as long as  the  procedure  is
explained beforehand!)

Yes, it is a gimmick.  It, however, has  the potential  to be  more
profitable for Commodore than the current  project as  they do  not
resell the machines upgraded now.  Granted, the market for used STs
isn't what I would call big, the market  for used PCs  and Macs  is
tremendous!  With the recession,  Fortune 500 companies  have  been
seen making the rounds at the BoCoEx recently!

I though of this when I used my serial number (A2000) to get my dad
to sell his PC clone and get an Amiga.  Now I can't Power Up 'cause
I have only one serial  number (threw out all the old C64 ones long
ago!)  Oh, well!  I am a student  so there is  recourse other  than
full retail available for me still!

Comments, criticism, etc. are always welcome.

 -Chas

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                       WHAT'S NEW IN THE AMIGA FORUMS
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CIS/Amiga User
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HAMFIN.LZH/B   12K 24-Jul-91 Find HAM info on your BuckMaster CD ROM
AUII10.LZH/B   84K 24-Jul-91 AmigUtil II DOCUMENTATION 
AMR103.LZH/B   21K 24-Jul-91 Issue 1.03 of AMReport dated 07/20/91
ATCOPY.LZH/B  154K 24-Jul-91 Bridgeboard - Amiga transfer utility
LATESC.LZH/B    9K 24-Jul-91 Mounts Syquest when no cartridge is present.
PCKEY.LZH/B    24K 24-Jul-91 Keymap for German keyboard and Bridgeboard
WANDA.LZH/B     4K 24-Jul-91 Turn your workbench into a fisktank!


CIS/Amiga Arts
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ACOUST.LZH/B  114K 22-Jul-91 MOD file called Acoustic
CAPITO.LZH/B   89K 22-Jul-91 SHAM mode picture of the U.S. Capitol building
MCE021.LZH/B   60K 22-Jul-91 SHAM mode picture of an M. C. Escher painting
OCTAME.LZH/B   76K 22-Jul-91 OctaMed Player program and sample music
SIMPSN.LZH/B   53K 22-Jul-91 Three digitized sound samples from the Simpsons
TRACKE.LZH/B   15K 22-Jul-91 Textfile about various soundtracker players
ADAM.LZH/B    106K 21-Jul-91 Automated DCTV Animation Maker
SNDTOY.LZH/B   52K 20-Jul-91 Spectrogram & Audioscope - Audio analysis tools
DWING.LZH/B     4K 20-Jul-91 Delta Wing fighter object for Imagine/Turbo Silver
SWORD.LZH/B    11K 20-Jul-91 Ninja-To (Sword) object for Imaging/Turbo Silver
AXEL.LZH/B     62K 20-Jul-91 Mod file AXEL.F for Intuitracker, etc.
HARPAT.LZH/B   50K 20-Jul-91 Editor for data for Harpoon game


CIS/Amiga Arts (NUDES)
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