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Well, friday evening is again upon me and another issue of AM-Report
is ready for the modem.   This issue is the biggest yet, weighing in
at right around 50,000 bytes uncompressed.  This is the limit I have
put on the magazine, since  bigger doesn't necessarily  mean better,
but it most certainly means more expensive.

Judging from the download counts on the various  services, AM-Report
seems to be a smashing success.   Of course, it could  just be a big
novelty value, but who cares?

This past week  has brought more  news of  mergers (I think the 90's 
are going to  go down in history  for corporate mergers & buyouts!),
big  downturns for the  computer giants (IBM profits down 91%, Apple
posts a $53.1 million quarterly loss), and other interesting tidbits
of news.

Epson has cut  the retail price of it's 24-bit color  scanner, which
should have a good  effect on the overall  market (from a consumer's
point of view).

I still only have access to CompuServe and FidoNet,  but I  have put
the wheels in motion to get direct access to Delphi and GEnie.  Soon
I should be active  on both those networks.   This will most  likely
cause the magazine to increase in size, but I will strive to keep it

Enjoy the issue.



                                NEWS & VIEWS

MacroMind, Inc.  and Paracomp, Inc.  have signed a letter of intent to 
merge.  Details were  not given other than the firms expect the merger
to be completed by mid-August.

Bill  Woodward, CEO of Paracomp  will serve as chairman and Timm Mott, 
president/CEO of  MacroMind will be CEO  of the new firm which will be
named MacroMind/Paracomp.

Both firms specialize in multimedia software development for the Apple
Macintosh line of computers. MacroMind's main product is Director 3.0,
an  interactive  multimedia  creator.   Paracomp publishes  design and
visualization software for the Macintosh.


Novell, Inc. of  Provo, Utah and  Digital Research, Inc. of  Monterey,
California have signed a definitive merger agreement in which existing
shares of Digital  Research common  stock, convertible  securities and 
options will  be  exchanged  for $1.5 million  newly issued  shares of
Novell common stock.

The merger is  subject to  approval by  both Digital Research's stock-
holders and the government.

Novell, Inc. is  most notably known  for their local  area  networking
(LAN)  software, NetWare.   Digital Research,  Inc. is  known for  the
operating   system   GEM   and   the   MS-DOS   alternative,   DR-DOS.


Recently, the government of Brazil has eased restrictions on imports of
computer  equipment and parts.   It has approved joint ventures between
Brazil's Sid Information and Elebra with the United States' IBM and DEC

Brazil has  long had a  policy of  "market reserve",  not allowing  any
foreign  companies to  have an interest in Brazilian computer companies
or to import any computer electronics not owned by a Brazilian company.

Brazilian  companies  will  now be  allowed to  import printed  circuit
boards.  The joint partnerships will be allowed to produce medium-sized

Calling  approval of  joint ventures "historic," Brazilian Secretary of
Science and  Technology Jose  Goldemberg said  foreign  firms  will  be 
allowed to  control up to 30 percent of  capital in the joint ventures.

Brazil is  targeting October 1992  to totally  phase out  their "market
reserve" policy.   At that time, multinationals  will be allowed to own 
up to 49  percent of voting  capital in a joint venture.  The companies
will be  required to invest 5 percent of total sales in  local research
and development.


For those of you who like Eric Schwartz's animations, here is an updated
list  of what he has done,  along with memory requirements, the year the
particular  anim  was released, program used to  create it  and official
sources of the anims.

The list was updated on July 9, 1991 and posted to FidoNet's Amiga Nat'l
by John Adams.


AEROTOONS (all require 1 megabyte and are made with Gold Disk's 
           Moviesetter unless otherwise stated.)

Stealthy Manuever                             1989
The Swiss Army F-16 in Combat                 1989, 1.5 meg
Stealth Bomber                                1989
Skydive                                       1989
Navy Aggressor Training                       1989
Soviet Soft Landing                           1989
Korean Conflict                               1989
VTOL contest                                  1989, 1.5 meg
Stealthy Manuever II                          1990
Vietnam Conflict                              1990
Shuttlecock                                   1991
ATF Agility                                   1990-91, Disney studio
Camouflage                                    1991

 E.S. Productions (same conditions as the Aerotoons)

How to Run into a Wall                        1989
Coyote 2: The Road Test                       1989, 1.5 meg
Juggler Demo II                               1989
At the Movies                                 1990, 1 and 2 meg versions
Pogo: Miz Ma'm'selle                          1990, 2-meg
Batman                                        1990
Juggette Demo II                              1990
Terminal                                      1990
Late Night                                    1990
The History of Amy the Squirrel               1990, DeluxeVideo 3
The Anti-Lemmin Demo                          1991, 2 meg(2.5 if HD)
The Dating Game: A Flip the Frog Cartoon.     1991, 3 meg

 ANIMS (short looping things, made with Dpaint 3 and/or sculpt 4Djr.)
       (all of them run in one meg, some less)

Amy Walks             1989
Juggette Anim         1989
E.S. Anim             1989
Stealth Flyby         1990
Juggler jr.           1990
City Jumper           1990
Amy Jogs              1990
Amy vs. Walker        1990
The Big Sneeze        1990
E.S. Tor Anim         1990
Amy Does Schwab       1991

Filenames or archive names may differ from the ones I've given here.
These animations are freeware or shareware, NOT public domain. These
anims  are available  all over  but there  are only  FIVE officially 
ordained distributors (ones I fully approve of).  These are:

Myself, (see end)

the Fred Fish Amiga Library         1835 E. Belmont Dr.
                                    Tempe, AZ 85284

The AFIT Amiga users group.  BBS No. (513) 252-7681  Dayton, OH

The Merical Starchaser BBS.  BBS No. (513) 254-9112  Centerville, OH

Integral Computers "Public D" Collection        414 Barclay Rd.
                                                Rosemont, PA 19010

As Always,

Eric Schwartz

All Animations are Copyright 1989, 1990, 1991  Eric W. Schwartz
This list version (1.2) was finalized on July 9, 1991

Eric Schwartz
P.O. Box 292684
Kettering, OH 45429-0684


Ashton-Tate's plan to sell the firm to Borland International has met with
some  resistance from  stockholder Edward Michael.   Michael has  filed a 
court complaint over the proposed sale alleging that A-T directors failed
to  perform  their fiduciary  duties by  enacting a merger  agreement and 
stock option agreement;  and that the  consideration provided  for by the
merger was not adequate.

The  complaint  contends  that  Borland  aided  the breach and is a class
action  suit which ask for,  among other things, damages,  attorny's fees 
and an order preventing the transaction.

Borland and A-T have said they consider  the suit to be without merit and
that they intend to fight it.


Okay, so it is old news, but it is still news that should be spread

Commodore offers a version of the Power Up program to non-Amiga
Commodore computer owners who want an A500.

Owners of  the C-16, C-64,  SX-64, C-128, Pet, Plus/4 or Vic-20 can
save up to $300 on  an Amiga 500P  and up to $200 on an Amiga 500S.
(Regularly priced at $799 and $599 respectively.)

The program is similar to the Power Up program for the A3000. Write
the serial  number of  the machine  on the  cover of  the  original
owner's manual and take it to an authorized Commodore-Amiga dealer.

Students and  educators  can also take  advantage  of  the  special
prices by  showing a high  school  diploma, college id,  or college
acceptance letter.  Educators show a school ID or busniess card and
the deals are available.

The A500S has 512K RAM,  hooks up  to a home  television  and comes
with a  word processor,  geography  program  and three  games.  The
A500P has  1 Mb RAM,  a word processor,  clock/calendar,  paint and
music  programs as  well as a  challenging  graphics-oriented game.

The offer is available until October 31, 1991.


Epson America has reduced prices on its color scanner and one type
of printer.

The suggested  retail price for  its  laser EPL-7500  printer  from 
$3,299 to $2,999 and for the ES-300C scanner from $1,999 to $1,699.

NOTE: Creative  Computers had a  mail-order price  of $1,449 on the
ES-300C scanner before  the Epson price reduction.   This price was
listed  in the  August 1991 issue  of  AmigaWorld and included ASDG
driver software.


For its second quarter net income, Lotus Development Corp. has 
posted a drop of 61%.  For the first six months of 1991, Lotus'
net incom dropped 66% on a rised in sales of only 5%.  This is
in comparison to last years figures.


Compaq has created a new subsidary in Japan to market it's line
of DOS based computers beginning  in  the first half  of  1992.

Currently,  the Japanese  PC market  is dominated  by NEC which
controls about half the market -- with  non IBM-compatible PCs.


Apple Computer of Cupertino, California  reported on  Wednsday that
in its third fiscal quarter unit shipments of its popular Macintosh
personal  computers  grew  by more  than 60  percent, and  that net
revenues increased  by 12 percent,  compared to  the third  quarter
last year.

Apple also  reported that it has  taken a  one time  charge of $224
million ($139 million after tax)  cost reduction for restructuring.
This has resulted in a $53.1 million loss for the third quarter 91.

                            3Q91                3Q90
NET REVENUE             $1.529 billion     $1.365 billion
INTERNATIONAL REVENUE        44%                 42%
GROSS MARGIN                45.8%                54%
NET PROFIT (LOSS)/SHARE    ($.44)               $.96


If you or anybody that you know is qualified and interested in this 
position please  send in a resume.  Electronic  Arts is located  in 
San Mateo, CA, about 20 minutes south of San Francisco.

Product Testing Job - Electronic Arts

Primary Responsibilities:

- Discover, investigate, and report code and design errors in software
  in all stages of development.  Analyze product, design test and test
  suites that exercise products through multiple option and feature levels.

- Design and execute multilevel test plans and test matrices, review and
  comment on documentation, coordinate and lead the test effort and
  interact with the Quality Assurance department.

- Configuration test software on different cpu's, memory configurations,
  peripherals, video cards, and I/O devices.

- Actively participate in design and development of multimedia products
  with the programming team and production group.


- Expertise and interest in multimedia products and technology.

- Excellent analytical, written, oral, team, and interpersonal skills.

- Required: One year software testing experience.

- Product development experience desirable

- Hardware and Operating systems expertise with IBM, Mac, Amiga, and
  Windows for the IBM PC.

- Self starter that can work with limited supervision.

Only those that have a strong commitment to perfection need apply. 
Please send resumes and a cover letter to:

Electronic Arts Product Test Position P.O. Box 7577 Mailstop JF 
San Mateo, CA 94403-7577


The following message was posted by Neil Bradley [CIS 72337,146] in
the AtariArts forum of CompuServe.

    I attened a seminar at Dragon Con last weekend with 
    Richard  "Lord British"  Garriot, and  a couple  of 
    interesting things were mentioned:

    1) Henceforth, Origin is writing programs ONLY for 
       the IBM computer.

    2) The MINIMUM graphic mode supported will be VGA.

    3) The game Wing Commander has already outsold ALL 
       versions ever made of Ultima!

    4) The "scenario disks" for Wing Commander have 
       been purchased  by over 75% of  the original 
       purchasers of  Wing Commander.  Compare this 
       to "Flight Simulator" which had,  at best, a 
       20-25% purchase of scenario disks.

    5) Origin  has  *IMMEDIATE*  openings  for  "Computer 
       Graphic  Artists".  In fact,  Richard  said if you 
       are an artist and want to LEARN computer graphics, 
       he  is  willing  to  train  you!   Contact  Origin 
       IMMEDIATELY if you are interested.


                        THE BOSTON COMPUTER EXCHANGE

The Boston Computer Exchange (BoCoEx) is a computer brokerage dealing in
just  about  anything  related  to  computers  including  micros, minis,
mainframes, peripherals and software.  They  are located in Boston, Mass
(surprise!) but are  thoroughly computerized and can be reached by modem
through either  CompuServe or Delphi as well as by U.S. Mail, telephone,
facsimile or MCI-Mail.

According  to their brochure, the  BoCoEx was founded over ten years ago
and  is  the  largest  world-wide  computer   brokerage  of  its   kind.

                              DOWN TO BUSINESS

Okay,  I learned about  the BoCoEx from  seeing their abbreviated  index 
listed in  Computerworld, a weekly  trade journal.   Calling information 
for Boston, I located their  telephone number and  asked for a brochure.
Three days later,  I received a tri-fold brochure via U.S. Mail  and saw
the  network access  points would be my  easiest way of  checking things

BoCoEx can be accessed on CompuServe by typing "GO BCE" at any ! prompt.
It can be accessed through Delphi  by typing "ME BO" from the main menu.
Electronic mail can be sent through CompuServe at the GO BCE menu; using
the address BOCOEX through MCI-Mail; or by using the address BOCOEXCO on
Delphi.  Access on  CompuServe is free of  connect-time  charges (though
access network  surcharges like Tymenet and Telenet are in effect) and I
assume that is the case on Delphi, also.

I checked out BoCoEx  through CompuServe,  as my Delphi account  has not
yet been activated.   The BCE is menu  driven, and you  can get  general
information on the BoCoEx itself; peruse listings; read the BoCoEx Index
or send email from the main prompt.

When  checking the listings,  you choose the type of  equipment you  are
looking for, then go to a submenu.   The equipment menu looks like this:

                    ** ONLINE USED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT **

                          1 Inquire About a Listing
                          2 Personal Computers
                          3 Laptops
                          4 Printers / Plotters
                          5 Accessories / Peripheral's
                          6 Modems / FAX / Drives
                          7 Miscellaneous

The first option is to get details about a listing, and can be used only
if you know the listing number.  The PERSONAL COMPUTERS selection brings
up the following menu:

                          1 Inquire About a Listing
                          2 IBM And Compatibles
                          3 Compaq
                          4 Macintosh
                          5 Apple
                          6 Commodore
                          7 Atari
                          8 Amiga
                          9 All Other Makes

Selecting  one will then present  you with a list of what the  BoCoEx is
brokering in that category. When I checked, there were no Amigas listed,
and  only one  Commodore listing.   A typical listing  looks as follows:

 1 Type of Equipment: MICRO               Maker: COMMODORE
               Model: 128                 Price: $1150.00

Very simple to read. Here we have a C-128 for sale, and the asking price
is $1150.   Details are available by taking the listing number  (in this
case, 1) and inquiring further. Inquiring further involves selecting the
appropriate  menu  choice  and  filling  in  the  form.  Details are not
available online but rather you  are then called by a  representative of
the BoCoEx with the information.

This service in not provided free.  The BoCoEx takes a 15% commission on
any  sale made  ($25 minimum) and any  sales made by parties  originally
introduced the BoCoEx.  This is standard practice (at least with dealers
I've dealt  with, it is).   The seller pays this fee,  as well  as a $25
appraisal fee  which is sometimes waived for volume clients.   While the
BoCoEx  does not actually,  physically  check every machine out  that is
listed,  they provide  the following  paragraph in explanation  of their

        BCE listings are provided in good faith and deemed reliable,
        but are  offered  without  warranty  with regard  to errors, 
        omissions,  changes in  price or  withdrawal without notice.
        Incomplete  listings  will be  refused,  and we  reserve the
        right to reject any listing request.

        The seller  is responsible for delivering working equipment,
        and for accepting return or  repair of damaged or  defective

Individuals can list their  systems with the BoCoEx electronically.  The
details are  available from BoCoEx on  their electronic  addresses or by
the mails.

The  BoCoEx  has four  grades of  computer equipment,  for clarity,  the
verbatum definitions follow:

In this area, you can search the BCE listings  database for bargains, offer
equipment  for sale, review the  latest "closing prices" on selected models
of used computer equipment and analysis of market trends in our our "BoCoEx
Index," which is updated weekly.   Values  are  calculated  based  on final
sale prices of equipment traded on  the BoCoEx  during the  preceding week.

        "New"  equipment means:  equipment is sealed in original
        boxes, with a manufacturer's warranty.

        "Used" equipment means: units are guaranteed to be fully 
        operational by the seller.

        "As-is" equipment means:  Equipment is in the  condition 
        stated by the seller at the  time of  the sale,  FOB the
        equipment's location.

        "Refurbished" equipment means:  units have been cleaned, 
        are certified as fully  operational, in clean boxes with 
        manuals. Refurbished  machines are often sold with depot 

        Warranty and equipment  condition are the responsibility 
        of the seller  and vary according  to the terms of  each 
        transaction.  At minimum, all equipment is guaranteed by 
        the seller to be  fully operational on  arrival,  unless 
        otherwise stated.

The BoCoEx provides an escrow service, for a fee, to ensure that sellers
don't  get taken by people  who take  delivery of good,  but don't  pay.

                                  THE INDEX

The BoCoEx  Index is an index of  machines and prices  for the  previous
week.  Something like the Stock Echange listings found in the newspaper,
the BoCoEx Index gives the approximate value of the computer in question.

The Index  is copyrighted,  so I  can't  reproduce it here,  but  it  is 
available  in a  number of places  including  Computerworld,  the Boston
Globe,   NewsBytes,  PC Week and  online through  CompuServe and Delphi.
Check it out for a brief glimpse of the prices of used equipment.  There
is no Index listing (that I could find) for the Amiga.   Here's a taste:

According  to the  latest  Index (the  week  ending  June 28, 1991)  the
closing prices on some key machines were:

IBM PC/XT (mono w/20 Mb hard drive)..............$ 450
IBM PS/2-30 (mono w/30 Mb hard drive)............$1150
Compaq Deskpro 386/33 (320 Mb hard drive)........$6000
Macintosh Plus (20 Mb hard drive)................$ 750
Macintosh IIfx (80 Mb hard drive)................$5400
HP Laserjet II...................................$ 800

        BoCoEx Index prices  are based on complete  systems with
        keyboard, monochrome monitor and adapter, less the value 
        of any software  or peripherals.   BoCoEx Index  appears 
        in PC Week,  ComputerWorld, UPI and IDG Wire Service, PC 
        Satellite   Network,   Computer   Currents,   NewsBytes, 
        Canadian ComputerWeek, CompuServe, Delphi, Boston Globe, 
        and is heard weekly on Business Radio Network. Call BCE:
        617-542-4414,   Buyer's  Hot  Line:  1-800-262-6399,  In 
        Alaska  and  Canada  1-800-437-2470,  FAX: 617-542-8849. 
        BoCoEx Database is on  CompuServe: GO BCE, on Delphi: ME 

What the heck does this have to do with the Amiga?   Well, it is a large
network for those  who are looking  at upgrading and wish to  sell their
current machine, or are looking for a better machine and don't mind used

Finally, it  plays a key part in a  proposal I have  (arrogantly enough)
for Commodore  which I like  to call POWER OVER.  This will be described
in a detailed article next issue.


                              The Non-Comm Club

Non-Commercial Software Reviews                      by Charles Hill

AmigaUtil II
AmigaUtil II is another one of them disk utility programs that allow
you to manipulate files and directories with a mouse.   It is listed
as shareware,  but there was no  documentation in the archive,  so I
haven't the faintest  idea where to send shareware  fees or even how
much to send.

The author is  Marc Lafontaine and the  ABOUT says  support is by  a
Maurice Lapierre.  The ABOUT lists the version number as 2.0 but the
title bar says it is version 1.84.   I think the former is  corrent.

AmigaUtil  was in an LZH  archives with three files:  AmigaUtil, the
corresponding .info file and a .def configuration file.  The archive
is small so download time is quick.

AmigaUtil II is only 83028 bytes long and is pure code, so there is
no problem  making it a  resident process.   The configuration file
goes in the S: directory, but is not necessary unless you want some
custom functions.  There are six configurable device gadgets and 76
configurable custom gadgets.

The Workbench 2  look is in.  AmigaUtil II (AU2) opens a four-color
screen with  default  colors being  light  grey (10, 10, 11), white
(14, 14, 15), black (0, 0, 0) and medium blue (0, 3, 13).  The text
is black on a grey background turning to white on a blue background
when selected. Gadgets and display windows are highlighted for that
3-D look that is ever so popular with Commodore.

The display is the norm for this type of program:  two side-by-side
windows with a small, vertical strip of gadgets inbetween;  a group
of control gadgets below each window and a strip (or three) of user
definable gadgets on the bottom.

The color  palette is user  definable through the standard  palette 
requester  accessable  from the  menu strip or an  Amiga-key combo.
The screen type can be set to  lores (640 x 200), hires (640 x 400)
or half-height. Lores and hires open full screens while half-height
opens a hires screen that pulls  up from below to cover 1/2 of your
Workbench screen. Grabbing the title bar lets you adjust just where
the half-height screen goes, just like a normal screen.

To the left of each display window, there is a slider bar for those
cases  where  the file/directory  list is  bigger than  the window.
Directly below  is a  string gadget  for inputting the  device name
manually and directly above is  another one for the subdirectories.

Grouped below each window are the  action gadgets.  A small cluster
of six list the devices selectable.   I have  them set to DF0, DF1,
DH0, DH1, RAM  and DEV.   Changing them is easy, just CTRL-click on
the one to  change and fill in the blanks! The word DEV is special,
bringing up a list of all AmigaDOS devices.

The next three are ALL, CLR and COPY.  ALL selects all FILES in the
window and CLR unselects all files.  COPY is special because it can
do more  than just that.   If no file is  selected, clicking on the
COPY gadget  cycles it through  its functions:  COPY, COPY AS, MOVE
and DUPLICATE.  Select a  file (file group/directory)  and click on
the modified  gadget to  perform that  function.   COPY performs  a 
standard  file copy;  COPY AS allows you to  rename the file first;
MOVE deletes the  original file after copying and  DUPLICATE copies
not only the file, but also the protection bits, comment and date
stamp depending on the setting in the menu.

The final three are  PARENT,  MD and DELETE,  which all act normal.

Between the SOURCE and TARGET  windows is a strip of 12/13 gadgets.
The  first  is a  double-headed arrow for  swapping  the source and
target  window contents.   The second and third are  left and right
arrows  for moving the  source to the  target and  vice-versa.  The
next five tell the directory what attributes to show for the files.
The options are: size, time, protection bits, nothing and something
starting with the letter "c".   The "c" option  doesn't do anything
apparant,  and since  there is no  documentation....I'm stuck.  The
last four  gadgets (one a ppears when the  final one is clicked on)
are for cycling through the user-definable functions.

AU2 has provisions for automatically listing, extracting and adding
files to and from arc, LHarc and Zoo archives.   Directory listings
can be sorted by name, size, extension, date or time.   The program
even has an ICONIFY option  in the menus.   Most menu  options have
keyboard alternatives.

AU2 has the ability to put in 76 user-definable functions and comes
with four  built in.   The four built in  are  excellent and  quite
useful.  The first is TYPE, which can be changed to a HEX output by
clicking on it without a file selected.   It can also be shifted to
an ASCII setting,  which breaks the lines into 40  columns and adds
a hex character count.

The second  built in function  is ATTRIBUTE which is similar to ZIP
in the requestor  it brings up.  You can review  and alter the  key
protection bits of any file.

The third function is my favorite -- PICTURE.  Picture will display
any IFF  file (though  I've not tested IFF-24).   The neat  part is
that by hitting the "I"  key you toggle the  interlace.  Interlaced
pictures are mapped to non-interlace and you scroll around with the
mouse.   Non-interlaced pictures are  mapped to interlace.  You can
also hit the "H"  key for hires to  lores mapping.  Hires  pictures
are mapped to lores and you can scroll around  them with the mouse.
This function DOES NOT work  in HAM (for obvious reasons).  You can
use both toggles at once  to zoom in on pictures, etc.   Some hires
b&w pictures I  have are really  excellent when mapped  to a lores,
noninterlaced screen -- it is like a zoom function.

The final function  is RENAME.  It works  like it should.   It will
not rename  files to  different directories -- use the  MOVE option
for that.

Loading and saving config  files is very easy -- just use  the menu
options or the Amiga-key equivalents.

I don't normally use these types of programs, as  I am pretty handy
with the CLI and most of them  I've run across  are too  obtrusive.
AU2's half-height option combined with  the iconify is a real plus.
AU2 is a  program that I will  keep around and use  when performing
operations on large groups of files.   Too bad there is  no address
included for the author.


                                 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     45½    -1¼    43¾    +1¾       42½    -1¼      44 7/8 +2 3/8           

Atari      2 3/8 +¼      2 3/8 Unch       2¼    -1/8      2¼    Unch
CBM       13¼    -1/8   13¼    Unch      12 3/8 -7/8     12 7/8 +½

IBM       99¼    -3/8   96 5/8 -2 5/8    96¼    -3/8     98¼    +2

            FRI         SYMBOL      START       FINISH      CHANGE
Apple     46   +1 1/8   (AAPL)      46 3/4       46          -¾

Atari      2¼  Unch     (ATC)        2 1/8        2¼         +1/8

CBM       12¾  -1/8     (CBU)       13 3/8       12¾         -5/8

IBM      100½  +2¼      (IBM)       99 5/8      100½         +7/8


                         DEVICE INDEPENDENT GRAPHICS

In 1985,  when the Amiga was released, it had some  of the best graphics
available on a personal computer.   Three dedicated custom chips handled
the multicolored  images and animations  that were the  hallmark of  the
Amiga.  Then, a 4096 color palette, double-buffered displays, ray-traced
animations all  coupled with  four-channel stereo  sound in  an industry
where EGA 640 x 480 x 16 was the standard graphics display was enough to
make people sit up and notice.   Now, with VGA/SVGA  graphics and add-in
boards to bring  12-bit, 11 channel  stereo sound to  the PC world it is
de rigèur.

Since then, two of the Amiga  custom chips have  gone through some minor
updates  which  have  inched  the graphics  capabilities of the  machine 
forward.   Modifications to  the Agnus  chip have  seen the  increase in
custom-chip accessable  RAM go from 512K to  1M to the 2M  found on  the
A3000 and the "MegaChip" product from DKB. Changes in the Denise display
chip have brought forth such items as half-brite, cyclable and changable
transparent  genlock colors,  and a  couple of new, but  almost  useless
screen resolutions.   Good ole Paula,  the sound chip, has  pretty  much 
gone her merry way, although  rumors about an  upgrade have  been around
for years.

Many people feel the  Amiga is due for a  major  update in  its graphics
system.  Release 2 of the operating  system has resulted in outline font
support at the system level and a uniform  guideline towards application
appearance.  Now, stronger  video  and  audio hardware  is necessary  to 
bring the  Amiga back to the  forefront of the  personal computer  pack.
The audio discussion we will save for a later date.

The most commonly discussed upgrade for the Amiga video system is called
Device Independent Graphics (DIG). What it is, who has it, why the Amiga
wants it,  the implementation problems and all the ramifications will be
discussed in AM-Report over the next couple of issues.

                                WHAT IS DIG?
Device Independent Graphics are  just what the name implies.  A graphics
system  independent  of  the  device  used  to  display them.  DIG takes
advantage of each  particular system's capabilities to display images at
the highest  resoultion  and most  color  available  on that  particular
system, regardless  of the program.  On an Amiga with DIG, a CAD program
would  operate in hires 640 x 400 on a standard Amiga.  But, on an Amiga
with an expansion display card it would  utilize the highest display the
card was capable of generating. An owner of a Rambrandt/Amiga card could
have  "IdiotCAD"  running  on a 1280 x 1024  screen if that is what they

The Amiga  has device  independent keyboards  and printers -- just point
Preferences to the right driver and forget about it -- why not graphics?

                                 WHO HAS IT?
Well, looking at the IBM world, where you plug in a video card and run a
program and voìla!  Is this DIG?  Well, sort of.

True, most any properly written  program for MS-DOS can handle any video
display mode the user has, it  still isn't _true_ DIG.  With MS-DOS, you
are safe with VGA on down (EGA, MCGA, CGA, Herculese, MDA) except in the
remote case of some esoteric display mode (EGA+ and Tandy come to mind).
Higher standards  such as SVGA require drivers for each program they are
used with.  Most SVGA cards  come with drivers for such popular programs
as Lotus 1-2-3,  Word Perfect, AutoCAD and dBase.  For program without a
driver, the card operates in VGA mode.

Since the cards are all a little different, each SVGA card needs its own
driver.   One set of SVGA drivers  would be nice,  but it  didn't happen
that  way.  Why isn't  SVGA  and MS-DOS  considered _true_ DIG?  Because 
_true_ DIG would not need a driver for each program.  A  driver for each
video card type, yes; but not each program.

Thanks to AUTOCONFIG on the Amiga, this part would be transparent. There
would be no "Preferences" setting for video drivers and no "videomap" to
place in the startup-sequence.   The driver would be located on the card
itself and each program could be set internally to take advantage of the
expanded resolution (sort of like when DPaint starts out).

The Macintosh has a version of  DIG with Quickdraw and 32-bit Quickdraw.
Since Quickdraw is implemented on the  system level, it is more complete
than the  MS-DOS variation.  Unfortunatly, not  all Macs have  32-bit QD
and there are some  inconsistancies with the  previous version.  That is
the  price  you  pay  for  upgrading  the  system  in  general,  though.


Next week  AM-Report will  have a guest professor  telling us  about the
problems of implementing DIG on the  Amiga and possible  options for the


                       WHAT'S NEW IN THE AMIGA FORUMS

CIS/Amiga User
BADGER.LZH/B   27K 18-Jul-91 Reminder pgm for startup-sequence, v2.05a
MI-M2I.LZH/B   41K 17-Jul-91 NEW PD Mac to IBM Type 1 Conv Utility!
MIOTLN.LZH/B  186K 15-Jul-91 MIoutline Demo, Type 1 to PDraw Font Conv
PSNAME.LZH/B    4K 15-Jul-91 PostScript Names Found on a PostScript HD.
MFACE2.LZH/B    2K 13-Jul-91 Parallel/Serial expansion board info
AMR102.LZH/B   19K 12-Jul-91 AM Report International, a weekly news mag

CIS/Amiga Tech
PHONE.LZH/B    12K 17-Jul-91 Basic Source for Phone Dialer

CIS/Amiga Arts
ECLIPS.LZH/B   95K 15-Jul-91 July 11, 1991 Total SUN Eclipse, Animation
HARM5.LZH/B    11K 14-Jul-91 HARM5 - Audio Harmonizer upgraded for PS 3.x
WWTRS.LZH/B    24K 13-Jul-91 Selected Woodwind Trios for DMCS


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               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                         Wait for the U#= prompt.

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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           The system will now prompt you for your information.


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