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                         DateLine:  April 30, 1993
           This 5-MINUTE Newscast presents the following stories:
 1.  NAB Show:  Multimedia World
 2.  NAB Show:  NewTek Intros A New Video Toaster
 3.  NAB Show:  Quantel Soldiers On
 5.  MicroBotics Makes Commercial Software Available as "Freeware"
 6.  Moonlighter Software Announces TapeWorm-FS
 7.  Empire Presents... War in the Gulf
 8.  Electronic Arts Booming, Company Readies For 3DO
 9.  Bullfrog Presents:  SYNDICATE
                            *StarShip* NEWS *Flash*
                               1st of 9 Stories
                        NAB Show:  Multimedia World
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(_____)omputing's wilder side descended on Las Vegas, at the invitation of the
National Association of Broadcasters. It came in the form of NAB Multimedia
World, an exhibit of the latest in multimedia technology held off the main show
floor at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Most of the booths concentrated on low-cost digital video production tools. The
room was dominated by the Silicon Graphics Inc (SGI) booth. SGI is fresh from
creating a joint-venture with George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic, and the
scuttlebutt among the booth's denizens - most are independent software
producers on the SGI Iris platform - was that the company's next move will be
to standardize the way its applications look. The idea is to make SGI
workstations more competitive with the Apple Macintosh as prices decline.
Apple also had a big booth at Multimedia World. Curiously it seemed as devoted
to the PowerBook portables as anything else. IBM had a booth, touting its
Ultimedia "solution" series, but the IBM managers in the booth never could
explain to Newsbytes who was in charge of the company's multimedia vision, if
One wall of the floor was devoted to NewTek Technologies. NewTek, maker of the
Video Toaster, was demonstrating its new Toaster 4000 in the main hall. This
area was filled with independent companies offering Toaster add-on software,
post-production support, or training. The Toaster offers many common video
functions, like switching and special effects, in a single device, and it seems
to have almost single-handedly kept alive the Commodore Amiga, on which it is
The 4000, named for the new Amiga it is built-on, offers faster effects and
enhanced software. Among the publications available at the show were: "Desktop
Video World," from IDG; "Videomaker," from Videomaker of Chico, California;
"New Media," David Bunnell's latest multimedia magazine from San Mateo,
California; "Video Toaster User" from Avid Publications, Cupertino, California;
and the second-ever issue of "Wired," the San Francisco cyber-maven bi-monthly.
Although NAB Multimedia World was really designed so that station managers and
other industry heavyweights could see the computer technology which is changing
their business, the crowd there on the show's first day mainly consisted of
techie types, resplendent in long hair and t-shirts, spouting computer jargon.
They asked a number of basic questions, such as: What do broadcasters do
anyway? As Sculley's keynote address indicated, that's not at all clear
anymore. It will be interesting to see whether the station executives
Multimedia World was designed for get a chance to catch it.
             (c) 1993 Newsbytes.  Reprinted by permission.
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                             2nd of 9 Stories
                NAB Show:  NewTek Intros A New Video Toaster
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(____)n two booths, one in the main show hall and one in the adjoining
Multimedia World center, NewTek announced a new version of its famed Video
Toaster, the Video Toaster 4000.
The new model is based on the new Commodore Amiga 4000, but company spokesmen
ranging from vice president Paul Montgomery to product demonstrators including
former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" actor Wil Wheaton emphasized that the
software has been completely updated.
The new Toaster has a switcher with four video inputs and three internal
digital sources, close to 300 video effects, an integrated graphics loader, a
24-bit character generator, and a new paint system.
The Toaster also runs LightWave 3D, a three-dimensional modeling, rendering and
animation system, and ToasterPaint, a video paint system. The company announced
that Lightwave will be used to create graphic effects for Steven Spielberg's
"seaQuest DSV," debuting this fall on NBC. The Toaster also works with local
area networks, including Novell NetWare, meaning it can be the video element in
a corporate network.
Huge crowds and big talk have become something of a tradition with NewTek since
it introduced the Toaster in 1990. This year was no exception. At Multimedia
World, a host of small companies offered Toaster enhancement software, harder,
and training, amidst hand-painted signs seldom seen at major shows since the
1970s. Said Montgomery. "Since 1990 we've formed a new industry - Personal
Video Production. What we represent is the end of this show."
             (c) 1993 Newsbytes.  Reprinted by permission.
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                             3rd of 9 Stories
                      NAB Show:  Quantel Soldiers On
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(_/   \_)midst all the excitement about digital video production and
standards-based products ranging from the Silicon Graphics Indigo through the
Apple Macintosh to the Amiga-based NewTek Video Toaster, Quantel soldiers on.
Quantel, which is based in Berkshire, England, remains a leader in producing
video editors with names like the Harry, which sell for up to $750,000 each.
While they are all computer-based, they are also proprietary. At this show, the
company introduced a simpler version of its off-line editor called the Micro
Henry, a tapeless on-air presentation product called Clipbox, and improvements
to its digital compositor - known as Hal - as well as its on-line editor,
The company remains quite formidable in its market because it gives
broadcasters precisely what they want. Its Paintbox graphics workstation is
hugely popular, not only in video but in publishing, for its super high
resolution images.
US spokesman Dominic Lunney told Newsbytes that the company has no worries
about competitors like Silicon Graphics - which can undercut its prices by a
factor of 10 - or NewTek - whose Toasters may cost one-hundredth as much.
"A general purpose system is compromised," he insisted. "A guy who invests in a
hardware platform can be toast when the hardware changes. We're dedicated to
maintaining our buyers' investment as the hardware changes."
              (c) 1993 Newsbytes. Reprinted by permission.
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                             5th of 9 Stories
        MicroBotics Makes Commercial Software Available as "Freeware"
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(_/  \/  \_)icroBotics, Inc., the Amiga peripherals manufacturer in Richardson,
Texas, announces the release of the MicroBotics FreeTools Collection. The
MicroBotics FreeTools Collection (MFC) consists of two major commercial
software utilities, RDPrep (v3.91) and MBRTest-2 (v1.22), plus some additional
support programs. Except for a small media and handling charge, the MFC is
available as "freeware" from Microbotics.
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RDPrep is a powerful, easy-to-use disk partitioning utility that mades simple
work of the often daunting task of partitioning a hard disk. RDPrep is designed
to work with any interface/driver combination that fully complies with the
AmigaDOS Rigid Disk Block standard and which accepts standard direct SCSI
commands. Even the IDE interface on CBM's new 1200 and 4000 computers can be
addressed by RDPrep and thus RDPrep can be used to support third-party
installations of IDE drives on these systems (which is an importnat
consideration given that fact that CBM does not provide partitioning software
with non-HD 1200s). RDPrep is extremely easy to use -- in most cases its
intelligent defaults will be all the user will need to implement. The software
also has a special "COMPLEX" mode for hard disk experts or special hardware
setups. RDPrep is completely documented by its context sensitive help facility
plus extensive online help files.
MBRTest-2 is an Amiga implementation of several industry standard RAM tests
wrapped in a friendly point-and-shoot testing environment. MBRTest-2 will not
only test FastRAM but also ChipRAM -- even the ChipRAM the test itself is
using! MBRTest-2 is the only RAM test that will test all types of memory on the
Amiga (including "high" memory on many accelerator boards). The test
automatically discriminates between 16-bit and 32-bit memory. The software
permits many configuration options including "hands-off" testing. Test results
can be logged to a file for later examination. MBRTest-2 will find and test all
properly implemented third-party memory boards and all standard Amiga memory
areas on all Amigas. It is a useful diagnostic tool for every Amiga owner and
MicroBotics is making these two great utilities available on many national
networks including BIX, CompuServe and GEnie (#19227 MICROBOTICS_TOOLS.LHA),
free of charge except for normal telecomm charges. They are also available
directly from MicroBotics for a $7.00 (US) shipping and handling fee (on the
diskette titled "MicroBotics FreeTools Collection"). MicroBotics has granted
permission to non-profit Amiga user groups to distribute the software to their
members. All Amiga dealers may use the software in-house for setup and testing.
Dealers who want to include the software with Amigas or with hard disk kits
should apply to MicroBotics for a free re-distribution license (the chief
provision of which is that they may not impose any charge for the software). In
its freeware edition, the software carries no customer support. All MicroBotics
hardware customers, however, are automatically supported on the software simply
by registering their hardware and providing serial number information upon
For more information, contact MicroBotics, Incs., 1251 American Parkway,
Richardson, TX 75081, telephone 214/437-5530 Central Time Zone.
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                              6th of 9 Stories
                Moonlighter Software Announces TapeWorm-FS
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(_/  \/  \_)oonlighter Software Development, Inc., announced today the
development of TapeWorm-FS, a filesystem for tape drives in use with the
Commodore Amiga computer. TapeWorm-FS is one-of-a-kind solution; it fills the
requirements that Amiga and Video Toaster users have for storing and retrieving
extremely large files quickly and easily on their SCSI tape drives. There is no
comparable product available for the Amiga or Video Toaster!
TapeWork-FS will allow any SCSI tape drive to act like an AmigaDOS volume: You
can get directories, add files, copy files, etc. Access times are on the order
of 20 seconds on DAT tape drives. TapeWorm-FS keeps all versions of a file so
that even the original version of a file is overwritten it is still accessible.
A TapeWorm-FS volume is ideal for near-line storage of framestores and large
animation sequences.
TapeWorm-FS will be available in May, 1993 at a suggested retail price of
$129.95. TapeWorm-FS will operate on any Amiga model computer with at least 512
kilobytes of memory or Video Toaster Workstation and a SCSI tape drive (DAT,
8mm, or QIC).
For more information on TapeWorm-FS or any other of Moonlighter's products,
contact Moonlighter Software Development, Inc. 3208-C East Colonial Drive,
Suite 204 Orlando, Florida 32803, Telephone Voice: 407/384-9484, Fax
407/384-9391, BBS 407/292-6080 - 407/295-6992.
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                              7th of 9 Stories
                    Empire Presents... War in the Gulf
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   \_/\_/ar in the Gulf, to be released in May 1993, pits a crack unit of M1
tanks against invading Iraqi forces in northern Kuwait. War in the Gulf is a
game of immense tension and hectic action set against a backdrop of hundreds of
burning oil wells in the oilfields near the Kuwait border.
The year is 1995, and once more the Iraqis have taken one step too many in the
Middle East. Still convinced of their territorial claim to Kuwait, they have
mounted a surprise invasion of Northern Kuwait using two battalions from the
Medina and Nebuchadnezzar Division of the Republican Guard. Not only have they
taken over the Saabriyaa and Ar Rawdatayn oilfields, but they have overpowered
local resistance and invaded Failaka and Bubiyan islands -- the two most
important off-shore possessions of the Kuwait.
Team Kuwait, the stars of War in the Gulf, are a crack unit of mercenary
'tankers,' who are all-American veterans from Operation Desert Storm. Since the
final withdrawal of US troops from Kuwait, the major part of Kuwait's defence
forces have been hired by the ruling al Sabah family. With foreign assistance
not available in the short-term, Team Kuwait is in the frontline of the
offensive to repel the Iraqi invaders.
The format for War in the Gulf gives the player simultaneous control of four
groups of four armed vehicles, most notably the M1A1 tank. Team Kuwait's first
missions will be to completely retake the islands of Failaka Bubiyan, just off
the Kuwait shoreline. If the player is able to succeed at the furious level of
action required in meeting these objectives, then it is only a short drive over
the Khawr-as-Subiyah waterway to meet landfall and the rump of the Republican
Guard on shore. The two major Kuwait oilfields need to be retaken, and the
Iraqis pushed back over the border. It will tkae over fifteen separate tank
battles in the four hundred square miles of oilfield to achieve success. To be
quite frank, only the very best will succeed.
Based on accurate topographical data from Northern Kuwait, War in the Gulf is
sure to be the most explosive game you have ever played.
Available May 1993 on IBM PC, Amiga and Atari ST.
  o  25 battle areas individually coded to very fine detail
  o  View the battlefield from four different perspectives using a 3D mix
      of bitmap and vector graphics
  o Take command of 4 tank units, simultaneously controlling 16 different
      vehicles through the unique split screen control system
  o Call upon the latest military technology including: laser-range finders,
      infra-red imaging, TOW, HEAT and SABOT missles
  o Liberate Kuwait villages, capture oilwells and disrupt desert supply
  o Lay minefields and order up artillery barrages.
War in the Gulf is the ultimate battefield simulation!
For more information contact ReadySoft Incorporated, 30 Werheim Court, Suite 2,
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4B 1B9, telephone 416/731-4175, fax
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                                8th of 9 Stories
     ____     Electronic Arts Booming, Company Readies For 3DO
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(____)lectronic Arts, known for its production of entertainment software for
personal computers, says its fourth quarter net income is up sixty-one percent
and the company's net income for the year is up sixty-five percent. The company
credits sales of software game titles for the home entertainment systems Sega
Genesis and Super Nintendo (SNES), but says it is gearing up for new
interactive titles for the Sega Genesis and 3DO markets.
Net income for the fourth quarter ended March 31, 1993, was $8,595,000, up from
the $5,322,000 in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1992. Net income for the
fiscal year 1993 was $30,858,000, compared to $18,688,000 for fiscal year 1992,
an increase of 65 percent. Like most companies these days, EA reported revenues
that were higher than its net income. The company reported revenues for the
fourth quarter of $86,581,000, compared to $47,999,000 in the fourth quarter
last year, an increase of over 80 percent. And for the year revenues were
$298,386,000, up over 70 percent from fiscal year 1992 revenues of
The company says its top-selling titles were twelve of the 51 titles it
released during 1993. Five of the new titles were for the Sega Genesis, six for
the IBM PC, and one for the Amiga. EA says its top-selling new releases during
the quarter were Road Rash II for the Sega; PGA Tour Golf II for the Sega, John
Madden Football '93 for both Sega Genesis and SNES; NHLPA Hockey '93 for Sega
Genesis and SNES; and Bulls vs Blazers for SNES. In addition, revenue from PC
products were up over 35 percent compared to the fourth quarter last year, the
first year-over-year increase in this category in many quarters. Overall for
the fiscal year the company released 51 new products, compared to 45 last year.
In addition, EA said its presence in the depressed European market was strong
with revenues up in Europe 89 percent. North American revenues were up 56
percent in North America, and Australian revenues showed a 49 percent increase.
However, EA said approximately $7 million of its revenues were out of the
Japanese market.
EA has received attention lately, because the company's founder Tripp Hawkins,
has started 3DO, a company which claims it can revolutionize the home
entertainment market. The first 3DO player was demonstrated at the Winter
Consumer Electronics show in January and the first 3DO player which will use
compact discs (CDs) is to be released from Panasonic this summer. Billed as the
next "VCR" of the 90s, several important companies have gotten behind the 3DO
including American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T). EA says it is developing
titles for the 3DO player as well.
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"The 16-bit cartridge market continues to be strong and new CD-ROM formats such
as Sega CD and 3DO offer new opportunities to significantly improve on the
current generation of software, and we believe, expand the markets for
interactive products," said Larry Probst, president and chief executive officer
of Electronic Arts.
           (c) 1993 Newsbytes. Reprinted by permission.
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                             9th of 9 Stories
     ____              Bullfrog Presents:  SYNDICATE
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(____)lectronic Arts has announced the release of Syndicate for the IBM PC and
compatibles and the Commodore Amiga.  Syndicate is the brand new title from
Bullfrog, the creators of Populous and Powermonger, and one of the most
innovative software development teams in the business.
The setting for Synicate is a grim and dangerous future world some time after
the Corporation Wars. The world's multinational corporations grew to such an
extent that their power began to rival that of small countries. Before long the
corporations owned the small countries and corporate influence was felt at the
highest level of world government. Then they developed the CHIP...
The CHIP was a technological revolution that was better than any drug. Inserted
into the head, a CHIP could alter a person's perception of the outside world,
and give hope to the masses by numbing their senses to the misery and squalor
surrounding them. For example, a person living on the 49th floor of the
grimiest city apartment block could buy a "Mansion CHIP(tm)" which, once
inserted, would make him immediately believe he was living in the grandest,
most expensive mansion! 'Why change your evnironment, when you can change your
mind?' ran the company slogan. The only problem was that the CHIP had a 'back
door,' and like any new and potent drug, control of the CHIP meant control of
the people. Before long the corporations were at war with each other, battling
to monopolize CHIP manufacture, toppling nations and governments in the
The greed of the corporations began attracting dangerous criminal elements and
soon the crime Syndicates had infiltrated the corporate boardrooms and had
become the controlling force all over the globe. Using custom built
cyborg-agents, they hunt down rivals and battle each other for ultimate control
of the entire globe.
The player takes the role of a young executive in one such Syndicate who is
looking to make a name for himself. From his control platform in an airship
high above the city, he observes as his agents controlled by CHIP technology
spread the shadow of Syndicate terror in a bid to conquer territory after
territory, ousting the rival Syndicates and striving for world domination.
From the stunningly atmospheric intro sequence with its state-of-the-art 3D
rendered graphics, the player is made aware that Bullfrog has once again
created an original and stimulating experience. Having customized his corporate
logo, he is faced with over fifty elaborate missions -- each set in a living
city, alive with intelligent men and women, cars and commuter trains, rival
agents and law enforcement forces. Within this environment the player has
complete freedom to perpetrate the nefarious deeds of the Syndicate! Succeed in
conquering a territory and he can raise taxes to fund research and development
into more advanced weaponry and cybernetic body parts. Raise taxes too far and
the territory will become ripe for insurrection and defection to a rival
With the use of new graphic technology -- Syndicate has had more full time
dedicated graphic artists than all Bullfrog's previous projects put together --
and realistic sound effects including music and digitized speech, Syndicate is
Bullfrog's most unique title to date! Syndicate will be available on IBM PC and
compatibles priced at $59.95, and Commodore Amiga priced at $49.95 from
Electronic Arts in June.
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