DISK MAGAZINE: CIP ST by Richard Karsmakers
After having written a letter to Ulrich Veigel, chief editor of
the German disk magazine "CIP ST" (see ST NEWS Volume 3 Issue 2),
accompanied by a disk containing the most recent ST NEWS issue, I
was happy to receive some issues of his magazine. By now, I have
all the issues that are available and I am glad, too. In this
article, you will be able to read more about "CIP ST", its setup
and the articles that were published in it up to now.
The most striking feature of "CIP ST" is that it is fully
German, which means that it is only readable for a fairly limited
part of the world's population. However, "CIP ST" proves to be
quite popular in Germany, and I have looked at their reader's
feedback column with awe - whereas we usually have to work our
asses off to get people to react, Ulrich seems to capture the
attention of a lot of people that also react quite spontaneously.
"CIP ST" is also menu-driven, just like ST NEWS. This makes it
superior to e.g. "ST Info" and the older ST NEWS issues (the
vintage ones, belonging to Volume 1). "CIP ST" has been published
in a GEM environment of its own right from the beginning, which
may be called quite remarkable.
The program is 100% mouse-controlled, though the first issue
used to be quite un-userfriendly (all articles were numbered
through and the list of contents was downright - ouuuaaahhhh -
slow). It is also programmed in GfA Basic and that reflects in
the speed (faster than ST NEWS when it has not yet been partly
redone using machine code) and the ease of use.
All documents are contained in the actual program (that is about
200 Kb in size each time) and this takes care that there are no
loading times (of course). Some music (Xbios 32 music) is
included in all issues with the exception of the last one (Issue
Now, what does "CIP ST" offer to its readers?
First of all, "CIP ST" is set up as an additional magazine for
members of a "CIP" computerclub in Heilbronn, Germany. Accents
lie on an extensive PD service, tips & tricks, news, ready-to-use
programs and contact between readers. Only very few software
reviews can be found, and no adventure solutions. But let's have
a systematic look at what was to be found in the issues that are
Issue 1 (March 1987)
This was the issue that was very favourably mentioned in the
June 1987 issue of the German computer magazine "68000'er". It
suffers from all kinds of 'child's illnesses' but one can plainly
see that it has potential to grow big and strong. It seems that
Ulrich wrote it all by himself (ough!), and it offers a 'great
starters' course' for programming on the ST (excellent for people
that have just started), a ready-to-run vocabulary program and
news about Atari's MEGA ST and the Laserprinter. There's more, of
course, but these were the most interesting things.
Issue 2 (November 1987)
Unfortunately, this program uses a xx tracks with 11 sectors per
track format. Very difficult to copy on some drives, and only
limited numbers of disks can actually handle this format
properly. Some PD libraries might therefore have transferred it
to a normally formatted, doublesided disk. Anyway, it offers over
430 Kb of files.
Ulrich was now finally assisted by some more authors, and the
dead-slow contents selection was replaced by nice and plain pull-
down menus. All articles were now also numbered seperately.
"CIP ST" issue 2 proved that the hinted potential had indeed
been present. A "Tempus" demo was added on the disk, there were
hardware tips (model controlling), an article about the new "ST
Basic" and even a game called "Petit Prix" (not as good as games
that are usually offered in "F.A.S.T.E.R." diskmag, but very nice
indeed). And the most interesting for me, of course, was a true
review of ST NEWS! Ulrich turned out to share my opinion of
working together and advised everybody to read ST NEWS (next to
"CIP ST" of course). Lucky enough, he did warn that people would
need sufficient knowledge of the English language.
Issue 3 (February 1988)
An ache struck my heart when I read about the existence of
another German disk magazine in "CIP ST" issue 3. This other
magazine was called "STOP", and appeared already to have stopped
before it was properly known. Reason: Lack of articles. In his
'letter of resign', "STOP" editor Robert Tolksdorf mentioned ST
NEWS was an example of how a disk magazine could be - and that
really moved me deep down inside. Robert had failed to succeed in
making his magazine a success, and I feel very sorry about that.
Robert, if you're reading this article, please realise that I
know what you feel like. And since I don't have your address, can
you perhaps send all "STOP" issues that were made to me? I am
very interested in reading them.
"CIP ST" issue 3 also saw the first part of a Machine Language
Course, an article about Speech in GfA, some hackin' readers'
writing, some small advertisements, a German mailbox list and
reviews of the SH205 harddisk, Adimens 2.1 and Wizball. A nice
GfA Basic trick was also offered: How to use calculations with
numbers of up to 30000 positions.
Issue 4 (May 1988)
The music disappeared in this issue, and there was a deafening
silence in my room. So I smashed some Napalm Death trash-metal on
my record player to take care that my inner ear would keep on
exercising when I looked at this issue (Note: Napalm Death is the
world's fastest band. Don't listen to it or you'll find even
Kreator or Sodom dead-slow).
The first novel appeared in this issue: "Bit und Byte auf dem
Weg" (translation: "Bit and Byte on the road"). There was also
plenty of Cebit coverage, and an article about Atari's new PCs.
There was also a "Gunship" review as well as a small program that
installed an interrupt routine that let a small birdie fly
across your screen all the time. Nice.
If you're interested in obtaining information about "CIP ST",
you should get in touch with chief editor Ulrich Veigel.