We have come a long way since we launched our first, very
amateuristic version of ST NEWS. That was back on the 26th of
July of last year, about half a year ago. We are now finally able
to offer you the ultimate solution: ST NEWS with a "F.A.S.T.E.R."
look! Now, it's possible to select one article at the time, which
isn't only much handier with regard to available memory (the
current ST NEWS can work with about 160 Kb of free memory!), but
also much more user-friendly. We have received many requests to
split up ST NEWS, but we just couldn't do that. That's why we
made this version of ST NEWS with its own reader, etc. Maybe, we
can now finally be as good as (or maybe better than) the Canadian
disk magazine "F.A.S.T.E.R."!
The program you're now using was written using GfA Basic and our
good old Scroll Message Editor (that we published in our previous
issue of ST NEWS). I was glad I had some help with the actual
page viewing routine by a logical thinker (Hans van der Linden),
so it was possible to finish it in about 12 hours of programming.
There will undoubtedly be bugs in the program (although it was
tested thoroughly and I haven't seen any bugs myself!), and I
hope that you will contact me if you think there are some bugs in
the program that aren't minor anymore.
A big thanks must go to the people at F.A.S.T.E.R. in Canada, for
giving me the excellent idea of putting documents in such a user-
friendly environment. Also thanks to Math, who supplied me with
the music (exception-driven, as you'll notice if you select "Quit
but keep Music"). Also thanks to Jos Schilders, with whom I
developed the Scroll Message Editor that created the scrolling in
If you happen to be working in medium resolution (ST NEWS does
not and will never support low resolution, I'm sorry!), you'll
notice that you haven't got access to the "About ST NEWS" and
"Bonus Pictures" options, as well as the "Invert Screen" option.
I am very sorry to say, but originally this program was to be for
monochrome only! Maybe we'll include fully working options in a
future issue of ST NEWS!
The Bonus Picture was beeped over by Modem from the Amiga and
afterwards converted from Low-to High Resolution using our own
Low->High-Converter (that we published quite a while ago in ST
NEWS Volume 1 Issue 4). I have also tried converting it with
Degas Elite, but (although it is a really great program!) I found
that that didn't satisfy me. The artist is unknown to me, but he
will now undoubtedly have sold his Amiga to buy the ST...
I wish you lots of fun reading this issue of ST NEWS,
(Editor of ST NEWS)
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.