BOOK REVIEW: GRAFIK-ANWENDUNGEN ZUM ATARI ST
by Richard Karsmakers
Another book from Data Becker (Merowingerstr. 30, 4000
Düsseldorf, West Germany) that I review this time: Dirk Schaun's
"Atari ST Grafik Anwendungen". The book (ISBN 3-89011-162-9)
counts 193 pages and is sold at DM 29,- in West Germany.
Undoubtedly, a Dutch translation will appear sooner or later from
Data Becker Nederlands. The book covers working with GEM Draw,
Degas and Neochrome. Hereby I wish to extend my thanks to Eerk
Hofmeester and Robert Heessels from the Strike-a-Light group who
borrowed me the book (since they are a very graphics orientated
programming group, it tells you something of the quality of this
book if you hear that I borrowed it for three or four months).
In principle, this book is set-up just as a user manual of the
three aforementioned drawing programs. I feel this cannot be said
to be a terrific achievement, since it isn't that difficult to
translate a few manuals, add a personal note to it, and maybe to
add a few of your own tips & tricks. The only chapter of interest
might be the GEM Draw chapter, since the author succeeds in
explaining quite easily how to work with that program, which is
not one of the easiest programs around to work with (personally,
I loather working with it - give me Degas Elite - but that's
The book is an absolute downer, especially if you belong to the
group that bought originals of the mentioned programs (together
with manuals, I mean). It is not worth to pay about DM 30,- for
about ten pages (at the most!) of things you did not know
already, so you'd better leave this book lying to gather dust on
the bookshelf of some computer-store.
I wish the writer (who seems to be quite an artist) had kept
himself to being artistic. Not that he cannot write properly or
that he writes under strange conventions, but because he simply
seems to have selected a very unoriginal subject to write about.
I think Data Becker is currently entering the wrong direction, by
publishing as many books (and other things) as possible on the ST
(quantity seems to be much more important than quality). Where
are the times of "ST Intern"?
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.