VDOS

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                        VDOS Prodigy Press Release
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     From: Marathon Computer Press

     To: All ATARI ST Retailers, Wholesalers, and Enthusiasts

     Subject: Commercial Release of The VDOS Prodigy Software System

          Effective 2 January 1989 Marathon Computer Press has 
     released the VDOS Prodigy Operating System Manager for all 
     models of ATARI ST microcomputers.

          Prodigy is an extremely innovative Software Librarian, DOS 
     Manager, and Operating System Executive for the GEM Based ST.  
     It has been likened to IBM counterparts Norton Utilities(tm), 
     Norton Commander(tm), and Power Menu(tm) all bundled into one 
     nice integrated package and it's available NOW for the ATARI ST.  


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                              Main Features

                     Define 100 autoexecute programs
                 (More Slots can be defined if you like)

             Over 50 DOS Utilities with a graphical interface

                       UNIX(tm) utility similarity

                    Virtual to Disk or RAM capability
     (Only requires 42K RAM to run programs in Virtual to Disk mode)

               520 ST, 1040 ST, and Mega ST compatibility

       Nearly complete compatibility with all existing ST software

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                            Who Needs Prodigy?

          Any business users, programmers, writers, power users, hard 
     disk owners, or any enthusiast that owns a lot of ST software 
     will fall in love with Prodigy.  This is the ultimate 
     productivity tool and time saver for those that routinely use 
     many programs each day.  Imagine defining a slot in one of 
     Prodigy's 7 autoexecute menu systems to contain your program 
     name, its location on one of your floppy or hard disks, and all 
     other pertinent information.  Just a couple of easy steps and 
     you'll never have to go farther than Prodigy's point and click 
     interface to run your programs again.  And if it's your 10 most 
     used applications, just press a function key to execute it. 

          This operating environment has to be experienced to be 
     believed.  It is compatible with nearly all ST software 
     including the Beckemeyer Micro-RTX(tm) multitasking kernel.  It 
     goes beyond the competition, and was the first Virtual to Disk 
     Operating System Shell ever written for the ATARI ST.  As a 
     matter of fact the original VDOS is located in the DL libraries 
     of this Billboard System.  VDOS was a ShareWare quality, 
     experiment that led to the Full Scale Development of its 
     Prodigal Son, VDOS Prodigy.  Feel free to take a look at the 
     original ShareWare version of VDOS, if you haven't already done 
     so.  It's just a taste of what is possible with the Powerful 
     Commercial version of the program.

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                              Documentation

          No skimpy little stapled documentation packs with this 
     product!  We have produced a >170 page professionally prepared 
     manual that is bound in a durable and attractive Vinyl 3 Ring 
     "D" binder.  Attractive inserts distinctively adorn the manual 
     and the optional slipcover.  The body of the manual contains
     information on the following:

                             Software Ethics

                     The Prodigy Concept of Operation

                            How to Get Started

                            The Program Slots

                              Using Hot Keys

                            The DOS Utilities
      (In alphabetical order and at least 1 page dedicated to each)

                      The VDOSLOW Autoloader Program

                         Software Considerations

                               Future Plans

                         A Complete Bibliography

                               A Glossary

                               Error Codes

                               ASCII Codes

                          A Two Machine License
       (VDOS Prodigy can be installed in up to 2 machines legally)

          This is a program package that began development over 2 
     years ago, and has been beta tested by some of the biggest names 
     in the micro software business.  Prodigy is one program 
     environment that any serious ST user won't want to be without.

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                           Still Not Convinced?

          How about the following for some of the available DOS 
     Utilities that are either a part of the main program or are Disk 
     Distributed.

                        ACCESSORY  AUDIT  CALENDAR

                          CHDIR  CHDRIVE  CHMOD

                  CONFIGURE  COPY(GLOBAL, FILE) COPYDIR

                  DELETE(GLOBAL, FILE)  DISPLAY  DSKFREE

            EXECUTE  EXIT  FDATIME(RETAIN FILE CREATION DATE)

                        FIND(FILES) FORMAT  HEADS

                       $HOME  HELP  LC(LINE COUNT)

       LS -L(LIST UP TO 1,500 FILES PER DIRECTORY)  MEMFREE  MKDIR

         MERGE(FILES)  PASSWORD  REBOOT(SELECTABLE OR IMMEDIATE)

                      RENAME  SEARCH(PATTERN)  SIZE?

                SYSMAP(SYSTEM MAPPING UTILITY)  TAILS  TEE 

                     VIRTUAL(DISK, OR MEMORY)  WHERE?

                            AND MORE..........

          Whether you are a business user, programmer, or everyday 
     home user of your ST, this is the one-stop shop for your 
     operating system control needs.

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                                The Cost?

                       Introductory Price is $69.95

    Slipcover Option is $6.50 (Binder slips inside for shelf storage)

            Shipping is $2.00 U.S. and Canada $7.50 elsewhere

                       Informative Brochure is FREE

                   Call or write for a brochure today!
                   (No orders accepted over the phone)

     This Press Release intended for Bulletin Board Services and may 
                      be duplicated for any purpose

                         Marathon Computer Press
                          Post Office Box 68503
                   Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455-9433
                    (804)460-5227 24 Hr. message line

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                          Hardware Requirements

                         520 ST with dual drives
        (Can be run with a one drive 520 ST, but not recommended)

            1040 or memory enhanced 520 ST with a single drive

                       Mega ST with a single drive

                      Any ST with a Hard Disk Drive

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      Quality software from the programming staff that brought you:

                 The Vocabularian(tm) (ANTIC Publishing)
                The GFA Basic(tm) Companion(tm) (MichTron)
                  The GFATIP series (GEnie & CompuServe)

         AT MARATHON, WE GO THE DISTANCE FOR CREATIVE COMPUTING!

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         Micro-RTX is a trademark of Beckemeyer Development Tools

      Norton Commander, and Norton Utilities are trademarks of Peter 
                             Norton Computing

                  ATARI ST is a trademark of ATARI, Inc.

              GFA Basic is a trademark of GFA Systemtechnik

        The Vocabularian and Companion are trademarks of Marathon 
                              Computer Press

          Power Menu is a trademark of Brown Bag Software, Inc.

              UNIX is a trademark of AT&T Bell Laboratories

               GEM is a trademark of Digital Research, Inc.




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