Vol.18 n°10 september 1993

News & Views

p.22 Behind the Wheel of the First Newton and Zoomer PDAs

Test drive of prerelease Apple, Sharp, and Casio Zoomer PDAs reveal rough edges and a lot of promise.

[theme : PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS]

p.29 Spreadsheet or Database? The Best of Both

A new breed turns the traditional spreadsheet metaphor on its head.

[theme : DATA ANALYSIS]

p.35 Windows No Mac at DTP

In desktop publishing, Windows has come a long way. But DTP experts say it still has a long way to go.

[theme : DESKTOP PUBLISHING]

p.44 Scanners Turn Business Cards into Database Records

Is your desk cluttered with business cards that you still haven't entered into your database? Technology comes to the rescue.

[theme : CONTACT MANAGEMENT]

p.46 IBM Announces "Better" DOS Than MS-DOS

IBM releases a new version of PC-DOS.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEM]

p.46 AMD Declares Independence

AMD unveils the first of a new line of processors.

[theme : PROCESSORS]

p.48 Report from Taiwan

Taiwan Is retrigincenng itself to be a designer of computer products.

[theme : PACIFIC RIM]

p.236 What's New

A workstation line with zippy graphics, a notebook with an active-matrix display, portable multimedia, a RAID-5 array, CAD tools. and more.

[theme : NEW PRODUCTS]

COVER STORY

[theme : VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS]

p.64 Video Conquers the Desktop

Integrated video capability has arrived for desktop systems-and with it, intriguing new possibilities.

[author : ANDY REINHARDT]

p.66 Document Conferenctrig Keeps Data Close-By

p.72 Video Compression Standards Vie for Acceptance

p.76 Pandora and the Active Office

p.81 Apple, SGI Blaze Video Trail

With integrated video and sound features, new systems from Apple and Silicon Graphics herald a new era of desktop computes.

[author : TOM THOMPSON AND BEN SMITH]

Features

p.55 India's Software Edge

India has contributed programming talent to the microcomputer world. Now it wants to contribute products.

[theme : COMPUTING IN INDIA] [author : JON UDELL]

State of the Art

[theme : ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING]

p.94 Publish It Electronically

Electronic publishing lets you build enterprise-wide knowledge bases.

[author : CARU LU]

p.108 Magazines Without Paper

p.111 Unlocking Data's Content

Tagging languages and compound document architectures code your documents for cross-platform access.

[author : RANDALL D. CRONK]

This month's cover image

showing George Jetson and his boss taking advantage of digital video conununications-was created exclusively for BYTE by artists at Hanna-Barbera.

p.121 Documentation Goes Digital

A confusing array of tools await those who want to publish reference material electronically, but the benefits might be worth the trouble.

[author : PHILIP C. MURRAY]

p.128 Finding Text Fast

Reviews

p.130 C++ Does Windows

The BYTE Lab tests five C/C++ compilers, from Microsoft, Borland, Symantec, MetaWare, and Watcom, to determine how well each addresses the complexities of Windows.

[theme : PROGRAMMING TOOLS] [author : RICK GREHAN]

p.137 The Littlest Notebooks

BYTE tests three next-generation subnotebook machines, including CompUSA's 4SL/25 Subnote, HP's OmniBook 300, and the Zenith Data Systems Z-Lite 320L.

[theme : PORTABLE COMPUTING] [author : STEVE APIKI]

p.145 A Giant Leap to OS/2 2.1

OS/2 2.1 brings IBM's 32-bit operating system forward, beyond the reach of current desktop operating systems. Bulletproof multitasking and support for Windows 3.1 applications arc among the improvements.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : BARRY NANCE]

p.149 A FirstClass Experience

SoftArc's FirstClass mail and conferencing system goes multiplatform. Its elegant client interface, strong conferencing features, and multitasking communications engine make it a real contender in the E-mail market.

[theme : WORKGROUP SOFTWARE] [author : RAYMOND GA CÔTÉ]

p.153 Video Machine: True Desktop Video

Fast Electronic of Munich, Germany, presents the Video Machine, a software/hardware combination that links with VCRs and video monitors to turn a PC into a Windows-based desktop video editing system.

[theme : MULTIMEDIA] [author : BOB LINDSTROM]

p.163 LANtastic 5.0 vs. Invisible LAN 3.4

Upgraded versions of peer-LAN operating-system maples from Invisible Software and Artisoft offer improved performance, better Windows integration, and options for connectivity. Testing speed and ease-of-use features set the two apart.

[theme : NETWORKING] [author : BARRY NANCE]

p.169 CorelDraw 4.0: The Word Is More

[theme : GRAPHICS SOFTWARE] [author : G. ARMOUR VAN HORN]

Corel releases an ambitious upgrade. CorelDraw 4.0 features tighter integration across modules, multiple page illustrations, an underlying object database, an impressive bundle of fonts and clip art, path-based animation, and even OCR and forms generation. Van Horn finds out how it all comes together.

p.176 Lab Report: 32 High-Speed Hard Drives

We stress-tested 32 hard drives to find the best performers in capacities from 250 MB to 2 GB.

[theme : HANDS-ON TESTING]

p.178 The Best Drives in Capacities from 250 to 350 MB

p.182 How We Tested

p.184 The Best Drives in Capacities from 400 to 600 MB-184

p.188 The Best Drives in Capacities from 1 to 2 GB

p.190 Honorable Mentions

Hands On

p.195 Under the Hood: Pentium: More RISC Than CISC

Why the Pentium's architecture doesn't measure up to its RISC competitors.

[theme : PROCESSORS] [author : DICK POUNTAIN]

p.207 Some Assembly Required: Debugger Support in Windows 3.1

How to exploit debugging support in Windows 3.1.

[theme : PROGRAMMING] [author : MATT PIETREK]

p.217 Beyond DOS: Virtual Device Drivers for DOS

Virtual device drivers aren't just for Windows applications.

[theme : OPERATING SYSTEMS] [author : BILL HAWKINS AND ED PUCKETT]

Opinions

p.221 Pournelle: IBM's Preemptive Strike

OS/2 2 1 is technically excellent. What's needed is widespread device-driver support

[author : JERRY POURNELLE]

p.49 Books & CD-ROMS: Cyber Worlds

William Gibson's Virtual Light; the hip guide to NetWare; learning about computers on CD-ROM; nanotechnology; and other titles.

[author : HUGH KENNER AND OTHERS]

p.294 Commentary: Installer Hell

Software installation programs work in strange and mysterious ways, says the author of Jurassic Park.

[author : MICHAEL CRICHTON]

p.10 Editorial

[author : DENNIS HELEN]

p.18 Letters

Readers react to BYTE's new look.

READER SERVICE

p.292 Editorial Index by Company

p.288 Alphabetical Index to Advertisers

p.290 Index to Advertisers by Product Category

p.288A Inquiry Reply Cards

p.251 BUYER'S GUIDE

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