This Article was published in the
Summer 88 issues of the Staten Island Atari Users Group newsletter.
The article was also posted onto the Fordham Prep BBS in the Bronx, NY.
At the time, the bulletin board system that Curt Vendel ran had changed
from being run in 83-86 as the Star Trek BBS to The Earth Access Center
in 86-89 to present Atari articles and data.
During the initial development of Diamond, Alan Reeve sent
Curt Vendel Version 1.0 onto diskette and Curt Vendel proceeded to work
using an Apple Lisa XL with MacPaint and created all new icons for the
Diamond desktop which were null modem'd into an Atari 130XE and using MicroPainter
were converted into Atari format and mailed out to Alan. In
release 2.0 and 2.1 the new icons became the final icons used in the Diamond
GOS operating system.
June 6, 1988 Diamond(tm) Press Release Info Attention
Atari XL and XE
owners. REEVE Software, developers of the powerful News Station page
software, will soon be releasing our powerful new graphics based operating
system. It is called Diamond(tm) and when loaded into an XL/XE computer
64K or more, gives your computer a complete graphics operating system
to what GEOS(tm) has done for the Commodore 64. This document gives
information on what Diamond(tm) can do from a programmers point of
view, and I
think you'll agree that Atari XL/XE owners are in for a real treat
Diamond(tm) is our powerful new graphics based operating system. It
Atari computer to use the icon based point-and-click menu systems that
present on many of the more powerful systems today such as the Macintosh(tm),
Amiga(tm), and Atari ST(tm), and better yet, is the fact that Diamond(tm)
not a single program that uses drop-down menus and icons, but rather
environment which means there will be many more programs to come that
Diamond(tm) based Diamond's(tm) features include A mouse cursor which can
be operated by the keyboard, a joystick, a touch tablet, or a mouse.
definable in shape and its point of action can be changed (e.g. an
of action would be its tip, and a crosshairs point of action would
center.) Drop-Down Menus that can have menu options activated
deactivated which is indicated by highlighting active items. Menu items
also have check marks placed and removed from them. These function
handled by Diamond(tm). Desk Accessories which can be
called up from any
Diamond(tm) based program at any time. Icons that can
be activated through
a point-and-click system with a mouse. Icons can be shaped and moved
as part of our environment. Dialog Boxes that are virtually
design to allow the user to make easy selections that require anything
simple yes/no response to anything one can think of.
Windows that can be
opened, closed, moved, and sized via simple software calls.
more powerful routines that make up the Diamond(tm) environment.
what has been said up until now deals with Diamond(tm) as an environment,
is meant to let you know that Diamond(tm) is an environment that can
accessed by anyone that knows how to program, however, Diamond(tm)
to make computing more fun for those that do not know how to program,
know how to use a computer. The primary purpose of an environment such
is to make computing easy and enjoyable, and this is a user interface
people to communicate more easily with their computer.
scheduled for July release and includes our Diamond DeskTop software,
acts as a substitute for those select a letter and command oriented
allows users to perform every standard DOS function via a simple user
command such as deleting a file or dragging the file over to the trash
the user doesn't have to use the keyboard unless absolutely necessary
renaming a file. Diamond(tm) DeskTop will also be compatible
Drives, Hard Drives, and Ram Disks as well as most Disk Operating Systems
as Atari DOS 2.5 and SpartaDOS(tm). We hope that Diamond(tm)
new standard of operating environments for Atari 8-bit owners as we
designed it with excellent flexibility and power. Diamond which includes
Diamond DeskTop and some additional programs and Desk Accessories will
for $29.95 as will our other Diamond based products.
Diamond should pump
new life into your Atari 8-bit computer, and in order to put even more
into your XL/XE computer we have a complete line of Diamond(tm) based
The Diamond Programmers Kit Explains
how to program with
Diamond(tm), and includes macros for Mac/65 and Basic source code to
demonstrate how to use Diamond(tm). Also contains a resource builder
to aid in
the construction of drop-down menus, dialog boxes, and icons. It's
Software uses to develop our Diamond based programs. (August '88) $29.95
Diamond Write A full featured word processor that includes
come to expect from word processing on your Atari XL/XE and the ability
multiple fonts and multiple text sizes in your documents. (August '88)
Diamond Paint A powerful
paint program designed to allow you
to paint fantastic art in an environment of drop-down menus and icons.
Diamond Publish Finally, true desktop publishing
for your XL/XE computer. Once you've experienced Diamond Publish you
it up. Text flows from column to column, around pictures. Several fonts
used in several different sizes. Multiple page documents in memory.
Diamond Draw An object oriented drawing
program so that images used in Diamond Publish will look smooth at
Draw squares, rectangles, circles, and use several different fill styles.(No
release date set) $29.95
Diamond Basic A Basic language designed
to take full advantage of the speed and power of Diamond(tm).(No release
Diamond Asm A complete assembly language development
system geared towards the Diamond environment. Allows for macros, conditional
assembly, and more.(No release date set)
Diamond C A C language environment that will take complete advantage of Diamond's