ATARI ST Review magazines were published in the UK and were my first computer magazine subscription. I spent many hours playing games, testing the utilities/software and using my Atari ST and coding the programs publsihed in the magazines.
The magazines included 720kb floppy disks containing games, demos and other software for the Atari ST range of computers. Originally the magazines were publsihed by EMAP Images but later the magazines were publsihed by Europress Enterprises and IDG Media. The magazine saw the Atari ST User magazines incorporated into it as demand for Atari ST magazines dwindled. Eventually the Atari ST Review magazine was sold to Future Publishing and incorporated into the ST Format magazines.
ATARI ST Review contained sections covering news, game
reviews, previews, tips, help guides, reader's letters, buyer's guides and MIDI.
The first issue was publsihed in May 1992, with a total of 35 issues that were published. The final issue was published in January 1995.
There is an overview written by the Deputy Editor on Wikipedia. Here is a link to the wikipedia article.
Questions relating to this site can be raised on the Atari-Forum.com web forum.
News from the January 1995 edition:
Joe Connor reports on the recent ST Review Atari shows ...
The recent Glasgow and Leeds shows attracted around 400 visitors - less than the Summer shows but still demonstrating a healthy level of support for Atari computing. As usual, the atmosphere was relaxed and a real tonic for dedicated Atarians with plenty of opportunity for in-depth demos of the latest applications or a chat with favourite vendors.
Compo was demonstrating CDROM ROM in the UK for the first time. Th is device plugs into the cartridge port of any Atari computer and supports any CD-ROM drive with a Mitsumi interface. NeoDesk 4 was available - and plenty of people took the opportunity to upgrade their copies for £24.99. Compo had put together an amazing Naksha scanner show bundle for £99 (see offer on page 67) including Studio Photo, Studio Convert and a custom version of Touch-Up. This was undoubtedly the outstanding bargain at the show.
The engineers in the service area worked hardest of all, installing a constant stream of memory and TOS upgrades along with a sprinkling of more exotic upgrades. The number of people with machines had something to do with admission being free for them!
16/32 Systems had the Falcon version of Llamazap on sale, optionally bundled with a jaguar games controller. In between "serious" demonstrations of Lexicor's Xenomorf and Metamorphosis, Nick Harlow could be seen flying the preview version of Steel Talons, an excellent Falcon conversion of the Lynx version with enhanced sound and graphics. Asked about jaguar games Nick said: "There should be at least 12 new titles over the next year and hopefully three of those before Christmas."
The 16/32 PD /Shareware titles were popular as usual, no doubt helped by the revamped and extended catalogue which should be available by the time you read this. Falcon Fact File set up a lively meeting point, perched on the end of the 16/32 stand at the Leeds show, and were doing a great job convincing fellow Atarians to keep the faith and buy a Falcon - give 'em a free stand at every show!
System Solutions were taking orders for the long-awaited NVDI3 which offers both Speedo and TrueType font support along with a comprehensive range of printer drivers . On the hardware front, Desktopper seems to be the popular solution for boldly adding upgrades where nothing was installed before and the extensive range on offer left no excuse for going home with the same machine!
Titan Designs was previewing Apex Media, a true colour animation and graphics program (see review on page 20), written especially to take advantage of the Falcon's DSP. The Black Scorpion programming team made an appearance and David Encill was treating prospective customers to some stunning demos.
Rombo made a welcome return to the ST scene demonstrating the Vidi ST(12) colour digitiser- a snip at just
£69. Vidi ST grabs colour or greyscale images from a palette of 4,096 colours on any ST in low resolution,
or in true colour at resolutions up to 740 by 480 pixels on a Falcon. Rombo commented: "Chatting to ST
enthusiasts makes a refreshing change after exhibiting at recent PC shows" . Sure does!
CGS was promoting Quill which enables freehand drawing using the Tabby graphics tablet. Asked if there was anything new, Ray Cross beamed: "it's all new! We've got new releases for most of DA's products".
Go Direct almost exhausted its stock of ST Review and ST User back issues but there was something for
anyone with a few quid left over after bagging their major purchases.
Calamus User promoted its club magazine and offered a range of support disks. Steve Llewellyn enthused over the new User To User disks crammed with tips drawn on the experiences of Calamus users around the world. The three-disk set was on sale for £40 or £15 per disk. On behalf of the organisers, Neal O' nions reported that despite the reduced number of visitors, takings were up. Now let's look forward to the Birmingham and London shows.
STE/Flacon game Obsession was finally released. Here are the pinball tables: