With this issue we begin our third year of publishing and bringing you ANTIC - The Atari Resource. We extend our thanks to the entire ANTIC family of readers, retailers, subscribers, contributors, advertisers and staff. You are all involved every month in making ANTIC the very best source of information available to the Atari PC owner.
It seems the term PC has become generic, meaning personal computer. I believe it's time Atari owners (about a million of us by our count) start recognizing our machine for what it is, the very best personal computer you can get for less than $1,000.
We have achieved many of our goals this year. ANTIC "went monthly" and you got it monthly. We now sell more than 100,000 magazines per month, which makes ANTIC the largest selling Atari-only monthly periodical. We have set and met high standards for quality in material, art, color and production that leave our less dedicated competitors far behind. We have switched to perfect binding (square back) to make it easier to store ANTIC on your shelf.
We have developed a true monospaced type font for our listings that includes the special Atari graphics characters. In conjunction with our TYPO tables, this provides you with the most accurate, easy-to-read, and attractive listings found in any computer magazine.
What else did we do? Well, our first book is now reality, The Best of Antic. For only $12.95 we present 300 pages of articles and programs, including six never-before-published games. It's a small demonstration of our dedication to good value. (See advertisement and order form on pages 38 and 39.)
Well, that's last year; this computer business waits for no one. What are we planning? More of the same high-quality material by well-known and knowledgeable writers in the Atari world, continued dedication to accurate, readably listings, relevant product information and a genuine interest in things Atari.
Watch for a communications column, the how-to of the modern computer- telephone marriage. Also expect to see more information on education; as products mature, so will this department. You can expect to see some design changes in typeface and department names, all originating with the idea that you, our valued customer and fellow computer enthusiast, want your money's worth. After all, it is our communal interest that makes ANTIC successful.
Look around at the other personal computers. Aren't you glad you own an Atari PC? Do you realize that even the Atari 400 is still essentially compatible with the newest computers in the Atari line? What other machines can make that claim? We have a community of interest built around the best eight-bit PC ever built, and ANTIC is proud to be a part of it.