Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

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Re: Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

Postby Ragstaff » Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:26 am

What were the key markets the Falcon aimed at, that you were hoping to get a share in? It seems the ST is disproportionately remembered for games today, even though it wasn't a games machine and was in fact marketed as a music and business machine in a number of ads along the way.
Likewise with the Falcon, even though it is capable of decent gaming and gaming and demo projects excite retro users today, the hardware doesn't really seem very focused in that area considering the technology available at the time. Were you hoping for a strong games segment, or for it to become the ST version 2.0 in the music world, the multimedia world, or to try to enter the Windows-dominated business market? Or did you just have a "build it and they will come" philosophy, to build a decent, capable computer and let the market organically use it for what it saw fit?

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Postby wongck » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:19 pm

How far did they get to with the Falcon040 / microbox.
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Re: Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

Postby DarkLord » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:37 pm

Posted this over at Atari Age too:

Breakdown of all sales would be great, as was suggested above, specifically I'd like to know
how many STacy's were sold.

Also, since some early STacy's came with the expansion port (like a Mega ST's), what were
Atari's plans for that and why did they remove it in later models?

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Re: Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

Postby 1st1 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:09 pm

christos wrote:How was it like working at Atari back then? Did they use Ataris for their work? If so, what software did they use?


I can tell you, at least for Raunheim in Germany. They used ST series, mostly Mega STs, some with SM-194, for many things. Wordplus with 1ST-Mail, Adimens database, Calamus DTP and many more. They also used ATARI PCs where it was necessary, like for special staff / booking / accounting / warehouse software. They managed their calendar with Portfolios. I know, because I have been often there. And they used Compuserve for data exchange with Sunnyvale and other offices. They used BMW 5 and 7 series cars to run over 200 km/h over the Autobahn. And for Lunch they went to a Pizzeria and a local fast food restaurant which still exists.

Attached pictures of the former ATARI Germany buuilding like it looks today, not much changed since 199x. Only the wrong companies inside now.

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Re: Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

Postby 1st1 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:16 pm

A question, no, two. ... four ...

1. Did thei preview the upcomming trend of 3D graphics? I think the Jaguar and Lynx already have very simple 3D units. Did they had the idea to contiune that 3D path, like just a few years later 3dfx did it?

2. Were there plans to merge (advanced) Jaguar graphics hardware into a future version of Falcon?

3. Why they did not made a tower chassis based version of TT (similar to Amiga 3000T, 4000T) ?

4. Were there plans for 68060? Or where did they see the future of their machines as Apple switched to PPC and Commodore also wanted to make this transition?

And five, six...

5. Why Mega STE was only so small improvement from STE? Why not higher resolution, not faster than it was...?

6. What happened to the idea to put a transputer into a Megafile chassis and attach it to any ST ans an accelerator?
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Re: Call for (not so technical) questions -- Atari's product manager 1991-96

Postby mikro » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:25 am

Going to assemble all questions this weekend so this is your last chance. :-)


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