2.1 Where can I get W@r3Z for the Atari ?
Software piracy is an illegal activity. Participating and promoting it
is considered an offense on most newsgroups, and comp.sys.atari.st readers
certainly are opposed to it.
The recent availability of some very good emulators (see section
1.4) has resulted in wide distribution of disk images of copyrighted
software. This activity is also illegal.
If you still wish to ask for pirated software, do so at your own risk,
but be aware that you will receive flames and complaints to your domain
administrator that might even lead you to lose your internet account, not
to mention general discredit and maybe even more trouble.
See also section 1.4.2 on TOS ROMs.
2.2 Where can I get regular software ?
There are not many of these left. There are several lists of the last survivors
at the following locations:
FTP stands for 'File Transfer Protocole'. It's a means of transferring
files across the Internet. FTP servers are places where all sorts of files
can be found. Some FTP servers maintain Atari software available to all
2.2.2 FTP ? What's an FTP ?
To use FTP servers, you need an FTP client program or a web browser.
Here is a little file that teaches you how to use command line FTP clients.
Graphical clients or web browsers use the same principles, but are just
easier to use :
There are lots of freeware and shareware programs available for the Atari
ST on FTP archive sites. There are also too many FTP sites that hold Atari
software to mention here, so you should rather refer to the following lists
that are regularly updated:
Do not forget that shareware (and sometimes freeware) means that you have
to register the software if you use it regularly. Please do so as this
is an encouragement for programmers to continue developing for the Atari
2.2.3 Ok, so where are the Atari FTP sites ?
2.3 What application software is available for Atari
There is no integrated "MS Office"-like package for Atari, except maybe
the defunct Atari Works. The most popular commercial Word Processors are
Papyrus, Protext, Sting, Le Redacteur. WordPerfect was also once available
on the Atari platform. The latest supported office software is currently
2.3.1 Home Productivity Software
Word processor : Papyrus, Protext, 1ST Word
Spreadsheet : Texel, XXL
Database : Twist
Ever since Atari launched the first laser printer under US$2000, DTP and
graphics have been one of the platform's major strengths. Although some
of these program will run on an 8Mhz ST, they are usually designed for
more powerful machines.
2.3.2 Graphics and DTP packages ?
DTP : Calamus SL (Invers), ST Publisher
Raytracing : Neon, POV
Graphics : Positive Image, Photoline
Because the Atari has had built-in Midi ports since it's earliest days,
it has been used in studios and on stages all over the world as a professional
system. The star programs are:
2.3.3 Sequencers and Music Software
Sequencing : Dr.T's, Notator (Emagic), Logic (Emagic), Cubase (Steinberg)
Direct To Disk : Logic Audio (Emagic), Cubase Audio (Steinberg), Devil Studio (Softjee)
Sampling : Zero-X (Copson Data), Studio Son (Centek), Expand (Softjee)
This topic is covered in Section 4.2 of this FAQ.
2.3.4 Internet and Communication Software
2.4 Can I upgrade my operating system ?
The ST's operating system, TOS, is on ROM chips on most STs. Only the a
few of the earlier machines had TOS 0.99 on disk. Upgrading your TOS means
replacing the old ROMs with new ROM or EPROM chips.
TOS 1.2 (1.02) came on 6 chips, TOS 1.4 (1.04) came on either 6 or 2
chips. All later versions came on 2 chips. TOS 2.06 is the latest version
that can be used in an ST(e/f/fm). TOS 3.xx is for TTs and TOS 4.xx is
for Falcons. These two are highly hardware dependent and cannot be used
on other machines. Here is a quick list of the main TOS versions from Atari:
Upgrading TOS from a 2 chip version to a newer 2 chip one is quite simple,
provided you change two jumpers on the motherboard (W102 and W104). The
instructions on how to do this can be found here :
For upgrading old 6 chip TOS machines to TOS 2.06, look here:
Plans for a TOS 2.06 board can be found here:
Otherwise there are a few TOS upgrade boards available as well as Double-TOS
boards allowing you to switch from your older TOS to 2.06 with an extra
switch. This is to bypass compatibility problems with older programs.
There are also third party replacement operating systems such as MagiC
and Geneva (TOS-like multitasking systems) or MiNT and Linux-68K (UNIX-like
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