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Monday, April 2, 2001
Atari 800 Emulator Updated
3:32 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

A quick look at out affiliate site Mac Emuscene pointed out an update to the Atari 800 emulator for the Mac. This is an open-source version of the PC build, which emulates any 6502-based Atari as well as the Atari 5200 console. The emulator is completely free and even already has a Carbon build for play on OS X. Unfortunately there are still some input issues under OS X, though look for them to be resolved soon. Here's an excerpt from the page with more info:


  • Sound (though digitized sounds are not played.)
  • Menu-driven interface.
  • Settings are stored in a preferences file.
  • Keyboard, joystick and paddle input.
  • Saving screen shots into picture files. You can also copy the screen to the clipboard or drag it to another application.
  • Can run Atari executable files directly, without first placing them in an Atari disk image.

    Missing Features

  • Upper fire buttons on 5200 controllers.
  • Light pens.
  • Digitized sounds.
  • Converting between ROM dump files and cartridge files.
  • Saving and loading of the machine state.
  • Integration with the Finder (i.e. responding to open commands.)
  • Does not yet support controllers under MacOS X.

    Fixed Bugs

  • In the first release of 0.9.9h, paddle buttons were reversed (i.e. 1 was 2 and 2 was 1).
  • In 0.9.9h, release 3, there was a bug in the sound code that would sometimes lock up the machine.
  • In the Classic version of 1.0.4d2, the windows couldn't be dragged.
  • Head over to the Atari 800 page now to give the program a try. Both the Classic and Carbon versions of the apps are small downloads, though you'll need CarbonLib 1.0.4 for the latter.

    Mac Emuscene
    Download Carbon Application (320 K)
    Download Classic Application (328 K)
    Atari 800 Emulator Web Site

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