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!!! Ironman Atari - A compilation of advanced Atari 8-bit programming techniques
!!! Ironman Atari - A Compilation of Advanced Atari 8-bit Programming Techniques
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Welcome to "Ironman Atari", a collection of articles detailing new techniques in Atari 8bit programming. Although the Golden Age for Atari has long passed, several new programming methods have been discovered or rediscovered over the past decade. These new methods push and twist classic Atari iron in ways that might have surprised even Jay Miner himself.
Welcome to "Ironman Atari", a collection of articles detailing new techniques in Atari 8-bit programming. Although the golden Age for Atari has long passed, several new programming methods have been discovered or rediscovered over the past decade. These new methods push and twist classic Atari iron in ways that might have surprised even Jay Miner himself.
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Today, the Internet provides a forum that allows people to share information in a manner unsurpassed in the past. This is a compilation of articles gathered for the the purpose of preserving this knowledge for future programmers. Who knows? In another 25 years, there may still be people hacking away on their trusty Atari computers. Many of the articles here have been gathered from a variety of sources, including USENET, user forums and solicited articles. Where ever possible credit has been given to the original authors. If you find an attribution that is missing or in error, please contact me so that the attribution can be corrected.
Today, the internet provides a forum that allows people to share information in a manner unsurpassed in the past. This is a compilation of articles gathered for the purpose of preserving this knowledge for future programmers. Who knows? In another 25 years, there may still be people hacking away on their trusty Atari computers. Many of the articles here have been gathered from a variety of sources, including USENET, user forums and solicited articles. Wherever possible credit has been given to the original authors. If you find an attribution that is missing or in error, please contact me so that the attribution can be corrected.
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__Atari Graphics and Advanced Arcade Game Design__ , by Jeffrey Stanton and Dan Pinal. The full text of this book is available on-line at [http://www.atariarchives.org/agagd>http://www.atariarchives.org/agagd]
__Atari Graphics and Advanced Arcade Game Design__ , by Jeffrey Stanton and Dan Pinal. The full text of this book is available on-line at [http://www.atariarchives.org/agagd|http://www.atariarchives.org/agagd]
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__Atari Hardware Manual Atari Roots, A Guide to Atari Assembly Language__, by Mark Andrews. The full text is available at http://www.atariarchives.org/roots
__Atari Hardware Manual Atari Roots, A Guide to Atari Assembly Language__, by Mark Andrews. The full text is available at [http://www.atariarchives.org/roots]
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__De Re Atari ? By Chris Crawford, Lane Winner, Jim Cox, Amy Chen, Jim Dunion, Kathleen Pitta, Bob Fraser, and Gus Makrea__. This is THE seminal work on the Atari home computer and should be considered required reading. The full text can be found on-line at http://www.atariarchives.org/dere
__De Re Atari ? By Chris Crawford, Lane Winner, Jim Cox, Amy Chen, Jim Dunion, Kathleen Pitta, Bob Fraser, and Gus Makrea__. This is THE seminal work on the Atari home computer and should be considered required reading. The full text can be found on-line at [http://www.atariarchives.org/dere]
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__Dr. C. Wacko's Miracle Guide to Designing and Programming Your Own Atari Computer Arcade Games, by Robert Kurcina, David L. Heller, and John F. Johnson__. This book can still be found on Amazon.com.
__Dr. C. Wacko's Miracle Guide to Designing and Programming Your Own Atari Computer Arcade Games, by Robert Kurcina, David L. Heller, and John F. Johnson__. This book can still be found on [http://www.amazon.com].
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__Mapping the Atari! Revised Edition, by Ian Chadwick__. The full text can be found on-line at http://www.atariarchives.org/mapping
__Mapping the Atari! Revised Edition, by Ian Chadwick__. The full text can be found online at [http://www.atariarchives.org/mapping]
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Eventually, I would like to see this expand into a larger work with well-commented programs and games that demonstrate the advanced techniques described. It is not just technology that has advanced over the last 25 years, but also the sophistication of the gaming market. There are several games that exist today, particularly on hand-held devices such as phones and the GBA/DS/PSP or the emerging Flash based minigame market that are not out of reach for the Atari 8-bit. All it takes is the knowledge to program and the time to do so. Here is to the next 25 years!
Eventually, I would like to see this expand into a larger work with well-commented programs and games that demonstrate the advanced techniques described. It is not just technology that has advanced over the last 25 years, but also the sophistication of the gaming market. There are several games that exist today, particularly on handheld devices such as phones and the GBA/DS/PSP or the emerging Flash based minigame market that are not out of reach for the Atari 8-bit. All it takes is the knowledge to program and the time to do so. Here is to the next 25 years!
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* AtariSIO version 0.2.0: AtariSIO is a Linux kernel module and user-level program by Mattias Reichl that allows the use of a SIO2PC cable under Linux. AtariSIO is available at http://www.horus.com/~hias/atari
* AtariMax flash cartridge (1 megabit): This cartridge is available in 8 megabit size. AtariMax flash cartridges are reprogrammable flash-memory based cartridges. This effectively provides extra memory that can be quickly paged in for things like unrolled code loops, look-up tables, etc. More information can be found at http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/documentation
* AtariSIO version 0.2.0: AtariSIO is a Linux kernel module and user-level program by Mattias Reichl that allows the use of a SIO2PC cable under Linux. AtariSIO is available at [http://www.horus.com/~hias/atari]
* AtariMax flash cartridge (1 megabit): This cartridge is available in 8 megabit size. AtariMax flash cartridges are reprogrammable flash-memory based cartridges. This effectively provides extra memory that can be quickly paged in for things like unrolled code loops, look-up tables, etc. More information can be found at [http://www.atarimax.com/flashcart/documentation]
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* ATasm v #5: ATasm is highly compatible with the original OSS Mac/65 native compiler. ATasm is written in C, and compiles without modification on any platform that has a GCC compiler. ATasm has been specifically designed for the development of programs for the Atari home computer. It can produces Atari native binary load object files, raw cartridge images, and can optionally target the machine state files produced by many emulators. Binary load files can also be written to disk images for easy loading in other emulators or onto real hardware via SIO2PC. It is available at http://atasm.sourceforge.net
* Another popular assembler that is also Atari specific is XASM by Fox of Taquart. This assembler is compatible with JBW's Quick Assembler, which was the primary assembler used in Poland and other eastern European countries during the 1990s. XASM includes several pseudo-instructions (like mva) and pseudo-indexing modes. In addition, it can generate Atari native binary object files and has includes utilities to create boot disk images. XASM can be found at http://atariarea.krap.pl/x-asm/ ;
* If you are looking for a Linux assembler that is Quik Assembler compatible, try a program called Zooey, found at http://atari8.sourceforge.net/zooey.html
* Another assembler worth considering is the MADS assembler, found at http://mads.atari8.info/; Currently, the documentation is in Polish, but efforts are underway to provide an English translation.
* ATasm v #5: ATasm is highly compatible with the original OSS Mac/65 native compiler. ATasm is written in C, and compiles without modification on any platform that has a GCC compiler. ATasm has been specifically designed for the development of programs for the Atari home computer. It can produces Atari native binary load object files, raw cartridge images, and can optionally target the machine state files produced by many emulators. Binary load files can also be written to disk images for easy loading in other emulators or onto real hardware via SIO2PC. It is available at [http://atasm.sourceforge.net]
* Another popular assembler that is also Atari specific is XASM by Fox of Taquart. This assembler is compatible with JBW's Quick Assembler, which was the primary assembler used in Poland and other eastern European countries during the 1990s. XASM includes several pseudo-instructions (like mva) and pseudo-indexing modes. In addition, it can generate Atari native binary object files and has includes utilities to create boot disk images. XASM can be found at [http://atariarea.krap.pl/x-asm/]
* If you are looking for a Linux assembler that is Quik Assembler compatible, try a program called Zooey, found at [http://atari8.sourceforge.net/zooey.html]
* Another assembler worth considering is the MADS assembler, found at http://mads.atari8.info/; The latest documentation is always provided in Polish, however there is an English translation of version 1.9.5 provided here: [http://mads.atari8.info/mads_eng.html]
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* Some projects have been written using cc65, a version of C that targets the 6502. In addition to providing a high-level language, the project also provides an assembler and a powerful linker, allowing basic library management. cc65 can be found at http://www.cc65.org/.
* Some projects have been written using cc65, a version of C that targets the 6502. In addition to providing a high-level language, the project also provides an assembler and a powerful linker, allowing basic library management. cc65 can be found at [http://www.cc65.org/]. Please note that cc65 is no longer developed, support slowed down and the website will lead you to other sites.
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* envisionPC is a font/map editing program similar to the original Envision program written for the Atari. It runs on an IBM PC (either Linux or DOS/Windows) and includes all source code. It will load and save maps and character sets to disk images, MAC/65, and Action! formats. It is available at http://atari.miribilist.com/envision/index.html
* gEnvision is another Envision-like program written for Linux written by Larry Richardson. gEnvision will allow you to edit Atari character sets in either single or multicolor modes. It will let you create character based "maps" of up to 256x256 characters. It will save characters sets and maps as MAC/65 source code. gEnvision is available at http://bellsouthpwp.net/r/i/rich5462
* graph2font is a conversion utility for full screen pictures. Graph2Font has evolved into a full-featured graphics editor and conversion tool. The latest version can be found at http://g2f.atari8.info
* envisionPC is a font/map editing program similar to the original Envision program written for the Atari. It runs on an IBM PC (either Linux or DOS/Windows) and includes all source code. It will load and save maps and character sets to disk images, MAC/65, and Action! formats. It is available at [http://atari.miribilist.com/envision/index.html]
* gEnvision is another Envision-like program written for Linux written by Larry Richardson. gEnvision will allow you to edit Atari character sets in either single or multicolor modes. It will let you create character based "maps" of up to 256x256 characters. It will save characters sets and maps as MAC/65 source code. gEnvision is available at [http://bellsouthpwp.net/r/i/rich5462]
* graph2font is a conversion utility for full screen pictures. Graph2Font has evolved into a full-featured graphics editor and conversion tool. The latest version can be found at [http://g2f.atari8.info]
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* RMT #26: RASTER Music Tracker (RMT) is a cross-platform tool for making music on PC (OS Win9x). RMT uses Atari music routines written by Radek Sterba. Available at http://raster.infos.cz/atari/rmt/rmt.htm
* sox: Sound eXchange : universal sound sample translator is a UNIX utility used to convert samples between formats
* RMT: RASTER Music Tracker (RMT) is a cross-platform tool for making music on a Windows PC. RMT uses Atari music routines written by Radek Sterba. The latest version (1.28) is available at [http://raster.infos.cz/atari/rmt/rmt.htm]. Please note that RMT is no longer supported due to Radek passing away.
* sox: Sound eXchange : universal sound sample translator is a UNIX utility used to convert samples between formats.
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* Atari800 #3.3 emulator: This is free and portable Atari800/XL/XE/5200 emulator, originally written by David Firth and now developed by the Atari800 Development Team headed up by Petr Stehlik. This is the primary emulator that I use. It has a very nice monitor for debugging and recently has added cycle-exact emulation and greatly improved POKEY emulation. The Atari800 emulator is available at http://atari800.sourceforge.net.
* The Atari++ emulator is also an excellent emulator by Thomas Richter. It was the first cycle-exact emulator and provides many useful functions including a very nice monitor and emulation of Flash cartridges. Atari++ is available at http://www.math.tu-berlin.de/~thor/atari++
* Atari800Win Plus: This emulator is Windows only, but is considered one of the best emulators around. It can be found at http://www.a800win.atari-area.prv.pl.
* Atari800 #3.3 emulator: This is free and portable Atari800/XL/XE/5200 emulator, originally written by David Firth and now developed by the Atari800 Development Team headed up by Petr Stehlik. This is the primary emulator that I use. It has a very nice monitor for debugging and recently has added cycle-exact emulation and greatly improved POKEY emulation. The Atari800 emulator is available at [http://atari800.sourceforge.net].
* The Atari++ emulator is also an excellent emulator by Thomas Richter. It was the first cycle-exact emulator and provides many useful functions including a very nice monitor and emulation of Flash cartridges. Atari++ is available at [http://www.math.tu-berlin.de/~thor/atari++]
* Atari800Win Plus: This emulator is Windows only, but is considered one of the best emulators around. It can be found at [http://www.a800win.atari-area.prv.pl].
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# The display list is significantly shorter
# The display list is significantly shorter.
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# The height of each line mode can be easily modified (up to a height of 16 pixels)
# The height of each line mode can be easily modified (up to a height of 16 pixels).
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presented in first-person perspective. For instance, the Atari port of Space Harrier by
presented in first-person perspective. For instance, the Atari port of Space Harrier by
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It is possible to scrolling high resolution graphics (320 pixels wide) half-color clock at a
It is possible to scroll high resolution graphics (320 pixels wide) at half a color clock at a
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connected to the printed circuit board, then take a 4.7 kilohm or 5.6 kilohm. resister and
connected to the printed circuit board, then take a 4.7 kilohm or 5.6 kilohm. resistor and
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http://jaskier.atari8.info/menu2/TMC2/TMC2.zip
[http://jaskier.atari8.info/menu2/TMC2/TMC2.zip]
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changing position, color AND shape of a single PM on a single line
Changing position, color AND shape of a single PM on a single line.
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hardware registers no longer mean anything, use masks, bboxes, etc.
Hardware registers no longer mean anything, use masks, bboxes, etc.
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!! File Access
! xBIOS
xBIOS is almost like a programmers version of DOS. With it you can easily access files from your programs without using Atari DOS. It is smaller than DOS and therefore saves memory in your programs. You can even run programs from as low as $0200. xBIOS can read and write from/to existing files but can not write new files or directories from your programs.
[Link to official xBIOS page (Polish)|http://xxl.atari.pl/]
[xBIOS]
!! Advanced Graphical Tools
! Rastconverter
[Rastaconverter] is a Windows/Linux based utility which iteratively converts ordinary jpeg/gif/png files into executable files which display the pictures natively on the Atari 8-bit. Rastaconverter uses all the power of display list interrupts and player missile graphics to allow the maximum number of colours possible on the screen concurrently. [https://github.com/ilmenit/RastaConverter]
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! Accessing additional memory
! Accessing additional memory
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Document laying around somewhere on this (see 8-bit news FAQ?)
Document laying around somewhere on this (see 8-bit news FAQ?).
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No idea at all
No idea at all.
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In development - no idea at all
In development - no idea at all.
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and more, visit the current homepage at http://vbxe.atari8.info/.
and more, visit the current homepage at [http://vbxe.atari8.info/].
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* Heavan/Tarquart: HIP,TIP
* Sheddy (Chris Hutt): digital sample playback
* Jaskier/Taquart (Marcin Lewandowski): mouse driver
* Mathy van Nisselroy: hardware mouse modifications
* Mark Schmelzenbach, editor
* Heaven/Tarquart: HIP, TIP
* Sheddy (Chris Hutt): Digital sample playback
* Jaskier/Taquart (Marcin Lewandowski): Mouse driver
* Mathy van Nisselroy: Hardware mouse modifications
* Snicklin (Steve Nicklin): xBIOS
* Mark Schmelzenbach: Editor
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14 26-Jan-2016 02:15 50.66 kB Steve N to previous Corrected "the the" and expanded Rastaconverter with a link also
13 23-Jan-2016 03:34 50.636 kB Steve N to previous | to last Adding link to new xBIOS document
12 10-Jan-2016 06:47 50.625 kB Steve N to previous | to last Added reference to Rastaconverter
11 10-Jan-2016 06:36 50.208 kB Steve N to previous | to last Updated reference to RMT, latest version now 1.28 but no longer supported
10 10-Jan-2016 06:24 50.113 kB Steve N to previous | to last Text links updated to hyperlinks. Links not checked to see if working.
9 10-Jan-2016 06:15 50.066 kB Steve N to previous | to last Corrected typo in link which made it look erroneous
8 10-Jan-2016 06:13 50.066 kB Steve N to previous | to last Added myself to the contributors list
7 10-Jan-2016 06:10 50.031 kB Steve N to previous | to last Added xBIOS section - I hope to inflate this out later.
6 10-Jan-2016 01:32 49.578 kB Steve N to previous | to last cc65 comment updated to reflect that it is no longer developed.
5 10-Jan-2016 01:26 49.467 kB Steve N to previous | to last Updated MADS section with link to English MADS documentation.
4 10-Jan-2016 01:17 49.406 kB Steve N to previous | to last Changed punctuation, capitalising, correct typos - no change to material content
3 20-Aug-2010 13:33 49.405 kB Gromit to previous | to last Tabellen
2 14-Mar-2010 19:37 49.478 kB Carsten Strotmann to previous | to last
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