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This collection consists of historical materials (often texts or writings) around the creation of software. In general, applications and code are not here but located elsewhere.



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Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
by Bally Manufacturing Corporation
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This is a collection of the 46 patents cited by both of the Bally Arcade/Astrocade patents 4,301,503 and 4,296,930.  It's pretty neat readying/browsing the patents references in the Astrocade patents.  Some of the referenced patents go back as far as 1958.  Also, some of the patents are for systems from Atari, Magnavox's original 1972 Odyssey or even very obscure computers like the VideoBrain. Here is some general information about both the Astrocade patents and the patents that are cited by...
Topics: Bally Arcade Patent, Astrocade Patent, Bally Professional Arcade Patent, Bally Home Library...
Atari Historical Documents
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Information for developers from Atari Corp. about Atari Program Exchange (APX). Includes Q&A and program submission form.
Topics: Atari, Atari 8-bit, APX. Atari Program Exchange
Atari Historical Documents
by Clyde Spencer
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APX Stereo 3-D Graphics Package manual for the Atari 8-bit computers.
Topics: APX, Atari, Program, Exchange, Stereo, 3-d, Graphics, Package, 800, 400, 1200XL, XL, XE, 130XE, XEGS
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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ARCADIAN 5, no 1 (Nov 05, 1982)
Game Source Code Collection
by Gremlin Interactive
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Actua Sports was a sports video game series published by Gremlin Interactive which competed with Electronic Arts EA Sports label during the second half of the 1990s, until Gremlin was acquired by Infogrames. The term "Actua" is a (seemingly marketing-related) play on Sega's line of "Virtua" titled games, which included Virtua Fighter, Virtua Racing and Virtua Striker. The first game in the series was the 1995 milestone title, Actua Soccer, which quickly became one of the...
Topic: Actua Soccer Source Code
Atari Historical Documents
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An Introduction To Selling The Atari 400 Computer System.
Topics: Atari, 400, Selling, Computer, System, 8-bit, XE, XL
Apple Bally Interface (Assembly and BASIC Programs)
Apple Bally Interface Letter (Bob Wiseman)(Feb 3 1981)
Apple Bally Interface Letter to Bob (Bob Wiseman)(Feb 12 1981)
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Apply Bally Interface Instructions (Bob Wiseman)
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Arcadian 1, no 2 (Dec 4, 1978)
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Arcadian 1, no 3 (Jan 13, 1979)
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Arcadian 1, no 4 (Feb 19, 1979)
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Arcadian Booth Vistors WCCF Flyer
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Arcadian Bulletin Notes
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Arcadian Layout
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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This is one page of a Montgomery Ward Sunday sales flyer from October 1982 that features the Astrocade for sale for $239.97 (Reg. 249.99). Here is what the ad says about the Astrocade: "More than a home video game machine with 3 built-in games, two hand controls, "state of the art" graphics and memory. Comes with BASIC cartridge that upgrades unit to personal computer. Cartridges shown with unit not included."
Topics: Astrocade, Bally Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Bally Professional Arcade, Montgomery Ward,...
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Astrocade MTG Docs
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Astrocade Miscellaneous Lists
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Astrovision BASIC Summary (DNA)
Bally Alley - The Astrocade Archive
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Astrovision Sales Meeting (March 20 and 21 1981)
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Atari 1982 Dealer Advertising Planner
Topics: Atari, Atari 800, Pac Man, Star Raiders, Atari 8-bit, newspaper advertising, Atari trademark, Atari...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Flyer/Specifications sheet for Atari 400 personal computer "You don't have to be a genius to use one"
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, spec sheet, Warner Communications
This version of the Atari 400/800 Hardware Manual is dated November 1980. This appears to be an early edition of the document meant for in-house use at Atari, with formatting and content differences from the publicly released 1982 version .
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Operating System, hardware manual
Atari Historical Documents
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This version of the Atari 400/800 Operating System Users Manual is dated November 1980. This appears to be an early edition of the document meant for in-house use at Atari, with formatting and content differences from the publicly released 1982 version .
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Operating System. User Manual
Atari Historical Documents
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Proposed Colleen/Candy Game Standards Rev. A Discusses behavior when a game cartridge is used with the Atari 400/800 computers Atari internal memo from George Simcock dated March 26, 1979
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari memo, George Simcock
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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A collection of Atari news releases (press releases) provided by Victor Cross, who was a freelance copyrighter for Atari from 1982-1984. An interview with Victor will run in ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit podcast (AtariPodcast.com). Atari 2600 Alpha Beam Atari 2600 Big Bird's Egg Catch (Sesame Street) Atari 2600 Cookie Monster Munch (Sesame Street) Atari 2600 Donald Duck's Speedboat (Disney) Atari 2600 Dumbo's Flying Circus (Disney) Atari 2600 Galaxian Atari 2600 Kangaroo Atari 2600 Krull Atari 2600...
Topics: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari press releases, Atari news releases, Disney, Sesame Street, The...
Atari Historical Documents
by Gregg Squires
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In an email to me on 13 Feb 2019, Gregg Squires (Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from February 1982 – December 1984) wrote: Attached is a handout prepared for a high-level meeting with C Level Execs and Managers of various departments. Atari at that time saw itself as a computer company, not just a game company, and we were all very proud of the development of the XL Series Home Computers. I was very proud of this product because of all the work I did. I relished the design of the...
Topics: Atari 600XL, Atari 8-bit, Critical Path Management
Atari Historical Documents
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Pamphlets for Atari 600XL, 800XL, 1400XL, and 1450XLD computers.
Topics: Atari 600XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 1400XL, Atari 1450XLD
Atari Historical Documents
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This is the very first version of the Atari 800 operators manual, written in 1979 by Liza Loop. Only 200 of this version were printed. There are many differences between what's shown in this manual and the actual production hardware and software. An interview with Liza Loop is here:  https://archive.org/details/LizaLoopInterview
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Topics: Atari 800, manual, Atari 8-bit, Atari BASIC, prototype
Atari Historical Documents
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Atari Ad Slicks, Line Art, Radio Scripts 1983-07-13
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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An introduction to assembly language programming on the Atari 8-bit computers and the Atari Assembler Editor. This packet was available at Atari Club Med. The required Advanced Topics Diskette is also attached.
Topics: Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, 6502 programming, 6502 chip, Atari Assembler Editor, assembly...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Asteroids Background Information - The Asteroids Phenomenon From around March 1981.
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Asteroids
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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BNF for Atari BASIC programming language April 18, 1980
Topics: Backus–Naur Form, Backus Normal Form, Atari BASIC, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, memo
Atari Historical Documents
by Michael Ekber and Brian Johnston
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Atari internal memo about problems with a beta version of Atari BASIC programming language 
Topics: Atari BASIC, Atari 800, Atari 400, Atari 8-bit, memo
Atari Historical Documents
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Atari Business Computer Center Price List 1988-11-01
Atari Historical Documents
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CP/M Machine Preliminary Requirements Specification and Feasibility Study Harry Stewart told me: "Here is a scan of a study regarding the possible addition of CP/M compatibility to Atari machines.  I don’t know/remember if there is a relationship between this and the later Sweet Pea development."
Topics: Atari 8-bit, CP/M, CP/M operating system, Atari internal document
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Photo of the Atari CX-2000 (VAL) video game, designed by Henry Dreyfuss Associates.
Topics: Atari, VAL, CX2000, Atari 2600, Atari VCS, Henry Dreyfuss Associates
Atari Historical Documents
by Carol Shaw
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Specification for the (unreleased) Atari Calculator Cartridge for Atari 400/800 computers. Handwritten by Carol Shaw. March 1, 1979.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400, calculator, unreleased software
Atari Historical Documents
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Curriculum for Atri Club Med — a BASIC programming resource book for self-teaching programming. Disk of related problems is also uploaded.
Topics: Atari BASIC, Atari Club Med, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 8-bit, Atari Special Projects Group
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Scans from a binder of music related material from the Atari Club Med resort project. This contains a combination of Atari internal information and notes, and curriculum for the customers at Club Med. I've organized the material as best I can deduce, given the dividers in the binder. Includes information about several music programs for the Atari 8-bits, including Rumdrums, Music Composer, AtariMusic I and II.
Topics: Atari 8-bit, Atari Club Med, Club Med, music software, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corp.
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A price list for the Atari Company Store for employee purchases, dated August 24, 1981.
Topics: Atari, employee purchases, company store, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Two books, totaling 200 pages, of curriculum for Atari's summer camp in 1983. Book 1 covers general computing topics like music and graphics and programming with a turtle in PILOT. Book 2 is a detailed guide to programming in PILOT.
Topics: Atari computer camps, Atari computer camp, computer camp curriculum, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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The first of two books containing Atari Computer Camp BASIC curriculum.
Topics: Atari Computer Camps, Atari Computer Camp, Camp Atari, BASIC programming, BASIC language
Atari Historical Documents
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Various Atari Computer Camp Brochures, Flyers, Staff Manual, and Ephemera from 1982 and 1983
Topics: Atari Computer Camps, Camp Atari, Atari, Computer Camp
Atari Historical Documents
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Acceptance Letter And Receipt for Atari Computer Camps - 1983.
Topics: Atari computer camp, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Go back in time to 1983 and apply to attend one of seven Atari Computer Camps with this camp application.
Topics: computer camp, Atari computer camp, Atari 8-bit, Atari 800, Atari 400
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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Various lessons and handouts from Atari Computer Camps used in 1983. These were provided to me by Paul Somerfeldt, who was a teaching assistant at Camp Atari and whom I interviewed in the special ANTIC podcast episode about Atari summer camps. I believe that all of these files are duplicative of the more complete camp curriculum uploads here and here — but am uploading them separately just in case.
Topics: Atari Computer Camps, Camp Atari, Atari Computer Camp, BASIC Programming, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400,...
Atari Historical Documents
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Computer Dealer News July-August 1988
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Atari Computer Dealer News
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Computer Dealer News October/November 1988
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Atari Computer Dealer News
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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This packet, available at Atari Club Med and/or Atari Computer Camp, is all about band weaving, including rigid heddle weaving and card weaving. It covers weaving techniques and a computer program for designing weaving patterns. The Atari software disk image is also included in this upload.
Topics: Atari, Atari Club Med, Band Weaving, Rigid Heddle Weaving, Card Weaving, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400,...
Atari Historical Documents
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From The Ahl Collection Here is a November 1989 Atari Computer News Release stating that Atari Computer Introduces A Graphics Workstation With True 32-Bit Processing: The TT
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Atari ST, Atari TT
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection A November 1989 Atari Computer News Release stating that  Atari Computer Introduces The Portfolio Palmtop Computer: Compact, Cost-Effective and Adapted MS-DOS Commands
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Portfolio
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Computer News Release from November, 1989. Atari Computer Leads MIDI Market With Innovation, Superior System Performance
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, MIDI
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Computer Midi Notes from January 1989
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Atari Computer Midi Notes, Midi
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection An November 1989 Atari Computer News Release stating that  Atari Computer Offers Desktop Publishing Systems That Outperform The High-Priced Systems
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari
Atari Historical Documents
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From The Ahl Collection An Atari News Release from the Fall 1989 COMDEX in November 1989. Atari Computer Provides Range Of Workstation, Portable Solutions For Engineering/CAD Environments
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari
Atari Historical Documents
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Atari Computer Users' Group Registration Form and Cover Letter
Atari Historical Documents
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From The Ahl Collection A November 1989 Atari Computer News Release   Atari Computer's STACY - A Full-function Laptop For Complete Processing Capabilities In Today's Key Operating Environments Eight typed pages
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Stacy
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation 1990 First Quarter Report
Topics: Atari Corporation, stockholders report, quarterly report, Atari ST, Atari PC, MS-DOS, Atari Lynx,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation 1991 First Quarter Report
Topics: Atari Corporation, stockholders report, quarterly report, Atari ST, Atari Mega4, Atari TT030
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation 1991 Second Quarter Report
Topics: Atari Corporation, stockholders report, quarterly report, Atari ST, Atari TT, Atari TT030, Retouche...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Annual Report 1990
Topics: Atari Corporation, Atari ST
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Annual Report 1991
Topics: Atari Corporation, Annual Report, 1991
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Annual Report 1992
Topics: Atari Corporation, Annual Report, 1992, Atari Jaguar
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Annual Report 1993
Topics: Atari Jaguar, Annual Report, Sam Tramiel, Jack Tramiel
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Annual Report 1994
Topics: Atari Corporation, Annual Report, 1994, Atari Jaguar
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation First Quarter Report 1992
Topic: Atari Corporation
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corporation
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Atari Corporation Notice to Shareholders 1993-06-15
Topic: Atari Corporation
Atari Historical Documents
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Atari Corporation Special Meeting Of Stockholders 1996-07-15
Topics: Atari Corporation, JTS
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corpration
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Atari Corpration Notice to Shareholders 1992-06-05
Topic: Atari Corpration
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari Corpration Notice Shareholders 1995-06-05
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Atari Corpration Notice to Shareholders 1995-06-05
Topic: Atari Corpration
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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From The Ahl Collection Atari Cosmos 3-D Programmable Game System info
Topics: The Ahl Collection, Atari, Cosmos
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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A packet from Atari Club Med on "Creating a Computer Show". Focuses on creating pictures, music, and animation on an Atari 8-bit computer. circa 1982
Topics: Atari, Atari Club Med, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, computer animation, Atari Music Composer,...
Atari Historical Documents
by Atari
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A tutorial on mixing graphics modes on the Atari 8-bit computers using custom display lists. Focuses on Atari BASIC. This packet was available at Atari Club Med. Vertical blank interrupts (VBI) Atari screen RAM
Topics: Display Lists Interrupts, Vertical Blank Interrupts, Custom Display Lists, Atari 800, Atari 400,...