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Article #608 (635 is last): From: Michael Current
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news Subject: Pooldisk Too Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG) Date: Sun Jan 17 21:35:53 1999 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ernest R. Schreurs) Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 16:33:31 GMT In October 1995, we released the Pooldisk CD. It contained over 2300 disk image files in the ATR format. The disks were also on the CD in the XFD format. The Pooldisk Too is a double CD. Some people helped us obtain more disks, and so we were able to fill an entire CD with ATR image files. We had to drop support for the XFD format due to the space limitations. This is only a problem if you are using a program that supports nothing but XFD files. You would need to use one of the converters that is on the CD. On the CD you will find disks from these well known sources: ABBUC 871 ACE 341 Analog 53 Antic 104 Belgium 88 Bellcom 967 BRE 60 C & T 113 Colonia 61 CSM 56 Demos 45 Flop 26 Futura 46 Haps 820 Internet 35 strange Invasion 16 KE-soft 24 LACE 128 Manosky 40 Mega magazine 16 Misc 289 PAGE 6 29 PD mag 66 Pokey 125 SAG 221 SCAT 209 SEX 37 SPACE 100 STack 86 Thunderdome BBS 330 Top mag 85 Twaug 58 Umich (1995) 454 The directories below contain less than 25 disks: Atari Classics, AMC, Atari Dos, Bpaug, Brace, Bradford, DOS, Elfin, Hac, HTT, Ol'hacker, PAC, PACE, R-Atari, Starbase. Several commercial titles from A New Generation software were put on the CD by permission of ANG with a restriction from copying them. The mega magazines and the Pokey material have the same restriction. This all adds up to well over 6000 ATR files. Now since some libraries are (almost) completely on the CD, some disks are bound to be duplicated across libraries. We included them anyway, just so you have the libraries as complete as currently possible. I think it is reasonable to assume that there are over 5000 different ATR files on the CD. The second CD contains various utilities and fun stuff for use on a PC or platform other than the Classic Atari, but very much related to it. You will find over 100 Internet sites, varying from simple home pages to elaborate sites. You will also find about a year's worth of messages from the Use net newsgroups rec.games.video.atari and comp.sys.atari.8bit, and messages from the abbucnet and assembler SIGs. These are in the QWK format, so that they can be read with a QWK offline reader. Furthermore you will find information related to the Jaguar. Some stuff for use on an Amiga, Atari ST and the Apple Macintosh. The text of the well known book Mapping The Atari by Ian Chadwick is on the CD, by his permission, with the restriction that it is not copied. We have collected various avi and movie files, and put them on this CD too. These are huge, so no more download time, and fun to watch. Various utilities and emulators for the PC can be found on the CD. These emulators also make use of the files in the ATR file format. The current versions of SIO2PC and APE can be found here, and emulators like Atari800Win, XL-it!, Xformer, Rainbow, Pokey, and ACE. Converters like Imagic and Diskcomm and XFD converters. About 1000 pictures of various Atari equipment, collectibles, cassette covers, flyers, schematic diagrams, and the occasional Atari lover. Lots of text files with information and documentation. There are lots of XL files that we did not put in ATR image files. One reason is that we did not have the time to do it. Another one is that the files are subdivided into sub-directories and putting them into ATR files would result in lots of ATR's with a small number of files, or ATR's with multiple unrelated files. The Umich archives from 1998 are therefore also on the second CD, not in ATR files. We did convert the archives to uncompressed format though. Finally, the second CD contains a 20 megabyte directory listing of all the ATR files that are on disk one, so if you are looking for a specific file, you can search this listing to find the ATR disk the file is on. You can order this double CD by sending a check or money order drawn on an US bank for US $20 to me: Ernest R. Schreurs Kempenlandstraat 8 5211 VN Den Bosch The Netherlands Include a note telling us the shipping address. The US $20 includes shipping by airmail. If you live in Germany, you can also order the CD from the ABBUC user group. Take a look at this URL: http://www.atari-computer.de/abbuc/ For more information on the Pooldisk Too, take a look at this URL: http://www.xs4all.nl/~stack/atarixle.html If you have any questions, you can send me E-mail at email@example.com Keep those XL's/XE's humming!