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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.product.8bit.summary
Subject: SuperDOS / operating system / commercial
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Wed Mar 23 19:48:06 1994

 From: (Mark Perry)
 Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.8bit
 Date: 15 Mar 94 15:14:42 GMT

Okay, here is some info on Superdos. I will try and get the latest version
onto the archive by the weekend.

This, and the stuff on the hardware upgrades were taken straight from
the adds. You could not tell at all could you. 

uperDOS V5.0 was designed for the more advanced user who needs a DOS
with true double sided, double density operation. The aim was to keep
the program short and powerful. Until now Atari DOS 2 seemed to be the
most convienient DOS to use but was only capable of single density and
was memory inefficient. Other double density DOS's are available but
they use heaps of memory or are extreamly slow because you need to load
a file to perform each function.

SuperSos combines many functions (and more) from some of these giant
DOS's into an easy to use, menu driven DOS needing slightly more memory
than Atari DOS 2.0S but using seven sectors less on the disk and
therefore taking less time to load. With 64K RAM XL/XE and all SUPERRAM
models, DUP is hidden in RAM under the OS or in the ramdisk and
available imediately with NO loss of the resident program. The massive
256K SuperRAM ramdisk., plus 130XE, Axlon, Bucholtz, Newell, Peterson
and RAMbo ramdisks are supported.

1. SuperDOS for Atari 400/800/600XL/800XL/65XE/130XE computers, Atari
810, 1050, XF551 and compatible disk drives.
2. Single, Enhanced and Double density plus double sided, double density
3. Handles up to 4 disk drives plus a ramdisk plus up to 8 concurrent
4. Auto density enables SuperDos to automatically configure to the
density of the disk in the drive.
5. With auto density you can copy files from single to double density
(or vice versa) with only one drive.
6. RESTORE deleted or open files, either from SDUP menu or BASIC with
XIO commands.
7. Use upper, lower case, inverse characters or numbers even as the
first char of a filename.
8. Short SYS files allows maximum use of disk space and memory.
9. Variable XL/XE key delay and repeat rate.
10. Ramdisks: SuperRAM & Peterson with 256K, 130XE with 64K or Axlon,
Bucholtz, Newell, or RAMbo with 180K. Enables instant loading of files.
11. Autoload all files with "RAM" filename extenders from drive one to
the ramdisk during boot process.
12. With SuperRAM or 64K RAM, SDUP is available the instant you type DOS
and the resident program is saved. No "MEM.SAV" waiting.
13. Use single keystrokes to list drrectory or select items.
14. Copy to or from casstette "C:" device using long or short IRG. Copy
all SYS files except DOS.SYS using wildcards.
15. A verification prompt message gives you a chance to change your mind
about copying a file.
16. Write DOS.SYS file only or format a disk wit h skewed sectors using
SuperMAX, US Doubler or Atari XF551.
17. Copy sectors and display bad sector numbers. Copy only the used
18. Option to format destination disk during disk copy. It formats in
the same density as the source disk.
19. Enter sector numbers in hex or decimal. Default is hex use # for
decimal. eg #370.
20. Write with or without verify. Toggled from SDUP menu.
21. Drive status (density, sides) is displayed on top of the screen
above SDUP menu.
22. Concise menu with plenty of room for directory listings. There are 2
columns on dirs.
23. Annoying Atari 4 line scroll removed.
24. A red screen border indicates next operation may write to the disk.
Purple for format.
25. A red or green screen border to indicate write or read in next
operation of copy file disk or sectors.
26. A binary save that even saves carts.
27. A copy from DOS 3 using 1 or 2 drives and wildcards.
28. SuperBIN - a boot program to display a menu of file names and load
and run the bin file you choose.
29. Display the conmfiguration block of drives. (not 810 or 1050)
30. Trace and link data of files and patch around bad sectors.
31 Option to display deleted or open filenames.
32. Alter the number of open file or drive buffers from the AUX menu.
33. Choice of resident or non-resident SDUP. Enables instant access to
DOS menu on 400/800 or option to disable the ramdisk.
34. SUPERBAS - an AUTORUN.SYS file to display a menu of BASIC programs
to load and run.
35. I/O defaults to the ramdisk if one is available.
36. Use ESCAPE when booting to format a ramdisk leaving all normal 130XE
banks free (requires 128K)

Okay, that's it. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I hated typing
it. :)

Mark Perry

Michael Current, Cleveland Free-Net 8-bit Atari SIGOp / Iowa City, IA, USA 
        Internet: / Cleveland Free-Net: aa700

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