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SoftAT 2.5

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softat.sit (727.02 KB)
MD5: 8c4e950c526893e3c348ffaca2eadd16
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
This app works with: Basilisk II,

SoftAT for the High Performance Macintosh

Designed for use on any high performance Macintosh, SoftAT emulates an IBM PC/AT and is ideal for more demanding PC applications including graphics programs and number crunching.
SoftAT can also be used with Insignia's SoftNode to run PC applications which require Novell Netware.

What is SoftAT?
Insignia's SoftPC family are the best selling software solutions for running off the shelf and customized PC programs on Macintosh computers. As part of this family, SoftAT brings the vast world of PC software to your Macintosh. For example, SoftAT can run Lotus 1-2-3, Agenda, dBase, SideKick, Wordstar (and thousands more).

Copy the contents of the Program Disk to your hard disk. Copy the SoftPCData file from the Data Disk to the SoftPC folder on your hard disk. If using System 6 the fonts from the Insignia Fonts Disk must be installed with the Font D/A mover utility to your System file. Under OS 7 drag them to the System Folder.

Archive contains three floppy disks in DiskCopy 4.2 format, in friendly pre-5.x StuffIt format.

See also: SoftPC 1.3 & 2.5 | AccessPC | SoftPC Pro 3.0 | SoftPC Pro 3.1 | SoftPC Pro 3.1 w/ Windows | SoftPC for NeXTStep | MacPC

Architecture: 68k

Macintosh computer with 68020, 68030 or 68040 processor.
4 MB of RAM (5 MB with OS 7) and 2 MB of hard disk space.
A SuperDrive or other suitable floppy disk drive is required to load PC application software.
There's a patch folder that needs to be used in case you need to run this software under System 6.0.5 or earlier.

Runs OK in Basilisk II (Mac OS 7.6.1)


Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2020, April 9 - 8:33pm

Thanks for the clarification, guys.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2020, April 9 - 8:19am

There were computer game magazines at that time, containing one commercial game as a main supplement. Often they wrote, the game requires a 386, but in most cases it run very well in SoftPC emulating a 286. Later, when game magazine editors got note about PC emulators on Mac, they saw themselves compelled to write down: "We have not tested this game in PC emulation and can't/won't guarantee it works within."

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, April 9 - 1:45am

Does that mean SoftPC can't run certain types of DOS programs, unless SoftAT is also installed?

The "AT" in SoftAT refers to the AT (Advanced Technology) motherboard architecture of the time, which SoftAT emulates. AT was developed by IBM in 1984 for the 80286 processor, followed up in 1985 by the "Baby AT" which was feature compatible to the AT board. Smaller and cheaper to produce, the "Baby AT" quickly became very popular with PC manufacturers. A long production run, it was superseded by the ATX form factor in 1995.
- AT form factor - Wikipedia.

As IIGS_User says, SoftPC and SoftAT are complete IBM PC emulators in their own right.
SoftAT installs MS-DOS version 3.30

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2020, April 8 - 8:23pm

I've no idea about, I see this as a full version like SoftPC as well.

Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2020, April 8 - 4:53pm

The description makes SoftAT sound like it's like WINE, but instead of mimicking Windows APIs for various systems, it mimics overall DOS APIs (and emulates x86 instructions) for Mac OS. Or is this something that requires SoftPC to be running, as well?

Edit: I read it more carefully now. So this extends SoftPC. Does that mean SoftPC can't run certain types of DOS programs, unless SoftAT is also installed?

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2020, April 8 - 4:36pm

For new Mac users, this "SuperDrive" meaning is 1.44 MB floppy disk drive,
compared to the 800k floppy disk drives used before. Wink

Not the later DVD "SuperDrive".

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by macjames - 2014, January 6 - 3:30am

I'm not finished 0)

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, January 5 - 12:03pm

And I thought your SoftPC Pro upload was impressive Wink