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Rainbow - Atari 800 Emulator

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Rainbow - Atari 800 emulator

This document contains information specific to Rainbow. For general information about emulators and the program interface, please see the "About the Shell" document.

What is it?

Rainbow is an Atari 800 Series Emulator for Mac OS X.

Rainbow is a fast, accurate and fun emulator which mimics the old Atari 400/800, 800XL, 130XE computers and 5200 games console.

With suitable Atari ROMs on your Mac, you can launch Rainbow and be presented with the familiar Memo Pad screen of the 400/800 computers.

Not the most exciting screenshot of all time! But having got this far, you can relive many of your favourite 8 bit moments on your Mac. And what better game to start with than Star Raiders?

Great to play that one again! As you can see the graphics emulation of Rainbow is faithful to the original 8 bit hardware which includes Player Missile Graphics with full Collision Detection, Fine Scrolling, Display List Interrupts, all graphics modes and colours.

Rainbow also mimics the original Atari sound system incredibly well using POKEY samples, supports up to 4 joysticks and 4 paddles and provides fast medium and large screen views.

But aside from games, you can perform all the usual disk operations using, for example, Atari DOS 2.5.

Low level SIO emulation means that all disk operations are possible using Rainbow's two virtual disk drives. Each drive can handle single and enhanced density images.

Disk management is greatly simplified by two extra facilities in Rainbow. The IMPORT function will intelligently paste external files from your Mac hard drive into a DOS disk image. The directory and VTOC (volume table of contents) are updated and the file can be accessed using normal disk operations. This works for both single and enhanced disk images.

The EXPORT function does the opposite; any DOS file can be saved onto your Mac hard disk. So using IMPORT and EXPORT, you can bypass the slow DOS copy operations and disk housekeeping becomes much less of a chore!

The full version of Rainbow also comes with TinyTerm software to transfer your 8 bit disks quickly and reliably over to your Mac. You can copy a whole disk over in about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the density. You will need an Atari 850 Interface Module and a simple homemade cable. Full instructions are provided.

For word processing, AtariWriter performs very well on Rainbow. Who needs Word 6, eh?

Many of you may want to program using Rainbow. Atari Basic works great, Turbo Basic runs fine under 800XL emulation and OSS Super Cartridges such as MAC/65 and ACTION! work okay as well. Here's MAC/65's DDT debugger in use.

Rainbow also emulates the 130XE machine with full 128K RAM and fast ANTIC/CPU access to this extra RAM. The Video Blitz demo shows off the 130XE page flipping within the extra 64K RAM to give a smooth moving surface.

If that wasn't enough, Rainbow lets you play 5200 console games as well...

But back to games! Let's kick off with Moon Patrol.

An opening shot of the popular classic Alternate Reality.

Under 800XL emulation you can play many XL-only games like Gauntlet.

Here's a game of M.U.L.E. in progress.

Simultaneous 2 player games are no problem with Rainbow. Here a furious contest of BallBlazer is in progress.

Now for a more sedate game of Spelunker instead.

Howsabout Boulderdash?

Something with a little more speed like Pole Position...?

And finally, Zaxxon.

Well, that's enough screenshots. I hope you've enjoyed this little tour.

Rainbow PPC 1.50 for mac os x 10.2 or later
Rainbow PPC 1.51 for mac os x 10.2 or later
Rainbow PPC 1.5.2 for mac os x 10.2 or later
Rainbow PPC 1.5.3 for mac os x 10.2 or later
Rainbow universal 1.5.4 for mac os x 10.4 or later
Rainbow universal 1.5.5 for mac os x 10.4 or later
Rainbow Universal 1.5.6 for mac os x 10.4 or later
Rainbow Universal 1.5.7 for mac os x 10.4 or later not in archive

All upload Rainbow from Richard Bannister Archive for mac.

Architecture: PPC x86 (Intel:Mac)

PPC and Intel.