This episode features Rich Man’s 80 Column Word Processor, originally released in 1985 by Computer Software Services (CSS). It was written by Mark Rogalski.
Unknown packaging and no scans or pictures available.
RM80CWP in Action
The program requires 52K of memory, so an XL or XE is needed. XL and XE computers should boot side B first. This is the error if there is not enough memory present, or if you boot side A directly on an XL or XE:
XL and XE boot, side B complete:
Create takes you to the editor.
This is the editor with the sample file loaded, captured via emulated Atari 800XL (without emulated artifacts):
Composite output video captured from physical Atari 130XE. The artifacts appear worse on the capture device than on an actual display device:
S-Video output video captured from physical Atari 130XE. The output from the capture device here are very very close to the actual display device (stay away from composite out):
This will work from Atari 400 and 800 computers with 48K, only if CSS “The Impossible” is installed to yield 52K free:
Simply enter the filename. If there is a document in memory, you are prompted to overwrite:
Enter the filename to save as:
Confirm overwrite if file already exists:
View the formatted output before printing. This is an estimate and only shows 77 columns:
Normally the output just goes to the printer, unless there is an error:
Enter the filename to print to:
The output is formatted and sent to the file in plain ASCII:
Give Memory Statistics
This gives some statistics about the text. It shows the bytes used, bytes free, number of words in file, and number of lines in file:
Dir 1 to 4
Press the number of the drive you want a directory of:
Enter the name of the file you want to delete, and confirm:
Enter source file name, followed by new (destination) file name:
Initializing a disk. Specify which drive and confirm:
The help screen is displayed nicely:
RM80CWP appears to use Atari DOS 2.0. The disk is heavily copy protected. The number of free sectors is a lie. The contents of the disk can be seen in this screenshot:
The files are:
- DOS.SYS is Atari DOS.
- DRIVECRE.ATE is the program used to create a print driver configuration (CDS file). There are 3 sectors reserved for it on the disk.
- AUTORUN.SYS is the program file.
- EXAMPLE.TXT is the sample text file.
Sample file output on Epson:
Scanned Quick Reference Card:
- New Life Electronics CSS History: http://www.nleaudio.com/css/products/history.htm