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Notator updates and related software

You'll find the latest versions of Notator and Creator SL here, along with related files. In addition there are some general Atari ST related utilities which have been chosen with the Notator/Creator SL user in mind.
If you're looking for more of the same, check out my Atari utilities page, as well as my Atari ST software page which are both part of my Atari Launchpad.

(All files here are zip compressed).

Notator SL 3.21 (disk 1 of 4)

   Notator SL 3.21 (main disk) (360 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Version 3.21 of Notator SL, which is the final and last version released.
This disk contains the main program files as well as the printer drivers.

PS. You will need an original Notator SL dongle to use the program. This version will also work with the Log-3 hardware which comes as part of the Notator Logic package.
In this case you should NOT use the Notator SL dongle since the copy protection hardware is handled by Log-3 for both Notator SL and Notator Logic.
Having both in use at the same time can permanently damage the computer hardware!

Notator SL 3.21 (disk 2 of 4)

   Notator SL 3.21 "Fonts1" disk (200 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Notator SL 3.21 "Fonts 1" disk containing the main fonts as well as a demo song file showing for showing them.

Notator SL 3.21 (disk 3 of 4)

   Notator SL 3.21 "Fonts 2/Demo" disk (112 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Notator SL 3.21 "Fonts 2/Demo" disk containing new symbol and chord fonts as well as a demo song.

Notator SL 3.21 (disk 4 of 4)

   Notator SL 3.21 "Tutorial" disk (88 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Notator SL 3.21 "Tutorial" disk containing various tutorial and demo songs as well as fonts needed for those.

Notator Alpha (disk 1 of 2)

   Alpha 1.1 main disk (335 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Version 1.1 of Creator SL (unfortunately not the latest version which is 2.1. -If you have Alpha 2.1 and would like to help me add it to this page, please contact me)
PS. You need an original Alpha dongle to be able to use the program (the Notator dongle, the Creator dongle or Log-3 won't work!).

Notator Alpha (disk 2 of 2)

   Alpha 1.1 "Tutorial" disk (79 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Alpha 1.1 "Tutorial" disk which contains printer drivers, fonts, excercises and examples.

Creator SL 3.16

   Creator SL 3.16 (245 Kbytes)    Disk-contents listing (will open new window)
Version 3.16 of Creator SL, which is the latest and final version available.
PS. You need an original Creator dongle to be able to use the program (the Notator dongle or Log-3 won't work!).


   Director (9 Kbytes)
A utility for owners of C-Lab/Emagic's 'Export' and/or 'Unitor' hardware expansion units, making it possible to re-route the MIDI output from the computer's usual MIDI OUT (output 'A') to outputs B, C, D, E or F instead.

This is handy if your MIDI equipment is connected to those units and you want to use other MIDI software (i.e. synthesizer editors or librarians) without having to rewire your MIDI setup.
However, with Notator/Creator SL you don't need it as a MIDI routing system is already built in.
Director is only needed for other programs which don't re-route the MIDI outputs themselves.

Atari ST utilities

  • STzip/zip programs for Atari ST and other platforms (compress/decompress zip files)
  • AUTOsort (re-sort AUTO programs for Notator/Creator SL compatibility)
  • Profile (gives information about your computer-setup)
  • SuperBoot (choose between different system setups on your computer)
  • Selectric (replacement file selector with many useful extras)
  • Silkmouse (screen saver and mouse accelerator)
  • Xcontrol (Atari replacement control panel for CPX modules)
  • Configure CPX (Configure CPX modules to be memory-resident or not)
  • Deskjet-on (reset the HP Deskjet printer without switching off the computer)
  • LED-panel (corner clock, CAPSlock indicator etc.)
  • AutoRaise (auto-select windows without clicking on them first)
  • Mauswindow (same as above -more features)
  • Chameleon (load/unload ACCessories without restarting computer)
  • Snip (take pictures of the screen and/or view IMG files)
  • Hcopy (format MSDOS/Atari compatible disks)
  • TXCV 2 ST (cross-platform text-file line-ending converter)
  • Blinex (cross-platform text-file converter)
  • CKBD (access ANY keyboard character/remap your keyboard)
  • Icon-Juggler (create and organize new icon setup files)
  • Interface (edit/create new icons and edit resource files)
  • Thing (replacement desktop)
  • Y2K (information and files for fixing year-2000 (Y2K) generated problems on the Atari ST)
  • HP-optimizer (Optimize and fix your harddisk)

The following utilities are not specifically Notator orientated, but selected with the Notator user in mind. Their intentions are to make life easier so that you can spend your valuable time making music instead of messing around with the computer (which is meant to be a helpful tool, not an additional burden).

Since most Notator users have computers for use as a just that (a tool for making music) and not because they're computer freaks who follow the Atari scene closely (yes, it's still very much alive!), brief and easy-to-understand explanations are given for each file so you can quickly and easily find what you may need.

Unfortunately, Notator is one of those programs which uses programming tricks bypassing a lot of the "programming rules" software these days abide to.
Partly because it substituted various routines with better ones, partly because common rules were organized badly at the time and Atari were reluctant to cooperate.

This means that many additional programs don't work, or work badly with Notator.
To make it even trickier, certain ACCessories, AUTO programs or CPX modules work fine in some cases, but combined with other additional programs to the system they cause Notator to crash. Finally, the order of execution regarding these programs (the order they're loaded into memory) might be important.

The easiest way to run Notator is ofcourse to run it on a "clean" system (no ACCessories or AUTO programs whatsoever), but since many of these make your computer easier to use and more effective, this may not be desirable.
Setting up a working and usable setup may take some time, but with several of these additional programs you'll probably find it to be worth it.

As an aid in troubleshooting, you can follow some simple, step-by-step instructions on how to set up ACCessories/ AUTO programs for use with Notator.

STzip/zip programs for Atari ST and other platforms

  STzip (133 Kbytes) zip compression/decompression utility (zip compressed version, for downloading to systems which can already decompress zip files: PC/Mac etc.)
  STzip (139 Kbytes) zip compression/decompression utility (self-extractable version, ready for use on the Atari ST)

(NOTE: be sure to download the latter in binary mode.
Not all web browsers understand that the .TOS format is a "binary excecutable" in which case it'll be downloaded as text.
Depending on the rest of your settings, it might work even though this happens! As soon as the download is done (your screen will most likely be filled with "rubbish" text), just do a "save" with the correct filename (it has to have a ".TOS" ending), and it should work correctly once transferred to your Atari ST.

If you're having problems, check your web browser's settings and/or contact someone who can help you set this format up for a binary download interpretation).


All files found on this page (except the above, self-extractable) are zip compressed in order to save disk-space, time and trouble-free downloading.
But before you're able to use the file(s) you've found, you need to de-compress (expand) them first. That's where STzip comes in.

The zip format is very common and compression/decompression utilities such as the above are available for every major computer platform.
If you're using another computer for going online etc. you may want to do the decompression on that machine. Zip compression/decompression utilities are available for several platforms:

What do you do next?
Read more about how to transfer files between a PC/Mac (or other computer system) and your Atari ST.



   AUTOsort (8 Kbytes) AUTO folder re-sorter.
Notator is very picky about other programs. This goes for ACCessories, programs residing in the AUTO folder and CPX modules.
Some of these don't work very well with Notator (though they work fine with other programs) or they don't work in a combination of other ACCessories, AUTO programs or CPX modules.

But sometimes the actual order they are placed on the disk/harddisk has a lot to say!
This is where AUTOsort comes in: it re-sorts the order of the files inside the AUTO-folder (a folder named "AUTO" placed on the boot partition of your harddisk or floppy disk) and changes their order of execution (decides which order the programs are to be loaded into memory).

AUTOsort is intended for programs placed inside the AUTO folder, but works just as well with ACCessories and CPX modules (you may have to re-sort those as well to make them work with Notator).

Creating a working setup which both you and Notator can live with can take time (and patience), but will probably be worth it.
To make this as easy as possible, follow some simple steps on how to reconfigure your setup.



   Profile (191 Kbytes) System-setup information program
Profile is a useful program which gives all kinds of information about your computer.
For most people however, its main use will be to determine which TOS version (the Atari ST operating system) the computer is equipped with. The earliest Atari ST computers have early version of TOS which in turn means more bugs and problems (refer to the Atari newsgroups to find out exactly which bugs, and how they might affect you).

TOS is contained in ROM or EPROM chips and may or may not need a qualified technician in order to perform an upgrade (this varies from machine to machine -again, ask in the Atari newsgroups if in doubt).

Profile can also give you information about how much memory you have (you might want to give your computer more memory if it's not fully expanded).



   SuperBoot (384 Kbytes) System setup bootselector
SuperBoot is one of those programs you really can't do without if you're using your Atari ST for other things than just Notator.
You may have use for different ACCessories or AUTO programs (which we know Notator is picky about), or even other operating systems, now that multitasking is available for our beloved machine (MagiC, MiNT, Geneva etc.).
Notator might refuse to work with a certain setup which you can't live without in another situation...
Tired of disabling those different programs/files for different setups? (i.e. renaming ACC to ACZ, PRG to PRX etc. and even having different AUTO folders, renamed, making it even more confusing!)

Look no further... SuperBoot comes to the rescue!
This handy AUTO program allows you to create lots of different setups (combinations of AUTO programs, ACCessories, NVDI on/off and so on), and you can easily choose between them upon starting the computer (booting).
You can name each setup to describe what it's for (i.e. "Notator", "normal use", "MagiC/Thing" etc.) and choose which one you want for the current session by pressing a pre-assigned function key.

There's also an option of the computer automatically selecting a certain setup if you don't choose another one within a certain amount of time. This way you can for example have the computer choose "Notator" (which you might be using the computer for most of the time) if you just switch on the computer and don't do anything. A very versatile tool in this imperfect world where not everything is compatible with each other.

NOTE: As explained earlier, Notator is sometimes picky about the order of how ACCessories, AUTO programs and CPX modules are placed.
For that reason, AutoSort is included, and can be used to change the order of execution, so that with some experimentation you'll have a setup that is compatible with Notator, and also fully working with other setups (probably a lot easier as Notator seems to be the fussiest one of them all!)

To make this as easy as possible, follow some simple steps on how to reconfigure your setup.

NOTE: SuperBoot has a Y2K (year 2000) issue.
The program has an option for setting the computer's clock, but this should be turned off as it sets the date/time incorrectly after the year 2000.
If you turn the clock setting function off the rest of the program will work fine.



   Selectric (77 Kbytes) Replacement file-selector
Selectric is is a replacement for the Atari fileselector which comes with your computer. (Every time you load or save a file a 'file-selector' comes up where you can choose which file to save/load).

It allows you to set up several often-used file paths. This means that you don't have to go through a whole bunch of folders just to get to where your songs/MIDI files/patterns etc. are located, but you simply click on one of your pre-selected paths and go directly to that folder!
Selectric also gives you the ability to do file operations such as copy, move, delete and rename, all without leaving Notator, where you otherwise would have to go to the Atari ST desktop!

As Selectric also comes with an ACCessory and a CPX module you can also access it without actually having to save or load a file (useful if you just want to rename, copy or delete a file without exiting Notator).

Selectric is truly a timesaver, is easy to use and comes highly recommended!



   Silkmouse (22 Kbytes) Mouse accelerator and screen saver.
Silkmouse is a small but useful AUTO program with two separate functions:
  1. Mouse accelerator: if you find yourself spending lots of time and energy helping the mouse pointer across the screen this one speeds things up, meaning that you don't have to move the mouse over the mousemat 2 or 3 times just to get from one corner to the other!
    you'll be happy to find that this is a proportional accelerator (the faster you move the mouse, the further the mouse pointer moves), and you have the ability to configure this for your own taste.
  2. Screen saver: if you leave a computer monitor on for too long with the same picture you will end up with a "burn-in" (also called a "ghost image", which means that the screen image will be permanently burnt into the screen.

    To prevent this from happening you need a screen saver like this one.
    After a pre-defined time (you can set this yourself) of inactivity, the screen turns black, but as soon as you move the mouse or touch the keyboard it returns to normal.
    This means that if you take a break from using your computer (or don't touch the keyboard or mouse for some time), you don't have to worry about your monitor getting a burn-in.

(Silkmouse also comes with a CPX module for accessing the settings).



   Xcontrol (100 Kbytes) Replacement control panel ACCessory.
The Xcontrol (eXtensible CONTROLpanel) ACCessory replaces the aging control panel, adding new and better functionality and flexibility.

Forget about the limit of having only 6 ACCessories at a time. Xcontrol replaces many of your previous ACCessories as it takes up only one of those 6 "slots", but can handle as many "CPX modules" (Control Panel eXtensibles) as memory permits!

In addition to this, any one of those modules can be loaded/unloaded from memory, without having to restart the computer!
Atari designed Xcontrol for TOS 2.06 (version 2.06 of the Atari operating system), but should work with most any other TOS version as well.

This package includes both UK and USA versions of the control panel (different ways of showing the date) as well as several general purpose CPX modules.

(Lots of CPX modules are available, either on their own or as parts of other programs.
Check out the CPX module directory which is part of my Atari Launchpad for more).

The Notator manual (version 3.1) states that some of the enclosed CPX modules in this package should NOT be used with the Mega STe computer[*]...

You should also disable "MACCEL.PRG" inside the AUTO folder!

[*] It's uncertain if this is because of the newer version of the operating system (TOS 2.05 or TOS 2.06) that came with the Mega STe, the Mega STe computer itself, or the CPX modules themselves.
(ANY Atari ST computer can be upgraded to TOS 2.06, which is the latest operating system from Atari)

In any case, to be on the safe side, stay away from them and find suitable replacements if you really need those functions.
"Maccel" (Mouse Accelerator) can be replaced by using Silkmouse

Furthermore, the manual says that Mega STe needs to have its speed set to 8MHz/no cache (with Notator 3.21 you don't have to worry about this as Notator itself sets this when started, and sets it back to the way it was when exiting the program).
However, with earlier versions (and probably also Creator SL) you need to do the following:


Configure CPX

   Configure CPX (4 Kbytes) Configure CPX modules to be memory-resident or not.
For some reason, Notator/Creator SL seem to grab all available computer memory to themselves, leaving no more room for other applications.

Since CPX modules aren't kept in memory all the time, but rather loaded/unloaded from the hard disk when needed, this can cause problems (as there is no space left for them).
In the worst case you might end up with the computer "freezing" (locking up), or crashing ruining all your hard work (you should save your work every few minutes, or after some new work anyway, when working with ANY computer).

This CPX module (to be used with the 'Xcontrol' control panel) allows you to configure any CPX module to become 'memory-resident' or not.
'Memory-resident' meaning that it will reserve memory space and load itself into memory from when you start up the computer, instead of having itself loaded/unloaded each time.

You might find this useful for configuring CPX modules which you want to access while running Notator/Creator SL.



   DJ-on (2 Kbytes) Hewlett Packard Deskjet printer reset utility.
DJ-on (Deskjet on) is a tiny CPX module which comes extremely handy for owners of Hewlett Packard's Deskjet inkjet printers. (It's made for the Deskjet 500 series, but for all I know it might work just as well for other printers if needed).

Owners of this (very nice) printer have been irritated for years over the fact that it has to be switched on before the computer, so what if you start working with Notator (or any other program for that matter), then suddenly decide that you want a printout.

Oops! You'll have to save your work, switch off the computer, switch on the printer, reload your software, reload your files..... and you're finally ready to do a printout (argh!!! why all the wasted time!!??).

But there's a better way! With "Deskjet on" you just switch on your printer then do a "reset" from the control panel and you're ready to print! It's the way this printer should have worked to begin with!

(This CPX module already comes preconfigured as "memory resident" so that it will always be available from the control panel, even with Notator running.
I.e. you DON'T need to run it through CONFIG.CPX first as I've already done this for you!



   LED panel (18 Kbytes) Multi-functional status-displayer.
This ACCessory has several functions, the main one being (as the name implies), displaying what is supposed to be LED lights (light emitting diodes) showing read/write status of your floppy/harddisk drive(s).
It also displays the date/time in the menu-bar as well as a CAPSlock indicator. All of this can be fully configured for your personal preference and taste.


   AutoRaise (3 Kbytes) Automatic window-selector.
Normally, to select another window on the desktop or in a program you have to click it once till it becomes 'highlighted' before you can use it, but with this ACCessory it gets selected simply by placing the mouse pointer over it. No need to click any longer!

(Those of you familiar with the X-windows system under UNIX/Linux know what I'm talking about)



   MausWindow (49 Kbytes) Another automatic window-selector.
Another automatic window-selector (or 'window topper'), similar to AutoRaise (above), but more advanced as it lets you configure several of its functions.


   Chameleon (15 Kbytes) ACCessory loader/unloader
An accessory (.ACC) that lets you load or unload other ACCessories without having to reboot the computer! Very handy while trying out accessories or for accessories which you only use once in a while.

(Note: not all ACCessories allow themselves to be loaded/unloaded with "Chameleon", but for those that do, this makes a great timesaver!)



   Snip (17 Kbytes) screen grabber/image viewer.
A 'snapshot' ACCessory which allows you to grab any part of the screen and save it as an IMG picture file. The difference between this one and other 'snapshot' programs is that it also allows you to view .IMG files!
This ACCessory comes in handy if you want to save a particular happening on the screen for later, print it out, send it to someone etc.
...a picture says more than a thousand words!


   Hcopy (53 Kbytes) MSDOS compatible disk formatter and copier.
An excellent formatter/copier which formats MSDOS (the disks will be usable on the ST as well as on PCs, Macs and other computers supporting the MSDOS format).
Lots of useful functions. Supports HD (1.44 Mbyte) disk drives as well.
Use this program instead of the rather limited and slow desktop formatter/copier (which doesn't even always make disks 100% MSDOS compatible).

(You may also want to read more about how to transfer files between a PC/Mac (or other computer system) and your Atari ST.


TXCV 2 ST (TeXt ConVersion to ST

   TXCV 2 ST (9 Kbytes) cross-platform text-file line-ending converter.
ASCII text files written on PCs (or Macs) often don't add line-breaks automatically, but instead rely on viewers of these files to "soft-wrap" text according to the window width ("Wordpad" is a typical and widely used program which does this).
This doesn't work on the Atari ST, as it needs "hard-wraps" meaning a line-break inserted at the end of each line. So what happens when reading text files such as these is that we get extremely long lines that extend beyond the screen width, and sometimes even truncated when opened with an editor/viewer. TXCV 2 ST to the rescue!!!

TXCV 2 ST takes long lines then wraps those words extending 77 characters per line and adds a line break so that these text files can be read on the Atari ST. It also converts end-of-line characters, so that files written on Macs or UNIX/Linux machines get the correct CR/LF ending character which PCs and the Atari ST use.

Read more about file-transfers between Mac/PC/UNIX and the Atari ST and problems (with solutions) regarding text files.



   Blinex (29 Kbytes) cross-platform text-file converter.
When transferring text files across platforms (i.e. between PCs, Macs, Atari STs, UNIX machines etc.) you will probably run into a small, but annoying problem with ASCII text files (plain text).
The first problem is the different ways of defining the end of each line (note that if you've transferred the text file from a PC you won't have this problem as the end-of-line characters are the same there as on the Atari ST).

The other problem is that characters outside the normal English alphabet including numbers etc. aren't standardized. This means that non-English characters and special symbols will be displayed differently on each computer!
Blinex "re-maps" the character set between the computer platforms so you will end up with a text file that is readable on the Atari ST just like on the computer it came from. Blinex also takes care of the line-endings and is very easy to use.

Read more about file-transfers between Mac/PC/UNIX and the Atari ST and problems (with solutions) regarding text files.



   CKBD (90 Kbytes) keyboard remapper/character composer.
CKBD (Compose KeyBoarD) is a utility which allows you to change your keyboard setup and/or access ANY of the characters available in your computer -that is, not just the characters available on your specific keyboard!
Say you have an English keyboard but occasionally write in German, Norwegian, French, Spanish etc. and find it cumbersome to access one of the many 'ASCII-tables' available in other programs/utilities, well how about 'composing' characters, simply by pressing <ALT> (and letting it go) followed by say 'a' and 'e' which will result in the 'æ' character!

CKBD also gives you other ways of accessing any character and in addition lets you redefine your keyboard (in case you have a computer with say a German keyboard, but upgraded to an English TOS and still want the keyboard to be German). To top things off, the package contains two CPX modules which lets you configure the program and speeds up your mouse (mouse accelerator) -Awesome!!



   Icon-juggler (24 Kbytes) icon organizer.
Icon-Juggler allows you to organize black/white RSC files (such as the JAZ/ZIP/Syquest-drive and the MIDI/music related icons found in the 'contributions' section of this website so that you can easily create your own customized icon files for use with TOS 2.06 etc.
It's very easy to use and pretty self-explanetory, but still comes with documentation. I have also written a step-by-step guide that comes with the icons themselves.

You can NOT use Icon-juggler to:
(a) edit/make new icons
(b) organize/edit colour icons or icons larger than the standard 32x32 pixels used by TOS 2.06

For this you need a resource-file editor such as Interface (below).



   Interface (765 Kbytes) resource-file editor.
Interface is a resource-file (.RSC) editor which is mainly used by computer programmers for designing windows, menues etc. but also for editing and organizing icons.
It's a little more complicated to use than Icon-juggler, but you'll soon get the hang of it. Just experiment with some icon RSC files first (be sure to make backup copies of your files first!).

(Interface has been released freely by the author and was originally found only at Gerd Höller's website (German version only!) under the Atari/GFA-BASIC software section.



   Thing (580 Kbytes) replacement desktop.
Thing is a replacement desktop. The desktop is what you see when you first turn on the computer, with its disk and trash icons as well as windows with files/folders.

The TOS desktop is pretty basic compared to what modern PCs and Macs of today have to offer. Thing adds a lot of features which you will probably find very useful in addition to its ability to add new icons to files/folders/windows.
If you don't have TOS 2.06 this will allow you to add the MIDI/sound icons or the ZIP/JAZ/Syquest-drive icons to your system. You can even use the animated colour icons on a mono (black/white) system which is very likely if you run Notator on it!

You'll find some information about Thing (and other replacement desktops) by going here.


Year-2000 (Y2K) fixes and information

   Y2K information and fixes (85 Kbytes) Information and files for fixing Y2K generated problems on the Atari ST.
No doubt you've heard about the proposed 'Y2K' catastrophe which was to leave major computer systems all around the world useless as the clock struck midnight on new year's eve 1999.
Well, as we all know, fortunately things didn't turn out that way, but minor problems have been encountered on several systems/programs, also on the Atari ST platform.

Here's a collection of information grabbed from the Atari ST newsgroups as well as related files picked up here and there for fixing those problems (if you've encountered them -not all Atari systems are affected) all in one package.



   HP-optimizer (216 Kbytes) check and defragment (optimize) your harddisk.
A harddisk needs maintenance just like anything else or you'll end up with less-than-adequate performance and perhaps even get a harddisk-crash and loose valuable, irreplaceable data (you should remember to back up your files in any case).

HP-optimizer will check your harddisk for errors and fix them (if possible) and finally defragment all your data for optimal performance. A must if your Atari ST has a harddisk attached!

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