ATARI 8-bits Imaging & Preservation
Our main goal is the preservation of Atari software in its original unmodified form. Original software is
normally stored on diskettes with custom format or copy protection. But floppy disk recording have a limited
life time. It won't take too long until all original Atari disks will be damaged and lost.
Vapi provides a package of sotware tools for: imaging copy protected software, using the images under
emulators or on real hardware using a SIO2PC/APE cable, writing back the images to physical disks.
|EMULATOR HELPER TOOL
This is a preliminary beta release. Recommended for advanced users only. Both the tools and the images
are subject to change. No documentation except this note is provided.
A patched version of Atari800Win PLus and VAPI DLL are available for download. This combo can run
images of copy protected disks.
Note: the patch to the emulator is a quick and dirty hack. It is not perfect. Some things don't work, others
don't work perfectly. The main limitations are noted below. Keep your "standard" Atari800Win PLus setup,
don't delete it.
Only ATR and VAPI images can be used, DCM or compressed images are currently not supported.
Only the main emulator executable is included. It will warn you if it can't find the supplemental DLLs (Kaillera
and zlib). You can add those DLLs (from the standard version) by yourself if they are not already in the
search path. No ROM images, help files, etc. are included. Again, use the ones in your standard emulator
Vapi.Dll is the actual program that handles the copy protected images. The DLL must be in the same
directory as the emulator executable or in the search path.
SIO-patch on the emulator must be turned off.
|VAPI2SIO, SIO2PC for VAPI
Vapi2sio is a mini SIO2PC/APE Windows program for running VAPI images under real Atari hardware.
This is by no means a full-fledged application, and probably will never be. You can only load a single Atari
image in drive D1:
Driver for Win9X/Me
No driver is required for Win NT based systems. VAPI.DLL (see link above) is required for all systems.
|Protection on earlier Microprose releases
|Protection on the Super Archiver disk
C64 Preservation Project