Atari Classic TrueType Fonts
Based on the Atari 8-bit character set, these are TrueType fonts for either Macs (System 6 or greater) or PCs (Windows 3.1 or greater). Each font includes the full ATASCII 256-character set, including graphics characters and inverse characters, arranged in exactly the same order as the original. This allows ATASCII text files to be displayed or printed using your favorite text or graphics software on your Mac or PC. (Note: Some characters may not be accessible, depending on your operating system and/or software. See the Read Me file for details.) Since these are TrueType fonts, they are scalable to arbitrary sizes and resolutions, which is especially nice in the Smooth and Extrasmooth versions. Of course, the Chunky version will appear "bitmapped" no matter what size is used. Which one you use depends on your application and personal preference.
Atari Classic Chunky
A pixel-for-pixel interpretation. It looks like a bitmap no matter how big you blow it up. Use this when you want that low-res retro look, or when absolute mimicry of the Atari screen graphics is desired.
Atari Classic Smooth
A version with the bitmap stairsteps flattened out into diagonal forms. Captures the overall shapes and flavor of the lo-res characters without the jaggies.
Atari Classic Extrasmooth
A version in which the characters have been interpreted as conventional typographical forms as much as possible without altering the essential appearance. Of the three, this looks most like a "real" typeface. This should be the easiest to read when printing ATASCII files on ink-jet and laser printers.
Version 1.1 now available! Detailed instructions and notes now included in both versions. PC version now has correct character positions in high ASCII range.
Click here to download the Mac fonts
Click here to download the PC fonts
These fonts are freeware and may not be offered for sale seperately or as part of a collection. See the Read Me file for full details.
Mac/Atari Fusion: Atari 8-bit Resources for Mac Users Copyright 1998, 2001 Mark L. Simonson.