The Star Commander homepage
maintained by the author, Joe Forster/STA
last updated on 2014-02-18
The Star Commander is the ultimate DOS shell that can handle the image file formats of the C64 Software Emulator (© by Miha Peternel, 1994-1997), CCS64 (© by Per Håkan Sundell, 1996-2009), Personal C64 (© by Wolfgang Lorenz, 1994-1997) and VICE (© by the VICE Team, 1993-2009), it copies files and disks between the PC and a Commodore 1541/1570/1571/1581 drive, optionally in turbo mode, and also converts several popular Commodore archive formats. It is a comfortable, user-friendly and fast giftware software with online help and is very similar to The Norton Commander (© by Symantec Inc., 1986-1995) and The Volkov Commander (© by Vsevolod V. Volkov, 1991-2000).
The latest public release is version 0.83, out since 11th January, 2010. You can find The Star Commander on Web sites and FTP sites in an archive called scXYY.zip (where X.YY is the version number).
Download betas for everyday usage! If you're having problems with the latest public release, you might want to try the latest beta release, as well, as your problem might have already been solved in it. Don't worry, most of the time, betas are not as buggy as you might first think.
Read the documentation before complaining!
Before contacting the author about problems with accessing Commodore drives
and/or transferring files, please, read the "Usage", "Troubleshooting" and
"Known problems and limitations" sections in the documentation. If you still
have problems then read the "Reporting problems" section in the
documentation on how problems should be reported.
Unfortunately, the author doesn't have much time for this project anymore, and especially few time to answer questions. Therefore, reports about any release other than the latest public or beta release, reports covered by the documentation and improper reports may be rejected.
New name for personal keyfiles. Since version 0.81, the name of the personal keyfile has been changed from sc.reg to sc.key so that its extension doesn't conflict with that of Windows registry files. Please, rename your personal keyfile, to make it work again.
Read beta docs for dosemu and Windows XP. If you're running dosemu under GNU/Linux or using Windows XP then download the latest beta release and see the "Usage" section of the documentation for important information on how to make the Commander access Commodore drives in these environments. Windows XP users should also download the updated Windows NT/2000/XP tweak package and read the included documentation.
Please, use the latest beta release to overcome the following problems until the next public release, in which these will be fixed, becomes available.
The Star Commander 0.83 (2010-01-11) [sc083.zip, 1.247.388 bytes]
Source of The Star
Commander 0.83 (2010-01-11) [sc083src.zip, 517.569 bytes]
You can edit the Commodore-style VGA fonts with FONTMAN.
The Star Utilities, standalone software for mass conversion of Commodore-related file formats
External software, to be used along with the Commander
SC museum, older Star Commander releases
The original, English documentation is available online. The following unofficial translations of the documentation are available:
Dutch (Commodore gebruikersgroep; The Netherlands)
DISCLAIMER: Please, note that the translations have been created and proof-read by others because the author of this page does not know those languages. The author of this page has no direct control over the translations and, therefore, can give you absolutely no guarantee about their correctness or uptodateness. So, please, don't bother reporting problems or wishes concerning the translations to the author of this page as those will be ignored.
The X1541-series interfaces, description of the cables that can be used with the Commander and other software
The X1541 Shop, to order X1541-series cables, compatible adaptors and more
If you need help with the Commander, would like to ask for some new features in future releases, want to be notified about the release of new (beta) versions or just want to chat around then subscribe to the mailing list.
WARNING: All E-mail addresses have been spam shielded. Before sending an E-mail, please, delete the words "ANTI" and "SPAM", along with the dots around them.
To subscribe to the mailing list, send an E-mail to sclist-subscribe.ANTI@SPAM.yahoogroups.com. To post articles, send an E-mail to sclist.ANTI@SPAM.yahoogroups.com. Please, note that only members are allowed to post to the mailing list. To unsubscribe, send an E-mail to sclist-unsubscribe.ANTI@SPAM.yahoogroups.com.
You can also find the Commander at the following Web sites:
The C64 tool list, MS-DOS section (Sweden)
...and the following FTP sites:
The Badlands (Austria)
The Digital Dungeon (The Netherlands)
Gangsta's Paradise (Hungary)
Kiarchive FTP server (Russia)
Padua FTP site (Germany)
The Star Commander is © by Joe Forster/STA, 1994-2010.
The Commander is giftware. You may use the unregistered version as long as you wish and you may give it to any individual, provided that it's in the original, unmodified archive. It is highly recommended that you download distribution packages from the homepage or other distribution sites listed later in this documentation. If you get a package from somewhere else then make sure that the package has the author's authentic verification stamped on it.
The unregistered version is in no way crippled, there are no nag screens or delays in it and – except for alpha and beta releases – it never expires. However, if you are frequently using the Commander and you are satisfied with it then you are encouraged to register it. Please, read the file REGISTER.TXT for more details. You must not distribute the personal keyfile you receive when you register.
The source of the Commander is distributed under a license that is similar to the GNU General Public License but is more restrictive, for the protection of Commander users and the author. You may distribute only those modified versions or derived software that satisfy all restrictions in the license. When you distribute the Commander, modified versions of it or software derived from it, you may not ask for money above the normal fee of the distribution media itself. Furthermore, you may not publish the Commander or its source on floppy disks, CD/DVD-ROM's, FTP sites, WWW pages or any other distribution media, include it in a software compilation or bundle it with other software or hardware without prior permission of the author.
Note that public distribution of the beta releases of the Commander is prohibited. The only place where you can and should be able to find them is the homepage.
The Commander is provided "as is", without a warranty of any kind. You are using it at your own risk. The author is not liable for any damage or data loss caused by the software.
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