On this page, you can find the current beta release of The Star Commander and the Star Utilities.
Potentially unstable beta release. This beta version may not be as stable as beta versions usually are, because of the code restructuring that was needed for the DOS 32-bit DPMI version. Please, be careful and make backups!
Unregistered betas expire in one year. As the author does not wish to get reports about old betas, they refuse to work one year after their release. If a valid personal keyfile is present, you "only" get an annoying message every time you launch the software. So, please, always download the latest beta. If you find a newer beta to be worse, in some respect, than an older beta or the previous public release, contact the author.
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 docs for dosemu and Windows XP. If you're running dosemu under GNU/Linux or using Windows XP then 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.
By downloading betas, you declare that you have read and understood the important notes.
Please, use the latest public release to overcome the following problems until the next beta release, in which these will be fixed, becomes available.
Disk error test suite, for testing the disk error reproduction capability of Commodore-PC transfer and conversion software (2002-05-19) [dskerror.zip, 472.321 bytes]
Color and PETSCII art test suite, for testing the display of C64 colors and "PETSCII art" (2003-09-18) [coltest.zip, 84.260 bytes]
Changes since SC 0.83:
New: Introducing DOS 32-bit DPMI version.
Fix: No more lockups upon changing the drive on notebooks with a weird BIOS and no floppy drive.
Fix: Problems accessing the Windows clipboard have been fixed.
Fix: The addresses if custom LPT ports can be changed even when "Serial cable" is set to "OpenCBM".
Fix: The current code page is now correctly detected because some frame characters are available only in code page 437.
Fix: The viewer now correctly shows search results in files with extremely long lines.
New: Introducing support for geoConvert98 archives.
New: Besides Space, Ctrl-Down and Alt-Down also open the list of available values in combo boxes.
New: Star ARC and Star LHA also list date/time stamps.
For the history of all beta releases, see the SC beta history page.
Further major new features, planned for version 0.90, are the following:
Finish support for 1581 drives: more disk turbos for copying files and disks.
Support for the XUM1541 interface via the OpenCBM driver.
Support for GCR-coded disk images.
A "Find file" function, with the ability to search for textual contents and, also, inside image and uncompressed archive files.
You can find a complete list of planned features in the Coming soon section of the documentation.
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