Russ Gilbert wrote some using GBASIC IIRC, ata2asc runs from the command prompt and asks for the name of the atascii file to convert, if found it then asks for the name of the ascii file you would like it saved to. asc2ata does essentially the same thing but in reverse. So I contacted him way back in the day to see if he could alter them to run from a batch file without requiring input and he sent me ata2asc2 as well as asc2ata2 which will do that giving the same filename to the one pointed to in the batch file but with either .asc or .ata as the extension for the result file. Just as asked for it does EOL and TABS too. Find all four together in the genuine zip file below. Only trouble I had with XP was that I had shared my system folders, C:\Windows\TEMP to be precise and was trying to work from there and ran into permission problems which were solved by cutting back on sharing permissions with system folders and moving the operation to a folder of my own making that the system didn't care so much about. Thanks Russ!
You're quite welcome. However, they don't work in a Windows 8 command prompt window, or, maybe it is because my PC is 64 bit. Either one, they won't work in modern PC command prompt.
You can make them work if you use 'DOSBOX', a DOS emulator for win 7/8 probably Vista. Back to the drawing board.
I do some Windows programming now in Visual BASIC, maybe I'll get on that and see what I can do, although I'm pretty sure some Euro version is available, somebody will point to them.
It probably was GBASIC I used back then.
I wrote those conversion programs for the A8. So another approach would be to use my Atari programs in a modern A8 emulator (altirra, atari800winplus4).
(spent an hour looking for my A8 ASC<>ATAS programs.) I found my ASCII to ATASCII A8 BASIC program.. But the Original Poster wanted ATASCII>ASC converter and I can't find that one.
It is a fairly simple thing to do, going both ways, Just can't find them at the moment. What I'm thinking is to dig up or write my Atari ones and the OP can use those in an emulator. But somebody else
probably has those utils, they are so obviously useful.
Edited by russg, Mon May 26, 2014 8:57 PM.