Timetable of C64 applications

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The following table gives an overview of the chronological development of important C64 applications (or Commodore applications, the 8-bit home computer) of various genres, such as graphics or word processing, as well as programming or music or sound tools, etc.

Note: No games or other programmes are included in this article! For this purpose see the articles Timetable of C64 games or Timetable of C64 demos.

Timetable[edit]

Intentionally not all fields are filled, as only "milestones" (e.g. genre milestones, influential, innovative or important first/genre representatives) are mentioned, or applications that stand out due to innovations in the field of technical realization, or whose appearance is a higher advancement of the predecessor. Justifications can be found below. Further information and sources can be found at the respective articles of the applications.

The table mainly contains titles, which were commercially available. However, some non-commercial applications are also included, especially after the demise of Commodore in 1993/94 if they show particularly impressive programming achievements.

Even though the C64 was officially released only in 1982, the timeline from 1980 until today is considered, especially since in 1980/81 some foundations for C64 applications were laid, which were ported from the Commodore predecessor systems.

From the year 2000 on also more and more some crossplatform applications are entered, if they have a C64 or Commodore application as a basis or if they make it easier to create C64 data and programs, which can also be used on a C64 home computer.

Year Graphics Word Processing Database Copy Coding Sound Other DOS Video Network
1980
1981
1982 Easy Script[1] BASIC 2.0[2]
1983 Vizawrite[3]
Microsoft Multiplan[4]
Datamat[5] BASIC 3.5[6]
Simons' Basic[7]
Super Expander 64[8]
Turbo Tape[9]
1984 Koala Painter[10] Copy190[11] BASIC 7.0[12]
BASIC 64 Compiler[13]
PETSPEED 64[14]
Synthimat[15] Hypra-Load[16]
1985 Hi-Eddi[17] StarTexter[18] Turbo Copy[19] Hypra-Ass[20]
SMON[21]
Talk to me[22] GEOS[23]
Action Replay[24]
C64 Mailbox (BBS)[25]
1986 INPUT-CAD[26] Printfox[27]
Mastertext[28]
UniDat[29] MS-DOS simulator[30] LISP 64[31]
TSB[32]
Soundmonitor[33] Disk Wizard[34]
EXOS V3[35]
1987 Amica Paint[36] Pagefox[37]
Viza-Print[38]
GW-BASIC Emulator[39] Disk Demon[40]
Final Cartridge 3[41]
1988 Giga Paint[42],
INPUTPaint[43],
Sprite Generator[44]
Fast Hack'em[45] ExBASIC Level II[46]
1989 The Video Studio[47]
Year Graphics Word Processing Database Copy Coding Sound Other DOS Video Network
1990 BASIC 10.0[48] Drum Studio[49] 64'er-BTX[50]
1991 Zoomatic[51] Video-Master-System[52]
1992 Katakis-Entwicklungs-System[53]
1993 GoDot[54]
1994 IDE64[55]
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999 cc65 [56]
Year Graphics Word Processing Database Copy Coding Sound Other DOS Video Network
2000
2001 Retro Replay[57]
2002 Goattracker[58] WiNGs[59]
2003 Contiki[60]
2004
2005
2006 Singular Browser[61]
2007
2008 Bas.Edit[62]
2009
Year Graphics Word Processing Database Copy Coding Sound Other DOS Video Network
2010 NUFLI editor[63] Nuvie-Editoren[64]
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

References[edit]

  1. first word processing for the C64
  2. BASIC for the C64 and VC20
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  4. extensive low-budget spreadsheet program
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  6. BASIC der C264 series like C16, C116, Plus/4
  7. first BASIC extension with 114 new commands
  8. BASIC extension by Commodore
  9. first fastload for Datassette
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  12. BASIC for the C128
  13. first BASIC compiler, which speeds up BASIC
  14. BASIC-Compiler, which speeds up BASIC on the C64
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  23. graphic environnment with multiple applications
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  32. enhanced and error corrected Simons' BASIC with 137 new commands
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  44. sprite generator, tool of the Katakis development systems by Manfred Trenz; enables the editing of 4 overlay sprites on one screen
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  48. BASIC for the C64 successor C65 (Prototype) that was never officially for sale.
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  51. Zoomatic, precise bitmap editor, in which the currently edited bitmap block (4x8 multicolor pixels) with its 3 colors is delimited from the rest of the image by a frame
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  53. (Katakis development system) Original tools for game development (sprite-, charset- und level editor) which were published on the disk for the German magazin 64'er "Top Spiele 2".
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  60. first web browser for the C64
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  63. NUFLI editor, graphics editor for the high resolution non-flickering NUFLI format [1]
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