In 1985 the Atari ST was released and only a few months later the first dedicated ST magazine: the ST-Computer. The software selection grew rapidly and the first major standard programs were launched: GFA-Basic, 1st Word Plus, Signum. A lot was written about these applications, but there were always small updates, bug fixes, for which no big review was necessary. This was the birth of the column "Immer Up-to-Date". On one page ST-Computer informed about the latest version of the most important Atari applications. It was a version tracker in paper format.
The column - at the beginning only on a half page, later on a whole page - was continuously adjusted. In 1988, in addition to the version number, there was information about the compatibility to the three standard resolutions and the memory requirements. In 1995 the list was much more detailed, because now the list also gave information about compatibility with TT, Falcon, large screens, MultiTOS and the ST emulators Janus and MagiCMac.
The column remained even after the takeover of ST-Computer by Falke-Verlag. But by the end of the 90s the Atari world had changed: The World Wide Web opened new possibilities. As a tribute to the ST-Computer column the website AtariUpToDate was launched.
AtariUpToDate originally started as a collection of static HTML documents with the most important Atari programs and a marker if further development was stopped. But finally the focus changed: Why not collect information about all programs ever written for the 16/32-bit Ataris ?
AtariUpToDate has been available in various formats over the past twenty years, sometimes as an independent site, sometimes as part of the ST Computer website and sometimes as a content partner. The sources for the database are PD series, developer websites, books and magazines. From the initial 200 programs listed, the list grew to over 10000.
There are different ways to count programs. Unlike two other large databases, Atarimania and Demozoo, AtariUpToDate does not count individual versions as separate programs. The browser CAB appeared in versions 1.1, 1.5, 2.0, 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8, among others, but on this website it is only counted as one program. A rare exception is the word processor Signum!: Since Signum! two differs strongly in conception and interface from Signum! 3/4, there are two entries for the word processor.
Because AtariUpToDate was mainly oriented towards commercial releases and public domain series, demos are underrepresented in the list. To get a rough idea of how many programs were and are available for the ST, the number of programs of AtariUpToDate and Demozoo would have to be added. At least 20000-30000 programs should exist.
Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the website, the source code was revamped and the website was revised. Version 4.0 offers the following new features: