Quick Start


When the Octalyzer is first run, it will create an Octalyzer folder in your home directory.

To access disk images (.DSK, .PO, .DO, .NIB) from your local file system in the enhanced CATALOG, place them in this folder.

You can also drop disk images on to the window in order to mount them. If you are at the startup splash screen, the disk will boot automatically. Otherwise you can press Shift-Control-Backspace to reboot.

You can use the mouse to control the paddles / joystick, or use a USB gamepad. If a game doesn’t seem to be responding to keyboard control, press the Caps Lock key and try again.



Shift-Control-`: Browse the file system, mount disks, reboot, more.

Shift-Control-C: Break into the Octalyzer monitor.

Shift-Control-D, #: Voxel Depth

Shift-Control-G, #: Choose graphics mode, where # is
1: Dot Matrix Color
2: Voxel Cube Color
3: Raster Color (Default)
4: Dot Matrix Mono
5: Voxel Cube Mono
6: Raster Mono

== NOTE: Press control key combo, release, then number
== within 2 seconds.

Shift-Control-H: Toggle this help screen.

Shift-Control-I: Take screenshot (stored in $HOME/Octalyzer folder)

Shift-Control-J, #: Reverse controller axes
0: Normal
1: Reversed

Shift-Control-L, #: Load memory snapshot #. Each unique disk image has its own bank of 0-9 snapshots.

Shift-Control-M: Switch mouse paddle control
1: Virtual Joystick
2: Virtual ‘D-Pad’
3: Off (for USB game pad use)

Shift-Control-P, #: Choose between 4:3, 35:24, 16:9 and 1:1 aspect ratios.
1: 35:24 (square pixels)
2: 4:3
3: 1:1
4: 16:9

Shift-Control-R, B: Record to file with live-recording buffer “header”
R: Record to file
S: Save live-recording buffer to file
W: Live Recording (Press S-C-[ to “live rewind”)

Shift-Control-S, #: Save memory snapshot #. Each unique disk image has its own bank of 0-9 snapshots.

Shift-Control-T, #: Choose tint mode
1: Color (no tint)
2: Black and White
3: Green screen
4: Amber

Shift-Control-V: Paste text into an Octalyzer editor or interpreter. Click-and-drag over text to copy it to clipboard.

Shift-Control-W, #: CPU Warp
1: 25%
2: 50%
3: 100%
4: 200%
5: As fast as possible!

Shift-Control-[: Rewind (when playing a recording or in “live recording” mode)
Shift-Control-]: Forward (when in rewind)

Shift-Control-+: Volume up
Shift-Control–: (minus) Volume down

Shift-Control-Space: Pause

Shift-Cntl-Back: Reboot

Shift-Backspace: Reset

AltOption-Enter: Switch between windowed and full-screen modes



Option+Cursor Keys: Orbit around model up, down, left and right

Control-Option+Cursor Keys: Shift model up, down, left and right

Shift-Option+Cursor Keys: Zoom in and out, rotate left and right



Start the Octalyzer with -help flag for a list of flags.