I am not sure where True Basic support is headed. However, I think that the True Basic for DOS should continue to be supported in addition to the windows version. The reason is that with newer fast processers the DosBox and other DOS emulators work very well with older True Basic programs making DOS programs the most portable of all to different devices.

I have a field data entry program written in the DOS version of True Basic with a dos emulator that runs very well on a Trimble Juno, an Allegro, and an Allegro 2 all with WinCE/Window Mobile operating systems. With DOS text I essentially can only control 2 text sizes - mode 40 (EGA and larger text) and mode 80 but that works. I designed the program for a 25x25 text screen.

I also have the program running very nicely on a 7" Android Tablet running FreeDos (a very good DoxBox emulator). It works extremely well on the Android device - much better than on the windows mobile devices. I can run the same DOS program on my windows 10 mobile phone using a DosBox emulator. It also works well. However, due to windows security I cannot retrieve the output files (the author said I could if I side-loaded DosBox but that would not go over well with some).

The other version I have is with the True Basic 6 Silver edition running on Windows 10. It uses most of the DOS version code but upgraded with some nice form requestors and code lookup popups. It runs very well on a 7 inch HP Stream Tablet (as well as a desktop PC). The two version of the program (DOS and Windows) were developed for field inventory of vegetation.

My point is that a major strength of True Basic (it has many) is how transportable it is between different devices. I even have an Amiga version of True Basic and at one time had a free Linux trial version. I keep looking for software that is write once and compile for many different operating systems but there do not seem to be any.



Contents of True Basic 3.05 DOS Version

I am also interested in using the DOS version... There are programs like vdosplus that allow you to use DOS programs like an application across multiple operating systems. I tried out the demo version of True Basic 6, unfortunately the programs it creates and the editor itself were a little cpu intensive (constant high cpu usage and power draw). I wouldn't mind if i was going to use it on a desktop thats always plugged in, but I require my applications to run on a portable device like a laptop on a battery so I am in need of a low power solution. I was thinking maybe the DOS version would fit that criteria as I would be able to run it in vdosbox with minimal cpu usage. Im mostly interested in all the convenient libraries and subroutines included with the True Basic package but wasn't sure which libraries were included in the v3.05 DOS version. It says it Includes all libraries, statements, and functions but I'm not sure which ones. Does that include the 3D Graphics Library? if it doesn't are the addons compatible with the DOS version? Perhaps there is a full listing of files included in the DOS version or a pamphlet that advertises all the features that could be provided. I was wondering if the DOS version included manuals. Thats all I needed to know before considering a purchase.

If anyone has any info on the

If anyone has any info on the Tandy/DOS version, that would be great. I contacted TrueBasic via email some time ago and they said they would have to look into it but I guess they didn't find the original files/compiler or just haven't got to it yet? I really like DOS but love my Tandy 1000 HX setup! Knowing there is an actual compiler available somewhere besides GW-Basic, which couldn't compile 16 color games via BASCOM, just keeps me dreaming.


Hi Dave, I like the old DOS version too. My view is that it is severely under-rated. I have spent some time writing a version of TrueCTRL that runs under DOS, and a version of TrueDial that also runs under DOS. I even have a version of the TBeditor6.007 that looks exactly like the Windows version. The main problem is that DOS is so limited for memory space. Once my libraries are loaded there is precious little room for any user programs.
One of the main problems is that TB in the past was not very good at maintaining their historical software. As a result hardly any source code exists for Version 5, although the position with DOS is probably slightly better. Basically if you want to improve a product, it is a good idea to know the specification for what has been produced so far - in other words source code.


I think the fact that 5 days

I think the fact that 5 days after posting this question and no response from anybody even remotely connected with True Basic should be a good indication of the direction True Basic is going, or gone in.
There was a feature request thread posted a long time ago but never updated. Real pity. I for one still use it as a hobbyist and will continue to do so.


Thanks for your comments. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, active development/re-development of TB has been stymied for now by a combination of age & complexity of the original code base, lack of detailed documentation, and development budget. John Arscott and I have worked together to keep TB viable as much as possible through the last 10 years and maintain compatibility with new operating systems, but there is only so much we can do without the ability to update the language engine itself. If any of the obstacles to source development can be removed, be assured we will pursue it in earnest. Until then, we will do what we can to keep TB available and functioning as a legacy tool as long as possible.

I for one appreciate your

I for one appreciate your efforts.

Lets be honest, since tablets and smartphones came on the scene I think there are a few languages that are lagging behind. Not just True Basic. Seems to be the market now for small programmers to make money in.

Thanks for your efforts and I hope it all comes together in some way.