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Antic Software

Antic Software
Antic Software
544 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
USA
Year Founded:
Year Defunct:
1984
1990
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Antic Software was the name of the software company founded by Gary Yost of Antic, a magazine for the Atari 8-bit computers. The catalog of software was bound into issues of Antic, and products were sold via mail order.

Gary Yost saw an opportunity when APX, Atari Program Exchange, was shut down after Tramiel took over Atari in 1984. After convincing James Capparell, Antic magazine's publisher, to create this company, Yost went and contacted many of the programmers from APX to publish their works with Antic. The APX software was rebranded as APX Classics from Antic.

In addition to select APX programs, original submissions were added as well as public domain collections. All software was provided on self-documented disk only, no cassettes. Orders were made by mail-order form or a toll-free number.

Later, the Atari ST software was incorporated into a separate company known as The Catalog. The Catalog eventually moved to STart Magazine.

Gary Yost went on to form The Yost Group which created and licensed a number of products to Autodesk, Inc. (Autodesk Animator, Autodesk Animator Pro, Autodesk 3D Studio, and Autodesk 3DS MAX). He is currently the Executive Vice President for mental images, Inc., a 3D technology company based in Berlin that provides mental ray rendering software and develops the RealityServer framework for server-based 3D internet apps.