Apr 062016
 

SugarboxA new version of Sugarbox, a relatively new Amstrad CPC emulator for Windows, was released. The main feature of the new version is the support for various CPC emulator disk image formats (e.g. HFE of the HxC floppy emulator or RAW from kyroflux), precise Z80 emulation (according to Kevin Thackers timing test bench) and some other features.
Be sure to test the new version of the emulator and download the latest version from http://sugarbox.free.fr.

Changelog:

  • [CT-RAW/IPF]: Native support of these two format. CAPSLib dll from SPS is no longer used. This will fix some non-working dump( due to bug in the lib).
  • [IPF]: Add a SAVE IPF option. You can save your current disk in IPF format, to generate a 3″ disk. You can even write dump with weak sectors.
  • [HFE]: Now it’s possible to save HFE file!
  • [edsk]: Added some tuning to handle sector of header size lower than real size.
  • [edsk]: Fixed some nasty memory overrun.
  • [edsk]: Fixed the way of handling overlapped disk: “Corsarios (UK) (1988) (CPM) [Original].dsk” disk now run correctly. In fact, all dsk should now retrieve their original size of 6k/track
  • [edsk]: Fixed support for ALLGAP dumps
  • [FDC]: New paradigm : Weak bits are now handled by bit. Multi-revolution dump are converted to single revolution with weak bits data.
  • [FDC]: Fix a bug with the SZ byte = 0 in read track command (this fixed “War In Middle Earth (UK) (1987) (CPM) [Original].dsk” dump)
  • [Tape]: Add a delay when motor is on/off. This fixed “Last Mission”
  • [Z80]: Interrupt mode 0 is partially fixed: It does nothing, but no longer corrupt the Z80 registers
  • [Z80]: Fix some wrong behaviour of undocumented opcodes
  • [Z80]: Add the undocumented ‘Q’ register used for Flags, and fix the SCF/CCF instructions regarding this register
  • [Z80]: All Z80 tests from Patrik Rak, adapted to the CPC by Kevin Thacker, are now correct.
  • [Display]: Fixed wrong behaviour for 100%speed with 100hz screen without black frame insertion: Speed was twice what was intendeed
  • [General]: Add Autorun disk on insertion which try to guess the best file to run.
  • [General]: Optimization: Everything is now running 60-80% faster than before
  • [General]: Add a support for auto-executing BIN file (with AMSDOS header), through drag’n’drop.
  • [General]: Fixed the Spanish configuration for 464, and added support for Danish keyboard.
  • [General]: Added -fullscreen command line to enable fullscreen by default
  • [General]: Fixed the “-command” option : In order to run a disc, just launch your command as Sugarbox -command run\”disc\” for example
  • [General]: Added sound for disk drive
  • [General]: Fix copy/paste for english/spanish/danish
  • [GUI]: Added a feedback when loading tape/disk/SNA/SNR
  • [GUI]: Added a preliminary debugger, with Register edition, breakpoints, flags
  • [Joystick support]: Fixed diagonals not supported with some joypads (now, games should be far more playable!)
  • [Memory]: Fixed the configuration : 64k computer no longer have improper PAL
  • [Settings]: Fixed some nasty bugs preventing the keyboard settings to work

 

Mar 292016
 

Revision2016The Revision demoparty in Saarbrücken / Germany is just over and it was – as always – a great event and some CPC users attend to the meeting, too. We also saw two music entries produced on a CPC which competed in the “Oldskool Music” category. So here are the results of the category in which the CPC competed (you can find the complete results here).

Oldskool Music

  1. Club Revision by Winks/Fairlight – 806
  2. calculated by Andy/Nuance – 784
  3. Don’t Punish My Sync Claire by Factor6/Gemba Boys^Hooy-Program – 755
  4. 8-Bitburgers by fegolhuzz/Panda Design – 752
  5. A Computer In My Backpack (And A Chiptune In My Heart) by lft – 696
  6. Kiss Her Beard by AceMan/Appendix^Dreamweb – 636
  7. Ask Mommy by Dascon/Deadliners^Desire  – 631
  8. Sound of Cracktro by RAFT^TRSi – 621
  9. Remembrance by Stinsen/Genesis Project – 615
  10. Electric Donkey Muscles by RoccoW/Poo-Brain – 596
  11. Pokey Balboa by Triace/Desire^Insane – 592
  12. 21 Jump-Up Street by Hoffman and Teis – 586
  13. Insomnia Run by Radiant/Panda Design – 583
  14. Orch-OR by YERZMYEY/HOOY-PROGRAM^AY-RIDERS – 550
  15. Chip Trills by Juice – 544
  16. SONNEAUSMARSCH! by Spider Jerusalem/TRSi / Mayday! – 541
  17. Back In Space by Curt Cool/Depth Nah-Kolor & AMP & Hoaxers & Bitworld – 533
  18. SIDharta goes trauma by Qdor/Panda Design – 493
  19. Revised by LiSU_VV8/Tristesse – 444
  20. Out by bod/AttentionWhore – 436

I have linked the Amstrad CPC tunes directly in the results. You can find the complete downloads of the Oldskool Music compo on Scene.org.

UPDATE: Here is the live video of the Oldskool Music compo.

Mar 252016
 

The 19th XzentriX meeting, a retro-computing party for old computers and game consoles, will take place from 02.-04.09.2016 in Seeshaupt / Germany. Like every year you can expect that a lot of german Amstrad CPC / Schneider CPC users will visit the party. If you have time, don’t miss it! You can find more information on the XzentriX homepage and see some photos in the meeting gallery of my page.

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Mar 232016
 

EgoTrip has released a new game for the Amstrad CPC called “A Prelude To Chaos”. It is an adventure / shooting / collecting / puzzle game and was based on a Spectrum ZX version (but it is much bigger and more complex now).
In the game you play Amy, who was called for help by a village, because an evil Cyborg queen tries to build her base there. You have to find and destroy their generators to prevent the arrival of the Cyborg queen.

The game features nice graphics and music. Be sure to check it out and download it from the CPCWiki forums or at the end of this news.

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Mar 202016
 

Augusto Ruiz released a new version of his music tracker, which is written in .NET, so it runs under Windows and systems, which are supported by the Mono .NET runtime. It can be used to write music for Amstrad CPC, Spectrum or MSX systems, so it is a nice tool for cross-development. The assembly source code of the WYZPlayer is included and Augusto is also working on a “port” for SDCC / CPCtelera.

The new version features envelopes for drums, loops to a specific pattern and it is easier to select the drum and sfx channel in the player.

Do not hesitate, download the latest version and test it by yourself!

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