Novabug, who creates a lot of Youtube videos related to our beloved Amstrad CPC, has released a video where he did a retrospective of 2016. In this video, he shows his very own Top 11 of the last year (which was an awesome year for the Amstrad CPC users :-)). Enjoy the video:
OffseT released a new version of his emulator for the MorphOS operating system. It emulates the Amstrad CPC old generation and the Amstrad Plus, too. The emulator was written from scratch, so it isn’t just a port of an existing open source Amstrad CPC emulator. Due to its very precise audio and video renderings, ACE should be your first choice to watch demos – if you have a MorphOS system around.
If you are a MorphOS user and want to use your Amstrad CPC software under MorphOS, don’t hesitate and download it from the ACE homepage.
- Reworked layout of several windows.
- Updated german catalog (Stefan ‘polluks’ Haubenthal).
- Added new icons for GUI, drawers, plugins and filetypes (Mathieu ‘Hwikaa’ Delaruelle).
- Re-optimized emulation speed that had deteriorated in version 1.13 (ACE is now 5% faster).
- Greatly improved CRTC 0 emulation.
- Fixed some minor issues in emulation of CRTC 1, 3 and 4.
- Improved internals to ease portability on AmigaOS and AROS.
- Added support for breakpoints on Maxam and WinAPE BRK opcodes.
- Improved some AREXX commands.
- Updated the cross-development examples to use vasmz80_oldstyle assembler instead of pasmo.
Roudoudou released a brand new Zilog Z80 cross-assembler that targets the Amstrad CPC. Of course it supports all the undocumented opcodes, but beside of that, you can use conditional macros, a floating point engine and several mathmatical functions. A special feature is the possibility to create a cartridge for the Amstrad Plus or the Amstrad GX4000 directly by assembling your source code and you can automatically add an AMSDOS header to your binaries. However, it currently does not support the Maxam assembly syntax.
The latest version contains a lot of bugfixes (local labels, macro, label tree, alias, …) and a documentation in french and english. You can download and discuss it at the CPCWiki forums and at the end of this news.
Roudoudou released a new version v0.42 with the following changes:
- allow old style label declaration with a starting dot
- allow useless A, register form with ADC, ADD, SBC, SUB
- extended syntax for 8bits index registers
- documentation FR/EN updated
Update 31.03.2017 – Rasm v0.48
- bugfix of label calculations when placed after a LZ48/LZ49 block (there is a buf left with more than one LZ section in the same ORG)
- directives SWITCH/CASE/DEFAULT/ENDSWITCH added
Rasm is a new Zilog Z80 assembler for Windows written by Roudoudou.
|Date:||March 20, 2017|
Did you ever asked yourself how the Amstrad CPC was developed back in the 1980s? What was the intention of its design? Why did they change the main CPU from an MOS 6502 to a Zilog Z80 during the development? Why did they chose Locomotive BASIC instead of an other BASIC dialect? …
Nostalgia Nerd uploaded two great videos to Youtube where he had a closer look at Amstrad and the CPC development. Enjoy them!
A new version of the HxC floppy emulator software for Windows was released in version 184.108.40.206. Besides some non Amstrad CPC releated features, it contains the possibility to add DSK files to the batch converter export list now.
The HxC floppy emulator is a device, which emulates a floppy disk systems by using disk images, which are contained on a SD card. It is the defacto standard for Amstrad CPC users to replace the internal or add a new 3″ drive. Thanks to Norecess’ great HxC floppy configuration software, it is nicely integrated into the system of the Amstrad CPC and very easy to use.
You can download the latest version from the HxC floppy emulator homepage.
Changelog for v220.127.116.11
- XML format definitions: Korg DSS1 DD disks added.
- XML format definitions: Emax II disks added.
- Command line tool: USB loader -> Raw loader added.
- Amstrad DSK file added to the batch converter export list.
- New Writer: Thomson *.FD writer.
- Thomson *.FD loader fixed: Side 1 ID corrected to 0.
- D88 Writer fixed: Cylinder and Side ID correctly set.
- ImageDisk (*.IMD) export: Deleted data mark and data CRC error flags supported.
- FAT12/16 Disk browser: Entries First cluster readback corrected. (With high word uninitialized).
- IMG loader: More disk sizes support added.
- DosDiskBrowser: 1.743MB & 1.764MB added.
- 64bits systems: Batch converter and Dos Disk browser issues fixed.
- MacOS X & Linux version: file export -> Auto-append the file extension.
- Track editor: Disk flux stream reverse function.
- Track viewer & editor: GUI layout changed/updated.