Mar 162014
 

SAMdisk is a tool to convert floppy disks into various disk images which can be used in emulators. It works with almost all PC floppy controllers and supports also some copy-protected formats. It requires that you have fdrawcmd.sys, a low-level floppy disk driver, installed on your system.

You can download the latest version from the SAMdisk website.

Changes Version 3.8.1 (2014-03-11):

  • Fixed data extent bug reading from stream images (SCP/RAW/DFI)
  • SBT images now auto-execute under SAM DOS, even if not natively bootable

Changes Version 3.8 (2014-03-09):

  • Added support for SuperCard Pro .scp flux disk images (MFM+FM)
  • Added –pll option to control PLL method with flux image scanning
  • Fixed –head giving ambiguous option error due to typo
  • Fixed KBI-19 format slightly overhanging track wrap
  • Improved EOT handling of flux images containing just one revolution
  • Changed –slow-step to –old-drive to better match usage
Mar 152014
 

Norecess released the source code of his demo Phortem and his development environment for the Amstrad CPC called Phactory. Both projects are not maintained anymore, so if someone is interested to take over… :-). You will also find Ceds graphics and Arnoldemus track loader in Phortem.

You can download the source code from Norecess’ website.

Phortem:

Phortem by Condense

Phactory:

Phactory by Norecess

Mar 142014
 

Mochilote released another update of the great CPCDiskXP utility. With CPCDiskXP you can transfer disk images to real floppy disks and vice versa on the Windows OSs. You can download it from the CPCMania website and at the end of this news.

Changes:

  • DSK to Floppy – Now you can choose between two methods of writing to disk: “Low Level Driver” and “USB Floppy Drive”. The option “USB Floppy Drive” will be only enabled when the format is compatible with the USB floppy writing method.
  • GENERAL – Now the program is able to format the disk when writing on USB floppy drives. Now that the program format and write, is no longer necessary to preformat the disk from windows.
  • GENERAL – Eliminated warnings that the Low Level Driver is not installed at starting the program. Now that you can write to USB floppy is not necessary to show the warning every time.
  • DSKEditor – New feature/button to “Add Files From Another Dsk” (or zip containing Dsk’s) to easily add files that are in other Dsk without extracting them. As you can add files from one Dsk format to another Dsk format, this is also a format converter.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing two new IBM formats: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 168K (162K Free) and 65 Tracks, 260K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. Both can be written on USB floppy drives and both can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new PCW/+3DOS format: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 189K (182K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives and it can be used / read in standard PCW or ZX Spectrum +3.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new ROMDOS D1 format: Double Side, 80 Tracks, 720K (716K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new CPC DATA format: Single Side, 57 Tracks, 256K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new CPC SYSTEM format: Single Side, 59 Tracks, 265K (254K Free) [3.5" only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Now when creating a new Dsk you can filter the list of formats to choose from. There are 5 filters: “All Formats”, “Amstrad CPC Standard Formats”, “Amstrad CPC With Modified ROM Formats”, “USB Floppy Drive Compatible Formats” and “Amstrad PCW / ZX Spectrum Formats”. With these filters is very clear on which platform each format works.
CPCDiskXP V2.5.1
CPCDiskXP V2.5.1
CPCDiskXP v2.5.1.zip
Version: 2.5.1
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Mar 132014
 

Bryce released an update of his library for the electronics layout program EAGLE, which contains parts which were often used in 8bit computers. It includes parts such as:

Sound / Speech:

  • SPO256
  • MEA8000
  • AY-3-8910
  • AY-3-8912 (24 + 28pin)
  • SID

CPC Specific:

  • 40010 Gate Array
  • CRTC6845
  • ACID
  • 50way edge Socket
  • Cartridge PCB edge

Floppy Controllers / Data Seperators:

  • UPD765
  • FDC9216
  • FDC9266
  • SED9420

Memory:

  • Memory: MMN4164
  • 29F040 with socket foot-print (as used on the MegaFlash)

Others:

  • 8-Bit PC ISA card

All parts include schematic symbols and footprints including stoplack, silkscreen, names, values, etc. The pins have also been correctly defined to allow proper ERC and DRC confirmation checks. The library is compatible with EAGLE 5.x and 6.x. To install it, just copy it into the library folder. You can download it from the CPC Wiki forums or at the end of this news.

8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.2
8-Bit Eagle Component Libraries v0.2
8Bit_Parts_v0.2.zip
Version: 0.2
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Mar 062014
 

Mochilote released a new version of the great CPCDiskXP utility. With CPCDiskXP you can transfer disk images to real floppy disks and vice versa on the Windows OSs. You can download it from the CPCMania website and at the end of this news.

Changes:

  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing IBM Dsk’s (Single Side, 40 Tracks, 160K) in Editor and command line.
  • DSKEditor – Support for writing IBM Dsk’s on USB floppy drives with Windows/FAT preformated floppy disk. This format can be read on a standard Amstrad CPC.

 

 

CPCDiskXP V2.5
CPCDiskXP V2.5
CPCDiskXP v2.5.zip
1.2 MiB
22 Downloads
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