Nov 252014
 

The ReSeT #18 demoparty in Coutances, France is over and it is time for the releases and the meeting reports. You can find the releases from the party and a french meeting report on the Push’n’Pop homepage and of course you can vote for the entries on Pouet.net.

Intro

  1. Voxel1K by Optimus / Dirty Minds (79)
  2. Réchauffé by Madram / Overlanders (77)
  3. Twisty by Goblinish (51)
  4. Growth by Goblinish (40)
  5. Bgraster by Goblinish (24)
  6. ReSeT #18 by XavSnap (6)

Graphics

  1. My House by Kelly Jones-Noll

Music

  1. Seeker by Sutekh
Nov 012014
 

After years of inactivity I decided to release two old project, which I started to work on in 2010, publicly on my GitHub account. I have not produced any prototypes yet, so they are currently more a draft. Both projects use a flash EPROM to store the data in the cartridge. The first one is a simple Amstrad Plus / Amstrad GX4000 cartridge, which can be equipped with an original ACID protection chip or with a Xilinx XC9536 CPLD for ACID emulation (you can read more about the emulation here).

SimpleCartridge

The second project is the design of a flash cartridge, which can be programmed on a PC via USB and used in a Amstrad Plus / Amstrad GX4000. You can read more about the design in the README.md.

flash-cartridge

Maybe someone with more time is interested to take over the projects, otherwise I will work on them every now and then…

Sep 022014
 

Prodatron just released the final version of SymbOS 2.1, his multitasking and multiplatform operating system for the Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW and MSX. Again, the changelist is long, so be sure to download the latest version and check the new features by yourself. You can download it from the SymbOS download page. You can discuss the new version on the CPCWiki forums as well.

symbos21cpc

Changes:

  • New multiline textinput control: The most complex control of the desktop manager has the functionality of a small text editor and is an exact copy of modern textedit-boxes. It supports features like auto-word-wrapping, support of any proportional fonts and colours, unlimited line length, text marking, copy & paste etc.
  • Improved singleline textinput control: This control has been optimized a lot and is now based on the new code of the multiline control. Editing is faster and doesn’t flicker anymore.
  • Interbank calls: The same application can now place code in multiple 64K banks and use the new interbank calls of the kernel to switch between the code areas in an easy and transparent way.
  • 64K cluster support: While the official specification of the FAT filesystem doesn’t allow clusters with sizes larger 32KB, SymbOS is now also able to handle FAT16 and FAT32 partitions with 64K clusters.
  • Settings autosave: Changes of the system settings will now be autosaved on shut down or when closing the control panel. This is optional.
  • Preselected system path: The file dialogue will preselect the system path, if no drive and path is specified
  • Direct low level sector access: The file manager now provides direct access to its low level sector read and write functions for the applications.
  • Optimized memory allocation: When an application is loaded the system now tries different ways of memory allocation. This minimizes the wasting of fragmented memory areas and makes it possible still to load programs even if the memory is nearly full.
  • Improved SymShell: The textoutput in fullscreen mode is again 20% faster. The TYPE command has been debugged.
  • and last but not least: a new nice looking system font

New applications (you can get them on the download page):

  • Notepad: With the availability of the new multiline textinput control a Notepad clone is now reality in SymbOS as well. It provides nearly the whole functionality of its Windows counterpart including search and replace, different formatting options and multiple font selection.
  • Conways Game Of Life: This application was mainly developed to demonstrate the multi threading ability in the multitasking environment of SymbOS. It also contains a library with hundrets of objects and supports all combinations of alternative cell rules.
  • 4-In-A-Row: The first official released SymStudio application has been developed by Edoz. It is the well known game “4-in-a-row”, which is developed 100% in SymBasic and is now available for SymbOS.
  • Tetris 2014: Tetris is another example that developing SymBasic-based applications and games with SymStudio is truly possible and easy to do. This second more advanced game by Edoz brings this classic to SymbOS.
Aug 312014
 

Aren’t we missing a demoparty this year? Yes, the biggest Amstrad CPC demoparty: The ReSeT! The ReSeT #18 party in Coutances / France will take place from 14th-16th November 2014. Like every year, the party is organised by Eliot / Benediction. It is open to all computer enthusiast and for everyone who is intersted in coding, electronics, graphics, music, etc.. Be sure to participate if you can and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Amstrad CPC. You can register here.

Features:

  • Big screen
  • Competitions to show up your creativity on Amstrad
  • Latest demos released on Atari ST, Atari XL, C64 and ZX Spectrum
  • Food and Drinks included
  • Showers and Bedrooms
  • Lot of fun!

Competitions:

  • Demo: No size limit. The entry must be runnable on CPC 6128 or 6128 Plus, without any extension.
  • Intro (256b, 1k, 4k): Maximum size is 256, 1024 or 4096 bytes. The entry must be runnable on CPC 6128 or 6128 Plus, without any extension.
  • Graphics: All formats / modes are allowed. The entry must be submitted with its viewer program runnable on CPC or Plus.
  • Music: No size limit. The entry must be submitted with its player.
  • Remote entries: Allowed for every competitions. Mail us your entry before Saturday 15th of November.
Aug 302014
 

TFM released a new version of his ROManager for FutureOS which currently supports all available Flash-ROM devices for the CPC (X-MEM (TotO), FlashGordon (PulkoMandy) or MegaFlash). You can download it from the FutureOS homepage.
This are the features of the new version:

  • an overworked GUI based on the new CBM interface
  • Enhanced error checking
  • Functions to display really all RSX of a ROM and their start address
  • Hotkeys
  • SDP constantly activated
  • Plug & Play support for the new X-MEM (Winbond or SST), MegaFlash and FlashGordon
  • and a nice Icon ;-)