Feb 132017
 

A new version of the HxC floppy emulator software for Windows was released in version 2.1.6.0. 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 v2.1.6.0

  • 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.
Jan 032017
 

A new version of Sugarbox, a Amstrad CPC emulator for Windows, was released. The main features of the new version are emulation optimizations, command line switches, sound emulation improvements and various other improvements.
Be sure to test the new version of the emulator and download the latest version from http://sugarbox.free.fr.

Changelog:

  • [Emulation]: Add some optimizations. MAX speed should be faster (about 100% gain from v0.26).
  • [Emulation]: Remove memory leaks in IPF writing process.
  • [Config files]: Fix the ‘-’ and ‘_’ for french keyboard: « From scratch » now autorun properly.
  • [Display]: Screenshots are fixed: No more unwanted black line at the top.
  • [Dump support]: Fix the code used to compute multi revolution dump, to be more reliable (when a revolution is wrecked, dont use it).
  • [FDC]: Lots of fix in the FDC: The ‘acid tests’ of arnoldEmu are almost all corrects now.
  • [FDC]: Fix some bugs when reconstructing the tracks (fix some dump of « Le Necreomancien », and various CTRaw files also).
  • [FDC]: The ‘Flip’ fonction (used to flip double sided dumps) is now working correctly. Double faces IPF are now working.
  • [FDC]: ’10′ bits used for bit synchronisation can be in a smaller number: 40 bits are enough to consider the PLL as correctly fixed between clock/data bits.
  • [General]: Fix a deadlock that occurs when a command is used during a dump disk is read.
  • [General]: Fix the autotype feature : the feature is more relevant. Also, the « | » character is correctly rtanslated to ‘ù’ on french keyboard.
  • [General]: Add a function to recording every frame into a screenshot.
  • [General]: Autorun feature is a bit more reliable (more rules added).
  • [General]: Added some command line switches: -sn xx (load xx as a Snapshot file), -drivea xx to set xx into drive A, -driveb (same for drive B), fullscreen to start in full screen mode, -config xx to load xx as config file, -command xx to run xx as basic command at start.
  • [GUI]: Fix the incorrect update of « Save as.. » menu when inserting a disk.
  • [Multiface II]: Add preliminary support for Multiface II (no config yet).
  • [PPI]: Rewrite most of the 8255 implementation. Now run the ‘acid test’ properly (when it have meanings).
  • [PSG]: Correct lots of bugs (sound is now a LOT better, and digitized sound works correctly). Fix Dick tracy, Antiriad, Crazy cars 2, and probably a lot more!
  • [PSG]: Also run the ‘acid test’ of PSG correctly.
  • [Z80]: Support for NMI added.
Dec 312016
 

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.

Version 3.8.9 (2016-12-18):

  • fixed clipping extent of non-error sectors
  • fixed raw .2d file reading (thanks Tatsuyuki Sato)
  • fixed HD track error during 2DD to 2HD promotion (thanks Tatsuyuki Sato)
  • fixed use of scanning data rates not supported by FDC
  • fixed –offsets crash if 2 stored copies were present
  • changed gap indicator from g to +, added – for short sectors
  • added support for double-density MB-02+ disks (thanks Jan Kucera)
  • added –step-rate speed option (0=slow, 15=fast, 10=default)
Dec 122016
 

A new updated version of the CPCGamesCD, which contains CPC emulators and games combined with a nice frontend where you can select and start the games, was just released. You can download the ISO image from its CPCGamesCD homepage at Amstrad.es.

Changes:

  • Includes frontend, new CPC Loader 3 by Troels K
  • Includes NVG games update 03.12.2016
  • Includes NVG maps update 03.12.2016 and more
  • Includes NVG apps update 03.12.2016 and more
  • PCW games update (197 games). Thanks, PCWWIKI
  • Includes Snap-Pack by MiguelSky (4458 images)
  • Added version 2.9.5b of JavaCPC Desktop emulator
  • Added version 2.0b2 of WinAPE emulator
  • Added version Jun112016 of Arnold emulator
  • Added version 1.7.0 of PCW emulator

 

Dec 072016
 

Phoenix is a Space Invaders like arcade game written by Amstar in 1980 directly for an arcade machine. Norbert Kehrer thought that it would be possible to emulate this machine on the Amstrad CPC with the Z80, so he wrote an emulator, which uses the ROM of the arcade game and emulates the complete machine including the graphics and sound hardware. Besides some smaller bugs, which he wants to fix in the future, it runs fine on the Amstrad CPC.
You can download the latest version of the game from his homepage.

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