Jul 262017
 

A new version of Sugarbox, a Amstrad CPC emulator for Windows, was released. The main features of the new version are emulation optimizations, support for the PlayCity and Multiface-II hardware, ZIP support and various other improvements (see changelog for more information).
Be sure to test the new version of the emulator and download the latest version from http://sugarbox.free.fr.

Changelog:

  • [Gate Array]: Fix mode changing : Imperial Mahjong now looks better!
  • [Expansions]: Add support for the Playcity
  • [Expansions]: Add support for the Multiface II cards.
  • [Z80]: Complete recoding of the Z80 core. It now use the real M and T states, and handle WAIT states correctly. More accurate.
  • [General]: ZIP support (only zip file at the moment) for tape and disks
  • [IPF]: IPF created is striclty equivalent to the original dump (in term of MFM track)
  • [IPF]: Minor fixes in IPF reading
  • [DSK]: Fix some wrong behaviour. Dsk reading should be more reliable (and will no longer crash)
  • [DSK]: Fix a bug in saving DSK file. It should no longer crash (anyway, if you can avoid using it, prefer HFE or IPF format !)
  • [Emulation]: All peripherals are now running in the correct timings.
  • [FDC]: Index detection fixed on Sector writing (Imperial Mahjong is able to save its configuration)
  • [FDC]: Dump with missing tracks will no longer crash Sugarbox
  • [FDC]: Fix wrong behaviour for double sided dumps that needs flipping of disk (fix altered beast double sided CTRaw)
  • [FDC]: Fix wrong status than can set « Seek end » incorrectly in some cases

 

May 262017
 

Kevin Thacker released a new work in progress version of his Amstrad CPC emulator called Arnold. For this release he did a huge amount of testing, especially for the FDC routines, and wrote a lot of tests to ensure that the emulator behaves just like the real machine.

You can get a precompiled version here: http://www.cpctech.org.uk/setup.zip

And for the Linux and Mac users (and Windows users :-)) – you can get the source code here: http://www.cpctech.org.uk/arnoldsrc.zip

Here is the changelog for this version (be prepared… it is huuuuuuge):

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May 232017
 

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 3.8.10 (2017-05-14)

  • added read and write support .qdos (QL) disk images
  • added –irregular option for blind output image if first track isn’t regular
  • added –fill to set filler byte for regular formats
  • fixed setting perpendicular mode for 1Mbps data rate
  • fixed reading directly to single-sided formats from a:/b:
  • fixed short data indicator showing on no-data sectors
  • fixed raw output not using source format fill byte for missing sectors
  • changed raw output to allow blank head 1 to mirror head 0 format
Mar 272017
 

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.

Changes:

  • 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.
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.

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