Oct 272016
 

Kevin Thacker released new version of his cross-platform development tools CPCXfs and 2CDT. With CPCXfs you can transfer files between DSK images, which can be used in an emulator or to transfer files to the real Amstrad CPC, and your local file system. 2CDT is a similar tool, which is used to transfer files from your local file system intro a CDT cassette image. This can also be used in an emulator or transfered to the real machine. Both utilities are widely used for cross-platform development, e.g. with CPCtelera, to prepare your release.
You can download CPCXfs and 2CDT from the CPCWiki forums or at the end of this news. The source code is included in the ZIP archives of the release.

Changelog CPCXfs

  • Fixed errors shown with static analysis
  • CPCXfs will correctly set ERRORLEVEL command-line variable under more error conditions
  • Some other smaller bugfixes

Changelog 2CDT

  • You can define the sync byte for headerless
  • Command-line processing under windows and linux has been re-written. It is a lot better.
  • If you uses the mode with 2 blocks and you gave it a file which was shorter than a block it would not write it correctly. Now fixed.
  • When using pure tone it didn’t write the length of the ‘1’ pulse correctly
  • Some issues seen when running static analysis over the code.
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Nov 132015
 

RGASLachlan Keown released a new version of his Retro Game Asset Studio (RGAS). With RGAS you can design various asset types (sprites, sound / music, levels) for different retro computers (Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum). It is a cross-development tool, which runs on the .NET runtime under Windows and with Mono it can be used under Linux, too. It is also one component which is included in the CPCtelera game development framework.

The latest version can be downloaded from the RGAS CPCWiki page.

Changes v1.1:

  • Upgraded to .Net Framework 4.0 from 3.5
  • Copying pixels from sprite stores both text(JSON) and bitmap data on clipboard
  • Sprite list now maintains position on refresh
  • Sprite list allows multi-select drag re-order
  • Level designer allows editing of level parameters
  • Level designer has gridlines option
  • Level designer image quality improved
  • Level designer allows duplicating of levels
  • Amstrad font samples available when creating new project
  • Change output format from drop-down menu on toolbar
  • Add tooltip to tiles on level designer for sprite name
  • Single portable .exe rather than a collection of .dlls

Changes v1.1.1:

  • Performance improvements under Linux
Feb 082012
 

After three and a half years Nurgle updated his dsktools package for Linux. With the dsktools you can read and write DSK images to a floppy drive (USB drives are unsupported!). The new version now supports double sided disks, so you can now transfer newer productions like R-Type under Linux, too. You can download the latest version of the dsktools from the Berlios project page.

Jul 282010
 

Kevin Thacker released a new version of his 2cdt utility. With 2cdt, which is a command-line utility, it is possible to transfer files directly into a cdt tape image file.

Changes:

  • Baud rate calculation fixed
  • Set/override load address
  • Set/override execution address
  • Set/override type
  • Define pause at start of file (length now can be defined)
  • Add extra block for bad arnold emulator which skips first block  (old version)
  • Spectrum ROM loader (I use this for my tape games)
  • Set name of file on tape

The ZIP file contains the Windows version and the source code to compile it under Linux. You can download it here.

Mar 222010
 

A new version of Grafx2, a bitmap painting program, was released today. With this program you can draw in more that 60 screen resolutions (e.g. all Amiga screen resolutions are supported). It was written for DOS, but ported to use the SDL graphics library, so it is now available for Windows, Linux, MacOS and FreeBSD. You can download it from the Grafx2 page at Google Code.

Here are the main changes (full changelist):

  • Layers
  • Lua scripting to generate and distort your drawings
  • Helper for saving complex C64 formats (FLI)
  • Some bug fixes

grafx2

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