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 312016
 

SOS released a very useful utility for all users of ACMEDOS called YANCC (Yet Another Norton Command Clone). With YANCC you can manage the files, which you have stored on your XMASS or Symbiface II IDE drives and of course you can easily copy them between your floppy disk. Obviously the GUI is similar to the old DOS program “Norton Commander”, hence the name of the utility. If you want to use it, be sure to compare the version number of ACMEDOS with the one that YANCC supports.
You can download the latest version of this utility from the CPCWiki forums.

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.
2CDT
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CPCXfs
CPCXfs
cpcxfs-20161021.zip
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Aug 042016
 

Rhino released a new graphics tool for the Amstrad CPC called Perfect Pix. Perfect Pix supports 3 different extended graphics modes with extended colours and resolutions:

  • Mode R
    • Up to 384×272 pixels and 16 freely selectable colors from a palette of 27.
  • Mode B0
    • Up to 192×272 pixels and 136 colors from a palette of 378.
  • Mode B1
    • Up to 384×272 pixels and 307 colors, divided into color 0 + up to 34 palettes of 9 colors per line.

Perfect Pix comes with an awesome documentation (english and spanish) and of course with the source code to use the pictures in your own production. If you need graphics for your next project, be sure to have a look at it. You can download the latest version from Pouet.net and the CPCWiki forums.

Perfect Pix by Rhin / Batman Group

v1.00

  • First release.

v1.01

  • Added message if upper memory is full by too many ROMs.

v1.02

  • Bug fixed in the converter exporting overscan screens.
  • More upper memory free for greater ROMs compatibility.

v1.03

  • Improved controls in Paint tool by adding CONTROL + keys to move the pointer to scroll the zoom window (similar to OCP Art Studio).
  • Added warning message in the converter when source image exceeds the image size limits managed with the Paint tool.
  • Additional upper memory free for greater ROMs compatibility.

 

Nov 172015
 

Does your Amstrad CPC work correctly or do you have stability issues? Not sure? Well, then you can at least check the RAM of your CPC with Geralds new RAM tester. To run this program on classic CPCs (464, 664, 6128), you will need a LowerROM board or an X-MEM memory expansion in boot mode. Use the .bin file in this configuration.
If you want to run it on an Amstrad Plus or an Amstrad GX4000, you will need a C4CPC cartridge and use the .bin or .cpr file with it.

If the RAM is ok, you will see the following image (green bars at the side of the screen):

RamOk

If something is wrong, you will see a red bar at the side of the screen:

Ram4LsbBad

You can download the binaries at the end of this news and discuss it in the CPCWiki forums.

If you need to check your systems memory without having an expansion board, you can also use Nilquaders memory check utility.

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