Sep 182011

Norecess released a new version of his shell-like user interface and improved it even more. You can download it, as always, from Norecess’ homepage.


  • Added support for Bryce’s MegaFlash
  • Renamed RO and RW commands to READONLY and READWRITE
  • Removed CRTC command
  • Reset screen to QuickCMD’s default if external RSX changed video mode
  • DELROM now clears a rom with &FF value (was using &00)
  • Fixed: was overwriting first byte after HIMEM
  • Fixed: not assuming anymore than Amsdos area is always at &A700
Sep 172011

The 14th XzentriX is over and it is time to look back at the meeting. As always it was great to see so many people having a lot of fun with their old computers and to meet a lot of german CPC users. This year I also had the opportunity to participate in the Bavarian Kick Off 2 open :-). I also hope to document a small modification I made to the CPC Booster+, too, but I currently don’t have much time to do that. Meanwhile you can find my pictures in the meeting gallery.

This years participants: Brainblaster, Cranium, Ferdl, Kangaroo MusiQue, MaV, Mr.Ams, Nilquader, Nurgle, Octoate, Odiesoft, Sync, Tolkin, Villain, Woodman.

Pictures by other participants:

Sep 152011

It is a bit too early to celebrate the 30th birthday of the CPC, but it isn’t too early to start a call for demomakers. The CPC demogroups Benediction and Vanity want to create a megademo which will be released in 2014 and they want YOU to participate. There is still plenty of time left, so don’t be lazy and register on Push’n’Pop for the competition!

Here is the original message from the Push’n’Pop website:

“To celebrate the 30th anniversary of our beloved CPC, Benediction and Vanity are proud to invite you to participate in the 30 years CPC megademo project! The aim is to build a new classic CPC megademo, with screens from any demogroup, and release it in 2014.

The megademo comity will be in charge of managing the project, coding the menu, linking and releasing the megademo with the utmost respect to the deadlines set. We will provide technical specifications or limitations as soon as possible (i.e., reserved memory, …) and support to ease the integration of the various demo-parts.


  1. The megademo must be developed in a friendly, funny scene atmosphere, by sceners that really want to promote the CPC.
  2. Your demos might not have to use state of the art demo effects, but crap-parts won’t be accepted (i.e. bad screen frequency, no novelty at all, boring, …).
  3. Demos written in Locomotive BASIC won’t be accepted.
  4. This is an Amstrad CPC megademo. Amstrad Plus-only demos won’t be accepted.
  5. Only one demo per group.
  6. Your demo must run perfectly on CRTC types 0 and 1, and also support type 2 as best as possible. Exception to this rule could be made for demos showing mindblowing CRTC-specific pr0n effects, but we would prefer not having such demos.
  7. The recommended format is the uber-classic-one-screen demo-part, but this is not mandatory.
  8. Demos that do not respect the rules and/or specifications won’t be accepted.
  9. Public previews are forbidden, except on the initiative of the comity during CPC meetings only (in order to improve quality of the megademo).


SATURDAY MARCH 31, 2012: Registration end.
SUNDAY JUNE 30, 2013: Final version of your part sent to the comity.”

Sep 072011

Ok, every system gets what it deserves – so now we have a Nyan Cat for the Amstrad CPC, too. The code was written by Demoniak from Impact, Music by McKlain and the CATart was done by TastefulMrShip. If you want to see the progress of this small program, you can read it in the CPCWiki forums. You can download it directly from the thread (load the latest DSK / CDT image) or at the end of this posting – I will try to keep it up to date.

Nyan Cat on the Amstrad CPC


Original Nyan Cat
Nyan Cat v4.1
Nyan Cat v4.1
Version: v4.1
12.2 KiB
Sep 042011

I updated my Code::blocks (a powerfull open source development environment) template, which allows you to compile the “Hello world!” example of Norecess’ SDCC tutorial. The main changes are the update of SDCC2Pasmo and ManageDSK to the latest version. I also added an example file ‘defines.h’ which shows how to create multi-line assembler defines. I also defined the BREAKPOINT keyword, which you can add in your source code. WinApe will automatically start its debugger if it has to execute this byte sequence. You can download it from Norecess’ website and at the end of this post.


  • added SDCC2Pasmo v1.5
  • added ManageDSK v0.20
  • added defines.h to show definition of multi-line assembler definitions
  • added example BREAKPOINT (for WinApe breakpoints) and MODE definitions
Code::Blocks CPC SDCC template v1.2
Code::Blocks CPC SDCC template v1.2
Version: v1.2
412.2 KiB

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