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
Oct 272015
 

Sugarbox

A new version of Sugarbox, a new Amstrad CPC emulator for Windows, was released. The main feature of the new version is the support of online libraries like CPC-Power and Amstrad.eu. Another interesting feature is the support for black frame insertion, which will provide a smooth scrolling on 100hz capable displays.
Be sure to test the new version of the emulator and download the latest version from http://sugarbox.free.fr.

Changelog:

  • [General]: Optimisations (Emulation is about 15% faster)
  • [General]: Generic Joystick are supported through Direct Input. 2 Joysticks can be used, in the order they appear in the os. Work with Xbox controler, as well as standard usb joystick.
  • [SNR]: Add feature to watch SNR file (playbacks) – Preliminary
  • [Z80]: Fixed timing issue in interrupt following some opcodes
  • [Z80]: Fixed incorrect R increment for DD CB and FD CB instructions
  • [FDC]: Fixed « Format » command. Now, a Format command from discology (for example) produce a disk that is correct.
  • [FDC]: Fixed the MSR, that was not handled correctly. This fix Bobby bearing and Camelot warriors original dsk.
  • [FDC]: Fixed the Step Rate Time computation, which was twice longe than expected
  • [FDC]: Fixed behaviour with SK bit and deleted sectors (making Nigel Mansell works)
  • [FDC]: Fixed how read track over the index hole works. The current sector is finished,then the command is ended (fix Skyx)
  • [eDSK]: Fixed an incorrect behaviour with non formatted tracks on some dump. This prevents Bobby Bearing (UK) (1986) (CPM)
  • [Original].dsk to crash when trying to load
  • [eDSK]: Fixed some rare problematic case with offset-info datas
  • [CT-Raw]: Fixed write bug when multiple revolutions exists (which somewhere shifted what’s written, leading to CRC error). Fix « Le maitre absolu » in ct-raw format
  • [Memory]: Fixed a bug in the PAL, preventing SymbOs to use full memory.
  • [GUI]: Fixed missing space and enter for Autotype
  • [GUI]: Added a PAUSE feature, accessible via menu or the « Pause » key on the keyboard
  • [Z80]: Fixed a rare bug that can lead to potential unwanted deadlock with HALT command
  • [TAPE]: FAST loading enabled : If a tape is read, refresh are cut, so speed can be 2 to 3 time faster.
  • [Display]: SDL2 lib is now used. Fullscreen option is now better, as it can be fully configured. Also, black screen insertion for 100hz display can be used for buttery smooth scrollers
  • [Display]: Screen size and position is now more correct
  • [Display]: Screenshots are now better (and without any toolbar)
  • [Printer]: A really basic printer is now plugged ! You can see print result in the PRINT directory. (no graphical printing is done, only text)
  • [Online libraries]: Preliminary integration of CPC-Power and Amstrad.eu online libraries.
Mar 142014
 

Mochilote released another update of the great CPCDiskXP utility. With CPCDiskXP you can transfer disk images to real floppy disks and vice versa on the Windows OSs. You can download it from the CPCMania website and at the end of this news.

Changes:

  • DSK to Floppy – Now you can choose between two methods of writing to disk: “Low Level Driver” and “USB Floppy Drive”. The option “USB Floppy Drive” will be only enabled when the format is compatible with the USB floppy writing method.
  • GENERAL – Now the program is able to format the disk when writing on USB floppy drives. Now that the program format and write, is no longer necessary to preformat the disk from windows.
  • GENERAL – Eliminated warnings that the Low Level Driver is not installed at starting the program. Now that you can write to USB floppy is not necessary to show the warning every time.
  • DSKEditor – New feature/button to “Add Files From Another Dsk” (or zip containing Dsk’s) to easily add files that are in other Dsk without extracting them. As you can add files from one Dsk format to another Dsk format, this is also a format converter.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing two new IBM formats: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 168K (162K Free) and 65 Tracks, 260K (254K Free) [3.5″ only, hack for AMSDOS]. Both can be written on USB floppy drives and both can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new PCW/+3DOS format: Single Side, 42 Tracks, 189K (182K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives and it can be used / read in standard PCW or ZX Spectrum +3.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new ROMDOS D1 format: Double Side, 80 Tracks, 720K (716K Free). It can be written on USB floppy drives.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new CPC DATA format: Single Side, 57 Tracks, 256K (254K Free) [3.5″ only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing a new CPC SYSTEM format: Single Side, 59 Tracks, 265K (254K Free) [3.5″ only, hack for AMSDOS]. It can be used / read in standard Amstrad CPCs.
  • DSKEditor – Now when creating a new Dsk you can filter the list of formats to choose from. There are 5 filters: “All Formats”, “Amstrad CPC Standard Formats”, “Amstrad CPC With Modified ROM Formats”, “USB Floppy Drive Compatible Formats” and “Amstrad PCW / ZX Spectrum Formats”. With these filters is very clear on which platform each format works.
CPCDiskXP V2.5.1
CPCDiskXP V2.5.1
CPCDiskXP v2.5.1.zip
Version: 2.5.1
1.2 MiB
403 Downloads
Details
Mar 062014
 

Mochilote released a new version of the great CPCDiskXP utility. With CPCDiskXP you can transfer disk images to real floppy disks and vice versa on the Windows OSs. You can download it from the CPCMania website and at the end of this news.

Changes:

  • DSKEditor – Support for creating/editing IBM Dsk’s (Single Side, 40 Tracks, 160K) in Editor and command line.
  • DSKEditor – Support for writing IBM Dsk’s on USB floppy drives with Windows/FAT preformated floppy disk. This format can be read on a standard Amstrad CPC.

 

 

CPCDiskXP V2.5
CPCDiskXP V2.5
CPCDiskXP v2.5.zip
1.2 MiB
230 Downloads
Details
Jul 042013
 

Mochilote released a new version of the great CPCDiskXP utility. With CPCDiskXP you can transfer disk images to real floppy disks and vice versa on the Windows OSs. You can download it from the CPCMania website and at the end of this news.

Changes:

  • DSKEditor – Small changes to fix problems with PCW. Single side dsk’s seem to work perfectly in the editor and the emulator.
  • GENERAL – Sometimes the main interface buttons are cut off and can not be pressed (as shown in the image above), usually in Vista and W7 if you increase the default font size, is finally solved.Thanks to everyone who wrote to me to tell me the problem.

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