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Fourth release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

06/13/2017 - 00:08 - genesis8

Fourth release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command Control-D tells whether the current instrument is unused or the current pattern is a duplicate (Shift: erase unused instrument, turn current pattern into a link to the pattern it is a duplicate of). Minor bugfixes: inconsistencies in -P mode and in channel toggling, better compression when generating INCLUDE files, etc. Minor changes in several songs. New DESPERA1.CHP.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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iMPdraw v1.2 (2016) by AST/Imp4ct, a painting program for Amstrad CPC, new demo incoming

06/06/2017 - 21:57 - genesis8

Released in April 2016, iMPdraw v1.2 is the last version of this Amstrad CPC painting program by AsT. A new version will be available this year.

Other painting program exists : GOS (CPC+ only) and Claudia (CPC and CPC+).

Also, on his site, he is announcing the 1st June that he is working on a one screen demo, without a release date (soon he hopes).

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Third release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

06/06/2017 - 22:10 - genesis8

Third release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command line options -P (cursor follows playback), -k1, -k2 and -k STR (set QWERTZ, AZERTY or custom keyboard map), following a suggestion from Beb..

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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New release of CHIPNSFX by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

05/29/2017 - 22:11 - genesis8

Second release of CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft : new command line options -F (48000 Hz) and -L (linear amplitude). A blue bar makes the active items stand out. Minor changes in the documentation file.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Samdisk v3.8.10 by Simon Owen, Amstrad CPC disks tranfers on PC

05/17/2017 - 22:38 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.8.10 by Simon Owen is out since the 18th December.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

There is also a Samdisk 4.0 beta version on github for windows, linux and MacOS.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite by CNGSoft, a multi-platform tracker and player for Z80 systems

05/14/2017 - 20:04 - genesis8

CHIPNSFX tracker+player suite is a musical software suite focused on lightweight code and data (the player itself is under 950 bytes long, and can be as small as 550 bytes) for the Amstrad CPC, Sinclair Spectrum 128 and MSX1 platforms; other hardwares can be supported with minor modifications in the player code, such as Sega Master System. The tracker can create songs up to 256 patterns long, patterns can be up to 96 ticks long, and there can be as many as 255 different instruments. The player itself is hardware-independent, the programmer can provide the external functions required to make it work on any Z80-based platform. CHIPNSFX was succesfully used in past projects such as :

screenshot of the CHIPNSFX tracker by CNGSoft

Source : Tweeter

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Amstrad CPC teaser for Arkos Tracker v2, a soundtrakker for PC and Mac by Targhan (Arkos)

04/12/2017 - 21:08 - genesis8

Targhan has done many things, two are an Amstrad CPC soundtrakker (STarKos) and a PC soundtrakker (Arkos Tracker).

Today the news are good, a teaser for a new version (v2) of Arkos Tracker as an Amstrad CPC intro with a 9 channels music song, a conversion of a Rob Hubbard music. To listen to the 9 channels, you need a PlayCity sound card or an emulator like JavaCPC Desktop (check PlayCity on misc tab of preferences).

Arkos Tracker v2 will feature :

The code of this teaser is written by Targhan, font by Super Sylvestre.

first screen of the teaser for Arkos Tracker by Targhan

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Amstrad CPC X-Mass, ACMEDOS and YANCC (by SOS)

01/15/2017 - 20:57 - genesis8

Everybody knows the hardware interfance X-Mass by ToTO for Amstrad CPC, a MX4 mass storage expansion with 128 Mb of flash for storing files on your beloved computer.

AcmeDOS is an Amstrad CPC ROM which lets you use the Microsoft FAT file system with the X-Mass.

YANCC (Yet Another Norton Command Clone) is a text interface to manage your files on the X-Mass and the AcmeDOS ROM with an interface not unknown to olders : ms-dos and norton (or linux and midnight commander).

Source : Octoate

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Samdisk v3.8.9 by Simon Owen, Amstrad CPC disks tranfers on PC

12/20/2016 - 19:33 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.8.9 by Simon Owen is out since the 18th December.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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SugarConvDisk : converts Amstrad CPC disks images between differents formats

11/27/2016 - 23:55 - genesis8

Coming from Sugarbox code, SugarCOnvDisk can convert disks images between differents formats : dsk, edsk, supercard pro, HFE, IPF, CT-raw, Raw (kryoflux) to dsk/edsk, scp, IPF, HFE. It also supports batch and filtering.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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SymbOS v3.0 Release Candidate 1 available for Amstrad CPC

11/14/2016 - 23:50 - genesis8

SymbOS v3.0 RC1 (14/11/2016) is available.

Changes since the last update : fixed bug in the widget management of the extended desktop, the widget feature can now fully used as well, and increased booting speed.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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CDTMaster v3, a windows utility to manage tape images (CDT) for Amstrad CPC

11/04/2016 - 00:05 - genesis8

The windows utility CDTMaster by Oscar Martin exists as v3 since 2015 (works also under linux with mono). It is a Taper like utility, it includes other options like importing files from a DSK, converting files into TZX/CDT blocks (like 2cdt) and convert CDT to WAV (like playtzx).

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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New version of 2CDT by Kevin Thacker

10/21/2016 - 19:34 - genesis8

New version of the 2CDT utility by Kevin Thacker which lets you create a tape image file (.CDT) or inject files inside.

New feature of this version : you can define the sync byte for headerless.

Corrected in this version :

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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New version of Cpcxfs by Kevin Thacker

10/21/2016 - 19:48 - genesis8

If 2CDT is used to manage Amstrad CPC tape images, the new version of cpcxfs by Kevin Thacker is used to manage Amstrad CPC disk images.

This new version fixes :

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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SymbOS v3 WIP with wifi support (M4Board)

10/11/2016 - 20:17 - genesis8

A preview version of SymbOS by Prodatron is available with wifi support (needs the M4Board extension card by Dukes.

Beware, this version isnt 100% stable.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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New versions of WinAPE (Amstrad CPC emulator) and ParaDOS by Richard Wilson

12/06/2015 - 13:24 - genesis8

At least a new version of the WinAPE Amstrad CPC emulator by Richard Wilson.

En résumé elle apporte des améliorations sur l'émulation du Z80, changement de palette, émulation sonore, support des cassettes, assembleur et désassembleur.

Also, there is a new version of ParaDOS, a ROM (for CPC old and +) used for disc and files manipulations. Source of ParaDOS is available too.

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Claudia Converter (special zoom edition) by Eliot

07/26/2015 - 21:54 - genesis8

After iMPdraw (download link), here is a new version of the Claudia Converter utility by Eliot.

it can load .BMP and .SCR created with the ConvIMG CPC utility, to show and modify them with the zoom tool. It manages fullscreen and CPC+ palette.

Source : PushnPop's forum

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iMPdraw lite by AST/Imp4ct, a paint program for Amstrad CPC

07/15/2015 - 20:51 - genesis8

In december 2014, a preview of iMPdraw by AST was out. iMPdraw version 1 is now called iMPdraw lite, used for example for screens released at the Reset #20 meeting (usable on CPC and CPC+).

A new version (iMPdraw v2) is in the work since January 2015 by AST and ToTO.

Other painting program : GOS (CPC+ only) and Claudia (CPC and CPC+).

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Samdisk v3.8.8 by Simon Owen, Amstrad CPC disks tranfers on PC

07/10/2015 - 07:59 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.8.8 by Simon Owen is out since the 8th July.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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CP/M Plus on ROM with utilities by TFM

06/30/2015 - 21:29 - genesis8

TFM, author of FutureOS (an Amstrad CPC operating system) has put CP/M plus with utilities on 10 ROMs at the moment. Click on source link below for download.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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SymbOS on Amstrad CPC, PCW, MSX and now also on Elan Enterprise

01/28/2015 - 23:31 - genesis8

The Elan Enterprise is a new computer which can use Symbos. See the youtube video about this subject made during the Nijmegen MSX fair 2015.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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iMPdraw by Ast/iMP4CT, a preview of a paint program for Amstrad CPC old and plus

12/15/2014 - 00:23 - genesis8

You can test a preview of a new paint program for Amstrad CPC old and plus : iMPdraw by Ast/iMP4CT.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Samdisk v3.8 by Simon Owen, Amstrad CPC disks tranfers on PC

03/10/2014 - 23:22 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.8 by Simon Owen is out since the 9th March 2014.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Version 3.8, last updated 9th March 2014
- Added support for SuperCard Pro .scp flux disk images (MFM+FM)
- Added --pll option to control PLL method with flux image scanning
- Fixed --head giving ambiguous option error due to typo
- Fixed KBI-19 format slightly overhanging track wrap
- Improved EOT handling of flux images containing just one revolution
- Changed --slow-step to --old-drive to better match usage

Source : CPCRulez's Forum

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HxC Floppy Drive Emulator v2.0.18.4 available on Sourceforge

12/16/2013 - 23:10 - genesis8

HxC Floppy Drive Emulator v2.0.18.4 is available on Sourceforge (source included of course).

It's an utility to create images to be used by the SDCard HxC Floppy Emulator, to replace the good old 3 inch disks drives of our Amstrad CPC.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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HxC Floppy Emulator Manager V3 released by NoRecess

08/29/2013 - 23:33 - genesis8

The 3rd version of the HxC Floppy Emulator Manager is available.

It's a complete rewrite of the original software.

It features a new user interface (thanks Ced !), better support of the HxC Floppy Emulator device (detection, release..) and some critical bug-fixes.

Finally, it now allows proper exit to BASIC (Amstrad CPC's default shell).

The software remains available as a ROM.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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New Amstrad CPC firmware by Syx et TotO

07/15/2013 - 19:59 - genesis8

A new Amstrad CPC firmware is available, written by Syx and TotO.

This Firmware was designed to get a better support of RAM and ROM expansions. Looking the future, not the past.

It don't work with BASIC 1.0 and no more support Tape by default. (need a ROM to manage it, that allow to improve it as new storages too).

So, the actual target is all CPC with BASIC 1.1 and floppy or HxC drives.

New features are :

Beware, you must use the 16 Ko files with an emulator. 32 Ko ROMs are to be used with a real Amstrad CPC.

Loading screen of an Amstrad CPC with firmware v3.12

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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CPCDiskXP v2.4 by Mochilote on CPCMANIA

06/29/2013 - 20:42 - genesis8

The last version of the CPCDiskXP utility is available on CPCMania.

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Samdisk v3.7 by Simon Owen, disks tranfers on PC

06/28/2013 - 17:58 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.7 by Simon Owen is out since the 24th June 2013.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Version 3.7 (2013-06-24)
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- Added support for KryoFlux and DiscFerret stream images (MFM+FM)
- Added preliminary support for D4M (FD-4000) disk images
- Added hex output with --hex or -x, with limited hex using --hex-ish
- Added --no-gap4b to ignore gap data after the final sector
- Added --abs-offsets to show absolute rather than relative sector offsets
- Fixed 'extra byte' EDSK extension being used unnecessarily on CRC errors
- Fixed crash during CPC weak sector sniffing due to no-data 4th sector
- Fixed regular image reading reporting transient disk errors
- Improved support for ED images, including 2.88M raw images
- Improved gap reading support for IPF images
- Changed raw track parsing to ignore headers with ID CRC errors
- Changed raw image writing to use only first cyl to determine format
- Relaxed D2M sniffing by removing system partition type (0xff) check
- Reduced gap sync requirement to remove more unwanted gaps

Source : CPCRulez's Forum

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FutureOS by TFM of Futuresoft (new OS for Amstrad CPC) is available as a cartridge for CPC+

05/26/2013 - 18:00 - genesis8

FutureOS is available as a cartridge for Amstrad CPC+.

FutureOS for Amstrad CPC+ on cartridge

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Samdisk v3.5 by Simon Owen, disks tranfers

02/18/2013 - 12:26 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.5 by Simon Owen is out.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Version 3.5 (2013-01-07)
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- Fixed interleave and skew values for Pro-Dos .cpm images
- Alignment tweaks to some output formatting
- Restored code signing to help download validation
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GrafX2 v2.4 WIP, a graphical bitmap editor by Pulkomandy

06/23/2012 - 12:09 - genesis8

A work in progress version of GrafX2 is available to draw "mode 5" pictures for Amstrad CPC.

GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program inspired by the Amiga programs Deluxe Paint and Brilliance. Specialized in 256-color drawing, it includes a very large number of tools and effects that make it particularly suitable for pixel art, game graphics, and generally any detailed graphics painted with a mouse. The program is mostly developed on Linux and Windows, but is also portable on many other platforms.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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Interview of Marc Maulin, co-author of Discology, on CPC Rulez

06/23/2012 - 13:56 - genesis8

You will find an interview of Marc Maulin, co-author of the Amstrad CPC utility Discology, on CPC Rulez.

Source : CPC Rules's forum

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Samdisk v3.3 by Simon Owen, disks tranfers on PC

06/22/2012 - 15:32 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.3 by Simon Owen is out.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Version 3.3 (2012-06-14)
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- Added built-in support for zipped and gzipped files
- Added support for repairing 8K sectors with bad CRCs
- Added support for raw hard disk images
- Added identify device data reading, where available (non-USB)
- Added --hdf to force HDF version (10 or 11), with v1.1 now the default
- Added --no-identify to ignore source identify data
- Added --no-cfa to suppress CFA festures in generated identify data
- Enhanced identify to include  CHS/LBA28/LBA48 sector counts and CFA
- Enhanced verbose disk list to show serial+firmware and MBR partitions
- Changed disk list to show all devices by default, not just BDOS
- Fixed repairing to blank target tracks, with new density check
- Fixed HDD access beyond 4GB boundary, extended -s range to 2TB
- Fixed SAD image writing with custom sector sizes
- Fixed status messages being written to log and not erased correctly
- Improved FDC integrity checks during sector reads, for suspect hardware
- Improved total sector count to CHS mapping

Source : Octoate

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CPCDiskXP v2.3 and programming tutorials by Mochilote on CPCMANIA

04/15/2012 - 21:27 - genesis8

The last version of the CPCDiskXP utility is available on CPCMania.

You will also find various programming tutorials, especially tutorials about using C compilers like Z88dk and SDCC, or assembler compiler like Pasmo.

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Samdisk v3.2 by Simon Owen, disks tranfers

04/09/2012 - 21:53 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.2 by Simon Owen is out.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Version 3.2 (2012-04-08)
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- Added general support for 1Mbps data rate, used by ED disks
- Added 1Mbps support to IMD images, using new track modes 6+7
- Added --tty option to output console messages to non-console streams
- Fixed crash reading gap data from oversized sectors (thanks Philippe!)
- Fixed crash using --verify when writing non-simple images
- Fixed gap data trimming when writing FDI+IMD images
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GrafX2 v2.3, a graphical bitmap editor by Pulkomandy

04/03/2012 - 20:52 - genesis8

GrafX2 is a bitmap paint program inspired by the Amiga programs Deluxe Paint and Brilliance. Specialized in 256-color drawing, it includes a very large number of tools and effects that make it particularly suitable for pixel art, game graphics, and generally any detailed graphics painted with a mouse. The program is mostly developed on Linux and Windows, but is also portable on many other platforms.

GrafX2 v2.3 has been released in April 2011. It can of course be used to draw Amstrad CPC screens.

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Samdisk v3.1 by Simon Owen, disks tranfers

03/25/2012 - 19:14 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3.1 by Simon Owen is out.

The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images, and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats.

Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

Changelog:

Version 3.1 (2012-03-18)
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- Added --repair option to help combine damaged image dumps
- Added write support for D88 images
- Added support for IMD mixed sector sizes
- Added record name from source basename, if no label available
- Added more file sizes for raw image recognition
- Added verbose track output for floppy->image dumping
- Fixed IMD creation using 500Kbps instead of 250Kbps
- Fixed bit alignment during IPF track wrapping
- Fixed converting images to BDOS format when setting label
- Increased --rescan matching distance from 32 to 64 bytes
- Updated to zlib 1.2.5, using zlibwapi.dll instead of zlib1.dll

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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The disk utility ManageDsk v0.20g by Demoniak is available

01/25/2012 - 23:14 - genesis8

ManageDSK v0.20g by Ludovic Deplanque is out. Its interface is available in english, french and spanish. It features :

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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How to write a double side DSK for use on an Amstrad CPC

01/15/2012 - 13:39 - genesis8

To write a single DSK image file you can either use :

Beware, WriteDSK works on the CPC (you must have a PC 3,5" with the .DSK which will be copied on the same 3,5" drive or another 3" drive). It supports the CPC Booster by Antitec.

But if you want to write a double sided DSK, you will have to use CPCDiskXP by Mochilote for the moment.

P.S. : from the WriteDSK documentation, it should support double side DSK.

Source : CPC Wiki's forum

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QuickCMD v2.3 by NoRecess

10/01/2011 - 12:17 - genesis8

QuickCMD v2.3 is out, a shell-based user interface by NoRecess.

This adds support for a new command history to be used through UP and DOWN keys (was requested by many of you !). Also, a critical crash has been fixed with ROMS command when listing ROMs having corrupted names. Another critical problem (involving stability) has been fixed with direct drive parsing. And finally, the RSX got renamed to |Q for even faster switching from BASIC to QuickCMD.

QuickCMD v1.0 in action

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HxC Floppy Emulator Manager V2.4 by NoRecess

09/25/2011 - 00:01 - genesis8

To help using your HxC floppy emulator, vous can use the last version of the HxC Floppy Emulator Manager (v2.3) by NoRecess.

It's now faster to launch, spaces in directory names can now be used, and the user interface is now using the default system font with new color scheme (aligned to ParaDOS and QuickCMD's ones). As previous releases, ROM version is also available.

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QuickCMD v2.2 by NoRecess

09/18/2011 - 16:55 - genesis8

QuickCMD v2.2 is out, a shell-based user interface by NoRecess.

These are the changes:

QuickCMD v1.0 in action

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NoRecess blog update

09/04/2011 - 10:59 - genesis8

What about an Odiesoft interview as a starter, then an update of ManageDSK and SDCC2Pasmo for the main dish and dessert on NoRecess ?

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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QuickCMD v2.1 by NoRecess

07/28/2011 - 23:05 - genesis8

Following v2.0, QuickCMD v2.1 is out, a shell-based user interface by NoRecess. Since v2.0 QuickCMD is a real ROM (small RAM footprint) and adds new featureslike low-level file management. It's now written in assembly with a bit of C, instead of using C only. Use CTRL + TAB from Basic to launch QuickCMD.

QuickCMD v1.0 in action

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QuickCMD v1.0 by NoRecess, be lazy !

06/24/2011 - 21:03 - genesis8

QuickCMD v1.0 is a new utility by NoRecess. It's a shell-based user interface running on top of the system. Its aim is to provide a faster way to launchprograms. The idea actually came from a fact about NoRecess own usage of a CPC : most of the times, he turns on my computer to only execute CAT/RUN commands. He thought there were rooms to improvethat process :

QuickCMD v1.0 in action QuickCMD help screen

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ManageDSK v0.18 for windows is out

08/06/2010 - 18:42 - genesis8

ManageDSK v0.18 by Ludovic Deplanque is out. It features :

Source : IMPACT CPC's forum

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With your SDCard HxC emulator, select a disk image directly on the CPC

07/25/2010 - 17:46 - genesis8

First, you should download the latest firmware of the SDCard HxC floppy emulator, the v1.3.11.0 corrects some timing problems with Asic 3 (CPC+) and 4 (pre-CPC+), and some bugs. It's best to freshly format (FAT32) your SD card, then copy the *.upd and *.cfg to the card. Press Left and Right buttons before power up and keep it pressed at least 1 seconds at power up. Wait some seconds, it's done.

There is now an Amstrad CPC program to directly choose an image. This program (just run"hxc) is in the autoboot.hfe disk image. By pressing the middle button, the autoboot.hfe disk is automatically selected. It has been compiled with Small Device C Compiler and still need to be optimized (slow drawing using system calls). The program has been converted to a ROM by Krusty, but as the original program is changing fast at the moment, it could be a bit early to download it.

choosing a disk image directly on the Amstrad CPC with a SDCard HxC emulator

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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SAMdisk v3.0 by Simon Owen

06/25/2010 - 16:56 - genesis8

SAMdisk v3 by Simon Owen is out, it's a command-line disk image utility for Windows 2000 or later. The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF), and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats. Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

You can use a java GUI written by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI.

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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Cpcdsk and the Caprice Reloaded emulator

06/25/2010 - 23:04 - genesis8

Cpcdsdk is a project aiming to collect the various bit of existing sourcecode in one common place for the linux OS relative to the Amstrad CPC, add the missing features, and make life easier for all developpers :

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Another java utility by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI

05/11/2010 - 00:16 - genesis8

DevilMarkus has written another java utility : SAMdisk GUI, a GUI for SAMdisk by Simon Owen : a CLI utility for Windows 2000 and XP, used to transfer between physical SAM Coup disks (both floppy and IDE) and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF).

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.

It can transfer Prehistorik 2 for example.

Source : CPC Wiki's forum

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CPC PC-CPC v0.1aq emulator and the ManageDsk v0.17 utility

05/09/2010 - 20:10 - genesis8

You can download the latest version of the PC-CPC emulator and of ManageDsk v0.17 (.DSK file handling utility) by Ludovic Deplanque (Demoniak).

This last version of the emulator corrects 2 bugs, one about CLI use (command line interface) and the other about the 2nd joystick handling.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta for PC available

04/18/2010 - 17:43 - genesis8

You can download Arkos Tracker v1.0 beta for PC by Targhan.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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GrafX v2.2, a multi platform bitmap editor to create Amstrad CPC screens

03/27/2010 - 20:27 - genesis8

An update of GrafX (v2.2) is available.

Source : Octoate

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An utility written in java by DevilMarkus : Cdt2Wav

03/14/2010 - 00:28 - genesis8

DevilMarkus has written a new utility in java : Cdt2Wav, so you can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac.

For Linux and Mac users, launch the cdt2wav.jar with the following parameters : cdt2wav.jar -Xms512m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m (or set all to 256 if you want only 256 Mb max. ram usage).

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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WXCOMMANDER, a file manager for windows which read/write .DSK files

11/16/2009 - 00:34 - genesis8

WXCOMMANDER (see CPC Loader) is a general purpose two-panel file manager for windows, but it can read/write .DSK files, others features :

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GrafX v2.1 (bitmap editor)

10/24/2009 - 17:31 - genesis8

An update of GrafX (v2.1) is available.

It's a bitmap paint program that allows to draw in more than 60 video resolutions (from 320x200, including most of the standard Amiga resolutions, provided your videocard knows how to handle them). It was written originally for DOS, but has been modified to use SDL and modern operating systems. Its layout is not very different from Deluxe Paint or Brilliance.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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GrafX v2 final version (graphical bitmap editor)

06/16/2009 - 01:40 - genesis8

PulkoMandy has released GrafX v2 final.

It's a bitmap paint program that allows to draw in more than 60 video resolutions (from 320x200, including most of the standard Amiga resolutions, provided your videocard knows how to handle them). It was written originally for DOS, but has been modified to use SDL and modern operating systems.

Its layout is not very different from Deluxe Paint or Brilliance, so it will be quite easy to handle it if you know at least one of these programs.

Source : Push'N'Pop

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CPCDiskXP v2.0, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

05/17/2009 - 13:21 - genesis8

A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP, version 2.0 is from January 2009.

CPCDiskXP for windows XP

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ASM sources of compression engines on Tom & Jerry's site

01/24/2008 - 01:25 - genesis8

You will find on Tom & Jerry's site 2 ASM sources (maxam) for compressing Amstrad CPC binaries (better than pucrunch and bitbuster) : Exomizer et Aplib, coming from the PC world. He found them in a forum thread of Amstrad.ESP (spanish site).

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SymZilla, an internet browser for SymbOS (reading)

05/05/2007 - 13:46 - genesis8

SymZilla is a browser for SymbOS, it let you read HTML files. Beware it needs 192 Ko of memory, so on a CPC you need a RAM extension.

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ConvImgCpc v0.11 with overscan support

01/30/2006 - 13:20 - genesis8

A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out. It's a windows xp utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC. This version supports overscan and features an editor to modify the image before writing it.

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CPCDiskXP v1.4, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

01/30/2006 - 13:14 - genesis8

A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP (v1.4).

CPCDiskXP for windows XP

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ConvImgCpc v0.10 with CPC+ 4096 colors support by Ludovic Deplanque

01/13/2006 - 03:15 - genesis8

A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out.

It's a windows xp utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC. This version supports the 4096 colors of the Amstrad CPC+.

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The disk utility ManageDsk v0.14c by Demoniak is available

01/09/2006 - 02:29 - genesis8

ManageDSK v0.14c by Ludovic Deplanque is out. It's a minor update of its windows utility to manage Amstrad CPC disks images (.DSK).

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CPCDiskXP v1.3.1, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

01/09/2006 - 02:23 - genesis8

A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP (v1.3.1).

It fixes vortex support, and features new Floppy to DSK system, completely rewritten, with many features.

CPCDiskXP for windows XP

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