Amiga Forever RP2 Released

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This might be old news--I actually just found this in my email dated September 5th!!! D'oh. Anyway, there's a new version of Amiga Forever out. I'm downloading it now and will hopefully be posting my review soon. If you're not familiar with these guys--it's basically a drop-dead, foolproof way to get Amiga emulation up and running. It's also 100% legal, and it ships with some great games. The value add is tremendous. Anyway, their stuff follows:

Cloanto Releases Amiga Forever 2008 "RP2"

September 5, 2008 - Cloanto released this week Amiga Forever 2008 "RP2", the latest version of the award-winning Amiga preservation, emulation and support suite for Windows and other platforms, and a first batch of 10 games in the new RP2 format. Both the RP2 update and the new games are a free download for current users.

Amiga Forever 2008 is the most significant upgrade ever released in the Amiga Forever series. It sets new references in usability while more than tripling the featured content and providing easy access to a universe of free downloads. "RP2" (from RetroPlatform Player, the technology used by Amiga Forever and C64 Forever) indicates support for the new RP2 file format and content delivery, recognition and configuration framework.

"The Amiga Forever 2008 player reshapes the landscape," said Michael C. Battilana of Cloanto, "But this is only a piece of the puzzle. RP2 is another part of our ongoing effort to make retrocomputing culture and content more accessible and enjoyable. We have a clear vision of where we are heading, and we are thankful to our customers and partners for their support."

The new player for Windows uses heuristic logic to autoconfigure downloaded games and supports double clicks on disk images and game files, saved states, disk write undo and dual-monitor setups. On the cross-platform front (i.e. used without Windows), the KX Light boot environment features a new kernel and hard disk installation (with online updates).

On the content side, the Gallery section includes the full and original 1979 Tripos (Amiga OS precursor) presentation, and new "top secret" Amiga-Atari documents, while more than 200 games and demoscene productions are sure to deliver hours of enjoyment. The Premium Edition additionally includes more than five hours of videos.

Amiga Forever 2008 is available now in three editions:

- Value Edition (downloadable installer for Windows systems)

- Plus Edition (downloadable CD ISO image with Windows and
platform-neutral additional content)

- Premium Edition (a physical package containing the Plus
Edition CD and two DVDs, combined with an instant download
of the installer for Windows)

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LINKS

This Page with Links and Graphics
http://www.amigaforever.com/news-events/af-2008-rp2/

Amiga Forever Home Page
http://www.amigaforever.com

Screenshots
http://www.amigaforever.com/screenshots/

Premium Edition Box Shots
http://www.amigaforever.com/tour/af_box_premium.html

New Features
http://www.amigaforever.com/whatsnew/

RP2 Format Information and First 10 Sample Games
http://www.amigaforever.com/kb/5-122.html

Amiga Forever Cataloging Effort Reaches 10K Milestone
http://www.amigaforever.com/news-events/20071214cataloging.html

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Rob Daviau
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I am an AMIGA fan from way

I am an AMIGA fan from way back and though I only dabbled with Emulation with WinUAE I recently bought this full package and it is great! Well worth it!

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Matt Barton
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I was able to get Blood

I was able to get Blood Money and Agony running in a matter of minutes, with not even touching the setup options. It even has built-in support for X-Arcade.

I need to try to get a more in-depth review here that shows you the advantages of this over just a raw Win-UAE emulation. Oldschool, what do you think are the main pluses?

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Rob Daviau
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Defintely the interface!

Defintely the interface! Don't get me wrong, if your a tinkerer and you know what you are doing then
you could get away without using this package but since the first version the interface has really become polished and proffesional and it makes setting it up very easy and just allows you to get down to running the games and demos quickly! I swear I was thinking of reviewing this myself for my MaximumRD Youtube channel and Facebook group but I am working on other things and it will be some time before I get around to it so knowck yourself out, also you should mention as I will what a great service CLOANTO has done for the AMIGA loving community and also should there be any quirks or initial install problems (I had a minor issue) their service is execellent, they respond quickly above and beyond so please give them credit and mention this in your review!
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Mark Vergeer
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Ah ease of use - great.

Ah ease of use - great. Just ordered the new premium edition.



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Mark Vergeer
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CD32 working quite well !

The Standard CD32 configuration provided is also working quite well. I quickly tried the following:
Microcosm - works with a couple of frameskips, everything is working cutscenes and all
Legends - works full speed
D-Generation - works full speed
Chaos Engine - works full speed, nice soundtrack, great sound effects, great opening movie



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Mark Vergeer
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WinUAE 1.5.x and Lemon on XP quite good as well

The NON-CLOANTO ALTERNATIVE:

If you guys do not want to pay about 50 euros for an easy configurable emulator than I advise you to go check out the latest WinUAE and the Game Database Interface called Lemon. It can be found on the famous Amiga Lemon website. http://www.lemonamiga.com/
If you have access to legal Amiga roms this might be the one for you. Screenshots and an easy to launch emulator with appropriate configurations to run the individual games is provided.

Lemonade will alas not be updated any more and on XP it runs properly. I am not sure about the compatibility with Vista. On my Dell GX270 GX 2.0Ghz Pentium IV with Nvidia 6200 Graphics card it achieves full speed!
Plug in a gamepad joystick and you're away!



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Rowdy Rob
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WinUAE is a bear to operate!
Mark Vergeer wrote:

If you guys do not want to pay about 50 euros for an easy configurable emulator than I advise you to go check out the latest WinUAE and the Game Database Interface called Lemon. It can be found on the famous Amiga Lemon website. http://www.lemonamiga.com/

I've had very poor luck with WinUAE; it's just too clunky on its own. I couldn't get running many of my favorite Apps on it, not even Deluxe Paint! This made me wary of the "Amiga Forever" package, since it's based on WinUAE, but this thread has changed my mind! Thanks, guys, for calling attention to this package! It seems these dedicated guys are providing a valuable service for people like me.

The "Lemon" interface sounds cool, but I want to be able to run applications as well as games, so it might not be for me. And I own 3 Amigas (not counting the busted one in the closet), so ROM legalities aren't a problem.

If "Amiga Forever" runs as well as it appears to, it's well worth the investment! I can't wait to play "Ports of Call" again! (Not to mention many of my applications programs, which is the primary reason I'd want to use the emulator.)

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Matt Barton
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I've used the Amiga Forever

I've used the Amiga Forever for all my Amiga shots for this book, and haven't had a bit of trouble. It's pretty much plug and play.

Sure, you could find an illegal rom and try to set up Win-UAE by yourself, but if you can afford it, the Amiga Forever is a much a better option. The time saved alone is worth it IMO.

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Matt Barton
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Ah, Ports of Call. My dad

Ah, Ports of Call. My dad and a I played that game extensively....stayed up all night playing it, in fact. We found that playing on "easy" mode was actually better, since there were fewer of those irritating docking or iceberg sequences. Once you mastered the piloting, those were just annoying.

I still remember the trip from San Fran to Cape Town.

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Mark Vergeer
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WinUAE has some standard configurations now

WinUAE does come with a couple of pre-configured configurations now. Some sort of quicklaunch option is incorporated. It is possible to get Workbench up and running properly though. I've even succeeded in installing OS 3.9. But perhaps I've just been using the UAE emulator for that long that I can 'read and write with it'. The newer quicklaunch option included in the later WinUAE incarnations really alleviates quite a bit of the pain.
The Lemon game database does all the configuring for you. First you install WinUAE, then the kickstart roms. It is possible to use the Cloanto roms including the rom key from your Amiga forever distro too.
Then you install Lemon, put in the screenshots and fill out the directory in which you have got the Amiga adf files.
Amiga Gamebase works pretty much the same way and still is developed.
Both Lemonade and Gamebase Amiga are great of you have tons of adf's that you want to access easily. In other words if you have access to the complete Amiga adf-pile of files out there.
But it can't beat Amiga Forever in ease of use for the occasional game the regular user wants to try and play.



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