The 2010.1 versions of Cloanto's Amiga Forever and C64 Forever available now!

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Amiga Forever DesktopAmiga Forever DesktopCloanto has released the latest versions of their popular and easy-to-use Amiga Forever and C64 Forever emulators. This is great news for old and new fans of the greatest Commodore platforms, including all versions of the Amiga series (inclusive of the CDTV and CD32), and most of the 8-bit line, including PET, VIC 20, C-64/128, and C-16/Plus4. I hope to post full reviews of both of Cloanto's new releases soon.

The full press release details are below, along with all the links to the various packages available:
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Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 2010.1 Released

Amiga Forever (http://www.amigaforever.com) and C64 Forever (http://www.c64forever.com) are the easy to use emulation, preservation and support packages published by Cloanto, Commodore/Amiga developers since the 1980s. Beyond nostalgia, the packages make accessible to a wide audience a wealth of content and history that is engaging yet casual, and which can still teach a few lessons in gameplay.C64 Forever ScreenshotC64 Forever Screenshot

Features of the new 2010 versions include:

- Support for new emulated systems (CDTV, CD32, Amiga 600)
- Extended RetroPlatform Library (more than 20,000 titles) and content recognition code
- Support for Open RP9 format (packs multiple disk images and configuration in one file)
- CDTV/CD32 games run directly from original CD media, or from RP9 or ISO images
- Integrated printing via original Amiga EpsonQ drivers (via emulated printer)
- Optimizations for "power users" (content cache, performance, etc.)
- Hundreds of improvements to make the software more powerful and easier to use

For the new CD and printing support we worked closely together with Toni Wilen (http://www.winuae.net), so a big thank you again goes to Toni for his help.

The latest versions of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever work side by side to play games directly from a variety of emulation sites, as well as from some types of original media. Content is recognized using the built-in RetroPlatform Library database, which helps identify and automatically start the correct hardware configuration (different PET/CBM models, VIC 20, C64, Amiga, etc.)

In addition to the hundreds of titles which come preinstalled with the software, tens of thousands of games and demoscene productions have been released by their authors for publication on preservation sites. And that's not just C64 or Amiga content, as you can try for yourself... Some of our original favorites include a Space Invaders clone for the PET 3032 (only 7 KB, download or open to play directly with C64 Forever):

http://www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/pet/games/english/
(scroll down to "space invaders.prg", right after the simpler PET 2001 version)

Or what about this Galaga clone written in 10 KB of pure machine language:

http://www.wening.de/deutsch/spiele/pet-assembler.html
(second from top - German page, but software is in English)

The above were written almost 30 years ago. With C64 Forever 2010 they can still be click-and-played today - no complex configuration or technical knowledge required. If a more modern system is preferred, Amiga Forever 2010 can recognize, autoconfigure and play most CDTV and CD32 titles (Commodore's Amiga-based game consoles). This includes both original media, and RP9, ISO and .bin/.cue CD image files.

The 2010 versions of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever had originally been released a few weeks ago, and were announced on private forums. Features like the new Open RP9 file format and CD support were so successful among emulation "power users" (who often have thousands of games and gigabytes of CD-based content), that we spent some more time to optimize the experience when the software is used under heavy load. The updated 2010.1 versions, released now and available as free updates to existing 2010 users, reflect this community feedback.

Amiga Forever and C64 Forever passed official Windows 7 logo tests on both x86 and x64 systems. Prices start from $14.95 for C64 Forever, and $29.95 for Amiga Forever (downloadable Plus Editions, with discounts for upgrades and for bundles of both packages).

For more information:

Amiga Forever
http://www.amigaforever.com

C64 Forever
http://www.c64forever.com

RetroPlatform Project
http://www.retroplatform.com
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Rowdy Rob
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C64 Forever: anyone have it?

I have very little experience with the C64 platform, and it's a major hole in my gaming history. Is the "C64 Forever" system similar to the "Amiga Forever" interface, where I can play games without having intimate knowledge of the platform?

I'm quite fond of "Amiga Forever," but believe it or not, the C64 games would be "new" to me. The public domain C64 emulators I've tried in the past seem a bit obscure to me, and rather difficult to operate, so this "C64 Forever" might be a solution. Any advice would be appreciated.

Bill Loguidice
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Worth a shot if you ask me!
Rowdy Rob wrote:

I have very little experience with the C64 platform, and it's a major hole in my gaming history. Is the "C64 Forever" system similar to the "Amiga Forever" interface, where I can play games without having intimate knowledge of the platform?

I'm quite fond of "Amiga Forever," but believe it or not, the C64 games would be "new" to me. The public domain C64 emulators I've tried in the past seem a bit obscure to me, and rather difficult to operate, so this "C64 Forever" might be a solution. Any advice would be appreciated.

That is exactly what it is, Rob, that simplified type of interface experience. What's neat, is that it's pretty much ALL Commodore 8-bit platforms, not just the C-64, so if you're into exploring some of the more obscure platforms (particularly here in the US) like the C-16/Plus/4, then it's a good choice.

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Bill Loguidice
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Amiga Forever 2011 Now Available and has Free Upgrades!

Check it out here: http://www.amigaforever.com/

In brief:

* The latest version of Amiga Forever is Amiga Forever 2011
* Amiga Forever 2011 is a free update to all 2010 customers
* If you purchased Amiga Forever 2009 on or after April 1st, 2010, you are eligible for a free upgrade
* If you purchased Amiga Forever (any version, 1.0 to 2009) before that date, you may purchase Amiga Forever 2011 Plus Edition or Premium Edition at upgrade conditions
* Upgrades to Amiga Explorer are always free (just re-download)
* Use Software Director for easy update checks

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clok1966
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I really need to purchase

I really need to purchase this. The amiga will always be my "favorite" computer, it came just at the right time in my learning and did eveything right (to me). I know I hve played with Cloanto's packages (err cough cough.. in non purchased version) but honestly dont rember much about them. WinAUE was somthng I spent more time with, but ultimatly while it works well was just to much fiddling around for me. I have the XBOX, amiga/atari ST emu disc (not legal) with pretty much all the 'stuff" they had to offer.. but it was also very unfriendly. $30 ... I have no reason in the world not to. I still have my 2 baseball card boxes full of Amiga floppies and my non amiga brand floppy drive hacked to a PC to make images here someplace in boxes.

Some WALKER, or WINGS would be awsome.. heck ... Bards Tale (bards tale 2 on the amiga was the best version IMHO).. and for anybody who has never played it BLACK CRYPT!!!!!!!!!! powermonger, popoulous, Torvek the barbarian (silly core design game, the guys who made Tomb Raider early efforts) Corperation (still the first FPS in my opinion).. Chaos Engine, Alien Breed, Apydia (best shooter ever, with BUGS!) TV SPorts Football, Targan, so so many great games. Forgive the spelling of same game names, Im sure its incorrect.

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