Amiga Forever 2012 and C64 Forever 2012 Released!

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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. Around here, it's among our absolute favorite emulation packages and used as pack-ins with various devices, including the MCC, so you know it has to be great.

The full press release details are below, along with all the links to the various packages available:

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C64 Forever ScreenshotC64 Forever ScreenshotAugust 26, 2011 - Cloanto released today Amiga Forever 2012 and C64 Forever 2012, the latest versions of the award-winning Commodore-Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows.

By adding powerful content authoring and integration functionality, Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 2012 close the circle between gaming, productivity and preservation of digital culture while adding new features and providing easier access to a universe of free and legal downloads.

The new versions build on a powerful synergy of original components:
- RP9 file format, which is a compressed cross-platform archive containing media images, configuration, description and ancillary data, developed by Cloanto
- RetroPlatform Player and API to interface with different emulation plugins
- Cloanto's unique portfolio of ROM and OS licenses

The new packages can emulate the full range of 8-bit (C64, VIC 20, PET/CBM, etc.) and 16/32-bit systems (Amiga, CDTV, etc.) using an intuitive media player-like interface. The advanced RP9 authoring functionality sets new references in preserving and making accessible digital culture from the 1980s and 1990s. Content created or edited with the Windows software can be played back on other systems, including mobile devices (in part under development).

The 2012 versions not only include hundreds of software enhancements, but also add content of historical interest, like new interviews with Amiga legends RJ Mical and Dave Haynie, also with HD-quality video footage.

Amiga Forever 2012 is available now in three editions:
- Value Edition (downloadable installer for Windows systems)
- Plus Edition (downloadable ISO image with additional Windows and platform-neutral content)
- Premium Edition (physical Plus Edition content plus additional videos on 3 DVDs)

C64 Forever 2012 is available now in three editions:
- Free Express Edition (feature-limited version)
- Downloadable Plus Edition (downloadable installer plus CD ISO image)
- Boxed Plus Edition (downloadable Plus Edition content plus boxed CD)

Amiga Forever and C64 Forever passed official Windows 7 logo tests on both x86 and x64 systems. Prices for both Amiga Forever and C64 Forever start from $9.95 (special upgrade offers).

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Mark Vergeer
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The GUI and ease of use are what makes this excellent

The GUI and ease of use is what makes this an excellent package. I have the 2011 edition and the version a couple of versions back and I must say the team has surpassed themselves. I use a real c64 and Amiga 1200 with compact flash PCMCIA adapter and I am able to use Amiga Forever to manipulate the files on the fat32 partition with ease. Also it is possible to restore the internal compact flash hd of the real Amiga with the software.

So a recommendation for all folks that also have access to a real Amiga. I have been running demos and games on the 2011 edition and I am really impressed by the quality of work - it literally gives you an Amiga (not one but several) computer within the file system of your own PC. I prefer running the old machines but as the pc and the real Amiga are hooked up over the same amp and to the same tv set it is quite easy to do comparisons. The 2011 is hard to distinguish from the real deal... Although I think the real Amiga sounds a bit clearer and crisper even at highest settings of the emulation sounds. But that could just be my older core2duo games room system.

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Matt Barton
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You know, I'm curious about

You know, I'm curious about how many of the folks here touting the product received the free codes...:)

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Rob Daviau
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Not me
Matt Barton wrote:

You know, I'm curious about how many of the folks here touting the product received the free codes...:)

Not me I gladly paid for the updated version.

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Rowdy Rob
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Dedicated Amiga emulator?
Matt Barton wrote:

You know, I'm curious about how many of the folks here touting the product received the free codes...:)

This is the first I've heard of the free codes.

Since I have a few spare desktop PC's around, I'm thinking of using one as a dedicated Amiga emulator. I'm even thinking of transferring all my A1200 files over to the Amiga PC. It seems like it will take quite a bit of time if I have to use a serial cable to do the transfers...

Bill Loguidice
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Amiga Forever to Amiga 1200
Rowdy Rob wrote:

Since I have a few spare desktop PC's around, I'm thinking of using one as a dedicated Amiga emulator. I'm even thinking of transferring all my A1200 files over to the Amiga PC. It seems like it will take quite a bit of time if I have to use a serial cable to do the transfers...

If you do, maybe you can do a blog post on the process for our front page. I think that would be helpful for others!

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Shawn Delahunty
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Before you spend days with Serial

Rob,

It's none of my business, so feel free to ignore this. But I would seriously consider ordering an ethernet card for the A1200. I found a UK site here:

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id...

The other option is a 16-bit PCMCIA (not Cardbus) card. There's a driver for the Amiga which handles a variety of them:

http://aminet.net/package/driver/net/3c589

Doing it over serial, even cranked up to 115200bps is going to be painful. (God but I miss my old A1000... I can't believe I parted with the thing...)

Much luck,

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

If you do, maybe you can do a blog post on the process for our front page. I think that would be helpful for others!

I wish I thought of this Amiga/PC setup earlier, so I could have worked on it over the holiday weekend. Instead, I've been addicted to "C64 Forever." But yes, a blog about the process might be in order. I'm even considering hooking up my Amiga-PC to an Amiga 1084S monitor and seeing how that works!

bitsweep wrote:

Rob,

It's none of my business, so feel free to ignore this.

Um... yeah! OFF WITH YOUR HEAD!!!!!

As far as I'm concerned, it's a public forum, so anything anyone posts here is YOUR BUSINESS if you choose to make it so, and your comments are welcomed, especially in this case!

bitsweep wrote:

But I would seriously consider ordering an ethernet card for the A1200. I found a UK site here:

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=116

Now THIS is extremely helpful and interesting! And the price seems pretty reasonable! If I am understanding this product correctly, does this mean I can just hook my Amiga up to a regular PC network via ethernet with no problems? That would be ideal! I'm not sure if it would be worth it, though, for what I consider to be a "one-shot" transfer situation, but then again, I have many floppy disks worth of files that might benefit from such a transfer setup.

bitsweep wrote:

The other option is a 16-bit PCMCIA (not Cardbus) card. There's a driver for the Amiga which handles a variety of them:

http://aminet.net/package/driver/net/3c589

I'm woefully clueless about PCMCIA cards. Heck, I forgot the A1200 even had a PCMCIA slot, and I never used it to my recollection when I was a heavy Amiga user. Are you suggesting this as some sort of "sneakernet" option, where I transfer files over to the PCMCIA card, then dump them on the PC? That might (actually, WOULD) probably be preferable to the null-modem serial cable option, and is a very good suggestion! Unfortunately, none of my desktops have a PCMCIA slot, and my old, clunky laptop is darn near unusable (and I'm not positive it has a PCMCIA slot).

..... and I don't know what "cardbus" is. What troubles am I in for?

bitsweep wrote:

Doing it over serial, even cranked up to 115200bps is going to be painful.

Yeah, I've done the null-modem thing before, and even with small files, it was EXTREMELY slow! In my case, I was considering just setting up the PC/Amiga transfer, and letting it sit off in the corner until it's finished, or until the zombie apocalypse happens, whichever comes first....

I really want to "clone" my A1200 setup with my much-missed favorite apps, like ImageFX, DPaint, and Imagine. All of these programs (expecially ImageFX) will take ages to transfer over serial, which is why I've never done it before.

Anyhow, your suggestions are extremely helpful. Unfortunately, it seems I've FORGOTTEN HOW TO USE THE AMIGA!!!! Gasp! I'm not only going to have to figure out how to set up the transfer, but I'm going to have to relearn the Amiga again!

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clarification on file xfer

Rob,

Both of my links were geared around the idea of connecting the A1200 to your LAN to do the data transfer. The PCMCIA card would just be so you could plug an ethernet cable into the Amiga, not to "copy files to the card, then sneakernet to your PC". I suggested this option in case you had a 16-bit PCMCIA ethernet card already, or could find one cheap on EBay, rather than ordering the "Amiga specific card" from that UK store.

The trick though, is to make sure it ISN'T the "Cardbus" 32-bit standard, as the Amiga board/bus connector wouldn't recognize it. It's been a LOOONG time since I've had my hands on real Amiga hardware though, and my memory of the details fades after more than 15 years.

Good luck,

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Mark Vergeer
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Considering g4 macmini

I am seriously considering installing Amiga os4 on my g4 Macmini as with whdload it turns it into a very nice backwards compatible games machine with PowerPC strength. You'd make the mini into the über Amiga!

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Bill Loguidice
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I'm game
Mark Vasier wrote:

I am seriously considering installing Amiga os4 on my g4 Macmini as with whdload it turns it into a very nice backwards compatible games machine with PowerPC strength. You'd make the mini into the über Amiga!

Hmm, I have two G4 Mac Mini's, so I'd certainly be up for re-purposing one for that purpose as well...

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