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Software News   Software News : Amiga Forever 2008 released
   posted by tomazkid on 31-May-2008 3:36:32 (5921 reads)
Amiga Forever 2008 is released.
Cloanto press release:
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. Amiga Forever 2008 was rewritten from scratch to redefine itself and the perception of emulation and retrogaming in general.
Read more...



The first impression when seeing the new skinned player on Windows can be stunning, compared to previous software. At the same time, the new player feels as familiar as "this is how it should always have been". Behind the scenes, though, it took a monumental effort just to provide a Yes answer to questions like "Can't you just double-click an ADF to play it?" With your help, we will keep listening and improving the software, also with lots of free updates.

New features in Amiga Forever 2008 (all editions) include:

* Revolutionary new and intuitive player interface for Windows, for easy selection and playback of games and other content
* The new Amiga Forever player makes it possible to double-click or drag-and-drop downloaded disk images (e.g. ADF, ADZ, IPF, etc.) to play them, using heuristic content analysis to preset a suitable Amiga hardware configuration
* The player has built-in support for dual screens and multiple emulation sessions
* Rather than closing an emulation session, it is possible to save its state, for example to resume a game at a later time (the experience can be amazing, because the session is up and running again in an instant)
* Full undo of ADF, ADZ, HDF and HDZ disk writes (disk changes may be committed or discarded when exiting the emulation)
* Full support for Windows Vista x86 and x64 (probably the first and only Windows software with custom-shaped glass-enabled skin)

Additional details about the new player for Windows:

* Professional skin design with familiar "media player" interface
* Buttons and other visual controls provide intuitive access to content and emulation features (pause, resume, disk change, reboot, joystick vs. keyboard selection, window size selection, full screen, Amiga screen capture, etc.)
* Windowed mode visualizes games and demoscene productions as they were meant to be displayed, without large unused overscan areas
* Helpful visualization of additional details (Amiga mouse options, device status with green/red read/write LEDs, etc.)
* Integrated video playback (requires MPEG-2 support by the operating system, otherwise the Amiga Forever videos can be read by any DVD player)

Additional new features in the Plus Edition of Amiga Forever 2008:

* Content more than tripled (disk images are now compressed, and also used directly by the installer)
* New "Amiga Forever Game Pack I" (more than 100 games)
* More than 100 beautiful demoscene productions
* New Gallery items: original Tripos article, "top secret" Amiga-Atari documents, and much more
* New system HDFs: complete Amiga OS 1.3, 2.1 and 3.1 installations with only a minimum of add-ons (e.g. Y2K fixes, RTG update for 3.1), but otherwise identical to the original (including file attributes as intended by Commodore, which were lost in later distributions)
* New ADFs (1.3 Extras, complete 3.1 install set, etc.)
* New ROMs (Amiga 1000, A590 and A4091 boot ROMs, system-specific ROMs required for added compatibility, etc.)
* Preinstalled WHDLoad "kickemu" support
* New KX Light, bootable from CD and with HD installation option (featuring live updates) and extended hardware support

New features in the Value Edition of Amiga Forever 2008:

* Includes 50 games and 50 demos (more than the 2006 Premium Edition!)
* Change of name (used to be "Online Edition")

For their help during the development of Amiga Forever 2008, special thanks to Amir Ansari, Robert Trevor Dickinson and Toni Wilen. See the Credits section in the Amiga Forever documentation for additional details.

http://www.amigaforever.com/
    

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
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Congratulations to everyone involved in this release.

Thanks,
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This is the first post I have posted in months - All I am going to say is WOW.
A native x64 Vista version? Im buying this baby! And click and play adf files? WOW.
Im going to say it again WOW. Did I forget to mention WOW?.


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It's all amazing but this is the best bit:

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* New KX Light, bootable from CD and with HD installation option (featuring live updates) and extended hardware support


It's got everything, and it's also Amithlon! Hehe! Well amithlon style anyway, I wonder how much hardware is supported with the HD Install... And also which emulator its using? (Will it have JIT etc?)

I really fancy upgrading though, I can get the Plus edition for 26 GBP so I may upgrade from 2005...

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Good!

Congratulations!

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Cool :D

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I can confirm that Amiga Forever 2008 is really stunning!!!


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Have you already tried KXlight (I mean installation on hard disk)?


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Sorry, double-post...

Last edited by AP on 31-May-2008 at 01:36 PM.


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:)

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@AP

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Have you already tried KXlight (I mean installation on hard disk)?


No because I'm pretty sure you can only BOOT from KXLight in 2005, I've booted from it though and its pretty cool... But yeah it would be great to actually install AF to your HD as a bootable partitition...

I wonder if it could be made a primary OS to replace Windows, for an Amithlon type solution? Or does it need another OS to be installed?

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Just paid for my update.
Downloading CD now, and waiting for my DVD's


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I had the privilege of reviewing a pre-release version of AF2008 for an "Amiga Future" article, but the final release version promises to be ever better. Well done Cloanto.

My upgrade order has just been placed.

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Been waiting for this, well done to all involved. This is the first Amiga related product I have bought in over two years! shocking but true.


One thing i would like to ask Cloanto to do next is provide legitimate download service for adf games and programs, some free and some maybe have a small charge if they have to pay rights to have them on the site. That would be great, also os4.0 support?

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@DBAlex & AP

It uses E-UAE - the latest build - with JIT. So yes, it is fast. As for hardware support: the latest Linux kernel together with the latest Knoppix hardware detection. Basically, it's totally up-to-date!

Hard disk installation: yep, check out http://www.amigaforever.com/kxlight/installation/

There are two modes: one copies the CD contents to HD, so it runs almost identically to the CD version (ie. the Linux portion is read-only); the other carries out a proper full installation and can be tweaked to suit individual hardware. Installation can be to an entire HD or just to a partition. You can dual-boot very easily, but if you have another primary OS, you'll need to manually add KX Light to the list of options in the bootloader.

I'm sure the KX Light pages at amigaforever.com will expand quite rapidly with further information and instructions over the next few weeks.

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can't wait to set up my own Amiga Laptop! \

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Wow, I've waited for soooo long for KXLight HD-installation possibility !

I am actually thinking about installing this on my main pc and on my second one as well... Is it possible to remove the pre-installed AmigaOS and install your own OS 3.1/3.9 with your own CDFS, TCP/IP-stack etc ?

The one drawback I can think of is proper web-support !

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Woohoo! Great!

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DiscreetFX just bought our update.


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* New KX Light, bootable from CD and with HD installation option (featuring live updates) and extended hardware support


It's got everything, and it's also Amithlon! Hehe! Well amithlon style anyway, I wonder how much hardware is supported with the HD Install... And also which emulator its using? (Will it have JIT etc?)

I really fancy upgrading though, I can get the Plus edition for 26 GBP so I may upgrade from 2005...

it would be great if i could get the HD Install working

Getting Error "Error loading OS" after HD install


anybody try installing KX-light?

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Have you already tried KXlight (I mean installation on hard disk)?

Ive tryed it

Didn't work out for me
Wouldn't boot up
Error "Error loading OS"

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