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Software News   Software News : Amiga Forever 2008 released
   posted by tomazkid on 31-May-2008 3:36:32 (6505 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.

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.

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 3-Jun-2008 5:25:01
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Hi Syperhawk!

Can you give us some more details? Which installation options did you choose, and (very importantly) is GRUB installed? Dual-booting?

When you try booting, does it get to the GRUB screen?


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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 3-Jun-2008 5:34:06
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If you're connected to internet through a wired connection, KX Light should pick it up without any problem.


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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 3-Jun-2008 5:38:23
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I really want this !

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 4-Jun-2008 11:46:46
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KLight allowed me to boot AmigaOS / AmigaForever straight from ISO CD.
Now I want to install on hard disk and perform and test boot times.

Can AmigaSys and AmiKit versions boot from Linux?

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 4-Jun-2008 20:02:05
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AmigaSYS 07 Live exists, wich can be installed on a "portable" USB drive and you can use it anywhere if the computer can boot from USB. Meanwhile the new version is in progress, wich will knows much more, but that is not public now. :)

AmigaSYS is a fully pre-configured AmigaOS system. Support AmigaOS 3.0/3.1/3.9. Platforms: Amiga computers and emulators.

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 5-Jun-2008 14:03:20
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Tried that (AmigaSys Live USB-stick lying pretty much unused here beside me), but when I finally got it working with a clean OS 3.1 installation (very hard to achieve since the "user rights" & the "ownership" must be kept exacly the same), I could not get cdfs working, and then I pretty much gave up... If the author for AmigaSys Live USB-version reads this, PLEASE make another FAT-partition containing THE AMIGA-DRIVES, so you don't have to stick with the built in workbench installation !!!


And that u must use linux skills to replace the Amiga-Drives or even add new content to it!

Last edited by martinalexander on 05-Jun-2008 at 02:05 PM.

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 6-Jun-2008 22:48:09
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Two words: free upgrade!

I hope I can get this working with Ubuntu 8.04...

"Unix is supposed to fix that." -- Jay Miner

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 30-Jun-2008 17:42:10
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I will get this as i want an asus e pc and have always wanted a portable amiga superb software.

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Re: Amiga Forever 2008 released
Posted on 22-Jul-2008 14:04:19
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is there a step by step guide to installing bootable amigaforever to hd?

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