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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Rob Daviau
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Big fan!

Some of the few bits of software I have ever purchased. Some find that funny as you always get "But you can emulate for free!" sure, in the past for years I emulated C64 and Amiga. Honestly, never thought I would buy an emulation package. Now, I am not even one (as you know) to go on about the legalities, obtaining the Kickstart and Workbench images legally, really that is a bonus. My personally reasons for buying these in the past are no fiddling about with settings, at least for the most part as you have several OS environments preset and ready to go. On top f that, I just like CLOANTO for taking the time, care and effort putting these packages together. They have a great frontend to the emulators that are easy to use, you can easily move between the emulated and host environments they way it captures and releases your mouse etc. Really these packages are setup in a way that you can go as basic or as deep as you like to. What is really cool is you download a C64 or Amiga game or application image, click it and it automatically loads up the package interface and runs it, regardless where you keep the images, that is cool and convenient. Also, they have great support for enhanced Workbench environments like AmiKit and AmigaSys. Lastly I have been very impressed with the Cloanto team's support. They have always been very helpful and you truly get a sense they appreciate their customers. Taking from me someone who has been emulating various platforms for years including Commodores, before you dismiss these packages as unnecessary, even if your one who loves to tinker and set things up themselves, try out these packages and features and see what you think. I NEVER ?BELIEVED I would ever purchase emulation packages, I legally own both with no regrets at all, I truly felt I received great value for my money.

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Chris Kennedy
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Hmm

So let's say you have never used an Amiga (or a C64, I suppose). Would you say "this is it!" for getting someone started with it?

I really like using the old hardware, but I don't really have the space for anymore functioning systems at the moment. The C64 is right in front of me, but I do not have an Amiga right now.

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Bill Loguidice
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Very intuitive
Chris Kennedy wrote:

So let's say you have never used an Amiga (or a C64, I suppose). Would you say "this is it!" for getting someone started with it?

I really like using the old hardware, but I don't really have the space for anymore functioning systems at the moment. The C64 is right in front of me, but I do not have an Amiga right now.

Yes, it is. It's entirely plug and play, and even comes with a nice selection of software to get started. You'll need to add the rest, though.

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Rob Daviau
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Yep!

I would definitely say going the emulation route it does not get any easier than this.

If you cannot get these packages up and running well, I do not see you managing it through any other means.

UPDATE: And FYI I ordered and am just now downloading the 2012 UPGRADES to both these packages, I cannot help myself lol!

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Shawn Delahunty
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Great Stuff, now I'm POOR

Bill, you guys have got to stop posting nifty stuff like this. I blew $55 bucks on some game-specials last week off Amazon, another $40 or so on the GOG sales recently, over $300 on books at the Borders closeout sales... and now I'm going to have to buy BOTH of these.

AAARGH!

Cheers,

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Rowdy Rob
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Thanks for this, Bill.

I went ahead and upgraded, and I took the opportunity to finally take the plunge and purchase the c64 Forever package.

If I'm not mistaken, it seems that the new package also includes a Linux-based package that allows you to boot up a machine straight into "Amiga" mode. If so, you could use an old machine to basically be an Amiga! Too bad you can't hook up an Amiga Floppy, though.

Mark Vergeer
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You can!

There are interface cards out there that allow a pc floppy drive to read and write Amiga floppies. Cat weasel

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Anonymous (not verified)
How does it compare with

How does it compare with CCS64 and VICE?

Bill Loguidice
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Differences
Anonymous wrote:

How does it compare with CCS64 and VICE?

Completely legal and easier to use, otherwise not much of a difference.

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Matt Barton
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These packages are basically

These packages are basically the "full service" emulation model. If you have the time and patience to screw around with emulator packages and finding roms, who cares? But if you just want to pay a small fee and have it all taken care of for you, with quality support to back it up, well, these packages are the way to go.

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