Our friends over at Cloanto have just released Amiga Forever Essentials for Android. It's a tremendous package on the PC and we'll definitely be checking out this interesting new Android version. The press release:
Cloanto Releases Amiga Forever Essentials for Android
April 23, 2013 - Cloanto, publishers of Amiga Forever since 1997, is announcing today the immediate availability of Amiga Forever Essentials on Google Play. The release marks the first of a planned series of "Essentials" packages for different platforms, in which officially licensed Amiga ROM and OS files are made available for programmatic access by a diversity of open-source emulation engines.
For the Android release, Cloanto worked closely with the developers of UAE4Droid, AnUAE4All, UAE4All2 and other apps to make sure that the Amiga system files are autodetected and easy to use.
"We are grateful for the fact that Google Play is open-minded about emulators and GPL components. As such, Android was our ideal candidate for the initial release in the Amiga Forever Essentials series," said Cloanto President Mike Battilana. "This makes it possible to keep Amiga emulation accessible, enjoyable and legal in ways that are not always within reach for other systems or platforms."
Amiga Forever Essentials unlocks the potential of different Amiga emulation apps designed for Android, making it possible to play thousands of Amiga titles on Amiga OS versions 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0 and 3.1 in emulated computers like the Amiga 500 and Amiga 1200. Bonus content like Workbench 1.3 and First Demos disk images let Amiga enthusiasts enjoy memorable classics such as the 1984 Boing demo.
The app is available now for only $0.99 on the Google Play store.
For more information:
Press Release with Graphics and Links
Amiga Forever Home Page
Amiga Forever Essentials on Google Play
For Developers: Shared System Files on Android Devices
Amiga Forever on Facebook
Amiga Forever on Twitter
Cloanto make an excellent package. As a amiga and android lover this is GREAT!
isn't it truly amazing that you could fit every game made for an AMIGA onto your phone and play almost all of them? I remember my card boxes.. 2 feet by 2 feet with 3-1/4 floppies. and my gigantic 40 meg SCSI HD.. Must buy for me.. my tablet may get some use!
so it there a good bluetooth joystick out there?
I was just playing around with A.F. on the PC yesterday, can't wait to check this new edition out.
I have a dedicated "Amiga Forever" PC. Since "Amiga Forever" allows for a dedicated install on a PC, I went ahead and did it on one of my old clunker machines. Seemed to work fine, but never went further with it. I have an "Avermedia Averkey iMicro" display adapter, and I was intending to use it to hook the "Amiga" PC to my old 1084S monitor to get the full Amiga effect, but never got around to doing it. Now that I'm reminded, I think I'll tackle that project this weekend and see how well it works. Unfortunately, I have a mass of Amiga games on floppy disk, which obviously isn't compatible with the PC floppies....
Anyhow, although it's a technical triumph, I wonder how practical it is to emulate Amiga games on Android devices. Perhaps the Android tablets I could see being workable, but the rinky-dink smartphone screens with no mouse, keyboard, or joystick would severely hamper the gaming experience, I would think.
I haven't tried the emulator yet on my Galaxy Note II, but my phone has HDMI out support (in addition to its fairly large built-in screen) and also can use a USB keyboard and mouse, so there's no particular limitation in that regard if basic Android support is in there. I don't really have time at the moment for testing, but I'd be shocked if it DIDN'T support that, as well as controller mapping.
I'm considering doing the same kind of thing--I've got an old AMD AthlonXP laptop sitting around collecting dust, and was considering blowing away the drive and doing the dedicated install. (I know that the IGP300 integrated chipset is handled well by the in-kernel Radeon open-source driver.) My only worry is that I ripped out the spare RAM for another box repair---I think there's only 256M in my junker.
What are the specs on your clunker machine? Any weirdness during the install to hard-disk? (I won't have time to fuss with this until the weekend at least...)
First of all, I didn't really go all-out on the install, and I do not recall it being entirely successful. This was with Amiga Forever 2012, so I haven't tried the new version.
It's been many months, but I recall that the emulation is actually running under "Knoppix" Linux, and that there was no easy installation; you had to type a command from a Linux terminal prompt. Well, that's not hard, but it wasn't easy, since the command was one of many boot options listed in the boot screen, with obscure "Linuxy" syntax.
And to be honest, I'm not entirely sure it worked. You see, it was an old clunker PC, and the CD would not eject from the drive, so I think it was still booting off the CD when I set aside the project.
As for the specs of the machine, it was an old Pentium 4 at 1.4 Ghz, 256 megs of Ram, and a 64meg GeForce 2 MX graphics card. As far as I could tell, everything seemed to work great, with no noticeable performance issues with the stock AF-provided Workbench setup. It felt exactly like an old Amiga AGA/WB 3.1 OS setup to me.
The problem was that, as far as I could tell, there were no games installed via this setup (even though the AF disc has dozens of them in the Windows setup). You got the "Personal Paint," "Directory Opus," "AWeb," and a few other programs installed, but as for games, they didn't seem to install any, and it seemed that it would have required a lot of hassle to figure out how to do it. You certainly can't just insert Amiga floppies, of course.
I'm probably an idiot, and missed out on something major. But it seemed that there was no easy access to the games included with AF, so I was discouraged. It seemed like it was going to be a lot more work than I imagined to set up a faux Amiga, and I didn't feel geeky enough to go through all that hassle.
Anyhow, sorry for the long answer, but it sounds like your old setup will do just fine. I can't vouch for game performance, though, since I didn't run any.
I appreciate the feedback and information Rob. Since my machine should be powerful enough, I'll give it a whirl and see what happens. I know that the 2013 edition touts some improvements to the "full install" option, so if I can't do it with the 2012 edition I'll try the new one.
I'll go ahead and take notes & make a video of the process--I'll be finishing my Retro-Repair series this week, so I need new article material. I'll try to cover everything for the native-install to my laptop, including all the nitty gritty details for getting all the demos & games copied over.
I will also try to work out a way to automate the copy-over process... maybe a script that will copy from the CD & set up everything properly.
Isn't the full install option something like the old AMIthlon OS distro... i.e. an Amiga emulator hosted under a linux os? I've been messing around with Icaros, which is making some serious strides in becoming a modern Amiga OS with seamless emulation for the 68000 software... but it is rather finicky with hardware support.