Hot on the heels of Amiga Forever Essentials for Android, Cloanto has just released the latest "2013" 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:
The 2013 editions for Windows had a focus on making the software easier to use, while providing new and more powerful features for advanced users and content creators. For example, the packages are easier to download and install, and emulated systems can be "repaired" with one click after unintended changes. Power users can now build ISO images and portable USB drive environments, use the visual Screen Clip Editor to better blend old screen modes into modern systems, or experiment with the new WinFellow emulation plugin or with a fresh build of the AROS Research OS. Outside the player, the RP9 thumbnail handler adds a new level of eye candy to File Explorer.
"One of the most fascinating challenges of user interface design has to be how to please both novice and sophisticated users. The attempt to keep things as simple as possible often limits learning and can be perceived as a 'dumbing down' by a more demanding audience," noted Cloanto's Mike Battilana.
"Even looking at recent versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux, you can feel the pain of some choices. In today's search engines, queries that used to work reliably have become less precise. Word processors won't let you select the exact characters you want. Lacking perfect artificial intelligence, we are increasingly being autocorrected beyond recognition.
C64 Forever brings us back to an era in which users knew that they were, or could be, in complete control of the machine, rather than vice versa. Tens of millions of home computers came with a powerful reminder of this, as they included a programming manual. Even today, the Amiga continues to inspire for how it elegantly met the needs of different audiences, leaving a feeling of freedom rather than one of artificial limitations. In addition to preserving access to a digital culture of tens of thousands of games, demoscene creations and other titles, we are trying to introduce new generations to these different angles, as we are convinced that this deeper perspective can help achieve a better view of the future too."
In Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 2013, the same interface transparently connects to three different emulation engines, giving consistent access to more than 25 computer models, all with fully licensed operating systems. The shared RP9 file format makes titles easily portable across computers and software versions. While novice users only need to press Play, advanced users can Edit titles and browse through options that are designed to also help understand how the software works.
Amiga Forever 2013 is available now in three editions:
C64 Forever 2013 is available now in three editions:
Amiga Forever and C64 Forever passed official Windows 8 logo tests on both x86 and x64 systems. Prices for both Amiga Forever and C64 Forever start from $9.95 (special upgrade offers).
I... Just... Bought... the 2012... editions....!!! Dammit-dammit-dammit....
AAARGH! I am the _KING_ of poor timing. (They came in the mail just last week.)
*sigh* Ah well. I run Linux anyway, so I have to manually rip stuff from the discs and configure things manually for my weirdo custom Linux builds. I'm actually going to take an old beater laptop and install the Live-CD stuff directly onto the hard-drive, so it boots directly into the various flavors of AmigaOS/AROS. (It's actually using a variation of Knoppix as a base, I think... then has all the emulation bits on top.)
Hmmm... Maybe I should do an article or 2 on the process??
We returned from an evening wedding, and I just now checked my Email before heading off to bed...
I've been contacted by the kind folks at Cloanto, and received the following:
Thank you for your recent order of C64 Forever 2012
Plus Edition (Avangate reference xxxxxxxx).
This is to let you know that C64 Forever 2013 has
just been released. Because you ordered the previous
version in the past few weeks, we prepared a free
upgrade for you:
C64 Forever 2013 Plus Edition
xxxxxxregistration key deletedxxxxxx
The download will expire in two weeks.
Please make a backup copy of the file and license key,
because it will not be recoverable via the e-commerce
provider's backup system.
The ISO image that used to be a separate download can
now be built from the Tools menu of the software.
You will receive a separate email with additional
information on new features, including the upgrade
offer addressed to all customers. But for now, we
wanted you to be among the very first to enjoy the
As always, you can help us by spreading the word
about the software!
Thank you again, and feel free to let me know if you
have questions or suggestions.
Mike and Your RetroPlatform Team
Now THAT is quality customer service! Hats off to them for being this customer-minded. I received a 2nd email from Cloanto with essentially the same text, for the 2012 Amiga Forever DVD set I'd ordered. (And I doubt very much that this email was in response to my Homer-Simpson-head-smack/grumble post above.)
I woke up to the same email! Cloanto continues to provide a superior product, and customer service!