posted by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jul 2009 21:32 UTC
IconWhile I'm still chipping away at my AmigaOS 4.1/sam440ep review (try writing a thesis and a large review at the same time), Cloanto released AmigaForever 2009. AmigaForever is a very full-featured AmigaOS emulation tool, packed with various different ROMs and AmigaOS versions (1.3-3.x), as well as tons and tons of included games, software, and demos. This new version comes with even more stuff.

AmigaForever bundles various Amiga emulators with various ROMs and pieces of Amiga software, all tied together by a straightforward interface. The emulators are powerful, allowing for emulation of all the specific chips in the Amiga, making sure all the software you could possibly want runs. The new features of the 2009 version:

  • All included games and demoscene productions are now in RP2 format (uses less disk space and makes it very easy to add or remove files)
  • RP2 Manager to scan for and import/export content
  • Built-in RetroPlatform Library (to recognize and configure games, etc.) with live updates
  • Seamless, one-click integration of AmiKit and AmigaSYS add-ons lets you experience a broader variety of Amiga perspectives
  • New system ROMs (e.g. the 0.7 Kickstart required to run the software used by Andy Warhol in the 1985 Launch of Amiga demo)
  • Improved documentation and help (new Tip of The Day balloon, new documentation in Windows Help format)
  • Emphasis on usability: interface and settings are improved, but remain consistent with the previous 2008 version and with C64 Forever
  • Tested to comply with "Compatible with Windows 7" requirements, with full support for Windows Vista and Windows 7, both x86 and x64 (possibly still the first and only Windows software with custom-shaped glass-enabled skin)

This new version also comes in two editions: Value and Plus, where Value has less games and ROMs. There's also a Premium edition which has some extra collectibles and a nice packaging (the other two are downloads). AmigaForever is technically platform neutral (as long as your platform has an Amiga emulator) but is still clearly geared towards Windows.

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