OpenEmulator 1.0 is out

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Hello there,



I'm glad to announce that I recently released OpenEmulator 1.0. http://www.openemulator.org



Here's the "What's new" for this first release:

* The Apple-1 emulations are working. It is possible to emulate a

stock Apple-1, a Briel Replica-1 and a Achatz A-ONE. Every emulation

respects the memory maps and features of respective systems.

* There are many virtual monitors that can be plugged in an Apple-1

emulation: the Apple Monitor III (with high phosphor persistence),

the

Apple Monitor II, a monochrome broadcast monitor, and a composite

broadcast monitor. The broadcast monitors allow fine tuning of the

video rendering.

* OpenEmulator is most probably the first emulator featuring a fully

functional Apple Cassette Interface Card (ACI). The ACI can be

plugged

into any Apple-1 slot, and allows sending and receiving data to the

host audio system.

* OpenEmulator is definitely the first emulator with a CFFA1

expansion

card emulation. This card interfaces CompactFlash memory cards with

Apple-1 computers. It can be used in this emulation to move files

much

more quickly than with the cassette interface.

* The audio recorder is capable of storing the sound output to a WAV

file, and can play back any of the following formats: WAV, AIFF, CAF,

AU, OGG, FLAC.

* OpenEmulator allows to connect devices dynamically to an emulation.

Just open the Hardware Library, and drag virtual devices to the

corresponding port.

* OpenEmulator features an advanced video rendering system, using GPU

shaders to implement advanced monitor emulation.

* OpenEmulator also makes it easy to change emulations internally.

Just edit the XML file and reconnect/reconfigure the software

components that make up an emulation.



A couple of instructions for people who are not acquainted with the

Apple-1:



* Type E000R to enter BASIC

* Type 9000R to start the CFFA1 file manager. You can mount the disk

image that is part of this release, and use the "CATALOG", "PREFIX"

and "LOAD" commands to see files, change directories and load files.

* After loading an Apple-1 BASIC program, type E2B3R to run it (this

entry point doesn't initialize the program)

* After loading binary file, type XXXXR, to run (where XXXX is the

start address the loader gives you).

* The stock Apple-1 does not have Apple-1 BASIC in ROM at E000.

There's RAM so you must load it from disk.

* To use the Apple-1 Cassette Interface, type C100R from the monitor.

Then type XXXX.YYYYW to write to cassette (you will listen it on your

speakers). To read, enter C100R from the monitor, type XXXX.YYYYR as

indicated on the tape you got. Guess what, reading from tape is also

as tricky as doing the same on a real Apple-1 computer :-).

* The Replica-1 and A-ONE have an assembler called KRUSADER available

by entering F000R.

* Right now all the drag-and-drop architecture doesn't make much

sense, but you will see later with the Apple II how it works

wonders :-).



Best wishes,



Marc.-

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 1
    Hello everyone,

    it is once again my pleasure to announce that a new version of

    OpenEmulator was released.

    The highlight in OpenEmulator 1.0.2 is 1977 Apple II support. A short

    feature list:

    * Emulates the 1977 Apple II

    * Joystick/mouse support with programmable axis and button mapping,

    sensitivity, reversal, and joystick auto detection

    * Supports PAL/NTSC video generation and crystal frequency (14.31818

    MHz vs 14.25 MHz)

    * Cycle-accurate video emulation

    * Support for several character sets

    * Emulates the floating bus

    * Support of the Apple II cassette interface

    * Support for Apple II revision 0 and 1 or later.

    * Added the AppleColor Composite Monitor

    Some tips:

    * Besides the Controls menu and toolbar, you can also press CTRL

    +BACKSPACE for reset and CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE for restart

    * To start BASIC, type E000G <ENTER>

    * You can get cassette recordings of software here:

    - http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes

    - https://public.me.com/lord_philip

    (to load a cassette, follow the instructions with the recording, or

    try LOAD <ENTER> from the BASIC > prompt)

    * You can load Applesoft from cassette :-). You just won't be able to

    use HIRES.

    * Try entering this in the monitor:

    1000:AD 51 C0 EA AD 50 C0 4C 00 10

    1000G

    * As always, you can tinker with the XML emulation description

    Your comments are more than welcome!

    Merry christmas,

    and a great 2012,

    with the best wishes,

    Marc.-
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