|[News] Amiga Forever 5.1 Released||ANN.lu|
|Posted on 23-Dec-2002 19:26 GMT by Cloanto||13 comments|
Cloanto released Amiga Forever 5.1 today.
Cloanto released today version 5.1 of
Amiga Forever, the official Amiga
emulation and connectivity package for PCs. New features include improved
emulation components, new Amiga and Windows software (e.g. new Software Manager,
Amiga Explorer, ReqTools, support libraries, etc.) and updated documentation and
help files. For the first time since 1991, when the Amiga Narrator and
Translator speech synthesis components were discontinued by Commodore (who
reportedly was not willing to continue to pay a $1 per unit royalty), this
software, which was part of the multimedia features which inspired several
enthusiasts to buy an Amiga computer, is again available with the Amiga OS.
Amiga Forever 5.1 includes both the original and fully licensed speech software
in the preinstalled 1.3 configuration and a newer custom setup in the 3.1 ROM
environment. As for all Amiga sound output, the emulation makes it possible to
save the digital data, so as to preserve forever (maybe for use on an answering
machine?) the original accent made famous by various "This
is Amiga Speaking" demos.
Amiga Forever 5.1 runs on all Windows systems with
DirectX 8 or higher (DirectX 9
has just been released by Microsoft). A cross-platform edition is available for
Linux users. The downloadable versions costs $29.95, while a CD-ROM version,
which includes additional Amiga ROM and OS files of historical interest (e.g.
Amiga OS 1.0) and more than three hours of video footage in MPEG format, is
available for $59.95. Upgrades are also available now. A free update from
version 5.0 to version 5.1 will be available for Christmas. In the meantime, the
Frequently Asked Questions
(FAQ) section at amigaforever.com has been reorganized and updated, and includes
up-to-date information and tips concerning Amiga emulation, data preservation
and cross-platform connectivity.
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 1 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by reflect on 23-Dec-2002 20:40 GMT|
|Hm.. Can't find anything about upgrades from v5 to v5.1, in the FAQ though?|
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 2 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by reflect on 23-Dec-2002 20:42 GMT|
|argh! ignore that totally! :)|
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 3 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by JohanR on 23-Dec-2002 20:53 GMT|
|I hope he's improved winXPlode support. last time I tried running it crashed on default setup ;(|
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 4 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by redrumloa on 24-Dec-2002 00:45 GMT|
|I hope JIT works in this release.|
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 5 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Lennart Fridén on 24-Dec-2002 01:08 GMT|
|Nice to see that at least one Amiga company isn't trying to screw people over all the time. Keep it up Cloanto!|
Cloanto, my trust rating: 7
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 6 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by XraalE on 24-Dec-2002 02:39 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 5 (Lennart Fridén):|
Arguably, Cloanto are no longer an Amiga company. Maybe that's why your trust rating's so high. ;)
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 7 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by JamesS@hyperion-software.de on 24-Dec-2002 06:56 GMT|
I wonder if the versions they are using for the "custom 3.1" installation are the old 1.3 versions of the libraries, or the much improved versions that became available with AmigaOS 2.0 (and were removed in 2.04 I believe, or maybe in 2.1, I forget).
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 8 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Sjoerd on 24-Dec-2002 08:21 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 1 (reflect):|
Just run the Software Manager (is included in the Amiga Forever package)
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 9 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Elwood on 24-Dec-2002 09:20 GMT|
|Anyone knows a speech software that would be worth to be integrated into OS4 ?|
I love that feature. I would love to see it again in the OS...
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 10 of 13||ANN.lu|
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|Posted by JohanR on 24-Dec-2002 11:50 GMT|
|In reply to Comment 9 (Elwood):|
flite is pretty good.. think it's open source too ;)
don't have an url, but you know google eh? ;)
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 12 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Anonymous on 24-Dec-2002 12:21 GMT|
|Can you get the Text-to-Speech to work in 3.9??|
|Amiga Forever 5.1 Released : Comment 13 of 13||ANN.lu|
|Posted by Janne Sirén on 25-Dec-2002 01:34 GMT|
|Thanks to Cloanto for continuing to improve on this impressive collection of software. They have truly managed to add value to the Amiga emulation community and the constant new releases with new stuff of historical value continues to impress me - not to mention the fact that everything is nice and licensed.|
I think it is great to have a CD and an emulation environment that allows you to easily store and cherish some of the fond memories of Amiga computing.
/me making a mental note to upgrade my 2.0 Amiga Forever setup one of these days...
Thanks Cloanto and good luck for the future!
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