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.