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SAMdisk v3.0 by Simon Owen

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SAMdisk v3 by Simon Owen is out, it's a command-line disk image utility for Windows 2000 or later. The utility supports transfers between floppy disks and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF), and is designed to work with almost any soft-sectored disk format compatible with the PC floppy controller, including some copy-protected formats. Low-level floppy device access requires the fdrawcmd.sys driver to be installed.

You can use a java GUI written by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI.

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.



Another java utility by DevilMarkus : SAMdisk GUI

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DevilMarkus has written another java utility : SAMdisk GUI, a GUI for SAMdisk by Simon Owen : a CLI utility for Windows 2000 and XP, used to transfer between physical SAM Coupé disks (both floppy and IDE) and disk images (DSK/MGT/IMG/HDF).

This utility requires a floppy drive connected to a standard motherboard connector. USB floppy drives cannot be supported as there is no way to access their embedded floppy controller chip.

It can transfer Prehistorik 2 for example.



CPC PC-CPC v0.1aq emulator and the ManageDsk v0.17 utility

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You can download the latest version of the PC-CPC emulator and of ManageDsk v0.17 (.DSK file handling utility) by Ludovic Deplanque (Demoniak).

This last version of the emulator corrects 2 bugs, one about CLI use (command line interface) and the other about the 2nd joystick handling.





An utility written in java by DevilMarkus : Cdt2Wav

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DevilMarkus has written a new utility in java : Cdt2Wav, so you can use it on Windows, Linux and Mac.

For Linux and Mac users, launch the cdt2wav.jar with the following parameters : cdt2wav.jar -Xms512m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m (or set all to 256 if you want only 256 Mb max. ram usage).



WXCOMMANDER, a file manager for windows which read/write .DSK files

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WXCOMMANDER (see CPC Loader) is a general purpose two-panel file manager for windows, but it can read/write .DSK files, others features :

  • Create zip and iso files
  • Upload files to the Internet using FTP
  • Fast file handling using the keyboard
  • Built-in viewers handling many file formats
  • Advanced built-in text editor
  • Create animated gifs
  • Create shortcut menus for your USB flash drives
  • Portable - a single exe file with no particular dependencies
  • Convert mdb files to csv or dbf
  • No installation required (self-extracting zip exe provided for convenience)
  • No uninstallation required (just delete the folder)
  • Free for non-professional home use


GrafX v2.1 (bitmap editor)

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An update of GrafX (v2.1) is available.

It's a bitmap paint program that allows to draw in more than 60 video resolutions (from 320x200, including most of the standard Amiga resolutions, provided your videocard knows how to handle them). It was written originally for DOS, but has been modified to use SDL and modern operating systems. Its layout is not very different from Deluxe Paint or Brilliance.




GrafX v2 final version (graphical bitmap editor)

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PulkoMandy has released GrafX v2 final.

It's a bitmap paint program that allows to draw in more than 60 video resolutions (from 320x200, including most of the standard Amiga resolutions, provided your videocard knows how to handle them). It was written originally for DOS, but has been modified to use SDL and modern operating systems.

Its layout is not very different from Deluxe Paint or Brilliance, so it will be quite easy to handle it if you know at least one of these programs.




CPCDiskXP v2.0, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

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A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP, version 2.0 is from January 2009.

CPCDiskXP for windows XP



ASM sources of compression engines on Tom & Jerry's site

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You will find on Tom & Jerry's site 2 ASM sources (maxam) for compressing Amstrad CPC binaries (better than pucrunch and bitbuster) : Exomizer et Aplib, coming from the PC world. He found them in a forum thread of Amstrad.ESP (spanish site).




CPCDiskXP v1.4, a .DSK file manager by Mochilote on CPCMania

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A new version of CPCDiskXP is available on CPC Mania. It's a .DSK file manager for windows XP (v1.4).

CPCDiskXP for windows XP



ConvImgCpc v0.11 with overscan support

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A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out. It's a windows xp utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC. This version supports overscan and features an editor to modify the image before writing it.



ConvImgCpc v0.10 with CPC+ 4096 colors support by Ludovic Deplanque

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A new version of ConvImgCpc by Ludovic Deplanque is out.

It's a windows xp utility to convert PC images to Amstrad CPC. This version supports the 4096 colors of the Amstrad CPC+.



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