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What is your Go to CPC emulator?

ACE
2 (3.2%)
Arnold
4 (6.3%)
Caprice 32
5 (7.9%)
CoreAmstrad
1 (1.6%)
CLK
2 (3.2%)
CpC
0 (0%)
CrocoDS
1 (1.6%)
JavaCPC
4 (6.3%)
Joyce
0 (0%)
Mame
6 (9.5%)
Sugarbox
3 (4.8%)
WinAPE
26 (41.3%)
WIP Retro Virtual Machine
2 (3.2%)
ZEsarUX
0 (0%)
CPCE
6 (9.5%)
WinCPC
1 (1.6%)

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Offline ElderlyGoose

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Favourite CPC emulator?
« on: 17:14, 19 January 18 »
So I checked the forum and couldn't find any poll for this and I was curious given how many options there are what people tended to gravitate to.
If I missed yours please reply!
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #1 on: 17:18, 19 January 18 »
So I checked the forum and couldn't find any poll for this and I was curious given how many options there are what people tended to gravitate to.
If I missed yours please reply!

You're missing CPCE.

Is not the most accurate. but is fast and works great in Linux with WINE, so for development is my current emulator of choice.

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CPCE
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #2 on: 17:23, 19 January 18 »
Can't really decide.
I use emulators as tools only, gaming on a real thing.
As for which version WinApe and JavaCPC are completing each other for my needs.
For online gaming I use CPCE (I think).
All the above for windows and Linux (Wine)
For my Pi though depends on the compatibility so I use almost all versions and beta releases.

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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #3 on: 17:44, 19 January 18 »
I've stopped emulating since I started breaking out the real thing.

Used to use WinApe and Arnold on the PC
Mac has two options. Bannister's bastardised version of Arnold which is unstable as hell, and Kev's WIP version of Arnold that is in progress.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #4 on: 19:42, 19 January 18 »
I use the real deal to game on mainly.  8)

However I also use WinAPE on the PC, the WinAPE Debugger comes in handy.  ;D
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #5 on: 22:44, 19 January 18 »
I use MAME mostly for convenience, since I work on it, and has a great debugger, although I will switch to Arnold or WinAPE via Wine if need be.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #6 on: 03:11, 20 January 18 »
You're missing CPCE.

Is not the most accurate. but is fast and works great in Linux with WINE, so for development is my current emulator of choice.

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/CPCE


Added to the list! Thanks!
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #7 on: 03:51, 20 January 18 »
Like others, I don't use emulators too much.
But when I do, I have used 'WinCPC' for years.

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/WinCPC

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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #8 on: 08:25, 20 January 18 »
I mostly use the real machine.

But I have tried out various emulators too. When I need to check out something real quick, I usually use Markus Hoffmann's CPCInAJar (missing on the list), which can be described as a tiny version of JavaCPC. I like that it's extremely small and fast starting up.

If I was more of an emulator guy my choice would be Kevin Thacker's Arnold emulator, because I'm using Linux and I know he's been working on it somewhat recently. Must admit I haven't had a closer look recently though.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #9 on: 18:22, 20 January 18 »
Like others, I don't use emulators too much.
But when I do, I have used 'WinCPC' for years.

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/WinCPC

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Too bad WinCPC hasn't  been updated in as many years...
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #10 on: 19:00, 20 January 18 »
WinCPC is my fast choice.
DSKs are assigned and it runs fast.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #11 on: 20:00, 20 January 18 »
I mainly use Caprice Forever and like how Sugarbox is developing.  Mainly cos unlike many other emulators, these let me control games with the d-pad of my Dual Shock 4 controller rather than the unsuitable analog sticks.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #12 on: 21:19, 20 January 18 »
There is another good Amstrad CPC emulator: WinCPC
which I often use instead of CPCE.



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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #13 on: 21:56, 20 January 18 »
Well I prefer WinApe, for the Plus range implementation, hence more complete... It lacks some advanced display options though, eg better full screen support, stretching, borders - no borders etc...
Ah! and a Pause key beside F7.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #14 on: 23:12, 23 February 18 »
Mac has two options. Bannister's bastardised version of Arnold which is unstable as hell, and Kev's WIP version of Arnold that is in progress.

There is at least one third option. Binaries here.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #15 on: 00:04, 24 February 18 »
Clock signal is very good, but it puzzles me that you cannot just run the machines without running a disk...
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #16 on: 00:56, 24 February 18 »
You could insert a tape instead but stupid answers aside, it's because my model of an ideal emulator is the invisible thing that lets your computer run classic software. So the disk image is the interesting thing, and the more time you spend being conscious of the emulator, the worse.


The plan is all malleable though, so maybe I'll retreat a little. It's on the roster for the Linuxy command-line SDL version, so the necessary level of internal reflection will shortly appear.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #17 on: 01:10, 24 February 18 »
Don't get me wrong, you're doing an amazing job, but sometimes I like to just type something on the basic interpreter.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #18 on: 11:25, 26 February 18 »
I've only ever tried Arnold and WinApe and stuck with Winape (due to moving my laptop from Linux back to Windows).

My real favourite is the Z80 based "emulator" known as a real CPC. :)

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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #19 on: 12:31, 26 February 18 »
Using WinAPE for development.
In all other cases: I use the real deal.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #20 on: 20:54, 26 February 18 »
Don't get me wrong, you're doing an amazing job, but sometimes I like to just type something on the basic interpreter.
I'm not doing all that well; I'm currently two platforms removed from the CPC in my attempt to get a decent body of material that tests my WAIT implementation, but hopefully I'll be able to fold back soon. As it is my CPC does most things correctly, having the proper infrastructure in place in principle to be half-cycle-accurate, but something goes awry with some of the high-calibre pieces of software. So in that regard I'm doing very much worse than most other modern emulators.

I hope this hasn't been too much of a digression; probably we've added to the discussion by touching upon to what extent user interface affects acceptability of an emulator, and whether accuracy is the be all and end all?

I should probably add a File -> New... dialogue to mine. One day.
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #21 on: 23:07, 05 March 18 »
I prefer Winape for little programme making, playing, and for screenshots making, but i use Java for recording video and for converting DSK to CDT files (directly)
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #22 on: 09:50, 06 March 18 »
JavaCPC Desktop for me  ;D
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #23 on: 11:59, 07 March 18 »
JavaCPC desktop is really cool, but the convenience of WinAPE for day to day use puts it top for me.

I'll be trying out most of the current emulators (and a few of the legacy ones) for a future article in Colour Personal Computing, hopefully giving Kev Thacker's Acid tests a whirl on each of them and testing a variety of software that is known to push the hardware (suggestions for such software is welcome).

I'm planning to give a series of awards for winners in various categories: best compatibility, best speed, best interface, best for dev etc. and then have a winner per platform and an overall winner.

It will take some time, so I'm not making any promises at this stage as to which issue it will end up in!
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Re: Favourite CPC emulator?
« Reply #24 on: 13:41, 07 March 18 »
Forgot to mention about WinCPC.
This is the first I run for just tests, DSK images are assigned there.
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