News about Amstrad CPC, PCW, Notepad NC100 NC150 NC200, PDA600 and also Amstrad PC






CPCRetroDev 2022 : 14th October to 2th November 2022

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CPCRetroDev 2022 competition has been announced. You can check the details on CPCRetroDev.

You can submit your game between the 14th october and the 2th November 2022.

As last year, the game will be submitted on Itch.io.



Amstrad Eterno 2022, the 8th October 2022 in Barcelone

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Amstrad Eterno 2022 es un evento de Amstrad CPC en Barcelona (España), el 8 de octubre de 2022.

Amstrad Eterno 2022 is an Amstrad CPC event in Barcelone (Spain) on the 8th October 2022 (10am to 8pm).

Francisco Gallego of the studio Byterealms, creator of the CPCRetroDev contest and of the framework CPCTelera will launch Amstrad Eterno 2022 as usual with his conference programming rasters effects in C with CPCtelera.

See also the Amstrad Eterno Facebook page.



UniDOS v1.40 by Offset, the lord of the DOS to rule them all

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These last years several expansions allows you to use mass storage (USB or sd...) on Amstrad CPC, each needing a ROM to use it correctly.

And if you use two of these expansions, you will need to load two ROMs, so less RAM for your Amstrad CPC.

So Offset did write UniDOS and drivers to be able to use another expansion, needing only one ROM with features being the same whatever the expansion. Unidos can manage actually :

Offset also wrote UniDOS Cartridge Creator (v1.4) which is an utility to create Amstrad Plus cartridges equipped with a patched firmware which allows to add UniDOS and its DOS nodes. You can furthermore configure up to 30 additional tool ROMs (such as Utopia, Maxam, Protext..) in the cartridges (compatible with ParaDOS and Burnin' Rubber) without requiring a real ROM board. The tool also let you automatically download the latest UniDOS ROMs from the official web site.

Unidos v1.40 brings the following modifications :

  • new |CAT RSX which is sorting directories with color
  • new generic driver UniTools with : allowing automatic boot on whatever drive (check the driver documentation for more details), upgraded ZERO drive (now supports hexadecimal values)
  • upgraded DOS Albireo driver to use two at the same time
  • upgraded M4 and FatFs DOS drivers (minor modifications)
  • small uupgrade of the DOSNode_Init API
  • minor modifications


An Amstrad CPC 464 Portable by Michael Wessel

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Michael Wessel is the author of several hardware expansions for Amstrad CPC which I let you discover on his github and Youtube channel.

His last making is quite original as it's an Amstrad CPC 464 portable as it includes an integrated LCD screen taking the place of the tape drive (it was not working anyway) and it can work with a battery (and still on sector of course). It is 2,84 Kg when finished with more than 40 hours of work.

Other sites are writing about it :

There are several presentation videos including one in french by Passion Jeux Vidéo TV sur Youtube, the most complete is the third one by Michael :

The features of this portable Amstrad CPC 464 are :

  • one MX4 card usable
  • ROM board
  • external stereo speaker (with velcro) and of course the internal mono speaker
  • DDI4 disk controler by Zaxxon (which is also a 512 Kb RAM expansion) and slim HXC drive emulator by Lotharek, the SD card is at the back of the CPC with a rotative button to change disks
  • HDMI LCD screen with a video conversion card
  • a small power supply board also takes power for the unit via USB-C, such that it can operate from a power bank





ACE v1.25, an Amstrad CPC(+) emulator for MorphOS/Haiku by Philippe Rimauro (Offset)

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ACE v1.25 by Offset is available. It is available in french, english, germand and spanish (thanks to the translators). New features since v1.24 are :

  • Added a splash screen to deal with plugins which are slow to initialize or activate/deactivate
  • Added MagicBeacon notification support when making a screen grab
  • Improved plugins API (v7) regarding mice and joysticks events (better plugins portability and efficiency)
  • Clean up in plugins SDK (better documentation)
  • Added analog joysticks support to plugins API (Amstrad Plus only)
  • Upgraded mice and joysticks plugins to use the new plugin API
  • Added info bulle to inform the user about mouse events being captured/released by a plugin
  • Improved joysticks internal management to natively support Playstation, Xbox and generic gamepads layouts
  • Improved joysticks plugins to handle combined (use one gamepad to control both CPC joysticks) and analog modes
  • Minor fix in CRTC 0 and 2 emulation
  • Minor fix in Gate Array emulation
  • Updated Multiface Two plugin's icon (thanks to Christophe 'Highlander' Delorme)
  • All plugins but joysticks are now automatically deactivated when selecting a quick prefs preset

A SDK exists if you want to program your own plugin for the ACE emulator.



A new expansion card for Amstrad CPC by Ikonsgr (RAM and ROM)

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Ikonsgr is already the author of two expansion cards for Amstrad CPC:

He just released a new expansion card : multi purpose board : 512K RAM Expansion/32x Rom board/256K Ram+2X Rom board (a complement to his II) with the following features :

  • 512K RAM Expansion (default mode, should work with other boards too,like M4, DDI interfaces etc.)
  • 32X Rom board mode (supports both lower and upper roms)
  • 256K Ram expansion + 2X Rom board mode (supports both lower and upper roms)

You can see two videos of demonstration (the first one being already showned below) :




nc100em v1.3, an Amstrad Notepad NC100/150/200 emulator par Russell Marks

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The original Amstrad notepad NC100 emulator was written by Russell Marks. He just released a new version : v1.3 whose main features are :

  • new SDL2-based version
  • NC150 support
  • NC200 floppy disk support (using John Elliott's lib765)
  • everyone being 21 years older than the last time he did a release

You can of course use the native ROM of a notepad or use ZCN also by Russell Marks at v1.3 (with a fix if you use the format command). It should also be possible to use CP/Mish by David Given thanks to the NC200 floppy drive emulation.

The v1.2 has been modified by Nilquader and Gnarz.



UniDOS v1.38 by Offset, the lord of the DOS to rule them all

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These last years several expansions allows you to use mass storage (USB or sd...) on Amstrad CPC, each needing a ROM to use it correctly.

And if you use two of these expansions, you will need to load two ROMs, so less RAM for your Amstrad CPC.

So Offset did write UniDOS and drivers to be able to use another expansion, needing only one ROM with features being the same whatever the expansion. Unidos can manage actually :

Offset also wrote UniDOS Cartridge Creator (v1.4) which is an utility to create Amstrad Plus cartridges equipped with a patched firmware which allows to add UniDOS and its DOS nodes. You can furthermore configure up to 30 additional tool ROMs (such as Utopia, Maxam, Protext..) in the cartridges (compatible with ParaDOS and Burnin' Rubber) without requiring a real ROM board. The tool also let you automatically download the latest UniDOS ROMs from the official web site.



mTCP by Michael B. Brutman, TCP/IP for Ms-Dos

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mTCP v2022-07-01 by Michael B. Brutman is a set of TCP/IP applications for personal computers running PC-DOS, MS-DOS, FreeDOS, and other flavors of DOS. mTCP needs a 8088 processor (or +),96KB to 256KB of system memory depending on the application, ms-dos v2.1 (or +) and a network card (Ethernet adapter, or a device emulating Ethernet) that has a "packet driver".



Benediction Coding Party #2 by Eliot

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The meeting Benediction Coding Party #2 organazied by Eliot will take place from Friday the 28th to Monday the 31th October at the Foyer Résidence du Bois Taney, rue du Bois at Gavray sur Sienne (50450). For more informations go to the du Benediction Coding Party #2's web page.

I will be present at this meeting.




Unhallowed (2019), an adventure game for Amstrad CPC by Blerkotron

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I am just 3 years late to announce this graphical adventure game by Blerkotron : Unhallowed which has a good note in the issue 56 of CAAD (spanish zine about adventure games).

It’s Halloween and you’re on your way home from work, tired and hungry and wanting nothing more than to put your feet up in front of the TV. But something dark and evil lurks within your home, waiting for you to return...

Unhallowed is a classic text-adventure game with a few twists to make it more palatable for modern players.



Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium v1.2 by Longshot

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Longshot has released version 1.2 of the Amstrad CPC CRTC Compendium (July 2022) which is a documentation about the CRTC 6845 (and some others circuits). Note that the CRTC is a generic component used in several computers including the IBM PC.

This version has 226 pages, whereas v1.1 has only 173.



Debris, an Amstrad CPC demo by Pulpo Corrosivo

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Pulpo Corrosivo has released Debrise for the Amstrad CPC, a 4 Kb demo for the anniversary of Hicks. The code was written by Toms, music by Targhan and graphics by Barjack.