Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 9 Released
March 10, 2021 - Cloanto released today version 9 of
and C64 Forever, the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows.
The new editions are the result of more
than two years of
development since the previous major version, which
also saw the parallel release of numerous free updates to the previous
version, and the development of Amiga Explorer 8
and Amiga Explorer 9 (now included in Amiga
Forever 9 Plus Edition and Premium Edition).
Version 9 celebrates beautiful new visual features like
Arcade mode, Tile
mode, light vs. dark options, and a first set of more colorful skin
variants. Under the hood, hardware-accelerated technologies like Direct2D
are used to provide a snappy experience. Powerful new column and tile field
selection and sort options provide unprecedented control within the player
interface, while a new property handler and an enhanced preview handler
enable seamless content access via File Explorer and Windows Search.
New automation and title authoring features make it possible to
automatically run a script or application on startup, e.g. to quickly invoke
different features or games from a shared Amiga setup. This is envisioned
to be only the beginning of new automation capabilities which are planned to
be released over the next months.
Additional Amiga improvements include RDB disk image enhancements, while
8-bit features include new SID audio, drive and media options, and support
for the MAX Machine and the C64 Magic Voice cartridge.
On the input front, shared Amiga and 8-bit improvements include the
ability to use the player entirely with a game controller, and enhanced
virtual buttons that can now simulate guest joystick events (e.g. autofire)
in addition to keyboard events.
Hundreds of smaller new features and refinements also made it into these
new versions. Windows too went through several new releases since the
previous major release of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever, and the new code
base provides better support for new features introduced in Windows 10
versions 1909, 2004 and 20H2.
Amiga Forever 9 is available now in three
- Value Edition (downloadable installer)
- Plus Edition (downloadable installer
with option to build DVD ISO image)
- Premium Edition (downloadable Plus
Edition, plus boxed software and additional videos on 3 DVDs)
C64 Forever 9 is available now in three
Both packages recognize and work with each other, with options to merge the different platforms into the same interface.
Prices start from $9.95 (Value Edition, or special upgrade offers).
Here are some suggestions to highlight specific version 9 features for
YouTubers and other more visual friends:
- New Arcade and Tile modes (via View menu) - Be sure to try out
fullscreen Arcade mode (via the maximize button on the title bar), and
to use it with a game controller.
- Light vs. Dark Mode (via Tools/Options/Skin).
- Virtual Keyboard - Open an Amiga emulation session like Workbench
3.X (in the Systems folder) and then use the keyboard menu at the bottom
left of the playback window to open the Virtual Keyboard. Inside the
emulation, open the Input Prefs and change the keyboard to a different
language (e.g. German). Did you notice how the virtual keyboard on the
Windows side also updated its layout? And still, it all keeps working with your unchanged physical PC keyboard, no matter what layout
that one has. Then on closing the session you can choose whether to
commit the keyboard layout change to the title configuration, or not.
- Virtual Mouse - Looking for something a bit more "retro"? Start an
8-bit title (e.g. a PET 2001, or 8032, or C64) from the Systems folder
of C64 Forever, and use the mouse to move the text cursor around. If you
ever spent a lot of time programming or writing on those systems, isn't
this something you've been wanting to do for more than 40 years?
- Fullscreen Controls - Start or switch any Amiga or 8-bit emulation
session to fullscreen (use the button in the top row of the playback
window), then hold down the Escape key for one second to open the new
fullscreen controls. These can be selected with the mouse, with the
keyboard, or with the same controllers you are using to play. At last,
you can swap disks, pause, resume, save, etc., without needing to leave
your favorite screen mode and controls.
- Type Clipboard Text - Hello World? Here is something
simple, but fun to watch if you would like to paste a message or a few
lines of code: use the keyboard menu at the bottom left of the playback
window to paste the content of the Windows text clipboard. Works with any
Amiga or 8-bit system (in Japanese too...)
Permission is granted to use the following graphics in the
original context, with attribution.
High-DPI support and platform merge
Workbench 1.3 and 3.X
CDTV and AROS
RP9 title editor
Premium Edition box shots
More Amiga Forever screenshots...
More C64 Forever screenshots...
Quick Instructions for Upgraders
Amiga Forever Homepage
C64 Forever Homepage