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  1. #31

    Wink Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    I have updated Speccy-Android, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, to version 3.3 today:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)

    In this release, I have added screen positioning to the Joystick Editor and cleaned up the code, so that it does not keep holding system resources after you exit the app. If you previously experienced slowdowns after quitting Speccy, these problems should be gone now. Starting Spectrum games and switching between emulation and other activities (Settings, WoS Browser, etc) is also faster now, as the utility library is doing less work.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added screen resizing/positioning to the Joystick Editor.
    * Added backdrop image to the Joystick Editor.
    * Fixed FFWD button toggle mode.
    * Fixed defunct processes left by some activities.
    * Fixed stale timer thread remaining after exiting a game.
    * Fixed DropBox and BoxArt threads left after exiting app.
    * Fixed joystick resizing/positioning in the Joystick Editor.
    * Fixed backdrop image shifting down after rotation.
    * Reduced emulation start time by caching some data.
    * Reduced switch times between Settings, Exchange, etc.
    * Only starting Google Analytics tracker when needed.
    * Keeping just one instance of Google Analytics tracker.
    * Removed AdMob library, as the app is not running any ads.

    Have fun!

  2. #32

    Thumbs up Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    I have just released Speccy-Android 3.3.1 and Speccy-Windows 3.3 to the public:

    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/ (free Windows version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full Android version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free Android version)

    This release fixes the beeper audio quality. Most clicks, scratches, and distortions should now be gone from the beeper tunes. BASIC key clicks are clear too. The PSG sound has also improved. Please note that the full-featured Windows version is free. I am working to release Linux binaries as well.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Improved audio quality, no more clicks and scratching.
    * Key clicks in Sinclair BASIC sound normal now.
    * Rendering beeper sound separately from melodic channels.
    * Made sure rendered sound does not fall behind the audio playback.
    * Now killing zombie processes left by some activities.
    * Now aligning backdrop to the screen bottom, if it is too small.
    * Removed unused and outdated code, resources and bitmaps.
    * Fixed default settings initialization.
    * Added missing string translations.

    Enjoy!

  3. #33

    Default Re: Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    It is holidays in the US, but I have decided to update Speccy a little bit for Android users, even if only to fix that audio crash reported by some users:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)

    Anyways, Speccy-Android 3.3.2 improves the noise emulation for both AY8910 and SAA1099 PSGs, adds options to selectively use hardware media keys (useful if you like using Speccy while listening to a music player), and enabled the "immersive mode" use on Kitkat+ devices. Get the newest version and waste your weekend playing it

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Improved AY8910 and SAA1099 PSG noise generators.
    * Fixed crashes when sound disabled.
    * Made hardware BS and DEL keys work properly.
    * Added French translation, thanks to Sylvain St-Amand.
    * Added "Use PLAY/RECORD Media Keys" option.
    * When enabled, RECORD saves, PLAY restores gameplay.
    * Added "Use FFWD/REWIND Media Keys" option.
    * When enabled, FFWD fast-forwards, REWIND replays.
    * Added immersive mode support for KitKat and newer.
    * Made system UI translucent when immersive mode is on.
    * Autohiding title bar when "Hide Title Bar" enabled.
    * You must start or finish your fling at the top to toggle title bar.

    Have fun!

  4. #34

    Smile Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    Today's release is Speccy-Android 3.3.3, bringing five weeks worth of changes and improvements to Sinclair ZX Spectrum fans:

    Free version:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy

    Full version:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe

    The improvements include split-screen and pop-up window support on Samsung Galaxy devices, ability to search files by name from the File Selector, bigger screenshots display and bigger Spectrum screen display on Androids with super high resolution screens, and more.

    I have also fixed OpenGLES hangups on devices with Mali GPUs (Samsung Exynos, Rockchip, etc), automatic frame skip jitter, and title bar operation. Due to an earlier mistake, accelerated audio and video were off by default. I reenabled them. Also, hiding title bar is now also on by default. When you need the title bar, simply pull it down.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added multi-window and mini-window support on Samsung devices.
    * Added "Show Box Art First" option to the File Selector.
    * Added searching by name to the File Selector.
    * Added assembler routines for scaling screen to 1280x960+ pixels.
    * Fixed OpenGLES lockups on Mali GPUs.
    * Fixed auto frame skip when OpenGLES enabled.
    * Fixed flickering border on x86 devices.
    * Fixed reenabling UI with a fling on Kitkat+ phones.
    * Fixed premature hiding of the title bar.
    * You can now fling from the top or the bottom to toggle UI.
    * Hiding the title bar is now the default behavior.
    * Made screenshots and box art bigger on large screens.
    * Reenabled automatic frame skip by default.
    * Reenabled accelerated video and audio by default.
    * Removed deprecated code, settings, and resources.
    * Built package with the latest Android SDK.

    Enjoy!

  5. #35

    Cool Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    I have published Speccy-Android 3.3.4 today, switching to the Material Design theme, updating the UI, and fixing a bunch of UI problems:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)

    The World Of Spectrum browser shows normally sized screenshots now, and the "Show Virtual Keyboard" option works again, controlling the default keyboard state. Do not forget that you can quickly toggle the virtual keyboard with the KEYS button. Also note that the menus and icons have changed slightly. I switched to the newest Lollipop icons and made menus consistent throughout the app.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Switched to the Material Design theme.
    * Added "up" buttons to all title bars.
    * Revised all menus, making them work uniformly.
    * Fixed "Show Virtual Keyboard" setting.
    * Fixed screenshots size in the World Of Spectrum Browser.
    * Fixed black banding in the Palette Editor.
    * Fixed text color in the Gallery.
    * Updated all icons to the newest Lollipop versions.
    * Retired some icons, replacing them with better fitting ones.
    * Removed application name from all title bars, to save space.
    * Now defaulting to the "light UI" mode.

    Have fun!

  6. #36

    Cool Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    The updated Speccy-Android 3.4 is now online:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)

    This update adds AndroidTV support and fixes third-party libraries that broke when switching to the newest Lollipop SDK (android-21).

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added experimental AndroidTV support. Please, test!
    * Added tiles to the File Selector grid view.
    * Fixed screenshots and highlight in the State Selector.
    * Fixed Moga library to work on Android Lollipop.
    * Fixed LVL library to work on Android Lollipop.
    * Fixed screenshot sizes in the State Exchange.
    * Switched to android-21 API, as required by AndroidTV.

    Enjoy!

  7. #37

    Wink Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    Speccy-Android 3.4.1 is now out of the door and ready for you to try:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)

    There are also new Speccy 3.4 binaries for Windows and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy/

    This release moves the default debug breakpoint from 5800h to 0065h, fixing the 2014 Castlevania remake someone complained about (wonderful game, by the way). There are multiple fixes to the audio in all three versions, with Windows and Linux ports properly emulating PSG noise channels.

    Android users should now be able to customize their gamepad buttons without using the touchscreen. Just press the central dpad button to confirm the button assignments. There are new Android settings for disabling automatic tape loading, toggling tape sounds, and converting beeper chirps to a melody.

    The Linux port has not been updated since version 1.7, so the new Speccy-Linux release comes with a lot of new features, including accurate sound, ULA+, and Sam Coupe support.

    Universal Changes:
    * Moved default debug breakpoint to 0x0065 (Castlevania now works).
    * Fixed sound tone remaining after disabling melodic sound.

    Android:
    * Fixed Emulation Settings not showing up from File Selector.
    * When assigning keys, DPAD_CENTER button confirms assignments.
    * Added "Autoload Tapes and Disks" emulation option.
    * Added "Audible Tape Loading" emulation option.
    * Added "Melodic Sound" emulation option.
    * Cleaned up the grid view in the File Selector.

    Windows and Linux:
    * Improved AY8910 and SAA1099 PSG noise generators.
    * Key clicks in Sinclair BASIC sound normal now.
    * Fixed crashes when sound disabled.
    * Added "Autoload Tapes and Disks" option to Speccy-Windows.
    * Added "-autorun" and "-noautorun" command line options.

    Enjoy!

  8. #38

    Cool Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    The next Speccy-Android release is now online:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)

    Speccy-Android 3.4.2 further improves the user interface with the navigation menu and the tile view, and lets users keep their own Spectrum software database in /sdcard/Speccy/names.dat. This is a plain text file with each line containing two items:

    1) The 8-digit hexadecimal CRC32 of the first 256 bytes in the file.
    2) The human-friendly software name.

    See below for the complete list of changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added navigation menu to the File Selector.
    * Added tile view to the File Selector.
    * Fixed crash when detecting an outdated version.
    * You can add your own game names database in "/sdcard/Speccy/names.dat".
    * Enabled application-wide hardware acceleration.
    * Added "up" button to the main emulator title bar.
    * Made "grid view" and "tile view" options separate.
    * Moved File Selector view toggles to the navigation menu.
    * Speccy now shows up in the Google Play for AndroidTV.
    * Improved "What's New" page formatting.

    Enjoy!

  9. #39

    Cool Speccy Release News

    Today's Speccy-Android 3.5 release comes with a huge list of updates:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)

    First of all, I have finally optimized Speccy to be used without touchscreen. You can now operate the virtual keyboard with a gamepad, the gamepad BACK key once again exits the emulator, and you can press A+BACK to open the menu. The "Assign Keys" dialog has also been redesigned to be used with a gamepad.

    You may have noticed that the World Of Spectrum website has been experiencing problems lately, breaking downloads from Speccy. I have fixed the WoS Browser, making downloads work again.

    Finally, I have got an AndroidTV box (ADT-1) and tested my emulators on it, adding the required overscan border and replacing the TV banner with a more a more attractive version. See below for the complete list of changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed downloads from World Of Spectrum.
    * Virtual keyboard can be used without touchscreen.
    * Removed waveform interpolation for more realistic sound.
    * Added floating action button that starts the last played game.
    * Added "Show Action Button" option to the Settings.
    * Tested on ADT-1 and optimized for AndroidTV.
    * Added overscan border on AndroidTV.
    * Added hints to the emulator and key mapping dialog.
    * Fixed crashes on devices with no web browser (e.g. ADT-1).
    * Changed AndroidTV banner image.
    * Redesigned key mapping dialog.
    * Press same key twice to remove it from assignments.
    * Press same key three times to confirm key mappings.
    * DPAD_CENTER key no longer confirms key mappings.
    * Enabled gamepad-only emulation interface.
    * Press BACK on gamepad to exit emulation.
    * Press MODE or BUTTON_A+BACK to open menu.
    * Press BUTTON_A for joystick FIRE button.
    * Press BUTTON_L1 for Spectrum CSHIFT key.
    * Press BUTTON_R1 for Spectrum ENTER key.
    * Press BUTTON_B for Spectrum SPACE key.
    * Press BUTTON_X for Spectrum SSHIFT key.
    * Press BUTTON_Y to toggle virtual keyboard.
    * Xperia CIRCLE button now acts as BUTTON_B.
    * Enabled gamepad-only mode in File Selector.
    * FIRE-R, FIRE-Y, and SELECT buttons open File Selector main menu.
    * FIRE-X button opens File Selector navigation menu.
    * FIRE-L button opens Gallery from the File Selector.
    * FIRE-B button now exits File Selector.

    Enjoy!

  10. #40

    Default Re: Speccy Release News

    Hello, All!

    A minor Speccy-Android 3.5.1 update makes virtual keyboard usable with any gamepad and adds the "Reset All Settings" option, in case you want to return to pristine settings without reinstalling the app.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.fms.speccy (free version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....speccy.deluxe (full version)

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added virtual keyboard control from any gamepad.
    * Added "General | Reset All Settings" option.
    * Pressing BUTTON_R1 now invokes File Selector context menu.

    Enjoy!

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