Would you believe they are old Amiga 68K applications running on a common PC? Well, they are! Discover the new AmiBridge integration mode which does not need original Amiga ROMs and OS anymore!
Linux format said "Icaros Desktop is the best OS to frag productivity". Why? Because you can play thousands of old classics and dozens of great remakes. And every game Amiga had.
People who, for any reason, still run Icaros Desktop 1.4.5, do not forget to apply this patch! It brings many little and big enhancements here and there...
Some days ago I wanted to mount some ADF files to try installing a old classic application on the AROS M68K environment of Icaros Desktop. Nothing can be easier - I thought - I just needed to switch screen, enter Janus-UAE GUI and change floppies as I needed. I soon realized this operation is fast and reliable only if you have a few disk changes to do, but very borig for complex software that required 5, 7 or more disks. Having the ability to mount ADF files from the guest side of emulation would have been faster. So I thought to use the 68K version of DiskImageGUI, just to discover that it would kill AROS and nothing else (Icaros crashed as soon as I tried that). Whoever met me at least once, already knows how stubborn I can be, when I try to accomplish futile goals. I then figured that Amiga Forever used a great little tool called UAE-Control, which allows exactly to do what I wanted. I took it from my AF installation and ran it on AROS: it worked quite well, but had a limitation I felt really hard to accept. It required me to insert path and file name for every ADF file I needed to enter, a real pain. So I asked Michele Battilana from Cloanto for its sources and, once he very kindly sent them to me, I forwarded them to our beta testers, asking if someone would have been so kind to add a simple "Select" button near the field for path and filenames. Oliver Brunner informed me that the lack of browseability was there for a reason: selected path should have been converted from the guest side to the host's point of view to correctly work. For instance, a path like Work:Download/ADF should have been converted to something else, like SYS:UAE/MyFiles/Dowload/ADF to let Janus-UAE use it as required. Luckily enough, Icaros Desktop has a "MyWorkspace:" assign which is globally set on both x86 and m68k sides, pointing exactly at the same drawer, so the problem would have been easily fixed. Just place your ADF files in a subdirectory of MyWorkspace, for instance MyWorkspace/Downloads, and mounting would have run fine. In the end, Oliver has been very kind and once again he made the modifications I needed. Now Icaros Settings allows to change AmiBridge's welcome message with UAE-Control (see the top corner screenshot): just keep it somewhere on the screen and, every time you need to mount an ADF, reset or close the emulator, you won't have to switch screens anymore.
|UAE-Control, customized for Icaros Desktop, running inside Janus-UAE on AROS M68K|
We are pleased to announce that Icaros Desktop will be part of the incoming edition of Game Over, underground festival of indie developers, which will take place in Milano, Italy, on saturday 20th and sunday 21st. Icaros Desktop 2.0 will be presented on saturday afternoon only (beware: on sunday we will not be there!), with precise timings still TBA. Our location will be in the Green Area, under the YATTA! banner (Many thanks to YATTA! for hosting us). Address of Game Over is: Spazio Autogestito Leoncavallo - via Watteau, 7 - Milano, and the whole event will start at 2.30 PM. Please go to event's website for all necessary informations.
Now that you've seen a couple of screenshots, why don't we shot a short footage of common everyday's operations on Icaros Desktop? In this video, we will learn how to add thumbnail icons to images, crop pictures and set them as background using Magellan, ZuneView and ViewBox. Sorry for voice-over mistakes, but I'm talking while performing tasks and without any previously-written script. This video has been shot using Fraps for Windows, while Icaros Desktop was running on a VMware Player virtual machine. Please select 720p HD for better results.
Time for a couple of HD screenshots of the incoming distribution. Please don't ask for the wallpapers, since they've been randomly chosen from various websites that collect them. As usual, Icaros Desktop will come with its traditional collection of older official and authorized desktop images.