fMSX for Android released

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By mars2000you

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17-03-2014, 15:36

Manuel : the question made by jrosnell was about fMSX-Android, that's why in my answer I have given tips only about fMSX.

I could indeed have spoken about MSX.emu, based on blueMSX (and you know I'm co-developer of blueMSX), but it was for me out of question for 2 reasons : the end-user did not mention other emulators; although based on blueMSX, MSX.emu does not seem to support currently the tapes (I've checked the official site).

I've never protested when you come with your openMSX promotion in threads about blueMSX, but I understand fms reaction : it's annoying. Generally, I don't speak about blueMSX in threads about openMSX, except if the end-user wants to compare and/or is not satisfied with an openMSX feature. You should have a similar attitude in threads about other emulators.

The most annoying part in your message here in the thread was about the auto-running feature of openMSX for tapes. It's pure advertisement and not very elegant for other emulators. Besides, not everyone is happy with this feature, but that's another discussion.

By jrosnell

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17-03-2014, 19:33

I understand your beef in this topic. However, Manuel's tip didn't affect me in any way, I'm still waiting a patch/update to fMSX-Android. I like fMSX, I like how it works.

By fms

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25-03-2014, 13:22

Hello, All!

I have just updated fMSX-Android, my MSX home computer emulator, to version 3.8.1:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.d... (full version)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx (free version)

In spite of a small version number change, this is a rather major update. It adds proper support for cassette tape images, the slow-motion mode, the audible keyboard clicks, and fixes several long-time bugs, such as screen artifacts in OpenGLES mode. Get the new update while it's hot :)

ALL CHANGES:
* Added support for tape images, supplied in *.CAS files.
* Added slow-motion mode, combined with fast-forward mode.
* Added optional click sound to the virtual keyboard.
* Fixed left/top edge artifacts with accelerated video enabled.
* Fixed multitouch input in cases when it didn't work.
* Fixed keyboard input sensitivity.
* Added Rewind Tape menu option.
* Switched to the newest NDK and compiler toolchain.
* Fixed rare crashes in gesture detection.

Have fun!

By fms

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26-03-2014, 14:03

Hello, All!

I have released fMSX-Windows 3.8, as well as the source code for fMSX-Unix today:

http://fms.komkon.org/fMSX/

Both versions are free for everyone to use. There have been fixes to the VDP emulation, with the 5th sprite flags now working properly. I have also added proper support for cassette tape images, and a few other features. See the complete list below.

Please, do not use the source code toward any commercial gain (let me know if you would like to) and always make a reference to me as the original author when using the fMSX source code for non-commercial purposes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added support for tape images, supplied in *.CAS files.
* Implemented 5th/9th sprite fields in the VDP status register.
* No longer clearing VRAM address latch when reading VDP status.
* Added tape operations to the built-in menu.
* Added "Simulate LCD Scanlines" menu option to fMSX-Windows.
* Added "Load Tape Image" menu option to fMSX-Windows.
* Added "Rewind Tape" menu option to fMSX-Windows.
* Fixed "Documentation" menu option to fMSX-Windows.

Have fun!

By fms

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16-04-2014, 15:06

Hello, All!

fMSX-Android 3.8.2 is now available for everyone to download from Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx (free version)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.d... (full version)

The main additions in this release are the Kitkat SD cards compatibility, better support for Moga and other analog gamepads, and the slow-motion mode, currently combined with the fast-forward mode. I have also added the decorative background and made many fixes to multitouch, graphics, and the File Selector. The change list is rather long this time, see it below.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added decorative background in portrait mode.
* Added slow-motion mode, combined with fast-forward mode.
* Added "Analog Joystick Blind Radius" setting for Moga and other analog joysticks.
* Added "Show File Selector Toolbar" option to the File Selector.
* Added "Settings" menu option to the File Selector.
* Made a work-around for external SD card use on KitKat!
* If can't write to external SD card, saving states to /storage/sdcard0/fMSX.
* If fMSX folder doesn't exist, saving states to /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.fms.fmsx/files.
* Fixed multitouch input in cases where it didn't work.
* Fixed recognition of multiple file extensions.
* Fixed sections navigation in the File Selector.
* Fixed File Selector crash when deleting a file.
* Fixed scanline effects with OpenGLES enabled.

Enjoy!

By fms

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07-05-2014, 00:43

Hello, All!

I have been improving sound chip emulation in fMSX-Android 3.9 and just published the results of my work to the Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.d... -- full version
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx -- free version

This fMSX release has much, much better PSG sound emulation. The proper white noise emulation is back, and the channel volumes are now logarithmic. I have also fixed the amplitude envelope lengths and changed the way envelopes work. In addition to the sound, there are fixes to network play, virtual gamepad, and the File Selector. Starting with this version, fMSX-Android will also automatically open ROM files with .MX1/.MX2 extensions.

ALL CHANGES:
* Majorly improved AY8910 PSG emulation.
* Added support for .MX1/.MX2 ROM files.
* Added "Settings" menu option to the File Selector.
* Added "Tilt Joystick Blind Radius" setting.
* Fixed directional pad activated by touching outside.
* Fixed network play, previously broken for some users.
* Fixed auxillary files display in the File Selector.
* Set precise CPU, VDP, and PSG frequences.
* Switched to table-based PSG envelopes.
* Switched to logarithmic PSG volumes.
* Fixed white noise frequency computation.
* Adjusted noise to be 50% of the melodic volume.
* Adjusted envelopes length.
* Improved overall melodic audio quality.

Have fun!

By Samor

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07-05-2014, 15:37

sound improvements? Nice, I always love those Smile
...will be testing it later, new phone. Smile

By Warchild

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12-05-2014, 02:39

Hi!

I have an issue with Fmsx. If I press backspace in the virtual keyboard it quits. I'm using the free version with a Sansung Galaxy S3 running android 4.1.2. Can you check that, please?

You've made a good work! Smile

By fms

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12-05-2014, 03:19

Warchild wrote:

I have an issue with Fmsx. If I press backspace in the virtual keyboard it quits. I'm using the free version with a Sansung Galaxy S3 running android 4.1.2. Can you check that, please?

I will check. Thanks for the report.

By fms

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27-05-2014, 14:36

Hello, All!

The new fMSX-Android 3.9.1 release is ready for you to download from the Google Play:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.d... (full version)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx (free version)

This time, I have added the function to automatically download the pictures of software boxes and show them in the File Selector, wherever screenshots are not available. You can enable this function with the "Download Box Art" menu option. The DropBox support has also been improved: it no longer requires you to enter the password every time, and your game progress gets uploaded to the DropBox when you finish playing. The BACKSPACE key on the virtual keyboard has been fixed, and both Gallery and DropBox will work with Kitkat SD cards in this new fMSX version. See below for complete details.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed "BACK" button on the virtual keyboard.
* Now automatically downloading box art images when on WiFi.
* DropBox no longer requires login every time you open it.
* Gameplay saved back to DropBox after you are done playing.
* Enable "Download Box Art" in File Selector main menu to download box art.
* Choose "Download Box Art" in context menu to find box art for one game only.
* Added Gallery support for SD card folders on Android Kitkat.
* Added DropBox upload from SD card folders on Android Kitkat.
* Hopefully fixed "O" button on Sony Xperia gamepads.
* Improved decorative background in the portrait mode.
* Upgraded DropBox SDK to the latest version.

Have fun!

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