Speccy-Android Release News

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  1. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have just published Speccy 2.2 for Android and Windows:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe -- full Android version
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy -- free Android version
    http://fms.komkon.org/Speccy -- free Windows version

    Speccy emulates several Sinclair ZX Spectrum models and their clones. The newly released version adds 64-color ULA+ emulation, customizable color palettes, and several default color palettes. See full change list below:

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added ULA+ emulation with 64-color display mode.
    * Added "Color Palette" option for changing color palette.
    * Added support for custom color palettes for each tape or snapshot.
    * If you have Game.z80 or Game.tzx, place colors into Game.pal.
    * Added support for global color palette in /Speccy/Speccy.pal.
    * Each *.pal file should contain 16 lines with colors in "#RRGGBB" format.
    * Made display mode changes more reliable.

    Merry Christmas!
  2. fms

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    Hello, All!

    New morning, new version of Speccy, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator. The new Speccy-Android 2.2.1 is now available from Google Play:

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

    This release adds two special video effects: the "vertical scanlines" and the "raster". Both will make your screen look like an old, low-resolution LCD. I have also been working with the crash reports accumulated over the last few months and fixed three most common remaining crash causes. See below for details.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Simulate LCD Scanlines" option, for vertical scanlines.
    * Added raster effect when both vertical and horizontal scanlines enabled.
    * Fixed a crash when surface gets destroyed during display update.
    * Fixed a crash when deleting files with special characters in their names.
    * Fixed a crash when showing sections in File Selector.

    Have fun!
  3. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Speccy-Android 2.2.2, a new version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, is now online:

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

    This release adds tabs to the Settings dialog, for easier navigation, and rearranges some settings to their proper sections. I have also added a new "Emulation" section with Spectrum-specific settings.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Settings are now tabbed, for easier navigation.
    * Added Emulation section to the Settings.
    * Made "Scanline Effect" a list selector, to accommodate multiple effects.
    * Moved some options from Input and Video sections to General.
    * Reordered Settings by importance.

    Have fun!
  4. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The major Speccy-Android 3.0 release has hit the Google Play this morning:

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

    In this version, I have added the initial Sam Coupe emulation. To enable it, go into Settings->Emulation and select "Sam Coupe" as computer model. All Coupe-specific display modes should work. The SAA1099 sound chip partially works, except for envelopes. If your device has physical keyboard, it will act as Coupe's keyboard. Disk drives do not work yet, I am working on them.

    I have also enabled Settings navigation with gamepad and added ability to reassign Moga controller buttons, something many Moga users asked for. Finally, I have fixed the battery drain that occurred when Speccy ran in the background.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Sam Coupe emulation, will improve it in future versions.
    * Sam Coupe SAA1099 sound chip works, no envelopes yet.
    * Sam Coupe extra keys will work if you have physical keyboard.
    * Sam Coupe disk drives are not yet functional.
    * Rearranged physical keyboard to accommodate Sam Coupe.
    * Added ability to assign Moga buttons via "Assign Keys".
    * Fixed battery drain when Speccy is running in background.
    * Added arrow keys navigation to the tabbed Settings.
    * Added Moga controller navigation to the tabbed Settings.

    Enjoy!
  5. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The new Speccy-Android 3.0.2 release is available at the Google Play:

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

    In this release, I continue improving the Sam Coupe emulation. Also added the "Hide Title Bar" option to let you hide the action/status bar by default. You can always get it back by sliding your finger down from the middle of the screen.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed tape auto-load feature for Sam Coupe.
    * Added SAA1099 amplitude envelopes.
    * Added SAA1099 noise frequency settings.
    * Properly set SAA1099 volumes.
    * Added "Hide Title Bar" option to hide status/action bar on startup.
  6. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have just published Speccy-Android 3.0.3, a new version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator:

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

    The virtual keyboard got a major overhaul in this version. It has become more sensitive and the keys now click. I have also removed video artifacts at the screen edges and fixed the auto-load function when running software from the World of Spectrum. Finally, there is now fancy background in the portrait mode. I hope you like it :)

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added decorative background in the portrait mode.
    * Added optional click sound to the virtual keyboard.
    * Fixed keyboard input sensitivity.
    * Fixed left/top edge artifacts with accelerated video enabled.
    * Fixed autoload when loading tapes from the World of Spectrum.
    * Fixed rare crashes in gesture detection.
    * Refactored virtual keyboard implementation.
    * Switched to the newest NDK and compiler toolchain.

    Have fun!
  7. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Speccy-Android 3.0.4, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, is now available at Google Play:

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

    Among other things, this release adds slow-motion mode, fixes multitouch input wherever it failed to work, and removes scanline effects interference with Debugger and Advanced Settings. Furthermore, for those Kitkat users who got their external SD cards disabled, I have added a workaround that lets you store your Spectrum files on these SD cards. All saves will then go to /sdcard/Speccy, or Speccy's private directory on the SD card. See below for the complete list of changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added slow-motion mode, combined with fast-forward mode.
    * Fixed multitouch input in cases where it didn't work.
    * Fixed scanline effects in Debugger, etc.
    * Made a work-around for external SD card use on KitKat!
    * If can't write to external SD card, saving states to /storage/sdcard0/Speccy.
    * If Speccy folder doesn't exist, saving states to /storage/sdcard1/Android/data/com.fms.speccy/files.
    * Fixed screen decorations covering ZX Spectrum screen with OpenGLES disabled.
    * Fixed sections navigation in the File Selector.
    * Fixed recognition of multiple file extensions.
  8. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have published Speccy-Android 3.0.5 today, improving the sound, adding sensitivity controls for analog gamepad owners, improving the File Selector UI, and fixing a few bugs. If you previously had problems with network play, it should work now.

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

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Improved AY8910 PSG emulation.
    * Added slope to rectangular waveforms.
    * 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.
    * Fixed NetPlay for people who had problems with it.
    * Fixed a File Selector crash, when deleting a file.
    * Fixed auxillary files display in the File Selector.

    Have fun!
  9. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Today, I am releasing Speccy-Android 3.0.6, a new version of my Sinclair ZX Spectrum Emulator:

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

    This release majorly improves the ZXSpectrum128 sound emulation, implements a few missing disk controller features to make Sam Coupe work, and fixes many issues users complained about. Have fun and good listening to the new sound :)

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Majorly improved AY8910 PSG emulation.
    * Improved WD1793 disk controller emulation.
    * Added "Tilt Joystick Blind Radius" setting.
    * Fixed directional pad activated by touching outside.
    * Fixed network play, previously broken for some users.
    * Automatically enabling TRDOS for .TRD, .SCL, or HOBETA files.
    * Added working INDEX flag to WD1793 disk controller emulation.
    * Sam Coupe can now partially boot from a floppy.
    * Fixed +3 mode selection to happen for .DSK files (was .SCL).
    * Fixed virtual keyboard and some gamepads causing application exit.
    * Fixed FIREB button to only generate SPACE keypress.
    * 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 PSG envelopes length.
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    Hello, All!

    Today's release of Speccy-Android 3.0.7, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, includes the new Palette Editor and the option to search and download box artwork for your Spectrum software:

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

    I have also improved the DropBox support: you will no longer need to enter your password every time you access the DropBox, and after you are done playing, Speccy will automatically upload your gameplay state to DropBox. See below for the complete list of changes, rather lengthy this time:

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Palette Editor, letting you adjust colors at runtime.
    * Added "Edit Palette" option to emulator and File Selector menus.
    * Added .PAL file display to File Selector and Gallery.
    * Now automatically downloading box art images when on WiFi.
    * 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.
    * DropBox no longer requires login every time you open it.
    * Gameplay saved back to DropBox after you are done playing.
    * Added Gallery support for SD card folders on Android Kitkat.
    * Added DropBox upload from SD card folders on Android Kitkat.
    * Fixed loading color palettes.
    * Hopefully fixed "O" button on Sony Xperia gamepads.
    * Improved background in portrait mode.
    * Upgraded DropBox SDK to the latest version.

    Enjoy!
  11. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have updated my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator for Windows, Speccy-Windows, to version 3.0:

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

    Among other things, this release introduces preliminary Sam Coupe emulation and greatly improves AY8910 PSG and WD1793 disk controller emulation. As this is the first release in six months, the change list is rather long. See it below.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Sam Coupe emulation, will improve it in future versions.
    * Majorly improved AY8910 PSG emulation.
    * Improved WD1793 disk controller emulation.
    * Added SAA1099 PSG emulation.
    * Automatically enabling TRDOS for .TRD, .SCL, or HOBETA files.
    * Fixed +3 mode selection to happen for .DSK files (was .SCL).
    * Fixed recognition of multiple file extensions.
    * Fixed tape auto-load feature for Sam Coupe.
    * Fixed loading color palettes.
    * Added vertical scanlines simulation to Speccy-Windows.
    * Added raster effect simulation to Speccy-Windows.
    * Added slope to rectangular waveforms.

    Have fun!
  12. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Today's Speccy-Android 3.1 release adds Spectrum128 extended virtual keyboard, among other things:

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

    Other changes include customizable backdrop image and the ability to disable it completely, if you do not like it. Kitkat users will find ZIP files working again, while Sony Xperia users should be able to assign and use the "O" button on their gamepads. Finally, you can now assign freeze/restore functions to custom buttons on your gamepad or keyboard, for quick access. See below for the complete change list, rather long this time.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Spectrum128 virtual keyboard, due to high public demand :).
    * Added support for extended keys found on Spectrum128 keyboard.
    * Added custom key assignments for freezing and restoring state.
    * Added fast-change buttons to the Palette Editor interface.
    * Added "General | Confirm Freezing State" option.
    * Added "Emulation | Virtual Keyboard Type" option.
    * Fixed support for .ZIP files stored on Kitkat SD cards.
    * Now allowing to remap the "O" button on Xperia Play gamepad.
    * Made decorative backdrop optional (see "General | Show Portrait Backdrop").
    * You can now supply your own backdrop in /sdcard/Speccy/Backdrop.png.
    * No longer showing box art for .ZIP files, as we cannot identify them.
    * Moved "Screen Orientation" option to the "Video" tab.
    * The "RECORD" hardware key now freezes gameplay state.
    * The "PLAY" hardware key now restores gameplay state.
    * Gallery now shows box art, as well as screenshots.
    * Reordered items in the "Video" tab.

    Have fun!
  13. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The next Speccy-Android update is up on Google Play:

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

    Speccy-Android 3.1.1 adds easy Wiimote support, gives you full use of the gamepad BACK button, and fixes a few bugs. It will no longer quit if it detects the LuckyPatcher app, although it will still show a warning.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Painless Wiimote support with "Input | Wiimote Support" option.
    * LuckyPatcher use now accepted, by public demand, but you will see a warning.
    * Gamepad BACK button fully usable and assignable.
    * Tested Speccy on real a x86-based Android device (Dell Venue 8).
    * Fixed scanline effects on x86-based Android devices.
    * Moved "Keep Screen On" to the "Video" tab.
    * Fixed crashes when downloading DropBox files.
    * Fixed crash when setting backdrop location.
    * Fixed some Russian translations.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    Speccy-Android, my Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulator, has been updated to version 3.2:

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

    In this release, I have replaced the old Layout Editor with the new and shining Joystick Editor that lets you individually resize buttons, change screen location and size. Note that there are separate screen frames for landscape and portrait modes.

    The new Speccy also shows current button assignments in the "Assign Keys" dialog and adds the new "Ignore Fake KeyUp Events" option for people whose Bluetooth keyboards cannot properly send KeyUp events. If your keyboard refuses to work, try this option and see what happens.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Replaced "Edit Layout" option with "Edit Virtual Joystick".
    * Added "Input | Ignore Fake KeyUp Events" option to make misbehaving keyboards work.
    * Now showing current key assignments in "Assign Keys".
    * Buttons can be individually resized in the Joystick Editor.
    * Display can be resized and positioned in the Joystick Editor.
    * Added scale, shape, and transparency options to the Joystick Editor.
    * Added gravity indication with dotted lines to the Joystick Editor.
    * Added backdrop image to the Joystick Editor.
    * Added button labels to the Joystick Editor.
    * Removed separate joystick size, shape, and opacity settings.
    * Removed some outdated code that is no longer relevant.
    * Reordered items in the "Input" tab.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

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

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=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!
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    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/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe (full Android version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=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!
  17. fms

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    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/details?id=com.fms.speccy.deluxe (full version)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=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!
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    speccy is a good program i used to use core temp but i can seem to find it anymore speccy for windows is kinda resource intensive i only use speccy cuz its made by piriform cuz they made ccleaner and defraggler and those are both awesome
  19. fms

    fms Emu author Emu Author

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    I think you are talking about a completely different app. Sorry.
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    its a hardware moniter tells u the temps of ur cpu hdd and info on the rest of the parts of ur pc someone said something about it earlyer in the thread

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