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/// The Emulation Rambler
    By Jason Compton

It looks like I have considerably more to write about this week than I did
last.  So I'll get right to it.

First off, I'd like to announce that I have upgraded my system. I've now got
an A3000/25 with 2 chip/8 fast megs and a 1950 monitor.  Bad part? In
upgrading, I had to sell off my 286 bridgeboard, so any IBM work I do is
solely on PC-Task (and let me tell you, I won't be doing much...) But next
week I will have my preliminary benchmark reports, and if any of the people
interested in doing marks on even faster systems would return my mail,
I'll send them up my benchmark package.

General alert:
As if we've never heard Commodore rumors before...but now, since 
they've released their quarter report, the alarms are going off again.  I
believe I've suggested a good course of action for them, and from what
Jim Drew at UU has told me, it was being followed (not because I
suggested it, but...) I had proposed an Amiga/emulation bundle long ago,
and I was told that there was going to be a 4000/Emplant bundle coming
up.  I haven't heard any more news on it, but I hope it's coming. Good thing,
too, because if you read last week's Amiga Report, you would have seen the
report of an upcoming Mac Centris system which comes built-in ready to
run cross-platform (Mac System and DOS/Windows) software...the report
seemed to imply that the three would not run simultaneously, at best in a
"wait-state", activated by hotkeys.  What better time would it be for
Commodore to turn around and announce a TRIPLE platform system, 
capable of Mac System 7.x, Windows 3.x, and Workbench 3.x?  Shut
Apple up, get them off their high horse, and present a major threat to
EVERYONE in the industry.

My congratulations go out to ALL emulation manufacturers throughout the
years.  They have, in the vast majority, made their emulators into very good
investments for an Amiga owner.  Now it is time for emulation to become
more.  It must become the reason to buy an Amiga.  Not to wait for a Centris
"DOS Compatible" system, not to wait for a PowerPC computer (I find it
VERY, VERY interesting that Apple would release a cross-platform system
with PowerPC allegedly so close.  Maybe it's not nearly as useful as we've
been lead to believe?), to buy an Amiga TODAY.  NOW, dammit.

While I currently am a backer of Emplant and anxiously await my evaluation
board, it seems that ReadySoft is about to step back into the picture and
release A-Max IV.  This has been confusing me for about a month, as the 
rumors have flown...since I don't remember a III ever existing.  At any rate,
here's what ReadySoft purports:

{Begin comp.sys.amiga.emulations quote, my comments with dashes}

Runs Apple System 7.0, 7.1, 32-bit QuickDraw, QuickTime, AppleScript
and other Apple system software, with your Mac 128K ROMs.
-Stop right here.  128k ROMs, eh?  ReadySoft must have done some
SERIOUS patching in order to make 128k ROMs act like 256k ROMs.

Supports Mac color applications running on multiple display devices
forming a virtual Mac desktop.  Display devices can be several Amiga ECS
or AGA autoscroll (any size) screens (up to 256 color), and displays on
third-party video cards such as the Picasso II, Retina, EGS and others,
up to 24-bits per pixel.  Multiple displays are configured with the Mac
"Monitors" control panel which allows the displays' relative position
and number of colors to be set.

Addresses up to 2Gb of RAM, with a 32-bit clean memory manager that
allows Mac application memory to be dynamically allocated from AmigaDOS
as programs are launched from the Finder.  A memory management unit
(MMU) is no longer necessary to address 32-bit RAM.

Multitasks with AmigaDOS and Amiga applications, and uses standard
Amiga System 2.1 or 3.x device drivers to control hard drives on any
controller, floppies, serial and parallel ports (including ports on
third party devices).  There are no longer any A-Max hard disk drivers
required nor any limit on the number of partitions or the number of
controllers to be accessed.

Accesses Mac SCSI devices such as CD-ROMs, hard drives, laser printers
and scanners etc. through your own SCSI controller.

Access Ethernet networks with any SANA-II compatible controller.

Supports Mac stereo sound.

Transfers files directly between any AmigaDOS storage device and any

Macintosh hard drive partitions or floppy disks.  User friendly software
allows conversions between text, MacBinary, MacPaint and IFF, and

PostScript files.  Text translation now handles international,
accented, and special characters.

Saves ImageWriter 9 and 24-pin output as Amiga IFF files, for printing
to an AmigaDOS printer device.

Supports text cut and paste between the AmigaDOS clipboard device and
the Mac Finder.

The Apple SuperDrive is emulated to support 720K MS-DOS disks (or 1.4
Mb disks with high density drive) with the Apple File Exchange file
transfer program, and other applications such as SoftPC, the IBM
emulation package.

Lots of preferences and options, controlled by a new Workbench 2
startup program.

Requires any 68020/68030 or 68040 processor, Apple System version 7.0
or higher (7.1 recommended), 2Mb free RAM, System 2.1 or higher.

A-Max II Plus owners get this gem for $119.95.  Original A-Max owners
can purchase A-Max IV for $349.95 and send in their original cartridge
for a $100 rebate.  The price is $279.95 when your order is accompanied
by a "competing" Mac emulator for the Amiga (ouch!).

{End comp.sys.amiga.emulations quote}  But sometimes I'm glad I don't send my article out to Rob as 
soon as I'm done with it...Jim Drew just informed the CSAE crowd that 
Utilities Unlimited has filed a restraining order against ReadySoft for 
patent violation.  What patents?  I'll let you know when I find out.

Next week I should have my first preliminary PC-Task vs. SoftPC vs. 486/66 of course on my new 3000/25...all I can say at this point
is that we lose the first round big time. :)

That's all I've got this week.  See you next time...