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%% Emulation Rambler                                  by  Jason Compton  %%
%% Final Analysis of the Macs!                        jcompton@tcity.com %%
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PLEASE NOTE:  My E-Mail address has changed.  Sorry for the inconvenience,
but it's my excuse for being unreachable for a while.

Ok, the day has come where I'll sum it all up and give you my final 
comments on both of the color multitasking Mac emulators.  Again, thanks 
to both ReadySoft and Utilities Unlimited for providing, respectively, the
A-Max IV and the Emplant.

Now, to explain the ratings:
In each category, I have selected the emulator that performed better.
It is rated 100% in that category.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN IT IS PERFECT IN THAT RESPECT.
It simply means that it has the best support of that feature available.

To begin:

Overall software compatibility:
Emplant: 100%
A-Max IV:  90%

I can't blame the A-Max for much, although the repeated complaints
about SoundMaster got to be too much for me.  Once Emplant hit the
high version 3 series, most incompatibility bugs were ironed out.
Emplant also handled lousy Mac code (like, programs intended for
pre-Multifinder environments) better...for example, the game Star
Wars.

Multitasking:
A-Max IV: 100%
Emplant: 85%

The Emplant frequently dies when I try to access Amiga serial through
an Amiga program, even if the serial port isn't given over to Emplant.
It's not just me and it's not just Terminus, either.  Aside from that, 
both operate along a similar concept, although Emplant uses a more
conventional screen and does not require a non-standard method of
flipping to it.  Both are well-behaved when it comes to the user not
wanting system time allocated to the emulation.

Floppy dIsk support:
A-Max IV: 100%
Emplant: 75%

The A-Max IV has built-in 720k floppy support.  It's a bit roundabout
and requires you to read the entire disk into an AmigaDOS file which
will be treated as a virtual drive until you copy everything somewhere
better, but it exists and works.  UU is selling Macdrive adapters, but
that requires a Macdrive.  I also encountered some disks which
Emplant would consider fine but real Macs would feel were damaged.
This WAS before multi-os.device and the like, but it's worth mentioning.

Video support:
Emplant: 100%
A-Max IV: 85%

This was a toughie.  Emplant supports more boards, but many are ones
that quite frankly not too many people have.  With the recent QD modules
and the fact that the Emplant DOES do a quicker job of ECS video,
the choice goes to them.  It is worth mentioning that A-Max IV supports
the Picasso and Retina in the included software, two of the more
popular boards, and has supported multi-monitor work for a long time.

Ease of Use:
A-Max IV: 100%
Emplant: 80%

Big minus points to the Emplant for its memory remap program.  It
makes many system-incompliant programs very unhappy.  A-Max's
does not need to be taken out nearly as often.  A-Max's interface
is also a bit more straightforward on the Amiga side.

Sharing Amiga Devices
A-Max IV: 100%
Emplant:  100%

No complaints here for either board.

Value for Money:
Emplant: 100%
A-Max IV:  93%

Tough, tough, tough.  Were it not for the fact that the Emplant now
supports the crusty old 1.1 and 1.2 ROMs, this would be A-Max's
category.  As it is, though, the Emplant does give you a SCSI
controller (not the greatest one in the world, but...) if you go with the
Deluxe, which is rather reasonably priced.  I've seen a dealer carrying
them at $330, which is amazing.  Both offer the Mac serial ports,
shareable from the Amiga side.  A-Max IV does offer MIDI, but
I regretfully couldn't test that bit.  Emplant wins here, but it's close.

Sound Support:
A-Max IV: 100%
Emplant: 95%

Were it not for the SoundMaster thing, A-Max would have won by more.
It simply slows down less when playing MODs.

The conclusion is up to you.  BOTH boards are quality items and I would
recommend a different board to different people.  Someone who would
be dealing with lots of Mac software would want A-Max IV or to track
down a Macdrive and the AMIA interface from UU, but the A-Max has
it built in.  If you've got a lot of video to do, especially on a board 
A-Max doesn't support, you go with the Emplant.  If you've got a 4000 and
no SCSI controller, go Emplant.  If you want MIDI, go A-Max.

Hopefully, I've given enough information over the last few months to
help everyone reach the conclusion they need about the boards.
It's been a lot of fun.

I'll return with some spot reviews if I ever get Photoshop running...
maybe when one of those 24-bit companies finally sends me
something.

Keep the emulators warm.