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20.Nov.2021



Emulation: vAmiga as web port
Christian Corti has obviously specialized in web conversions of emulators and programs with his web presence NEOART Costa Rica: Thus, besides the web conversion of the C64 emulator "VirtualC64" and the music tracker "Future Composer" in the form of a remake, he also offers the web conversion of the Amiga emulator for MacOS vAmiga developed by Dirk Hoffmann. All that is needed is a current browser such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox. The required ROMs are provided in the form of an 'AROS Replacement Kickstart ROM'. It is also possible to use your own ROMs, but tests in this regard have failed on our part. Corti explicitly points out the beta status of the project, but we wanted to see how applicable this already is and chose as a test object the game Crazy Columns, which the author Jochen Hoffer provides in the form of an adf file.

After calling the title link, we are greeted as follows:


After a "Continue", the settings page awaits us:


We decide for "Install AROS" and thus for the "AROS Kickstart Replacement ROM". In the tab "Hardware" you can load pre-configured preferences. Since 'Crazy Columns' was written for the Amiga 500, we decide to use it. After an "OK" the emulator starts:


Since no action is triggered by pressing the icons, we simply drag the ADF file of the game into the window and the game is loaded. However, the first attempt is still slowed down by the message 'too little memory'. We increase the Fast RAM from the default 0 kB to 512 kB and start again. This time with success:


Furthermore, there is a second web implementation of the vAmiga emulator, vAmigaWeb. This is maintained by GitHub user "Mithrendal" and can be reached at this direct link. As vAmiga developer Dirk Hoffmann tells us, "this emulator is also in beta. At the moment important features like the keyboard are still missing. A mouse support is available since yesterday. This webport should run later mainly on mobile devices." (dr)

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