New Arculator and RPCEmu Mac ports releasedPublished: 17th Aug 2007, 23:47:13 | Permalink | Printable
When old-gen meets next-genThe latest versions of Tom Walker's Arculator and RPCEmu have been ported to the Intel and PowerPC Apple Mac platforms. Coder Jon Welch has brought the two freely available emulators across to Apple's shiny and expensive computers - allowing punters to run Tom's Archimedes emulator on Mac OS X and his RiscPC emulator on new Intel Macs for the first time.
But Jon warned: "There are still things which need tidying up so the software isn't ready for general release yet."
The RPCEmu port uses a just-in-time compiler to convert ARM code into x86 code, locking it to Intel-powered computers for the moment. There is also no sound or CD-ROM support at the moment, but the emulator can reach the RISC OS 4 desktop. The Arculator port, pictured, will work on both Intel and PowerPC Apple Macs, can reach the RISC OS 3 desktop as well as play games and sound support works.
Jon said: "I have made a start in getting both RPCemu and Arculator running under Mac OS X. Initial findings are good and both programs are now booting to the desktop and running software."
He has also set up support mailing lists and has called on people to help test drive his work to iron out any remaining bugs and problems. The programs can be downloaded from the links below.
Apple Mac Arculator port and its RPCEmu cousin
Arculator and RPCEmu homepage
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