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12 November 2007, 14:37
Hi! Softwindows is actually a port of Windows to the Macintosh, so it is a MAC-program. However I once heard rumors, that Softwindows 2.x had custom-optimised routines for 68k and hence is said to be the fastest possibility to emulate Windows on a real Amiga (using a MAC-Emulator such as Fusion of course).
I've tried older Versions of Softwindows (1.x) under Fusion, it works but it's slow.
So if anyone has this damn rare piece of sofware (given that it DOES really exist)...
07 February 2008, 14:20
SoftPC -> PC 8086 -> Windows3.0.
SoftWindows1 -> PC 286 -> Windows3.1.
SoftWindows2 -> PC 386 -> Windows3.11/Win32s
I have only SoftWindows 1 for 68k, but it features only 16bit emulation and is slow.
SoftWindows 2 for 68k can execute 32bit apps and can run Windows 3.11 + Win32s with 32bit apps like Derive, MS-Office95(5.0), ACDSee2, WinAmp2.5,Adobe3 ...
Reading some old articles it seems than SoftWindows2 on ShapeShifter is faster than PC-Task 4.4 !
No one with this cool app? =((
If someone found it please send me a copy, or reply this post.
08 February 2008, 13:28
@Superturrican2: Hi turri, it was actually you who told me about Softwindows-2-68k, when we chatted via Hotline some 2 years ago. Do you still have this web-link to this Italian Amiga-User-Forum, that you once gave me (I managed to translate it quite well via Google)? It would make the whole thing more credible, proofing that it is not just pure rumors, but that there really ARE people who once had this running on their Amiga.
08 February 2008, 17:06
hehehe, yeah, that boy was me :P
I was connected on hotline with my A1200 and ShapeShifter.
The page on the AmigaPage.it-forum is lost when the author replace the system of posting news with a new one. The page contains benchmark and screenshot about SoftWindows2 on a A1200-040/25 and PicassoII.
Anyway there is an article about Mac emulation on Amiga and contains some tips about PC emulation under Mac under Amiga :P
( take a look at "Shape e gli arcobaleni" )
The article says:
"Da tests effettuati Softwindows 2 è circa 2.5 volte più veloce di Pc-Task4.4"
"running benchmarks it seems that SoftWindows2 is up to 2/3 times faster than Pc-Task4.4!"
2 years ago, I contacted Paochi and SpawnPPC to ask them to send me a copy of SoftWindows2 or an updater (SoftWindows1 -> SoftWindows2) but no-one found it =(((((
it's strange, nobody have the best PCemulator for 68k-machines.
21 September 2008, 01:37
Okay, now I at least finally found someone, who sell's it regularly. The shop is called "Dan's 20th Century Abandonware" and can be found at www.d2ca.org.
Here is a screenshot of Softwindows 2.0 (near the bottom of the page):
And here it is featured in the ordering-catalog:
I already contacted the shop-owner, Dan Rose, and asked him, if he could confirm, that it works on 68k, however he didn't have an appropriate Mac to test it, so he couldn't tell if the version he offers in his shop would run on 68k.
Although I would be curious to buy it and find it out myself, I won't do this, because the shop is in the USA, which means high bank-transfer-fees, high shipping-costs and costs to clear the custom. All of this together would most likely be more expensive than the program itself...
21 September 2008, 05:12
which means high bank-transfer-fees,
ever heard of paypal ?
come on this is software. I doubt it will cost more then 30 usd.
and costs to clear the custom.
what about a 'gift' from USA ?
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