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Tiago
5th January 2009, 13:24
Last Friday i received a invitation from Mike from Amigaforever.com (Cloanto) to a small meeting here in Lisbon (sunday 12:00).
I never saw or even chat with him before... :lol:
He is here is vacations so he looked for some Portuguese amiga fans over the major foruns.
I meet him him and his wife and other 3 portuguese amiga fans (Marco Pinto,
Pedro Assunção and Jorge Canelhas).
we went to lunch in a small local restaurante and we chat a bit about all stuff, not to much about amiga to avoid his wife getting bored... :-)

He gave us the Cloanto amiga forever pack !!! Great ! 1 CD and 2 DVDS in the original pack!
It was great to meet with new people :)

Thank you Mike !! ;)

I hope in a near future we can do the same. :)

Harrison
5th January 2009, 15:05
But... did you get the classicamiga plug into the conversation??? ;)

That is great that he just contacted you out of the blue like that because he was on holiday. I've also received copies of the full Amiga Forever package completely free from Cloanto twice (2005 and 2008 editions). This really shows that Cloanto are a part of, and are making Amiga Forever for, the Amiga community, and not just to try and make a quick buck.

Tiago
5th January 2009, 16:49
Sure i did.

I proudly represented classicamiga.com !! ;)

I will try now to bring the other 3 portuguese from the meeting to CA.
1 one then has a A4000, other a A1200

Demon Cleaner
5th January 2009, 17:35
Cool, so many portuguese :lol: (actually I like them, and their food ;))

Sharingan
5th January 2009, 21:43
I've never been to a Portuguese restaurant before, even though I've been telling myself to try one since forever. Strange, considering I love seafood.

Anyway, he seems like a great chap! (Anyone who gives out freebies is okay in my book)

Stephen Coates
5th January 2009, 23:26
We need to organise a meeting somewhere near to the residence of Cloanto's staff so they will give us all legal copies of Amiga forever.

Whats the 2008 edition like? I have only used version 4 and 2005, but I just tend to use real Amigas now.

TiredOfLife
5th January 2009, 23:28
I've never been to a Portuguese restaurant before, even though I've been telling myself to try one since forever. Strange, considering I love seafood.

Anyway, he seems like a great chap! (Anyone who gives out freebies is okay in my book)

Never watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang then?

Tiago
6th January 2009, 11:27
We need to organise a meeting somewhere near to the residence of Cloanto's staff so they will give us all legal copies of Amiga forever.

Whats the 2008 edition like? I have only used version 4 and 2005, but I just tend to use real Amigas now.

The pack has 1 CD and 2 DVDS.
The DVDs can be watched in home dvd playes. So far i ony watch a few movies:
- Official A1000 presentation
- Interviews with a few workers of Commodore
- Jay Miner interview in 1990 were he said really interesting thinks and he criticizes a lot the Commodore publicity and PR. He shows the commercials, the ones that a kid is playing a space game, and someone rings at the door, and there are 3 astronaults, remember that? So Jay Miner said: look at this commercials, it's fun, and probably will make same kids buy the Amiga, but it will be crap to the production target. No one that wants productivity and business of a computer will buy it, he was hard here! He also said that he would like to have a commercial with a Amiga and a IBM side by side to show that amiga would do the same but faster and better and with better graphics and sound. Really insteresting to watch.

I didnt try the software yet.

Harrison
6th January 2009, 13:38
The two DVD's included in the pack do contain some great videos and footage; including the final day of Commodore, which is both sad and interesting at the same time. The multi part video of the history of Commodore with the famous interviews with all of the original development team, and another which takes you around the whole of the Commodore building are also both watching right though.

As for the actual Amiga Forever disc. You can boot your PC directly from it to load a Linux powered Amiga OS, which is great to play around with. And the full Amiga Forever package offers so very nicely pre-configured Workbench setups to try. Although I still prefer to use the standalone WinUAE myself. Also I found the new game launcher program very unstable and crashed or didn't load the games when I tried.

The other part of Amiga Forever that can be very useful is the Amiga Explorer program, for linking your PC to your Amiga to transfer files or to convert ADFs back to disk using null-model cable or TCP network.

I think now we both have full copies of the 2008 edition, and I think a few other members to to, that we should work on a proper full article about Amiga Forever for the main site. To give them the credit they deserve and to show others what it can offer.

woody.cool
6th January 2009, 17:45
I have Amiga Forever 2005 Premium Pack which contains the same two DVDs with the same videos and footage. I'd imaginge it's only the CD that has changed.

However, the DVDs are a great watch.

Harrison
6th January 2009, 17:51
Yes, the 2 DVDs are exactly the same from what I can see. The update from 2005 to 2008 only effects the actual application CD.

Is it worth upgrading to the 2008 edition? Not sure. It depends on what you want to use it for. The Linux based Amiga emulator is a great new addition. Similar in idea to X-Amiga (same developer) and AROS. The main WinUAE based emulation is obviously updated to a newer version of the emulator, and some additional things have been added like a quick launch program to load games and demos. Quite a basic frontend for WinUAE, and I found that didn't work too well.