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Path: news1.icaen!!!!!!!!!!!!gudath From: Newsgroups: comp.sys.apple2 Subject: FAST EDDIE 1.0b1 - Press Release Message-ID: Date: 22 Dec 96 13:35:55 MET Organization: University of Basel, Switzerland Lines: 92


Press Contact:

Synergetix Henrik Gudat Andre Horstmann Missionsstrasse 38 Hoehenweg 3d 4055 Basel 6300 Zug Switzerland Switzerland

                     Santa Claus is drooling:
       Apple IIGS Emulation for Power Macintosh Computers!
           Fast Eddie Labs releases Fast Eddie Beta 1

Fast Eddie Labs, Switzerland - 12/22/96 - Fast Eddie Labs announced today the immediate availablity of a beta release of its Apple II emulation software code-named "Fast Eddie". This unique software product marks a new achievement in Apple II emulation history - Fast Eddie is the first publicly available emulator for Macintosh computers that emulates the most powerful Apple II computer ever, the Apple IIgs.

Fast Eddie Labs has invested a tremendous amount of development time in order to provide the public with a reliable emulation software in 1996, the year the Apple IIgs celebrated its 10th anniversary. This public beta is the beginning of a series of updates that will bring you the most powerful, most versatile and most enjoyable virtual Apple II.

Fast Eddie was started in 1994 by Andre Horstmann, a long-time Apple IIgs programmer with special interest in CPU design, but put on ice soon after that. During a developers' meeting in early 1996, Andre Horstmann and Henrik Gudat agreed on resurrecting the Fast Eddie project and turning it into a fully functional Apple IIgs emulator. Urs Hochstrasser joined the team and added debugging tools that greatly simplified development.

Fast Eddie emulates a Apple IIgs computer with up to eight 3.5" disk drives, up to 8Mb RAM, keyboard, joystick and mouse. Furthermore, the user can choose between both ROM versions (ROM images not included) for maximum compatibility. It supports all video modes (40/80 text, mixed, hires, double hires, super hires) and a superfast memory management scheme for top performance. Contrary to other emulators, Fast Eddie features no-compromise Ensoniq sound emulation with mono, stereo, stereo enhanced and mind-blowing Dolby Pro Logic surround sound. On the peripherals side, you'll be pleased to know that you can mount up to 8 disks of several gigabytes each. One device is reserved for the built-in disk drive that can deal with ProDOS, HFS and MS-DOS disks without requiring you to make disk images or activate PC Exchange.

This beta has been released due to the incredible demand for such an emulation software. Fast Eddie protects your past investments in Apple II software and offers you a convincing way for painless migration to the Power Macintosh platform. Fast Eddie Labs is working on several additional components that will be released in due time, including emulation and sound core in PowerPC assembly language, low-level disk access, and much more.

Fast Eddie is sold as a shareware product. To simplify payment, Fast Eddie Labs is cooperating with Kagi Shareware, a company specialized in processing shareware fees ( A single user license is available for US$25. Please contact Fast Eddie Labs for site licenses and special pricing for educational institutions.

Fast Eddie Labs is a spin-off of Bright Software, a renowned provider of productivity, entertainment and scientific software with over a dozen releases including the popular ShadowWrite, Hermes, The Gate (editor's choice), SpaceFox, ShadowDial, Symbolix, MultiView II, among others. Since 1989, Bright Software has been developing unique software products for Apple II computers, and the release of Fast Eddie gives evidence of our commitment to the Apple II platform.


For a limited time, you can surf the EddieWeb at . We will move these pages to a new ISP very soon.

Power Macintosh, Apple IIgs, Ensoniq, Dolby Pro Logic are trademarks of their respective holders. The Gate and Spacefox are trademarks of Seven Hills Software Corp., Florida.

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