February 2021: Amiga-Mac Wrappers bulk update
All Mac Amiga games updated, plus new HDF and ADF wrappers
By: GN Team
Published: 26 February 2021, 12:56 pm
Six years ago, when we started GamesNostalgia, we decided to create game packages (aka wrappers) that anyone could quickly run, including users who never configured an emulator. Many of you appreciated the idea, and every day we still receive messages from people that are so grateful about this choice.
What we didn't realize at that time is how often we should have updated the wrappers. New versions of the emulators are released periodically, and a new version of macOS is released every year. Unfortunately, new versions of OSes are often not compatible with old game wrappers (I'm talking to you, Apple!)
Big Sur and Catalina, for example, are no longer compatible with 32-bit apps, which forced us to update all the DOS and Amiga wrappers.
That's why between July and October 2019, we made a massive update, almost all the wrappers, to update them to the new DOSBox and FS-UAE 3.0.2. In July 2020, we updated the Windows Amiga wrappers to include FS-UAE 3.0.5 and fix a minor bug.
Updating the Mac FS-UAE wrappers wasn't strictly necessary until we discovered that Big Sur raised an annoying false positive regarding a possible Eleanor malware on the FS-UAE 3.0.0/3.0.2 wrappers.
So here we go again! We are in February 2021, and we did another bulk update: all the Mac Amiga wrappers, more than 700 files, are now updated to include FS-UAE 3.0.5.
This is not the only change. Until now, we used WHDLoad packages to create all the Amiga wrappers. We didn't have a standard way to generate non-WHDLoad versions. Today we finally upgraded our system to support floppy (ADF) and hard disk (HDF) images and custom hard disc folders.
The new automated system opens many more possibilities because we can easily add games that don't have a WHDLoad version, both for Windows and Mac. All the old, custom, non-WHDLoad wrappers have been updated. Many of them were outdated and didn't work anymore on macOS Big Sur. Now they include FS-UAE 3.0.5 so you can play them again.
and Formula 1 Masters, Alien Fish Finger, Super Skidmarks, Wasted Dreams, Center Court 2, Land Of Genesis, Sim City 2000, Whale's Voyage II, Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon (HD, non-WHDLoad versions).
That's all for now. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have questions or suggestions.