|Emu41, a complete HP-IL system emulator|
Message #1 Posted by J-F Garnier (France) on 16 Dec 2002, 3:57 p.m.
I'm glad to announce a new version of Emu41: a HP-41C and HP-IL system emulator. Altough there were already updated versions for selected people :-) it's the first "official" upgrade since ... 1997.
This version includes new nice features like support for a lot of interesting modules, from the well-known X-function, Timer and Printer modules to much more advanced ones like Zenrom, CCD, Hepax, MLDL or RamBoxes.
But main feature is the complete HP-IL system emulation. The HP-IL emulation includes 5 internal ("virtual") devices: one display, two mass storage units (DOS image file, floppy), a printer interface (parallel port) and a DOS interface.
All this is available as freeware, like previous versions. Please look at my new home page at:
http://membres.lycos.fr/jeffcalc (take care of french "membres" word, not "members")
As an option, I propose an extended version with external HP-IL interface support by using the HP82973A board, or the compatible board rebuilt by Christoph Klug. With it, you can control external devices (HP9114, HP3468, ...) from Emu41, and you can also control the internal devices (display, mass storage, ...) from an external HP-41 (or any HP-IL controller).
For this version (which is targeting serious HP-41 and HP-IL users), I ask for a moderate fee (20 Euros). I hope that you will find it quite reasonnable, and it will help me to continue to provide such kind of software.
I have to warn you that Emu41 is still a DOS, text mode program (altough it runs well in a DOS box under Windows). The reason is that I developed Emu41 as the core of my personnal HP-IL system. It runs well on my old HP Vectra 286 with HP-IL board. I know that many of you have an old 286/386/486 sleeping around, now you can turn it into a powerfull HP-IL controller (41 compatible) or into a multidevice HP-IL unit!
Kind regards from France.