VICE is a program that runs on a Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, Acorn RISC OS, BeOS, QNX 4.x, QNX 6.x, Amiga, GP2X, SkyOS or Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C128, the VIC20, almost all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610).


** General
– The VICEplus project has been joined with VICE. Thus, x64dtv is now part of VICE.
– We can be contacted via IRC: #vice-dev on freenode
– Added a more accurate ReSID engine using floating point math (ReSID-FP).
– Added support for the USB HardSID.
– PAL emulation has been rewritten and optimized.
– Fixed the ACIA 6551 emulation. (x64/x128/xcbm2/xpet/xplus4)
– Monitor commands help text is now translated too (in ports where translation is available at all)
– Monitor IO command now displays IO area even if it is currently banked out.
– GCR file handling (.G64) issues an error message if the .G64 does not have the expected outline. Before, VICE just silently ignored such files.
– IRQ handling fix

** C64/C128 changes
– Fixed the digimax sound generation.
– Added the RR clockport disable functionality at $DF00.0. Allows to disable the RRnet.
– Improved REU compatibility and timing.

** C64 changes
– Added isepic cartridge emulation.
– Added Double Quick Brown Box cartridge emulation.

** VIC20 changes
– Improved the sound emulation.
– Fixed the lowest note bug.
– Improved VIC emulation (exact in-line color/reverse mode changes).

** C64DTV changes
– New emulator.

** Unix changes
– XRandR fullscreen implemented
– Command line option `-fullscreen’ is supposed to do something useful.
– Vsync code imported from win32 (based on openGL extension). see also doc/openGLsync-howto.txt.
– Vidmode (fullscreen support) is broken and therefore marked as deprecated. It will be removed in the next release if no-one takes responsibility to fix the broken code and is willing to maintain the code.
– PAL Emulation (new implementation, improved speed) should be usable again (it was broken on certain display depths).
– Log messages are always english.
– Only x11 keymaps will be installed when doing a ‘make install’.
– MIDI cartridge emulation for x128, x64 and xvic.

** MS-Windows changes
– Watcom generated executables are more optimized.
– MIDI cartridge emulation for x128, x64 and xvic.
– When specifying the target for the RS232 communication (Menu Settings/RS232 Settings), the target can be specified by name now. Before, you had to use the IP address.
– Fixed some minor errors with the RS232 communication via TCP connections.
– RS232 can use real devices now, too. To use this feature, you have to specify the COM port used in Settings/RS232 Settings like: \.com1: baud=57600 parity=N data=8 stop=1 The characters after the colon can be used to specify additional settings for the COM port. The string must have the same form as the mode command’s command-line arguments: [baud=b][parity=p][data=d][stop=s][to={on|off}][xon={on|off}] [odsr={on|off}][octs={on|off}][dtr={on|off|hs}][rts={on|off|hs|tg}] [idsr={on|off}] The above example specifies COM1 with a baud rate of 57600, no parity, 8 data bits and 1 stop bit. Note that the leading \. is used to distinguish between TCP/IP targets and real devices, thus, you have to use it. (Sorry, no fancy UI yet.)
– vsid GUI reworked:
* infoline appears only by pressing “I”
* raises process priority. Otherwise, when in background, looses cpu power and music is not played at correct speed
* drag&drop support; window also gets focus back on drop
* correct display of emulated sid model (when using -keepenv)
* changed colors
– fixed copy function from the VICE monitor window.

** OS/2 changes
– Fixed 24/32bit display depth problem.

** GP2X changes
– Fixed black screen problem.
– Pause emulation while the menu is open.
– Added experimental support for USB keyboard and joystick.
– Removed vsid.

** Mac OS X changes
– and (Cocoa) are now feature complete
* added flip lists
* added netplay dialog
* added ROM resources
* added video settings dialog
* added record snapshot dialog
– Introduced new control window that replaces old peripherals drawer
* with tape control buttons
* attach/eject buttons for each drive
* drag & drop of disk/tape images
– Introduced Cocoa compile for Mac OS X 10.5 and greater with more features (see extended Resource Inspector)
– Completely rewritten joystick driver that supports user-definable buttons for fire and all directions.
– Copy & Paste support for emulator and monitor/log window
– Added x2, x3, x4 view scaling like in Quicktime Player
– Store visibility and size of all windows in user’s preferences
– Added Keyset Joystick toggle to quickly disable keyboard joysticks
– Added MIDI support

Thanks to retroK / for the news.