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3 emulators listed:

[MacSpeccy] [Mac Spectacle] [PowerSpectrum]

MacSpeccy v1.1 (Danny Keogan)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum.
  2. Loads .SNA and (probably) .Z80 snapshots.
  3. Saves?
  4. No real tape support?
  5. Requires 68040.
  6. Seems to be extremely slow.
  7. Freeware?
  8. Allows copying of Spectrum screen to clipboard.
  9. No flash attribute emulation.
  10. The oldest emulator for the Mac.
  11. Available from MIT.

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Mac Spectacle v1.8.2 (Guenter Woigk)

  1. Emulates 48K/128K Spectrum, joystick (type?).
  2. Loads .SNA and .Z80 snapshots and .SCR screens, tape files from Z80's .TAP files.
  3. Saves .SNA and .Z80 snapshots, saves .SCR and .PICT screens.
  4. No real tape support; but there is a program called ZX-Loader to enable the use of PowerSpectrum's facilities for this.
  5. Needs MacOS 7.0 or higher, Color QuickDraw and at least a 68020 CPU or a PowerMAC.
  6. Speed?
  7. Freeware?
  8. Single/double/quadruple sized window, all monitor depths (2 and 4 bit slow). High-res screen & border effects. Background or exclusive execution. Better emulation than other emulators for the Mac - so more games run on this one than the others.
  9. Bad points?
  10. The newest and most regularly updated emulator for the Mac.
  11. Available from author's FTP area (get this file first) or NVG; ZX-Loader is available from NVG.

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PowerSpectrum v1.0 (Bo Lindbergh)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, Kempston joystick.
  2. Loads .SNA snapshots.
  3. Saves .SNA snapshots.
  4. Does realtime tape I/O through the microphone jack (this probably requires 44 kHz sound hardware).
  5. Requires a PowerMac - won't run on a 680x0 machine.
  6. Runs at true Spectrum speed.
  7. Freeware?
  8. 1x1, 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 screen emulation. Has perfect sound. Supports all undocumented Z80 instructions.
  9. Bad points?
  10. No other comments.
  11. Available from MIT.

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