It comes with several bug-fixes and a progress in direction of the coming very soon ZX-Modules Central.
Following changes were made:
Bugfix: When known programs are bound into ZX-Modules Central's panels, they could not be find by the application search function (e.g. a bound ZX-Preview did not receive datablocks from ZX-Blockeditor). This problem has commonly be solved.
Now, two separated generalized pilot and data blocks can be connected with the attach block function.
Author also put the attach and separate block functions into the mouse context menu as well as the main menu bar.
Bugfixes: Some problems around the Datablock composer fixed. Refer to "Common changes".
In case you are unaware, SkoolKit is a set of command line utilities (written in Python) for disassembling Spectrum software, into ASM format (for consumption by assemblers) or into HTML format (for consumption by web browsers).
Claus Jahn released the new version of the database module of ZX-Modules.
Download link: http://www.zxmodules.de/zxexplorer/zxexplorerframe.html.
GenTape is an utility for developers. It creates TAP, TZX and WAV files from binary files. The idea is that you use this utility if you want to release a new game, because with the same command line you can create 3 differents formats.
It supports 7 types of TZX blocks (from ID 10 to ID 15 and ID 20). By now the instructions are in Spanish, but the brief command line help is in English and its easy to understand.
The last version is here.
The tool converts images to ZX Spectrum format. Supports ULAplus format, Timex 8x1 attributes and YUV tweaking.
"ZX7" by Einar Saukas is an optimal LZ77/LZSS data compressor for all platforms, including the ZX-Spectrum.
Available implementations of standard LZ77/LZSS compression algorithm use either a "greedy" or "flexible parsing" strategy, that cannot always guarantee the best possible encoding. In comparison, "ZX7" provides a highly efficient compression algorithm that always generate perfectly optimal LZ77/LZSS encoding. Technically it means compressing within space and time O(n) only.
Robee Shepherd has released a new utility MinnaMicroZ80 v0.21.
Short info from the World Of Spectrum:
This is a Windows command line utility for converting Z80 snapshots so they can be restored on a real Spectrum from a Microdrive cartridge. It also includes a BASIC loader utility that you should install to each cartridge, and that supports multiple games on a single cartridge.
It is a menu system for games (initially) but can be adopted in any way the user wishes.
This games menu system was modified for use with the divIDE / + with the esxDOS 0.8.0 system and a compact flash card attached. It is possible it could be adapted to other interfaces that use a CF (or HD).
ZX Spectrum tribute live wallpaper for Android phones. It allows to "spectrumize" photos with real load images and sounds, and many great enhancements!
Double tap to share picture in your favorite social network (Facebook/G+/Gmail) and to access wallpaper options! Once the LW starts, shake the phone to activate it. When the image is loaded, shake it again to spetrumize another image. Shake hardness can be configured in the options menu. Download it at Google Play.
Crisis made a very slow but functional Basic AY GUI. Every AY-register and AY-bitflag as its own key.
You can download and comment updated version of OutPlay at the World of Spectrum.
Claus Jahn released another new version of his prod, which allows to create or edit existing ZX Spectrum emulator files.
Velesoft fixed some bugs in SNAPLOAD command for Esxdos 0.8.0.
Original code is used from FATWARE system and some SNA and Z80 files load or run incorrect. New snapload command is now add to zip archive with Esxdos system files.
List of Velesoft fixes (19.4.2012 - 13.8.2012) in SNAPLOAD (in compare with FATWARE or Esxdos 0.7.3):
Einar Saukas and Flavio M. Matsumoto published VideoTime 2 a utility to examine video timings of Spectrum-related machines (and clones).
Image To ZX Spec is a multi core capable image and video converter that can produce vintage computer art images (jpeg/png) of any size and can even convert work to a real ZX Spectrum (or an emulator) as a slideshow or video. This is useful to create retro 8bit music videos, posters, tshirts, mock screenshots etc etc - you do not even need a Spectrum to use this program!
It is written in Java and will work on Windows, Linux (tested on Ubuntu) or any Java 6 capable operating system.
What's new in 1.3.3:
Marco A.G. Pinto released ZX Life Shield Pro v4.1 for PC/Windows.
ZX Life Shield is the best program ever created to find lives for Spectrum games using the format .MIRAGE by the emulators ZXAM and the one created by Peter McGavin from New Zealand.
Papaya Dezign выпустили новую версию прошивки ESXDOS для контроллера DivIDE, с помощью которого на Спектруме можно пользоваться различными IDE-устройствами (жёсткие диски, cd-приводы, и прочее).