VERY nice user-interface concept... a "live" tile matrix... and making use of Windows-10 visual (and multi-process) prowess, which turns out to be more efficient nowadays that most Linux implementations.
...But I would like to see how NTSC Artifact emulation is rendered, seamless NTSC and PAL support regardless of tiles, full support of Ultimate-1MB memory expansion AND BIOS, as well as external peripheral emulation (like Indus-GT rom, so I can have my CP/M + Terminal Emulator tile in the middle of all active tiles (!) 8-)
..and (forgot): one extra tile running the attached .ATR... That would be wonderful....
Had a chance to download a play a bit with it....
First thing I did is to check emulation core... with Acid800... 35 tests failed, 18 passes, 4 ignores... Compared with real HW, about 54 passed, there. Went back to Altirra (as I forgot altogether about Acid800 since years ago) and gets 52-53 passed. Also, could not get the std. 80-col handler running properly (auto-artifacts), and the 40-col text ouput is not 12:11 scaled for NTSC 4:3 viewing, either (thus looking warped horizontally). Could not get the colors right (self-test background green is way off the real rendering).
Looks to me as if X-Former emulation core has not really changed that much, unless I have missed a host of internal settings not visible from main menus. It is, HOWEVER, VERY efficient and simple, clearly designed with speed and lightweight foot-print, and a SOLID improvement of user interface, much more than fidelity / accuracy.
As for the tiling, having a myriad of those active maybe a bit overwhelming. I would recommend reducing the # of visible tiles to 1.25x to 1.5x pixel-size of true Atari resolution, use time-machine to "auto-thumbnail" periodically (e.g. discrete updates, rather than continuous), and display active / running content ONLY for tile where mouse / touch focus is on. In this way, less perceived "vertigo", better size pre-views, with even lower CPU use, etc.
This concept would could also be implemented on Altirra and its rock-solid, swiss-watch emulation core. That would be a wonderful addition, indeed.
Edited by Faicuai, Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:52 AM.