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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
daphne-0.99.6pre4-macosx.tar (6.92 MB)
MD5: a7568ce004581099689cc27c8cb4b5b0
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
daphne-0.101.12-macosx.dmg (40.00 MB)
MD5: 3ea93e6d605a83662469f7268b8a3ad5
For Mac OS X
Guides on emulating older applications

Daphne is like MAME for emulating laserdisc coin-op arcade games like Dragon's Lair. At the time when Daphne was written (2001-2006) MAME wasn't tentacled enough to do laserdisc emulation. That's where Daphne comes in, because the highest *PowerPC* versions of MAME might not handle laserdisc games well. The name Daphne is of the damsel in distress found in the game Dragon's Lair. The Daphne project was also subtitled F.E.M.A.L.E. ~ First Ever Multiple Arcade Laserdisc Emulator. Work seems to have stopped on Daphne presumably because it was integrated all into the MAME project after 2006.

Like MAME this is an emulator that requires ROM files, but also raw video data, and video conversion map files. The Daphne website is still up to assist us.

Download #1 is not the latest, the filename says v0.99.6pre4 while running it says v1.0 C++. It was made for PowerPC in March 2003 so it works on Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, higher.

Download #2 is the last version, filenamed 0.101.12 and says v2.1.29 when you run it. The publisher also had named this v1.0b (beta). It was made a universal binary, in 2006, and can still be downloaded from their website. This version has built in bittorrent/internet access and can (try to) download files for you. Jaguar did not work; this needs Tiger or maybe 10.3.9 too.

Architecture: PPC x86 (Intel:Mac)

Mac OS X Jaguar or higher.


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by SkyCapt - 2019, November 17 - 8:18pm

Not what I had hoped. Played Dragon's Lair. v0.99 doesn't know my real Mac hardware video, so it gives me no video options, no fullscreen, no deinterlacing. Both v0.101 doesn't know my real Mac hardware memory, so it won't cache the videos. Res has to stay at 640x480 or else framerate dies. Video playback never became optimized as this project died at v1.0beta in 2006.

Looks like I need a high ver of MAME or the DVD release of Dragon's Lair. I was hoping to make atari "Firefox" play but that seems only recent versions of MAME can, not daphne.

SolarstrikeVG's picture
by SolarstrikeVG - 2019, November 17 - 6:31am

Excellent find, SkyCapt!