A visual HP-45 calculator emulator written in Python #Emulation #Python @sarahkmarr
Sarah K. Marr has written the HP-1973, an HP-45 (or HP-35 / HP-80) calculator emulator.
I love the HP-45 calculator. It’s beautiful on the outside, but I wanted to show people that it’s beautiful on the inside, too. So, as a coding and retrocomputing challenge I decided to rewrite an earlier, terminal-based simulator of mine in Python (but with standalone executables), with a GUI. As with all such ‘just a few days on this’ projects it spiralled out of control, and the result is HP-1973.
It not only runs (included) ROM code from the HP-45, but also the HP-35 and the HP-80. You can select which calculator you wish to use when the application starts, and also have the option to choose between multiple ROM versions for a given calculator (with warnings if a ROM is known to contain bugs). In total, six calculator-ROM variations are included.
There is a mac and Windows standalone application as well as the Python source for use with existing Python 3.10.10+ environment (macOS/Windows/Linux/FreeBSD).
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