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Chris Hodges via eMail

MAS MPeg Device v1.0
Since today, Chris Hodges offers an MAS MPeg Device on his homepage for the MAS3507D player by Dirk Conrad (which is connected to the parallel port). This finally enables people to use all software which uses the standard commodore mpeg.device, such as AMPlifier, Frogger or MPegMovie.

Download: MASMPegDevice.lha (6K), Readme (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 23:18] [Comments: 0]
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Chris Hodges via eMail

FormAldiHyd v2.0 Beta with WacomIV Support
On 1st of January Chris Hodges has updated his tablet driver software for the Aldi/Tevion/Medion and AipTek/HyperPen tablets and included an experimental WacomIV mode. As he does not own such a WacomIV tablet himself and had no time to continue development due to lack of time, he depends on the response and feedback of users with WacomIV tablets who test the new driver and tell him what works and what doesn't.

Contact address:

Download: FormAldiHyd20beta.lha (48K), Readme (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 23:18] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga: New Forums
On are now different new forums for AmigaDE users and developers online. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 21:38] [Comments: 0]
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Kymon Zonias on ANF

iFusion Tests go Into Final Lap
According to Blittersoft has received the latest beta of iFusion from Microcode Solutions.

According to Blittersoft iFusion has been successfully tested on 060/PPC systems. Now just the 040/PPC combination (BlizzardPPC) is undergoing some tests. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 18:25] [Comments: 0]
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F1 Software

F1: eBay Client and 2 New Games
F1 Software has released detailed information about their announced eBay client 'AmiBud'. This runs on AmigaOS 2+ and faciliates the use of eBay.

Additionally two new games are announced. These will be developed in C++ and shall come out for Windows, Amiga, MacIntosh and possibly for AmigaDE. Further details regarding these games do not exist yet. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 18:21] [Comments: 0]
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JST v4.5b
On 28. January 2001 the version 4.5b of JST has been released. JST makes the installation of games on harddisc possible and offers patches that improve the compatibility of games in relation to more up-to-date Amiga systems.

In this version was a bug fixed with regard to the Phase5 68060 libs and the Silkworm loader updated (OS 3.5 icon and other things).

Download: jst.lha (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 18:21] [Comments: 0]
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eisblock on ANF

AmigaOnlineGames Update
On 28. January 2001 three more games were added to the AmigaOnlimeGames site and therefore the site comes to a number of 34 games that can be played on the Amiga via different networks.

Hints to further games and information can be sent to (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 17:21] [Comments: 0]
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CD32 Allianz on ANF

Searching for Retailers of CD32/CDTV Hard- & Software
The CD32 Allianz wrote:
As it becomes more and more difficult to get hard- & software for the CD32 & CDTV I'd like to ask those retailers who still have articles for these systems in their stocks to contact me so I can let the users know it in the CD32 corner.

Contact address: (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 28. Jan. 2001, 17:21] [Comments: 0]
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Matthias Henze on ANF

New Version (V.44.50 beta 7) of the HSMathLibs
Again there is a new version of the HSMathLibs for MC68040 and MC68060 for registered users. Many bugs were fixed and some smaller optimisations were done. The most significant enhancements in this version for sure are full compatibility with OS3.9 and support of (hopefully) all special cases of the math-libraries. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 19:53] [Comments: 0]
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CUCUG: Status Register January 2001
The Status Register is the monthly newsletter of the Champaign-Urbana Computer User Group. It handels current and important information regarding Amiga, Macintosh and PC, as well as the computer industry. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 17:31] [Comments: 0]
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AMIOPEN-ML/Jorge Pino on ANF

Specifications for Handheld Software under SDK
Amiga Inc. released the specifications for developers to create software for Palm/Handheld/PDA computers on the official AmigaSDK developer list [AMIOPEN-ML]. Following the data:

QVGA (240*320 Pixel)
16 Bit Color
16 Bit Stereo (audio available form SDK-Version 1.1)
Controls via 2 buttons (a+b) and one Game Boy typ
Directional Device
Shall be smaller than 2 MB.

Suggestions for game genres:
scramble/defender types
space invaders/galaxians types
puzzle games
sports stuff

To make this possible create a standard AVE window and add a 16 bit 240*320 pixmap.

Gary Peake thinks this also to be another way to get more experience with the AmigaSDK. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 16:42] [Comments: 0]
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AIO Issue 43 Released
Issue #43 of the online magazine 'AIO' (Amiga Information Online) has been released. Still more authors of articles and reviews are wanted.

Download: AIOV43.LHA

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[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 15:49] [Comments: 0]
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Hyperion Software

Hyperion: Shogo: Progress Report
Thomas Frieden wrote in the status report that Shogo now officially has entered beta test stage. This means that everything has been integrated to the game and the only task left is to find possible bugs. Read the entire report under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 15:49] [Comments: 0]
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Christian Bauer

ShapeShifter V3.11 Released
Christian Bauer has updated his Mac emulator 'ShapeShifter' and made version 3.11 available for download.

Download: ShapeShifter3_11.lha - 281 kB (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 15:49] [Comments: 0]
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Fun Time World

SoftCinema and How to Get New Codecs
Sebastian Brylka from Fun Time World did a summary of a Polish article (see title link) which we review here by his agreement.

«Jacek Cybularczyk, author of SoftCinema, released an article about the origin of new codecs for the video player on This article was written in Polish, thus here only the most important details.

Meantime the program SoftCinema can read the two formats OpenDivX and soon 3ivX, too. Still missing e.g. is MPEG-4 support and several other not quite legal codecs. The problem about those is that sources of the formats are not free available. But there are some possibilities to fix this problem, too. Though there are codecs for MPEG-4 and DivX on Macintosh, but due to missing documentations of the Macintosh resources and extensions this all might be difficult, somehow. The authors also don't seem to have a PowerMac for disassembling.

In case of the second possibility the author wrote that many might think this to be moronic, but the thing works. You take the Windows dll's for help. Work started about two month ago. The technic used is called "binary translation". First the x86 code gets prepared for the C preprocessor in form of a macro instruction. Much of the work takes the program TX86 which can read the dll's (comparable to Amiga libraries) and convert them to C code. This isn't done total automatically, so you still have to correct much yourself. The this way created code is compiled and can be executed under a Windows emulated environment called WIN32ENV. In this a part of Win32 and some important libraries are emulated. This all works on a PowerPC native only. Though all possible codecs run, but speed is at flabby 1 FPS.

To get things somehow faster the code, which contains about 17,000 lines of macro instructions, must get optimized. Unfortunately without optimization 72 MB are not enough to compile, thus the rest of the work were done under APUS with a 200 MB SWAP file. For an optimized compilation a 1 GB SWAP file was needed. The procedure took about 13 hours. But the effort was worth while, meantime everything runs much faster. Next the dll's will be converted to assembler to gain even better speed. This is possible after analysing the C codes and using what GCC has generated. Later on everything will get optimized once more. After profiling often used program parts either will be re-written or more heavy optimized. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 14:18] [Comments: 0]
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Xandiy on ANF Writing Race...
Since one might have to offer more than one Euro for 4 opinions decided to organize a small competition. Who will write the most opinions until Thursday, 12:00 am MET will win a price:

1. price - Amiga OS 3.9 CD
2. price - Fondation Gold Ed. CD
3. price - Capy
4. price - Capy
5. price - Capy

For the form item "Member" fill in your e-mail address. But this is only applys to non-members! Members will fill in their membership number, cause by this their points will be double credited.

Some days after the competition expired winners will be announced on the site and informed by e-mail. Opinions will be rated in my discretion, so don't write only 10 words. For more questions ask: (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 13:58] [Comments: 0]
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Jan Andersen via eMail

VirusHelp Denmark with New Mailing List
VirusHelp Denmark has created a new mailing list at YahooGroups, which will replace the old ML at eGroups. The new mailing list will be public, so everybody will be able to read it. Postings will only be accepted by VHT themselves.

All members of the old mailing list at eGroups were already subscribed to the new mailing list at Yahoo and should trouble-less receive the announcements via e-mail, as usual. Though it's advisable to subscribe again at Yahoo to be able to take part in e.g. polls.

More information on how to subscribe/unsubscribe can be found under the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 13:41] [Comments: 0]
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Andy Holzher via eMail

New Exec V44.1 public beta 1 and New MapROM
Harry "Piru" Sintonen has made available for download version 44.1 of Exec as official beta version on his website. This is about a non-official Exec version optimized and faster than the official one, according to himself. Use at your own risk.

Furthermore Piru published version 1.24beta5 of his MapROM tool 'BlizKick' for phase5/DCE acceleration boards.

exec44_1_beta1.lha - 56 kB
BlizKick.lha - 245 kB (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Jan. 2001, 13:26] [Comments: 0]
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Alfred Sturm

New Aminet Uploads
tummy_020.lha        biz/dbase  872K+The Ultimate Magic Yard V1.00
tummy_040.lha        biz/dbase  872K+The Ultimate Magic Yard V1.00
tummy_060.lha        biz/dbase  872K+The Ultimate Magic Yard V1.00
TCom2DEMO.lha        biz/demo    96K+V2.8.0 Amiga order program,(COMMESSE ITA
UidlRem.lha          comm/mail    5K+Automatic daily YAM .uidl file deleter :
MWI-SDV30.lha        demo/mag   1.3M+SAVE DA VINYL #30 - packmag by Madwizard
SamplesMaster.lha    dev/amos    92K+Creates IFF and RAW samples (italian)
ASweeperSrc106.lha   dev/basic   24K+Source for AGA Workbench MineSweeper V1.
clockita.lha         dev/basic   66K+Italian clock+alarm+source code (bugfix)
flstack.lha          dev/c       11K+Fixed length stack ADT
select_gc.lha        dev/gui     67K+BOOPSI pop-up, cycle and button gadget
titlebar_ic.lha      dev/gui     24K+BOOPSI class of titlebar gadget images
amigatalk.lha        dev/lang   464K+A GUI version of 'Little Smalltalk' (V1.
MCC_GLArea_Dev.lha   dev/mui    408K+MUI Custom class for StormMesa rendering
MCC_GLArea_Usr.lha   dev/mui    126K+MUI Custom class for StormMesa rendering
MCC_ImageDB.lha      dev/mui     25K+MUI Custom class for loading images.
AutoMounter.lha      disk/misc   15K+AutoMount tool for any changeable disk d
IoJazOS3.9.lha       disk/misc    9K+Iomega Jaz 1GB DOS Drivers/Icons for Ami
FBlitGuideGR.lha     docs/hyper  26K+Greek translation of (v3.73)
stccg.lha            docs/hyper 1.7M+AmigaGuide to Star Trek CCG from Deciphe
Amigo6_3.lha         game/board  91K+A "Go" board and player for the Amiga. v
EgyptianWDC.lha      game/data   19K+Egyptian landscape for Worms DC
Connect4.lha         game/think  52K+Connect 4 game using MUI (with source)
FlashMandel.lha      gfx/fract  4.1M+The best fractal rendering program for A
IOBlixUsr.lha        hard/drivr 294K+V37.17, IOBlixZ2 and IOBlix1200 software
mccontrol.lha        hard/hack  673K+V1.59 PSX MemoryCard Reader
breed_junk.lha       mods/hardc 121K+A good acidcore DBM module by Breed
rno-r054.mpg         mods/mpg   5.0M+Rno-records release no.54 by Earthstar (
breed_egg.lha        mods/techn 232K+A minimal acid DBM module by Breed
3PMGUI_Skins1.lha    mus/play    13K+8 Semi nice skins for 3PMGUI 
OnePoWeRweek.jpg     pix/misc    85K+ONE PoWeR WEEK Background by aMiGa=PoWeR
Blessings.lha        pix/wfm    179K+Blessings; Artwork&Literature
alba.lha             util/boot   56K+Lock your Amiga with a password ITA-ENG
WarpBMPdt.lha        util/dtype  42K+Windows BMP datatype (68k,WarpOS,MorphOS
ReportPlus.lha       util/misc  297K+Report+ 4.22: Multipurpose utility
coolCalc_sk.lha      util/wb     48K+2 new skins for CoolCalc
mainprefs.lha        util/wb     66K+OS 3.5,3.9 Preferences GUI
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[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 18:19] [Comments: 0]
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Patrick Beerhorst on ANF

WB2000 Images Update V1.5
Since the last archive about 90 new images for users of the startup tool WB2000 were added - the archive now contains about 390 IFF images. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 17:52] [Comments: 0]
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Markus Schmidt via eMail

ICQ User List
The ICQ user list's sign-up form didn't work for some time. Sadly, this has been noticed only just today because of a hint. The error was fixed immediately. All those who have tried in vain to sign up, please try again. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 17:34] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Kuerzinger via eMail

Andreas Kuerzinger HP Updated
Andreas Kuerzinger has made available version 1.1 of his AKCatalogs (35 catalogs for various programs) on his homepage. Also the Amiga links page was finished and many other pages updated. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 17:26] [Comments: 0]
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Elbox via eMail

Elbox: Version 1.2 MediatorNET.device
Elbox has released a new version 1.2 of the MediatorNet.device for Mediator PCI for PCI ethernet network cards, today. Changes in the new version:

The new version of the driver enables simultaneous using of several PCI Ethernet cards in Amiga fitted to the Mediator PCI busboard.

Support of New Style Device (NSD) has been added and operation procedures have been optimised in order to reach the maximum transfer performance.

MediatorNET.device is a Sana-2 standard driver. This driver is compatible with all the Amiga TCP/IP software packages which can access a Sana-2 driver (e.g. Miami, MiamiDx, Genesis, and AmiTCP).

You can find further details at the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 14:00] [Comments: 0]
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Reader on ANF

nectarine * looking for host
A regular listener of the demo radio station 'nectarine *' wrote:
"Hi and hello, as regular listener I have sad news which could still be turned into a story with happy end until end of February.

What is Nectarine? At you'll find a very special internet radio. They broadcast music of game classics and well-known sceners. Further, you can upload tracks as a small home producer. This all results in an interesting music mix which clearly stands out from the usual droning. Well and now, where's the problem?

Nectarine needs a new HOST... here's the original message:

Why Nectarine can close at the end of February
- For now, Nectarine is friendly hosted by the company where i work ( as Orange Juice webserver etc.. They help us a lot with hardware, technologie and prices for LTP (remember the travel for Amiga competition at LTP IV). They paid every month for an Easynet 12 mb/s ATM line but in March they will pay only for the bandwith that the company needs. So, as nectarine isn't a company project i can't ask them to pay for us. Maybe you noticed that they didn't ask for any adverts at all.

- Nectarine needs a new host (best is in Paris) where i can put the 2 computers of Nectarine Radio. The total amount of bandwith needed could be a very stable 1.5~2mb/S or more and we can find relays everywhere to reduce the total amount. In exchange we can promote the company who host us with banners, jingles etc... If you think that you can help us then just send an email to me. Every emails will be answered.

For now, those peoples try to help us: ! Audiorealm ! SonicBox ! and lot of Nectarine lovers ! thx
ciao THOMAS SiEGEL aka d!RT!e (Organiser of" (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 13:31] [Comments: 0]
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Jan Andersen via eMail

VirusHelp Denmark: New TCP Trojan Found
A new 'TCP' Trojan was found in New Zealand. So far it isn't known what installs the trojan, but Zbigniew Trzcionkowski, the programmer of Safe, has already updated his virus detector so that the Trojan can be found in memory.

The TCP Trojan replaces "c:mount" by a 7484 byte long file and creates a new file "c:f". The new file c:mount is a clone of the Vaginitis virus.

More information on the new TCP Trojan:

Virus type: TCP Trojan
Trojan name: Explode
Trojan size: 7484 Bytes (c:mount) - 232 bytes (f)
Archive name: ? (still unknown)
Archive size: ? (still unknown) (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 11:17] [Comments: 0]
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Jan Andersen via eMail

VirusHelp Denmark: Safe V 14.7 Released
Version 14.7 of Safe has been released. Safe is a virus detector, the program can only find, but not remove viruses.

Name: Safe v14.7
Archive name: safe.lha
Archive size: 20.853 Bytes
Date: January 26th, 2001
Programmer: Zbigniew Trzcionkowski
Info: Requires xvs.library v33.24 (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 11:05] [Comments: 0]
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Greg Donner

Greg Donner's OS3.9 FAQ Updated
The official OS3.9 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), maintained by Greg Donner, was updated. The sections 'undocumented features', 'internet applications', 'known bugs' and 'miscellaneous' were made up-to-date. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 08:46] [Comments: 0]
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Winter Amiga Congress '01 in Denmark
The Amiga party 'Amiga Congress '01' takes place from March 2nd to 4th, 2001 in Hvidovre, Denmark. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 08:30] [Comments: 0]
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Ina Sielaff via eMail

Motorola COLDFIRE® Processor News
As the manufacturer was criticized continuously by the current 68k users because the currently available COLDFIRE® processor has neither FPU nor (sufficiently 68k compatible) MMU, the engineering team has designed a new ColdFire (4e) which contains both FPU and MMU and is supposed to replace the 68k generation.

Motorola wants to take this step to "untie" their current customers from the (apparently still sold in huge amounts) 68k processors. The soon to be released, ABSOLUTELY 68k compatible ColdFire 4e is supposed to take their place and replace the old processor family in future.

Here you'll find further details on the COLDFIRE4® processor.

More links on this subjects:
Technical description Coldfire4e
Coldfire Roadmap (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 07:45] [Comments: 0]
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(cd) Runs on AmigaDE
The test page created by Amiga Inc. runs according to a http:// request issued by telnet on a server "AmigaDE zAMilo V0.098". Looks like the FTP server would be running on wu-ftpd (it's possible that it may be ported to AmigaDE).

The server reacts to "finger", but nobody was logged in. and are at least hosted in entirely different nets, not on the same computer.

The test page currently shows a logo which poses the question: "Can you write multimedia apps that run in a dozen host environments?" and answers it with the 'Artix logo and "zAMilo http server" powered by Amiga Digital Environment'. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Jan. 2001, 07:27] [Comments: 0]
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