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Archive 01/2001


22.Jan.2001
Oliver Roberts


WarpBMP.datatype Version 44.2 Released
Today Oliver Roberts released WarpBMP.datatype version 44.2. The datatype is freeware and is available for different processors (68k,PPC/WarpOS,PPC/MorphOS). (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
AmigArt


Earth 2140 Review by AmigArt
AmigaArt published a review of the new game Earth 2140. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
Thomas Steiding via eMail


Earth 2140 Update
There is an update for Earth 2140 for Amiga users available at the download page of Epic-Interactive. This update adds support for Voodoo3 graphic accelerators. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
Innovative on ANF


VHI Studio in "Kodak Third Party Solutions Catalog"
Not only more and more Amiga users belong to the people convinced of our software's quality, but recently also Kodak, who now included VHI Studio to the "Kodak Third Party Solutions Catalog".

Here you can find the entry in the Kodak Third Party Solutions Catalog. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
Innovative on ANF


Ultraconv NG now Available form Innovative Again
RBM Digitaltechnik handed the international sales-rights back to Innovative. That's why Ultraconv NG 4.0 is now again available directly from Innovative. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
Ignatios Souvatzis via eMail


ISDN now included in NetBSD/Amiga
The Zorro-bus connection for Siemens-chips (isic) are now included in NetBSD-current.

The subsystem is able to communicate with DSS1 (Euro-ISDN) mediate-stations. There are drivers for many PCI, PCMCIA, ISA, ISAPNP, and Zorro-bus - ISDN devices.

At the moment there are drivers for the following Zorro-bus-devices available: ISDN Master, ISDN Master II, ISDN Blaster. We are still working on drivers for the ISDN Surfer and on tests with PCMCIA-devices for the A1200.

The subsystem will be available with release 1.6 of NetBSD. Additional help for configuration is available in the documentation and from the manual pages for isdn and isdnd.rc. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
László Török


MooVId Screenshot with 3ivX
László Török published a screenshot of his AVI/MOV players MooVId showing that the new format 3ivX is playable with MoVId. He didn't said when a new version will be released. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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22.Jan.2001
Amiga Future [News]


MainPrefs Version 2.05 Released
MainPrefs by Martin Elsner is a program to configurate your Amiga under OS3.5. With the program you can manage your assigns, edit the User-Startup, set environment variables, and start the preferences programs. In v2.05 some bugs have been fixed, new tools and Spanish, French and Turkey catalogs have been added.

Download: mainprefs.lha - 67 KB (unk) (Translation: unk)

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21.Jan.2001
Fun Time World


Workbench 3.5 Guide by Peter Hutchison
On 20. January 2001 Peter Hutchison has released his "Workbench 3.5 Guide" in Englisch language.

The guide covers the subject: Reaction, preferences, Workbench, CacheCDFS, Internet, FastFileSystem, ROM patches, printer drivers, PowerPC support, colour icons and third party utilities.

Besides the online version (title link) there's an AmigaGuide version available for download.

Download: AmigaOS35.lha (unk) (Translation: unk)

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21.Jan.2001
Fun Time World


Auction tool: AmiBud for eBay
On their homepage F1 Software announces an eBay client for the Amiga. There are currently no details released, but a screenshot.

Everybody who has questions or comments regarding the software might mail to amigastuff@onemain.com. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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21.Jan.2001
ANN


Finish user group 'Saku' with New URL
The WWW address of the "Finish Amiga Users Group", also known as 'Saku' which is the name of their magazine, has changed. The address is now: http://batman.jypoly.fi/~saku/english/. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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21.Jan.2001
Czech Amiga News


Review of the PC Version of Realsoft 3D v4
In the beginning of December 2000 Hyperion und Realsoft had announced the port of the 3D software package "Realsoft3D V4" for the Amiga

On 9. January 2001 a review of the PC version of Realsoft 3D V4 was released on Planet3DArt that gives an impression of the software.

(Real3D was originally developed for the Amiga. There was no update since a longer period of time.) (unk) (Translation: unk)

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21.Jan.2001
Michael Haider on ANF


News about Linux-APUS/LinuxPPC
Michael Heider wrote:
As reported at Heise some days ago new kernels in version 2.4.0 are ready for download at linux-apus.sourceforge.net As this server might probably be permanently overloaded, I will also make the precompiled kernel available for download on my homepage.

New to report after reading the .config file is that the driver for the Cyberstorm MK III controller is included in this kernel.

Furthermore, there are again new programs to be found in the download area that I have shifted to LinuxPPC. Among others UAE in the version 0.8.15 (new: 68040 cpu emulation) and Quanta+, a very good HTML page editor with own preview function. Besides, there will be new and shifted programs regularly appearing on my homepage, taken from the Linux user magazine, . (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
gamespy.com


Interview with Ben Hermans
James Hill of gamespy.com had an interesting interview with Ben Hermans of Hyperion Entertainments about their Linux ports. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Bernd Gmeineder on ANF


Fire & Ice - Now Legal and Free at AMI Sector One
AMI Sector One has the following interesting news:
First of all the company 'Jester Interactive' which owns the copyrights of many older Amiga games, has granted us permission to post many of the games from the cult company 'Graftgold' for free download on our site: The first free game that is available is 'Fire & Ice' which should ring a bell to every Amiga-Fan.

Furthermore more commercial games and PD classics like 'Magic Forest 2', 'Seek & Destroy', 'Mayhem', and many more have been made available. The first version of the new 'Amiga Applications Compendium' has been put online. This allows the user to search for more than 300 Amiga applications, companies and developers.

Nostalgic disk magazines and cheat disks put a nice finish to this year's first update. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
amiga.org


'The Best Of The Amiga Scene CD' for Free at mp3.com
Fredrik, also known as ORG* of X-TRADE ^ BoB, and two friends compiled an Audio CD containing the best Amiga Songs ever five years ago. The CD sold well but now there are only two left and so it was decided to make the songs available for free download at MP3.

Not all songs are already available, but they will be as fast as possible. Enjoy! (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
amiga.org


Looking for AmigaDE-Developers
#Developer needs YOU! If you are a AmigaDE developer come to the IRC channel #Developer on Amiganet (see title link). If you are sick of off-topic news in mailing lists, but like to share your knowledge about coding, #Developer is the place to be. More information about IRC and Amiganet can be found here. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Amiga Flame


Amiga Flame: Top 10 of the Games 2000 Determined
Every year the online gaming magazine 'Amiga Flame' starts a poll to determine the best games of the year and then compiles a top 10 hit-list. The results of 2000 are now computed. Here now the games in reversed order:
  • 10. Virtual Ball Fighters by Xteam Software Solution
  • 09. Tales From Heaven by Darkage Software
  • 08. Code Name Squad by Digital Dreams Entertainment
  • 07. Foundation: Gold Edition by Paul Burkey (Epic Interactive)
  • 06. Exodus: The Last War by Blittersoft
  • 05. Bubble Heoes by Arcadia Developments (Crystal Interactive Software)
  • 04. Simon The Sorcerer II by Adventure Soft (Epic Interactive)
  • 03. Earth 2140 by Topware (Epic Interactive)
  • 02. Nightlong by Trecision (clickBOOM)
  • 01. Heretic II by Hyperion (Titan Computer)
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20.Jan.2001
Extraterrestrial developers via eMail


New Crusader-Clone in Development - Demo Available
The team arround 'Extraterrestrial Developing' is currently working on a Crusader clone. The first demo version 0.2b of the game called 'Silencer' is ready for download.

The game runs on a 640x480 screen with 256 colors and needs 16MB RAM and 15MB on the harddrive.

The team is still looking for a distributor. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Olaf Koebnik via eMail


Amiga Arena News
'Weltendaemmerung' a new strategy game by UAC Design is online. In the game the user plays a character called Robert Ungar. He must try to stand against the creatures of Dr.Coypu. To achieve this he must gain control over a army of mutants... (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Patrick Beerhorst on ANF


WB 2000 Preferences Pics / PlayAmiga Design
On the occasion of the release of WB2000 Images for applications and tools with more than 350 pictures, we have now posted the current archive for preferences with 40 images on our site. Furthermore there is a preview screenshot in the gallery on our news page of the new design of Play! Amiga.de. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Friedbert Baer on ANF


Another Interview with MeterNet
Greg Wible, CEO of MeterNet held an interview with amiga.topcool. There he talks about his collaboration with Amiga, amongst others. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
MindIt on ANF


New Firmware (v1.08) for Plextor PX-R820T
There is a new firmware version 1.08 for the Plextor CD-ROM 'PX - R820T'. Here are the changes in detail:

Added:
  • Reading of over-burned Audio discs

Improvements:
  • Read of CD TEXT data (Error detection added)
  • Initialisation of CD-Extra discs
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20.Jan.2001
Christoph Dietz


Interview with Greg Wible of MeterNet
Christoph Dietz had an interesting interview with Greg Wible, the founder and CEO of MeterNet Corp.. MeterNet is the company that delivers, amongst others, the 'SimpleBox'

Greg Wible
Greg Wible
MeterNet


Amiga-News: Where are you born?

Greg Wible: I was born in Medina, Ohio - a small town in between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. I graduated from University of Cincinnati and moved to Southern California in 1980. BTW, I understand that one primary ancestor Frederick Wible (aka "Weibel") sailed from his home in Rhine Province through Rotterdam in 1751 to relocate and start a new life in Western Pennsylvania in the US... so my family roots can be traced back to your country, Germany.

Amiga-News: How old are you?

Greg Wible: 43...but most days I feel about 28!

Amiga-News: When and where was MeterNet founded?

Greg Wible: Founded in May, 1996 with registered office in Reno, Nevada and sales office in Long Beach, California (near Los Angeles). More company info found at http://meternet.com/mtabout2.htm.

Amiga-News: Your position at MeterNet?

Greg Wible: Founder and President.

Amiga-News: How many employees are working for MeterNet and in which department the most?

Greg Wible: A total worldwide team of 12, evenly divided in sales/admin & development. We also use contract programmers from US and abroad.

Amiga-News: This seems not to be much. How large is the army of contract programmers?

Greg Wible: We are a small company. at any time we use from 0 to 6 contract programmers.

Amiga-News: Is MeterNet a public company?

Greg Wible: Currently private, although in the last two weeks we have received an offer sheet from a public company to acquire MeterNet. If/when this acquisition happens, we will make official news release.

Amiga-News: Can you tell us about investors?

Greg Wible: These are private citizens.

Amiga-News: You just introduced the "SimpleBox wb7500" with "EnReachTV2". What is this EnReachTV2?

Greg Wible: We use the SimpleBox brand throughout our product line covering both entry level and mid-class devices: wb6400, wb7500 and wb8600. Specs for the entire line are found at http://info.simplebox.com. Our MeterNet "mid-class' SimpleBox wb8600 series will be powered by AmigaDE on an x86 platform designed for broadband connection. Our 'entry level' SimpleBox wb6400 series have been shipping since 1999. Its a basic browser device using analog modem on a PA-RISC processor platform from Winbond and a tailored browser SDK from Access in Japan. We are extending our entry level category with the new wb7500 series which is powered by a tailored version of the TV2 browser from Enreach running on a Luxsonor RISC platform with soft modem. Enreach is a Chinese company that has long experience in VCD and is also working hard to promote PVR technology for their next generation TV4. But we are using their proven TV2 solution for the 'entry level' segment. We have no current plans for PVR or other 'bleeding edge' features.

Amiga-News: Do you focus an using AmigaDE in the next future for the SimpleBox?

Greg Wible: Absolutely! Initially in the wb8600 series, plus on a new Internet Radio device slated to be released in late 2001. Bill, Randy, Fleecy, Dean and the entire Amiga team are very long term alliance partners that are crucial for the continued growth of MeterNet. We anticipate mutual success utilizing AmigaDE in our SimpleBox devices.

Amiga-News: When can we expect the SimpleBox with AmigaDE to hit the market and what is the business plan for the SimpleBox?

Greg Wible: Our overall plan is to always offer a series of devices to our US vertical and export markets. We hope to begin shipments of wb8616 in US market by late February, but this depends our DSL partners and on the v1.0 software being ready. In the US we will ship the wb8616 bundled with DSL service as part of the offering. However, our current DSL partner just announced a major reorganization and have pushed back our timeline. We are still studying the best bundle and channel strategy to market in Germany, Europe and other export markets. When we do we ship, all wb8600 series will ship with online update capability, so as the AmigaDE solution continues its development progress we will offer the ability to upgrade to latest version.

Amiga-News: So the consumer only can get the SimpleBox in a bundle with provider? Or can the Set-top box be available without a provider chosen to connect through a self chosen one to the internet?

Greg Wible: In US, it will only be bundled with one provider and user cannot change (like a mobile telephone). As mentioned, we are still studying best strategy for outside US.

Amiga-News: Do you know about the existing Amiga community?

Greg Wible: We continue to learn more and more about the worldwide Amiga community, which is really quite amazing and unique.

Amiga-News: Why do you think the Amiga community is amazing and unique?

Greg Wible: Active/durable/committed/some borderline raging fanatics... and much larger than we ever imagined--especially in Germany & Europe.

Amiga-News: Do you need the Amiga community? If yes, which part of the community is important?

Greg Wible: We recognize that a portion, but not all, of the Amiga user community will be interested in our wb8600 series bundled with broadband service. But we are also targeting other market segments who, while possibly familiar with the Amiga brand and long history, are not active Amiga users. Long term, we expect to offer external hard drive / CD-ROM drive via USB for wb8616 that will come preloaded with some of the rich Amiga content including apps and games. We hope this will appeal to more of the Amiga community, both users and developers.

Amiga-News: Your "last words" to our readers?

Greg Wible: Keep the faith...but never forget the only thing permanent is change.

Amiga-News: Greg, thank you for this interview!

Contact Information MeterNet Corp.

MeterNet Registered Office

100 West Grove Street #360
Reno, Nevada 89509
email: MeterNet Corp.

Long Beach
Telephone: (562) 989-8976
Fax: (562) 424-4964
Reception: 3633 Long Beach Blvd. Suite #207
Correspondence: 4450 California Place PMB#344
Long Beach, CA 90807
email: sales@meternet.com

WWW: MeterNet (unk) (Translation: unk)

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20.Jan.2001
Alfred Sturm


New Aminet Uploads
CNCD-KillerCGX.lha   demo/euro  3.0M+CNCD: Killer (CyberGraphX version)
APX-TB3FIX.lha       demo/mag     9K+Taboo #3 AGA/CGX - FIX (magazine by Appe
pmDevBas.lha         dev/basic  112K+Using PopUpMenu library from HBasic
adasrc1.lha          dev/src      7K+Collection of simple Ada-Sources
Aminet-CD-40.lha     docs/lists  28K+Aminet CD 40 index and description
Mattonite.lha        game/demo  239K+BreakOut demo game, working in progress
zab-android.lha      mods/hardc 1.3M+DBM 8ch -> Zabba <- strange gabba 266bpm
id3taglibgui.lha     mus/edit    34K+MPEG Audio ID3Tag (V1.x and V2.x) Editor
SamX26.lha           mus/midi   400K+Sample-X v2.6 (registered version)
tmathtrans.lha       util/libs    2K+Faster FPU mathtrans.library v43.6b
choowin.lha          util/wb     17K+Window activation utility
VisualPrefs_PL.lha   util/wb     10K+VisualPrefs: Polish catalog
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