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Thomas Igracki (ANF)

Audio: cddb.library
With this library every programmer can integrate CDDB support in his/her programs without knowledge of cddb protokols or tcp/ip.

CDDB is about a database of audio CDs from which one can draw title, track title, etc. of any desired audio CD.

Download: cddb-lib.lzx (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 23:57] [Comments: 0]
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Alexander Kurtz (ANF)

Aminet: Initial beta version of the new amiNET.GUI
Alexander Kurtz wrote:
The amiNET.GUI is being reworked completely to be changed from a static HTML site to a dynamic PHP script.

This will bring much advantages to the users.

Now I'm able to offer the dowload pages in several languages and can even add more languages without any problem.

Moreover an automatic debriefing of the MOD (Message Of the Day) is possible. So the user immediately will be informed about trojans or viruses, if appear in the Aminet.

Before long it also will be possible to automatically let create a message on the news page, if you upload using amiNET.GUI

Soon I will be able to offer an operative version of AULA.

An initial beta version of the new amiNET.GUI is online. This is far from containing all of the functions, but already views the direction the amiNET.GUI is going.

My ambition is to get the amiNET.GUI off beta status until the Amiga meeting on 17. November 2001 in Bremen, Germany.

I would be very happy to learn about your opinion and/or suggestions, cause the amiNET.GUI wasn't made for me only, but for you. (sd)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 23:09] [Comments: 0]
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Audio: Betas of AHI V5.17 and V4.27
Martin Blom released beta version 5.17 of the 'ahi.device' for PPC/68k, and beta version 4.27 of ''.

This release contains bugfixes for AmigaOS, MorphOS, and Amithlon.

Download shortcut: (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 19:37] [Comments: 0]
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30.Sep.2001 (ANF)

Ride agency to the show and other events
xandiy wrote:
Like all the other past years, again I offer a ride agency. This time at (has nothing to do with

Me and other Amiga devotees would be happy about many offers and requests.

xandiy (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 18:15] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

Amiga-Society: Software page extended, Schlachtfeld bugfix
The Amiga-Society website was updated. New or extended articles were added to the software page, primarily by the help of Nico Barbat, Falke Verlag (AMIGAplus).

The current archives for the strategy game Schlachtfeld were missing the sound files 6_24 to 6_28. On 30. September those missing sounds were included and released on the download page.

Download: Schlachtfeld2_V2.15.lzx (1613K) (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 18:15] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

Event: AMIGA World 2001 on 17./18. November 2001 (update)
Amiga Future magazine on their website report about the 'Amiga WORLD 2001' to take place on 17th and 18th November 2001 in the 'Mediapark 6' in Cologne. About 400 m² of exhibition space is available there. The Falke Verlag is organizer of this fair.

Amiga Future established a thread on this show in their forum with topical news and discussions.

According to AMIGAplus magazine the following exhibitors would attend this show:
  • Amiga Inc.
  • AMIGAplus
  • Amiga Active
  • Amiga Future
  • bplan
  • Cloanto
  • COOLbits
  • DCE
  • Eternity
  • e.p.i.c. interactive
  • Haage & Partner
  • Hyperion
  • individual Computer
  • KDH Datentechnik
  • Matay
  • Merlancia or Vesalia

Update 01. October 2001:
From today, on the website for this Amiga show it is mentioned that this show is called 'AMIGA 2001' and will take place in the KOMED in Cologne, Germany. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 17:14] [Comments: 0]
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Oliver Förster (ANF)

Music: Sid4 Amiga Beta V3.34
On 28. September 2001 Paul Heams has released a new beta version of the SID-(C64-music-)player 'SID4Amiga'.

New is a 'Reverb' routine which makes it possible to add a bit atmosphere to the good old pieces of C64-music.

Download: S4AB_334.lha (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 15:52] [Comments: 0]
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Olaf Koebnik (E-Mail)

Amiga Arena: Interview with J. Jalkanen and full version of
Amiga Arena - Interview Project
Janne Jalkanen, developer of the image editing software "PPT" answered the questions of the Amiga Arena and unveiled interesting stuff about his future and the AmigaDE.

Amiga Arena - BladeHD
After many users weren't able to run the Amiga Arena version of the RPG game "Blade" by Mark S., the final German version is available for exclusive donwload. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 02:37] [Comments: 0]
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Soren Ladegaard (ANF)

More C= Commodore TV-commercials
A 16 second videoclip (mpeg) showing "Commodore Amiga präsentiert - Seaquest DSV" recorded from German RTL television is now available for download at The Commodore Billboard in the "Commercials -> Amiga" section. Audio preview available too. (ps)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 02:28] [Comments: 0]
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Tom,s Hardware Guide

Tom's Hardware Guide: ATi Radeon 7500: Class for the mass
»ATi a bit precipitated made inroads into the editorial offices with prototypes of the Radeon 7500 and 8500. Now the final silicon was finished for the cheaper variant Radeon 7500 and it now is shipping to the vendors. Innately this board comes with dual monitor support and a TV out connector.«
Complete article (German) see title link.

More articles about this subject:
Tom's Hardware Guide: GeForce3 Under Attack: ATi's Radeon 8500 Previewed
Tom's Hardware Guide: SMARTSHADER - Up The Pixel Shader Ladder
Tom's Hardware Guide: Matrox Launches The G550
Tom's Hardware Guide: More articles from the graphics boards field.
(cm) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 02:14] [Comments: 0]
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Hard Tecs 4U

Hard Tecs 4U: Prices for the new Athlon XP turned up
»Initial information about prices for the new Athlon XP turned up at The Register
Complete article see title link. (cm)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 02:08] [Comments: 0]
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Tom's Hardware Guide

Tom's Hardware Guide: TFT prices still in downtrend
»Market investigators continue to expect TFT screen prices to tend downwards. Near the end of 3Q01 prices for these handy displays will be about 20% cheaper than early this year. The analyzers all in all expect twice as much devices to be sold in 2001 compared to sales of the previous year.«
Complete article (German) see title link. (cm) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2001, 02:02] [Comments: 0]
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Jens Henschel (ANF)

AMIGAplus forum online again
Today at 14:30 h has the AMIGAplus forum gone online again. The bugs were removed and the design got a revision. Enjoy posting! (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 15:14] [Comments: 0]
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Fr3dY's Amiga Web Page

Tool: giFT V0.9.6
giFT V0.9.6 is a generic interface to FastTrack, the Peer-to-Peer network that is used by Morpheus, KaZaA and Grokster for shared use of files. Available for download are versions for 020, 040 and 060 CPUs as well as a MorphOS version. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 14:54] [Comments: 0]
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Genealogy program for Amiga in the works
Sven Dröge is working on a genealogy program for the Amiga. The idea for this program came him when Sven looked at his father-in-law who was doing some investigation about his family. That man entered personal data into some software on the PC. The PC software owns an export function into the GEDCOM format, the default data exchange format for family tree data. Sven Dröge asked his father-in-law to open such a file for him, and he got information about this format from the Internet.

As further investigation showed that such software doesn't exist for the Amiga, the decision was made to program a genealogy program himself. ´Dynasty´ was born and the plan is to make Dynasty that genealogy program for the AMIGA. You can read about already realized resp. planned features under the title link. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Volker Grabbe (email)

Scanner calibration software ICS for AmigaOS 4?
Volker Grabbe has asked Wolf Faust, the programmer of the scanner calibration software ICS, about the future development of this software. With permission by Wolf Faust we release the questions and answers:

Volker Grabbe:
Good day, Mr. Faust, as I use on my A4K Scanquix 5, I'd like to ask you a question. What about coming support of the AmigaOS 4.x from your side? May Amiga Inc. possibly have approached you because of your product to be integrated into the OS?

Wolf Faust:
No. AmigaOS 4 is at least for me rather far away. Neither was I asked about it. And even if so, right now there's simply a lack of time for something like this. And even if there would be time there had to be something happening financially to view OS 4 as development platform. In the end the investments into OS 4 have to pay back sometime. Many of the developments here in the last time are extremly expensive and would almost be not financeable even in the best of Amiga times.

Volker Grabbe:
I didn't want to embarrass you with my questions yet I am curious about the future.

Wolf Faust:
Quite clear: there'll be only developments that aren't Amiga specific. But Amiga users make profit of the expensive developments for PC/Mac. It would be inconceivable for example to realize the coming offer for transparency units only for Amiga users. The investments alone for the machine/working time are running into the hundreds of thousands.
But when I look at the little number of accesses by Amiga users to my website etc. I'm beginning to doubt that even this makes still sense in the long run. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 13:35] [Comments: 0]
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Stefan Blixth (email)

OnyxSoft: Cathedral v1.1 and updates
New Program : Cathedral (version 1.1)

Information : - This is a program made to create
really *phat* reverb effects on
audio samples.

- Included engines :
* 68020 (w/o FPU)
* 68040 (FPU)
* PPC-WarpOS
* PPC-PowerUP

Use your PPC to create "phat"
echo-effects very quikcly :-)

---- New version : DECH (version 1.4) Information : - It can now be used for other compilers than AmigaE! - It's possible to save 5 different pre-defined command-lines for your five favourite compilers. - Plus other useful changes. --- New version : TheMPegEncGUI (version 2.08) Information : - Added a settable delay between the encoding of files in the list to let the filesystem save it's directory structure to prevent eventual loss of finished mp3's in case of a crash. - Added some modes for Lame. ---- And if you have some minutes over, please fill in our little survey at:
(ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 13:17] [Comments: 0]
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Werner Lange (email)

HCS Lange: no calls possible until 1.10.2001 (Update)
As the Amiga repair company HCS Lange has moved recently it cannot be contacted via phone because of the switching of the telephone number. From 02.10.2001 on should the line work again.

HCS Lange
32756 Detmold
Phone and Fax 05231 - 34530

Update 30.09.2001:
HCS Lange is available via email. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 13:04] [Comments: 0]
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Florian Rehnisch (ANF)

Discussion about deleting of news:de.comp.sys.amiga.archive
On they are discussing at the moment the deleting of the newsgroup de.comp.sys.amiga.archive.

The newsgroup was used for releasing announcements and archive lists of mailboxes and FTP sites, but is for some time now only used for daily upload statistics of the Aminet. The proponent of the process (Simon Paqet) is thinking that this can't be the meaning of a newsgroup that is distributed worldwide via many news servers.
(Title link: 1.RfD via Google-Groups) (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 01:41] [Comments: 0]
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Michael Göken (ANF)

Event: pictures of and report about the Amclust meeting
Michael 'MCP' Göken wrote:
The second Amclust meeting 2001 was again a full success. The Amclust and the AC Osnabrück met last weekend.
On this occasion were many interesting views exchanged regarding the present situation of the Amiga market and its loyal users.

As highlight Thomas Dellert presented his PCI-Board 'GREX'. All were very impressed by the new hardware, only the price is set a little bit too high in many users' opinion.

In addition has our Guido Mersmann introduced his keyboard adapter which offers really many features, for example hardware password protection, multimedia keys, computer on/off, etc.. For this exists a superb software that is also already available on Aminet. On interest email to Apart from that people had been working for three days with the Amigas. We've taken some snapshots of this event (see title link). (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 01:38] [Comments: 0]
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Achim Stegemann (ANF)

Digital Almanac III - news
Good news for all users of and people interested in Digital Almanac III. After the sales of the astronomy software had to be stopped because of defective hardware it can go on again. There's hardware again, so the development and the sales of the CD-ROMs can restart. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 01:32] [Comments: 0]
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Tao Group

Tao Group: Tao Strengthens Wireless Java
Reading, England, September 27, 2001 -- Tao Group today announces it has acquired additional intellectual property software rights from ASCII Corporation in Japan to further strengthen its 'intent JavaTM Technology Edition' software suite.

The Tao Java product, compliant with industry standards and Sun Microsystems-branded, has been developed over five years and is already being installed into an array of products including digital cameras, phones, pda's, digital televisions, set top boxes, personal computers and web tablets. The various specifications supported by the intent JTE are compact and robust, and run real world content many times faster than any alternative.

Dr. Paddy Byers, Chief Technology Officer of Tao said: "Emphasis on the development of Tao's product has always been on enabling Java technology-based services that the operators and manufacturers must be able to deliver to the consumer to support their economic models. The agreement with ASCII makes our story stronger than ever."

Francis Charig, Tao's Chairman, commented: "This is an excellent acquisition for Tao as we consolidate the technology on the intent media stack for both wireless and wired devices. Our Java product is part of a comprehensive multimedia, language independent solution which is uniquely helping companies take compelling and differentiated products to market both quickly and at low cost."

The conclusion of the ASCII Agreement is the first of several key announcements by Tao in the wireless space over the coming months.
The complete press release can be found following the title link. (ps)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2001, 01:31] [Comments: 0]
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Markus Pohlmann (ANF)

New role-playing game for Classic Amigas in the works
Project Crashsite - that'll be the name of the new role-playing game for Classic Amigas which is currently still under development. The role-playing game in the science fiction genre will require a CD-ROM, 68040 (minimum) and a graphics card.

Here an excerpt from the description:
»Mankind has reached for the stars and colonized a planet system. Far away from Sol, Future II develops into a self-sufficient economy system with own government. Not only has this government plans for Future II but the Sol government also. The third in the trio is McJevl, the space flight company who made the settling and terraforming possible. McJevl has plans too, and gets a big chance to make them reality.
Here enters the player as member of the Future Security Corps, the system-internal police. With a team consisting of up to six characters, law and order must be preserved in Future II. A difficult task which gets even harder as a meteor hits one of the planets and an eye-witness of the event is being murdered before the eyes of the Future Security Corps.
Investigations lead to the fact that this is not the only death ...«

Up-to-date information on the game development are now available at If you want to get a first impression of what the Classic Amiga is in for you should surf by.

Comments, suggestions and critics are welcome. (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 22:51] [Comments: 0]
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Audiosoftware: ProStationAudio compatible with G-Rex PCI bus boards
ProStationAudio is compatible with G-Rex PCI busboards by DCE and Terratec PCI audio boards. Frank Mariak, DCE's software designer of drivers for the G-Rex, confirms that drivers they just made for the 128i and 512i Terratec models have passed preliminary tests for analog I/O with ProStationAudio. Drivers for the 512i are being extended with S/P-DIF support.

G-Rex makers and AudioLabs are actively cooperating to provide the best compatibility between this new PCI busboard and ProStationAudio (a big thank you to Frank for his continued and accurate work).

The G-Rex PCI busboard, available in two models for the A4000 and A1200 is a solution developed specifically for owners of P5/DCE CyberStorm and Blizzard PPC and/or 68K CPU cards. The G-Rex 4000D replaces the stock A4000 backplane, offering slots for PCI and Zorro cards. ProStationAudio takes advantage as well of PCI graphic cards installed on the G-Rex. (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 22:41] [Comments: 0]
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Game: dynAMIteXXL version 1.7a
dynAMIteXXL version 1.7a, a Bomberman clone, is available for download. dynAMIte requires from this version on the identify.library V13. This update contains many changes which are listed in the changes text.

Download: dynAMIte.lha - dynAMIte.readme (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 22:10] [Comments: 0]
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Grzegorz Kraszewski (ANF)

Software update for Prometheus
Matay has released small software upgrade for Prometheus - Zorro III to PCI bridge. It consists of new version of SANA-II driver for Ethernet cards based on RTL8029 chip, and small graphical network traffic monitor called NetMeter. These can be downloaded from Prometheus support page. (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 21:03] [Comments: 0]
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Amarpreet Singh Munde (ANF)

Datatype: DocDatatypes V40.22
Amarpreet Singh Munde has released an update of DocDatatypes.

DocDatatypes is a set of datatype classes for documents. The list of supported formats include: MS-Word (Windows, Mac, OS2), RTF, WordPerfect, Write, MS-Works, AmiPro, WordStar, WordStar 2000, Pocket Word, Quill, XyWrite III, Psion Word, Psion TextEd, Palm DB TEXt Doc (pdbdoc), First Word Plus, Mac Write and Mac Text.

New for this version (40.22) is the support of writing Compressed Palm Docs and the fixing of the Mac Write, Mac Text, Mac TeachText and WordPerfect 4 descriptors. Also all datatypes have had some speed improvements and memory optimisations.

There is also the latest version of FindFile in the archive. A new fast, easy to use file finder application that offers search by name, size, date, and even file type.

Also, in association with Amiga Arena, DocDatatypes Lite is available for registration at a reduced fee for those who do not require support of all the exotic formats.

Available to download only from (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 17:40] [Comments: 0]
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AmiBench celebrates 4th birthday
Mark 'tecno' Wilson, maintainer of AmiBench, the website for international and free ads, celebrates the fourth birthday of the website with a quiz. Happy birthday. (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 15:24] [Comments: 0]
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AmiDog: AMP PPC-Movieplayer V2.04
Mathias "AmiDog" Roslund has made available version 2.04 of his movie player 'AMP' for PPC for download. AMP is a shareware program which can currently play the following multimedia formats:

  • MPEG1/2 video with sound (optional)
  • MP2/MP3 audio streams
  • AC3 streams
Changes since AMP v2.03:
  • Optimized the AC3 decoder, it's about 50% faster now.
  • Added LORES option that will decode the MPEG at 1/4 of the original size (i.e. half width and half height). This is about twice as fast depending on bitrate and resolution.
  • Fixed some bad init in the MPEGV decoder, should remove the jerky playback at startup.
  • Fixed AC3 sync bug causing it to not work at all. Also, pausing may have caused any kind of strange effects.
  • Made the subtitle decoder handle LORES as well.
  • Fixed the "PPC Alignment Exception" problem.
  • GUI: Replaced Gray with Mode and added options for Gray/Color with/without Lores.
Download: AMP204.lha (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 15:01] [Comments: 0]
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Golem (M. Lunk by e-mail)

Golem: Vim 6.0 - new version of the free Vi editor clone
»New version offers many new functions
More than one year after the first alpha release, the finished version of the editor Vim 6.0 (Vi Improved) sees the light of day. The free Vi clone is still almost 100% compatible with the almost legendary Unix editor "Vi" but offers many extensions and is tailor-made for the needs of programmers.«
Full German article at the title link.

Download Amiga version: Mirror Oldenburg (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 13:49] [Comments: 0]
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Bernd Roesch (ANF)

Emulator: WinUAE version 0.8.17r2
WinUAE, the Amiga emulator for Win95, Win98, WinME, Win2K and WinXP, has been released in version 0.8.17 Release 2 (JIT version). At the title link you'll find a detailed listing of the improvements and changes.

Download: WinUAE0817R2.exe (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2001, 13:30] [Comments: 0]
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