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Archive 12/2001


19.Dec.2001
Willy Trautsch (ANF)


1 Million AOL CDs are supposed to be collected
One million AOL-CDs are supposed to be collected to empty then them before the AOL central office. The action is meant against the aggressive advertising campaign of AOL and the waste of valuable resources. Up to now 7,808 CDs have been already collected. You can find more details e.g. to the national collective places which have been established under the title link. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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19.Dec.2001
Aminet (ANF)


PPClib.emu V0.9 available on Aminet
The PPClibemu is an emulation of the ppc.library and of the PowerUp kernel under WarpOS. The author of this emulation is called Frank Wille.

Changes since the last Aminet-release (v0.8d):
  • Three environment variables from ENV:ppclibemu will be recognized: IgnoreNOCACHEM68K, Debug, NoFreePatch and NoELFPatch (set != 0 to activate).
  • Library init swaps to an own 16K stack, to prevent problems with limited ramlib stack size.
  • Fixed bugs in __floatdidf, __floatdisf, __floatunsdidf and PPCDivs64/PPCDivs64p/__divdi3.
  • PPCGetTaskAttr() supports more tags: PPCTASKTAG_NAME, PRIORITY, STACKSIZE, INPUTHANDLE, OUTPUTHANDLE, ERRORHANDLE, ELFOBJECT.
  • New utility "ppclibemu_install" to load library into memory, replaces LoadSeg.
  • PPCCreateTask() behaves like exec.library's CreateTask() now.
  • PPCMsgPort is more similar to a real MsgPort.
  • PPC task termination routine will no longer free all memory.
Download: ppclibemu.lha (ps) (Translation: dr)

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19.Dec.2001
Payback (ANF)


Payback: Update 6 now available (Update)
Under the title link you can find update 6 of the game ´Payback´. Payback is a game in the style of GTA and supports 68k- and PPC-processors (WarpUP) as well as hardware-3d-rendering (Warp3D). The following things are new in update 6:
  • Vehicles can now be added to custom maps.
  • Added high score tables to rampage mode.
  • Improved vehicle textures.
  • In multiplayer mode, your kills will now go negative if you commit suicide with zero kills.
  • Added sparks when two vehicles scrape against each other.
Download: PaybackUpdate6.lha (link corrected). (ps) (Translation: dr)

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19.Dec.2001
Blick - Schweizer Tageszeitung (ANF)


Blick Online: Defender of the Crown - Comeback after 18 years
Peter Glauser has found this article on the most important Swiss newspaper 'Blick':
»There is a reason for hope: The classic «Defender of the Crown» will be published as a reworked version already next spring. For all those who do not know this game: In «Defender of the Crown» the C64- or Amiga-player had to win the rule over England.«
Have a look at the title link for the full article.

On autumn the game will be published by Cinemaware for Xbox, PS2 and PC. (ps)

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19.Dec.2001
Virtual Dimension (ANF)


Video of fair 'Amiga 2001' ready
Virtual Dimension has completed its fair report about the Amiga 2001. The crucial points of the video are AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. Ben Hermans of Hyperion and Gerald Carda of bplan report about the status and visitors of the fair are also asked.

Besides this the video which lasts 25 minutes reports about the newest hard- and software and short report about the Atari-park has also been added.

Additionaly this up to now most extensive fair report will be available in English.

Download:
amiga2001s.mpg (160x120 pixel, 25:07 min., 39 MB)
amiga2001.mpg (352x288 pixel, 25:07 min., 139 MB)
(ps) (Translation: dr)

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18.Dec.2001
Timo Kloss (E-Mail)


Graphics Adventure Engine: Update of 'Inga'
A new udpate of the graphics adventure engine "Inga" is available on the Inga homepage (title link), from now on. The following has changed:
  • The sound plugin now enables voice and sound output via AHI.
  • RAM cache system reworked.
  • CLI programs can be executed with the "Extern" command.
  • Single character animations are only loaded if required.
  • Animations now appear as fast as if the engine would run at 20 fps (no frames skipped)
  • The scroll text in sequences now also moves with constant speed, independant of the actual number of fps.
  • No more mouse pointer in sequences, anymore.
  • Characters can be displayed that far on top of the screen, that e.g. only the feet are visible (this would have caused graphic erros in the past).
  • Running characters will reach their target point accurate on pixel (previously only roughly).
  • Animated objects can be displayed as still picture, whereas the single picture to be viewed can be set using Inga-Skript (see compendium under "Objekt-Standbild").
  • Objects "bound" to the mouse pointer are now displayed along with thier animation.
  • PlugIn system reworked (safer now).
  • PlugIns can be disabled by thier options (tooltypes).
  • Miscelleanous little bugs fixed.
So, only audio CD support is still missing, now. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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18.Dec.2001
Andreas R. Kleinert (E-Mail)


Image Editing: PNG-Box V 2.51 and SViewIV V 9.25
Andreas Kleinert has placed PNG-Box version 2.51 and SViewIV version 9.25 in the Aminet. With PNG-Box you can convert graphic files via the SuperView-Library to PNG. (ps) (Translation: gf)

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18.Dec.2001
Amiga Future (E-Mail)


Amiga Future: Interview with Andrzej Bugajny (Exodus)
Amiga Future has made an interview with Andrzej Bugajny, the coder of Exodus. (ps) (Translation: gf)

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18.Dec.2001
Amiga Arena (E-Mail)


Amiga Arena: Interview with Darius Brewka
There are some startmenus for the Amiga, but non of those are currently being further developed. With "AmiStart" recently a new version was released on Aminet, which development leads back to 1998. The Amiga Arena talked to the author Darius Brewka about the relaunche of the development of AmiStart as well as about Amiga Inc., Amithlon and the future of "AmiStart". (ps) (Translation: mj)

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17.Dec.2001
PC-WELT


PC-WELT: Beware of Exploding CDs
The article of "PC-Welt" (German computer magazine) reports that CD-ROMs starting from 48x speed under certain circumstances get in that much strain that these explode inside the drive.
This also happened to the St. Andrews University in Edinburgh, England. Read the University's advices on this subject: Exploding CDs?. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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17.Dec.2001
Charlene of Virus Help Team Canada (ANF)


XAD Unpacks ZIP Archives For VirusChecker To Test
For quite some time, VirusChecker has been unable to unpack and virustest any ZIP archives. I have now managed to unpack .zip archives quite nicely with Dirks XAD shareware package. Please remember to support all our excellent Amiga programmers, even if their particular program has gone from shareware to freeware. You may not realize what a God-send they are, until something goes wrong. Thanks!

These directions will always be available on the VirusChecker links page.
  • a) get the XAD package (remember this is shareware)
  • b) install xadmaster.library and accompaning files
  • c) place the c: directory files in c:
    there will be a file called 'c:xadunfile'
  • d) start VirusChecker-II and go to the prefs
  • e) add/edit for ZIP:
    Name: ZIP
    Offset: 0
    Data: PK
    Command: c:xadunfile "%s" "%s"
  • f) save your settings, and you will be finished
(ps)

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17.Dec.2001
Charlene of Virus Help Team Canada (ANF)


XAD Unpacks ZIP Archives For VirusZ To Test
For quite some time, VirusZ has been unable to unpack and virustest any ZIP archives. I have now managed to unpack .zip archives quite nicely with Dirks XAD shareware package. Please remember to support all our excellent Amiga programmers, even if their particular program has gone from shareware to freeware. You may not realize what a God-send they are, until something goes wrong. Thanks!

These directions will always be available on the VirusZ links page.
  • a) get the XAD package (remember this is shareware)
  • b) install xadmaster.library and accompaning files
  • c) place the c: directory files in c:
    there will be a file called 'c:xadunfile'
  • d) start VirusZ and go to the archive options
  • e) add/edit for ZIP:
    Name: ZIP
    Offset: 0
    Data: 'PK'
    Command: c:xadunfile %f %P
  • f) save your settings, and you will be finished
(ps)

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17.Dec.2001
Sebastian Beloch (ANF)


NetInfo Version 2.10 released
Today, the new version of the network information tool NetInfo was released. Popular helping programs are integrated into NetInfo such as "Tracerout", "Ping", "WhoIs", and "Finger".

Features:
  • "quick traceroute": Sends a series of packet in quick succession to get a route overview very fast, then does accurate timings for the individual hops
  • "ping": Sends a sequence of ICMP ECHO packets to a host to measure network latency and stability.
  • graphical display of hop min/last/max timings for TRACE
  • graphical display of ping times for PING
  • integrated smart WHOIS function: double-click on a IP, Host or Network column to automatically receive WHOIS information for the given object. NetInfo determines the WHOIS host to query.
  • automatically retrieves WHOIS network information for hosts
  • automatically scans destination host for Web (HTTP) and FTP server versions
  • history for all queried hosts
  • integrated FINGER client
  • integrated "classical" WHOIS client with on-disk cache
  • ARexx port
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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