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neo Award: Intermediate Result - Position #23
As already reported was nominated for the Internet-Award neo, category "favorit website". At the time being we rank on position #23 what we think to be a huge success. We thank all readers who voted for us! Since you can vote every week, you can vote for using your password again, this week. Put please, keep being fair and vote only once per week, cause otherwise we would disqualify ourselfves.

One word about data security: The organizer assures explicit that your registering data will be treated strictly confidential. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 04. Dec. 2001, 12:35] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

Amiga Future: Interview with the 'Schlachtfeld' Team
Andreas Magerl did an interview with the 'Schlachtfeld' team for the 'Amiga Future' magazine. Schlachtfeld is about a strategy game. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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W.F.M.H. (ANF)

Electronic Teacher 5 - special offer + new site
W.F.M.H. has launched a new internet site for one of its flagships: Electronic Teacher 5 CD. The multimedia language tutor home can now be found at . Besides, the package can now be ordered at promotional price (even 50% off)!

As publishing house informs, the software is still under heavy development and among tons of new features (including even animation support) then new release will bring us, the two new language data CD are expected to be released as well, with lessons of German and French! Electronic Teacher 6 is expected to be released at the end of April 2002. (ps)

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Christian Hujer (ANF)

Adobe SVG Viewer for Unix
Since a couple of days Adobe is offering the SVG Viewer for downlaod on the page for unsupported versions as version 3.0 beta 1 in English for Red Hat Linux 7.1 and Solaris 8.

The SVG Viewer is a web-browser plugin for displaying vector images of the XML basing W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (see Heise's articel, German). The Windows and Mac versions have an ActiveX interface for the Internet Explorer and a Netscape plugin interface for Netscape 4.x (and by this it is supposed to run with Konqueror and other browsers supporting the Netscape interface at 100%). Contrary to that the Linux version has a Mozilla interface and does not support Netscape's plugin architecture which is poorly documented, anyway.

In a first try this plugin could not be used under SuSE Linux 7.2 with Mozilla 0.9.5 RPM, it was not recognized, but Mozilla 0.9.5 and the plugin still are beta versions. For the final versions a better cooperation of both may be expected.

With the Adobe SVG Viewer available for Linux and Solaris the popularity and use of SVG might increase very much.

Of course the Linux port is available as binary only unfortuantely, meaning that it mainly contains of .so files (libraries) compiled for x86 Linux. That is, though there is a x86 Linux port now, an Amiga port is as far away as ever. Even the efforts of are promising more remedy. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 04. Dec. 2001, 02:54] [Comments: 0]
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Dennis Lohr (E-Mail)

Music: DBPro Mod-Compo - Rules
Plans about a DBM-Compo by the Digibooster Pro Community. But they do not want to make the according rules without requesting the ideas and opinions of the users. Proposals can be made until Friday (7.12.2001) by posting them at the DBPro-Community forum at the title link.

It would be grade if as many as possible users would participate in this discussion and in the upcoming competition. (ps) (Translation: sk)

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Installer: WHDLoad - New Packets
WHD-Load lets you install your floppy-based games on to your harddisc. The follwing packets were updated or newly included:

  • 02.12.01 new: Woody's World (Vision) done by Codetapper
  • 02.12.01 new: Wings (Cinemaware) done by JOTD
  • 02.12.01 new: Kikugi (Image Tech) done by CFOU!
  • 02.12.01 fixed: Future Wars (Delphine Software) small bug fixed
  • 30.11.01 new: The Three Stooges (Cinemaware) done by CFOU!
  • 30.11.01 improved: Zool (Gremlin) joypad support added
  • 30.11.01 improved: Rocket Ranger (Cinemaware) supports another version
  • 30.11.01 new: Road Wars (Arcadia Systems) done by Psygore
  • 30.11.01 improved: New York Warriors (Arcadia Systems) supports another version and some fixes
  • 30.11.01 improved: Lethal Weapon (Ocean) supports another version
  • 30.11.01 improved: Guardian CD³² (Acid Software) joypad support added
  • 30.11.01 new: Friendish Freddy's Big Top'o Fun (Gray Matter/Mindscape) done by CFOU!
  • 30.11.01 new: Death Bringer (Empire) done by CFOU!
  • 30.11.01 new: Black Crypt (Raven Software) done by CFOU!
  • 26.11.01 new: Out To Lunch (Mindscape) done by Abaddon & JOTD
  • 26.11.01 fixed: Syndicate (Bullfrog) install script corrected
(ps) (Translation: sk)

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03.Dec.2001 Interview with Ben Hermans of Hyperion
There is an (English) interview with Ben Hermans of Hyperion Entertainmet available at (title link). (ps) (Translation: sk)

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Håkan Parting

Instant Messenger: AmiComSys Version 2.1
Håkan Parting released version 2.1 of his program AmiComSys.


  • BUGFIX: When all the checkboxes in the Client list settings/Show which information were checked the computer crashed. So if you had that setting in v. 1.34 and tried 2.0 the computer just crashed.
  • BUGFIX: It didn't work to install plugins directly from the plugin installer, by setting the environmental variable ACS_INSTALLPLUGIN.
(ps) (Translation: sk)

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Michael Göken (ANF)

DCE makes "Visionary" TV-Software online available
The TV-software "Visionary" for the G-Rex PCI-board is now available at the homepage of DCE. This release includes the skins for this program. A driver for 100MBit network adapters (based on RTL8039) is still beta and will soon be available at the DCE-supportpage. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 03. Dec. 2001, 19:48] [Comments: 0]
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Oliver Wagner (ML)

Vaporware: New Regtool with Euro-support
The offline-regtool 'Regtool' by Vapoware is now available with Euro-support and contains all new Vapor-products. All prices can be converted with the help of MUI (short help system). Products can still be paid and registered online by using a credit card and with the help of Silicon Circus Ltd. (UKP).

Download: regtool.lha (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 03. Dec. 2001, 17:25] [Comments: 0]
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Martin Strojek (E-Mail)

AMIGA in the media: 'Bild am Sonntag' of 02.12.2001
In the yesterday's issue of the German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag" the Amiga was mentioned in the special column "VIVABamS" on page 3. There is a draw with ATB (André Tanneberger, musician), mentioning the Amiga. Tanneberger said that his first computer was an Amiga on which he made electro songs. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 03. Dec. 2001, 17:14] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Steup (ANF)

Emulator: Amiga Forever 5 Benchmark
Andreas Steup writes:
In the stated URL you can find a few short Benchmark-Tests for WinUAE-Emulators from the Amiga Forever 5 package.

Result: A 300MHz Pentium is almost enough to emulate a 68040 Amiga with 80MHz, which means double the speed.

The English version of the tests are available. (sd) (Translation: sr)

[News message: 02. Dec. 2001, 22:50] [Comments: 1 - 05. Dec. 2001, 02:47]
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Workbench: Scalos with new Domain
You can now get access to the website of the Workbench Replacement "Scalos" under the new domain This means that all the e-mail addresses have also changed as they now end with "".

We've got outselves a new domain because the previous one Domain expired and was taken over by (sd) (Translation: sr)

[News message: 02. Dec. 2001, 21:19] [Comments: 0]
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Gabriele Greco (sdl-amiga ML)

Library: SDL V1.2.3 Beta
On 2. December 2001 Gabriele Greco published the Beta-version 1.2.3 of the Multimedia-Library "SDL" for AmigOS and MorphOS. All the improvements and bug fixes of 1.2.3. should have been implemented in this version.

The following amiga-specific improvements have been made:
  • Completely compatible with libnix (the 68k as well as the MorphOS version). Some demos (testsprite, testpalette) show that the libnix-version is 30% faster than the ixemul-version
  • Bugfix: A crash or a corruption of the memory list was possible in the hardware-accellerating and full-screen mode.
  • Modification: General clean up of the CyberGFX-Codes. Maybe this has also removed the Colors-Bug of Picasso 96 (wasn't tested).
Gabriele Greco is hoping to finish the final version by next weekend in order to add the new sources to the official Source and Development-Package on the official site SDL-Site.

The archive contains: include, docs, gcc 68k lib, SAS/C 68k lib and gcc MorphOS PPC lib.

The SDL enables the platform-independent programming of games and multimedia products.

Download: (sd) (Translation: sr)

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VNC: zvnc V1.0
On 1st December 2001 David Gerber published Version 1.0 of VNC-Clients "zvnc".

This is a small VNC-Client without Display-Support which is supposed to controll a second PC with monitor.

The advantage of "zvnc" is that only minimal data is transferred through the network since there are no graphics. In this way the mouse and keyboard input is very direct.

"zvnc" applies to AmigaOS V2.0 (68000), AmigaOS V3.0 (68020) and MorphOS (PPC).

Download: zvnc_1.0.lha (sd) (Translation: sr)

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XML: Expat as Shared-Library
The porting of the XML-Parser-Library "expat" for AmigaOS was published by James S. Perrin in Aminet. This version is available as Amiga-Shared-Library.

Expat is among other things used by the Web-Browser "Mozilla" for parsing XML-documents.

"Expat" was originally developped by James Clark, who also was technical manager of the XML Working Group of W3C for the drawing up of the XML 1.0 specification.

Download: (sd) (Translation: sr)

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USB: Information about "Subway" (USB about Clockport)
KDH Datentechnik has published Information about the USB-Controller "Subway" for the Clockport of Amiga 1200:

  • compatible with USB 1.1 and 2.0.
  • integrated 4 Port-HUB.
  • all ports are protected against over-tension and over-burdening.
  • integrated Power-Management for all ports.
  • energy is saved due to 3,3V Technology.
  • compatible with all 68030/40/060 and PPC-Turbo Cards.
  • no technical problems with Amiga 1200-Busboards.
  • compatible with all Amiga 1200 Tower Casings.
  • Standard Amiga 1200 Clockport-Connection.
  • Highspeed-Clockport-Connection for a quicker transfer of data.
  • Works on every Amiga 1200 compatible clockport.
(sd) (Translation: sr)

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IRC: AmIRC V3.5.21beta
Oliver Wagner published the beta-version 3.5.21 of the IRC-Clients "AmIRC" on the 30th November 2001. This version solves various little problems.

This update can only be used by registered users. The package contains text input V29.3.

Download: amirc_3521beta.lzx (222K) (sd) (Translation: sr)

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Daniel Orth (ANF)

amiga-topcool: Free classified advertisements relaunched
Daniel Orth writes:
Apart from the new design of our webpage for the Amiga-Magazine "amiga-topcool" we have also designed the section for the classified ads in a new way. The advantage is that you don't have to wait that somebody inserts an advert since this is now done by a small CGI-Script.

It's also now possible to buy advert space by means of an auction. Offers from 1 DM onwards are accepted. (sd) (Translation: sr)

[News message: 02. Dec. 2001, 15:14] [Comments: 0]
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Ralf Hasemann (ANF)

Trade fair: Amiga Expo announced (Update)
The trade fair "Amiga Expo" takes place in Baltimore, MD USA in the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn on 29th until 31st March 2002.

Further information about the trade fair can be found under the title link.

Appendix 02.12.2001:
date corrected as follows: 2002. (sd) (Translation: sr)

[News message: 02. Dec. 2001, 15:09] [Comments: 0]
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Jens Henschel (ANF)

BASIC: AmiBlitz User-Site now also for Amiga-Browser
Jens [bruZard] Henschel writes:
I have completely changed the design for the Blitzbasic-Site ( since Amiga-Browser wasn't able to bring it up. From now on problems won't come up any more. Should it nevertheless come to some incompatibilities here and there, please inform me, so that I can solve the problem. Contact address:

The site and the forum have been enlarged by an AmiBlitz-Section because of wide-spread interest. This will be filled up over the next few days. First, a tutorial for beginners will be published so that the Blitzbasic-Community might increase after all.

happy programming,

Jens [bruZard] Henschel (sd) (Translation: sr)

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Horst Diebel (ANF) It's all over
Horst Diebel writes:
1.12.2001 - This is the end of the Why should we create such a site that is of no use at all and that only causes trouble?

This question has occurred to me over the last few weeks more and more frequently.

After our relaunch we had more and more attacks on our site and in particular on my PC, that is to say my e-mail address. A week ago it finally happened that I gradually switched off the e-mail addresses because only virulent e-mails were arriving.

The initiators will know what I mean.... maybe they have reached their objective in this way.

By the end of the year I will have the site switched off! The competition will of course be finished - relevant addresses will be available before the end of the year and approximately until the 6th January 2002. The announcement of the lucky winners will be around mid-January 2002.

After this event I will retire completely. The project "battlefield" will certainly be continued by some of the participants - alternative Internet addresses will probably be announced very soon.

BI would like to thank all the people who have helped create the site.


Horst (sd) (Translation: sr)

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Alexander Pfau (ANF) now also in German
Bernd Meyer's Website "", which accompanies the Amiga-Emulator for x86er-Systems, is now also available in German.

It was translated into German by Alexander Pfau. (sd) (Translation: sr)

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