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Amiga Arena

Amiga Arena: Interview with Volker Grabbe
The lack of commercial software and the resulting gaps have been bridged well with freeware and shareware programs just for the applications section during recent years. But most Amiga users are missing an up-to-date browser and an office package which truely allows to exchange data with other platforms.

Especially for "text processing" the Amiga is not up-to-date, any more. The Amiga Arena talked to Volker Grabbe, who established the "OpenOffice" project and set himself the target to put an end to this nuisance with the open source variant of Sun's "StarOffice 6".

This interview is available in English, too.

Because Volker Grabbe cannot implement such project on his own, he raised a little team and still relies on help from the Amiga community. Everybody wanting to participate in this project, please contact Volker Grabbe for more information.

Olaf Köbnik: "Dear Amiga users, it would be nice if numerous developers would come to work on this project. The way users are fighting each other is incomprehensible to me. We all benefit from such projects and should account ourselves happy for still having enthusiasts in the Amiga section, who "sacrify" their spare time for us and the Amiga. Deliberately I did not mention any comparable product here, because this message mainly intends to call attention for OpenOffice!" (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2002, 20:14] [Comments: 0]
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Markus Lück (ANF)

peer2peer Morpheus changing protocoll
The peer2peer file sharing system ´Morpheus´ is changing the file sharing protocoll. Since the start of Morpheus the FastTrackSystem was used, which had some security gaps. After the change Morpheus users could not log into the system, because the existing software was not compatible with the Morpheus client any more. Morpheus now is about to use the Gnutella protocoll.

If MusicCity will allow other Gnutella clients, there would be a better chance again for the Amiga to get MP3s and video files, than it is currently possible with Amster (with the navigator).

There already is an unfinished Gnutella client called AmiGnut for the Amiga on Aminet. Sources are available in StormC format. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2002, 19:58] [Comments: 0]
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Richard Kapp (ANF)

NARR-Site reactivated
Richard Kapp:
My personel website, known by many as NARR site, was not accessibel for several months. But meanwhile I've found another server.

I completely redesigned the site and added new sections, graphics, cartoons, backgrounds, and more. The Amiga download sections continues to exist with all of my programs like CoolCALC, PlayGUI, 3pmGUI, and many more for download. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2002, 19:32] [Comments: 0]
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Costel Mincea (E-Mail)

Remedy Systems supporting AMIGA - AmiDynDNS Version 0.9
Costel Mincea is happy to announce that the Remedy Systems OHG will support the Amiga from now on. Remedy Systems is a quite young software and web design company and decided to develope software for the Amiga, too.

First there will be little but useful tools released. The DynDNS client ´AmiDynDNS´ was the first one and is available in version 0.9 at the download section. More sophisticated applications are scheduled.

DynDNS Client AmiDynDNS v0.9
AmiDynDNS is a command line based client or the service. The new version fixes some bugs and implements many new functions.

  • Complete DynDNS support (DynDNS, StatDNS, CustomDNS, and all options).
  • SMC barricade router support (IP directly from DSL router).
  • New config file format (optional), to take all the new options.
  • Local IP addresses are scanned now.
  • Current hosts will not be updated again (prevents hosts from being locked by DynDNS).
Of course AmiDynDNS still offers the "old" functions like optional web based IP recognition or the optional log file. More information can be found under the title link or from the AmigaGuide coming with the archive.

Costel Mincea: "For the rest I would like to apologize to those, who wanted to use v0.82 and had to take some crashes due to my inattention. Sorry!" (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2002, 19:12] [Comments: 0]
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Dennis Gronewold (ANF)

Reaction-GUI for SoftCinema released
The first version of the Reaction GUI by Dennis Gronewold for SoftCinema (movie player) is available for download under the title link. At the time being all tooltypes up to v0.16 are supported. A version for SoftCinema v0.17 is being worked on. Requires AmigaOS 3.5+. (ps) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 28. Feb. 2002, 13:23] [Comments: 0]
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Achim Stegemann (ANF)

Astronomy: Digital Almanac III - Update V4.7
As I have already announced some times ago today I have published a new update of Digital Almanac III for all registered users. Until the update will be uploaded to Aminet you can download it from the homepage or the mailing-list.

Attention! The intern update-function will only work if the archive is on Aminet. Have fun with the new features. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 23:54] [Comments: 0]
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Lars "Ghandy" Sobiraj (ANF)

Scene: New homepage from Ghandy online
Lars "Ghandy" Sobiraj, has published a first release of his new website (ps)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 23:45] [Comments: 0]
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Artur Gadawski (ANF)

New drivers for Amiga and Amithlon
  1. New beta version driver for scanner Primax Colorado Direct 9600 - PrimaxCD9600 v1.2 beta1. PrimaxCD9600 is driver for ImageFX, and use support for devices paralizer_epp.device (PARalizer card) and amth_epp.device (Amithlon)
  2. Public beta version driver for Amithlon - amth_epp.device v0.5 beta 1. amth_epp working in EPP mode parallel port.

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Golem - IT News

Golem: GPL: First dispute at court
»Dispute between MySQL and Nusphere brought to trial
The dispute between MySQL AB and the Progress Software Corporation which is the parent company of Nusphere will be continued to trial. MySQL reproaches Progress a violation of GPL which is faced by this arguments at court for the first time.«
Have a look at the title link for the full article. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Marc "Zito" Oberst (ANF)

Diskmag: Jurassic Pack #o9
On last sunday the well-known scene diskmag "Jurassic Pack" has been published for the ninth time. It is the first diskmag for the Amiga which is published again regularly for a few years und will be continued to. This issue is not only interesting for people of the scene itself because we have also a section of philosophic and/or poetic texts! You can download this issue #9 under the title link and can be found on Aminet soon. Have fun! (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Kickstart [Events]

Kickstart: Reports and pictures of the Alt.WoA 2002
The English user group Kickstart has published a report about the Amiga-show Alt.WoA 2002. The picture gallery reflects the mood of the exhibition. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 14:56] [Comments: 0]
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GFX-BASE celebrates first anniversary
One year ago GFX-BASE started with a database of games which support graphic boards. Meanwhile the English website provides the readers with news, interviews, reviews and workshops.

Congratulations to the first anniversary! (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 14:46] [Comments: 0]
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Vladimir (E-Mail)

Amiga Segodnya launch WAP version
Russian Amiga-oriented resource "Amiga Segodnya" (title link) launch WAP-version ( (ps)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 13:25] [Comments: 0]
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Coyote Flux Presents - AuroraRadio
Coyote Flux is proud to announce "AuroraRadio", one of the first internet radio stations to broadcast Amiga Game and Demo modules in between its normal programming. On request a SID tune hour will be integrated in the evenings.

What sets AuroraRadio apart from ordinary radio station is that its aimed at a musical perspective, this means that infantile commercial efforts such as Britney Spears, Limp Bizkit and Eminem will not be broadcasted. Music with more or less modest attitude and at creativity's beauty. Not aimed at 1 genre but for those who agree each genre whether it's classical music, rock, jazz or house or whatever other can be beautiful when well done. Think in the direction of Ken Ishii, Massive Attack, Studio K7 Dj's, Bjork, Future Sound Of London, Beanfield, The Beatles, Richie Hawtin, Tricky, Tori Amos, The Doors, Vangelis, Sade, The Orb, Sneaker Pimps, Oasis, Sun Electric, Everything But The Girl, Squarepusher and Amiga/c64 artists such as Muffler, CNCD, Matt Gray, Martin Walker etc.

The offer is very varied and covers every timeframe in musical history and mat not suit the genre aimed taste of the mainstreamer. The website will be online in 3 weeks, but before that it's best to search for "auroraradio" on the shoutcast website.

Kind Regards,
Coyote Flux (ps)

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SEAL: Alt.WoA 2002 show-report and pictures of AmigaOne
The user group SEAL (South Essex Amiga Link) has published a show-report of the Alt.WOA 2002 which contains first pictures of the motherboard of the AmigaOne. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 27. Feb. 2002, 12:58] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Arena

Amiga Arena: Interview with Gareth Griffiths
If you like to have a list of your MP3 collection you should have a look on the program "MP3-2-HTML" of Gareth Griffiths.

The whole ID3 informations are displayed in a HTML list. "MP3-2-HTML" has many more features, it is a very useful program.

Amiga Arena has talked with the young developer Gareth Griffiths, who is also working on a PD game "ShootOut". How important feedback is and which influence it has on further development of software is shown in this interview.

You can find the interview (in English) here. (ps) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2002, 22:54] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Flame

GAUG: Alt-WoA Show Report
Donald W. Millican of the usergroup GAUG (Glasgow Amiga Users Group) has set a report about the Alt-WoA Show that has taken part last weekend in Huddersfield, England online. (ps) (Translation: gf)

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Game: New Klondike-cardsets at the RekoNet
At the RekoNet, the collection of cardsets, programs, and links around the Klondike game of Reko-Productions, new cardsets of Andreas Sauer, Thorsten-Jens Mannsfeld, and Allan Rasmussen are added. (ps) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2002, 17:20] [Comments: 0]
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Magazine: Amiga Information Online (AIO) #56
Issue no. 56 of the English "Amiga Information Online (AIO)" magazine has been published.

Downlaod: AIOV56.LHA (ps)

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Amigabest (ANF)

Amithlon-TV v0.8 beta version
New beta version 0.8 of the TV-card driver for all TV- and radio cards with BT8xx for Amithlon from Michael Ulbrich is now available at the title link. (ps) (Translation: gf)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2002, 15:59] [Comments: 0]
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Thilo Köhler (ANF)

Audio: Samplemanager 0.11 Update
The audio rework tool Samplemanager is now available in version 0.11. Besides bugfixes some new features are added, e.g. the MP3.Loader. Also on many requests now the program opens on the workbench screen, and a new skin has been drawn.

You can get it from the Aminet or from the title link under "other stuff".

Homepage: Samplemanager011.lha
Aminet: find?samplemanager
(ps) (Translation: gf)

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Installer: WHDLoad - Neue Pakete (bis 25.02.2002)
With WHDLoad you can install games on your harddrive which were formerly meant only for use with disks. The following packets have been added or updated:
  • 25.02.02 new: Venom Wing (Thalamus/SoftEyes) done by CFOU!
  • 25.02.02 improved: Times Of Lore (Origin) install package fixed
  • 25.02.02 improved: Test Drive (Accolade) better compatibility
  • 25.02.02 improved: Lotus 3 (Magnetic Fields/Gremlin) access fault removed, decruncher speed up
  • 25.02.02 improved: Little Computer People (Activision) supports another version
  • 25.02.02 new: Fireblaster (Paradox Software) done by Psygore
  • 25.02.02 updated: Defender Of The Crown (Cinemaware) reworked, access fault removed
  • 22.02.02 improved: Thunder Blade (Sega) supports another version
  • 22.02.02 new: P.O.W. (Actionware) done by CFOU!
  • 22.02.02 new: Mad TV (Rainbow Arts) done by CFOU!
  • 22.02.02 new: Excalibur (King Soft) done by CFOU!
  • 22.02.02 new: Emmanuelle (TomaHawk) done by CFOU!
  • 21.02.02 new: Times Of Lore (Origin) done by CFOU!
  • 21.02.02 new: Test Drive 2 - The Duel (Accolade) done by JOTD
  • 21.02.02 improved: Last Action Hero (Psygnosis) misc improvements
  • 21.02.02 new: Joe & Mac (Caveman Ninja) (Data East) done by CFOU!

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Sebastian Jedruszkiewicz

MPEG-Player: Frogger Version 1.69rc
The MPEG-video-player Frogger has been published in version 1.69rc and fixes many bugs of the previous version. You can download Frogger as WarpOS-, PowerUp- and 68k-version under the title link. But you can also try the following mirror:

The AC3Decoder (Dolby Digital Decoder) for Frogger has been updated to version 0.95. (ps)

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Audio: Overclocking Delfina Lite with DelfTweak
If you are seeking for more processing power for your Delfina Lite sound card and you are not confident of ripping some of the components off the board and replacing them with others, DelfTweak offers you an excellent alternative: it can overclock Delfina by software means and gain more than enough processing power to encode and listen to MP3 files.

Some features:

  • capable of changing Delfina Lite's internal clock speed
  • displays external and internal clock frequences and DSP frequency ratio
  • supports any external clock (crystal) frequence in addition to standard 4 MHz external clock
  • available frequency range with standard Delfina Lite: 4 MHz - 16.4 GHz!
Download: DelfTweak.lha (91 KB) - DelfTweak.readme (ps)

[News message: 26. Feb. 2002, 12:24] [Comments: 0]
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Michael Asse (ANF)

Update of the AmigaFFE project page
The AmigaFFE project page was reworked a little.

Now you will find a to more versions of Frontier - Elite II (shareware version). (ps) (Translation: gf)

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