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Software News (till 30.09.2002)
On the Scalos Website you find the new beta version 1.3 (40.23) of the Workbench replacement Scalos.

On the 3rd party side you find the beta version 0.7 of the GUI frontend SuperTV by Peter Gordon. With the help of this program you can watch TV over the PCI-busboard Mediator. Download: stv_beta_0-7.lha

The driver software for the USB-board 'Thylacine' was updated. The software is now available as version 1.1a. Download: Thylacine1.1a.dms - Thylacine1.1a.lha

Collin Wenzel published version 8.4 of his backup tool BACK-IT-ALL-UP. You can backup complete non removable disks, the program supports up to eight partitions. Requirements: Amiga OS 3.+. Download: backitallup84.lha

The programming language AmiBlitz is now available in version 2.27b2. Download

Stefan Kost released version 4.2 of SoundFX. SoundFX is a shareware editor for digitized audio data (samples). SoundFX is developed modular and possesses a comfortable graphic user interface. With SoundFX samples can be provided and worked over with digital effects (which are singular on the Amiga).
SoundFX register - download

TrueType Font Rendering for Amiga: TTEngine version 4.1 published (better known as ttrender.library). Further information can be found here.
Download: ttengine-4.1.lha (130 KB)

Apex Design announces that the game Payback is now available for GBA (Game Boy Advance). Further details can be found in this report. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 15:46] [Comments: 0]
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CUCUG: Status Register 09/2002
The Status Register is the Champaign-Urbana Computer User Group's monthly newletter. It deals with current and important information regarding Amiga, Macintosh and PC as well as the computer industry. (ps)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 15:22] [Comments: 0]
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Alexander Johannes (E-Mail)

Game: Tales of Tamar - Final-CD-Version
Tales of Tamar is an Internet and round based game for Amiga, Atari, Mac, Linux and PC by Eternity Entertainment Software. Further details and meaningful screenshots can be found at the titlelink.

The final CD version is finished. As the newest feature it is to be registered that the computer races are now able to move on the map and by doing this become recognizable. Furthermore now the numbers of inhabitants of the cities are determined on the basis of the built buildings and are not evaluated any longer simply after the individual city stages.

In the last months again approx. 50 - 100 smaller bugs were removed. Sometimes one may not believe it, how many are hidden in such a game.

As one of the next features the map screen is extended by a second menu. On this an overview of the map is to be seen, a branch table for the own figures and a wind rose with the possibility to scroll in each direction. This is supplied in one of the first updates and shows thus also the future development of TOT. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 12:08] [Comments: 0]
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Congratulations Martin and Mona!

Martin Baute and Mona Niewöhner married on the 21th September 2002 in Usingen. Our congratulations go to them..

Martin 'solar' Baute was considerably involved in the setting up of the English mirror of For a long time he had translated the complete news alone into English, before he had to stop that because of vocational reasons. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 10:51] [Comments: 1 - 02. Oct. 2002, 14:17]
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Donald Burnett (E-Mail)

Event: MACRO Amiga Users Group Reunion
Donald Burnett writes:
I am a former officer of the Michigan Amiga Computer Resource Organization (MACRO). We are having our reunion/reformation meeting on October 19, 2002. We'd like to announce this on The official website can be found at: (ps)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 10:26] [Comments: 0]
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Web-catalogue: currently off-line
Due to serious problems with the Webspace Provider is currently off-line. However the side should be back on-line by Monday or Tuesday. In order to avoid a problem like above in the future, Scott A Pistorino is looking for someone, who can donate 2MB of storage on his server, so that it can be used as a Mirror. Contact: meanwhile contains more than 700 updated and examined links. (sd) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 30. Sep. 2002, 00:38] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Arena

Amiga Arena: Hilt 2 - Missions 'Disarm' and 'Dreatnought'
Two new missions for the strategy game Hilt 2, 'Disarm' and 'Dreatnought', have been released on the Amiga Arena web site.

Furthermore, the instructions have been revised (weapons) and annotated screen shots have been added.

Direct link to Hilt 2 page. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 18:11] [Comments: 0]
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Virus Help Canada: New mailing list for news, contacts forum
As Virus Help Denmark's web site is currently offline, Virus Help Canada has set up a new mailing list for announcements. This can be subscribed to at Yahoo Groups.

In order to still offer facilities to contact Virus Help Denmark members despite missing eMail addresses, the Virus Help Teams forums have been set up on Bravenet.

These are meant to be publicly accessible facilities to contact team members in case of eMail and web site downtimes, so there are areas for VHT-Canada, VHT-Denmark and VHT-Netherlands. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 17:53] [Comments: 0]
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Event: Pianeta Amiga 2002 - Report by Fabio Ferriccioli
Already on 21st September 2002, Fabio Ferriccioli has published a long report in Italian language about the Pianeta Amiga 2002 on Quantam Leap. The report deals with (a.o.t.) AmigaOne, AmigaOS 4 and Pegasos/Thendic. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 17:50] [Comments: 0]
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AmigaOne: Hyperion has completed PPCBoot based firmware
From the AmigaArt home page:
Leuven, Belgium - September 27, 2002.

Hyperion is pleased to report that it has completed the AmigaOne firmware based on the GPL'ed PPCBoot project. Below you will find a description of the implemented hardware support and functionality. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project. Hardware support for the following devices:
  • Serial port
  • USB keyboard
  • USB storage devices
  • PS/2 compatible keyboard
  • i8259 interrupt controller
  • 3com 3c920 ethernet with full busmastering
  • VIA IDE controller (A and B revision)
  • Real time clock (RTC)
Features of PPCBoot (as implemented by Hyperion):
  • x86 BIOS emulator capable of initialising and using nearly all PCI and AGP graphic cards based on the chipsets of ATI, nVidia, 3DFX, S3, 3Dlabs (Permedia), Trident etc.
  • Auto detection of SDRAM modules
  • Auto detection of bus and CPU speed
  • Support for PCI and AGP
  • General ArtiticaS support
  • General VIA686 southbridge support (686A and 686B)
  • IDE support (harddisk and CD-ROM booting)
  • Floppy support
  • Booting over network"
Ben Hermans, Hyperion (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 17:02] [Comments: 0]
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eisblock (ANF)

Aminet: Web interface with comment functionality
Amiga Online Games have set up a Web interface for the Aminet which can be used to comment on every file on the Aminet servers. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 16:35] [Comments: 0]
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Shawn-AmigaOne (ANF)

MorphOS: Screen shot page by Shawn-AmigaOne
Various MorphOS screen shots (incl. some from the O.A.S.E.) have been published under the title link. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 16:31] [Comments: 1 - 30. Sep. 2002, 13:52]
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Thomas Pröhl (ANF)

Emulator: WinUAE V0.8.22R2 status
On 28th September 2002, status information about version 0.8.22R2 has been published on the WinUAE home page. Note: This is just the information, the update itself is not yet available for download.

Major new features:
  • Kickstart 1.3 RDB hardfile support (autoboot/automount).
  • keyboard/mouse/joystick handling rewritten for DirectInput (Keyboard's special keys can be disabled without side-effects and more..).
The following features require Windows 2000 or Windows XP:
  • "unlimited" hardfile size (2G limit removed), uaehf.device now supports TD64 and NSD -style 64-bit addressing NTFS filesystem required (FAT32 max file size is 2G).
  • ability to mount real harddisks with full RDB automount/autoboot support.
  • Amithlon partition support (not yet tested).
Screen shots: Major bugs fixed:
  • Slow harddisk, CDROM, etc.. performance in non-CPU idle mode.
  • CPU idle tweaks.
  • yet another disk emulation fix.
  • added missing configuration file entries.
  • 68000 "more compatible"-checkbox was ignored.
(sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 09:42] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

USB-Thylacine: Install software V1.1a
On 28th September 2002, version 1.1a of the install software for the Zorro II USB board 'Thylacine' has been released.

Download: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 29. Sep. 2002, 09:06] [Comments: 0]
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Mediator: SuperTV V0.7 beta
On 28th September 2002, beta version 0.7 of SuperTV (alternative to Elbox' Mediator TV software) has been released. This version fixes some bugs and offers new features.
  • No more messy channel directory
  • Channel selection gadgets in the window border.
  • Easy channel tuning.
  • MUI preferences.
  • Fullscreen borderless mode.
  • Keyboard control.
  • New: ARexx port
Download: stv_beta_0-7.lha (34k) (sd) (Translation: cb)

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GetBoinged-Redaktion (ANF)

Official GetBoinged homepage online
Those who want to know more about the "GetBoinged" magazine, the successor of the NoCover, can now get information on the official homepage following the title link. (cd) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2002, 22:10] [Comments: 0]
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Carsten Siegner (ANF)

Flash: GUI for SWF encoder
Today I have finally finished my GUI for the SWF encoder of the "SWF-Tools". With this encoder you can convert JPEG, PNG or WAV files into Shockwave-Flash files. These are the famous animations on some homepages. This encoder I have already tested and it runs very great on my Amithlon computer and my Amiga 68040. To make people not questioning my programming capabilities I have uploaded a small SWF file to my homepage that I have encoded today with my Amiga. It runs demonstrably with Voyager and with the stand-alone "SWF-Player" from Aminet.

The SWF tools kindly had been ported to the Amiga by Rainer Böhme and Matthias Kramm as there have been ports for Linux, Windows, MacIntosh and Sun for already quite some time. This program "Swf-Encoder" by me handles right now the single frame and the animation encoding. But I have to say that the handling of the animations is not very easy. Furthermore the encoder offers the possibility to convert MPEG compressed files with WAV header into SWF files.

Here a test file of the Amiga "Swf-Encoder": Siegner2/Testanimation.swf
The LZX package contains the according images that I have used. So nobody can doubt this :)) (cd) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2002, 22:09] [Comments: 0]
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Otto Dette for U.d.N

Event: Pegasos at the Multi-Media-Show in Bremen
The "User der Nordseeküste (U.d.N.)" present at the Multi-Media-Show in Bremen on 5th and 6th October in 2002 the new Pegasos.
There will be several operating systems to see.
The installed operating systems can be tested on the spot.
The event is opened from 9h to 17h. The entrance fee for adults is EUR 4,00, reduced EUR 3,00.

For interested visitors makes the U.d.N reduction tickets available. These can be ordered on both days directly at the show via the phone number 01732455698. The number is accessable on the 5th and 6th October from 8.30h to 16.00h.

On both days there'll be a webcam on our homepage. This will be updated every 15 seconds. The direct link to the cam is:

Besides there'll be an Amiga 4000 with Mediator board and PCI cards shown. Pictures showing the built in hardware can be found following this link:

Another higlight will be the video creation and presentation with an Amiga 4000 PPC.

Other clubs will be at the Multi-Media-Show, too (Atari, C64, etc.).

Dealers with hard- and software as well as a second hand market for computer parts will round off the program. (cd) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2002, 10:33] [Comments: 0]
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Mikey C (ANF)

Why Queue Up?
The World of Amiga Southeast show is fast approaching, there is just over a month to go to one of the most eagerly anticipated Amiga shows this year.

As always, doors will be open at 12 noon., However, like last year we anticipate a large queue at opening time. So if you want to waltz past everyone, why not get your tickets before the show?

Buy five tickets or more and you pay only 3.00 GBP each instead of the usual 3.50 GBP per ticket.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the following Amiga dealers;

Forematt Home Computing:
(Visa, Mastercard and Cash)

(Visa, Mastercard, Delta, JCB, Solo, Switch and Cash)

Even more interesting news soon! (cd)

[News message: 28. Sep. 2002, 09:56] [Comments: 0]
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