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Christoph Gutjahr (ANF)

Eyetech: Status Update Concerning AmigaOne-XE
Alan Redhouse (Eyetech Group Ltd.) talked about the status of the AmigaOne-XE on the AmigaOne mailing list (see title link). Here's a summary of the most important information related to that, from Christoph Gutjahr.

More AmigaOne-XE computers and G4 modules have been produced than the number of preorders. The motherboards are currently in Taiwan. When they get the okay from the testers these boards will be equipped with AmigaOne-ROMs and sent to Europe. Redhouse goes on to say that these boards will leave the factory in the direction of Europe on the 24th of this month.

It takes about 4 days for the computers to reach Eyetech from Taiwan. Eyetech themselves can then test about 40 to 50 boards daily, assign a serial number, and "put them in the mail."

The G4 modules for the AmigaOne-XE machines include a PPC processor of type 7451 (G4) at 800 MHz, 32 KB +32 KB L1 Cache, 256 KB L2 Cache and 2 MB 64/72 Bit L3 Cache.

Update: (26.07.2014, cg)

A complete copy of Alan Redhouse's mail (added since the Original has been moved elsewhere by Yahoogroups apparently):

Message-ID: <009f01c2d38e$57a5dde0$2501a8c0@alan>
Von: "Eyetech Group Ltd" 
Datum: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 18:26:45 -0000
Betreff: Re: [amigaone] Re: Situation of XE boards? - a couple more answers

In the final pre-launch stages of a project like this there is an awful lot
of work to be done, and that means that none of us here can spend as much
time as we would like reading and commenting on mailing lists and making
website updates. And a lot of the time we have allocated for that
unfortunately has to be spent defusing unfounded false allegations of one
sort or another. Speaking of websites some of the developers have put up a
new A1-linux site at sourceforge which is well worth a checkout at

Status update (Get the fire extinguishers ready!)

Enough A1-XE's and G4 modules (800MHz 7451 with 32+32k L1; 256 L2 & 2M
64/72bit L3) to more than satisfy all earlybird orders have already been
built and are currently in Tiawan waiting to ship. All these boards are
fitted with the new Articia chipset (date code 0103).

We received a number (more than several, less than lots) of these boards
three weeks ago, but only received the cpu modules early last week, and the
modified UBoot code (to initialise the 7451) last Thursday. After going
through our own tests all these initial boards/cpu's have now been shipped
by us to those volunteer developers (and Hyperion) who have existing
experience of running the A1-SE under linux. This is so that they can spend
a week or so making sure that the various PPC Linux distributions run well
on with the G4 cpu and that no further modifications to the initialisation
code in UBoot are required.

I am visiting the manufacturers in Tiawan next week (2 days travel/recovery
each way) so don't expect much more from me until the week after. We should
have had the green light from the A1-XE/g4 board users by then which in turn
means that we can give the green light to the factory to blow the final
ROM's and ship the boards by 24th. Shipment to us will take around 4 working
days, and we should be able to test, serial number, order process and
despatch around 40-50 boards/day.

First boards will go to the original - March last year :-( - developers who
have opted to wait for the A1-XE/G4, then to dealers and customers in
chronological order.

These are of course target dates, and cannot possibly be taken as a promise
or guarantee. All I can say is that we are as keen to have your money as you
are to spend it, and do not, and never have had any intention of
deliberately holding back shipments just to be awkward (as some people seem
to think). However we will not as of policy ship any product before we are
satisfied that it is fully functional - including an installable and
working operating system - other than to developers for testing purposes.
The AmigaOne and Teron series of motherboards are new technology in the
'unbundled' - ie non-mac/non-RS6000 - marketplace. That is why it has taken
some time - and a lot longer than any of the parties involved anticipated -
to get the A1 into your hands in a usable condition - albeit with Linux at
this stage.

I am sufficiently confident that the developers will be very impressed by
the new A1-XE/G4 that I'm sure that they will want to start posting their
findings here from early next week.

BTW I'm sure that many of you will have seen H-J Frieden's posting on
running SIN on a Duron 1200MHz vs an A1XE/G4@800MHz(no L3 cache), both under
Linux, both with software rendering. He got 2x the frame rate from the A1
than from the Duron, and that was without any use of the Altivec processor
in the A1. Imagine what it will be like with OS4.

Hope this helps


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----- Original Message -----
From: Kevin Tiernan 
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 10:13 PM
Subject: RE: [amigaone] Re: Situation of XE boards? - a couple of answers

> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Steven Solie  []  
> >--- "Kevin Tiernan"  wrote:  
> >> Well I have heard that the XE have arrived and are  
> >undergoing testing  
> >> ATM. So I would suspect to see them being sent out to customers in
> >> a week or so.  
> >
> >Please state your source when posting such info. It helps us
> >all determine whether we should take this info. with a large
> >or small grain of salt.  
> I would if I could.
> >Thanks in advance!  
> Wish I could be more helpful but I can't say anything other than I already
> have.
(ps) (Translation: dm)

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Alexander Weber

WWW-Browser: Path Version 1.0
Path-Amiga is an attempt to build a new Internet browser from the ground up. The project began in the second half of the year 2001 (as reported) and slowly it began to take concrete form. With this version HTML support has been started, which accounts for the version leap to 1.0. The support is still very primitive, so a reasonable websurfing experience is hardly possible. This situation will improve with each successive release.

  • Requirements:

    An Amiga with a 68k processor or a computer which can emulate such.

    Amiga OS 3.5 or higher

  • Features:

    • ReAction GUI
    • Minimal HTML support
    • Clipboard support
    • Supports DOS data
    • Supports HTTP 1.1
    • Graphic buttons
    • Selection windows for the changing of symbol text, colors, GUI.
    • Graphic printing functions
    • German and English localizations
    • Protection against pipe security holes

  • Known deficiencies:

    • The HTML display still has some problems. Please be patient, it's the author's first try...
    • When the author tested an earlier version of Path under Amithlon, it bogged down occasionally. But one Amithlon user has reported that Path works correctly for him.
    • When printing, instead of a background a very light gray tone appears. The author has no clue what is causing that.

Download: path.lha (ps) (Translation: dm)

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Simon Neumann (ANF)

Amiga Speed: Update
There's a new speed test of Quake 2 to marvel over. Additionally the speed of the BVision in 2-D has been tested again, after a long time.

The website Amiga Speed stays busy with speed comparisons. You experience how quickly current Amiga games run on different Amigas. Through this you'll discover what software and hardware you need to play the games at their optimal speeds. But you can also merely keep informed about the speed of currently available Amiga games, processors, and graphic cards. (ps) (Translation: dm)

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Nokia (press service)

Nokia N-Gage: Mobile Game Revolution?
Nokia, once an official partner of AMIGA, Inc., has shown the new mobile game system "Nokia N-Gage " in past weeks at "Get Ready to N-Gage" conventions in London and Sydney.

The game deck allows the execution of high value games, among other things, over Bluetooth networks, but also the use of a variety of services, the playing of MP3 and radio music, and the use as a Triband GSM 900/1800/1900 mobile telephone. Participating game companies reportedly include Activision, Eidos, Sega, Taito and THQ - thereby providing a bit of serious competition to Nintendo's GBA.

An overview of N-Gage features:
  • Color picture with backlighting, 176 x 208 resolution at up to 4096 colors
  • Series 60 platform and Symbian operating system
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for games
  • 8 way controller "Rocker"
  • Multimedia-messaging (MMS)
  • Triple-band GSM (900/1800/1900), GPRS mobile phone
  • Digital music player (AAC/MP3) & Stereo FM radio
  • Nokia Audio Manager PC SW for management of music data
  • Broad selection of applications: e-mail and personal information management
  • XHTML Browsing
  • Java Application Support
  • Connection possibilities: calendar synchronization with PC/Mac, USB for music data and downloading of applications
  • Use duration: games about 3 to 6 hours, speaking about 2-4 hours, standby up to 150-200 hours, MP3 music up to 8 hours, radio up to 20 hours
  • Dimensions: (L x W x H) 133,7 x 69,7 x 20,2 mm
  • Weight: 137g
  • Volume: 139cc
  • Delivery: 4th Quarter 2003
(nba) (Translation: dm)

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Golem IT-News

Golem: Motorola is Working on a Linux Smartphone
Motorola wants to bring a smartphone with the Linux operating system to market this year, planned first for Asia. The Motorola A760 will include a digital camera, a color display, an MP3 player, and Bluetooth and Java functions. Read the complete report at Golem IT-News (under the title link). (nba) (Translation: dm)

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Andreas Weyrauch (A.W.Design) (ANF)

New Website on the Theme of Linux on the AmigaOne
A new website was started with, a website which occupies itself with the theme of Linux on the AmigaOne. On this website you'll find everything that could interest you in the way of proper kernels, useful descriptions, and pictures. (ps) (Translation: dm)

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HP Leads the Sales Charts for the Pocket PC Market Segment
Hewlett-Packard is at the top of Pocket PC sales charts, with 3 million IPAQs sold so far worldwide. HP was also able to begin this great success in the PDA market in 2002. As the worldwide #1 in the Windows Pocket PC market HP has reached a market share of 52 percent, according to previous statistics from Gartner Dataquest.

These numbers show a steady growth in market share by HP for all four quarters in the last year, thereby remaining the second largest producer of PDAs worldwide. According to the figures from Gartner HP sold about 1.6 million units in the last year. From the third to the fourth quarter HP clearly grew more quickly than the market in general, with sales growing from 292,850 in the third quarter to 438,069 in the fourth.

From there HP was able to break the three million mark and show a thoroughly successful result of their post-merger plans. The three million milestone was reached nine months after the two million milestone, which came eight months after the merger with Compaq was finalized.

HP introduced an innovation in handhelds in November 2002 - the HP iPAQ Pocket PC H5450 was the first to have biometric security functions, wireless LAN networking capabilities and Bluetooth functionality. (nba) (Translation: dm)

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The Legacy

The Legacy: 700 New Screenshots - 100 New Covers
The Legacy is a games museum for C64, Amiga, Atari, PC, Schneider/Amstrad CPC, that provides the viewer with screenshots, cover scans and information about the developers. Today 700 new screenshots, 100 new covers and a few goodies were added.

The Legacy: "A big thanks to everyone who has helped us. I'd like to point out new information on the games page, as applicable: should there be a new edition of a game, it's now appropriately notated; the reference to an earlier original is provided in the new edition." (ps) (Translation: dm)

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heise Newsticker (ANF)

heise: Motorola introduces PowerPC-processors MPC7457/47
As to read in the heise article (German) the Motorola G4 processors MPC7457 and MPC7447 with up to 1,3 GHz clock speed and reduced power consumption are officially available. Motorola produces theses processors for computers, embedded and network applications with a 0,13-Ám process with copper and silicon on insulator technique (SOI). According to Motorola nine layers of copper are used.
heise-article (German) see title link. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 22:34] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Arena (ANF)

Game: FlagSweeper v0.5b
Olaf K÷bnik writes:
With FlagSweeper version 0.5b is a new tiny minesweeper game by Richard "DawnBringer" Fhager at this homepage (title link) online. This is an early version! Richard told me by the way, he still works on the Akanoid clone "BabeAnoid" but doing it slowly!

After Richard thought of abandon further development due to a lack of feedback I would like to ask you for letting the programmer know if you like the program. This is also valid for "BabeAnoid", just let the programmer know.

Richard Fhager is known for his freeware games like dawnVideoPoker, Spaceball2000, Tittris or Fnurr2000. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 22:25] [Comments: 0]
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Hidden Messages of the GFX-ZONE Gallery revealed
A little while ago GFX-ZONE posted the fifth edition of the hidden message gallery. Now the team post a new gallery with the same great 8bit images, but this time the hidden messages have been revealed. Did you find all the messages? (nba) (Translation: nba)

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Aminet Uploads until 12.02.2003
Here are the Aminet-software-news which where uploaded since our last news post:

GetAllHTML.lha       comm/tcp    15K+Auto download or link-check entire Web s
agsaku07.lha         docs/mags  270K+AmigaGuide-Saku #7 (5/94). Finnish diskm
MameRomGI-02.lha     pix/gicon  1.3M+MAME ROM GlowIcons Vol.2 for use with em

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News from Paul Burkey's "Sneech"
Paul Burkey writes on his Sneech-homepage: If you've been to this page before, you may have noticed the Sneech page has now been redesigned and brought into my current game development style. I've recently been working on various small scale game projects including two puzzle games called BoXiKoN and WordOMatic. These games marked a return to independent game development as well as a first entry to Windows and Pocket PC game development. I had hoped to be working on Sneech quite some time ago but the project has been pushed back so many times. I still don't have a clear timeline for Sneech development because I have so many other development commitments but I am able to clear up some details of a future for Sneech.

My first aim is to recreate the Classic Sneech game almost exactly as it was on the Amiga 10 years ago. There will of course be some obvious changes, the graphics will be redrawn in True Colour (16bit/32bit) and the resolution will be doubled to 640x480 (Modern Retro Size!). There will undoubtedly be other changes but I want to try and create a Sneech game that is as faithful to the original as possible. I will also be developing this game for Pocket PC and I expect mobile phone versions also, I'm particularly interested in SmartPhone and Symbian based phones. The aim of this project is to create the ultimate retro style Snake Game across many platforms. Sneech will be available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Microsoft Pocket PC and Linux and any other platforms I can get my hands on!

Sneech 2 is still planned and will include many changes to the original game including Network mode and (optional) 3D/OpenGL mode. Other changes will include: Variable size game arenas, New CPU players with advanced AI, Up to 16 Worms in each game, New objects such as bridges and tunnels, New bonus items and much more. Development of Sneech 2 will not start until the Sneech remake is completed so this is all way off at the moment. (nba) (Translation: nba)

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ExoticA Website

ExoticA: Updates at all levels
The demo scene website ExoticA! has been updated significantly early this month.
  • The "High Voltage SID Collection" has been turned up to version 5.3 and includes now 20,325 music tracks of the Commodore 64. Navigation is done now via an HTML interface and the tunes can be downloaded as one big archive.
  • The area of UnExoticA game music has been improved as well: Here you might find an amount of totally 6495 files in 1272 archives - all in all 357 megabytes of music.
  • The "Demo Scene Reference Manual" reaches version 4.43 with this update. Since version 4.33 more than 100 new entries have been made.
(nba) (Translation: ub)

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Debian joines Desktop Linux Consortium
The Debian project is one of the founders of the Desktop Linux Consortium (DLC), which has been founded recently and is registered as an organization for the benefit of the public. A current poll at shows that Debian is one of the favorite GNU/Linux distributions for the desktop. The internal project Debian Desktop is an example of our contineous efforts to empower Debian for the Desktop.

The Desktop Linux Consortium is a manufacturer neutral assossiation of comercial and organizations from the open source background which develops desktop technologies for GNU\Linux. The assossiation will assist to improve the future of GNU/Linux at the desktop and focuses at users of firms, institutions and home users.

Debian Linux PPC will work as well on the PowerPC systems Pegasos and AmigaOne. (nba) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 14:39] [Comments: 0]
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New SAP player released
For the music archive ASMA new players for Amiga and Linux are available. The "Atari SAP Music Archive" is the largest collection of Atari 8 bit tunes. (nba) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 14:30] [Comments: 0]
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Boing! International

USB: New HCD for Thylacine
Thylacine is a Zorro 2 based USB adapter for connection of USB extensions to the Amiga. On Februar the 11th 2003 a new version of the HCD class for Thylacine has been releasded. (nba) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 14:06] [Comments: 0]
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Chris Hodges (E-Mail)

Ignaz Kellerer passed away
Ignaz Kellerer has died on the 3rd February 2003 after a short and hard disease. Kellerer has been known within the Amiga comminity as author and maintainer of the Amiga FAQ pages (title link). The funeral has been on Friday the 7th February 2003 at the Munich Westfriedhof with his family and friends being there. The editorial staff of and AMIGAplus want to offer their condolences to the relatives. (nba) (Translation: ub)

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Installer: WHDLoad - New packets (until 11.02.2003)
With WHDLOad you can install games which were formerly meant only for use with disks. The following packets have been added or updated:

  • 11.02.03 improved: Pinball Illusions (Digital Illusions/21st Century) supports CD│▓ version too (Info)
  • 11.02.03 new: Tangram (Thalion) done by Harry (Info)
  • 11.02.03 improved: Blade Warrior (Jason Kingsley/Imageworks) supports another version (Info)
  • 10.02.03 new: Materialized (Cryptoburners) done by Codetapper (Info,Image)
  • 10.02.03 new: Rody & Mastico 4 - Rody Noel (Lankhor) done by CFOU! (Info)
  • 10.02.03 new: Legend Of Kyrandia (Westwood Studios) done by CFOU! (Info)
  • 10.02.03 new: T-Bird (PAL Developments) done by Codetapper (Info)
  • 10.02.03 improved: Switchblade (Core Design/Gremlin) added infinite lives trainer (Info)
  • 10.02.03 new: Ultimate Body Blows (Team 17) done by JOTD (Info)
  • 09.02.03 updated: Archer Maclean Pool / Archer Maclean Billard Americain (Virgin) supports French version, miscellaneous improvements (Info)

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Mai Logic Inc. earns "Ready for IBM Technology" Validation
FREMONT, CA. February 10, 2003. Mai Logic Incorporated, a technology design house of integrated circuits/systems, announced today that it has achieved "Ready For IBM Technology" validation for its Articia S system controller and Teron CX and Teron PX evaluation system boards for IBM's 750CXe and 750FX PowerPCTM processors based applications.

"MAI Logic has successfully developed optimized supporting devices and reference designs for PowerPCTM microprocessor application platforms which have passed a rigorous PowerPCTM compatibility validation testing process by IBM Microelectronics labs," said Lisa Su, Director of PowerPCTM and emerging products, IBM Microelectronics. "Solutions like MAI's 'Ready for IBM Technology' chipset and evaluation systems give developers more ways to enhance their applications, resulting in improved time to market, more cost effective designs, and improved performance products by our OEM customers."

"We at MAI are very excited about this latest achievement," said Jason Hou, CEO of Mai Logic, Inc. "We will continue working closely with IBM to better our product designs and development following IBM's PowerPCTM processor roadmap. By leveraging the strong ties we have with our manufacturing partners in Taiwan and the close relationship with the leading developers worldwide, MAI intends to deliver the most cost-effective, highest-quality PowerPCTM offerings to the traditional PowerPCTM market place and expanding it into new applications presently not in the PowerPCTM application domain. This validation will further enable IBM's and MAI's customers to accelerated time to market coupled with significantly reduced resource deployment and management costs."

Articia S
Articia S is the first in the Articia family of chipsets designed with the revolutionary "Bus-Centric" methodology to achieve a more balanced and efficient architecture serving both CPU and peripheral bus requirements. Articia S can support single- or dual-processors at 133MHz CPU bus speed. It is also the first commercialized system controller to provide AGP support for RISC processor based systems. Next-generation Articia Sa and Articia P will soon be available. For product details, please visit:

Teron CX and Teron PX evaluation systems are generic ATX motherboards built with PowerPCTM processors. The former is the first PowerPCTM processor based board with enhanced AGP option and the latter equipped with a 300-pin MegArray connector, provides easy configuration to a range of development platforms driven by single-processor and dual-processor CPU module cards (including the latest PowerPCTM 750FX processor).

The "Ready for IBM Technology" program is developed to help OEMs identify hardware or software of IBM Business Partners that have received validation with IBM's products. Eligible participants must complete the validation process to obtain the approval and use of the "Ready for IBM Technology emblem as well as to further distinguish their product listings in the IBM Global Solutions Directory. For more information, please go to:

Mai Logic Incorporated, A Technology Power House With 52 invention patents granted, 100 more pending in the fields of IC design, security, and system engineering, Mai Logic proves itself again and again to be a technology power house. Mai Logic's innovations in chipset solutions include: Intelligent Memory (iMemory), which enables the industry's first to run in-field DRAM fault detection and real-time fault recovery without the need of a system reboot; Control Pipeline allowing flexible timing on various system clocks and low power consumption; Genetic Computing for high-level security and privacy; and Floating Buffer to achieve a true concurrent system. Mai Logic's major products include system ICs and modules for PowerPC compatible systems, system ICs for wireless applications, System-on-A-Package (SOP), and revolutionarily re-configurable ICs with patented Genetic Computing technology. (nba)

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DCR8520 Amiga Ports: Updates from 08.02.2003
Diego 'DCR8520' Casorran has put some programs up for download on his SourceForge website. On February 8th, 2003, the following programs were updated or added:
   08 Feb 2003   Download   gofish v0.27
   08 Feb 2003   Download   SHighlight v1.6.2
   08 Feb 2003   Download   stunnel v4.04

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 13:03] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

Amiga Future: User Workbench gallery extended
Along with some new screen shots the gallery of GFX-BASSE has been integrated into Amiga Future's gallery so 170 different screen shots of user Workbenchs are included actually. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 13:02] [Comments: 0]
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Thomas Steiding (E-Mail)

e.p.i.c.: Puzzle game BoXiKoN finished for MorphOS
The addictive puzzle game BoXiKoN from e.p.i.c. interactive has been finished for MorphOS. Originally developed for the Amiga computer this game has become very popular on other desktop and handheld platforms including Macintosh, PocketPC and Windows.

BoXiKoN is a fun and addictive new puzzle game of strategy and logic. The game belongs to the family of shape games but BoXiKoN really is quite different. There is a large emphasis on planning, organization and selection and less on arcade style quick reactions. You can find out more on BoXiKoN in the projects section of the e.p.i.c. homepage (see title link). (ps)

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Alfred Faust

Sequencer: BarsnPipes V1.19
Of BarsnPipes, one of the best sequencers for the Amiga, Alfred Faust has released the version 1.19 on February the 10th 2003.

New within version 1.19: Screenmoderequester, GadTools UI, most requesters are controlable with the keyboard, CAMD library, new 32 colour Design, localised, German catalog included and much more. Read the history for the changements and the included

Download: (822 KB)

The source code of BarsnPipes has been made freely available on May the 25th 2001 by Todor Fay. Since Alfred Faust develops this professional program it has become freeware. (ps) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 12. Feb. 2003, 03:26] [Comments: 0]
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Charles Jacob (ANF)

Get your Amiga "Boing" water tank!
Your Amiga is not complete if you don't have your own 'Boing' Water Tank!

By following the title link, you will see something that looks familiar. They [American Models] call it an "Automatic water tank" but we Amigans know better: It's really a 'Boing' water tank!

This is not intended to be an advertisement for American Models (a model railroad supplier), but just in case you do like it and want to have one, you'll know where you can buy one... (it's item #772). (ps)

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Virtual Dimension (ANF)

Video: Trailer about ARC2002 video from Virtual Dimension
The video about the Amiga + Retro-Computing 2002 from Virtual Dimension is quickly nearing completion and will be available for download at the week-end. A small glance on what awaits you is already granted by a short trailer. (ps)

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Andreas Falkenhahn (E-Mail)

Multimedia-Authoring-System: Hollywood Version 1.5 - Statusreport
Here's a quick status report of the current Hollywood development. Version 1.5 is now going through beta testing and should be available by the end of February. Hollywood 1.5 will feature some major improvements. Here's an overview of the new features in Hollywood 1.5:

  • Full support for AHI (sound samples & music modules)
  • Multiple layers can be used now
  • Joystick support
  • Big improvements to the inbuilt undo system
  • FPS can be limited now (useful on Pegasos)
  • Introducing support for off-screen rendering
  • Even more of those cool 24-bit transition fx!
  • New flexible object moving system
  • Many other innovative improvements

Hollywood 1.5 will be made freely available for all owners of Hollywood 1.0 and can be bought directly from the developer for 49,- Euro. (nba)

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VMC Harald Frank (ANF)

TV-cards Software: AmithlonTV Beta 262 with OpenPCI Support
Guido Mersmann has released Beta-Version 262 of the TV cards drivers software AmithlonTV with minor updates and bugfixes.

What's new:

    The auto full screen mode at TVWatch startup caused a system crash.
    The old tvtest utility is gone! TVCardDump is taking over from now!
    Activated the OpenPCI support for the public. Don't blame me if the stuff is slow or just crashing. The OpenPCI support is testet and working fine. The driver may not work correct due the endian trouble.

Download: AmithlonTVBeta.lha (ps) (Translation: gf)

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Workbench: Scalos Beta-Archiv Version 40.27
The Beta-Version 40.27 of the Workbench-Alternative Scalos is now available for Download. Also a new module named WBRexx plugin V39.15 is available.

The new version 40.27 contains the following changes and fixes:
  • Bugfix: In 40.27, WBStartup execution of ARexx type icons was broken - Fixed
  • Feature: Added display of estimated remaining time to file copy/move progress dialog
  • Bugfix: Window backfill pattern re-layout didn't occur when "backdrop" was turned on and off
  • Bugfix: Fixed enforcer hits/crashes during window zoom/resize when "always relayout" was enabled (code tried to use ptn_bitmap after FreeBitMap())
  • Bugfix: Added locking mechanism for asynchronous backfill to avoid crashes when windows are closed while async backfill process hasn't finished
  • Bugfix: Fixed enforcer hits when CLI project icon contained no default tool
  • Improvement: Program list now contains full path for each program started instead of only program name
  • New feature: Added SCA_ScalosControl() subcommand to get/free list of menu commands
  • Bugfix: Cut & Paste didn't work when AsyncWB was installed - Fixed
  • New feature: Added new FONT and VALIGN attributes to TOOLTIP STRING

Download: ScalosBeta.lha (257 KB) (ps) (Translation: gf)

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ELBOX (E-Mail)

Elbox: Spider gathers USB 2.0 High-Speed
ELBOX COMPUTER is pleased to announce that from now on, Amiga has the possibility of using new generation USB 2.0 devices in the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed mode. This has become possible with the Spider EHCI USB driver developed by Elbox for the MEDIATOR PCI busboard series.

When Spider USB 2.0 controller was released in September 2002, it was supplied with the OHCI USB 1.1 driver. EHCI USB 2.0 support was lacking but promised as soon as possible. Today Elbox made good on that promise. The Spider EHCI USB Hi-Speed driver is now included in the Spider CD. All registered Spider users are now receiving this new driver as a free update.

USB 2.0 is the fastest USB standard released so far, supporting data speeds up to 480Mbps, that is 40 times faster than USB 1.1. This makes USB 2.0 an ideal technology for external storage devices, digital cameras, webcams and much more.

Spider USB 2.0 card features:
  • Five USB 2.0 Hi-Speed ports: four external ports and one internal port
  • Compatible with both USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and USB 1.1 (12Mbps) devices
  • Compliant with EHCI, OHCI and PCI 2.2 standards
  • All ports can handle Hi-Speed, Full-Speed and Low-Speed transaction
  • 5-port EHCI (Enhanced Host Controller Interface) USB 2.0 controller
  • Two independent OHCI (Open Host Controller Interface) USB 1.1 controllers
  • Supports up to 127 downstream USB devices
  • Supplies 500 mA power to each USB port
  • Supports PCI-Bus Power Management Interface
  • Hot Plug Capability

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David Brunet (E-Mail)

Magazine: Obligement N░37
Issue 37 of the magazine Obligement is now available. This version is in HTML format. You can read in this issue: news about OS4 and MorphOS, interview of Matthew Kille (thanks to Amiga Future), interview of Jacques Vanhove, review of Quake 2 and fxPAINT 2, hardware reviews with the Pegasos (commercial release), EZ Mouse, Mediator and lots of others articles. Download it from the title link. (nba)

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VMC Website

TV-Karten Software: AmithlonTV Beta 259
Guido Mersmann has released Beta-Version 259 of AmithlonTV.

New in this version:
    Fixed and optimised some card files.
    The libs drawers content is using a complete different layout. This should be the final state. I strongly suggest to use the installer to get a proper installation!
    The driver_hauppauge.lib is now a little more flexible for future extension.

Download: AmithlonTVBeta.lh a (405 KB) (nba) (Translation: gf)

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