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Thilo Köhler (ANF)

Announcement: new demo version 0.9beta of HD-Rec
There'll be a new beta demo version of HD-Rec available for download before Christmas.

"HD-Rec" is a MIDI and audio sequencer, i.e. audio and MIDI recordings can be arranged in the same window and replayed synchronously.

Particular improvements in V0.9beta:
  • Audio mixer with 16+1+1 true stereo channels and 4 Aux ways
  • realtime audio effects (reverb, delay, chorus, equalizer...)
  • strongly improved softsynth "Sweeper" (resonance filter, samples)
The aim of HD-Rec is to be able to do a whole music production from the composing to the mastering within one application. Using the softsynth and the audio effects of HD-Rec you'll need no external sound producer or effects devices. The music signal doesn't leave the computer at no time and can be exported directly as WAV or MP3 file. The quality is always excellent and independant from the sound card. Noise, buzzing or whimping are now part of the past.

The whole scenery (mixer settings, effects, sounds, notes) are saved on the computer and are reproduced 1:1 when being reloaded.

The softsynth "Sweeper" offers independant from the computing power always exact sample timing and can be played in realtime via an external master keyboard if needed. Though, for this you need a fast computer with 500 MHz clock or more.

Sweeper has very different synthesis algorithms and supports multisamples. Because of this, a wide sound spectrum is possible, from the old C64 sound across Techno to a realistic piano or string ensemble.

HD-Rec is a system friendly 68K application and doesn't make any use of the custom chips - therefore it runs on the "classic" Amiga as well as under WinUAE and Amithlon. In addition, the program has already successfully been tested under MorphOS.


Demo songs:

(Neither have external effects or sound producers been used nor have any samples been included except the drums and the piano solo.) (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 13. Dec. 2003, 18:02] [Comments: 0]
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13.Dec.2003 (website)

Retailer: APS with reworked webshop and separate Pegasos URL
The French Amiga retailer APS has reworked his Webshop and added a PC area. You now can find here prices for complete Pegasos-2 systems, too.

In addition, an own address for Pegasos customers has been prepared under There you can find detailed information about the computer and the operating systems that come with the computer. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 13. Dec. 2003, 17:48] [Comments: 0]
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David 'Daff' Brunet (email)

Magazine: Obligement N°42
The issue #42 of the French digital magazine Obligement has been released. Read a report about the Alchimie 3, interviews with Kevin Picone (Underware Design) and with Yannick Bridier (president of the 4A Association), reviews of IBrowse 2.3 and dynAMIte, an article about the DOSBox, a review of the Spider 2 USB and the Mirage 1200 tower, an article about the installation of PegXLin and much more.

Download: Obligement 42 (nba) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 13. Dec. 2003, 17:35] [Comments: 0]
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Norman Walter (ANF)

Plug'nPlay: Hardware assistant v0.3 published
The version 0.3 of the Amiga Plug'nPlay system "HardwareAssistent" is now available under the title link.

Short description of the features:
  • Automatic hardware recognition
  • Automac selection of the right driver
  • Automatic installation of the driver
  • Download of the driver from the Internet
  • Support of 40 Zorro- and Turbo cards (amount is increasing)
  • Maximum transparency and flexibility
  • User friendly
  • Fast

Direct download (209 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 23:32] [Comments: 0]
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Nova Design (ANF)

3D-Software: Aladdin4D on CD
The very known 3d animation software "Aladdin 4D" is now available on CD. It contains the last version of Aladdin (with all updates which have been published later) as well as the full website of Nova Design, all available tutorials for Aladdin, examples and the full content of the Nova Design FTP-server. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 21:52] [Comments: 0]
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New product: IOSPIRIT Graphics Megabundle Pro
As a special gift to its customers, software-developer IOSPIRIT for the first time offers a bundle with all inhouse graphics programs at an especially attractive price of only 99 EUR (you save 40%, more than 60 EUR).

The "IOSPIRIT Graphics Megabundle Pro" contains the respectively latest, full versions of fxPAINT 2.0, fxSCAN 4.0 and VHI Studio 6.0.

The bundle is only available as 3 CD-set and only as long as stock lasts. (nba)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 19:58] [Comments: 0]
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Scenia (Website)

Diskmag: Cows'n'Snakefights #5 published
The Swedish demoscene group has published its fifth issue of the in English written Amiga Diskmag "Cows'n'Snakefights". You can read there different party reports, interviews and other articles. You can download the archive from the website under the title link. (nba) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 15:50] [Comments: 0]
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Apple Insider (ANF)

CPU-News: PowerPC 750VX of IBM
According to a report of our colleague of the online magazine AppleInsider Big Blue IBM has completed the new micro processor "PowerPC 750VX".

The chip is supposed to be used in the next generation of the iBooks of Apple. L3 cache with up to 4 megabyte is to be possible. The Front Side Bus with up to 400 MHz DDR and Altivec-implemantation like at the PowerPC 970 (G5) are further features. The processor is supposed to work with 1.8 GHz while the successor of the 750VX, the planned 750VXe, is supposed to work with 2 GHz. The processor will probably introduced in the third/fourth quarter of the year 2004. (nba) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 13:51] [Comments: 0]
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Captain HIT (ANF)

Emulator: A/NES CGX Final Version
Because of the low interest and the missing support today the final version v1.33 of the NES-emulator A/NES CGX has been published. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 13:25] [Comments: 0]
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Kermit Woodall (ANF)

ImageFX 4.5 Studio available (update)
As Nova Design reported ImageFX 4.5 Studio is now available for AmigaOS and MorphOS. The MorphOS version contains native PowerStation-modules and 32-Bit-Icons made by André Siegel.

According to a press release ImageFX 4.5 Studio contains ImageFX 4.0, 4.5, PowerStation and additional extensions. The CD also contains the complete website and FTP site of Nova Design. The upgrade price depends on the existing version and reach from 39.95 up to 79.95 US Dollar. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 13:19] [Comments: 0]
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Thomas Knäbel / bplan (E-Mail)

Christmas greetings from bplan GmbH
The second production and delivery of the Pegasos II (KW51) is close to be done. As a "little" apology for the delay bplan presents as a Christmas gift the following outtakes of up to today never shown pictures on its website.

bplan: "We wish all visitors of our website Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2004."

The pictures are under the copyright of the bplan GmbH and are not allowed to be published without permission. (nba) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 12. Dec. 2003, 12:59] [Comments: 0]
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11.Dec.2003 (Website)

Pegasos Guardian: Pictures from Infosecurity 2003
Under the title link Genesi shows photos of the Infosecurity 2003 convention in New York on 9th December, where the Pegasos Guardian system was displayed (as reported).

On this subject, reports that in the meantime the Guardian was listed at the Open Market Corridor (OMC), which is a trade market of the US government. (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 11. Dec. 2003, 22:14] [Comments: 0]
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Startmenu: Pixload 4.2c Released
The new version, 4.2c, of "Pixload" has been released. PixLoad is a Startbar/Tool-Dock Clone for AmigaOS and MorphOS. German language instructions for the English and French localized software is in the program archive.

  • PowerIcon's "French touch"
  • Add some features while known devices ejection, Miamidx control panel loading, etc...
  • News icons (Better rendering with PowerIcons)
  • Removing German comments for files on FAT95 formatted devices (USB key)
  • Changes in Pixload's Prefs (luminosity background included, replacement icons by drag&drop)
  • Bugs corrected again


  • Several Pixload bars at screen (fully independance between bars)
  • Ejection of removable media closes ALL windows of THIS media
  • Contextual menu under MENU button
  • Help key loads this file
  • Drag and drop a pictures folder will load a thumbnail program (Amiga)
  • New formats : GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, IFF, Rexx, Text, Modules, TIFF, TARGA via datatypes
  • New formats : HTML (local file only)
  • New formats : LZX, LHA, UNZIP identified for decompression
  • Miamidx Control Panel included
  • Programs loading window
  • Clock included with RTC / DSL connection, time and date
  • Pixload is scalable
  • Help text can be displayed under icons
  • Pixload can open folders / volume instead of program
  • Shortkeys for all icons
  • Pixload's icons "organisation" by a Drag & Drop (Amiga)
  • Choice of number of icon's columns
(nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 11. Dec. 2003, 19:43] [Comments: 0]
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Gary7 (ANF)

Emulator: WinUAE Reaches Version 0.8.23
The new version 0.8.23 of the Windows-based Amiga Emulator WinUAE has been available since 10th December, 2003. This free software may be downloaded from the title linked website. An overview of the changes:

  • mousebutton getting stuck randomly when WinUAE lost focus
  • floppy drives' state was not restored fully
  • fixed crash when switching from 68000 to JIT-mode
  • bsdsocket browser freezes/slowdowns
  • SPTI CDROM media change detection
  • parallel port joystick adapter works properly again
  • saving state in ce-mode with blitter active created broken state files
  • serial port/MIDI randomly lost received characters
New Features:
  • maprom emulation (BlizKick support)
  • first CDROM is always uaescsi.device unit zero, second is zero etc. and then other non-CDROM SCSI devices.
  • improved priority settings
  • improved filter options
  • compatibility improvements
  • bsdsocket emulation improved (Jabberwocky)
  • faster Picasso96 solid window moves
  • improved AHI emulation
  • IRQ level 7 shortcut in input-tab
  • percentage of CPU in use-meter added next to FPS-counter
  • immediate state save (no need to exit the GUI anymore)
  • dropped release numbers :)
(nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 11. Dec. 2003, 19:15] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

Event: AmigaOne/OS4 and Pegasos/MorphOS Show in Spain
There's a Pegasos/MorphOS and AmigaOne/OS4 show in Zaragoza, Spain this Saturday, the 13th of December, 2003.

This event was equipped by the Amiga User Group of Zaragoza (CUAZ) and Amiga Group Asturias (aGas). There is no charge for admission. You'll find all the details on the show's website here. (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 11. Dec. 2003, 09:00] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

Game: "2 Pairs 2 Furious" Released
2 Pairs 2 Furious by Anarkskt of La Sekta is a memory game for MorphOS and AmigaOS (68k, RTG) that has themes that support additional graphics and music.

The current version has just one theme. You can view a screenshot under the title link. If you have some comments to make, you can send the author an email at this address. (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 11. Dec. 2003, 08:31] [Comments: 0]
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