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Peter Topolnicki (ANF)

Emulator: MaxUAE 0.8.25 including tool bundle released
The Amiga emulator MaxUAE for Mac OS X has been put online in version 0.8.25. Different to Richard Drummond's announcement on his homepage there still is no SCSI support within this version. But there will be a bugfix release available soon. With the pre-version the SCSI emulation works already. At the MaxUAE website there is also version 1.0 of a bundle of tools available. These tools simplify the usage of Drummond's UAE port and consist of the following parts: UAE Config Creator (to create configurations using a GUI), UAE Dropper, UAE Game Loader (easy assignment of ADFs and choice of the system) and the UAE Virtual Disk Assistant (creation of DD/HD Floppies and hard disk images). (nba) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 21:14] [Comments: 0]
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Cloanto (ANF)

Amiga Forever 6.0 to be launched at AmiGBG in Sweden
After more than two years of work, Amiga Forever 6.0 will premiere at AmiGBG in Gothenburg on April 3rd, 2004.

A launch seminar is scheduled to take place at 12:45. Amiga Forever 6.0 will be shown running on a notebook and on a MicroA1. This will be an exclusive presentation, a few days ahead of the planned Amiga Forever 6.0 website update and launch. (snx)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 20:08] [Comments: 0]
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31.Mar.2004 (ANF)

Amiga Python 2.2.3 Alpha 2 released
The new version includes the following improvements:
  1. XML- (pyexpat) support woks now
  2. bzip2- and zlib- (zip) support
  3. socket module for Internet access works now
  4. uses IEEE math libraries instead of FPU only
  5. improved Amiga and Amigapath modules, "st_size Bug" and other bugs removed
(cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 19:23] [Comments: 0]
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Oliver Roberts (E-mail)

Picture converter: SplitMultiImage 1.1
"SplitMultiImage" splits files that contain several pictures (e.g. multi-page TIFF fax files) into the individual pictures.

The new version fixes a bug which caused SplitMultiImage to save multiple copies of the same image for files containing only one image, when the datatype does not support PDTA_GetNumPictures. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 16:38] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

MorphOS: VIM 6.2.421 published
Ali Akcaagac has released VIM 6.2.421 for MorphOS. The update of that text editor which is known from the Unix world includes several new patches by Bram Moolenar, author and maintainer of VIM, and improvements of the MorphOS patches by Ali Akcaagac. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 15:01] [Comments: 0]
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31.Mar.2004 (Website)

SoundFX 4.3 available
Stefan Kost reports at the Sonic Pulse website that SoundFX version 4.3 is available now. There are processor specific binaries (68020-060) ready for download.

SoundFX is a modular editor for digitized sounds (samples). These samples can be manipulated with digital effects, recorded and played back as well as be cutted and new arranged. A detailed list of all possibilities is available at the product site according to SoundFX. The program is shareware. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 14:54] [Comments: 0]
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Sinan Gürkan (ANF)

Video of the OS4 & MicroA1 demo at Technology Channel online again
Thanks to OS4 Beta-Tester NERP who kindly offered us to host the video, Divx video (with English & French subtitles) of the AmigaOS4 / MicroA1 demo at Turkish Technology Channel is now available for download again.

Amiga.avi (11 MB)
English subtitles
French subtitles by OS4 Beta-Tester Herve (snx)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 09:04] [Comments: 0]
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31.Mar.2004 (website)

Event: AmiWest 2004
In its seventh year, also in 2004 the AmiWest takes place in Sacramento, California (USA). The only Amiga show at the west coast of the United States is held at the "Inn at the Oaks" hotel on July 24th and 25th. (snx)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 08:48] [Comments: 0]
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31.Mar.2004 (Website)

Videos showing the AmigaOS 4 installation
By the title link there are several videos from the OS4 event "The Big Bash" in Peterborough (UK), among them one documenting the installation process of AmigaOS 4.

AmigaOS 4 installation process by CD (31 Min.)

WMV (240 MB)
RM (10 MB)
MPG (161 MB)
XVID (99 MB)

Several applications running under AmigaOS 4 (7 Min.)

WMV (57 MB)
RM (2,5 MB)
MPG (39 MB)
XVID (27 MB)

"Amiga users are not pure 'Techie Geeks'" (16 Min.)

WMV (126 MB)
RM (5,5 MB)
MPG (142 MB)
XVID (52 MB) (cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 31. Mar. 2004, 00:07] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

Download manager: "Wallget" updated
"Wallget" is a download manager based on WGet, versions for MorphOS and AmigaOS 3 are available. Some screenshots are available on the author's homepage.

Most important changes in this version are:
  1. rewritten program core
  2. saving URL list to disk
  3. GUI changes (added progress meter, some graphics changed (only in MorphOS version))

For further changes look at the changelog included with the archive. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 30. Mar. 2004, 22:52] [Comments: 0]
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30.Mar.2004 (Website)

Event: AmiGBG news
The AmiGBG-Team announces further details regarding the Amiga fair that will take place on the 3rd of April 2004 at Gothenburg, Sweden:

"AmiGBG Showcase

This is our attempt of putting the missing pieces together. Here we will give developers who do not have the opportunity to attend the fair the chance to show off their products. Currentlly we have GoldED, fxPAINT, Hollywood and Audio Evolution, but the list is growing by the minute!

Seminar Schedule

We have finally got the schedule up, take a look!

AmiGBG Anthem

The electronic band 2XM from Gothenburg, Sweden provide the official song for AmiGBG 2004; "AmiGBG 2004 Anthem" which will be played during the opening ceremony.

AmiGBG Awards

We will hand out one local and one foreign award at AmiGBG 2004. This is our way of saying thanks to those who have done so much for the Amiga community during the last difficult years." (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 30. Mar. 2004, 01:07] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

Web portal: goes online
A new community portal,, went online today:

"AROS-Exec is a portal for AROS community members. It's a virtual meeting place for users, developers and people interested in the Amiga Research Operating System. As most other fresh web sites more content will be added as time goes by." (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 29. Mar. 2004, 22:06] [Comments: 0]
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Oliver Roberts (E-Mail)

SplitMultiImage 1.0 released
The first version of a new tool called SplitMultiImage is now available.

Starting with AmigaOS 3.5, the picture.datatype documentation defined two new tags (PDTA_GetNumPictures and PDTA_WhichPicture), which allowed subclasses to return different images from the same file, where relevant. For example, TIFF image files often contain more than one image, and WarpTIFF.datatype is able to decode any of those images on request, returning any of the images to the application.

Unfortunately, not many applications have made use of this feature (in fact, at the time of writing, Oliver is not aware of any) and can therefore read only the first image in a file. After requests from WarpTIFF users wanting to know of software capable of reading all the pages in multi-page TIFF fax files, Oliver decided to write SplitMultiImage. Although not as nice as Multiview having this capability built-in, SplitMultiImage at least allows all the images to be viewed by extracting all the images from a file and saving them separately as IFF-ILBM files.

SplitMultiImage is not restricted to TIFF files - in theory, it will work with any datatypes supporting the new tags and for image formats that can contain multiple images. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 29. Mar. 2004, 17:49] [Comments: 0]
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29.Mar.2004 (Website)

MorphOS: New, unnamed picture viewer
Kiero programmed a new so far unnamed picture viewer (165 KB). As soon as it has a name it will be available on Aminet.

  • Easy disk navigation with mouse or keyboard.
  • Images loaded with datatypes or builtin routines (for JPEG and SunRaster)
  • Image processing options like color balance/resizing (same algos like in ACDSee)/levels adjustment/etc...
  • Saving in JPEG or PNG (with or without alpha channel)
  • Loading/displaying images with alphachannel (background is visible).
  • Scaling of graphics during display (with optional bilinear filtering).
  • Drag&drop support for files/directories.
  • Fullscreen mode and a possibility to minimize GUI elements.
  • It's slow;)
The following MUI-classes are needed:
Better Balance
Better String (Aminet)

(snx) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 29. Mar. 2004, 17:03] [Comments: 0]
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29.Mar.2004 (Website)

autoconf, automake und libtool for AmigaOS 3
Henning Lund released autoconf-2.57, automake-1.7.8 und libtool-1.5.2 for AmigaOS 3.x. These ports require ixemul.library. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 29. Mar. 2004, 15:55] [Comments: 0]
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