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Archive 11/2005


26.Nov.2005
PPCNUX (ANF)


PPCNUX: better gaming under MorphOS - Radeon 9000 vs. 8500
PPCNUX made another test regarding graphics boards installed in the Pegasos II running under MorphOS. This time they compared last time's winner, the Radeon 9000 Pro AIW, with an 8500 LE graphics card. Next to the usual 3D games benchmarks there's an overview of the 2D power of the boards tested the last time. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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26.Nov.2005
Andreas Magerl (ANF)


APC&TCP: information/demo/update CD with all issues of the NoCover
The information/demo/update CD by APC&TCP, availble now, contains next to demo versions and patches all 125 issues of the no longer published online magazine NoCover. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 26. Nov. 2005, 13:46] [Comments: 0]
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26.Nov.2005
MaaG^dA (ANF)


AutoDocReader 1.1
Marian Guc has released version 1.1 of his AutoDocReader for AmigaOS and MorphOS. Changes since the previous release:
  • ARexx support
  • New icon (by Thore Sittly)
  • Locale update
  • Bugfixes
  • Bugtracker added
(snx)

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25.Nov.2005
Alinea Computer (ANF)


AmigaOS 4: News from Alinea Computer
Wehrheim, Germany,
24. November 2005.

We want to announce the following news:

AmiWebView :

The Webcam-Viewer AmiWebView has no longer beta status and now supports the HTTP 1.1-protocol. You can find the updated version in our download section.

ANotice 2:

Now for ANotice 2 a Polish catalog is available. You can download it in our download section. We want to thank the translators Szymon Tomzik and Sebastian Rosa.

New product in our shop:

From now on you can order the SDK Browser from BITbyBIT Software Group in our Onlineshop. You can get it for 22,95 Euro and it will be delivered via email.

You can get more information to this product at BitbyBitSoftware. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Nov.2005
amigaworld.net (Website)


AmigaOS 4: KEGS emulates Apple II GS
KEGS emulates an Apple II GS (screenshot). A ROM image in version ROM.01 or ROM.03 is required. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 25. Nov. 2005, 16:24] [Comments: 0]
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25.Nov.2005
Ragonsoft.com (ANF)


Ragonsoft published Speedpaint as Freeware
As already announced Ragonsoft published the paint program Speedpaint (screenshot) as Freeware for Classic Amigas. Speedpaint is similar to Deluxe Paint and is meant for pixel graphics but it offers not so many functions.

Like all other programs and games from Ragonsoft for Classic Amigas Speedpaint was completely developed in AMOS Pro,too. You can get further information to SpeedPaint under the title link in the section "Tools, Software, Downloads".

Download: SpeedPaint.zip (75 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Nov.2005
Andreas Magerl (ANF)


No Risc No Fun will be closed
Fabio Trottas "No Risc No Fun" which is a review and article collection to the Amiga will be closed. The contents were integrated to amigafuture.de. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Nov.2005



Aminet: Status update November 2005
October and November have been two quite busy months for us. The following is a short summary of the most important changes - a detailed list can be found at our news section.

A lot of bug hunting and fixing has been going on behind the scenes. The internal scripts and the database got quite a lot of tweaking and finetuning.

The entire Aminet tree needed some cleaning up as well. All archives have a proper architecture field by now, lots of (very) old archives were missing their readmes or readme files were shared between archives (foo.lzh and foo.lha both had foo.readme). We could even resurrect some ancient archives that were accidentally deleted from the indices years ago.

The mailing lists are back - if you want to get daily or weekly e-mails listing the recent uploads, just send a mail to aminet-daily-subscribe@aminet.net or aminet-weekly-subscribe@aminet.net. They do not carry information about a package's architecture yet, but we're working on that.

Aminet mirrors are on the verge to be rolled out properly. A new German mirror hosted by Costel 'Cyborg' Mincea is already online and can be accessed at de4.aminet.net for now. We're still missing a mirror in eastern europe - if you think you can help out, please get in touch with us.

The uploader's e-mail address gets obfuscated now, both in the web interface and in the actual readme. Please note that this field is now strictly required - not specifying an e-mail address may result in your upload getting deleted.

The statistics have been expanded aswell - we have uploader stats now. This month's most active uploader is Tony "I was born for SDL" Aksnes. If you want to compete with him, make sure your uploader field is spelled exactly the same on all your uploads.

The search function now supports Amiga wildcards: You can search for foo?.lha, foo#?.lha or even foo*.lha. Searching readmes should be quite a lot faster now aswell, though the database is still busy indexing all the readme files.

Most of you will have recognised it already: You can now configure Aminet to your liking. Simply go to Setup and select which architectures you want to have displayed. This setting affects all aspects of the web interface (recent uploads, directory browsing, search function).

During the first six months of this year, we did have some problems: Packages didn't get moderated as regularly as we would have wished, we had database problems and the server went down several times. These issues should be solved by now - as far as we can tell everything is running smoothly. But please don't hesitate to drop us a note if you encounter any problems or just want to give some feedback. We're open to suggestions aswell: If you have an idea for improving Aminet, let us know.

Last but not least: October was a new record month for uploads and in November we surpassed the year 2003 in terms of uploads, making 2005 the first year Aminet's upload rate rises since 1997! (cg)

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25.Nov.2005
antibike (ANF)


MorphOS: First public beta of the "Packet Management" system MorphUp
Rupert "naTmeg" Hausberger has published the first beta version of his Paket-Manager MorphUp. MorphUp is supposed to simplify the installation of software by installing required libraries automatically.

According to the status update the client is in early status but the "Generator" already works and so you can get a first impression.

Download: morphup_beta.lha (163 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Nov.2005
Jens Schönfeld (ANF)


E3B and individual Computers stop selling hardware
Jens Schönfeld from individual computers announces that both individual and E3B are going to stop selling hardware for now:

"Both companies, who became famous for innovative and powerful hardware expansions for classic Amiga computers, are forced to stop selling hardware until further notice due to changes in German law. No hardware is being shipped within the EU, neither to resellers, nor to direct customers.

According to the national implementation of EU-directive 2002/96/EG into German law (Bundesgesetzblatt 2005 Teil I Nr. 17), every vendor in Germany must be registered with the Stiftung EAR. For vendors from outside Germany, the importer must be registered, in case the vendor himself is not registered in Germany. This law applies to all electronic products that are mentioned in rule EAR 03-011, no matter what country they come from - within or outside the European union.

The new law aims at vendors and importers, who need to take resposibility for the electronic devices if they are discarded at the end of the product's life. Putting electronic devices into circulation without being registered (indicated by a trashcan symbol) is against German law since today, and can be penalized with a monetary fine of up to 50.000,- EUR.

Due to the complicated implementation by German authorities, it's not easy to estimate the consequences and the new obligations created by this law. In addition to that, the extremely high administration effort goes with high fees that must be paid to the Stiftung EAR - especially smaller companies' existance is endangered by the fees that are more than one hundred times higher than the recycling cost itself. individual computers and E3B, who have been developing and producing in Germany for many years, are now evaluating possibilities to comply with the strict rules in a close cooperation, so customers all over Europe can continue to buy top quality products from Germany. Both companies want to act responsible and sustainable in this regard.

Many issues are not yet resolved, therefore both companies cannot continue to deliver hardware to customers and resellers within the European union. Customers outside the EU are not affected by this decision.

We're hoping to proceed with the necessary steps in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the "Stiftung EAR" cannot cope with the bureaucracy created by their own rules, so our registration number is not yet assigned. We are of course interested in continuing to offer innovative products, and will do everything to keep the shortage as short as possible. We're asking for your indulgence for any inconveniences." (cg) (Translation: cg)

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24.Nov.2005
Ragonsoft (ANF)


"Der Händler" of Ragonsoft published as freeware
Ragonsoft has released the game "Der Händler" for free download. According to the producer the game is very old and was nearly finished even before "Another Commander".

Following Ragonsoft projects of the same time period (1996/97) will be shortly released as freeware:
  • Speedpaint (graphics programm similar to DPaint, but less comfortable)
  • RagonSnake (variant of E-Snake)

All this products were finally developed and compiled within this quarter. (nba) (Translation: ts)

[News message: 24. Nov. 2005, 17:37] [Comments: 0]
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