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Ron van Schaik (E-Mail)

Event: Commodore and Amiga Show of CGG (The Netherlands)
The Dutch Commodore Gebruikers Groep hosts the Commodore and Amiga Show for the first time in Kerkrade on Saturday, 16 September 2006. The event takes place from 10 am to 4 pm in the Gemeenschapshuis Heilust, Ons Limburgstraat 57 in Kerkrade (province Limburg).

The following event on 21 October 2006 will again take place from 10 am to 4 pm in Maarssen as usual (meeting point, Kerkweg 21). Admission free. (snx) (Translation: iw)

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Thomas Steiding (E-Mail)

Event: Runesoft at the Games Convention
press release - Runesoft Entertainment presents games for various computer systems at the stand of the Magnussoft company (hall 3, stand B26) at the Games Convention, which takes place in Leipzig from 24 August 06 to 27 August 06.

This offers among other things the opportunity to test the new tactic shooter Cold War on the new Intel-iMacs by Apple. And for people who like to puzzle we offer a first insight into "Buku Kakuro", a Mac version of the newest puzzle hit which has already outstriped Sudoko in Japan.

When it comes to portings for the operating system ZETA (magnussoft®) you can play the role of Robin Hood and help King Richard to re-conquer his throne from John Lackland. Or you try to be an Airline Tycoon and try to establish the biggest and most flourishing airline in the world.

We are looking forward to seeing you! (snx) (Translation: iw)

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Hyperion Entertainment: web page currently offline
The web page of Hyperion Entertainment is currently offline due to maintenance works. The webmaster of Hyperion recently informed us that the pages are to be available again within a short time. (cg) (Translation: iw)

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WHDLoad: New packets by 22 August 2006
Games and scene demos, which were intended for floppy disc use only, can be installed on a hard disc with the help of WHDLoad. In addition numerous incompatibilities with newer Amiga models have been cleared.

The following installers have been added and improved or updated respectively since our last information.
  • 21.08.06 improved: Shinobi (Sega) joystick button 2 triggers "banzai", active loops fixed, new install script,manual and icons added (Info)
  • 21.08.06 new: Pool (Mastertronic) done by JOTD (Info)
  • 21.08.06 new: Light Racer (A.Eberl & W.Singer) done by CFOU! (Info)
  • 21.08.06 improved: Cisco Heat (Imageworks) sound fixed, self-modifying code fixed, new install script, highscore saving, better quitkey, icons and manual added (Info)
  • 21.08.06 new: Atax (Axxiom) done by JOTD (Info)
  • 21.08.06 improved: 1943 - The Battle of Midway (Go!/Probe) WaitButton inserted at the end of intro (Info)
  • 19.08.06 new: Grid Runner / Super Grid Runner (Llamasoft) done by DJ Mike (Info)
  • 18.08.06 updated: Apano Sin (Level One) readme enhanced (Info)
  • 17.08.06 updated: Apano Sin (Level One) registered users restriction removed (Info)
  • 17.08.06 improved: Dizzy Prince of the Yolkfolk (Code Masters) skip intro credits with joystick, fast memory usage, snoop bug fixed (Info)
  • 17.08.06 new: Xenophobe (Microstyle) done by Bored Seal (Info)
  • 17.08.06 improved: Mean Machine (Code Masters/Optimus Software) decruncher and buttonwait features added, snoop bug fixed (Info)
  • 17.08.06 updated: Magicland Dizzy (Codemasters) fast memory usage (Info)
  • 17.08.06 improved: Dizzy Panic (Code Masters) disk access removed, joystick selects control method (Info)
  • 17.08.06 updated: Arcade Trivia Quiz (Zeppelin Games) fixed to work with WHDLoad v16.6 (Info,Image)
  • 17.08.06 improved: Great Courts / Pro Tennis Tour (UBI-Soft) supports another version, sfx and music fixed, save/load game working for all versions (Info)
  • 15.08.06 improved: Rainbow Islands (Ocean) highscores reworked, quitkey for 68000, manual enhanced (Info)
  • 14.08.06 updated: Pinball Fantasies (21st Century) another slave provided for weird memory configs (Info)
  • 14.08.06 new: Rampart (Domark) done by DJ Mike (Info)
  • 09.08.06 improved: Zany Golf (Electronic Arts) disk access removed, files moved to "data" subdirectory (Info)
  • 09.08.06 updated: Turn'n'Burn (Flair) fixed to work with WHDLoad v16.6 (Info)
  • 09.08.06 improved: Spellfire the Sorceror (Code Masters) blitter waits inserted (Info)
  • 09.08.06 improved: Soccer Pinball (Code Masters) bplcon0 access fixed, blitter waits inserted (Info)
  • 09.08.06 improved: Bubble Dizzy (Codemasters) game works with cache on, blitter waits inserted, using fast mem, bplcon0 access fixed (Info)
  • 09.08.06 improved: B.S.S. Jane Seymour (Gremlin) blitter waits/beam delays inserted, disk access removed (Info)
  • 08.08.06 improved: Bob's Bad Day (Psygnosis/Dome Development) uses FastRAM now, blitter waits added, bplcon0 access fixed (Info)
  • 08.08.06 improved: Blob (Core Design) FastRAM usage, wrong DMA access patched (Info)
  • 08.08.06 improved: Bad Company (Logotron) files moved to "data" subdirectory, snoop bug fixed (Info)
  • 08.08.06 improved: After the War (Dinamic) bplcon0 access fixed (Info)
  • 04.08.06 improved: Rainbow Islands (Ocean) buttonwait added, quitkey changed (Info)
(nba) (Translation: iw)

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22.Aug.2006 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: FreePascal 2.1.1 (alpha)
Karoly Balogh provides the first alpha version of the FreePascal Pascal compiler. The number of the supported operating system functions is still relatively small, the author describes the port as "not yet suitable for serious developments".

However, with the help of the up-to-date version interested developers should already be able to help with the further adaption to AmigaOS 4. (cg) (Translation: iw)

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21.Aug.2006 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Update of the Vector-drawingprogram Mindspace
MindSpace is a drawing program, which was made to build Flowcharts, UML-Diagrams (Unified Modeling Language), Mindmaps or Vectorpicture. For registered user is now a small update available, which includes a fix of several minor bugs, a importfilter for the SVG-format (only black and white) and a support for the Toolbar-Icons of the AISS-System. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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AmigaOS 4: Status-Update of the Catweasel driver
Kjetil Hvalstrand gives a short status update for the universal floppydisk controller "Catweasel" from Individual Computers.

The driver is nearly complete, currently he's busy fixing bugs. A small GUI enables the user to select which MFM mode should be used. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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IBMs Dualcore PPC 970MP starts into competition do a thorough checkup of IBMs Dualcore-CPU PPC 970MP and do a comparison with predecessors and competitiors. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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Ron van Schaik (ANF)

Event: Pictures of the netherlands "C= Show"
The netherlands "Commodore Gerbuikers Groep" published pictures of the last Commodore-meeting. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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amiga-news: The commentfunction is now active
The since 18.July deactivated comentfunction on amiga-news is now reactivated. We are to be pleased for constructive brainstorming. (nba) (Translation: aj)

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Aminet-Uploads until 20.08.2006
Aminet-Uploads since our last report:
FussballBundesliga.lha       biz/misc     10K  GEN  TurboCalc Spreadsheet Football (german)
wookiechat.lha               comm/irc    723K  VAR  IRC Client (Internet Relay Chat)
epistula_install.lha         comm/net    899K  OS4  Epistula Instant Messenger
conv_ara_html-aos4.lha       comm/www     32K  OS4  HTML arabic character entities converter
gts-free.lha                 demo/aga    1.4M  OS3  Free Entrance - Demo by Giants in 1996
gts-bd2.lha                  demo/mag    391K  OS3  Braindamage Issue #2 - Chipmag by Giants
gts-bd3.lha                  demo/mag    785K  OS3  Braindamage Issue #3 - Chipmag by Giants
getopt_long.lha              dev/c        26K  VAR  GNU conform ReadArgs wrapper
glib-morphos.lha             dev/c       4.8M  MOS  Experimental shared runtime library
libintl-morphos.lha          dev/c       254K  MOS  intl.library for MorphOS
distcc-bin.lha               dev/gcc     403K  OS4  distcc distributed C/C++ compiler
libxml2-morphos.lha          dev/lib     6.5M  MOS  XML parser and toolkit
littlecms_dev.lha            dev/misc    192K  MOS  Little colormanagement library
PointerToC.lha               dev/misc      2K  OS3  Convert pointer file to C source
simplecat.lha                dev/misc    143K  VAR  Powerful CatComp replacement
MCC_BetterString-11.8.lha    dev/mui     108K  VAR  BetterString custom class for MUI
MCC_TextEditor-15.18.lha     dev/mui     364K  VAR  Texteditor custom class for MUI
PC-Task_Guide.lha            docs/help    16K  GEN  A guide for PC Task 4.4 owners
highmoon-1.2.3-morphos.lha   game/2play  570K  MOS  Artillery clone in space
bitefusion-1.0.0-mos.lha     game/actio  459K  MOS  A snake game
blobwars-1.05_mos.lha        game/actio  7.7M  MOS  Nice platform game with over 25 missions
ceferino-0.95_mos.lha        game/actio  3.6M  MOS  A pang clone.
freedroid-1.0.2_mos.lha      game/actio  4.6M  MOS  Remake of the classic Paradroid
mog-v0.62_mos.lha            game/actio  8.5M  MOS  Remake of "Maze of Galious" (JumpnRun)
pachi-1.0_mos.lha            game/actio  3.0M  MOS  Platform game inspired by Manic Miner
ri-li-1.2.0-morphos.lha      game/actio   18M  MOS  A snake game
rollercoaster2000_mos.lha    game/actio  277K  MOS  Simulates a Rollercoaster
supertransball2-1.4_mos.lha  game/actio  423K  MOS  Thrust clone
supertux-0.1.3-morphos.lha   game/actio  8.0M  MOS  Super Mario clone
tomatoes-1.55_mos.lha        game/actio  9.0M  MOS  Destroy as much tomatoes as possible
KnightsDemo.tgz              game/demo    14M  MOS  Knights & Merchants (Demo)
UFO_EU_Full.lha              game/misc   324K  OS3  UFO Enemy Unclothed Full Game
RoadFighter_1.0_mos.lha      game/race   5.0M  MOS  Car racing
alienblaster-1.1.0_mos.lha   game/shoot  7.2M  MOS  Shoot-em-up-game for 1 or 2 players
cdogs_aos4.lha               game/shoot  787K  OS4  A top down shoot 'em up
dd2-0.2.1_mos.lha            game/shoot  325K  MOS  Dodgin' Diamond II - small shoot-em-up
fly-0.3.3_mos.lha            game/shoot  334K  MOS  Simple shooter
formido-1.0_mos.lha          game/shoot  9.2M  MOS  Simple shooter
kobodeluxe-0.4pre10.lha      game/shoot  1.1M  MOS  Shoot em up
oilwar-1.2.1-morphos.lha     game/shoot  569K  MOS  Really *simple* mouse-shooter
viruskiller-0.9_mos.lha      game/shoot  2.7M  MOS  Nice shoot-em-up              game/text   673K  ARO  Text adventure Adv770
abombniball-0.2b_mos.lha     game/think  711K  MOS  Defuse bombs before they explode
blockattack-1.1.0_mos.lha    game/think  4.2M  MOS  A clone of Tetris Attack
blockrage-0.2.1-morphos.lha  game/think  186K  MOS  Adjust falling blocks
concentration-1.2-mos.lha    game/think  1.0M  MOS  Nice version of Memory.
fillets-0.7.0_mos.lha        game/think  950K  MOS  Guide two fishes to the exit
Friction_AOS4.lha            game/think  390K  OS4  Puzzle Game - Alpha Rel., still enjoyabl
game_aos4.lha                game/think  2.0M  OS4  A funny and beatiful Tetris Attack clone
gemz-0.97.0-morphos.lha      game/think  914K  MOS  Bejeweled clone
hangman-0.9.2_mos.lha        game/think  2.4M  MOS  Hangman version - wild west style
lmarbles-1.0.7_mos.lha       game/think  1.1M  MOS  Atomix clone
mirrormagic-2.0.2_mos.lha    game/think  1.8M  MOS  Use mirrors to guide laser beam
mures-0.5-morphos.lha        game/think  821K  MOS  Clone of Sega's "Chu Chu Rocket"
pipepanic-0.1.3-morphos.lha  game/think  264K  MOS  A pipe connecting game
q-0.1_mos.lha                game/think  719K  MOS  Sokoban/Atomix clone
righteous-0.6-morphos.lha    game/think  294K  MOS  Tetris alike game
scalar-1.02-morphos.lha      game/think  2.6M  MOS  Puzzle game
scramble-0.9.5_mos.lha       game/think  1.2M  MOS  Find as many many words with given lette
tileworld-1.3.0-morphos.lha  game/think  1.2M  MOS  Collect chips to reach the exit
torrent-0.8.2_mos.lha        game/think  500K  MOS  Remove neighbouring tiles with same colo
trimines-1.3.0-morphos.lha   game/think  126K  MOS  Mine sweeper game w/ triangular fields
xlogical-1.0_mos.lha         game/think  3.1M  MOS  Log!cal clone
mmkeyboard.lha               hard/drivr  564K  VAR  Use entire Multimedia Keyboard on Amiga          misc/math   151K  ARO  Computer Algebra System Mathomatic           misc/math   189K  ARO  Computer Algebra System Mathomatic
poet-plus.lha                misc/misc    76K  VAR  Generates random poetry
AmySequencer.lha             mus/edit    248K  OS3  MIDI sequencer for the AMIGA
playOGG.lha                  mus/play    1.0M  OS3  multi format sound player.
PvD_PNGs_No4.lha             pix/picon   5.7M  GEN  1111 nice PNG Icons, Vol.4
PvD_PNGs_No4_64x64.lha       pix/picon   3.9M  GEN  261 nice PNG Icons, Vol.4, sizes +64
ascii2jascii.lha             text/misc    67K  VAR  Convert ASCII to Japanese ASCII
AssignPrefs_OS4.lha          util/boot    67K  OS4  AssignPrefs - Simplifies assigning.
IconBeFast.lha               util/boot    34K  OS3  Patch for faster icons & color mapping
r.lha                        util/cli    162K  VAR  Just in time GUIs for nearly any DOS cmd
DM_con_LL.lha                util/dir      9K  GEN  DiskMaster config and associated scripts
littlecms_user.lha           util/libs   145K  MOS  Little colormanagement library
Aminet-Readme-Creator.lha    util/misc    41K  OS3  Generates Aminet upload .readme file
froggui.lha                  util/misc   164K  OS3  GUI for FroggerNG
hunpack-aos4.lha             util/pack    38K  OS4  .HPA files unarchiver
UnCPS-AGA.lha                util/pack    11K  OS3  Tools to UNPACK/PACK/VIEW CPS/CMP/VCN/VM
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21.Aug.2006 Uploads until 20.08.2006
Uploads on since our last report:
cdogs.lha             gam/act  787kb  A top down shoot 'em up
mcc_texteditor.lha    lib/mui  364kb  Texteditor custom class for MUI (v15.18)
subspace.lzx          aud/mis  179kb  Geiss/G-Force like plugin for AmigaAMP
titlebar_ic.lzx       lib/mis    8kb  titlebar.image wrapper for v50+ sysiclas
assignprefs.lha       uti/wor   67kb  AssignPrefs - Simplifies assigning.
au_dt.lzx             dat/sou   34kb  Sun .au/NeXT .snd datatype with source
epistula_install.lha  net/cha  898kb  Epistula Instant Messenger
wookiechat.lha        net/cha  722kb  IRC Client (Internet Relay Chat)
wave_dt.lzx           dat/sou   97kb  RIFF-WAVE (.wav) datatype with source
hunpack.lha           uti/arc   38kb  .HPA files unarchiver
poet.lha              uti/mis   45kb  PoetPlus - Generates random poetry
ascii2jascii.lha      uti/tex   28kb  ASCII to Japanese ASCII
conv_ara_html.lha     uti/tex   32kb  HTML arabic character entities converter
distcc-bin.lha        dev/lan  403kb  distcc distributed C/C++ compiler
friction.lha          gam/puz  389kb  A Puzzle Game - Alpha Release, still enj
game.lha              gam/puz    1Mb  A funny and beatiful Tetris Attack clone
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AROS-Archives: Uploads until. 20.08.2006
Uploads on aros-archives since our last report:         gam/adv  673kb  Text adventure Adv770          gam/adv  627kb  Text adventure Adv770 (Source code)     uti/sci  150kb  Computer Algebra System Mathomatic      uti/sci  189kb  Computer Algebra System Mathomatic
lunapaint_v022.tar.bz2  gra/edi  190kb  Graphics program similar to TVPaint on A
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20.Aug.2006 (Web page)

AmigaOS 4: TuneNet status update
The author of the music and Internet radio player TuneNet gives a short outlook for the next version under the title link: The user interface was extended, for example, more information on the current song is shown, in addition, the toolbar can optionally be furnished with graphical buttons (AISS is supported).

A "shuffle" mode was already implemented, a new plugin sees to "m4a AAC" compatibility. The main window will be completely adjustable to one's own needs via skins, various skins are already being worked on. The new version of TuneNet should be introduced to the public for the first time at the Biga Bash 4 meeting. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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Lukas Stehlik (Luky) (ANF)

MorphOS: Software directory of the Czech Pegasos User Group
The Czech Pegasos User Group has been offering a software directory for MorphOS users on its web pages for some time. More than 750 PPC-native or MorphOS-compatible programs are categorized.

In the meantime, the directory is also available in an English version. The complete data set is now managed by a MySQL database, so that search queries are possible. Furthermore, those who register can themselves take part in the construction and maintenance of the contents right away. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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Axel Dörfler (pinc Software)

Spreadsheet software: ignition 1.0 beta 1 released
Press release - Since the development of ignition proceeds much slower than originally anticipated, we decided to release an up-to-date and not restricted beta version.

Your support should push the further development forward. But we're also relying on your help to be able to complete the product. Particularly, we need help with the following things:
  • Revising and completing of the available documentation
  • Translation of that documentation to German and English - other languages are welcome, too, of course
  • Translations of the program texts themselves
  • New and more icons that can be used in the tool bars
  • Reports of existing bugs in the whole package
At least the tree most contributing people will get a free version of <ignition> as a compensation for their help. A mailing list will be available, a bug tracker already is.

We're looking forward to your contributions! (snx)

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MUI: Betterstring.mcc 11.8
In the newest version of the MUI class Betterstring.mcc, which is required by YAM and SimpleMail, among others, some errors were corrected once again (Changelog). (cg) (Translation: cad)

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20.Aug.2006 (Web page)

AROS: Lunapaint 0.2.2
In version 0.2.2, Hogne 'M0ns00n' Titlestad's graphics program for AROS/x86, Lunapaint (screenshot), offers rewritten blending and anti-aliasing as well as clipbrushes, circles, rectangles and proper lines, among others.

Download: lunapaint_v022.tar.bz2 (190 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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Reza Esmaili (ANF)

Demo Scene - the Ultimate Meeting 2006
Reza Esmaili writes: "We are pleased to announce this year's demoscene party 'The Ultimate Meeting.' Like last year, we are inviting all demo sceners to Karlsruhe-Durlach.

The Ultimate Meeting offers Amiga competitions for all available Amiga platforms since several years. There is more information under the title link." (cg) (Translation: cad)

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20.Aug.2006 (Web page)

MorphOS: SMS / GameGear emulator SMSPlus 1.3
SMSPlus emulates Sega's Master System as well as the GameGear console. Version 1.3 brings various improvements, a "Quick ROM Selector", a scanline mode and a more accurate audio playback, among others. (cg) (Translation: cad)

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