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Pegasosforum (Web page)

MorphOS: SteamDraw 0.7R2
Stefan 'Kronos' Kleinheinrich's vector graphics program SteamDraw offers the following improvements in version 0.7R2:
  • Point tool for moving individual points (part of the Edit tool)
  • Enhancement of the Construct tool for the possibility to create multiple parallel lines
  • Help windows can be concealed at launch using tooltypes
  • Polygons can now contain infinitely many points
(snx) (Translation: cad)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2006, 18:55] [Comments: 0]
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Bernd Roesch (ANF)

WinUAE: MP3-encoding with support for multiple processors
Bernd Roesch's winuae_lame for the Amiga emulator WinUAE (starting from version 1.3.4) allows the use of multiple processors and cores when encoding MP3 files. At the bottom of it is the use of the native LAME version for Windows.

Here, each launched winuae_lame process searches for a free processor. Thus, with four processor cores, three of them can create an audio file in MP3 format each, while the fourth continues to be fully available for the Amiga emulation.

Included in the archive is, in addition to the Readme file with the installation instructions, the source code as well. This shows how to query messages of a Windows program under AmigaOS, and can serve as a guideline for other programs with multiple processor support.

But reportedly, instead of using Windows programs, you could also write your own program code in alib.

Version 1.3.4 of WinUAE is required, since only starting from this is it possible to obtain the corresponding Windows path information for an Amiga file name.

It must be pointed out that files within hardfiles cannot be used for this purpose, but Amiga drives are required which can be accessed from the Windows side as well.

The author wishes everyone a happy new year.

Download: winaue_lame1.0.lha (62 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2006, 14:24] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Web page)

Emulation: WinUAE 1.3.4
The Amiga emulator WinUAE is now available in version 1.3.4. Among the improvements are, among other things, a uaeserial.device as well as improvements to the interrupt timing of the custom chips and the emulation of AGA sprites outside the display area. (snx) (Translation: cad)

[News message: 31. Dec. 2006, 11:29] [Comments: 0]
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amigaharry (ANF)

MorphOS: SimpleView 1.8f and SearchStar 0.73m
Tom "Amigaharry" Duin makes updates for the image viewer SimpleView and for the search program Searchstar available. The latter one comes now with a simple graphical user interface. (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 22:18] [Comments: 0]
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AmigaOS 4: audio player TuneNet 0.84.72 (alpha)
Paul Heams released a new version of his music and Internet radio player TuneNet that shall fix among other things problems with the final version of AmigaOS 4.

Direct download: TuneNet08472.lha (600 KB) (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 19:03] [Comments: 0]
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Commodity: MCP 1.46
Dieter Groppe makes a new version of the commodity and patch collection MCP available.

Direct download: mcp1_46.lha (1,3 MB) (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 18:58] [Comments: 0]
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Power Developer (website)

Linux: OpenSUSE installation on the Efika
As the OpenSUSE installer doesn't support the Efika board yet Peter Czanik made an English guide available under the title link explaining how experienced Linux users can install this distribution nevertheless. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 08:07] [Comments: 0]
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Pegasosforum (forum)

Efika: stream benchmark comparison with Pegasos II and AMCC 440EP
Matthias Münch made stream benchmark results available under the title link to compare the performance of the Efika memory with a Pegasos II/G4 and an AMCC 440EP.

His conclusion: "The Efika board [can] absolutely keep up with desktop boards like the AMCC 440EP (...) in the area performance." (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 08:01] [Comments: 0]
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30.Dec.2006 (forum)

AmigaOS 4: FinalWriter patch for the Final update
Because the word processor FinalWriter 97 doesn't work anymore under the Final update of AmigaOS 4.0 Peter Gordon wrote a patch as interim solution.

This one was done "quick & dirty" so it should only be used if you do rely on FinalWriter 97 (or another program affected by this - e.g. possibly older versions of GoldED). It is not ecxluded that the patch will cause problems with other programs (e.g. IBrowse).

How it works: The 68k functions AllocMem() and AllocVec() are patched so that these functions make 8 bytes available at the beginning and the end of the buffer. In addition is the size of the allocated memory area at AllocVec() - as under AmigaOS/68k - saved in the four bytes before the affected area.

If you call the patch from the startup-sequence please put "Run >NIL:" before it as the patch can't be finished, otherwise the startup-sequence would stop.

Download: mempatch.lha (1 KB) (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 30. Dec. 2006, 07:50] [Comments: 0]
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29.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

MorphOS: libnix-Update
For the MorphOS-SDK there is an update of the statistical GCC library libnix for developers under the title link.

  • stdio init no longer reads off bounds memory if __stdiowin is set to "" (it's still not valid to do so though (read SAS/C docs))
  • strcoll/xfrm won't pull in libauto/external LocaleBase any more
  • mbstowcs/wcstombs behaves properly when destination is NULL (they are still dummies though, so don't expect widechar to work)
  • no more semaphore lockups that could occur in certain situations (thanks to HAK for finding such a situation)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 19:29] [Comments: 0]
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29.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

Adventure: "In Shadow of Time" for free download
The Point'nClick-adventure In Shadow of Time has been now released as free download. Compared with the version published on March this year on the Retro-Classix CD several bugs have been fixed. According to the author for the first time the game can be completely played.

There is also a first update. For further details please have a look at the title link. (6,6 MB) (80 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 17:06] [Comments: 0]
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29.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Strategy game Battle for Wesnoth 1.2
Battle for Wesnoth is a round based fantasy strategy game. The AmigaOS 4 port was written by Fredrik Wikstrom. Version 1.2 contains several minor changes. For further details see the Readme. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 16:21] [Comments: 0]
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29.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

Systempatch 2.98
SystemPatch written by Sante Nocciolino changes diverse operating system routines to increase the performance of computers with newer 68k-processors. The highest speed increase can be gained on 68060-systems but the patch can be applied on all Amigas from a 68020 upwards.

Version 2.98 does not use CPU specific CopyMem-routines anymore because the versions which does not depend on processors are faster.

Direct download: SystemPatch298.lha (80 KB) (Readme) (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 16:17] [Comments: 0]
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29.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

Picture viewer: PicShow 1.31 (31.334)
Thomas Rapp has published an update of his picture viewer PicShow. Changes in this version:
  • AmigaOS 4 version fixed to run with the new memory system of Upd. 5
  • Printing no longer freezes at the end of the page (called AbortIO although I/O was already done)
  • Aborting a print job no longer freezes PicShow until printer.device has finished it's work
  • Uses TurboPrint now if installed (no longer prints just a big black square on OS4)

PicShow is available for AmigaOS 3/4, MorphOS, WarpOS and PowerUp. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 16:10] [Comments: 0]
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AmigaOS 4: Directory Opus 4.18.1
Joachim "Zerohero" Birging has published an update for Directory Opus 4 which fixes a bug when extracting archives which has become obviously by the new memory management in AmigaOS 4 Final.

The update only contains the Directory Opus-Binary and requires an installation of Directory Opus 4.18.

Download: DirOpus-Exe.lha (235 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 15:41] [Comments: 0]
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Bernd Roesch (ANF)

AfA: Second beta version of Zune port AOZ
Bernd Roesch still has published a second beta version.

The new AOZ-promoter can now move tasks which were started by the Shell. If the promoter window is open (Ctrl+Shift+Z) all tasks are displayed which tries to access MUI. So it is easier to find the task name of the program which is to be moved. You have to copy the promoter to the WBStartup folder.

Please take care that you will not move the task ramlib if you want to continue using MUI (otherwise some MUI-programs may crash).

From this version on you can find a FAQ file where it is described how you can continue running programs under Zune (Scalos is the only program which is known).

The installer now copies the MUI classes Speedbar, MCPFrame, Filelist and Hotkeystring. If you have not installed these classes so far and do not require them nevertheless you can accept the corresponding message of the installer - AOZ will be installed correctly.

The repeated drawing has been fixed which mainly slowed down YAM and SimpleMail.

MUIM_Application_NewInput has been introduced as new function which makes other programs working - e.g. Voodoo-X. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 14:57] [Comments: 0]
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Cloanto: Disks converting service
Under the title link Cloanto offers a converting service for Amiga disks. Sent disks will be burned on a DVD for a special fee.

The DVD contains the files of the disks as well as ADF-files of the disks and conversions of possible Amiga text files (e.g. FinalWriter, WordWorth) to pure text or Rich-Text-Format. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Dec. 2006, 13:38] [Comments: 0]
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