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31.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: SDL 1.2.11 (bugfix)
Richard Drummond has published an update of the multimedia library SDL. SDL is supposed to make it programmers easy to develop portable applications and is used by several Open-Source games.

The latest update includes two minor bug fixes (changelog). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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RSS-viewer: amrss 5.57
Alfonso Ranieri has published an update of his RSS-viewer amrss. For AmigaOS 3 and MorphOS amrss is offered as full as well as light version. The MorphOS versions require MUI 4. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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31.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

Linux: Kernel for AmigaOne computers
Under the title link the Linux-Kernel for AmigaOne computers published. The support for the SmartFileSystem was compiled as modul as well.

According to Gerhard Pircher a Mac-on-Linux-Paket (0.9.72) is also available for this kernel. Users of kernel version 2.6.8 can find the same MoL version in the corresponding sub directory under the title link. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Jools "BuZz" Smyth (ANF)

New, Wiki based version of ExoticA
ExoticA is about "retro": Scans of old games, Amiga and C64 soundtracks, pictograms for WHDLoad-Installs and much more. Exotica currently consists of 8000 sites.

After two years the transfer of the complete site to a so called Wiki has been finished. According to the authors some few sections have little problems but the users are already very welcome to complete the Wiki with further information or to fix bugs in existing entries.

Under you can still access the old version of the site but it is not supported any longer. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AROS: New WinAROS version
With WinAros it is possible to test the operating system AROS under Windows and to check out programs which were developed with AmiDevCpp.

The virtual harddrive contains now two partitions: One 20 MB FFS-partition with the boot files and a second 480 MB SFS-partition with the AROS installation. WinAROS does not include additional applications but a simple AROS Installation - you can install further applications with WinArosStart.

WinAROS is set up with the help of a Windows like installation program. A deinstallation program is also part of the distribution.

Direct download: WinAros012008.exe (38,3 MB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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30.Jan.2008 (Forum)

AmigaOS 4: First beta version of PFTP 0.1
Peter Gordon's PFTP which is a FTP-client for AmigaOS 4 has changed its alpha status to beta.

Changes since the last alpha version:
  • It's no longer alpha (dancing bananas...)
  • Cool new about window
  • PFTP is now completely localised (.cd file included)
  • Added an Amiga version string
  • New toolbars at the top of the directory windows
  • Now properly searches the system search path for ssh when run from WB (thanks to Fredrik Wikström for the report)
  • You can now retry or delete transfers from the aborted transfer list
  • Should now start up a bit faster when you start it for the first time after a boot (its gone from ~4 seconds to ~2 seconds here)
  • PFTP now works a lot better in smaller modes like 640x480 and 800x600 provided you don't have huge fonts I guess... (and i remember when 800x600 was huge)
  • There is now proper documentation
Download: pftp.lha (699 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Exec (Webseite)

Team AROS: USB-Soundcard bounty
Another Team-AROS-Bounty has been started: You can now donate thus in furture an isochronous USB-transfer will be supported as well as for a driver for USB-soundcards. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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29.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

MorphOS: eVe, Preview 2
"eVe" is an action/roleplay game written by Kelly Samel (screenshots: 1, 2, 3).

The current update requires the first preview. Some bugs were fixed and besides this the player now starts with two additional "Def Points". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Andreas Magerl (ANF)

APC&TCP: Current projects in 2008
Press release APC&TCP 2008: This year APC&TCP have plans for many Amiga projects. We would like to offer you a brief outline of our plans:


Many people doubted there would be any further development but we want you to know that it is still intended to be released, but in small updates. You should be aware that it is one of the most complex projects for the Amiga. Thousands of files have to be accounted for, updated and maintained. Future versions will require AmigaOS4 and will use a brand new ReAction GUI. Furthermore there will be support for many new file formats making the transfer between different platforms easier.

Amiga Guru Book

The German Amiga Guru Book has been available from us for some time. That's why many users asked us if we could make the English one available as well. The English version is going to be completed later in 2008, but due to lack of time, it will be around the middle of the year when it is ready, but it will eventually be finished.


Of course the development of CygnusED is also continuing. A new update is already in the pipeline but it will take some time to complete. We are also on the look-out for a competent developer for the MorphOS version.


An additional developer has been working on DigiBoosterPro for some time now. This has made development much quicker than was at first anticipated. Currently we think that we can give you a detailed status report in 2-3 months. Maybe even sooner... and if everything goes smoothly, there will be a version of DigiBoosterPro for 68k, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS and even AROS.

Desert Racing

Actually a version of Desert Racing for AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS has been planned for some time. Unfortunately the developer responsible for the game is very busy at the moment. That's why we are currently looking for a new programmer. Desert Racing has been written in BlitzBasic. Anyone interested in assisting with this development is invited to contact us.

Flyin' High

Currently we are working on an AmigaOS 4 version of Flyin' High. However it's not ceertain whether the port will ever be finished. We can only say that someone is working on it, but there is no promise that it will eventually be released. Many people have asked us if we were going to release a sequel to Flyin' High. The problem is we have no available developers to continue the work at a steady pace, and even less graphic artists. So sorry, at this point there is not likely to be a sequel to Flyin' High.

MED Soundstudio

Here the development has been long and drawn out, mainly due to the lack of time and technical problems, but this year it should finally be completed.

Amiga Future

With issue 70 the Amiga Future has reached 10 years old. That's a tremendous reason for us to celebrate. As well as the 6 issues of the print magazine intended for this year 2008, the Amiga Future homepage is going to be greatly enhanced and will contain lots of new features and content. In fact, we believe that the size of the Amiga Future homepage will double. We hope that the hits will rise like they have done over the past 12 months.

Is there any more news?

Currently we are in negotiations with people regarding various projects which we want to publish for the Amiga. New projects, mergers and aquisitions, ports and others, but nothing is set in stone at this point. However, you can be sure that there will be many new releases from APC&TCP in 2008. (snx)

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29.Jan.2008 (Forum)

Amiga Inc.: BitByBit Founder to Enhance Development Team
Press release Issaquah, Wash. - January 28, 2008 – Amiga, the pioneer in computer gaming, announced today that it has added Jamie Krueger to its development team. Krueger founded BITbyBIT Software Group LLC in 2004, and will bring his knowledge of the Amiga platform to bear on future product development.

"Amiga has gathered a team of highly skilled and motivated developers, with a focus on writing innovative software, and I am very pleased to be joining their ranks as a full time member", said Mr. Krueger. "I first started my software company three years ago with the goal of getting more developers to write software using Amiga technologies. Now, working for Amiga directly, I am looking forward to helping do just that from the inside."

Amiga has been a recognized player in the computer gaming industry since the 1980s and has recently re-introduced their Classic Games for use with Windows PC hardware., Amiga plans to expand their Classic offerings to include several hundred titles available by the end of this year, and will soon announce new advances with the release of AmigaAnywhere version 2.

"We’re excited to have Jamie join our team", said Bill McEwen, president of Amiga. "We have a lot of great things happening and a lot of new software to ship. Jamie will help us expand product development immensely."

About Amiga
Amiga, Inc., initially founded in 1983 and re-established in 2000, is a computer software company with a rich heritage in game development and a focus on forging a path for multimedia platform development and hardware-independent technologies. For almost two decades Amiga’s software has been a mainstay for motion picture studios, multimedia creators, and digital entertainment enthusiasts around the world. For more information, visit

Press Contact
Ann Revell-Pechar
Revell-Pechar, Inc.
C: +1-404-550-0802
O: +1-678-691-0533 (snx)

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29.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

7-Zip-XAD-Client 1.4
Chris Young has published an update of his XAD-plugin for extracting most of the 7-Zip-archives which does not only work faster but is now available for AmigaOS 4 as well as for AmigaOS/68k.

Download: xad_7z.lha (75 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Jan. 2008, 07:25] [Comments: 0]
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Youtube: Updates of Tubexx (OS4) and getVideo (update)
After publishing the MorphOS-version of the Youtube tool Tubexx now the OS4-port was updated, too.

The ARexx script getVideo written by Jürgen Lucas was also updated. With getVideo you can save video clips provided by diverse portals - e.g. Youtube - to your harddrive or play them with MPlayer.

Update (30.01.2008, 3 a.m.)

Obviously there are changes at Youtube again. Tubexx was adapted and and the update is available on Aminet. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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29.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Vector drawing program MindSpace 1.1 (beta)
MindSpace is a drawing program with which you can create spider diagrams, UML-diagrams, Mindmaps or vector picture (screenshot).

For registered users there is a first beta version of Mindspace 1.1 which supports text boxes with several lines (screenshot). Additionally some bugs were fixed concerning the memory. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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