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15.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

Software-Updates: FreeDB 13.7, strangé 0.14
Alfonso Ranieri has published new versions of his HTML and Amigaguide viewer strangé as well as of FreeDBvwhich is graphical user-interface for the CD-Database (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Murakami (ANF)

Print magazine: aMiGa=PoWeR 40
Issue #40 of the French printmagazine aMiGa=PoWeR covers the following topics:
  • News: AmigaOS 4 Classic, YAM v2.5, Origyn Web Browser, Minimig
  • Reviews: AmiWebView v2.1 OS4, MLDonkey v2.8.3 MOS, StepFive AGA, Warzone 2100 MOS, Alinearis 2 OS4, Catweasel MKII Anniversary Edition
  • Tutorials: USB Mass Storage and OS4, IBrowse v2.4 tips
  • And many other articles
aMiGa=PoWeR is published by AFLE since 1998 and is distributed worldwide. (snx)

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15.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

AmiKit: Phenomena-Plugin for Real 3D available for free
After the Raytracer Real 3D with the permission of Delta Knowledge now the particle animation extension called Phenomena is available on the AmiKit website for free.

Phenomena was integrated to the Real-3D-Add-on for the AmiKit distribution and is available for all other users as ADF-files, too. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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15.Jan.2008 (Webseite)

VmwAROS is a preconfigured AROS environment for VMware which is supposed to give an impression of the operating system.

The new beta version 0.6 includes some important bug fixes and an easy upgrade program for the system files of AROS as well as the new disk validator. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Takeo Sato (E-Mail)

Cloanto: Amiga Forever 2008 supports Asus Eee PC
Additional to the "100-Dollar-Laptop" XO the forthcoming version of Cloanto's emulator package called Amiga Forever 2008 will support the subnotebook Eee produced by Asus. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Andreas Magerl (ANF)

Amiga Future 70 (January/February 2008) released
Press release Today the new edition of Amiga Future issue 70 (January/February 2008) has been released. This means that all subscriptions, pre-orders and dealer orders have been shipped today.

In this issue you can find an article about AmigaOS 4 for ClassicPPC. Also associated with the release of OS4 for Classic Amigas there is a very comprehensive Special which shows the differences between AmigaOS 3.x and AmigaOS 4.0.

Also we have tested the new version of MindSpace for you, and even better there is a review of the brand new Amiga Forever 2008 in this latest issue. Additionally in the Amiga Future magazine you will see reviews about AmigaSYS, IGame, Filemanager and lots of more.

At the title link you can get a more detailed description of the magazines contents and even see previews, extracts from this issue.

The Amiga Future is available as a German or English printed magazine directly from the editorial office at the title link and of course from some Amiga dealers as well. You can obtain your copy of the magazine by way of subscription or as a single issue, either with or without the Cover CD.

As usual you will find lots of PD software and even some full releases of former commercial software with every issue of the Amiga Future Cover CD. As it is issue number 70 and also our 10th anniversary, we thought it would be a nice way of celebrating this event by releasing the same number of full versions as the issue number. Enjoy! In short: This time you get 70 full releases on the Amiga Future Cover CD!

Users interested in this or forthcoming issues please contact us as soon as possible. This also applies to all subscribers interested in extending their subscription, please let us know as soon as possible.

Help wanted:

We need someone very urgently to write a PHP script for viewing different web banners. Of course not for free, but we would not like to go bankrupt either. :-)

We are still on the lookout for translators for the English issue of Amiga Future. You have to be able to translate German articles into good, clearly readable English text. (Otherwise you would have to read such news texts...:-)

If you want to help us, just write an e-mail with the subject "Amiga Future" to (snx)

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ACube: Small delay in delivering Minimig
Pressannounce: UUnfortunately some delays forced us to slightly postpone the shipping of Minimigs. We would like to offer our customers the usual high quality service as a sign of respect for the many orders we received so far. Therefore we need to delay the shipping of the Minimig that will start on February, 1st. Our apology and our thanks to all whom are waiting. We would also take the opportunity to give more details about the PSU needed for the Minimig. The board needs to be powered with a stabilized 5V, so you'll need a PSU which can deliver such power and with a jack connector. ACube Systems will also sell a Minimig bundle inclusive of an adequate PSU. This bundle will be available at the price of EUR 149 (excluding local taxes and shipping cost). With every Minimig sold will be included a 1GB SD Card. It's plenty of space for your ADF files. When ordering please specify if you want the board only (inclusive of the SD Card) or the bundle (Minimig+PSU+SD Card). (cg) (Translation: aj)

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IRC-Klient: WookieChat 2.9 beta 4
James "jahc" Carroll released a new Beta-Version of his MUI-based IRC-Clienten WookieChat. All changes are shown here. (cg) (Translation: aj)

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Amiga Future (Web page)

AmigaOS 4: Experimental user interface for OWB
Jörg Strohmayer is making available an experimental user interface for the "Origyn Web Browser," OWBUI. Though, reportedly, some problems still exist (outstanding functions, for example), for starters, it may be better than nothing nevertheless.

Download: OWBUI.lha (41 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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Amigaharry (ANF)

MorphOS: Textreader Gread 1.0
Tom 'Amigaharry' Duin released a simple textreader for MorphOS called Gread. It has gradient colors at the background. In own assembly routines, the text becomes written in the bitmap. The bitmap height can be beyond the Cybergraphics limitation. (snx)

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Pawel Stefanski (ANF)

MorphOS: Gallerius 2.20
Pawel 'Stefkos' Stefanski's program Gallerius assists you in generating HTML thumbnail galleries. Version 2.2 includes, alongside bug fixes, a comment function as well as the possibility to save projects in order to add new pictures if necessary.

Download: gallerius.lha (134 KB) (snx) (Translation: cad)

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13.Jan.2008 (Web page)

Amiga version of the ray-tracer Real3D 3.5 available for free
AmiKit is offering the Amiga version 3.5 of the ray tracing and animation program Real3D for free download since today, with permission from Realsoft Graphics.

The software is available both as add-on package for the WinUAE distribution AmiKit and as ADF floppy disk set. In addition, the current version of the program for other platforms can be purchased for a reduced price. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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AmigaOS 4 Classic: Mouse wheel support for ps2m mice
Under AmigaOS 4 Classic, the problem existed until now that the existing drivers for PS2 mouse adapters (Cocolino, ps2m) provide the so-called Newmouse codes for mouse wheel movements, whereas the operating system itself as well as PPC-native applications solely support the wheelmouse standard, introduced with AmigaOS 4, for interpreting the mouse wheel.

Thomas Rapp has now converted the WheelBusMouse driver belonging to the ps2m adapter to AmigaOS 4. The driver now generates IDCMP messages, introduced with OS4, for mouse wheel movements, that is, PPC-native applications should now respond to the mouse wheel again as usual. Since the author cannot test the changes himself, for lack of appropriate hardware, he is asking for appropriate feedback under the title link.

Note: Older applications that are not converted to AmigaOS 4 are still dependent on Newmouse codes. In order to be able to use mouse wheels with these applications as well, the IPrefs call in the Startup-Sequence must be complemented with the "NEWMOUSE" switch.

Direct download: wbm_os4.lha (3.7 KB) (cg) (Translation: cad)

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Jörg Karisch (ANF)

Amiga Hardware Meeting in Nuremberg, Germany on March 9, 2008
Jörg 'amiga1303' Karisch writes: The Amiga user group IMAGE from Middle Franconia is inviting to Nuremberg, Germany again for the hardware meeting on Sunday, March 9, 2008. The goal is to solve problems with hardware and software that is brought along, or to execute a couple of games over the network again, too.

Once again, we want to offer a flea market and a file sharing network for hardware and software, respectively, that is relevant to the Amiga. Detailed and current information can be found under the title link - also a list with the computers on display, among other things.

Unfortunately, computer seats are limited to about 20 pieces, which is why I ask guests who want to arrive with hardware to get in touch with me in a timely manner.

We look forward to all guests interested in the Amiga - maybe a hardware or software producer also has some time to stop by - and see you then on March 9.

Till then, best regards,
Jörg Karisch (snx) (Translation: cad)

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13.Jan.2008 (Forum)

MeKa 2008: NatAmi developer board demonstrated
In an English forum article under the title link, Gunnar von Boehn reports on the demonstration of the NatAmi developer board (Amiga History Guide page with photo) by Thomas Hirsch at this year's MeKa in Karlsruhe.

According to this, unlike the Minimig by Dennis van Weeren, NatAmi possesses a virtually complete AGA implementation (including a 24-bit AGA mode together with 32-bit blitter), but in exchange, is based on very old FPGA chips with corresponding limitations.

As in the original Minimig, the processor is not emulated, and is located on a daughterboard on NatAmi, which can theoretically carry any 680x0 processor, or alternatively, a Coldfire processor as well, according to the developer's statements. However, only a 68030 was employed until now, a board with 68060 processor is planned next.

Booting the AmigaOS 3.x Workbench has only taken the blink of an eye, literally, on the NatAmi board. Furthermore, programs like Directory Opus, SysInfo and a module tracker as well as dragging screens, copper & voxel demos and games like Boulder Dash, BattleChess and Defender of the Crown were demonstrated on it. The software was loaded from hard disk using the IDE controller located on the board. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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13.Jan.2008 (Web page)

Podcast: Amiga Round Table, Episode 19
The "Amiga Round Table" (ART) is an English podcast prepared by Rich Lawrence and Sean Fitzgerald, where Amiga users and invited guests discuss current events in the Amiga scene.

The topics of the eighteenth issue, where Mike Blackburn and Bill Panagouleas were hosted:
  • McBill Spills the beans on AA2/OS5
  • One Laptop Per Child Runs UAE Unmodified
  • Robert Norris emailed us about the Traveller Project on AROS (Rob's Blog)
  • 2008 The Year of AROS?
  • We kick around the idea of AROS on EeePC from ASUS
  • BBRV sends us a tip on LimePC. Looks Sweet!
  • Discreet FX Contest Winners Announced!
(cg) (Translation: cad)

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13.Jan.2008 (Web page)

Interview: PC pioneer Chowaniec looks back at the Amiga
Already a month ago, an interview with Adam Chowaniec appeared on Chairman at Liquid Computing and Tundra Semiconductor today, among other things, he portrayed responsibility as Vice President of Technology at Commodore in the days of Amiga development. (snx) (Translation: cad)

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Insane-Software (ANF)

Insane-Software: Amijeweled 1.3
Press release We are very proud to announce the release of a new version of AmijeweledRTG, Amijeweled V1.3! In this version, some wishes of our customers were implemented, e.g. the long awaited fullscreen mode.

Additionally, we finally found the bug that made the startup of Amijeweled with OS4 a little bit nasty sometimes. Other features are a requester for error message handling and the ability to play sound simultaneously with other AHI programs.

Our customers already received the update via email as usual. Customers of Alinea Computer who bought a CD version there may contact us to receive their update via email, too. Our contact details can be found on our website.

For the Amigans who don't know Amijeweled or were not fully satisfied with the V1.2 demo version, we provide a V1.3 demo version for download. Try it!

Our development will concentrate on future projects now, mainly the AGA version, which we will develop to bring this nice game to our "roots", too.

Special thanks go to Herbert Klackl who supported us in the development the new version of Amijeweled and tested it thouroughly with MorphOS.

We wish you much fun with the new version of Amijeweled and like to thank all our customers for the praises and the faith they gave to us.

With kind regards
Niels Schapke & Wolfgang Hosemann

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