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AROS: Janus-UAE 1.1
With Oliver 'o1i' Brunner's Janus-UAE for AROS/x86 users can start AmigaOS programms under AROS. The original Kickstart-3.1 files are required.

Additional to some big fixes, thanks to Krzysztof Smiechowicz versions 1.1 can run AROS/68k which is included.

Please note that this version is more or less included in the AROS-distribution Icaros 1.3.1.

  • Mouse pointer disappearance: If you move the mouse pointer outside a CLI window, the mouse pointer disappeared in coherent mode
  • GUI drop box state was not saved/restored correctly
  • Startup output is STDOUT again
  • You can remove a selected amiga ROM key in the GUI
  • Amirun might work again
  • Fixed long time undetected memory trashing in the GUI
  • Stop UAE really stops UAE and does not restart anymore sometimes
  • Pressing Quit stops emulation before it quits
  • Double P96 ID error requester does not appear anymore
  • 1920x1200 AmigaOS resolution should work (again)
  • Load config did not really work
Download: janus-uae.i386.tar.gz (20 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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31.Aug.2011 (Webseite)

Elbox: Version 3.21 of spider.device works with Poseidon 4.4
For all registered users Elbox Computer has published a free update of the driver for the USB-controller Spider and Spider II.

spider.device 3.21 also works again with the latest version of the USB-stack Poseidon (screenshot). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Tristar Radio und Web - Updates. (ANF)

Web Radio: New music tracks at Tristar Radio
180 sounds from the demo scene were added to the web radio Tristar managed by SaphirJD. Tracks from the years 1998 until 2010 are included.

The Amiga and C-64 remix sector was updated as well. The Tristar team wishes well listening. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Hyperion Entertainment (ANF)

AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 released
Press release:
Brussels - August 29th, 2011

Hyperion Entertainment CVBA and the AmigaOS development team announce the immediate availability for download of AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 for registered users of AmigaOS 4.1 on the following platforms:

Update 3, painstakingly assembled by AmigaOS’ project lead Steven Solie after extensive beta testing by our dedicated team of beta testers, contains a substantial part of the new functionality and a wide variety of bug fixes and improvements developed over the last 16 months.

Please note that some new applications (including Timberwolf) will rely on the feature-set of AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3.

An incomplete list of features in Update 3 includes:
  • Updated Installation Utility program;
  • Updated PATA and SATA drivers;
  • Improved DOS stability and speed;
  • Fixed Amiga shared object issues;
  • Support for AmigaOne keyboards including boing key swap feature; Set keymap_swapaltamiga to "on" in your firmware to enable;
  • Updated Intuition and GUI components;
  • New consistent full release string including update number;
  • Updated AmiSSL certificates;
  • Updated USB stack with USB 2.0 (EHCI) support;
  • Improved Sam460ex support including sound driver;
  • I2C support for the Sam440ep and Sam460ex platforms;
  • Updated and improved Warp3D support;
  • Faster 2D graphics support;
  • Various kernel fixes for increased stability;
  • Updated MUI with many new features to make porting MUI 4.0 based applications simpler;
  • Improved notifications support.

Hyperion Entertainment wishes to thanks its customers for their continued support in these exciting times for the Amiga platform.

Online support for AmigaOS and Update 3 is provided via Hyperion Entertainment's Support Forum. (cg)

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Emulator: Preview to WinUAE 2.3.3
As usual the developers have given a preview to the forthcoming version 2.3.3 of the well-known Amiga emulator WinUAE. WinUAE 2.3.3 will be available in the middle of September and introduce a new VSync-mode which should solve the problem of the a hundred per cent CPU-load.

New features:
  • New very low latency VSync mode, autodetects real refresh rate, no more 100% CPU usage, supports also windowed modes. (Not compatible with fastest possible CPU modes but planned in future)
  • Experimental rawinput joystick/joypad support. (-rawhid command line parameter). Added because DirectInput is said to introduce some extra input lag.

  • Real cause for Max Transfer IDE problem found. IDE emulation detects and logs it now. (*)
  • CD image audio buffer increased slightly, some systems had glitches in CD audio.
  • Non-configured joystick/mouse autoswitch update: short firebutton press or move left = insert into joystick port, longer press or move right = insert into mouse port.
  • Add Harddrive option does not require Administrator privileges anymore, most removable drives can be used without higher privileges, at least under Windows 7.

Fixed bugs:
  • IDE emulation write hang introduced in 2.3.2.
  • A590/A2091 emulation crash if CPU was 68020+.
  • On the fly CD switching (both images and real CDs) reliability improved.
  • Direct3D blank screen problem is now 100% fixed. Really.
  • win32.hardfile_path didn't work.
  • On the fly resolution change didn't work correctly, resolution autoswitch improved.
  • Key or joystick button mapped to mouse direction didn't work.
  • Analog stick mapped to mouse had too fast and unstable speed.

*) Max Transfer problem was introduced with ATA v2 specification. ROM built-in IDE driver assume ATA v1 behavior, some drives are compatible with ATA v1, some are not and will require Max Transfer fix. It is NOT a drive bug. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AROS: Hint for Icaros-users, Soundblaster driver available soon
Paolo Besser points out that all users who want to update his AROS-distribution Icaros to version 1.3.1, first should run the patch called "patch01" - this one should solve some problems of the used LiveUpdater. You can find a detailed tutorial on the website of the author.

The port of Ross Vumbacca's Soundblaster drivers is well advanced in development so they will be available soon. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaOne X1000: Video of OS4 boot routine, further pictures
A-EON has published several pictures or videos of the X1000 in the last days.

A technician of Amigakit has published a video at Youtube which shows the boot routine of the X1000 with AmigaOS 4.1. The video as well as the pictures of the hardware and the boot routine published by Amigakit show many serial debug-output.

Varisys has published further pictures on Facebook. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaOS 4: Video-Player DvPlayer 0.76
Stephen Fellner has published a new version of his video player DvPlayer which now supports subtitles, different languages and new audio codecs.

Registered users should receive the update via eMail. An updated demo version is available on the website of the author.

Changes in version 0.76:
  • Added support for DVD subtitles. Subtitles can be selected in the subtitle menu when playing DVDs.
  • Added support for IFO files on DVDs to show audio and subtitle languages.
  • Added support for MPEG audio files, including VBR (Variable BitRate) MPEG audio support.
  • Added support for AIFF audio files.
  • Added audio scope effect when playing audio-only files.
  • Added support for YUV420 planar overlay format introduced in AmigaOS4.1.
  • Added transparency (alpha channel) support for skins making it possible to have shaped windows and other transparency effects.
  • Implemented a new type of AVI frame-skipping algorithm which achieves smoother playback on slower machines.
  • Added requester when dragging files into DvPlayer window to ask if the files should be appended to the end of the playlist or replace the current list.
  • When current file finished playing and window is closed/reopened it is only activated if it was activated previously so that the focus is not taken away from the user who may be working in another window at that time.
  • Now a requester informs if a suitable audio codec cannot be found and even gives an option to search for available codecs online.
  • Fixed a bug which caused a DSI when volume slider was moved while no movie loaded.
  • Fixed framerate and movie length determination in AVI files which were sometimes incorrect.
  • Text in TextArea is no longer rendered without clearing the area behind it which was causing graphics corruptions with some skins.
  • Solved issue that was causing some slowdowns and delays on Sam440 systems.
  • Uses new 64-bit YUV rendering routines on systems where this leads to a performance improvement.
  • When the about window was open the main window became unresponsive. Now main window events are serviced in this case also.
  • Movie area in GUI is now only cleared during window refresh if the window's size changed. This keeps the current frame displayed when playback is paused and the window is deselected.
  • Optimized MPEG Video stream detection code to allow for faster load times.
  • Fixed a bug which caused the text area in the GUI not to be refreshed in non-overlay window mode.
  • File requesters and other requesters were always opened on Workbench even if DvPlayer was started on another screen, now it opens on the same screen as the DvPlayer window.
  • Doubled stack cookie which solves issues with playback of files with MJPEG codec when running from shell.
  • Corrected overlay alignment issues.
  • NOSKIP option now works with asf/wmv files too.
  • Corrected time display and slider position handling with asf/wmv files.
  • Changed alignment of video buffers for playback of AVI files which seems to fix the occasional decoding errors observed with some videos.
  • Several other small bug-fixes and optimizations...
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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