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Video tutorial: Getting into HD-REC v0.10
Krister "kicko" Skrtic has published a video at Youtube which is supoposed to show how to use HD-Rec. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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13.Mar.2012 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Word processing Cinnamon Writer 0.80
Claus Desler's Cinnamon Writer is a word processing software which can import RTF and DocX files. Version 0.80 offers spell checking which supports several languages in a document.

The current version of Cinnamon Writer offers specific Amiga keyboard shortcuts and a menu which can be activated with the right mouse button. It also is not longer SDL-based but exclusively uses Amiga libraries. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Preview video: Bobbo
"Asman" is working on a clone of the Polish 8-Bit-classic Robbo. Now a first preview video of "Bobbo" was published at Youtube. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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12.Mar.2012 (website)

A-EON: Another X1000 production run, Xorro plug-in board, X1000 boot theme
Press release:
Wellington, 11th February 2012

Musical Tribute

To mark the release of the AmigaONE X1000 "First Contact" system we commissioned free-lance music composer Rachel Dickinson (aka Rayne Leafe) to create two original soundtracks as a tribute to the ground-breaking Amiga 1000 computer. We asked her to compose a new start-up boot sound for the AmigaONE X1000 which built on the Amigas' original diagnostic audio test. We also asked her to create a longer piece which captures the spirit of the AmigaONE X1000. The result is A-EON Starlight an atmospheric and evocative music score which evolved from her new boot theme.

According to venerable AmigaOS developer Olaf Barthel, "the Amiga 1000 audio diagnostic test (aka boot sound) is based upon the Siegfried horn motif, as used in Richard Wagner's Ring cycle. The code for the Amiga 1000 boot ROM does not contain just the Wagner snippet, but also something else: the five tone "theme of the mothership" by John Williams as used in "Close encounters of the third kind". Barthel added "The author of the audio diagnostic code appears to be Siegfried W. Bleher. The theme played by the Amiga 1000 appears to be an edited version, which plays faster than Wagner's original, and is not exactly in tune with it either. The notes played are as follows: c, g (long note), e (1/128th note), c, d, e, f, e, d, d. The playback frequencies and speed are hard-coded for an NTSC machine, which might explain why it sounds like it does. The individual sound generation code uses a sine wave and emulates an ADSR envelope with short attack time and a slightly longer release time. From what I can tell, the diagnostic code and the music as we know it today finally came together on 13 May 1985. Also (I tested the code when I discovered it), John William's five tone theme did not sound quite as good as in the film. In the film score, the cue that contains the five tone theme is called "wild signals". It is perhaps fitting that the Amiga's 1985 "Close Encounter" developed into the AmigaONE X1000's "First Contact".

Rachel commented, "I spent my childhood using an Amiga computer and it's a special privilege for me to be able to contribute to its continuing success. When I was asked to write the boot sound for the new AmigaONE X1000 I wanted to pay homage to both the simple boot theme of the original Amiga and the enhanced start-up sound created for AmigaOS 4 by Japanese electro-pop artist, composer and Amiga user Susumu Hirasawa. I've tried to remain true to the tone row of the original boot sound while adding a modern interpretation. The A-EON Starlight theme is an expansion and exploration of the new boot theme. I hope you enjoy my musical Amiga tribute. "

AmigaONE X1000 boot theme
A-EON Starlight

The Mark of Xorro!

As part of our ongoing commitment to the AmigaONE X1000, we commissioned Varisys to design a special Xorro plug-in board to take advantage of the A1-1000's onboard Xena "co-processor". The Xorro board is intended for the consummate Amiga hacker and is a practical XMOS veroboard which allows access to the Xena slot IOs and power rails. It has the added advantage of being able to be cut in half via an added dotted line, allowing it to be used in small form factor cases. To demonstrate it's use on the AmigaONE X1000, Varisys created a simple circuit with a buffer and some LEDs. A video is attached of the Xorro board performing an XMOS "walking 1" test on the Xena pins. The Xorro plug-in board will be stocked by AmigaKit and information will be posted on their website in the near future.

Xorro in action on the AmigaONE X1000 (YouTube link)

"First Contact" Update

If you missed out on an AmigaONE X1000 "First Contact" system and still want to join the party we have some good news for you. Following the overwhelming success of the "First Contact" initiative, we are pleased to announce that we have authorised another production run. As before, these systems will be supplied with AmigaOS 4 Update 1.5 pre-installed and a fully paid-up license for the supply of AmigaOS 4.2 when it is commercially released by Hyperion Entertainment. Please check out the AmigaKit website for pre-order details which will be posted in the near future.

AmigaKit AmigaONE X1000 pre-order news

Trevor Dickinson (cg) (Translation: cg)

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11.Mar.2012 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Digital sketches with Sketchblock 1.3
Andy Broad's "Sketchblock" is a simple paint programm, which you can use as digital sketch pad (screenshot). Layers and transparency are supported. A graphic tablet can be used as input device. The project is in it's very early stages.

New features include support for bitmap brushes, more ARexx commands, brush selection via the GUI, and support for ToolBox windows.

Additionally the author has published a short Youtube video which shows "Bitmap Brushes". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 10.03.2012
The following archives have been published until 10.03.2012 to the Aminet:
HollywoodSP.lha          biz/misc   82K       Hollywood 5.0 spanish catalogs
ALI-amigaos3.lha         comm/irc   54K   68k ALI - AmIRC Log Inspector
ALI-morphos.lha          comm/irc   92K   MOS ALI - AmIRC Log Inspector
ALI-source.lha           comm/irc   47K       ALI - AmIRC Log Inspector
CanonToolBox-amigaos3... comm/misc  113K  68k CanonToolBox - Digital Camera...
CanonToolBox-morphos.lha comm/misc  173K  MOS CanonToolBox - Digital Camera...
CanonToolBox-source.lha  comm/misc  88K       CanonToolBox - Digital Camera...
Relax-amigaos3.lha       comm/misc  55K   68k Control program for 8-bit rea...
Relax-morphos.lha        comm/misc  104K  MOS Control program for 8-bit rea...
Relax-source.lha         comm/misc  49K       Control program for 8-bit rea...
SimpleCam-amigaos3.lha   comm/misc  108K  68k SimpleCam - Digital Camera So...
SimpleCam-morphos.lha    comm/misc  164K  MOS SimpleCam - Digital Camera So...
SimpleCam-source.lha     comm/misc  67K       SimpleCam - Digital Camera So...
ESA.lha                  dev/asm    16K   68k Extra-Strong Assembly
ABasiC_patch.lha         dev/basic  19K   68k Patch Metacomco's ABasiC to w...
libptp2-1.1.10-amigao... dev/lib    54K   68k libptp2
libptp2-1.1.10-morpho... dev/lib    67K   MOS libptp2
pacdudehero_68k.lha      game/actio 6.1M  68k modern pac-man clone
Africa.lha               game/board 227K  68k Conversion of 3W board game
AfricaMOS.lha            game/board 268K  MOS Conversion of 3W board game
Africa-OS4.lha           game/board 278K  OS4 Conversion of 3W board game
Abbo.lha                 game/misc  446K  68k Fixed Boulderdash Clone (+ Am...
Operation_Sirius_OS4.lha game/role  17M   OS4 point and click adventure (Ge...
BOOM.lha                 game/shoot 2.8M  68k Amiga port of BOOM v2.02
LettersFall_68k.lha      game/think 3.5M  68k letters puzzle game
PixelArtist_68k.lha      game/think 2.7M  68k tiles puzzle game
TC4_68k.lha              game/think 6.8M  68k modern multi player tetris clone
TetriAttack2_68k.lha     game/think 1.9M  68k puzzle game
Aye_Q.lha                game/wb    34K   68k My version of a peg game...
BulGom.lha               game/wb    34K   68k Burst some bubbles!
Hexa_Q.lha               game/wb    34K   68k Try this hexagonal shaped peg...
Multi_Q.lha              game/wb    36K   68k 4 peg games in one program!
Noel_Q.lha               game/wb    35K   68k A Christmas theme peg game...
Pivoto.lha               game/wb    33K   68k Make alignments of same colou...
Quad_Q.lha               game/wb    35K   68k A peg game with 4 board sizes
Star_Q.lha               game/wb    35K   68k Try to solve these star-shape...
Totematik.lha            game/wb    36K   68k Recreate all 10 totems!
Tri_Q.lha                game/wb    34K   68k A triangular shaped peg game
X_Q.lha                  game/wb    34K   68k An 'X' shaped peg game
MovieViewer_1.0.lha      gfx/show   2.3M  MOS Simple Movie frame viewer
glUAE.lha                misc/emu   20K       Integrates UAE into AmigaOS
rhLaunch-amigaos3.lha    misc/emu   66K   68k rhLaunch - GUI for E-UAE
rhLaunch-morphos.lha     misc/emu   112K  MOS rhLaunch - GUI for E-UAE
rhLaunch-source.lha      misc/emu   64K       rhLaunch - GUI for E-UAE
alaska_os3_fpu.lha       misc/misc  1.0M  68k Alaska-Kanada West Multimedia...
SamplesMaster.lha        mus/misc   106K  68k Creates IFF and RAW samples (...
org_68k.lha              mus/play   227K  68k play & decode org music
playOGG.lha              mus/play   5.1M  68k multi format sound player.
SimpleSamples.lha        mus/play   44K   68k Little musical toy for Classi...
MinAD-amigaos3.lha       text/show  55K   68k MinAD - Minimalistic Autodoc ...
MinAD-morphos.lha        text/show  92K   MOS MinAD - Minimalistic Autodoc ...
MinAD-source.lha         text/show  37K       MinAD - Minimalistic Autodoc ...
rhc-amigaos3.lha         util/crypt 29K   68k rhc - a polymorphic cipher
libffi-morphos.lha       util/libs  212K  MOS MorphOS port of libffi
ReportPlus-OS4.lha       util/misc  506K  OS4 Multipurpose utility
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 10.03.2012
The following archives have been published until 10.03.2012 to the OS4Depot:
agletm2ppc.lha           dev/lan 18Mb  4.1 Modula-2 Native PPC compiler
gluae.lha                emu/uti 20kb  4.0 Integrates UAE into AmigaOS
wordmeupxxl_demo.lha     gam/act 26Mb  4.0 Word puzzle game
operation_sirius.lha     gam/adv 17Mb  4.1 Operation Sirius - point and cli...
africa.lha               gam/boa 291kb 4.0 Conversion of 3W board game
tetricrisis4.lha         gam/puz 26Mb  4.1 Tetris like battle game
iconsreworked.lha        gra/ico 44Mb  4.1 Icons for 3rd party software
reportplus.lha           uti/mis 1Mb   4.0 Multipurpose utility
tankampel.lha            uti/wor 1Mb   4.0 tankampel
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 10.03.2012
The following archives have been published until 10.03.2012 to the AROS-Archives:             dev/mis 28Mb  AspireOS update "Let there be ro...
aspireos_v.1.7.rar           dev/mis 137Mb AspireOS Codename "Let there be ...
oricutron.i386-aros.lha      emu/com 1Mb   Oric-1 / Atmos emulator           gam/puz 2Mb   game - simple tetris-like game.
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MorphOS-Files-Uploads until 10.03.2012
The following archives have been published until 10.03.2012 to the MorphOS-Files:
CodeWar                  1.24    gam/thi    240 A simulator environment for...
Word Me Up XXL Demo      1.53    gam/thi  26408 An educational word-game fo...
CanonToolbox             1.3     gra/mis    173 Application for controlling...
ALI                      2.2     net/cha     92 AmIRC Log Inspector, a tool...
AmigaMark                1.1     sys/too   1122 A complex computer speed be...
AHIRNG                   1.2     uti/sci    103 Generator of really random ...
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