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Interview: Jon Hare (Sensible Software) on development of Cannon Fodder
Eurogamer has released an interview with Jon Hare which is about the development of the Amiga classic Cannon Fodder. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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07.Dec.2013 (Webseite)

Preview-Video: Jump'n Run "Solid Gold"
Frank Wille has released a preview video (MP4, 7,8 MB) for his recently announced Jump'n Run "Solid Gold". Probably the game will be released at the end of the year. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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07.Dec.2013 (Forum)

Elbox: TurboFlyer 530
Under the title link, Elbox anounces a new 68030-accelerator board with 40 MHz and integrated FastATA-CF/SATA-controller for the Amiga 500/500+ and 2000 which probably will be available in February. It is an internal solution for 240 Euro (plus VAT) which is set on the processor socket.

  • 68030 processor (with MMU) clocked at 40 MHz
  • 16 MB of fast 32-bit DRAM memory on board
  • Integrated FastATA CF/SATA controller:
    • Fast transfer rate of up to 16.6 MB/s
    • Supports PIO-0, PIO-4 and PIO-5 modes
    • Two buffered and terminated EIDE ports for four devices
    • AllegroCDFS filesystem included
    • LBA 48 support in the onboard BootROM (support of drives over 128 GB)
    • Automatically configured EIDE/CF/SATA/ATAPI devices
    • Can boot from FAT16 and FAT32 formatted devices
  • Includes custom expansion port for local hardware add-ons
  • MapROM function (uses 1 MB from 16 MB of the on-board DRAM)
  • Compatible with trapdoor Slow memory expansions (up to 1.8 MB)
  • Compatible with Chip memory expansions
  • Compatible with WHDLoad software
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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MorphOS/AROS: Fade2Black 0.1.8
The engine of the action adventure Fade to Black, released in 1995 and developed by Delphine Software International, was rewritten and was now ported to MorphOS by Paweł 'Stefkos' Stefański.

Under the title link there is an update to the latest version 0.1.8 for the AROS version provided by 'serk118uk'.

Download: f2b.lha (172 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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MorphOS: PowerSDL.library 16.0b
Ilkka 'itix' Lehtoranta has released an update of his SDL-library for MorphOS. Version 16.0b fixes a bug in the smpeg.library which made problems with the OpenGL-context.

For developers which have to work without it in their shared libraries there is a constructor free version of the SDL-library included in the Software Development Kit (libSDL-nc.a).

powersdl.lha (1 MB)
powersdl_sdk.lha (2 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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06.Dec.2013 (Webseite)

Amigakit announces new Amiga joystick
Amigakit announces a new Amiga joystick which was developed during the last six months. It has a "arcade style controller with metal shaft and micro switches":

The joystick has two independent buttons which both can be set as standard buttons. The price still is not available, "orders will be taken in the next few weeks." (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Emulator: WinUAE 2.7.0
Version 2.7.0 of the well-known Amiga emulator WinUAE has been released. The update provides improvement of emulation of graphic boards, the 68020-processor and the Custom Chips.

New features:
  • Cirrus Logic SVGA chip based hardware graphics board emulation
    • Use graphics board in emulated Amix, Linux, NetBSD and others
    • Use native CyberGraphX, Picasso96 and EGS RTG software in emulation
    • Emulates following boards: Picasso II, Picasso II+, Picasso IV (flash rom image required), Piccolo, Piccolo SD64 and EGS-28/24 Spectrum
    • Text mode is also emulated (Linux/NetBSD etc. text console support)
    • Based on QEMU Cirrus Logic emulation
  • SCSI tape drive emulation
    • Can install Amix without hacks
    • Both reading and writing supported
    • Works also with most backup software that supports tape drives
  • SLIRP user mode NAT emulation
    • A2065 and uaenet.device emulation without need for host side extra drivers
  • 68020 cycle-exact mode emulation rewritten to better match real hardware, accuracy improved, more improvements planned in future versions
  • Added GUI button that opens small disk image information window
  • GUI open log file and open error log buttons added
  • New WiX based installer
  • Two new field based interlace options added, reduces interlace artifacts
  • Chipset emulation compatibility improved, more undocumented chipset corner cases emulated
  • Game Ports panel input configuration improved
  • Built-in HRTMon and AROS ROM replacement updated to latest versions
  • Do not wake up all sleeping harddrives if loaded config has mounted physical harddrives (or memory cards) that are not currently connected
  • SCSI HD and CD emulation compatibility improved
  • SCSI HD/CD/TAPE statefile compatibility improved
  • CIA TOD counting is now cycle-exact
  • 68020/030 cycle-exact/prefetch is fully compatible with FPU emulation
2.6.x bugs fixed:
  • Some OFS formatted hardfiles didn't mount
  • Wired XBox 360 pad (possibly others) missed input events
Other bugs fixed:
  • All Input panel events stopped working in some situations
  • RTG mode video recording display size fixed
  • Same game controller was inserted in both joystick ports if loaded config file had non-existing controller in second port
  • Built-in LZX decompressor didn't always decompress last byte of file
  • CD CUE file parsing fix, some images had incorrect CD audio timing
  • Output panel crashed on some systems
  • Crash when system was reset if it caused immediate PAL/NTSC mode change
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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05.Dec.2013 (Webseite)

Accelerator board: ACA500 by Individual Computers can be preordered
The ACA500 developed by Individual Computers is supposed to be available before Christmas and now can be preordered. The Amiga 500-extension has a preinstalled Kickstart-"ROMs" (version 1.3 and 3.1) and it is possible to use an Amiga 1200 accelerator board developed by the same producer with an Amiga 500.

Features of the ACA500:
  • 68EC000-10 clocked at 14 MHz (i.e. double A500 clock)
  • 2 MB of physical RAM, entirely available for applications (minus 512 KB if MapROM is used)
  • external expansion, no need to open the A500
  • two Compact Flash card slots (each one of them bootable and able to read/write Amiga or PC formatted cards)
  • trapdoor memory expansions up to 1.8 MB FastMem still work (including RTC)
  • ChipMem expansions still work
  • custom expansion port for local hardware (14 MHz 16-bit, double Zorro speed)
  • clock port for hardware expansions, e.g. for Silversurfer or Catweasel Mk2
  • optionally expandable by adding an ACA-1220 / ACA-1231 / ACA-1232 card
  • licensed Kickstart ROM images 1.3 and 3.1 included in Flash-ROM
  • FAT95 file system also included in Flash-ROM
  • full WHDload compatibility incl. Quit key!
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Retro-Gaming: WHDLoad 17.2
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups on your harddisk that were not compatible with anything but floppy disks.

Changes in version 17.2:
  • fix: cancelling directory preload (in the splash window pressing Esc or changing a option forcing restart) could cause memory list corruption
  • new: support for Zeus68k pseudo vbr added, allows to quit by key similar like a moved vector base, but only on interrupts not on exceptions
  • new: on AGA machines all color registers are read from the custom chips and written to the dump file
  • fix: WHDLoadCD32 works again with resload_DiskLoad, was broken in version 17.1 (issue #2633)
  • chg: utility ITD can now read files larger than 4 GiB (e.g. on SFS\2) and write to larger devices using TD64
  • chg: alignment for patch lists (resload_Patch/Seg) is now verified by WHDLoad to avoid problems on 68000/10
  • chg: the check for valid custom.aud*ptr introduced in version 17.1 can now be enabled via the new option ChkAudPt/S
  • fix: on Kickstart 2.0 (V37) option NoMemReverse/S is now always active to avoid problems which could lead to freezing during Preload or other memory allocations
  • chg: memory allocations improved if NoMemReverse/S is active, now these will succeed also if memory below BaseMemSize is free by trying to allocate until memory is above
  • fix: preload progress bar fixed on Kickstart 2.0 (V37), was using a V39 only utility.library function
  • new: added IF/ELSE/ENDIF conditional blocks to patch lists to simplify the handling of patches depending on ButtonWait/S and Custom1-5/N options (resload_Patch/Seg)
  • chg: detection of HRTmon builtin WinUAE improved to support if MMU protection is enabled with WHDLoad (CFOU!)
  • chg: options NTSC/PAL can be set global and local now, where the local one (CLI/Tooltype) will overwrite the global one (configuration file S:WHDLoad.prefs)
  • new: WHDLoad now sets the screen mode in HRTmon to the video mode specified for the installed program, with that HRTmon will always uses the same video mode (PAL/NTSC) as WHDLoad, for correct operation at least HRTmon version 2.35 is required
  • chg: audio.device is only opened when present in execs device list, this saves some memory if it isn't initilized already
  • chg: install script template now supports also the diskimage device by Fredrik Wikstrom (Psygore)
  • chg: option FullChip/S can also set globally now
  • new: support for interrupt vector redirect feature of ACA500 on 68000 added
  • chg: added a kludge to preserve the largest free memory block until PreLoad in situations where multiple small free blocks are available to increase the likelihood of being able to cache a large disk image
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmiForce online again
After a longer break, is accessable again. Webmaster "CJ-Stroker" explained in the forum that there were be hosting problems. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Interviews with Gary Dunne ("Toobz") and Mark Gallagher ("Smash TV the Rip off")
The interview series on was continued with conversations with Gary Dunne and Mark Gallagher. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmiWest pictures of Trevor Dickinson
At the beginning of November on the Amiga Future website pictures of the AmiWest 2013 have been released made available by Trevor Dickinson. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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