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30.Apr.2014 (Webseite)

Commercial E-Book: The Ultimate Guide to Amiga PD Games
"The Ultimate Guide to Amiga PD Games" is available as E-Book at Amazon. Users of an "Amazon Prime"-account can borrow it for free. Otherwise, the download costs 1,78 Euro.

200 mini-reviews about the best PD and Shareware games on the Amiga are offered, an exclusive interview with Michael Welch (Scorched Tanks), an extended version of the with David Cruickshank (Alien Fish Finger) as well as information about current and announced PD-games.

The book has a foreword by Graham Humphrey (Tank Wars) and an introduction by with the "Top 100"-charts. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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DJ-Software: PT-1210
The authors h0ffman and Akira Rei calls the PT-1210 (screenshot) a "digital turntable" for Protracker modules. The DJ-tool was written in assembler and is compatible with all Amigas, but the authors recommend to use computers with 2 MB Chip-RAM. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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WArMUp (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4 / MorphOS / AROS: OpenJK - Jedi Academy ported
Szilárd 'Bszili' Biró has ported the game OpenJK: Jedi Academy (Wikipedia) for MorphOS, AmigaOS 4 and AROS/x86. At least 512 MB RAM of main memory and a graphics board with at least 32 MB RAM are required (for higher quality textures, 64 MB are recommended). (snx) (Translation: dr)

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29.Apr.2014 (Forum)

AROS: Bounty-project for improving Wanderer
Under the title link you can donate for a bounty project, which is going to improve the AROS-Workbench Wanderer. AROS is supposed to draw level with AmigaOS and additional functions will be used as plugins. The plugin system then can be extended. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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29.Apr.2014 (Webseite)

MorphOS: Software collection Chrysalis 3.5.1
Yannick 'Papiosaur' Buchy's Chrysalis is a preconfigured collection of software, games and emulators and now is available in version 3.5.1 for MorphOS 3.5. An unchanged basic installation of the operating system is required (PDF-tutorial).

  • Updated Odyssey (1.24)
  • Updated ACE (1.6)
  • Updated RadioScript (1.08)
  • Updated yWeather (1.9)
  • Updated MultiMeedio (1.1)
  • Updated SteamDraw (2.5)
  • Updated SimpleMail (0.40)
  • Updated SirenaPlayer (2.50)
  • Updated SATA2 driver (1.1)
  • Updated VAMP (1.10)
  • Updated IceFileSystem (2.11)
  • Updated HotCorner (1.3)
  • Updated codesets.library (6.18)
  • Updated MUI classes
  • Updated YouTube.js (0.95)
  • Updated YouTube_Fullscreen_Fix.js (1.19)
  • Updated Ace of Hearts demo
  • Added SMARTDoctor 1.0
  • Added InstantZip 2.1.2
  • Added InstantBz2 1.0
  • Added cdplayer.library 52.7
  • Added skins Flavoured and Glace
  • Added DigiBooster 3 demo
  • Added Euro-Click 1.0
  • Added Amazing Voxel Bird Saga
  • Added ShowGRexx 0.95
  • Added RGetSize 1.1
  • Added gTranslator 1.0
  • Added Reggae class digibooster3.demuxer 51.1
  • Deleted sys:s/network-startup
Download: chrysalis.iso (581 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga 1200: "Magic Pack"-packing for printing
Two Amiga fans have photographed the packing of the "A1200 Magic Pack" sold by Amiga Technologies and restored it with a picture editing program:

The picture is available in BMP-format and has a solution of about 5000x4000 pixels. It is meant for owners of an A1200 whose original packing is damaged or lost.

Only modification compared with the original: In the white rectangles to the left and right of packing, usually barcodes can be found - "Prowler" and "DH" did perpetuate their names with a QR-code and a short text. This signature must not be changed if the graphic is used.

Download: (24,1 MB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AMIworx Software (ANF)

Action Adventure: Tales of Gorluth - Demo version and advance order
"Tales of Gorluth" developed by Patrick "viddi" Nevian and Javier Alcaniz is a "linear action adventure" (Nevian), which was written with the help of the game creator Backbone and ,according to the author, offers over five hours of "gameplay".

Because the English translation is about to be finished, German and English demo versions of the game were released. Tales of Gorluth requires at least a 68030 processor as well as 1 MB FastRAM.

The game will be commercially sold. On the official website the CD can be ordered in advance for 15 Euro (inclusive shipping). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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20th anniversary of Commodore bankruptcy
On 29th April, 1994 Commodore, which was a few years ago second biggest computer company behind IBM, had to declare bankruptcy. With a brief press release the parent company Commodore International Limited, meanwhile based on the Bahamas, did announce the end of a big homecomputer pioneer.

Hardware developer Dave Haynie documented the last days in the Commodore headquarter in West Chester (USA) in his video "The Deathbed Vigil and other Tales of Digital Angst" (twelve minute trailer), which is sold by Amazon or which is available as part of Amiga Forever. There is a two-part (1, 2) gallery tour through the German branch, which was filmed some years ago and can be found on Youtube as well.

In the German section of, during the next days a collection of texts of the former Commodore and Amiga Technologies employee report of Rainer Benda will be published again. There is a similar but English-language report of the US-American Vernon Graner.

20 years ago, the following press release announced the end of Commodore:


NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Commodore International Limited (NYSE:
CBU) announced today that its Board Of Directors has authorized the
transfer of its assets to trustees for the benefit of its creditors and
has placed its major subsidiary, Commodore Electronics Limited, into
voluntary liquidation. This is the initial phase of an orderly liquidation
of both companies, which are incorporated in the Bahamas, by the Bahamas
Supreme Court.

CONTACT:  Hock Tan, CFO of Commodore International Limited, 215-431-9160/ 
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Future (Webseite)

MorphOS: IceFileSystem 2.12 and IceDoctor 1.6
IceFS is a 64-Bit file system for MorphOS, which among others works with checksums for all meta data and meta-level-journalling and which supports almost any sector size. With the additional programm IceDoctor, damaged IceFS file systems can be repaired or files rescued.

Changes in IceDoctor 1.6:
  • Graphical bug in counter of log output fixed
  • Some smaller checks/fixes added
  • Erroneous characters in filenames are fixed automatically now (everything below ASCII 32 as well as ":" and "/" will be replaced with "."; IceFileSystem already rejects creating filenames with those characters by the way)
  • Icedoctor.library bumbed to 1.7
  • Selective salvage ("Browse volume...") now displays expected space required for salvaged files as well as space left in destination directory
icefs212.lha (268 KB)
IceDoctor-1.6.lha (111 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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28.Apr.2014 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Netsurf 3.1
Version 3.1 of Chris Young's AmigaOS-4-port of the browser NetSurf, which was originally developed for RISC OS, now loads faster and has a faster CSS handling. Additionally, an undo/redo-function for text inputs was added as well as the performance and the GUI improved.

Download: netsurf.lha (4 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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