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Aminet-Uploads until 13.02.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until February 13th, 2016:
AmiVNC4.lha              comm/tcp   160K  OS4 Experimental VNC server w/ sr...
GoogleDrive_handler_O... comm/tcp   1.1M  OS4 Google Drive handler for OS4
dkd-twce.lha             demo/40k   38K   68k Twice by Dekadence
Minimig.lha              demo/intro 38K   68k Minimig demo       dev/src    1K        Embed a C program inside UNIX...
Koules.lha               game/actio 238K  68k Port of Linux+OS/2 arcade game
Koules_OS4.lha           game/actio 228K  OS4 Port of Linux+OS/2 arcade game
KoulesMOS.lha            game/actio 235K  MOS Port of Linux+OS/2 arcade game
Chain_Gang.lha           game/wb    42K   68k Make some chains!
webptools050_a68k.lha    gfx/conv   2.8M  68k encode/decode images in WebP ...
webptools050_aros.lha    gfx/conv   5.3M  x86 encode/decode images in WebP ...
PCxSP.lha                misc/emu   13K       PCx Spanish Docs
DeliTrackerSP.lha        mus/play   31K       DeliTracker Spanish Docs
Redit.lha                text/edit  49K   68k Text editor
EvenMore.lha             text/show  337K  68k V0.88: Freeware Textviewer
EvenMore_MOS.lha         text/show  416K  MOS V0.88: Freeware Textviewer (M...
EvenMore_OS4.lha         text/show  415K  OS4 V0.88: Freeware Textviewer (OS4)
EvenMoreSP.lha           text/show  4K        EvenMore v0.88 spanish catalog
FBlitGuideES.lha         util/boot  24K       Spanish translation of FBlit....
exutil_68k.lha           util/wb    1.2M  68k Batch renames picture files b...
exutil_AROS.lha          util/wb    1.3M  x86 Batch renames picture files b...
exutil_MorphOS.lha       util/wb    1.2M  MOS Batch renames picture files b...
exutil_OS4.lha           util/wb    1.6M  OS4 Batch renames picture files b...
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 13.02.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until February 13th, 2016:
drawergad.lha            dev/lib 176kb 4.0 A gadget to display directories ...
picflowgad.lha           dev/lib 15kb  4.0 Display picture strips in a GUI
radiobuttonxgad.lha      dev/lib 78kb  4.0 Radiobutton gadget expanded
textfont_ex.lha          doc/tut 12kb  4.0 TextFont examples
hatari.lha               emu/com 2Mb   4.1 Atari ST and STE emulator
koules.lha               gam/act 228kb 4.0 Port of Linux+OS/2 arcade game
amigaracer.lha           gam/dri 72Mb  4.1 A Lotus Turbo Challenge game alike
googledrive_handler.lha  net/mis 1Mb   4.0 Google Drive handler for OS4
amivnc4.lha              net/ser 160kb 4.0 VNC server for AmigaOS4
exutil.lha               uti/mis 2Mb   4.0 An exif based batch renamer
showfiles.lha            uti/she 37kb  4.0 shows a sorted & text-format...
wheelrun.lha             uti/wor 2Mb   4.1 another program launcher written...
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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WHDLoad: New packages until 13.02.2016
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installers have been added until February 13th, 2016:
  • 2016-02-09 updated: Turrican (Factor 5/Rainbow Arts) overall rework (Info)
  • 2016-02-07 improved: Netherworld (Hewson) fixed for 68000, removed NTSC dependency (Info)
  • 2016-02-07 improved: Bart vs. the World (Virgin) loading optimzed, more blitter waits (Info)
  • 2016-02-07 improved: Ultimate Golf (Gremlin) 68000 quitkey support added (Info)
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Big Book of Amiga Hardware: Further prototypes added
After the Amiga 2200, now further prototypes have been added to the Big Book of Amiga Hardware: (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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MorphOS: Short guide to Lua
The next article in the MorphOS-Library the Finnish member 'jPV' of the demo group RNO has called "Getting Started with Lua". It is a short guide to the programming language Lua and is available under the title link. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Quick review: PDF magazine Amigaville, issue 4
November last year Brian Hedley started publishing his PDF magazine Amigaville, releasing a new issue every month. Having released just three issues, each downloaded "several hundred times" (Hedley), the author decided to switch to commercial distribution: Amigaville #4 needs to be purchased for 2 GBP. We had a closer look at the review copy kindly provided by Hedley.

Amigaville Cover

At 36 pages, Amigaville #4 is slightly thicker than the previous issues. The design stayed pretty much the same: a mix of single column (a rather odd choice, given the A4 page size) and three column layouts as well as pages with or without background pictures or patterns. The lack of justification and hyphenation results in a slightly jagged and amateurish appearance, many of the embedded graphics seem to have a low resolution - the full page ads included for nostalgia being the worst offenders - or have clearly visible JPEG artifacts.

The design does continue to improve with every issue though. Should the remaining problems get fixed in future releases, the mag's appearance is absolutely adequate given the price asked for it.

With regard to contents, Amigaville is still covering all aspects of the Amiga scene. The current issue features news, reviews of old games (Pacmania, Prince of Persia, Heroquest, Deluxe Galaga und Castlevania), an overview over First Person Shooters on the Amiga, an indepth look at Amiga Anywhere's destiny and the cover story "Should Hyperion port OS4 to x86?". The final two features are Hedley's personal history with computers ("My Amiga experience - or lack thereof") - which eats up no less than six pages - and the "Grumpy old Git" column.

Amigaville Cover

The quality of the content matches that of your average retro blog: Hedley's texts are entertaining to read and he's offering an interesting mix of topics - while research or fact checking seem to play only a minor role during the writing process. Additionally, the author's lack of Amiga experience is clearly evident in many cases. The Amiga Anywhere article is a good example: While it does provide a decent overview, several technical terms get mixed up and it gets a few historical facts wrong. Plus, its conclusion starts with "for all the good intentions that Bill McEwen and Fleecy Moss had" - nobody who witnessed the whole thing would ever word it like that.

Our conclusion: If you prefer having information presented in the style of a magazine, Amigaville is not that bad of a deal: you'll get a fair amount of entertainment for your 2 GBP, even if the switch to commercial distribution came too early and should have been delayed until several minor issues had been fixed.

Comparing Amigaville to the competition doesn't do it any favours though: Every other month, you can buy one issue of Amiga Future (6.50 Euro, 50+ pages, professionally printed) or two issues of Amigaville (5.40 Euro, about 70 pages, PDF only) - and all of a sudden, the newcomer's price/performance ratio doesn't look all that good anymore. (cg) (Translation: (cg)

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Aminet needs help: searching for freely distributable Amiga magazines
The Aminet team writes: A lot of older freely distributable software is still missing from Aminet. Some of it is preserved nicely on Public Domain disks or CD compilations easily available on the web - but a lot of it is rotting away on private hard disks, old, unmaintained ftp servers or forgotten websites. The Aminet team has been collecting dormant software and quietly adding it to the collection for nearly a decade now. Hunting down software is a rather time consuming process though, and many things can no longer be tracked down easily.

Our current focus is freely distributable magazines - diskmags, ASCII newsletters, free PDF documents - you name it, we want it. We have compiled a list of all the titles we have (note that not all of these are available for download yet), as you can see we're still missing a lot of these releases.

If any of you collectors out there can provide us with missing information or even supply some of the missing releases, we'd be very glad to hear from you. (cg) (Translation: (cg)

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