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Amiga Future: Issue 97 can be read online
After issue 97 (July/August 2012) of the magazine Amiga Future is sold out, the articles of the English (title link) and German version of the magazine can be read online watching image files. You also can purchase a pdf version. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 08. May. 2016, 15:19] [Comments: 0]
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08.May.2016 (Forum)

AmigaOS 4: Free Pascal updated
In 2004 Karoly 'Chain-Q' Balogh ported the compiler Free Pascal to MorphOS and two years later for the first time adapted it to AmigaOS 4. Based on Marcus 'ALB42' Sackrow's version of Free Pascal for AROS, MorphOS and AmigaOS 3.x he has adapted the latest version for AmigaOS 4. Completed by Marcus Sackrow the compiler now is available for all platforms.

Karoly Balogh himself does not use the version for AmigaOS 4, therefore he asks all users to try it and give feedback. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 07.05.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until May 7th, 2016:
SQLMan.lha               biz/dbase  8.5M  MOS SQLite database manager
HTTX.lha                 comm/www   111K  68k HTML to formatted text conver...
NetSurf-m68k.lha         comm/www   11M   68k CSS capable web browser
NitroNobel2016Src.lha    demo/intro 89K       OldSk00l Crackers Retro intro...
Time_Zone_BBS_Intro_3... demo/intro 116K  68k Legionay's BBSIntro3^Deceit/u...
BoingCube.lha            demo/misc  2.7M  OS4 Bouncing rotating boing cube ...
FredMonReplaySrc.lha     dev/asm    7K    68k Example Source: Play A FredMo...
Amiga-Trademarks.pdf     docs/misc  1.4M      List of Amiga related trademarks
umc.lha                  driver/vid 36K   68k Calculates Picasso96 screen m...
WormWars.lha             game/actio 791K  68k Advanced snake game
WormWarsMOS.lha          game/actio 684K  MOS Advanced snake game
WormWars-OS4.lha         game/actio 1.0M  OS4 Advanced snake game
robin_hood_demo.lha      game/demo  64M   MOS Robin Hood: The Legend of She...
RedEclipse1.5.3_Aros.lha game/shoot 110M  x86 A Free, Casual Arena Shooter
cetro_del_sol.adf        game/text  880K  68k Spanish text adventure
Brikabrak.lha            game/wb    34K   68k Move all same type shapes tog...
opus-tools-0.19_a68k.lha mus/edit   329K  68k Opus Audio Tools
opus-tools-0.19_aros.lha mus/edit   436K  x86 Opus Audio Tools
abcm2ps.lha              mus/misc   484K  MOS Convert music tunes from ABC ...
z.lha                    text/edit  5.2M  68k Vi(M) like editor that works ...
WarpDTPrefs.lha          util/dtype 153K  68k WarpDT preferences program V45.9
WarpTIFFdt.lha           util/dtype 517K  WOS TIFF and BigTIFF image dataty...
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  641K  68k free icon.library in optimize...
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 07.05.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until May 7th, 2016:
warptiffdt.lha           dat/ima 517kb 4.0 TIFF and BigTIFF image datatype ...
gmap.lha                 emu/mis 45Mb  4.0 Amiga Player & Maldita Castilla
wormwars.lha             gam/act 1Mb   4.0 Advanced snake game
sqlman.lha               off/dat 8Mb   4.0 SQLite database manager
strlen.lha               uti/she 3kb   4.1 Shell command to return the leng...
amiupdate_fra.lha        uti/wor 35kb  4.0 AmiUpdate French Catalog
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WHDLoad: New installers until 07.05.2016
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 May 7th, 2016:
  • 2016-05-04 new: Megademo (Possessed) done by StingRay (Info, Image, Image)
  • 2016-05-01 updated: Hybris (Discovery Software) reverted to previous install release (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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07.May.2016 (Forum)

ReWarp: Reimplementation of WarpOS for AmigaOS 4 in progress
Under the title link Dennis van der Boon (well-known by his SonnetAmiga project) is working on a reimplementation of WarpOS for AmigaOS 4. The goal of "ReWarp" (screenshot) is to make it possible runing WarpOS-programms under PowerPC computers which are supported by the WarpOSEmu.

A supporter of the project mentioned the PowerPC cores e500, e5500 and 4x0 - that means the processors of the AmigaOne X5000 as well as of the Sam460 and of the Tabor-board. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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07.May.2016 (Webseite)

FPGA: Vampire-600/Apollo update "SILVER5"
The Apollo-Core is a FPGA-reimplementation of the m68k-series of Motorola which also features an emulteg) graphic chip named SAGA.

The latest update of the core which currently is used in the Vampire-600 accelerator boards togehter with the included version 0.9c of the SAGA-driver allow programmable screen solutions (screenshot of the user Marios Filos with a 8-Bit solution of 1360x768 pixels).

  • Bugfixes (SFS, HDToolBox, VBRControl etc.)
  • Some Core speed-ups
  • In-ROM support for big partitions (>4Gb) on internal IDE
  • SD card improvements
  • Programmable screen resolutions
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Big Book of Amiga Hardware: CD≥≤ prototype added
Two new entries have been added to the "Big Book of Amiga Hardware" concerning the Amiga CD≥≤. Additional to the Full-Motion-Video module, which allowed the full screen mode outpit of MPEG films, under the title link you can find the "Spellbound"-prototype of this game console, which was sold by Carl Sassenrath during the AmiWest 2010. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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AMOS games: Mink Gold, preview to Total Pattern
Mink Gold is a version of Pacman (Youtube video) which was wriiten in AMOS. The same author supported by a graphic artist and a musician also has announced the Sokoban game "Total Pattern" (Youtube video) which is supposed to be released soon. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Level editor for Turrican 2
Dennis Meuwissen has developed a level editor for the Amiga classic Turrican II. The programm runs under Windows and requires the files of the CDTV version of Turrican II. So far not all elements of a level can be changed. You can get further information in the readme. In a Youtube video, Meuwissen plays the first level of the game which was changed with his editor. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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06.May.2016 (Webseite)

Free download: Dizzy Dice
The gambling game Dizzy Dice was released in 1990 and now is available for free download. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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06.May.2016 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Review of tool collection "Enhancer Software"
In his blog, Epsilon introduces the software collection Enhancer Software . (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Datatype: WarpTIFF 45.9
Again after five years, Oliver Roberts has released another update of his WarpTIFF-datatypes for AmigaOS 3.x, WarpUp, AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS which are sold as Shareware.

Changes in version 45.9:
  • Can now load image files conforming to the BigTIFF specification
  • Added JPEG AltiVec speed optimizations for the AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS versions making decoding speed of baseline images 1.5x faster on a G4 and 1.9x faster on a PA6T, with fancy upsampling off, on average. These optimizations can be toggled off/on using the new USE_ALTIVEC setting
  • JPEG Huffman decoder in PowerPC versions is now 5-10% faster
  • Applications may now configure the datatype settings via a local variable, overriding any global user settings present in ENV:
  • Replaced usage of old Exec and Dos AmigaOS 4 functions with the new ones
  • Updated with libtiff 4.0.6, zlib 1.2.8 and jpeglib 9b
  • AmigaOS 4 version and MorphOS AltiVec code recompiled with GCC 5.2.0
  • MorphOS and WarpOS versions recompiled with VBCC 0.9d
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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06.May.2016 (Webseite)

Web-Browser: NetSurf 3.5 68k (SDL-MUI-Version)
Artur Jarosik has released an update of his SDL and MUI based AmigaOS/68k port of the web browser NetSurf. This port of Netsurg is different to the one based on ReAction provided by Chris Young (review) which additional to the version for AmigaOS-4 is available as beta version 3.5 for AmigaOS 3.5.

The update of the SDL-version (video of NetSurf 3.4 under AmiKit X) provides a MUI-based preferences. Besides, it is now possible to use TrueType and non-TrueType fonts. The libraries and source codes correspond to the latest version. This time NetSurf was compiled with GCC 3.4 instead of 4.5 which provides a better 68k output.

Download: NetSurf-m68k.lha (11 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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06.May.2016 (Webseite)

PDF-Magazine: REV'n'GE 54 (Italian/English)
The PDF-magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is available in Italian as well as in an English-language translation. REV'n'GE compares and reviews games on vintage computers.

The latest version among others includes articles about the games "Darius+", "Beyond Castle Wolfenstein", "Combat Lynx" and "PHM Pegasus".

Download sites:
English (snx) (Translation: dr)

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