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24.Nov.2016 (Forum)

Visual effects Pioneer: Ron Thornton died
"After a short battle with liver disease" Ron Thornton died on 21. November 2016. He was 59. Together with Paul Beigle-Bryant, he was one of the pioneers using computers for creating visual effects for space films.

His animations created on an Amiga with the videotoaster and Newteks LightWave 3D have had a formative influence on the TV serie "Babylon 5". For the pilot of this serie, "The Gathering", in 1993 he received the Emmy, the most important award for TV in USA. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Nov.2016 (Webseite)

Podcast: AMIcast 18 - Amibian (Amiga on the Raspberry Pi)
In the latest issue of his podcast, Krzysztof Radzikowski has talked to Gunnar Kristj√°nsson and Thomas Navarro Garcia, members of the project Amibian, which directly boots a Raspberry Pi into the Amiga emulator UAE4All. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Game Construction Kit: RedPill 0.4.4 (alpha)
RedPill is a Game Construction Kit written in AmiBlitz2, which is supposed to help developing games of diverse genres - released videos show ports of Pacman and Pang. RedPill is compatible to AGA and ECS, the "player" for running the finished games requires 1 MB Chip as well as some Fast-RAM.

On Internet so far there only is a closed Facebook group, but you can contact the authors via eMail. The latest alpha version can be downloaded via Google Drive.

Now the RedPill editor tries not to use a FPU. More changes of version 0.4.4:
  • Tiles can have 3 shapes: Normal, Ramp Up and Ramp Down. Define them in the Tiles screen.
  • Audio: Amiga Mods can be played. Define them in the audio menu and use Play Mod trigger to play them. They are loaded at play moment, it is better to play them once at the start of the level.
  • Audio: Amiga IFF sounds can be played. Define them in the audio menu and use Play Sound trigger to play them.
  • Sprite color Remap now gives an error message when failing.
  • Sprite generation from sprite sheets is more robust.
  • Physics and platform code has been redone (again) to support the new tile shapes.
  • GameObjects process has been slightly optimized.
  • When editting values the previous value is not lost anymore.
  • When editing levels now you can use F to flood fill the current tile.
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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22.Nov.2016 (Webseite)

Game: BOH-Update 17, new website
There is a free update for Simone Bevilacqua's commercial "Dungeon-crawler" BOH (among others available for AmigaOS 4, AROS). Besides, the website moved and can be now found under the title link.

  • Adds 17 new missions (5 very easy, 8 easy, 4 average)
  • Improves 43 missions by means of new/revised hints, little changes to the layouts, and other changes
  • Marks training missions with a dedicated icon
  • Adds the remote control icon to the HUD
  • Adds graphics interpolation to enemy sprites
  • Improves some graphics and shooting sound effects
  • Adds specific sound effects to the theme "C64"
  • Renames some missions and most themes
  • Reworks the manuals entirely
  • Reworks the soundtrack artwork entirely
  • Allows to run the game on Windows 10 as a normal user (due to changes in the Windows files handling policy, it had become necessary to run the game as administrator)
  • Fixes the resetting of the timer due to the focus loss auto-pause when the game was already paused
  • Applies various other changes/optimizations
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22.Nov.2016 (Webseite)

Web browser: NetSurf 3.6 for AmigaOS 3/4
Chris Young has updated his ports of the web browser Netsurf. In version 3.6 some bugs have been fixed and the GUI-code cleared up. Besides, supercookies now can be refused and handling certificates was improved. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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22.Nov.2016 (Webseite)

Magazine: Commodore Free, issue 95
"Commodore Free" is a free, English-language magazine about Commodore and Amiga computers, which is available in different formats - among others as HTML version and as C64-Diskmag. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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22.Nov.2016 (Webseite)

Full version of "Gadget: Lost in Time" as free download
The full version of the puzzler and platform game Gadget: Lost in Time is available as free download. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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