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FPGA graphics board: Driver and firmware 1.7 for the VA2000
Lukas 'mntmn' Hartmann has released another update of the firmware and driver for his FPGA-based graphics board VA2000. Additional to some bug fixes, an experimental autoconfig/autoboot function for the SD-card was added. Hartmann did it with a SanDisk SDHC 16 GB. Currently only the first 4GB are accepted as partition and there are crashes on a 68060 - slower processors work fine.

In order to integrate the card, you have to write two files on the card. This is described in autoboot/ in the driver archive. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Music composed with Amiga: Calvin Harris - "I created Disco"
In an interview with, the Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has talked about his start as musician and descibed how he did produce electronic music with the A500 and later with the A1200. His first album, released in 2007, was called I created Disco - which among others got a top ten position in the British album charts - and was completely produced on an Amiga 1200. Quote Harris: "Why not? The Amiga did a great job!". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Reading and writing Amiga disks on PC: ADF-Copy/ADF-Drive
ADF-Copy is an USB adapter which, connected to a ordinary PC disk drive, can read and write Amiga disks - provided that the disks are not copy-protected. The floppy port is connected to a Teensy 3.2 micro controller by using some jumpers controlled by the firmware of the micro controller.

In a previous version of the firmware the disk drive is controlled by a Windows application called "ADF-Copy", which can read or write back ADF-images on disks. Now a firmware update was released which is called "ADF-Drive" which registers to the PC using the Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) and provides a disk drive "DF0". If the PC supports MTP, ADF-files can be created or write back via drag'n drop using the file manager of the operating system or a disk can be formatted. It is still possible to use the Windows application together with the latest version of the firmware.

The electrical diagram for connecting the floppy port to the micro controller, the windows tutorial as well as the firmware including the source code are available on the website of the developer Dominik Tonn. Currently Tonn is working on an implementation of the filesystem, which would make it possible to access single files on the disk. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 19.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until August 19th, 2017:
Bagman.lha               game/jump  694K  68k Arcade "Bagman" remake
potrace-mos.lha          gfx/conv   832K  MOS Transform bitmaps into vector...
xroar.lha                misc/emu   1.1M  MOS Dragon and Tandy CoCo emulator
ReportPlusMOS.lha        util/misc  551K  MOS Multipurpose utility
Hexaco_1.0.lha           util/wb    842K  68k Color values as hex/dec/... (...
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 19.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until August 19th, 2017:
awk.lha                  dev/lan 218kb 4.0 awk the text processing language
coreutils.lha            dev/uti 1Mb   4.0 GNU core utilities
diffutils.lha            dev/uti 586kb 4.0 File comparison tools
sed.lha                  dev/uti 353kb 4.0 sed (stream editor)
potrace.lha              gra/con 292kb 4.0 transform bitmaps into vector gr...
mpg123_lib.lha           lib/aud 398kb 4.0 Library for decoding mpeg audio ...
pixman_lib.lha           lib/gra 300kb 4.0 Pixman-1 as an AmigaOS shared li...
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 19.08.2017
The following archives have been added to the AROS-Archives until August 19th, 2017:      dem/sce 4Mb   Port of demo from Alternative '08.          gam/puz 214kb Simple game to clear an ascii fi...       gam/puz 2Mb   SDL "MasterMind" game with AI pl...
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WHDLoad: New installers until 19.08.2017
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 installer has been added until August 19th, 2017:
  • 2017-08-17 improved: Odyssey (Audiogenic) trainer configurable on whdload splash screen, use kickemu instead of OSEmu, another version supported (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Retroguru (ANF)

Jump'n Run: Hermes - Run a la carte (AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, AROS)
Hermes developed by Retroguru is according to its own description "an extraordinary Jump'n' Run game with plenty of bad taste humour" (Youtube trailer).

Frank Wille has ported the game to AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS, Yannick Erb to AROS. A version for Amiga is not planned because according to Wille the engine requires too high resources.

Hermes can be downloaded from the official website for free. If you want to support Retroguru you can purchase a CD for 15 Euro which additional to all ports of the game also includes the soundtrack and has a printed Hermes comic.

(cg) (Translation: dr)

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AROS: Weekly progresses (since 11.07.2017)
Last week's progress in development of the open-source AmigaOS clone AROS includes updates of some programs and bug fixes.
  • Multiple compiler warnings fixed (neil)
  • Use unified vapor.h header for morphos ports (wawa)
  • Multiple compiler warnings fixed (wawa)
  • Alternative repository for NetPBM added (neil)
  • Zune test code enhanced (neil)
  • VPDF fixes (neil)
  • ReadArgs parameters adapted to OS3 API (neil)
  • New Zunepaint port started (mazze)
  • Potrace updated to v1.14 (mazze)
  • ZuneView updated to v0.37 (mazze)
  • BWBasic updated to v3.20 (mazze)
  • Rocks'n'diamonds updated to v4.0.0.2 (mazze)
  • Cflow updated to v1.5 (mazze)
  • Antiword fixes (mazze)
  • Zunepaint working in m68k now (wawa)
  • Milkytracker for m68k fixes (wawa)
  • GnuRobbo updated to v0.68 (mazze)
  • Gnujump updated to v.10.8 (mazze)
  • Fixed possible indefinite loop in iffparse.library (o1i)
  • Grub2 configure fix (mazze)
  • Doom GGC6 fixes (mazze)
  • Fix for a potential division by zero crash in CoW3D (mazze)
  • FryingPan fixes (mazze)
  • Many Scout 64 bit fixes (mazze)
  • Scout m68k fixes (wawa)
  • Spout 64 bit crash fixed (mazze)
  • NList GGC6 workaround (mazze)
  • Cardgame 64 bit crash fixed (mazze)
  • AmiChess fixes for 64 bit started (mazze)
  • ISWindow, MineField, Soliton 64 bit fixes (mazze)
  • Zune Toolbar class 64 bit fixes (mazze)
  • Zune Prefseditr class 64 bit fixes (mazze)
  • Identify.library path fix (mazze)
  • DiskSpeed fixes (wawa)
  • FryingPan m68k fixes (wawa)
  • MuiMine ported to 64 bit (mazze)
  • MuiMine m68k fix (wawa)
  • PCRE updated to v8.41 (mazze)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.Aug.2017 (Webseite)

PDF-Magazine: REV'n'GE 77 (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.

Among others the latest issue includes articles about the Amiga games "Apano Sin", "D.R.A.G.O.N. Force", "Shuffle", "Simon the Sorcerer" and "Xenon 2: Megablast". (snx) (Translation: dr)

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