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Archive 12/2018


25.Dec.2018



Amiga-News wishes Merry Christmas - for the 20th time
Already for the 20th time the editorial staff of amiga-news.de wishes Merry Christmas to their readers - which probably nobody had guessed. But despite all disappointments and numerous prophecies of doom the Amiga survived another year in its niche - with new products, meetings and again about 800 Aminet uploads and almost 700 news items on amiga-news.de.

We wish you a wonderful and peaceful time which you could use for some Amiga projects or trying to play through Turrican - once again!

P.S.: During the next days we are going to celebrate our anniversary with a separate news item and a little competition. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018
iComp (website)


Individual Computers confirms ownership of Picasso96 software
Press release: 22.12.2018 - After making the money transfer in december 2016 and signing the software acquisition agreement on January 30th, 2017, we have bought the P96 RTG software from Tobias Abt and Alexander Kneer. A prior license agreement with Hyperion entertainment for use of P96 in OS4.1 is part of the agreement, and will of course be continued under ownership of iComp. There is no other license agreement with any other party besides this.

In the following months, we have cleaned up the source code and made small improvements to the software. Over the course of development of OS 3.1.4, further improvements have been made, which we are now offering as a download product. Please log in to your member account to also view download products in the shop.

While the authors Tobias Abt and Alexander Kneer have only given access to the API for graphics cards to paying customers after signing a non-disclosure agreement, we are now documenting the API for free for anyone in our Wiki. We'd like to support community projects like the VA2000 graphics card with this, but also take other drivers out of a legal grey zone that resulted from the previous licensing model that Abt and Kneer have chosen. By publishing the hardware manufacturer's API, we are delivering on a promise that we've made even before purchasing this software package.

Unfortunately, there is a market actor that claims to have a perpetual license for P96, without having any written proof for this claim. We were even summoned to not advertise what the agreement clearly says: iComp GmbH is the only legal source for a P96 software registration. We believe that a claim of a software product or bundle containing a "registered version" of P96 is false advertising.

The legal status of the shareware archive of P96, which has been available on Aminet for years is not changed: It stays legal to distribute this archive free of charge.

This download product is the first to use a new pricing model in our shop system: "Pay what you want". As opposed to other fields where this model is used (for example in selected restaurants), we have set a lowest price, as otherwise the administrative cost would be higher than the chosen price. We are hoping for the fairness of Amiga users to register each installation of P96. This is targeting especially the users of emulators, PCI bus boards and new FPGA graphics cards, which would be almost useless without P96.

Hint of the editors: "Market actor" probably refers to Cloanto (amiga-news.de reported). The abbreviated expression of Hyperion's products AmigaOS 3.1.4 and AmigaOS 4.1 in the press release we have also used in our news item. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018
Amiga Future (Webseite)


AROS: Distribution Icaros Desktop 2.2.5
Paolo Besser has released an update of his AROS distribution Icaros Desktop. Additional to revised versions of some components, version 2.2.5 now has an icon editor, the web browser OWB supports the latest AmiSSL encryption and Magellan shows the IP addresses as well as MD5 check sums. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018



Aminet-Uploads until 22.12.2018
The following archives have been added to Aminet until December 22nd, 2018:
dizzytorrent2.lha        comm/tcp   630K  68k Amiga BitTorrent client with ...
7800basic.lha            dev/cross  5.7M  MOS BASIC-like language for Atari...
anaiis.lha               driver/oth 278K  68k ANAIIS USB Stack Release 1.18
anaiis_boot.lha          driver/oth 241K  68k ANAIIS USB Boot disk Release ...
anaiis_hostusb.lha       driver/oth 199K  68k ANAIIS libusb support for Win...
AsciiMandelbrot.lha      gfx/fract  48K   OS4 draw a Mandelbrot set in a co...
SilkRAW.lha              gfx/misc   1.8M  OS4 GUI for Dave Coffin's program...
p7zip_os4.lha            util/arc   8.8M  OS4 Archiver with a high compress...
workbenchexplorer.lha    util/dir   2.7M  OS4 Modern file browser loaded wi...
pixman_lib.lha           util/libs  302K  OS4 Pixman-1 as an AmigaOS shared...
WHDLoad-TinyIconFix.lha  util/wb    173K  68k Replaces tiny WHDLoad icon im...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018



OS4Depot-Uploads until 22.12.2018
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until December 22nd, 2018:
grimps.lha               gam/puz 79Mb  4.1 A wonderful action adventure puz...
rsudoku.lha              gam/puz 23kb  4.1 A small Sudoku clone
asciimandelbrot.lha      gra/mis 48kb  4.0 Bench a Mandelbrot set in a cons...
crono.lha                gra/mis 2Mb   4.1 Generator of printable annual ca...
silkraw.lha              gra/mis 2Mb   4.1 GUI for Dave Coffin's program dcRAW
pixman_lib.lha           lib/gra 302kb 4.0 Pixman-1 as an AmigaOS shared li...
reactive_lib.lha         lib/mis 162kb 4.1 A Custom BOOPSI System
deark.lha                uti/arc 3Mb   4.0 Extracting data from various fil...
p7zip.lha                uti/arc 9Mb   4.0 Archiver with a high compression...
workbenchexplorer.lha    uti/fil 3Mb   4.1 Modern file browser loaded with ...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018



AROS-Archives-Uploads until 22.12.2018
The following archives have been added to AROS-Archives until December 22nd, 2018:
pxdrum.i386-aros.lha         aud/mis 10Mb  Drum machine
quickcdripper.i386-aros.lha  aud/mis 691kb Estract tracks from cd
tb-303.i386-aros.lha         aud/mis 504kb Generates TB-303 like sounds
quickrecord.i386-aros.zip    aud/rec 633kb A little but pwerfull tools for ...
schismtracker.i386-aros.lha  aud/tra 5Mb   Reimplementation of Impulse Tracker
wormwars-9.14.i386-aros.zip  gam/mis 705kb Advanced Tron/Snake-style arcade...
faroenza_extra.lha           gra/ico 50kb  extra icon set
amicloud-v2.0_final.i386-... net/mis 4Mb   Cloud Storage like dropbox ec..
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018



MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 22.12.2018
The following archives have been added to MorphOS-Storage until December 22nd, 2018:
7800basic_0.6beta.lha     Development/Cross         A BASIC-like language f...
AmiArcadia_24.93.lha      Emulation                 A Signetics-based machi...
AstralGame_2.40.lha       Games/Misc                This esoteric app you c...
Dizzytorrent_2.11.lha     Network/Torrent client    Amiga BitTorrent client...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018



WHDLoad: New installers until 22.12.2018
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 December 22nd, 2018: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.Dec.2018
Amiga Future (Webseite)


Spiel: Santa Chaos
Santa Chaos (video) is a game for OCS Amigas equipped with 512 KB chip RAM in which you have to grab the presents of the drunken Santa Claus. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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21.Dec.2018



Backbone game: "Zing", also available as commercial edition
"Zing" (Youtube video) is a little action game with three levels which was created as finger exercise by the graphic artist of "AmigaWave" who also was involved into Retro Wars and Furtum Sacrum. The game can be downloaded for free but you can also purchase a boxed edition from the developer. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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