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3D print: Several printed replacement parts for Amiga computers
On several replacement parts for Amiga computers are offered, e.g. the front-cover of a Commodore-1084s monitor, "Trapdoors" for the A1200 or a power button of an A4000. The parts are printed by the Dutch shop using a 3d printer and are available for 5 to 20 Euro. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 18. Feb. 2019, 22:11] [Comments: 0]
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Mike Battilana (E-Mail)

Picasso96: Cloanto replies Jens Schönfeld's allegations
For years (German), first Thomas Richter - who is now working on Jens Schönfeld's commercial P96 distribution  - and later Jens Schönfeld himself have criticized Cloanto's distribution of Picasso96 as part of Amiga Forever. In a 2001 press release, Cloanto had announced that the company licenced P96 from its original authors Alexander Kneer and Tobias Abt for use in the Amiga Forever distribution.

Jens Schönfeld denies that, recently he attacked the Italian company in a press release and claimed (German) in a discussion on that he had only seen "blackened account statements and vague e-mails" as evidence for the alleged licence to Cloanto.

Apparently, Cloanto now released these exact emails and a transfer receipt to the public. The old Picasso announcement on the company's website has been supplemented with a small note and a PDF document.

The PDF contains two e-mails which are apparently part of a longer conversation between Mike Battilana (Cloanto) and Alexander Kneer (Picasso96). Basically, Battilana is having Kneer confirm various details of the license agreement. The core points the two are addressing, seem to be the following items:
  • Battilana suggests the following copyright notice: "Amiga Forever includes a licensed copy of the Picasso96 software. This means that no additional shareware fees are due for this copy of the software, which is licensed for use only in the Amiga Forever emulation environment, and without upgrade privileges." Alexander Kneers reply to the suggestion: "Perfect."
  • Battilana asks: "Do you think we need a contract, or is our exchange of email sufficient? For me it is enough, if you confirm so." Kneer answers: "Sufficient for me."
  • Battilana then summarizes older agreements that are not part of the mails included in the PDF: "The fee for using Picasso96 in Amiga Forever as agreed, in place of the current shareware status, would be DM 2000.00 (in addition to past shareware contributions). If you could confirm that the data I used one year ago is still OK, I will wire it there." Kneer: "Nothing has changed. ;-)"
The last item in the PDF is a scan of a transfer receipt: On December 4th, 2001 Cloanto Italia SRL transfered 1022,58 Euro (i.e. 2000 DM) to an account at the Sparkasse Ulm. Recipient: Abt&Kneer GbR. Reason for payment: "Picasso96".

Approached by, Jens Schönfeld did not question the authenticity of the mails published by Cloanto, but states that these mails have been "taken out ouf context" to make people "draw wrong conclusions". He didn't want to elaborate any further, stating that both parties' lawyers were currently working on this issue. (cg)

[News message: 18. Feb. 2019, 21:28] [Comments: 0]
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Gotek firmware: FlashFloppy 1.0
FlashFloppy is an alternative, open source firmware for the floppy emulator Gotek. Its original firmware is not developed any further. Changes in version 1.0:
  • Game/demo AutoSwap-disks feature
    • No manual disk swapping, at all!
    • Requires patching of host software titles
    • Amiga titles so far (github:keirf/FF_AutoSwap):
      • Beneath a Steel Sky
      • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
      • The Secret of Monkey Island
      • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
  • FF.CFG: New OLED display-type sib-option "-narrower"
    • 16-character-wide display (c.w. "-narrow" 18-char-wide)
  • PC98: Direct support for HDM image files
  • HxC Compat: Small fixes to Amiga file selector
(cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 18. Feb. 2019, 19:40] [Comments: 0]
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viddi (ANF)

Action-RPG: Playable demo of Tales of Gorluth III
For the third and last part of Patrick Nevian's action RPG "Tales of Gorluth" announced for for the end of this year a first playable preview is available. The author has pointed out that it is a very early version and a lot of details have to be solved, e.g. dialogues which can be skipped and further animations. But the demo would give a very good impression of start of the game.

Download: (1 MB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 18. Feb. 2019, 19:28] [Comments: 0]
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Aminet-Uploads until 16.02.2018
The following archives have been added to Aminet until February 16th, 2019:
GTS-BD2A.lha             demo/mag   178K  68k Braindamage Issue #2 AGAFIX -...
BBlock0x.lha             disk/misc  3K    68k Bootblock with beta Kickstart...
BootWB1x.lha             disk/misc  18K   68k Minimal boot into Workbench 1...
SmartInfoItaCat.lha      disk/misc  8K        Italian catalog for SmatrInfo...
ScanQuix5ItaCat.lha      driver/oth 18K       Italian catalog for ScanQuix5
Frontiera.lha            game/misc  171K  68k Frontier alike game WIP for i...
StrifeV1.2.lha           game/misc  3.8M  68k Amiga AGA and RTG port of Strife
TunnelsAndTrolls.lha     game/role  14M   68k Implementation of Tunnels &am...
DoomSndLibs373.lha       game/shoot 30K   68k New Sound & Music Librari...
Kunitoki.lha             mods/misc  128K      4ch Ninja Remix Kunitoki The ...
SoundBoxItaCat.lha       mus/misc   11K       Italian catalog for SoundBox ...
Vim_8.1-i386-aros.lha    text/edit  9.8M  x86 The ubiquitous text editor
Vim_8.1-ppc-morphos.lha  text/edit  9.6M  MOS The ubiquitous text editor
Vim_8.1-src.lha          text/edit  15M       The ubiquitous text editor (s...
DMS2HDItaCat.lha         util/arc   7K        Italian catalog for DMS2HD v1.6
Albatros.lha             util/boot  34K   68k Lock your AMIGA by a keyword
AmiTimeKeeper.lha        util/cdity 201K  68k Keep your time right
ToolsMenu.lha            util/cdity 63K   68k Add tools to the Workbench To...
JpegLibraryPrefsItaCa... util/libs  8K        Italian catalog for JpegLibra...
DevInfosItaCat.lha       util/misc  9K    OS4 Italian catalog for DevInfos ...
InstallerGenItaCat.lha   util/misc  13K       Italian catalog for Installer...
P96SpeedItaCat.lha       util/misc  9K        Italian catalog for P96Speed ...
rexcat.lha               util/rexx  62K       Localization support for ARex...
AnalogClock.lha          util/wb    34K   68k Analog clock for all the Clas...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2019, 08:09] [Comments: 0]
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 16.02.2019
The following archive has been added to AROS-Archives until February 16th, 2019:
pcx_datatype.i386-aros.lha   dat/ima 18kb  PCX (.pcx) picture datatype
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2019, 08:09] [Comments: 0]
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MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 16.02.2019
The following archives have been added to MorphOS-Storage until February 16th, 2019:
Iris_beta48.lha           Email                     New email client suppor...
Bomns_for_Linux.lha       Games/Think               Bomns for Linux, Port b...
Image2icon_1.20.lha       Graphics/Convert          Creates thumbnail icons.
Screenshot4.jpeg          Screenshots               Screenshot realised by ...
Screenshot5.jpeg          Screenshots               Screenshot realised by ...
Screenshot6.jpeg          Screenshots               Screenshot realised by ...
Screenshot7.jpeg          Screenshots               Screenshot realised by ...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2019, 08:09] [Comments: 0]
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WHDLoad: New installers until 16.02.2019
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 16th, 2019:
  • 2019-02-12 new: Music for the Lost (Abyss) done by StingRay (Info)
  • 2019-02-11 updated: North & South (Infogrames) fixed patch error in standard mouse mode (Info)
  • 2019-02-11 improved: Beneath A Steel Sky (Virtual Theatre/Virgin) sound replay fixed, memory cleared and new kickemu for floppy version (Info)
  • 2019-02-11 fixed: Project X (Team 17) pressing keys works always, CD32 joypad buttons supported (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2019, 08:09] [Comments: 0]
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Vinnny (ANF)

Files released: Memory expansion for the Amiga 600
Under the title link, 'LVD' has released the files for his 8-MB memory expansion for the Amiga 600 developed in 2008 under the GPL-V3 licence. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2019, 08:06] [Comments: 0]
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Interview with Volker Wertich (The Settlers)
Amiga Ireland has interviewed Volker Wertich who created The Settlers series and has been a long-term developer. Wertich talked about his start as a programmer and the history of "The Settlers". (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 13. Feb. 2019, 18:19] [Comments: 0]
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