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Operating system: NetBSD 9.0 with support of PPC-boards
The free and open-source Unix-like operating system NetBSD is available in version 9.0, among others as port for Amiga computers - for the first time also for the PPC-boards made by Phase 5, although this version is called "very experimental". The global changes of NetBSD 9 are listed in the release notes, specific Amiga changelogs and downloads you can find on the project sites NetBSD/amiga and NetBSD/amigappc. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 25. May. 2020, 00:18] [Comments: 0]
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Replica of A1200 mainboard: ReAmiga 1200 Revision 1.5
John 'Chucky' Hertell has published an updated version of his A1200 clone ReAmiga 1200. Revision 1.5 among others offers a S-Video instead of a Composite-Video port.

  • Fixed a signal shorted to VCC in Rev1.4 (C0D)
  • Added a 74LS08 so now H and V sync is always buffered (this NEEDS to be installed or you will not get V and H sync out onto the monitors)
  • this to allow longer monitorcables and also save Alice if something goes wrong when hotplugging monitorcable.
  • Colorsignals to RGB and VGA port is now always via the PNP transistor buffers, so RGB port will not be a darker color. It is not recomended to
  • attach 2 monitors at once.
  • Composite out is now optional Composite OR Svideo out. (you cannot move old RCA to new board due to this) SVideo needs to be installed aprox 1mm “over” the PCB.
  • Included a “Svideo” standoff for this. do that PCB as a 1mm pcb.
  • Added connector for 7V fan (actually where 5V is “gnd” and 12V is plus)
  • Added leds for _RST, _KB_RST, _ODD_CIA, _EVEN_CIA and _ROMEN also to Serial TXD and RXD (from the 5V level)
  • TOTALLY OPTIONAL!. Resistor at bottom 470Ohm so it is not that bright this is for all leds, change to higher or lower after taste (lowest 33Ohm).
  • Moved Mouseconnector and shrunk PCB some so you can have a mouse PCB like Amiga 1200 Rev 2.
  • Added mousePCB compatible with Amiga 1200 Rev 2 aswell that have a optional Joysticktester (not mousedirection)
  • Added jumperheaders for selectable PAL/NTSC Default start (then do not populate that 0ohm resistor, now removed from locator and pick&place data)
  • Moved VGA Connector so it aligns more to other Dsubs.
  • Adopted components so you can do a full socket of board (remember that sockets is a source of problems)
  • Added resistor to IDE Activity so now adapters that made IDE led always bright will be handled correct.
  • Moved extra powerconnector slightly to not touch BVision when installed.
  • Fixed Silkscreen so all used components now have value.
  • Added pads close to floppyconnector for a 0Ohm resistor if you want to do the Escom floppypatch instead of a wire.
  • Added pads close to ROM socket for optional DRA0 pullup that some machines had with a 470Ohm (I think) resistor from clockport to a via. now a SMD resistor can be used.
  • At bottom of board close to optional 1K resistor for zenerdiode, added a pad for possability to disable the default “sync on green” if wanted. cut and solder
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Datatype for WebP: WarpWebP.datatype 45.1
Oliver Robert's has completed his collection of Warp datatypes by another one: The image format WebP. The datatype is based on Google's libwebp 1.1.0. Versions for AmigaOS 3/4, WarpOS and MorphOS are available, a graphic card is not required. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 25. May. 2020, 00:18] [Comments: 0]
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Aminet-Uploads until 23.05.2020
The following archives have been added to Aminet until May 23rd, 2020:
RNOXfer.lha              comm/tcp   2.2M  MOS Graphical FTP/FTPS client
RNOXfer_68k.lha          comm/tcp   1.9M  68k Graphical FTP/FTPS client
RNOXfer_OS4.lha          comm/tcp   2.6M  OS4 Graphical FTP/FTPS client
A-MagIssue2_202005.adf   demo/mag   880K  68k Issue two of A-Mag disk magazine
Bin2C.lha                dev/c      3K    68k Converts binary files to C so...
DesignerSP.lha           dev/hwood  95K       HW Designer 4/5 spanish catal...
IoTools.lha              disk/misc  109K  68k Iomega tools (ZIP/JAZ) for th...          game/board 290K  x86 Conversion of 3W board game
AfricaMOS.lha            game/board 340K  MOS Conversion of 3W board game
3SInstall.lha            game/patch 20K   68k The Three Stooges Hard Drive ...
AB3DTrainer.lha          game/patch 19K   68k Patch program for Alien Breed 3D
AmiSGE.lha               game/patch 23K   68k Decode/Encode Frontier:Elite ...
GDTrainer.lha            game/patch 18K   68k Cheat for Gloom Deluxe
GloomTrainer.lha         game/patch 18K   68k Cheat for Classic Gloom
RTInstall.lha            game/patch 21K   68k R-Type Hard Drive Installer
SetJoyPort.lha           game/patch 6K    68k Allow games to use joypad con...
StarCrusaderPa.lha       game/patch 20K   68k Speedup patch for Star Crusader
Greeblies.lha            game/shoot 118K  68k Manic shoot'em'up written in ...
Nerdkill.lha             game/shoot 98K   68k Tension relief massacre game
dtview2.lha              gfx/show   59K   68k Picture viewer for public scr...
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   4.3M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia-OS4.lha       misc/emu   4.8M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
CPCConv_v1.02.lha        misc/emu   14K   68k Amstrad CPC emulator disk ima...
DOSBox_Jit.lha           misc/emu   1.7M  MOS MS Dos emulator with JIT
dsk2cpc10.lha            misc/emu   8K    68k AMICPC disk image convertor
Morpheus_1.75.lha        text/dtp   2.7M  MOS Word processor
annotate_pascal_synta... text/edit  332K      Annotate Pascal Syntax
EvenMore.lha             text/show  349K  68k V0.93: Freeware Textviewer
EvenMore_MOS.lha         text/show  442K  MOS V0.93: Freeware Textviewer (M...
EvenMore_OS4.lha         text/show  431K  OS4 V0.94: Freeware Textviewer (OS4)
EvenMorePlugins.lha      text/show  297K      EvenMore textviewer plugins s...
JFIFdt44.lha             util/dtype 821K  68k fast JFIF (JPEG) picture data...
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  1.0M  68k free icon.library in optimize...
ReportPlus.lha           util/misc  579K  68k Multipurpose utility
ReportPlus-OS4.lha       util/misc  733K  OS4 Multipurpose utility
InstallerLG.i386-aros... util/sys   112K  x86 Commodore Installer replacement
InstallerLG.ppc-morph... util/sys   145K  MOS Commodore Installer replacement
AppLauncher_sbar.lha     util/wb    42K   MOS Run apps from the screenbar
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 24. May. 2020, 07:31] [Comments: 0]
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OS4Depot: More than 4000 files uploaded / Uploads until 23.05.2020
On May 17 the 4000th file was uploaded to the OS4Depot. Uploading the last 1000 file thus took eight years and two months.

The following archives have been added until May 23rd, 2020:
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 5Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
atomicbomberman_compo... gam/act 2Mb   4.1 Atomic Bomberman Fan Rewrite
atomicbomberman_warp3... gam/act 2Mb   4.1 Atomic Bomberman Fan Rewrite
shaderjoy.lha            gra/vie 4Mb   4.1 Display fragment shaders
simpletransfer.lha       net/ser 9Mb   4.0 Quick and Easy Transfers on a Ne...
inputeventsniffer.lha    uti/mis 25kb  4.1 Check all kinds of input events
reportplus.lha           uti/mis 733kb 4.0 Multipurpose utility
mwait.lha                uti/she 16kb  4.0 multi wait command for 1.x+.
nowinedsrc.lha           uti/tex 1Mb   4.0 TextEditor multipage (MDI) (sour...
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MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 23.05.2020
The following archives have been added to MorphOS-Storage until May 23rd, 2020:
Africa_1.54.lha            A conversion of 3W boar...
AppLauncher_2.5.lha        Run your apps from the ...
DonkeyKong_1.5.lha         LCD game conversion
DOSBox_0.74r4Jit.lha       A DOS-emulator that use...
EvenMore_0.94.lha          A freeware Textviewer C...
GenesisPlus_2.1b.lha       Genesis-Plus emulates t...
Iris_beta0.86.lha          New email client suppor...
MacMiniJedi.jpeg           MacMiniJedi.jpeg
MCAmiga_0.4.lha            MyCommander for Amiga
Morpheus_1.75.lha          Word processor with Uni...
PegasosJedi.jpeg           PegasosJedi.jpeg
SDL2_Libraries.lha         All Libraries SDL2 with...
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WHDLoad: New installers until 23.05.2020
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 23rd, 2020:
  • 2020-05-22 improved: Monolith (Megawatts) crash in main part on slow machines fixed (Info, Image)
  • 2020-05-19 fixed: WatchTower (OTM/Cyberarts) fixed lockup when detecting controllers (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 fixed: Starray (Logotron) fixed lockup when detecting controllers (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 improved: Quasar Wars (Light Designs) fixed lockup when detecting controllers, added icon (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 fixed: Moktar / Titus the Fox (Titus) fixed lockup when detecting controllers (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 new: Gulp! (ICE) done by JOTD (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 improved: Flimbos Quest (System 3) blitter wait patches can be disabled, nice icons added (Info)
  • 2020-05-19 improved: Propaganda (Zero Defects) wrong register handling in interrupts fixed (Info, Image, Image)
  • 2020-05-18 new: Wicked House (Origin) done by StingRay (Info, Image)
  • 2020-05-18 improved: Magic Pockets (Renegade/Bitmap Brothers) enhanced trainer options (Info)
  • 2020-05-18 fixed: Fire & Ice (Graftgold) fixed spurious fire when pressing second button for jumping (Info)
  • 2020-05-17 new: Mindfield (Megawatts) done by StingRay (Info, Image, Image, Image)
  • 2020-05-17 new: Monolith (Megawatts) done by StingRay (Info, Image)
  • 2020-05-17 improved: Fire & Ice (Graftgold) fixed crash when saving high-score, fixed non-working 2-button joystick, added delay on "Cool Coyote" screen (Info)
  • 2020-05-17 updated: Disposable Hero (Euphoria/Gremlin Graphics) Slave name corrected (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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Video: Raytracing tutorials with Lightwave on an Amiga
Under the title link "Muadib" releases YouTube Raytracing tutorials showing Lightwave on an Amiga. Each Sunday on 7 p.m. (Central European Summer Time) the presentation is broadcast via webcast on (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Portrait: The RedPill developer Carlos Peris
Besides the well-known developers like Daniel 'Daytona675x' Müßener (Wings Remastered, MiniGL4GL4ES, Tower 57) or Hans de Ruiter (ZitaFTP, Warp3D Nova) there are a number of other active developers we would like to introduce to our readers in a loose succession.

We would like to start with the Spanish programmer Carlos "trackerhero" Peris. He might be known to our readers for his Amiga game editor RedPill which recently has been updated to version 0.7.14. Additional to Peris the Spanish graphic artist Jordi Palome belongs to the team of Redpill who also has created the logo.

Peris is a professional developer for mobile games working for Ubisoft in Barcelona. Developing software for the Amiga is nothing but a hobby. And although he prefers programming games, he uses his game editor RedPill but, as he explained, "making them in the game editor helps me a lot to put me in the user position and help to improve the tool." Although the editor provides limited features hehopes that the Amiga Fans are interested in RedPill and use it. Peris frankly admits that he finds it easier to start projects than finishing them with a final and satisfying result. Sometimes this is also reflected in his Amiga biography:

This started in 1993. At the age of 14 he got an Amiga. He was impressed: "What a machine!". Thus, as he said himself, he "arrived a bit late to the Amiga scene" using his computer mainly for games. Some years later he got an Amiga 1200 and started programming in Blitz Basic. The first results he himself described as "ugly games" e.g. Wave Run Gold, Whirlwind or Amidonkey. Many of them, as mentioned, unfinished.

Simultaneously he also joined the demo scene, especially "Ozone", writing in 68k assembler. His biggest contribution was the Intro for the "Trashcan 5" demo.

Like many others, at the beginning of the year 2000 he got a PC and learned programming in different languages. He never left the Amiga and at that time among others he released the game which name also became his "pseudonym": Tracker Hero (video). It is a music game similar to "Guitar Hero". He also wrote the game X-MasDisaster at this time.

Screenshot of the RedPill game "Mirror"

Now he completely concentrates on RedPill and games based on it. His main goal is to simplify creating 8-Bit games. Nowadays he thinks again more retro games are released. He guessed that "it took more time to the amigans to get back to its passion". Fortunately he could recriut his partner Jordi Palome for his recently started game project HappyBat so we are looking forward for updates.

One request the developer has: "What would help me the most is someone that helps me to explain Redpill to people, like doing tutorials, videos, whatever. I have no time and am not really good at it, and it is really very important!" You can contact the author via the website of RedPill but of course we also can pass on any feedback or support you would provide to him. (dr) (Translation: dr)

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