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Martin 'DaFreak' Rebentisch (ANF)

The Dork Web: Crash And Burn - The Amiga ST Story
Under the title link Steve Lord in his 14. issue of "Tales From The Dork Web" has written about the beginning of the Amiga and also has a closer look at the interdependence between Amiga and Atari. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 31. Jul. 2020, 20:14] [Comments: 0]
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Generation Amiga (Webseite)

TF360: Prototype of a 68060 accelerator board in the CD32 (video)
The 'TF360' developed by Stephen Leary is an accelerator board for the Amiga CD32 which provides a slot for a 68060 processor as well as 128 MB Fast-RAM. A video now shows the prototype. Using an additional angle plug, providing a classic Amiga monitor port as well as a port for PS/2 keyboards, the card can be installed within the CD32. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Indie Retro News (Webseite)

Unreleased commercial game: 'Dragon Slayer' will be completed
'Dragon Slayer' is an arcade-adventure game similar to Barbarian (Psygnosis) in which the hero has to fight through hundreds of rooms in a fantasy setting. The game originally was meant to be released as commercial game in 1990 but was never completed.

Obviously one of the original developer is going to complete and release Dragon Slayer. The current state of the project is not clear, on the website of Indie Retro News there is an old excerpt of a magazine as well as a video with some scenes. In 1990 also a C64 port was planned of which for 30 years a playable preview has been available (video). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Generation Amiga (Webseite)

Selfmade project: 8-Bit sampler 'Open Amiga Sampler'
Sampling like in the year 1988: Under this motto Brendan Ratliff has published a detailed manual for making a parallel-port sampler for Amiga computers on Github. His 'Open Amiga Sampler' digitises in 8 Bit (mono), has a typical maximum sampling rate of about 52 Khz and offers an input amplifier with variable gain. The device has been successfully tested with severel classic Amiga applications like ProTracker and AudioMaster III. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 30. Jul. 2020, 19:03] [Comments: 0]
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Desktop Publishing: RNO Publisher for all Amiga systems
'RNO Publisher' created with Hollywood is a simple DTP application: The user creates one-page or multi-page documents and there can place text boxes, pictures and other graphic objects as well as links - the result then is exported to a PDF file. An example PDF created with the program is available on the website of the developer.


The program has the following features:
  • Supports the most common page sizes in portrait and landscape modes
  • Freely placeable text boxes, images, PDF links, and graphical objects
  • PDF links can point to document pages or web links
  • Supports base fonts that don't affect the file size
  • Custom TTF fonts can be embedded into documents
  • PDF outlines (table of contents) support
  • User creatable page templates
  • PDF exporting supports passwords and compression options
  • Constrained mouse movement and resizing using qualifier keys
  • Additional document saving and loading in its own format
  • Drag & drop loading of documents, pictures, and text files
RNO Publisher is available for AmigaOS 3/4, MorphOS, AROS and WarpOS. It requires the GUI-Toolkit MUI as well as the external MUI classes texteditor.mcc. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 30. Jul. 2020, 16:24] [Comments: 0]
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Arcade classic: Super Wormy - The Worm-Like Snake 1.1
Unlike many other games, the levels in "Super Wormy" (video) are bigger than the screen. Therefore the screen is scrolled and the player is informed about his position by a little radar. A level editor also is included.

Changes in version 1.1:
  • Now seems to work fine on Kick1.3.
  • Now seems to work fine on 1MB CHIP and 1MB FAST (Still recommend A1200 though as is slower on ECS).
  • Changed music and sfx routines to idrougge's blitz lib from phx's player.
  • Levels after 11 didn't change colour.
  • Level reached wasn't stored if the game was completed.
  • Level 14 was impossible, glad I wrote an editor!
  • Outro was too fast.
  • Created icons for SuperWormy and WormyEditor (Something I always forget to do!).
(cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 29. Jul. 2020, 16:48] [Comments: 0]
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Edgar Schwan (ANF)

AmigaOS 4: X11 environment AmiCygnix 1.6
Edgar Schwan's AmiCygnix is an Unix environment for AmigaOS 4. It is not an emulation but all programs has been compiled for AmigaOS 4 (screenshot). AmiCygnix provides a directory and data structure similar to an Unix installation.

Additional to other changes, updates and bug fixes, now version 2.24.32 of GTK+ is used. Therefore future software packages will require AmiCygnix 1.6.

New in AmiCygnix-Base:
  • Update to version 2.24.32 of GTK+, the latest version of GTK+ 2. In addition to some new features, the drag 'n drop in GTK+ 2 applications now finally works. The corresponding programs have to be linked again. Programs like Rox-Filer or Gimp benefit greatly from this. Therefore, please pay attention to updates of these programs!
  • Full support for Unix locale strings. So you can now select the country, the encoding and special variants in addition to the language. You can also select multiple locales. All drivers, all AmiCygnix tools and the X server have been revised for this. See the documentation "README.Language.pdf" in the directory "Cygnix:Docs"!
  • With the following display drivers for the Workbench, the size of the window can now be reduced: workbench, workbench2, picasso96wb, picasso96wb2. The content can then be moved using a scroller (screenshot). This function can be deactivated via myX11Setup!.
  • Support for version 3.16.3 of GnuTLS, the latest version of the SSL/TLS layer. Support for SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.3 is new. The Trusted Certificates included have also been updated. Problems with programs like NetSurf or Claws-Mail should be solved with it. However, the corresponding programs must be relinked.
  • Support for LDAP through OpenLDAP 2.4.49. Is now integrated in libcurl and will also be used in Claws-Mail.
  • Support for AISS in the menus of the Workbench display drivers. The size of the icons can be set using the "MenuImageSize" environment variable.
  • Revised myX11Setup with improved help function. Thanks to Michael Christoph!
  • Italian translation updated in many AmiCygnix scripts. Thanks to Samir Hawamdeh!
  • New Spanish translation of the texts in the Workbench display drivers. Thanks to Javier de las Rivas!
  • New catalog in Russian language for myX11Setup. Thanks to Eugene Sobolev!
  • Fixed a problem when starting the AmiCygnix desktop via myX11Setup.
New in AmiCygnix-Tools:
  • All GTK+ 2 applications are now linked with GTK+ 2.24.32. In addition to some new features, the drag 'n drop now finally works.
  • The browser "NetSurf" is now linked with the latest version 3.6.13 of the SSL/TLS layer GnuTLS. This fixes problems with SSL connections.
  • The program "ROX-Filer" is configured during installation so that it can be used as a replacement for the "idesk" desktop manager. Even if the porting of the program has not yet been completed (functions such as "copy / delete file" do not work), it is now much more usable with GTK+ 2.24.32. Just try it ;-). Aftter installing the tools package, select ROX-Filer in myX11Setup under "Desktop Manager" for this.
amicygnix-base.lha (126 MB)
amicygnix-tools.lha (91 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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