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Emulator: WinUAE 4.9.1
The Amiga emulator WinUAE has been updated to version 4.9.1. Changes:

Bug fixes of version 4.9.0

  • JIT indirect was unstable.
  • JIT enabled + emulated (not uaegfx) RTG board corruption was possible in certain situations.
  • Direct 3D 11 mode shader buffer leak.
  • x86 AT bridgeboard (A2286 and A2386SX) boot crash.
  • PCem RTG board 15 and 16-bit lores modes didn’t horizontally double correctly.
  • Remove interlace artifact option added 1 scanline offset to bitplanes and sprites.
  • Custom chipset and programmed display mode updates and fixes.

Older bug fixes

  • Mouse would start moving erratically if emulator has been running continuously more than 10 hours.
  • Integer scaling only worked correctly if horizontal (lores, hires, superhires) and vertical resolution (non-doubled, doubled) matched.Filtered lores had wrong colors if host graphics mode was 16-bit.
  • NTSC mode and software switch to PAL: display was incorrectly vertically stretched.
  • Software YUV based filters had bad colors (32-bit only)
  • Paula configured for 4us (GCR) mode but normal 2us MFM disk in drive: disk index reporting was unreliable.


  • Programmed display mode improvements (positioning, blanking etc)
  • uaegfx Picasso96 overlay now works correctly with screen dragging.

New features

  • It is now possible to type (almost) normally in warp mode. Keyboard key (if non-qualifier key) presses are released immediately in warp mode.
  • Epson printer emulation does not anymore print each page as a separate document.
  • Added IDE scsi.device disable hack. Makes booting noticeably quicker on OS39 and newer KS versions if mainboard IDE is not needed.
  • PCem Cirrus Logic SVGA emulation planar support enabled. Picasso96 supports 4bit/16 color planar mode.
  • "Default" filter and integer scale filters now automatically double horizontal or vertically if horizontal and vertical resolutions are different (for example lores + vertical doubling)

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A2000 motherboard in E-ATX form factor: Revision 2.2
At the beginning of October, developer 'jasonsbeer' had announced revision 2.0 of his replica of the A2000 motherboard in ATX form factor, 'Amiga-2000-ATX'. Now he has released revision 2.2 on his GitHub website, which adds a TICK header with three options for generating a TICK signal. (dr)

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Mini-game: Demo version of EmotiWorld
Although Amiten Games continues to devote most of their time to their main project CyberPunk Alien City, there is still time for smaller side projects: In the course of a Spanish-language AMOS tutorial on the use of tiles, a mini-game called EmotiWorld was created, which is currently available in a demo version 0.3 and already contains three levels (YouTube video). (dr)

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Unsatisfactory Software: Updates of tools
In the last few days Unsatisfactory Software has updated some of its tools:

FACTS is the first GUI-based clock synchronization program for the Amiga. It logs on to any NTP server and uses either the time of day, time (tcp/udp) or SNTP services to keep the Amiga clock accurate. The tool has been updated to version 5.10 for AmigaOS as of Kickstart 2.0.4, which includes improvements to keep NTP pool usage as well as a complete overhaul of the time calculation to improve accuracy.
Mr.Wolf is the official successor of the clock synchronisation program YoctoFacts (yfacts) for AmigaOS 4 and now offers an built-in SNTP client.

With Avalanche Unsatisfactory Software has released a simple, graphical ReAction GUI for the unarchiving system XAD. Version 1.3 of this has already been released, which now also allows multiple files to be selected. (dr)

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Artur Gadawski (Mail)

7-bit: Firmware update for Wicher 1211
7-bit has released a firmware update for the Wicher 1211 memory expansion card for the Amiga 1200 today, which includes fixes for the RAM controller and adds an SPI controller to the ZorroII card chain. (dr)

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Christian Zigotzky (Mail)

Linux: Void-Update für den AmigaOne X1000/5000
In the corresponding post in the Hyperion forum from the end of last week Christian 'xeno74' Zigotzky reports about a new image of the Linux distribution Void Linux for the AmigaOne X1000 and 5000. (dr)

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Gunnar Kanold

Programming contest: BASIC 10Liner Contest
Homeputerium is the name of the home computer laboratory of the Eider-Treene school in Friedrichstadt. Using donated computers like Commodore 64, Atari-400, Schneider CPC-464 or Amiga 500 there pupils can make themselves familiar with them and create some sound or colorful lines by writing little BASIC programs.

The organizers wrote: "The BASIC 10Liner Contest started 2011 as a party fun at the NOMAM meeting in Northern Germany. NOMAM means 'Not only marvelous Atari machinery' and is an annual meeting from classic computer enthusiasts. The visitors of the meeting decided to hold a little contest: Write a program in 10 lines of BASIC on Atari Computers! We had loads of fun with programming the whole weekend. 2013 we decided to repeat the contest. This time only games were allowed. In 2014 we opened the 10Liner contest also for programmers who did not visit to the meeting. Owners of other 8 bit computer requested to open the contest for their machines. We met the wish and opened it for all 8 bit computers."

This year the 11th Edition of BASIC 10 Liner Contest takes place. And also Amigas as 16 bit computers can partiticipate: In the category "Wild" those contributions can be sent in. You can get some inspiration from contributions of the previous years. Additional to many little games, two programs for the Amiga were also written: In 2018 Matteo Trevisan wrote an "Amiga BASIC Login" (fourth post) and in 2019 an "Amiga 500 Chatbot", listet as first post.

Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 26, 2022, 6 p.m. CET. Award ceremony: Saturday, April 9, 2022 at NOMAM. A detailed overview of the submitted programs can be found at (dr)

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Text viewer: NEXT 4.1
In 2002 Jürgen Klawitter reported us for the last time a new version of his text viewer NEXT (version 3.5), the last public version 4.0 was from May 31, 2011. But as the author writes, NEXT is much more than a pure text viewer: it is also Amigaguide replacement, HTML offline browser, DataTypes viewer, uncruncher, unpacker of archives, file converter, print utility and some more. This versatility is also the reason why the program was installed from the beginning on my Amiga 1200, integrated via ToolsMenu. Next also has a very powerful search function, which marks all occurrences of a searched term at the same time and allows searching with wildcards and in binary files.

As the author explains to us when asked, he has not been involved with programming and the Amiga since 2011 and has devoted himself to other hobbies. His Amiga hardware, an A3000 and a second floppy drive, were given away. Only a Zip drive, which was never used before, is in the depot. His turning away from the Amiga at that time had among other things to do with the fact that he couldn't read or use PDFs and other files that were common in the PC world.

The return to programming, Jürgen Klawitter continues, came in this winter of 2021/22, which also limited him in his leisure activities and caused boredom. So he came up with the idea to install WinUAE on his laptop:

"After this was successful, I tried out how much of my former programming knowledge was still left. Surprisingly much, actually everything was still there! Nevertheless, there were difficulties to understand the source code of the more extensive programs again. Next has about 20000 lines, Anno (calendar) and OMon (system monitor) about 6000 lines each.

Parts of it are quite complicated. I then started to implement small improvements, first with Anno, later with Next. With Next, I was particularly annoyed by the fact that I had not managed to get the converted text from docx files into a reasonable form. I finally found details of the format on the internet and a tag () that was responsible for the outline in paragraphs. That was the breakthrough."

NEXT formats loaded text before it is displayed. In the process, lines that are too long are wrapped at word boundaries and characters that cannot be displayed are replaced by spaces. Color, style, and print control sequences are preserved.

Finally, a small test shall show how Word files are loaded, for which the following example poem - written and saved in Word 2010 - shall serve us:

To load a Word document either UnZip is needed or the XAD system. For the use of the latter one goes either over the menu option "Use XAD" or creates itself a "next.prefs" text file under Prefs/Env-Archive with the contents "XAD". In this configuration file you can also define window dimensions, font and colors for the text display.

As Jürgen Klawitter writes, from files of the Microsoft word processors Word and Write (extensions .doc or .docx and .wri) the plain text is extracted and formatted. For Word documents with the extension .doc, references to footnotes and the footnotes themselves are numbered ([1],[2]...). The same applies to annotations, recognizable by the preceding "A"([A1],[A2]...). Since a docx file is always a zip archive, it takes two steps to get to the text: Next, after selecting a docx file, presents the contents in a small window. Each archive contains 10 or more xml files, which contain stylesheets, images, comments and footnotes, but only one of them contains the text:

By selecting "word/document.xml" you can now see the text:

As you can see, the conversion of .docx files results in pure continuous text, without styles. The information about them is in stylesheets, which are hidden in the other files. As the author writes, "taking stylesheets into account would require a disproportionate amount of extra work, which I do not want to do – if at all possible." (dr)

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AmiKit XE: Preconfigured front end AmiLion 1.3
AmiLion is a front end with wallpaper backgrounds for the Workbench distribution AmiKit XE, written in Hollywood for quickly accessing Rabbit Hole programs like Firefox, VLC or Steam as well as website links like Aminet, Wikipedia or YouTube. Besides Windows 10, the Raspberry Pi also is fully supported.

Changes of version 1.3 of the application, written by Vincent Perkins:
  • Raspberry Version Completed (Amikit XE 11.7 or Amiberry 4.1.6 or Higher)
  • LionGUI now working On RapaGUI 2.0
  • Three New Wallpapers
  • Taskbar Start Icon Added
  • Beta Version Removed Due to being part of the Main App now
  • Updated Source codes and guides
  • Free Open sourced version
  • Wallpapers Removed (Many will be made freely available on AmigaNG Website)
  • Updated Guide

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