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28.Feb.2023 (forum)

MorphOS: E-mail client Iris 1.9 and web browser Wayfarer 4.9 (Update)
Jacek 'jacadcaps' Piszczek has released version 1.8 of his e-mail client Iris as well as version 4.9 of his web browser Wayfarer for MorphOS. Changes include usage of the dedicated image viewer when editing e-mail attachments and workarounds for video playback, respectively.

iris.lha (21 MB)
wayfarer.lha (29 MB)

Update: (21:21, 01.03.23, snx)
Meanwhile version 1.9 of Iris is available which fixes a bug. (snx)

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Jump'n Run: Demo version V1.5 of "Creeping Me Out Hex Night"
Michael 'Mixel' Dawes provides another demo version of his jump'n run 'Creeping Me Out: Hex Night', created with the game construction kit Scorpion Engine. This new preview is functionally the same as version 1.4 apart from a few bug fixes, but there is now a separate AGA version with some optimisations and new backgrounds and effects.

As Dawes shows with examples, the ECS version sometimes has more colours on the screen than the AGA version, which in turn makes up for this with the greater depth in the background with the full-screen parallax. You can support the developer via his Patreon page. (dr)

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Audio editor Rave: Preview to version 1.6
In his latest blog entry, Daniel 'trixie' Jedlicka describes why he opted for a single programme module that handles loading and saving in all file formats in his audio editor Rave and gives a preview of what changes users can expect in the upcoming version 1.6. (dr)

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User report: The PiStorm32-lite, part 2
The first part of my report ended with the "BUPtest" giving an error message after switching on the Amiga 1200. When I plugged in the HDMI cable, I noticed that the large plug of the HDMI cable bent the card upwards by quite a bit. So I suspected that this might have caused contact problems.

After some research, I decided on an UltraThin HDMI cable:

This made it easy to connect the cable without much "bending":

However, the result of my efforts was sobering: after switching on, I was still greeted by the already familiar error message :( So, I kept asking around. What else could be the problem? Basically the contacts? Although they have been well protected by the Blizzard 1230 so far. Anyway, I disconnected and reconnected the PiStorm32 a few times. Try again! Error message persists!

Some users had reported that it only worked for them if the adapter card was not inserted all the way into the Trapdoor connection, but was pulled back two or three millimetres. I tried that too, but again no success. It didn't help, I had to bother Claude and Michal again. Claude offered to provide me with a test image that could be used to further isolate the problem. I accepted with thanks. I installed it, started it and what do you think? It worked!!!! There is no such thing. So it was clear: my hardware is OK!

But what was the reason then?

On his test image, Claude used the latest stable version of Emu68, while I used the nightly build that was current at the time of the test. Claude says that for normal users he would always recommend the stable version, as nightly builds do not always run stably and may also require modified firmware. And while we were pondering the reasons, he sent me a picture that lists the versions of Emu68:

Well, three guesses which version I used for testing... the one from 24 January. OK, I was unlucky, but at least I didn't do anything fundamentally wrong. And it finally worked! :)

The next step was now to set up the P96 driver, but here I would like to refer to the Setting up P96 tutorial already linked in the first part. Just a few notes on this: tutorial already linked in the first part. Just a few notes on this:

If one has only one monitor, as I do, the test button in the prefs programme "Picasso96Mode" is useless. Through the unselfish help of the user 'katzazakis', after numerous unsuccessful tests of the screen resolution, I remembered (again) that I have to change the input on the monitor from VGA to HDMI in order to be able to see the test picture. It is impossible to do this during the short display time of the test picture. Here, it is better to use the "Edit" mode, which cannot be terminated automatically but only by active action and additionally offers the options to change resolution and screen size by means of arrow keys or additional CTRL and Shift keys:

By the way, you should not be confused by the displayed refresh rates, which obviously do not represent real values. For my Philips Brilliance 241B in 16:9 format, a frequency of 60 Hz is recommended, but this is never displayed or reached in the settings programmes. I finally decided on a resolution of 960 x 540 as standard and created three colour profiles for it. Additionally, for surfing with IBrowse and the mail client YAM, the resolution 1366 x 768. The test images worked. Now reboot and finally try a new screen resolution. It worked, here they are:

I use the "HiColour" version for a start. A comparison of old and new:

In the pictures, the difference doesn't seem that big. But in real life I can only say:
Wow! Great! The efforts were worth it. After almost 30 years, I can display the Workbench in high resolution with my Amiga 1200! It's amazing! What you can't see, however, is that the RTG resolution has once again increased the speed at which windows and folders open. I must admit, it feels like a modern PC. And by the way, as you can notice in the Chip RAM display above, there are now even 2 MB available.

However, one must bear in mind that not all programmes and tools support this high-resolution display. Like Sysinfo, for example, for which I have to switch back to VGA mode on the screen - after another brief pause: has it crashed? ;) - I have to switch back to VGA mode on the screen:

To be honest, I can do rather less with such information, I need practical values. Here are a few figures for solving the respective task:

Task                    Blizzard 1230                 PiStorm32-lite
Unarchiving the           3:06 Min                       30 Sec
latest YAM
Nightly Build           

Starting YAM              2:41 Min                       18 Sec (with icons)

Unarchivin                1:21 Min                        9 Sec
AmiSSL 5.7

Visiting                    24 Sec                        3 Sec
using IBrowse 2.5.8

By the way, the boot time has not changed (noticeably).

Is there anything that bothers you? Yes, currently you no longer have a real-time clock in the Amiga 1200 that stores the time (which was previously provided by the Blizzard 1230). For me, the time is reset to 2016 after every boot. According to PiStorm developer Claude Schwarz, an RTC driver for the Pi is coming though (which will also require an addition to the hardware). Otherwise, further tests will show how the various programmes, tools and demos run.

Conclusion: I am thrilled! If you put the effort and the costs in relation to the benefits, I have to say quite clearly: absolute recommendation. Definitely, if you work a lot with the Workbench and programmes from the hard disk, as I do. Working at this speed and with this screen resolution is a real pleasure! (dr)

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Platform game: "Boxx" remake V0.5
The developer 'Lemming880' is currently working on the fourth part of his "Boxx" series developed with the Scorpion Engine ( reported). At the same time he is also porting the first part of the series, originally written with Backbone, to the Scorpion Engine ( reported). The latest update to version 0.5 includes the following changes:
  • Upgraded to Scorpion Engine v2023.0
  • faster responding menu: less loading screens
  • player and boss shooting sounds changed to original
  • music same volume
  • Performance:
    • A500 = 8% improvement on v0.4
    • A1200 = 11% improvement on v0.4
An Amiga 500 with 1MB RAM is required. (dr)

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Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)

Hollywood 10: Xcelicious available now
Press release: After 2 years of development, Airsoft Softwair, the hardest working men in code business, are proud to announce the immediate availability of Hollywood 10: Xcelicious. Hollywood is a programming language that can be used to create a wide variety of programs, ranging from games and GUI-based applications for desktop systems to mobile apps for Android and iOS. Hollywood's special feature is its support for retro platforms (e.g. AmigaOS, MorphOS, AROS) and modern operating systems (e.g. Windows, macOS, Linux) alike. It comes with a library of over 1000 commands and its functionality can be extended further through over 30 plugins which are available for free download.

Version 10.0 is a major update and comes with many new features. Here is a non-exhaustive list of what's new in Hollywood 10:
  • Almost 100 new commands for lots of new programming fun!
  • Text and font engine is now completely extensible by plugins
  • Support for the macOS arm64 platform (Apple Silicon)
  • Vector text objects are now supported
  • Layers can now be grouped or merged
  • Support for charspacing and linespacing
  • Popup menus (aka context menus) are now supported
  • New serialization modes for the JSON serializer
  • Advanced console functions for creating TUIs
  • Support for filesystem plugins
  • Greatly improved joystick support
  • Support for AmigaInput on AmigaOS 4
  • MagicBeacon and Ranchero support
  • Greatly improved plugin interface with user tags
  • Custom vector brushes can now be used
  • Advanced locale functions like date and number formatting
  • Ready for at least three 10.0-exclusive plugins!
  • Over 100 new pages of PDF documentation, 1272 pages altogether!
  • Lots of other changes, optimizations and bug fixes
Hollywood 10 is the ultimate Multimedia experience and a must-have for all creative people. Hollywood is available on CD and as a download version. Both versions include Hollywood for all supported platforms. Buying Hollywood gets you a single-user license for all 16 platforms supported by Hollywood. If you already own Hollywood, you can buy a discounted upgrade version. People who bought Hollywood 9 in 2023 can request a free upgrade.

Hollywood is the ultimate bridge between all the different AmigaOS compatible platforms and the other three modern desktop systems, Windows, macOS, and Linux! Additionally, Hollywood also supports the Android and iOS platforms. A truly unique feature is the ability to cross-compile native executables for many different platforms including: AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4, WarpOS, MorphOS, AROS (x86), Windows (x86, x64), macOS (x86, x64, arm64, ppc), Linux (x86, x64, ppc, arm), and Android/iOS with optionally available add-ons. You don't even have to own these platforms in order to compile executables for them. It's enough to run Hollywood on one of the supported platforms and then compile programs for all the others! Only Hollywood makes it possible. If you want to learn more about Hollywood, please visit the the official Hollywood portal at the title link which also has a forum for all questions concerning Hollywood.

All this makes Hollywood The Cross-Platform Multimedia Application Layer. Join the Multimedia revolution and get your personal copy of Hollywood 10: Xcelicious now! (snx)

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Aminet uploads until 25.02.2023
The following files have been added until 25.02.2023 to Aminet:
mrwolf.lha               comm/tcp   32K   OS4 Pool-friendly SNTP time sync ...
aweb_3_5_091.lha         comm/www   2.6M  68k AWeb APL Lite 3.5.091
GQ2.lha                  game/role  8.8M  68k Point & Click Adventure
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   4.6M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadiaMOS.lha        misc/emu   4.9M  MOS Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia-OS4.lha       misc/emu   5.1M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
cc1541.lha               misc/emu   155K  68k Create Commodore 1541 floppy ...
Centurion.lha            misc/emu   132K  MOS Centurion CPU6 based minicomp...
AmyStromWiFiSwitch.lha   misc/misc  7.4M  ALL Control and query the myStrom...
tedplay.lha              mus/play   869K  MOS Commodore 264 family media pl...
cabextract.lha           util/arc   54K   68k Extract MS Cabinet (.CAB) arc...
cabextract_OS4.lha       util/arc   44K   OS4 Extract MS Cabinet (.CAB) arc...        util/misc  3.9M  68k Versatile Amiga Testprogram
ScreenTime.lha           util/time  69K   68k Screen clock with calendar
Turkish_Packs.lha        util/wb    47K       Turkish Catalog packs some ap...
UserMenus.lha            util/wb    2.8M  68k User defined menus for Wanderer

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OS4Depot uploads until 25.02.2023
The following files have been added until 25.02.2023 to OS4Depot:
amissl-sdk.lha           dev/mis 2Mb   4.0 SDK for AmiSSL
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 5Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
fallout2-ce.lha          gam/rol 5Mb   4.1 Fallout2 Community Port for Amig...
amissl.lha               lib/mis 3Mb   4.0 OpenSSL as an Amiga shared library
mrwolf.lha               net/mis 32kb  4.0 Pool-friendly SNTP time sync client
avalanche.lha            uti/arc 84kb  4.1 Simple ReAction GUI for xadmaster
avalanche_ita.lha        uti/arc 6kb   4.0 Italian translation for Avalanche
deark.lha                uti/arc 6Mb   4.0 Extracting data from various fil...
cabextract.lha           uti/fil 44kb  4.0 Extract Microsoft Cabinet (.CAB)...
amystromwifiswitch.lha   uti/mis 2Mb   4.0 Control and query the myStrom Wi...
image2pdf.lha            uti/tex 9Mb   4.0 Convert JP(E)Gs and PNGs to PDF
animplayer.lha           vid/mis 2Mb   4.0 Anim player with playlist support

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AROS Archives uploads until 25.02.2023
The following files have been added until 25.02.2023 to AROS Archives:         gam/dri 6Mb   a 3d lightcycle racing game usin...         lib     3Mb   AmiSSL is a port of OpenSSL for ...
usermenus.i386-aros.lha      uti/wor 3Mb   User defined menus for Wanderer
animplayer.i386-aros.lha     vid/mis 2Mb   Anim player with playlist support

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WHDLoad: New installers until 25.02.2023
Using WHDLoad, games, scene demos and intros by cracking groups, which were originally designed to run only from floppy disks, can be installed on harddisk. The following installers have been added until 25.02.2023: (snx)

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Amiga Future (Webseite)

AmigaRemix: Further files added
AmigaRemix collects remixes of well-known soundtracks of Amiga games. Since our last news-item, the following mp3 files have been added:
  • Stuck in Snow Chip (hyperunknown remix)
  • 4mat´s l.f.f. 2023 remake
  • Ivan 'Ironman' Stewart's Super Off Road Medley

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Seiya (ANF)

PDF magazine: REV'n'GE 143 (Italian/English)
Besides the Italian original issue, the PDF magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is also available in English. The magazine's reviews compare, if available, the different ports of classic games to the various platforms of their time. Furthermore a focus is on rather unknown retro games.

Amiga-related, the current issue is about "Brides of Dracula" and "Operación Fallida". (snx)

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