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Frank Wille (ANF)

Portable assembler: vasm V1.9c
Frank Wille has updated his portable and retargetable assembler vasm to version 1.9c. AmigaOS 3, 4 and MorphOS as well as TOS, MiNT and Windows are supported. Changes of version 1.9b and 1.9c:
  • Fixed a rare expression evalulation bug. Previous versions may erroneously evaluate "label - equate" as constant, when the equate is something like "currentPCsymbol - label".
  • Allow a label definition on the same line as a section directive and warn about it.
  • Macro arguments were lost at the second repeat-level inside a macro.
  • Syntax modules warn about garbage characters in the operand field, when the mnemonic doesn't take any operand.
  • No longer cut symbol names in a wide-format listing file after 31 chars.
  • Error messages on macros and repetitions now always include the real source file name and line number in parentheses.
  • Directives for printing expressions into the console (printv, echo, etc.) now print undefined symbols as "<undefined>+offset".
  • New output module "gst" for GST object files (Atari, GST-assembler, Devpac).
  • New output file format "dri" for Atari M68k DRI object files.
  • m68k: Experimental Apollo TEX instruction, using a simplified syntax after a proposal of John H.
  • m68k: Apollo extended/compressed Bcc.B displacements in the range of -256 to 254.
  • m68k: MOVEQ.L suppresses any warning about an out of range operand.
  • m68k: Allow any size-extension for MOVEQ in Devpac-compatibility mode.
  • m68k: Fixed a string-buffer conflict introduced in V1.9a, which occurs when using local symbols in the label field and operand field together with some cpu-specific directives, like EQUR, REG, etc.
  • m68k: Optimize small data label in 020 base displacement to a 16-bit offset, or even to (d16,An) when the index is suppressed, provided that options -sd and -extsd have been given.
  • 6502: Some mnemonics could be misdetected as implied addressing mode when option -i was given: asl, asr, lsr, rol, ror. 45GS02: aslq, asrq, deq, inq, lsrq, rolq, rorq. WDC02: dec, inc.
  • mot-syntax: Do not allow a section with the same name and same type, but with different memory attributes.
  • mot-syntax: New option -nolocpfx to disable local symbols by label- prefix (usually '.').
  • mot-syntax: ELIF directive implements a real else-if.
  • mot-syntax: Export equate symbols with double-colon in vasm-native mode.
  • std-syntax: Fixed an issue caused by the introduction of one-digit temporary labels in V1.9a. Labels beginning with _f or _b were misdetected as forward/backward references to such labels.
  • std-syntax: Added missing .elseif directive.
  • oldstyle-syntax: All byte-directives (byt, byte, dfb, etc.) increment the pc by one without any operand. All word-directives (wor, wrd, word, etc.) increment the pc by two without any operand. Similar to a "declare storage" directive.
  • oldstyle-syntax: Whitespace between a label and its colon are allowed again.
  • hunk-output: Warn about inability of Kickstart 1.x to initialize BSS sections greater than 256k.
  • bin-output: ORIC file names in the tape header are limited to 15 characters and a ".tap" extension is removed automatically.
  • bin-output: Added support for the PGX and PGZ format, used by 65816- based C256 Foenix computers.
  • tos-output: Support DRI-format object files. New option: -Fdri.

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31.Mar.2023 (Webseite)

PDF magazine: RetroMagazine World, issue 18
Available in Italian and English editions, "RetroMagazine World" is dedicated to all topics related to retro computing. The English issue18 is a translation of the Italian issue 40, which was published in November 2022. It includes a test report on the Amiga game "Mision La Luna" and a look back at the release of "Maniac Mansion" 35 years ago. (cg)

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Willem Drijver (Apollo team) (ANF)

Video: ApolloBoot Omni 9.1 released
ApolloBoot is a preconfigured utility for easier installing and booting of several operating systems from different AmigaOS variants over AROS to Atari TOS and Mac OS on FPGA turbo boards with Apollo core.

Free for all registered users version 9.1 has now been released, at the title link it is presented in a video by Willem Drijver. (snx)

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Simon Neumann (e-mail)

LookBehindYou is looking for authors for German book about AmigaOS 3.2
Publisher LookBehindYou is looking for further authors for a planned German AmigaOS 3.2 book ( reported). Applicants should be well acquainted with AmigaOS 3.2 and its updates and should enjoy writing. Payment will be based on the delivered pages.

Applicants please contact the following e-mail address: (snx)

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30.Mar.2023 (forum)

AROS distribution: AROS One 2.0 (x86)
"AROS One", a distribution based on the AROS binary interface ABI v0, is now available in version 2.0 for x86 computers. It can be downloaded as DVD ISO file or as USB flash image at the title link, where you can also find video recordings.

Besides updates of the included programs and games as well as bug fixes, a new set of pictograms is also included. The changes in detail:
  • Update AROS One OS System:
    • Create New Set Icons System AfA One Style for the Whole Operating System
    • Create number 6 Installer for Set Icons Disk
    • Create nuber 4 Installer for Set Icons System
    • Create Catalog.italian for ZunePaint
    • Fix Theme OS4
    • Fixed Theme Pearl Blue
    • Fixed GIF Animations
    • Add New Pointer 32 Bit
    • filesysbox.library 54.3
    • smb2-handler 53.1
    • nvidianet.device 1.1
    • Create def_icons for Source file with c, c++, h, o extension
    • Create Descriptor webp.datatype, now also recognizes "webp" files without extension
    • Update GCC 6.5
    • C ++ is not yet available, it will be soon
    • Add info version Aros One on (About)
    • Add info version Aros One on Barra Wanderer
    • New Logo Installer Aros One
    • All third-party software is now located in the "Extras/APPS" Folder
    • SMB2 tutorial for setting up a share with Windows, find all the Extras/Internet/SMB2
    • Create Set for SMB2 volume, they will insntall with one click, after creating the share volume
    • Create two new Directories in SYS:System "Hardware" and "Debug" which includes the dedicated software
  • Update AROS One Apps:
    • ComicOn 1.4
    • HollyPaint 1.1
    • Exutil 1.1.3
    • Image2PDF 1.3
    • Update WHDLoad 18.8 for WHD_MENU
    • MUIInspector 1.0
    • Asplit 2.03
    • Zip HWP 1.2 (PlugIn Hollywood)
    • XML HWP 2.0 (PlugIn Hollywood)
    • Fenachistoscopio 1.0
    • WebpTools 1.3.0
    • RPN Scientific+ 1.02
    • SMB2-handler 53.4
    • Filesysbox.library 54.3
    • Image2PDF 1.4
    • Lunapaint 0.6.0
    • AnimPlayer 2.4
    • IconClone 1.9
    • InstallerLG 1.0.2
    • DirList 1.1
    • IconClone 1.09 Update
    • Vintage Song Player 2.50
    • AmiSSL 4.12
    • Videntium Picta 2.60
    • AmiTube 1.4
    • Tipografia 1.2
    • V.A.M.P. 3.0
    • AnimWebConverter 5.10
  • Update AROS One Games:
    • OpenTyrian
    • 1941-ExtremeDeluxe
    • LazSokoban
    • Added three skins for LazSokoban and a script for choosing the skin
    • Update Hle Poker Card (Final Version)
    • BOFH
    • TecnoballZ
  • Update Core ABIv0 20201110:
    • Display free video memory in SysMon where supported (Kalamatee)
    • Initial work on supporting 3D acceleration in VMWare video driver (Kalamatee)
    • Implemented network driver for certain nVidia chipsets (Neil)
    • Initial work on scsi.device (Kalamatee)
    • Signal CxObject support implemented (Hakan Thorngren)
    • Support PUBSCREEN argument in Prefs/Appearance, BoingIconBar (Kalamatee)
    • Support PUBSCREEN argument in Tools/Clock and multiple Prefs applications (Hakan Thorngren)
    • Support PUBSCREEN variable support in intuition.library (o1i)
    • Improvements to rendering screen and window title bars (Kalamatee)
    • Allow video drivers to report display change (Kalamatee)
    • Prefs/IControl works better on low-resolution screens (Kalamatee)
    • Set overscan based on information coming from driver (Kalamatee)
    • Prefs/ScreenMode display more information about video modes (Kalamatee)
    • Prefs/Palette reworked to be more compatible with Intuition (Kalamatee)
    • Muimaster.library and built-in classes have been localized (Matthias Rustler)
    • Initial work on supporting long filenames in afs-handler (Kalamatee)
    • Palette preferences are now loaded into Intuition (Kalamatee)
    • Implemented SetMem, Strlcat, Strlcpy in utility.library (Kalamatee)
    • Implemented VSNPritnf in utility.library (Matthias Rustler)
    • AmigaPL font collection added (wawa)
    • Implemented GetKey, AddKBInt, RemKBInt, ElapsedTime in lowlevel.library (Kalamatee)
    • Part of functionality of SystemControlA in lowlevel.library available (Kalamatee)
    • Additional font collections added (Kalamatee)
    • Initial implementation of GetSegListInfo in dos.library (Kalamatee)
    • Allow loading AmigaOS-style hunk keymaps and fonts on AROS (Kalamatee)
    • Implemented AssignAddToList in dos.library (Kalamatee)
    • Implemented v45 datatypes.library functions (Kalamatee)
    • Introduced webp.datatype (Kalamatee)
    • Introduced ClockSource subsystem in Kernel (Kalamatee)
    • Improvements to file system handling in Wanderer (Bo Kopperud)
    • Public SDK not longer exposes internal AROS headers & libraries (deadwood)

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Chris Young (Mail)

ReAction GUI for XAD: Avalanche 2.1 for AmigaOS 3 and 4
Chris Young's Avalanche is a ReAction-based graphical user interface for the unarchiving system XAD, which also supports the xfdmaster.library and can search for viruses using the xvs.library. With the jump to version 2.1, the developer not only gives the tool a new look, but also introduces simple editing of LhA/Zip archives (Zip requires zip.library - only under AmigaOS 4). The developer has written his tool explicitly for AmigaOS 3.2.1, but has also tested it under AmigaOS 4. Changes:
  • New browser mode, removed old hierarchical browser.
  • Select/Clear/Invert selection now act on the current directory and all subdirectories when in the new browser mode.
  • Basic editing of (LhA, Zip) archives (Zip needs zip.library - OS4 only)
  • Create new (LhA, Zip) archives
The source code is available on GitHub. (dr)

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Amiga Future (website)

Disk magazine: Old Power-Brei issues downloadable at Amiga Future (German)
At the title link the issues 1-6 as well as 9-20 of the German-language floppy disk magazine Power-Brei are downloadable, the Amiga Future editors would be grateful for receiving the missing floppy disks as well.

Power-Brei magazine was first published in June 1990, founded by Stefan Kremer and Alexander Carbin, as third senior editor and publisher finally Sven Drieling joined the editorial board. In June 1999 a cooperation with came about through him. Sven Drieling our news-site owes, beyond the editorial work started at that time, especially many years of extensive programming and maintenance work. (snx)

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29.Mar.2023 (forum)

Video: Background story of the game "Ring around the World"
"Ring around the World" is a point'n'click adventure game about a supposedly drowned man with memory loss, which is also one of three test games for the AMOS Layers System by the same author.

At the title link as well as in a video Simone 'saimo' Bevilacqua describes the beginnings of the game, which go back to 1994, as well as the further development history. (snx)

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