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Crowdfunding: Illustrated book "Demoscene - The Amiga Renaissance", Vol. 3
In 2021, the first illustrated book about the demoscene, "Demoscene - The Amiga Years", was completed, covering the years 1984 to 1993. Volume two, "Demoscene - The AGA Years", followed a year later and was dedicated to the years 1994 to 1996. Now the third part of the series, "Demoscene - The Amiga Renaissance", is being crowdfunded, covering the period from 1997 to today. The aim is to collect 21,000 Euros by 15 October, of which around 8,000 have already been raised so far. (dr)

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Game ports: Game..X and Dragon Slayer
Franck 'hitchhikr' Charlet has ported two games from X68000, home computer created by Sharp Corporation, to the Amiga:
Dragon Slayer should run on any Amiga and is based on Moby Games' version for the FM-7 home computer. The game is commonly considered one of the progenitors of the action RPG genre. The premise is similar to Roguelikes: the player takes control of a knight who must fight his way through large overhead maze-like dungeons. Unlike roguelikes, the combat in the game is fully action-oriented

The shoot'em up Game.X (YouTube video) requires an AGA-Amiga and was originally released in 1990 by Kugenuma Soft. (dr)

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Video: The chronological history of AmigaOS
The hobby YouTube channel "Proteque - Classic Beige Nostalgia" shows the chronological history of AmigaOS. (dr)

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Music: Cover version of Chuck Rock
Linus 'lft' Åkesson has been an active part of the demoscene for a good 25 years, composing music for numerous demos and music discs for Amiga and C64 as 'Lairfight' bzw. 'lft'. Creatively, he also builds various instruments from Commodore hardware like the Paulimba or the C=TAR. He now uses these instruments to recreate the main melody of the game Chuck Rock composed by Matthew Simmonds. (dr)

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Aminet uploads until 23.09.2023
The following files have been added until 23.09.2023 to Aminet:
64tass.lha               dev/cross  1.3M  68k Cross assembler targeting the...
c2plib.lha               dev/misc   201K  68k chunky2planar as an Amiga sha...
giplanner.lha            dev/misc   286K  68k GI Planner 
Beziery_Beizera.lha      dev/src    153K  68k Further Laffik's works on Bez...
F1GP2023Carset.lha       game/data  10K       2023 Carset for F1GP
MCE.lha                  game/edit  3.7M  68k Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-MOS.lha              game/edit  3.9M  MOS Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-OS4.lha              game/edit  4.2M  OS4 Multi-game Character Editor
BackdPattGener.lha       gfx/edit   51K   68k Create your own backdrop patt...
AmiVms.lha               misc/emu   3.8M  68k Simulates OpenVMS commands
Play2CPC.ACEpansion.lha  misc/emu   18K   MOS ACEpansion plugin for ACE CPC...
GoneFishin.lha           mods/misc  292K      16bit 4ch Country Ballad by H...
avalanche.lha            util/arc   115K  AOS ReAction unarchive GUI for xf...
avalanche_guide_de.lha   util/arc   9K        German translation of Avalanc...
dtconvert.lha            util/conv  48K   OS4 File format conversion using ...
ModelerConverter10.lha   util/conv  11K   68k 3D Object Converter from 1991
GifAnimDT.lha            util/dtype 164K  OS4 Datatype for animated GIFs
AmiSSL-5.11-OS3.lha      util/libs  3.4M  68k OpenSSL as an Amiga shared li...
AmiSSL-5.11-OS4.lha      util/libs  3.1M  OS4 OpenSSL as an Amiga shared li...
AmiSSL-5.11-SDK.lha      util/libs  2.3M  AOS OpenSSL as an Amiga shared li...
Mnemosyne.lha            util/misc  77K   68k Disk usage stats+file/folder ...
PolyOrga_de.lha          util/misc  4K        Updated German catalog for Po...
ReportPlus.lha           util/misc  656K  68k Multipurpose utility
ReportPlusMOS.lha        util/misc  749K  MOS Multipurpose utility
ReportPlus-OS4.lha       util/misc  826K  OS4 Multipurpose utility        util/misc  15M   68k Versatile Amiga Testprogram
AnalogClock.lha          util/time  40K   68k Resizeable analog transparent...
LilCalendar.lha          util/time  3.4M  68k Versatile calender and remind...

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OS4Depot uploads until 23.09.2023
The following files have been added until 23.09.2023 to OS4Depot:
gifanimdt.lha            dat/ani 164kb 4.1 Datatype for animated GIFs
giflib-extras.lha        dev/lib 126kb 4.1 Some extras to go with GifLib.
libwebp.lha              dev/lib 7Mb   4.1 lib for handling WebP images
libx264.lha              dev/lib 8Mb   4.1 H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compressi...
amissl-sdk.lha           dev/mis 2Mb   4.0 SDK for AmiSSL
reminiscence.lha         gam/adv 1Mb   4.1 REminiscence is a re-implementat...
mce.lha                  gam/uti 4Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor
amissl.lha               lib/mis 3Mb   4.0 OpenSSL as an Amiga shared library
mediathek.lha            net/mis 3Mb   4.0 Downloading Movies from differen...
dtconvert.lha            uti/fil 48kb  4.1 File format conversion using dat...
reportplus.lha           uti/mis 826kb 4.0 Multipurpose utility

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AROS Archives uploads until 23.09.2023
The following files have been added until 23.09.2023 to AROS Archives:         gam/puz 15Mb  Lead Pingus to the correct exit ...

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MorphOS-Storage uploads until 23.09.2023
The following files have been added until 23.09.2023 to MorphOS-Storage:
Morphobia_1.3.lha         Demoscene/ENCORE          MORPHOBIA by ENCORE
Kheshkhash_2.1.lha        Demoscene/ENCORE          A demo for MorphOS name...
Morphever_1.3.lha         Demoscene/ENCORE          Demo for MorphOS PowerPC
Morphiller_1.3.lha        Demoscene/ENCORE          Demo for MorphOS PowerPC
Play2CPC_1.0.lha          Emulation/ACEpansion      ACEpansion plugin for A...
SALTO.lha                 Emulation                 SALTO - Xerox Alto I/II...
MCE_14.20.lha             Games/Editor              Multi-game Character Ed...
SonicCD-RSDKv3_1.3.2.lha  Games/Platform            A Full Decompilation of...
Iris_1.18.lha             MorphOS-update            Iris, the MorphOS email...
Easy2Install_1.0b35.lha   Network/PackageManager    A package manager to do...
PolyOrga_1.21.lha         Office/Organizer          PolyOrga is a general-p...

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WHDLoad: New installers until 23.09.2023
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 23.09.2023:
  • 2023-09-22 new: Tolteka (Ariolasoft) done by Psygore (Info)

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Motorola68k emulation: Emu68 V1.0 Release Candidate
A month ago, Developer Michal Schulz had released beta version 2.1 of his Motorola68K emulation Emu68 for the ARM architecture, focusing on the PiStorm and PiStorm32lite ( reported). Since then, many other improvements have been added. Changes of the release candidate of version 1.0:

BFxxx updated

The bitfield instructions operating on memory are not optimized to use as little memory accesses as possible. There are still corner cases which will do more traffic than necessary, but they are now very limited. The bitfield instructions will fetch byte/word/long word/quad word instead of always working on quad words.

Better write to CHIPSET registers

After a write to memory area belonging to Amiga chipset, a byte read from ROM is issued. This improves stability of some old games/demos which never assumed to be running on m68k which is that fast. A read from ROM gives Paula enough time to complete the interrupt acknowledgment properly.

IPL filter

Emu68 filters the IPL lines and recognizes an IPL change if and only if two subsequent IPL reads (which are roughly 400 nanoseconds away) give the same result. Improves many games or demos which suffered from spurious interrupts.

Write buffer removed

The write buffer was my experiment introduced quite long time ago - it featured a write combining to subsequent byte/word locations as long as they would finally result in a longword write cycle. It worked relatively well in most cases, but failed miserably in some others. Since this was just a dirty hack, it has been removed now.

CCR optimizer scan depth

The number of m68k opcodes which are scanned in-advance during m68k to arm translation for elimination of CCR flag updates is now adjustable. Use EmuControl version 1.3 for that (nightly build from 23. Sept. 2023 or newer).

The developer provides more detailed information on the changes in his new Patreon post. (dr)

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ReAction GUI for XAD: Avalanche 2.4 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. Since version 2.1, simple editing of LhA/Zip archives also is possible (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 of version 2.4:
  • Support Deark (needs enabling by tooltype)
    • This is a "beta" feature, it may be unstable and due to a bug in Deark, it is not possible to extract to the root of any device.
  • Add option to select modules (MODULES tooltype)
  • Fixx password caching
  • Also use T: as temp by default from CLI
Download: avalanche.lha (115 KB) (dr)

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Event: AmiWest 2023 DevCon Survey
This year's 26th edition of Amiwest, which will be held from 12 to 15 October in Sacramento (California), will also feature a developer conference that focuses exclusively on programming topics and is aimed at both amateurs and professional programmers. Since places are limited, a survey is now being conducted to find out who would like to take part and how. (dr)

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Origins and evolution of texteditors Vi and Vim
Gustavo Pezzi is a university lecturer in computer science and mathematics and runs the educational platform Pikuma. At the beginning of August, the developer of the text editor Vim, Bram Moolenaar, passed away. Pezzi had already paid his last respects to the developer in his own way in August and wrote down the history of the text editor, which is closely linked to the Amiga and which is also available in current versions for AmigaOS 4, AROS and MorphOS provided by Ola 'sodero' Söder. (dr)

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AmigaOS 4: libegl_wrap 0.7.20 (beta)
Hugues 'HunoPPC' Nouvel is working on an EGL-OpenGL-Wrapper which is based on Warp 3D Nova/OpenGL-ES combination sold by A-EON. The wrapper is supposed to simplify porting modern OpenGL based games (Youtube video example for Prey 2006).

The new beta version 0.7.20 is now available. Changes:
  • Now!! Support additional shaders glsl on your code (exemple: effects Scanline, CRT and others)
  • Now!! all libraries are STATIC, IMPORTANT: don't forget to delete your old dynamic libraries
  • New!! Added The OpenGL Extension Wrangler Library 'Glew' includes and package for SDK
  • Updated SDL1 and SDL2
  • Now!! SDL2 as your prefs on ENVARC:egl_wrap/
  • Updated Gl4ES
  • Updated GUI
  • 20% speedup on renderer EGL_Wrap
  • Added new icons into the GUI

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Blog Epsilon's World: Hardware upgrades and games
In his latest blog entry of his "Epsilon's World", Epsilon shows the installation of various games and hardware in the usual detail and with numerous pictures: among others, Alinea's Subway 2021 USB card including the power adapter or "AURA - Audible Reality", a sound sampler that does not use the parallel port but the PCMCIA port of the Amiga 600 and 1200. The game "Renegade" from the cover disc of the Amiga Addict 22 is also tested. (dr)

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