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Retro gaming: Ziggurat Interactive acquires the rights to Rainbow-Arts games
Five years ago, Julian Eggebrecht, founder of the legendary development studio Factor 5, explained in interviews (German) that the games company had not only secured the name of the former German publisher Rainbow Arts from the THQ bankruptcy estate, but also the rights to the titles published by the Gütersloh-based company in the 1980s and 1990s. A short time later, Factor 5, which also went bankrupt in 2009, was re-established in Germany as a GmbH.

The retro publisher Ziggurat Interactive now announces in a press release that they have acquired the rights to over 80 titles from the Rainbow Arts catalog. Rendering Ranger R2 (SNES), Logical, Lollypop, X-Out, and M.U.D.S. are listed as examples. However, the best-known title published in Gütersloh is not mentioned: the "Turrican" series Factor 5 had still marketed in the fall of 2020 as limited new editions. (cg)

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Trevor Dickinson on: A1222+/Enhancer V2.x/From Vultures to Vampires Vol 2
In response to our inquiry, Trevor Dickinson (A-EON) provided a brief summary of the current status of some projects:
  • A1222plus motherboard

    • Hardware works as expected, including network and audio
    • DVD drive support still problematic at the moment
    • Board now can boot Workbench
    • Performance like the original beta board: all popular software (e.g. Odyssey and IBrowse, but also the latest DVDPlayer version) as well as A-EON's 2D and 3D graphics drivers including the latest Enhancer 2.1 release are supported.
    • The A1222+ uses the latest uboot firmware written by Mark Olsen, which provides additional variables such as reduction in the number of Boing Ball animation and generally faster boot time.
    • production start and planned availability not set yet: currently preparing early adopter production depending on component availability

  • Enhancer Software V54

    • further updates are in progress after the release of version 2.1 (e.g. integration of AmiSSL 4.11, improved Warp2D library). The 14th alpha build of V54 was released to beta testers on January 4. Release in the course of the year
    • Two installation variants possible:
      • over the existing OS4 installation (similar to current version 2.1)
      • on a separate Enhancer partition, from which can be booted by default (the OS4 installation CD is required once for this purpose). It is unclear which components are used or copied temporarily or permanently.

  • LibreOffice

    • Trevor speaks of "a long and expensive journey which I am hoping is coming to a satisfactory conclusion".
    • record a video of Libre Office in action planned.
    • Soon: widen the beta test programme to accelerate the the first release.

  • From Vultures to Vampires, volume 2

    • at the moment Kickstarter campaign for financing the second volume until 24. Januar 2022
      • Initiated by David John Pleasance, who also focuses on all administration, including contacting printers
      • Trevor Dickinson is not involved in the Kickstarter campaign and is not accepting any funds from the Kickstarter campaign or future book sales. He is 3/4 finished writing volume 2
      • covering the years 2005 to 2021
      • currently about 6.400 Euro are given from required 18.000
      • E-Books available from the end of February
      • with signature if desiredr
      • ubsidizing shipping costs for buyers outside GB

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Windows: DOpus cooperation with Haage & Partner terminated
The file manager Directory Opus, originally from the Amiga and commercially continued for Windows only, which has been open source in the Amiga variant since 2012, was previously distributed by Haage & Partner (H&P) in Germany, with their support page, including a forum, still being online.

The company, which was responsible for AmigaOS 3.5 as well as 3.9 and had been entrusted with the original AmigaOS 4.0 development as well as bringing Bernd Meyer's emulator Amithlon in a package as Amiga OS XL to the market in 2001, had given up the distribution of its Amiga products in 2006.

The German DOpus support was managed by Markus Nerding, who was co-founder of H&P in 1995 along with Jürgen Haage and Jochen Becher. Now, however, he runs his own website under, which is named the official German support site. In addition, all registered Directory Opus users are supposed to have received an e-mail, which we document below, stating that H&P is no longer allowed to sell the program. In fact, on the website of the Australian manufacturer of DOpus, GPSoftware, H&P is no longer linked, as a comparison of the current product page with the August version reveals (right column, upper part).

The email text reads (translated from the German original):

"Dear DOpus customers,
today we would like to introduce the new German support website at and It is run by Markus Nerding, who has been taking care of the German translation of Directory Opus since the beginning of the Windows release. He and his team will take care of your questions about Directory Opus.
Unfortunately we had to end the partnership with our longtime German distributor Haage & Partner. They are no longer allowed to sell Directory Opus and we hope that they will also discontinue the former Directory Opus website and forum.
We are very happy about the new German support website, where you can already find first tutorials and tips. More content will follow bit by bit. Please have a look at
Many greetings
the DOpus team
GP Software" (snx)

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