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Archiv 12/2018

Alexander Fritsch, selco (ANF)

Sprachsynthese: SAM 1.1
Der Amiga-Port von Sebastian Macke's C-Reimplementierung des bekannten C64-Sprachsynthesizers SAM (Software Automatic Mouth) ist jetzt im Aminet zu finden. SAM läuft auf allen Amigas und unterstützt die Soundausgabe über das Audio- oder ahi.device sowie in ein WAV-File. (cg)

[Meldung: 31. Dez. 2018, 19:13] [Kommentare: 8 - 08. Jan. 2019, 15:54]
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Mike Battilana (E-Mail)

Cloanto: Amiga Forever 8 und C64 Forever 8
Cloanto hat Version 8 ihrer Emulator-Distributionen "Amiga Forever" und "C64 Forever" veröffentlicht. Zu den wichtigsten Neuerungen zählen "virtuelle Tastaturen" für den Amiga Emulator, die Möglichkeit den Cursor von 8-Bit-Rechnern mittels der Maus zu steuern sowie ein "Fullscreen-Menü" für alle Emulatoren, das die wichtigsten Optionen auch während des Vollbild-Betriebs verfügbar macht. Außerdem kann der Inhalt der Windows-Zwischenablage jetzt auch im Emulator eingefügt werden.

Den zweiten Teil der Pressemitteilung nutzt Mike Battilana von Cloanto, um erneut seine Entschlossenheit zu einer möglichst umfassenden Bewahrung des Amiga-Erbes zu betonen, (Zitat) "beispielsweise in Form einer gemeinnützigen Einrichtung und/oder Stiftung, als Open Source Software oder in anderen Szenarien, die bei der Bewahrung und weiteren Unterstützung des Commodore/Amiga-Erbes nützlich sein könnten".

Im Folgenden Cloantos komplette Pressemitteilung:

December 31, 2018 - Cloanto released today version 8 of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever, the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows.

Once again, the new editions are the result of 18 months of development since the previous major version, and now encompass more than 600K lines of code written by Cloanto, seamlessly integrating with a collaborative effort of emulation plugins and content preservation.

"Virtual machines, virtual keyboards, virtual joysticks, virtual mice... real enjoyment! Whether you always wanted to move a PET/CBM text cursor with a click, or pop up an accurate and fully reconfigurable onscreen keyboard for Amiga and 8-bit systems, this release has it all," said Cloanto's Mike Battilana.

Work on the input front, which in version 7 had a focus on physical and virtual game controllers, was continued in version 8 by revamping existing features and adding virtual mouse and keyboard functionality that has no par in other emulation environments. In order to achieve an accurate implementation of the widest set of Commodore/Amiga systems, more than once we had to ask a collector to open one of their rare machines to confirm some internals. Former Commodore engineers graciously assisted with details that only they could know. When the mouse is used to position an 8-bit cursor, or multiple keys are pressed or tapped on a popup keyboard, or the Amiga keyboard language is changed at runtime in the Input Prefs and propagates up into the emulation and authoring side, the results are both historically accurate and surprisingly seamless in their modern usability.

The deep connections between Windows and CBM/Amiga ROM internals on the input front took several months to craft, yet are easy to use. The same is true for the new fullscreen emulation controls, which required the creation of a graphical user interface with menus and buttons that could be used with the mouse or keyboard as well as with game controllers, at a low level where this is not provided by Windows.

As part of its "preservation done right" commitment, Cloanto entered into agreements with Stanford University Libraries, the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, DNB) and other cultural and preservation institutions. These collaborations are spontaneous, and Cloanto does not receive payments or funding. Ongoing efforts also include a "kiosk mode" emulation frontend for museums.

"Working on projects like Amiga Forever and C64 Forever and remaining in touch with our community has allowed us to keep nourishing the sentiments of passion, beauty, excellence and friendship that have accompanied this journey since the 1980s. We also learned how continuing this longstanding endeavor brings with it some mostly thankless tasks such as sorting out the occasional legal doubt and standing up for the truth. In working hard to research rights and respect rules, Cloanto has become a 'reluctant torchbearer' of something bigger and of larger interest than we could ever have imagined to be involved with more than 30 years ago. Fortunately, as an independent entity, Cloanto does not lack the courage or the ability to change, or to hand over.

"Continuing on the discourse that was first outlined at a few years ago," said Mike, "I remain personally engaged in exploring possible futures involving a nonprofit and/or foundation, open source, and other scenarios that could best help the cause of Commodore/Amiga preservation and support. As in the past, during 2019 I plan to attend events like Amiga Ireland, AmiWest in Sacramento and Amiga34 Germany. I again look forward to meeting old and new friends and to promote consultations on this important topic."

Amiga Forever 8 is available now in three editions:
  • Value Edition (downloadable installer)
  • Plus Edition (downloadable installer with option to build DVD ISO image)
  • Premium Edition (downloadable Plus Edition, plus boxed software and additional videos on 3 DVDs)
C64 Forever 8 is available now in three editions:
  • Free Express Edition (feature-limited version)
  • Downloadable Plus Edition (downloadable installer with option to build CD ISO image)
  • Boxed Plus Edition (downloadable Plus Edition, plus boxed CD)Both packages recognize and work with each other, with options to merge the different platforms into the same interface. Prices start from $9.95 (Value Edition, or special upgrade offers).
Both packages recognize and work with each other, with options to merge the different platforms into the same interface. Prices start from $9.95 (Value Edition, or special upgrade offers).

Visual Tours

Here are some suggestions to highlight specific version 8 features for YouTubers and other more visual friends:
  • Virtual Keyboard - Open an Amiga emulation session like Workbench 3.X (in the Systems folder) and then use the keyboard menu at the bottom left of the playback window to open the Virtual Keyboard. Inside the emulation, open the Input Prefs and change the keyboard to a different language (e.g. German). Did you notice how the virtual keyboard on the Windows side also updated its layout? And still, it all keeps working with your unchanged physical PC keyboard, no matter what layout that one has. Then on closing the session you can choose whether to commit the keyboard layout change to the title configuration, or not.
  • Virtual Mouse - Looking for something a bit more "retro"? Start an 8-bit title (e.g. a PET 2001, or 8032, or C64) from the Systems folder of C64 Forever, and use the mouse to move the text cursor around. If you ever spent a lot of time programming or writing on those systems, isn't this something you've been wanting to do for almost 40 years?
  • Fullscreen Controls - Start or switch any Amiga or 8-bit emulation session to fullscreen (use the button in the top row of the playback window), then hold down the Escape key for one second to open the new fullscreen controls. These can be selected with the mouse, with the keyboard, or with the same controllers you are using to play. At last, you can swap disks, pause, resume, save, etc., without needing to leave your favorite screen mode and controls.
  • Discord Status - Do you use Discord? "Now playing" activity sharing can be enabled under Tools/Options/Social.
  • Type Clipboard Text - Hello World? Happy $7E3? Here is something simple, but fun to watch if you would like to paste a message or a few lines of code: use the keyboard menu at the bottom left of the playback window to paste the content of the Windows text clipboard. Works with any Amiga or 8-bit system.

[Meldung: 31. Dez. 2018, 18:09] [Kommentare: 25 - 07. Jan. 2019, 21:43]
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Szaman/ (ANF)

Jahresrückblick: The summary of Amiga year 2018 (englisch)
Unter dem Titellink blickt Szymon Żyła auf die seiner Meinung nach acht besten Ereignisse des Amiga-Jahres 2018 zurück. (snx)

[Meldung: 30. Dez. 2018, 07:49] [Kommentare: 2 - 31. Dez. 2018, 19:46]
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Aminet-Uploads bis 29.12.2018
Die folgenden Pakete wurden bis zum 29.12.2018 dem Aminet hinzugefügt:
AmiX500.lha              comm/amiex 934K  68k AmiExpress BBS system redevel...
libpng1636_a68k.lha      dev/lib    1.6M  68k Lib for reading/writing PNG
libpng1636_aros.lha      dev/lib    1.9M  x86 Lib for reading/writing PNG
MCC_NList-0.125.lha      dev/mui    2.0M  MOS NList custom classes for MUI        game/actio 705K  x86 Advanced snake game
MCE.lha                  game/edit  2.0M  68k Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-OS4.lha              game/edit  2.5M  OS4 Multi-game Character Editor
webptools101_a68k.lha    gfx/conv   4.3M  68k encode/decode images in WebP ...
webptools101_aros.lha    gfx/conv   8.0M  x86 encode/decode images in WebP ...
Intro-Kreation-001_mo... gfx/show   9.3M  MOS Shows scroll texts w/ differe...
Intro-Kreation-001_OS... gfx/show   10M   OS4 Shows scroll texts w/ differe...
HappyKids.lha            mods/8voic 619K      Happy Kids 5-ch Soft Pop-Rock...
ITFC.lha                 mods/8voic 112K      In Time For Christmas 8-ch MM...
Pseudaxos_Xmas_Pack.lha  mods/xm    2.6M      New mods by Pseudaxos
CloverIcons.lha          pix/icon   167K  68k Full 4C replacement set for S...
CloverIcons-XTRA.lha     pix/icon   63K       Some additional 4 Color icons
SetMap.lha               util/cli   3K    68k Set keymap of console window
InstallerLG.i386-aros... util/sys   94K   x86 Commodore Installer replacement
InstallerLG.ppc-morph... util/sys   124K  MOS Commodore Installer replacement
InstallerLG.src.lha      util/sys   1.6M      Commodore Installer replacement
TRULS.lha                util/wb    47K   68k Universal Installers for Syst...

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OS4Depot-Uploads bis 29.12.2018
Die folgenden Pakete wurden bis zum 29.12.2018 dem OS4Depot hinzugefügt:
reactive_crypto.lha      dri/mis 175kb 4.1 Hashing classes for Reactive
barony.lha               gam/rol 4Mb   4.1 3D, first-person roguelike.
frikingshark.lha         gam/shm 114Mb 4.1 modern remake of flying shark
prototype.lha            gam/shm 19Mb  4.1 modern remake of r-type
mce.lha                  gam/uti 2Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor
dcraw.lha                gra/con 3Mb   4.0 CLI converter for camera raw files
mcc_nlist.lha            lib/mui 2Mb   4.0 NList custom classes for MUI
simplemail.lha           net/ema 1Mb   4.0 E-Mail Client using MUI
videoclipper.lha         vid/edi 427kb 4.0 Cut and/or join multiple format ...
simplesub.lha            vid/mis 3Mb   4.0 Create, edit and encode .srt sub...

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AROS-Archives-Uploads bis 29.12.2018
Die folgenden Pakete wurden bis zum 29.12.2018 den AROS-Archiven hinzugefügt:
aspireosupdate.lha           dev/mis 29Mb  Update to AspireOS codename "Obi...    doc/man 2Mb   Manual for Lodepaint  gam/str 46Mb  Opensource game inspired to civi...

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MorphOS-Storage-Uploads bis 29.12.2018
Die folgenden Pakete wurden bis zum 29.12.2018 dem MorphOS-Storage hinzugefügt:
Iris_beta45.lha           Email                     New email client suppor...
Wyrmsun_3.5.0.lha         Games/Strategy            Wyrmsun is an open-sour...
BallGameHD_0.9.3.lha      Games/Think               Colourfull Free Softwar...
CPUGauge_1.6.lha          System/Ambient/Screenbar  CPU load as gauge in sc...
DateTime_1.3.lha          System/Ambient/Screenbar  A screenbar clock and c...
MemoryGauge_1.5.lha       System/Ambient/Screenbar  Display memory usage as...
MouseCoords_1.2.lha       System/Ambient/Screenbar  Display Mouse coordinat...
MouseEyes_1.2.lha         System/Ambient/Screenbar  Displays Mouse Eyes in ...
PixelPicker_1.2.lha       System/Ambient/Screenbar  Display ARGB value of a...
TopTasks_1.2.lha          System/Ambient/Screenbar  Display Top Tasks in sc...
Uptime_1.2.lha            System/Ambient/Screenbar  Display Uptime in scree...
MCC_NList_0.125.lha       System/MUI Classes        NList custom classes fo...

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WHDLoad: Neue Pakete bis 29.12.2018
Mit WHDLoad können Spiele, Szene-Demos und Intros von Cracker-Gruppen, die nur für den Diskettenbetrieb gedacht waren, auf der Festplatte installiert werden. Die folgenden Installationspakete wurden bis zum 29.12.2018 hinzugefügt: (snx)

[Meldung: 30. Dez. 2018, 07:45] [Kommentare: 1 - 30. Dez. 2018, 15:21]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

AmigaRemix: Weitere Lieder hinzugefügt
AmigaRemix stellt neue Abmischungen bekannter Soundtracks von Amiga-Spielen als MP3-Dateien zum Herunterladen bereit. Seit unserer letzten Meldung kamen die folgenden Titel hinzu:
  • SuperFrog - World 4
  • Cadaver - Theme
  • Maupiti Island - Theme
  • Unreal - Flight Level (regular mix)

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29.Dez.2018 (Webseite)

Review: Workbench-Distribution AmiKit X 10.5.2 (englisch)
Unter dem Titellink hat Marcin Pianka als jemand mit nur geringer Amiga-Erfahrung die Workbench-Distribution AmiKit X 10.5.2 getestet.

Zwar handele es sich um kostenlose Komponenten, aber AmiKit X biete denjenigen, die nicht die Zeit haben, sich alles selber zusammenzusuchen, und sich auch nicht damit herumärgern wollen, alles zurechtzukonfigurieren, damit es überhaupt läuft, eine Alternative. Und für wen es prinzipiell in Frage käme, sich diese Schonung von Freizeit und Nerven dreißig Euro kosten zu lassen, der brauche auch nicht die Katze im Sack zu kaufen, da die ältere Version 8.5 (bzw. die V9 für Mac OS X) schließlich weiterhin kostenlos verfügbar sei. (snx)

[Meldung: 29. Dez. 2018, 12:02] [Kommentare: 0]
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