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David Brunet (e-mail)

Magazine: Obligement 28 is now available
The 28th issue of the famous French e-zine Obligement is now available. You can read in this issue an interview with Gary Peake (Amiga Inc.) and Bernard Noel (author of the game Imperator), a review of Land of Genesis, reports of the Amiwest and Amiga Benelux Show, an article about the Prometheus PCI card and much more!

You can download it at the address: (ps) (Translation: rh)

[News message: 10. Aug. 2001, 21:55] [Comments: 0]
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Jan Andersen (e-mail)

Virus Help Denmark: New team member
The members in "Virus Help Denmark - Amiga Team" have now grown 100% ... now we are 2 persons in the Amiga team. :-)

Jan Erik Olausen (programmer of VirusExecutor & xvs.library) has now joined as a full member of Virus Help Denmark. This will help you all of you, if one of us is away you can always contact the other member of the "Amiga Team".
Jan Andersen
Jan Erik Olausen
(ps) (Translation: rh)

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Golem - IT News for experts

Golem: Speedball comeback
»Bitmap-Brothers classic soon available in new version
Game freaks who once owned an Amiga will remember well the popular developer team Bitmap Brothers and their excellent sports game Speedball. As the team announced, they are currently working on a sequel to the classic.«
Full German article at the title link. (ps) (Translation: rh)

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Lionel Thillot (ANF)

New information web site for french people
While waiting for the return of Amiga Impact, Amedia Software opened a section 'current events' for knowledge of the current events of the world Amiga in Frenchman.

En français:

En attendant le retour d'Amiga Impact, Amedia Software a ouvert une section 'actualité' pour que vous puissiez connaître toute l'actualité actuelle du monde Amiga en français et quotidiennement. (ps) (Translation: rh)

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no risc no fun (ANF)

nrnf: Monzoom3D special summer sale
Together with Oberland Computer, 'no risc no fun' makes a special price for the current version 4.3 of Monzoom3D for AMIGA possible. This program is the direct successor of the popular Reflections and offers countless useful features. The sale continues until end of October. Prices and ordering information are at the title link. (ps) (Translation: rh)

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Amiga Inc.

Amiga Inc.: Merlancia buys Amiga Walker and MCC designs
Merlancia Industries is pleased to announce the purchase of the legendary Amiga Walker and MCC designs.

The Walker and MCC designs (created by Frogdesign and Pentagram respectively) are now owned exclusively by Merlancia Industries. These designs will be implemented in Merlancia's MMC/Torro line of multimedia PowerPC products.

The Walker case, designed in 1995-6 by Frogdesign for Escom AG will be implemented in a Space Conservative Desktop unit; expressly useful for offices and cramped desks. The Walker design, currently Merlancia Radian, will feature a PowerPC G3 or G4 (750 and 7410 resp.) processor with an advanced graphics chipset and will be targeted for sale around the $1500 to $2000 price point.

The MCC case, designed in 1999 by Pentagram was planned as Amiga's Multimedia Convergence Console. Merlancia will be implementing this design for its Apocalypse DT and ST series systems, based on the PowerPC 7xx and 8xxx series processors. The MCC design will be implemented in set top box and low cost desktop packages based on the X-Casting Broadband Video delivery method next year for prices ranging between $699 and $1299.

Dr. Ryan E. A. Czerwinski, CEO of Merlancia Industries comments "We anticipate minor styling changes and modifications, as needed for the implementation of our hardware, none of which will effect the beauty or harmony of the case designs. We will be producing the cases out of stainless steel, with the possibility of other materials being available as well."

Bill McEwen, President & CEO of Amiga, Inc said "As Amiga has transformed itself to a Software company, having Merlancia build new products based on these designs is exciting, and we look forward to seeing more great products from the Merlancia team".

About Merlancia

Merlancia Industries is a technologies company specializing in the design and manufacture of industrial and consumer multimedia and internet appliances and workstations. Merlancia Industries is a privately held Corporation with offices in Phoenix, AZ USA and Frankfurt Germany. PR Contact: Malcolm J. Brenner -

About Amiga

Amiga Inc. provides technology to developers for writing and porting applications to a new multi-media operating systems which is hardware agnostic. AmigaDE is a joint development effort between the Tao Group of Reading England, and Amiga Incorporated. AmigaDE based applications can run unchanged on x86, PowerPC, M Core, ARM, StrongARM, MIPS R3000, R4000, R5000, SH3, SH4, and NEC V850 processors. AmigaDE can run hosted on Linux, Embedded Linux, Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, CE and QNX4. Amiga is based in Snoqualmie, WA, 28 miles east of Seattle and has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached at (425) 396-5660 or visit Amiga on the web at

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Game: 'Defender of the Crown' for free download
Cinemaware kept their promise to make more game classics freely available and offers the game ´Defender of the Crown - The Age of Chivalry!´ for free download.

A time of lusty wenches and black hearted villains. King Richard has been murdered and England is thrown into civil war! Amidst the ringing clash of steel and the thunder of charging steeds the bold Saxon knights have chosen you to lead them into battle against the hated Normans. Victory will not come easy. To save England your skills as swordsman and military leader will be severely tested. But should you succeed you'll win the Crown of England and the love of many a beautiful damsel!
  • Heart pounding action as you rescue your lady from a foul Norman prison.
  • Majestic tournaments where you joust for fame, fortune and land.
  • Heroic battles featuring castle shattering giant catapults!
  • A unique blend of role playing and strategy combined with dazzling arcade style sequences.
  • Easy-to-use mouse or joystick controls. No typing required!
(ps) (Translation: rh)

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Fun Time World

Blittersoft: Future development of iFusion
The future development of iFusion

We are pleased to announce agreements with several partners to bring new features and enhance iFusion. This is part of our commitment of continued development.

Microcode Solutions
When Blittersoft purchased iFusion, we did so with an agreement to allow Microcode Solutions to add new features for us. We are pleased to say that we have now agreed the following news features to be added:

  • Direct SCSI - Allowing direct CD-ROM, Scanners, etc. (with appropriate Mac drivers)
  • Networking - Allowing networking between iFusion and another computer
  • Parallel/Serial support - Allowing printing and modem use.

Merlancia Industries
We have signed a developer agreement with Merlancia Industries. This will initially provide a new GUI for iFusion, but other features are possible in the future.

Haage & Partner
We have signed a developer agreement with Haage & Partner. This is to devote more time to the Blizzard PPC problem with iFusion. Other features are also possible. (ps)

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DCE Computer Service GmbH

DCE: Warp 3D GREX-PCI Voodoo3 VGA board drivers released
DCE have released the Warp 3D GREX-PCI drivers for Voodoo3 VGA boards and made them online available for any GREX user.

Furthermore DCE is reworking their website.

There was a flash update released for Blizzard PPC containing the PCI library v1.3. Any GREX user is recommended to use this version.

(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Dirk Stöcker (ANF)

Game: RekoNet online again
After a long break the RekoNet is online again, at last. Rekonet is a playing card collection for the popular Klondike AGA Solitair variant (also for PC). Interested people might drop by and get some card sets. Card sets still not included are welcome. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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The Register

The Register: Gateway pulls out of UK and Ireland
As already reported for several times, the American PC manufacturer Gateway - who obtained AMIGA in 1997 and sold it again in late 1999 - this year is deep in the red. After the closing of 27 US stores and the announcement to close their German offices, now the closing of their European headquarter in Dublin as well as their English office was confirmed, too. Only for Ireland and England 1,200 people will loose their jobs.
See title link for The Register article.
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Eternity Hard- und Software

Eternity News: New Eternity1 offers and packets
Since some time Eternity Hard- and Software offers a PC named 'Eternity1' with an Amiga emulator pre-installed. Since 01. August 2001 they changed the distribution concept for the Eternity1 to offer two different basic machines. Moreover the software is delivered separately (meaning no pre-installed software, anymore). This should better meet future offers of different alternative Amiga systems.

At the time being Eternity offers the following computer configurations:
1. Eternity One Economy
  • Midi-Case 300W
  • AMD Athlon 1Ghz
  • Quantum Fireball QML 30000 30 GB
  • GeForce 2 MX-200
  • 128 MB SD-RAM
  • CD-ROM BTC 52x
  • Gigabyte Mainboard GA7ZX (5 PCI/1 ISA/1 4xAGP)
  • Keyboard, Mouse
2. Eternity One Business
  • Midi-Case 300W
  • AMD Athlon 1,4 Ghz (266 FSB)
  • Seagate Barracuda III 40 GB 7200 rpm
  • GeForce 2 GTS
  • 256 MB DDR-RAM (266 FSB)
  • DVD-ROM LiteOn 52x
  • Gigabyte Mainboard DA7DXR (5 PCI/1 4xAGP) incl. Raid-Controller (266 FSB)
  • Network Card 100 Mbit
  • Keyboard, Mouse
3. Eternity One Amiga-Software Packet 1
  • Amiga-Forever
  • WinUAE-JIT
  • Amiga OS 3.9
More details and prices are to find under the title link.
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Stephan Rupprecht

Tool: SGrab Version 1.18
Stephan Rupprecht released version 1.18 of his screen grabber SGrab. With this program you can create screen grabs and save them in different formats.

Download: sgrab.lha (97 KB)
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Satra Systems

Database: SatraDB for AmigaOS
Satra Systems develops a new database management system for AmigaOS 3.5 called SatraDB. 85% of the design have been finished, development progress is at 66%. More details under the title link. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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Tool: xlHTML for MorphOS Version
Fr3dY has written loads of useful tools for the AmigaOS and MorphOS. On 07. August 2001 he has released version of xlHTML. This program converts Excel and Powerpoint files to HTML.

Download: xlhtml.lha (ps) (Translation: mj)

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Christoph Meier (ANF)

Golem: News from the Bitboys - XBA about to outplay GeForce3
»Extreme bandwith due to embedded DRAM within the graphics chip
Since 1998 the Finnish graphics chip manufactures Bitboys are working on their Xtreme Bandwith Architecture (XBA), a memory architecture embedding fast eDRAM directly into the graphics chip and thus is said to offer noticeable higher bandwith than GeForce3 and similar. Now the Finns have released some new information: Their upcoming "wonder graphics chip" now will have integrated 12 MB instead of 9 MB eDRAM and additionally will be capable to address up to 64 MB external SDRAM. «
For complete article (German) see title link. (ps) (Translation: mj)

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Christoph Meier (ANF)

Chip: ATI Radeon 2 - Samples of the new 3D board
»Initial samples of an ATI graphics board with Radeon-2 chip have shipped in Korea. The hardware magazine "Brainbox" contains pictures of a Radeon-2 board with 64 MB DDR-RAM at 4 ns access time.«
See title link for complete article.

More messages about this subject:
The Register: ATI Radeon 200 debuts on Web
Brainbox: ATi R200 (incl. pictures)
The Register: ATI R200, R300 roadmap spied

(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Borut Zivkovic (ANF)

Game: Heretic II patch (especially weaker Amigas will benefit from this)
Hyperion Entertainment released a patch for Heretic II for download. Especially weaker Amigas will benefit from this one; BilzzardPPC users with 040/25 CPU will experience significant more speed. Moreover now the so called "wheel mouse" is supported and visual effects have been enhanced.

The innovations are:
  • Speed. The new version is up to 25% faster depending on the hardware. Especially users with relatively weak hardware (BlizzardPPC with 040/25) will notice a significant speed-up.
  • Mouse Wheel support. Heretic II now supports mouse wheel adaptors that map to rawkeys 122/123 (newMouse etc.).
  • Improved visual effects: "new" Permedia 2 additive blending mode (requires Warp 3D V4.2) (see before and after screenshots) and full Voodoo 3 support.
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Ben Yoris / Hyperion (ANF)

Hyperion Entertainment: Website moved and has got new features
Hyperion Entertainment is very proud to announce our webmaster has completely revamped our website and migrated it to a more powerful server.

The new website can be reached on

Key-sections of the site including the general FAQ and the corporate info have been updated.

Apart from a new progress report on Freespace, the new site now also has a download section where users can register their copies of Heretic 2 and Shogo:MAD.

Registered users will be able to download updates of Heretic 2 and Shogo:MAD which will address certain issues with the Voodoo 3 drivers, squeeze out more performance and boost visual quality.

Registered users will moreover enjoy further priviliges such as early access to new versions of Warp3D and be eligible for beta-testing of our future titles.

Please take the time to register your copy of Heretic 2 and Shogo:MAD!
(ps) (Translation: mj)

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Christoph Meier (ANF)

Golem: First version of Opera-browser for QNX
»Unicode-support for Opera-versions announced
The strategy of Opera supporting as many as possible operating systems continues: The Norwegian programmers has now published Opera 5.2 for QNX. The QNX-version supports Unicode as the first Opera-browser.«
You can read the full article under the title link. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Christoph Meier (ANF)

Golem: New open-source-competition for DivX and Co.
»On2 Technologies releases TrueMotion VP3.2 video compression technology
The small software company On2 Technologies which is situated in New York has released its powerful video compression algorithm TrueMotion VP3.2 as open-source. With this step the company which formerly has been known as Duck Corporation wants to offer a powerful competition to DivX and the ISO-standard MPEG-4 which has to be licensed.«
Read the full article under the title link. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Ralf Berg (ANF)

Tool: New alpha-version of IFFAnzeiger
Ralf Berg writes:
Today I have uploaded a new alpha-version of the IFFAnzeiger on my homepage. IFFAnzeiger can also display oversized pictures directly of the harddrive. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 08. Aug. 2001, 22:54] [Comments: 0]
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Marius Schwarz (ANF)

ASP: e-mail address changed
Marius 'Cyborg' Schwarz wrote:
At there is probably a problem with forwarding of mails. Because of that I have changed the email address. All those who have sent me mails in the last week and who did not get any response please send it again to the new mail address. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Christoph Meier (ANF)

Golem: Corel wants to take possession of SoftQuad
»Enterprises signed taking possession
Corel wants to take possession of the enterprise SoftQuad Software which is specialized for XML-solutions. The enterprises informed that a corresponding agreement has been signed. According to it Corel will take possession of SoftQuad by buying of shares.«
Have a look at the title link for the full article. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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M0rpheus (ANF)

New Amiga-website for hard- and software news
M0rpheus writes:
I have created this website to confirm my existing interest in the Amiga-computer. At the moment only one project is online which is a new Amiga-online-game based on the board game RISIKO!

I hope you will enjoy this site and the content :)
Respects M0rpheus (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Jan Andersen (E-Mail)

Virus Help Denmark: xvs.library V33.27
Yesterday Jan Erik Olausen has published version 33.27 of 'xvs.library'. This version contains the following changes:

  • Added Penetrator 2001 Link virus
    Thanks to Krzysztof Duda for the files.
  • Added CCCP Clone Bootblock virus
    Thanx to Mr Yoard for sending me this bootblock
  • Fixed bug in recognition code for DKG-Blum file virus again!
    Thanks to Urban Mueller for reporting this.
  • Added Smeg2a Installer File virus
    Thanks to Antonio De Cicco for the file.
  • Added Smeg2a Link virus
  • Added Smeg2b Link virus
    Thanks to Zeeball for the files.
To be done:
  • Remove Penetrator 2001 from memory.
Name: xvs.library v33.27
Archive name : xvslibrary.lha
Archive size: 56.483 Bytes
Release date: 7. August 2001
Programmer: Jan Erik Olausen
xvs.library program length: 56.828 Bytes

(ps) (Translation: dr)

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