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Cj-Stroker (ANF)

News on Amiforce
On Amiforce you can find:
  • At the download area you can find an Euro calculator and the gag program Speaker.
  • The dynAMIte.styles Alienoid and PacMan are updated.
The poll about Blitzbasic/Amiblitz is still running. (ps) (Translation: gf)

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Markus Nerding (E-Mail)

H&P: Freespace: at last available
Haage&Partner wrote:
At last we get the official permission to ship 'Freespace'. The advance orders are allready shipped.

Freespace was proted by Hyperion Entertainment and is surely the best the space-battle-simulation that was ever available for the Amiga. It offers a unique mixture of phantastic graphics, complex plot and an outstanding gameplay.

Freespace can be used with every Amiga with PPC-CPU and 64MB RAM or Amigas with 68060 and a 3D-accelerator-board (like Voodoo3, Permedia 2).

Additional information is available at the titlelink. (ps) (Translation: sk)

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Marcel Rohles (ANF)

Downloadmanager: Charon V1.98
Well, believe it or not, it's been released. Available from my homepage or from Aminet in a couple of days.

Version 1.98 (6.1.2002)
  • Introduced the concept of groups. Now each URL can belong to a group and will take that group's settings as its default settings. A new URL is by default placed in the group in which the active entry indicator is currently found.
  • Completely rewritten URL parsing routine which resulted in a large speed up. This speed up would be even larger, but the URL comparison routine was changed from simple string compare to full-blown URL comparison routine which works properly.
  • Rewritten detection of duplicates in the list. The code is now much faster and works for any number of duplicates, unlike in the last version.
  • Charon now remembers the length of the file on server and shows it all the time (if it is available).
  • Many improvements and some fixes in the HTML parsing routine.
  • Addressed some security issues.
  • There's now a special treatment for %2F URL escape code (/) because there are some filesystems that allow / in a filename.
  • Added support for ftp://.../file;type=x URLs.
  • When automatically creating filenames from the URL, %xx sequences are now decoded.
  • There's a new section in the documentation describing some "hidden" features. Charon's tooltypes/arguments (LOG and SETTINGS) are documented there.
  • It is now possible to log all HTTP headers that were sent or received through Charon for debugging purposes. More about this in the advanced section of the manual.
  • There's a new configuration option which tells Charon not to read the size of the files on the disk during the startup thus speeding it up. More about this in the advanced section of the manual.
  • DOS requesters are now blocked while the list of entries is being loaded in order to prevent a bunch of the "Please insert ..." requesters from a appearing if one of your drives is dismounted.
  • New gadget "Move & start" in HTML links and Internet search windows.
  • Changed the way Charon shortens the filenames when "Max filename length" option comes into action.
  • Changed the way the "Directory structure" option works. It now also takes into consideration the name of the host.
  • When a file is downloaded and Charon needs to check if there are any queued files to be started, they are first searched for in the same group in which the downloaded file was.
  • Some changes in ARexx interface as a result of introduction of groups.
  • Updated some and removed some searches from Internet search window. Ideas for possible additions are welcome.
  • Fixed a bug in parsing dates in HTTP headers.
  • Fixed a rare bug in display of percentage of the downloaded file.
  • Too long FTP paths would cause a crash while sending a request. Fixed.
  • Fixed a small memory leak during that occured only when Charon was started from the shell.
  • Charon would report that it couldn't resume a transfer when a file had already been downloaded fully.
  • SET Arexx command wasn't working properly for ages, fixed.

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Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

Individual Computers: Old links re-activated, VarIO online manual
While analyzing our webserver-statistics, we have seen that there are a couple of hundred accesses to pages that have been renamed with the re-launch of the site in May 2000. These accesses are now re-directed to the corresponding URLs of the new site.

The online-manual of the VarIO interface board is now available in two languages, and the last missing part of the hardware documentation is available in the insider-section of the support area.

Users of Microsoft Internet-Explorer (Version 5.0 and higher) that bookmark our site will see a fragment of our company logo as an icon next to the URL in the favourites list. (ps)

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SOL-Invictus (ANF)

Matay: New homepage
Matay, producer of the well-known PCI-bridge "Prometheus" from Poland, relaunched theire homepage with a new design. A new and easy to use navigationbar lets you faster find the information you are looking for. (ps) (Translation: sk)

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Library: vapor_toolkit V15.13
Version 15.13 of the "vapor_toolkit.library" was released for AmigaOS and MorphOS. This library offers support functions used by most Vapor applications to reduce code size. The library's functions include the procedure of registration and watching for new versions at Changes in this version:

  • Changed: Every character of an URL greater than 127 are regocnized as end mark. This should solve the AmIRC URL problem with the French catalog.
  • New: URLs without scheme within quotation marks now are recognized [""].
  • Changed: Default memory needs of URL recognition reduced.

Download: (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Virus Help Denmark

Virus Help Denmark: Safe V17.7, Integrity V1.2
Version 17.1 of the virus detector "Safe" by Zbigniew Trzcionkowski was released. "Safe" recognizes viruses in memory and removes them if possible.

Safe contains a bugfix and the packet was splitted into three parts: "Safe", "Integrity" und "WatchDog".

  • Bugfix: Fixed "mislooks" in VECS, SAVEMEM and DIS anyway, seems only I use these options...
"Safe" runs on AmigaOS 2.04+ and requires xvs.library.

"Integrity" is a disk tool displaying any file added, deleted or changed since the last time "Integrity" was launched. This is helpful to discover viruses / trojans in the system, but information also can be used to remove recently installed but not desired files, such like fonts, libraries, etc..

"Integrity" runs on AmigaOS v2.04+, the MMU version requires mmu.library.

Download: (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Unix: NetBSD-Port for Pegasos suggested
At the "Suggested Ports" section of the open source unix system "NetBSD" a NetBSD port for the Pegasos PPC system (bplan) is listed. Who is interested in such port might contact Allen Briggs ( (sd) (Translation: mj)

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FAQ Amiga Francophone
The current version of the "FAQ Amiga Francophone" is available under the title link.

This French FAQ answers general questions about the Amiga, e.g. about emulators, PCI, USB, and more.

Vincent Alloy ( maintains it. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Audio: Ogg Vorbis-Libraries for AmigaOS
On the Da SixK Port Page quick done ports of the libOgg and libVorbis were released. The Ogg Vorbis format is an open source audio format being an alternative for MP3.

The release of this developer kit is to encourage people to program a new player or an Ogg Vorbis plugin for AmigaAmp.

The libVorbis directory contains examples for the use of the Ogg Vrobis libraries. There also is "decode_example", a Ogg Vrobis to PCM decoder, contained.

There is also an example for how to code files to Ogg Vorbis format, but this does not seem to work properly.

Ogg Vorbis developer site:

Download: libOGG+libVorbis_dev.lzx (sd) (Translation: mj)

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CD³²-Allianz (ANF)

Magazine: CD32 Outside No.4 released
The CD32 Outside No.4, German CD32 magazine, is available for free download.

Download: CD32outside4.lha (sd) (Translation: mj)

[News message: 06. Jan. 2002, 16:46] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga: NDK V3.9 released
Since Friday the update of the native developer kit on AmigaOS 3.9 is available for download at the AmigaOS 3.9 area of

The NDK v3.9 bases on the NDK 3.5 released on "Amiga Developer CD 2.1" and is in part identical with this.

The example programs are mostly the same, as well as the tutorials and tools. C headers and assembler headers, linker libraries, autodocs, and ARexx interface documentaions for the Workbench have been updated. New are the "release note files" and the so called "sfd files".

amiga.lib stubs, clib prototyp header-, pragma header, and .fd files are all generated by the sfd files.

As an example tool for processing sfd files "sfd" is included in the tools directory - but, one can also use third-party tools like "fd2pragma" (by Dirk Stöcker). Note: sfd files of this release have been "sanified", meaning protected and internal data are left out.

C header files have been cleared and their syntax were verified again. They now compile problemless with SAS/C and GCC, even if all compiler warnings are enabled.

This release contains no specific GGC header files, but this might change in future updates.

As of this writing, the specific requirements for GCC on the native 68k and on the PowerPC platforms are still somewhat uncertain. To the best of our knowledge, the compiler specific header files would have covered the ROM interface, that is, the pragma header files only. As the "sfd" files are provided with this distribution, you should be able to rebuild your platform specific header files yourself, or obtain a set from your compiler vendor.

This NDK update also represents a milestone regarding the assembler header files. With this release these are no longer guaranteed to by synchron to their counterparts in C.

Questions, bugreports, and wishes regarding the NDK 3.9 should be send directly to that person, who created this updated: Olaf Barthel.

Thanks to all who contributed to this update, including Martin Blom, Don Cox, James Jacobs, Gunther Nikl, Alastair M. Robinson, Matt Sealey, Steven Solie, Martin Steigerwald, Dirk Stöcker, Neil William, and others!

(Other sources: Stefan Kleinheinrich und MichaelV on ANF)

Download: NDK_3.9.lha (2,9M) (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Michael Böhmer (ANF)

USB: Poll about SUBWAY / HIGHWAY started
During preperations for the first line of SUBWAY or HIGHWAY cards unfortunately we happend to have some delays. We cannot fix delivery problems on the semiconductor market, but we would like to take the resulting delay to match our product with users' wishes, again.

That's why a poll was put online, today, where you can enter your wishes and suggestions.

We hope for active participation from the Amiga community. We are interested in your serious opinion. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Ingo Schmitz ( (ANF)

Amiga-Emulator: Sources of UAE 0.8.12 (WarpOS)
Ingo Schmitz of writes:
From today we are offering the specific source codes of UAE 0.8.12 for WarpOS in addition to the binaries. But remember that you will need the original source codes of UAE, too. More information can be found under the title link.

Download: uae-0.8.12-R1WOS_src.lha (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Amiga Future

Comic: Sabrina with Strips 181-184
The German issue of Eric W. Schartz's comic series "Sabrina Online" was updated. The following was added:

  • 181: The porno stars are allways the first to know, somehow
  • 182: mind games
  • 183: Employees are to be attacted by taffy
  • 184: Taffy continues
(sd) (Translation: mj)

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Amiga Future

Magazine: Starmag stopped
The German disk and online magazine "Starmag" was stopped on 5. January 2002. The website is reading the following note:

So, the magazine is offline now. If the "Starmag" would be revived some day depends on the Amiga market getting well or not. But at the moment this is not to be assumed :-( (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Amiga-Emulator: Amithlon explained by Bernie Meyer
In August 2001 Bernd Meyer has visited the Amiga User Group in Australia and performed the third official presentation of the Amiga emulator "Amithlon" there (the first one was done in St. Louis (Bill McEwen), the second one with MAUG). He described the basics of the linux mini kernel and how AmigaOS was put on top.

Tony Mulvihill of the "Amiga User Group of Melbourne" has recorded this presentation with his video8 camera. Craig Hutchinson then has digitized the video and splitted it into 18 MPEG files, which are available from Aminet under /pix/mpg/Amithlon#?.mpg. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Marcus Neervoort (E-Mail) Amiga-History 2001
Marcus Neervoort has completed the Amiga-History of 2001 on his website.

Petro Tyschtschenko was disbanded on the Gateway 2001, the AmigaOne, AmigaOS 4.0, as well as AmigaDE for Sharp Zaurus was announced.

In October the Amiga emulators AmigaOS XL and Amithlon were released.

In November the Pegasos board by bplan and the USB controller Subway by Michael Böhme, and more were presented. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Andreas Magerl (E-Mail)

Amiga Future: Interview with Markus Pohlmann about "Projekt Crashite"
"Projek Crashsite" is about a science fiction role game in which the player takes the part of some kind of police force in a colonialized solar system. Beside of Markus Pohlmann there are Daniel Hartlehnert (graphic rendering), Denis Comtesse (music), and Fredrike Schmitt (character drawing) working on development.

Markus Pohlmann answers questions about himself in person, the history of development of the game, and the Amiga's situation.

Note: The editorial board of the Amiga Future is urgently wanting users able to unsalaried translate texts for the homepage from German to Englisch and vice versa. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Kultpower (ANF) Amiga-Magazin with Covers and more
There are additonal cover scans and editorials of the German print magazine Amiga-Magazin online at (sd) (Translation: mj)

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Carsten Schröder (ANF)

Magazin: AMIGA aktuell 01/2002 published
Carsten Schröder writes:
The (German) January issue of the AMIGA aktuell magazine contains among other things:
  • test report about the new version 6 of the route planner AmiATLAS
  • test of the »Earth 2140 Mission Pack«
  • review of the facturing software MT-Rechnung III
  • background article about memory protection and virtual memory
  • second part of the C++ workshop

AMIGA aktuell 01/2002 can be read online on our website or you can download it in HTML or AmigaGuide format for offline reading. (sd) (Translation: mj)

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PCTip: new Amiga computers - a myth on the way to its comeback?
Christian Bütikofer wrote in his (German) article extensively about the Amiga scene. »They still exist, the Amiga users. And soon they could start to become some more again. If all goes as planned, the Amiga, next to Atari THE cult home computer of the 80's and 90's, will celebrate a resurrection in the new year!«
Complete article see title link. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Amiga Arena

Amiga Arena: interview with Jürgen Reinert (TTime Deluxe)
With the version 3.19 the phone costs counter software "TTime-Deluxe" became freeware. Amiga Arena talked to Jürgen Reinert about the new version of "TTime-Deluxe" as well as about the future of the program "Dragon Tools" and about the features he likes most on the Amiga. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Amig@lien (ANF)

Free-lance worker for Payback update CD wanted
Amig@lien has got the permission for a Payback update CD. Now we are looking for some map designers who'd like to invest some time. Interested people may mail to Thank you.

Ricco Clemens
Responsible at Amig@lien (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Nico Barbat (email)

barbat media and falkemedia: employees wanted
For several commercial and non-commercial projects are barbat media and falkemedia at the moment looking for the following staff:
  • Translator English - German
    - full time job with fixed salary
    - very good English and German knowledge
    - good knowledge of EDP and of the general games market
  • Editors
    - full time job or as free lance
    - very good knowledge of the games and /or Amiga area
    - good knowledge of language
  • Web designer
    - work on a voluntary basis on a new project in the demo scene area
For further information or if interested please contact directly Nico Barbat.

barbat media - AMIGAplus (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Heise newsticker

Heise: study is said to deliver ammunition against Linux
In the magazine The Register has an internal email of the Microsoft vice president Brian Valentine been released that caused a fuss as the mail reveals that the marketing strategy of Microsoft are obviously directed against Open Source.
Heise article (German) see title link. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Kilian Servais (ANF)

NoCover issue 94 released
Kilian Servais wrote:
Today has issue 94 of the freeware magazine NoCover been released. This is available via Aminet (docs/mags), ACP&TCP homepage or via email from me. A free email subscription is possible any time. We're always pleased about feedback etc. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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Dirk Stöcker (ANF)

XAD-System Version 11
After a long time again a new release of archive extractor system XAD. This system supports 93 filearchive, diskarchive and filesystem formats nowadays (LZX, LhA, DMS, CAB, Zip, Rar, Ace, Arj, Wrapster, HA, ADF, ...). The most important new formats may be StuffIt, MacBinary, BinHex, C64 filesystems and the SmartFileSystem. Thanks a lot to my three most active supporters. XAD is still (relatively cheap) shareware. And there is still a special price for OS 3.9 users wanting to update. (ps)

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Payback Update 7 Released & Apex Website Redesigned
Apex Designs have released Payback Update 7. Amongst other things, the new update fixes several bugs and improves the appearance of the water when running under hardware acceleration. The 680x0 version is also significantly faster.

Secondly, Apex have extensively redesigned their website and are encouraging people to drop by and take a look. Finally, they've also posted an updated map on the Extra Maps page. (ps)

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