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Event: The Ottawa Amiga Show 2002 - Website update
The website of the Ottawa Amiga Show 2002, which will take place on 09th November 2002 in Ottawa/Canada, was brought up to date. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 22:37] [Comments: 1 - 31. Oct. 2002, 15:16]
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Olivier Fabre

Two new scripts for AWeb by Olivier Fabre
Olivier Fabre published two small scripts for AWeb. MyNewWindow.awebrx opens a new window, pushes it into the left lower corner and activates the URL field. PicView.awebrx is used, in order to view a picture with an external viewer (PicShow). (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 22:03] [Comments: 0]
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Christoph Gutjahr (ANF)

Amiga port of Gnutella (early beta version) available
SixK made an early beta version of a Gnutella client for AmigaOS available. Now he is looking for beta testers to try out this program. Further details are available at the title link. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 18:44] [Comments: 0]
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Achim Stegemann (ANF)

Chess: AmiChess bugfix
There is a bugfixed version of AmiChess available at the title link. This update repairs the problem that many users with smaller Workbenches could not open the play window. At least a resolution of 800x600 pixels is needed now. (ps) (Translation: sk)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 18:39] [Comments: 0]
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Datatypes: akJFIF/PNG/TIFF Update Version 45.7
Due to a screwed test setup, a buggy akJFIF 45.6 version went to Aminet. As a result, 45.7 of all three datatypes now is available for download on my website ( This is because Aminet has a 10 day upload delay for updates - and additionally I might not be able to do any uploads the first week of November.

akJFIF-dt.lha (Aminet Bugfix)
akTIFF-dt.lha (ps)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 15:24] [Comments: 0]
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Virtual Dimension (ANF)

Videos of LARP Tamar I and LARP Tamar II online
Celebrating the release of the online-game "Tales of Tamar" the video about the second LARP from the world Tamar can now be downloaded. Additionally we present to you a few photos from the LARP II.

You can now also download the video about the first LARP again and a few download-links have been fixed. (ps)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 14:20] [Comments: 0]
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Kieron Wilkinson (ANF)

C.A.P.S.: Update from 28th October 2002
C.A.P.S. Update: 28th October 2002
New Work-In-Progress update at the Classic Amiga Preservation Society website:
  • New Disk Formats
  • Density Detection
  • Copylock (Amiga and ST)
  • Analyser Changes
  • Saving Support Routines

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 14:15] [Comments: 0]
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Installer: WHDLoad - New packets (until 29.10.2002) (Update)
With WHDLoad you can install games on your harddrive which were originally made only for use with disks. The following packets have been added or updated since our last message:

  • 29.10.02 improved: Indiana Jones & The Fate of Atlantis (Lucasfilms Games) supports crunched executable versions
  • 28.10.02 new: Top Secret (The Hidden) done by Codetapper
  • 28.10.02 improved: Super Grand Prix (Codemasters) supports another version, faster decrunching
  • 28.10.02 new: Shanghai (Activision) done by Psygore
  • 28.10.02 improved: Pro Tennis Simulator (Code Masters) supports another version
  • 28.10.02 improved: Pro PowerBoat Simulator (Codemasters) supports another version
  • 26.10.02 new: Shadow of the Beast 2 Demo (Psygnosis) done by Psygore
  • 26.10.02 new: Fast Lane (Digital Integration) done by Galahad
  • 25.10.02 new: Super Tetris (Spectrum Holobyte) done by JOTD
  • 25.10.02 new: Final Assault (Epyx) done by JOTD
  • 24.10.02 improved: Secret of Monkey Island (Lucasfilm Games) supports another version, new icons
  • 24.10.02 improved: Pirates! (Microprose) supports floppy version too

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 12:13] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Kürzinger (ANF)

Mail program: New Developer version of YAM from 26.10.2002
There is a new developer version 2.4 of the mail program YAM which in the meantime has become Open Source. This is a version which is still in progress and which therefore possibly contains bugs. The developer team offers no support and gives no guarantee! Any requests done by email will also not be answered. You use it on your own risk!

The changes which were made you can read in this list. You can get further information on the Yamos SourgeForge-site.

Download: YAM24Dev.lzx (ps)

[News message: 28. Oct. 2002, 11:39] [Comments: 0]
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Game: dynAMIte V2.2
On 27th October 2002, version 2.2 of the networkable Bomberman/Dynablaster clone 'dynAMIte' has been released. This version contains a number of smaller bug fixes and, a.o.t., improved network handling. All changes can be gathered from the Readme.

dynAMIte runs on Amigas from CPU 68020, AmigaOS 3.x, TCP/IP stack, CyberGraphx/P96 or AGA with BlazeWCP, MUI3.8, AHI, identify.library 13.x, NList.mcc, BetterBalance.mcc (optional) as well as XPK V4.0 (optional).

Download: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 22:32] [Comments: 0]
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MPEG: SMPEG V0.4.4 - MPEG-1 player library for SDL
An Amiga version of the MPEG-1 player library 'SMPEG' with sound support has been released, including a simple player program.

Video playback is based on the Berkeley MPEG player 'mpeg_play v2.2'. Sound output is by way of a slightly modified version of the 'mpegsound-Library' of Splay V0.8.2.

SMPEG thus supports MPEG audio (MP3), MPEG-1 video and MPEG system streams.

The library is subject to the GNU Library Public License (LGPL) Version 2 and has been compiled with -m68020-60.

With 'plaympeg', a simple video player for testing the library is included (also required is the SDL library: CGX, AHI, etc.).

The C library interfaces are 'documented' in the file 'smpeg.h' and the MPEG*.h files.

Download: smpeg-0.4.4.lha (696K) (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 21:26] [Comments: 0]
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David Zaroski (gg-announce)

Geek Gadgets: Status after breakdown on 10th October 2002
On 10th October 2002, the Geek Gadgets project's hardware (gcc, ixemul.library...) broke down. This affected the power supply as well as two hard disks, one with the current system backup and another with the complete system backup (about a year old).

Currently, only the mailing lists are active. Due to the low activities in the lists, these have been reduced to 'gg-announce' and 'gg'.

The 'gg' list currently has a discussion about the status and the future of Geek Gadgets. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 19:44] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Online Games

AOG: nettoe
On 27th October, another networkable game for MorphOS computers, 'nettoe', has been added to Amiga Online Games. This is a Tic Tac Toe like puzzle game. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 18:53] [Comments: 0]
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Martin Kuchinka's home page

PowerD: Updated mcc_toolbar and mcc_htmltext archives
On 27th October 2002, updates of the archives mcc_toolbar and mcc_htmltext for the programming language 'PowerD' have been released. These contain the respectively necessary files to be able to use above MUI classes with PowerD. Another example has been added to each. Furthermore, a couple of links have been added to the Web site.

Download: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 18:53] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Flame

Amiga Flame: 6th anniversary, Go For Goal, Space-Flight simulation
The Amiga online games magazine 'Amiga Flame' celebrates its 6th anniversary, reports about an ice hockey game for AmigaDE with 'Go For Goal', and about a Spaceflight simulation which is in the first development stage.

On 12th October 1996, Philip Cosby went online with Amiga Flame, so the online magazine is celebrating its 6th anniversary. Philip Cosby is glancing back to this origin in an article, describes the current situation and the reason why he started Amiga Flame: "It was as though Amiga users were in a dark room and could see no future, only darkness. I had to light up that room and show them that there are many amazing and exciting games in development."

With Go For Goal, an ice hockey game for AmigaDE is in development. It is inspired by the C-64 game 'Hattrick'. In 'Go For Goal' you control one field player and the goal keeper - the computer acts as opponent.

This game is being developed a.o. by Gabriel Hauber, who is also involved in the Java AmigaDE classes 'Jami'.

The target platform is currently PDAs with a resolution of 240x320 pixels. At a later stage, this will be customizable, so screen sizes from mobile phones up to desktop computers will be supported.

For more information about the game you can mail Gabriel Hauber (

Amiga Flame has found out, that a new developer team is planning to develop a spaceflight simulation. According to team member Johan Dams, the game will be along the lines of Elite/Frontier. One of the ideas is that the game should be playable over the Internet.

The developers are aware of this project's scope and are looking for talented gfx artists and programmers to push the project forward. Interested people should mail Johan Dams ( (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 18:08] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future

HTML: HSC macros V1.53
On 25th October 2002, Matthias Bethke has released an update of the macros for his HTML preprocessor 'HSC'. This update fixes a small bug and improves the section macros.

Download: macros.hsc.gz (16K) (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 18:07] [Comments: 0]
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Magazine: The Crypt #26
On 26th October 2002, issue #26 of the online magazine 'The Crypt' has been published. This issue goes by the title of 'Warlocks, Wizards and Witches'.

It contains a.o.t. an interview with Eoin Lambkin of SatDrive which deals with the issue of broadband Internet via satellite. In the hardware area, there are a.o.t. articles about the Brother MPrint printer and the 750MB Zip drive by Iomega.

Befitting the season, it even contains some recipes for Halloween snacks: "Worm Burgers", "Simple Pimples" and "Strained Eyeballs".

Plus many more articles.

The magazine can be read online through the WWW, and is available as HTML version for download.

Download: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 16:47] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga.sf: UnRAR V3.10 beta, autotrace V0.30 a. o.
The following ports are newly available for download on the Amiga.sf Web site: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 16:45] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Weyrauch (A.W.Design) (ANF)

Handy: Amiga theme for the Sony/Ericsson T68i mobile phone
Andreas Weyrauch (A.W.Design) has created an Amiga theme for the Sony/Ericsson T68i mobile phone. This can be downloaded through the title link. Additionally, there are two screenshots of the theme for previewing. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 15:58] [Comments: 0]
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Achim Stegemann (ANF)

Chess: AmiChess and Crafty
Achim Stegemann writes:
"Although having been announced as soon as the beginning of October, the two new chess programs AmiChess and Crafty have finally found their way into the Aminet.

AmiChess is a GNUChess 5.0.4 based program with a GUI making use of MUI.

Alas, some users have already told me that AmiChess doesn't run on their Amiga. I don't know the reason for this, as it works without problems on my computers (Amiga, Amithlon and UAE). In this case I am asking all users with this problem to mail me their Amiga configuration and a SnoopDOS log file.

The second program, Crafty, is an Amiga port of the very strong program by Bob Hyatt. The most current version 18.15 has been ported. Crafty can only be played under ixemul in pure text mode in a shell. In return it has proven itself to be a very strong opponent!

The binaries of both programs have been compiled towards a 68020/68881 combination and thus should run on this or better CPU configurations. Due to the source code's particularities, a PPC port is currently impossible. However, fast x86 emulators like UAE, AmigaXL or Amithlon are an adequate substitute.

Further information can be found on my home page."

AmiChess runs from AmigaOS 3.5/3.9, MUI 3.8 and CPU 68020 with FPU 68881.

Crafty requires the ixemul.library V48+ and runs from CPU 68020 with FPU 68881.

Download: (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 14:58] [Comments: 0]
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Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

individual Computers: Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper and PCI POST code display
Two new products are listed on individual Computers' Web site. These are 'Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper' and 'PCI POST code display' respectively. There are exact delivery dates for both products. More information can be found under the title link.

Catweasel MK3 PCI/Flipper is on one side a PCI board for PCs, Macs, AmigaOne and Pegasos, and the other side (thus 'Flipper') can be stuck into the Zorro Bus of a classical Amiga. In addition, this board contains a connector for the A1200's clock port.

Beside the traditional Catweasel functions, support for diverse floppy disk formats (C64 floppy, Amiga etc.), three new functions have been added:
  • Support for digital Joysticks (VIC 20, C-64, Amiga)
  • Mini-DIN connector for an Amiga 4000 keyboard. Whoever wants to use an A2000 or A3000 keyboard can do so using a PS/2 adaptor which can be bought in well-stocked PC shops.
  • Additionally the board offers the possibility of inserting the C-64's original Soundchip (SID). According to the manufacturer, greatest care was taken to make sure that the chip really sounds exactly like in the original computer.
PCI POST-Code display (Port 80 Display) is a diagnostics board for all computers with PCI slots.

The PC BIOS has a built-in diagnostics help, which writes each step of the self diagnosis, the so-called Power-On Selftest (short: POST), to the PCI bus. On a two-digit display, the POST-Code Display shows the Hex code, which then can be translated into plain language with the help of a table from the BIOS' manufacturer.

As many errors are caused by the power supply, five LEDs additionally show the state of all voltages on the PCI bus.

Further information about the products can be obtained through the title link. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 14:48] [Comments: 0]
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Oliver Gerler ( (ANF)

Hardware: Ariadne 2 - purpose of the three I/O connectors
The Ariadne 2 ethernet board by Village Tronic has three additional I/O connectors which so far hadn't been publicly documented.

Now, this weekend Oliver Gerler has had some time to spare and found out about these ports' functions by way of reverse engineering. He presents the result of this reverse engineering on his home page.

As this is no official documentation, the information should be regarded with due caution. (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 14:23] [Comments: 0]
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Scott A Pistorino (ANF)

Web catalogue: AmigaSource with 1001 links
The Amiga specific Web catalogue 'AmigaSource' now contains 1001 links in more than 40 categories. Scott A Pistorino writes:

"Hello All. is proud to announce that it has finally reached the 1000+ link mark. (1001 to be exact!) Since it's start a little over 1 year ago AmigaSource has been a solid replacement to the long gone Amiga Web Directory.

With over 40 easy to browse categories and basic search engine just about everything under the sun for the Amiga can be found here. From Software to Hardware, Articles to Shows & Other OS's to Miscellaneous, AmigaSource has attempted to catalog them all.

I have personally spent hundreds of hours locating, verifying & cataloging the 1000+ sites dedicated to the Amiga and computers in general. I ask you to please take the time and drop in, look around, make suggestions, point out errors/mistakes and most importantly add more sites!! If this site has helped just one Amiga user my job is done but I believe it can do MUCH more!!

I would also like everyone to PLEASE spread the word about AmigaSource. If you like what you see please add a link/graphic to my site. I'll do the same for you! I have learned a lot the past year and plan to keep improving the site. I have a few new ideas up my sleeves. Stay tuned!

To everyone who has contacted me in the past year thanks for your support!! To everyone else?? What are you waiting for??

For more information anout the site please visit the updated about AmigaSource page.

Thank you
Scott A Pistorino
P.S. I not taking MY site down and going home!!!" (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 14:11] [Comments: 0]
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27.Oct.2002 (ANF)

Kultpower: Starkiller #8 plus 71 new Mega-Fun covers
Starkiller #8, as well as 71 new Mega-Fun covers have been published on

Starkiller #8: 'In den Fängen des Tentakels' from Powerplay 11/1988 is online with exclusive comment by Heinrich Lenhardt.

Re: Mega-Fun covers, write:
"lowbert has sent in all of 71 new Mega-Fun covers (attention: 730 KBytes cover previews!)! Thus the number of available covers of this magazine has increased to 90." (sd) (Translation: cb)

[News message: 27. Oct. 2002, 14:04] [Comments: 0]
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Boing Attitude / Glames (email)

Boing Attitude: Crossword Evolution preview
Following the title link you'll find a preview in French language of Crossword Evolution, the new game of Zeoneo on AmigaDE. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 26. Oct. 2002, 10:31] [Comments: 0]
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Gareth Knight (ANF)

Amiga Interactive Guide: Walker concept designs
To celebrate the World of Amiga show, Amiga Interactive Guide is proud to reveal six concept designs of the Amiga Walker. Weep nostalgic tears for the familiar desktop! Jump for joy at the mini-tower version! And quake in fear at the bizarre blue Walker! (ps)

[News message: 26. Oct. 2002, 10:22] [Comments: 0]
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