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Archive 06/2004


Backup software: Back-it-all-up version 9.6
Colin Wenzel has released version 7.3 of his backup tool 'BACK-IT-ALL-UP'. The program is able to backup complete hard drives, supports up to eight partitions and requires AmigaOS 3.x.

Direct download: backitallup96.lha (17 KB) (cg)

[News message: 11. Jun. 2004, 21:21] [Comments: 0]
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Raziel (ANF)

Adventure-Engine: ScummVM 0.6.0
Uwe Ryssel has compiled version 0.6.0 of the adventure engine ScummVM for AmigaOS. As usual, there are versions for 68k and WarpOS.

Using ScummVM, classic adventures from LucasArts - like for example Monkey Island 1-3, Day Of The Tentacle, Sam & Max, The Dig or Full Throttle - can be played on modern Amiga systems. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 11. Jun. 2004, 19:10] [Comments: 0]
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Simon Neumann (ANF) online again
Simon Neumann wrote:

" which formerly was Amigaliennews is now online again and will be still more up-to-date because of additional editors and improved web technology.

Because of many mails and some reflections we have made up our minds to call us "". We do not want to be a competitor to existing Amiga news sites but more a completion. We also want to point out that we have underestimated the possibility of confusion with to the time of registration of our domain. We did not have this intention. From our point of view is one of the best Amiga news sites which we all owe a lot.

Because of the positive messages of the last days about the development of the new Amiga system we have decided to publish an AmigaOS 4-software list. It is meant to give you a syrvey about current AmigaOS 4-software.

We all wish you a lot of fun with our new sites." (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 11. Jun. 2004, 17:54] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Games Hit Parade (ANF)

Amiga games hit parade: Results May/June 2004
Under the title link you can find the results of the Amiga games hit parade for May/June of this year. The first place has not changed with Quake 2 followed by Earth 2140 and Payback. The vote for July/August will be started in July. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 11. Jun. 2004, 15:54] [Comments: 0]
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11.Jun.2004 (Website)

Swedish OS4-Prerelease-Parties
Because of the delivery of the AmigaOS4-Prerelease ACG Göteborg which is the Swedish Amiga user group and Syntax-Society have announced the OS4-Prerelease-Parties. One will be take place from June 18th to 20th in Landskrona the other in Stockholm to another date.

The organizers want you to take your Classic-Amiga or AmigaOne to the party. Visitors with a computer have to pay 50 kronor.

For further information please have a look at ACG Göteborg but which is only in Swedish. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 11. Jun. 2004, 06:34] [Comments: 0]
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MorphZone (Website)

Linux: PPCZone opens
On June 10th PPCZone which is the PPC Linux-counter-part to MorphZone has opened. Webmaster is Dave 'Targhan' Crawford, too. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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10.Jun.2004 (Website)

Genesi: Photos from the Freescale International FAE Conference Tech Fair
Under the title link you'll find photos from the Freescale International FAE Conference Tech Fair in Austin, Texas (USA), in which Genesi currently is presenting the Pegasos and associated products such as Open Desktop Workstation. Also Pegasos training of the Freescale colleagues (photo) has occurred here (as reported). (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 10. Jun. 2004, 19:47] [Comments: 0]
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Norman Walter (ANF)

Amiga C Course for Beginners Newly Expanded
The Amiga C course for beginners has been expanded with a few exercises that are (hopefully) appropriate for beginners. These exercises are found in the current archive of the course. (snx) (Translation: dm)

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ANN (Website)

MorphOS: CPU Monitor V1.3 Released
Christian Rosentreter has released an update to his CPU Monitor for MorphOS (screenshot).

Changes since version 1.0:
  • fixed refresh bug (thx. to itix for solution)
  • added vertical grid
  • removed a small memory leak
  • added DONOTACTIVATE tooltype
  • added NOSIZEGADGET tooltype
  • added BORDERLESS tooltype + additional required functionality
  • internal cleanups and improvements
(snx) (Translation: dm)

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ANN (Website)

English Pegasos Review by Prof. Peruggi Expanded / Italian Translation
The very comprehensive English language review of Pegasos and the MorphOS operating system by Prof. Fulvio Peruggi, From Genesi(s) to Revelation, ( reported has been reworked and expanded. The text is now also in Italian. Inquiries about translations into other languages are welcome, if anyone with the "soul of a martyr" feels up to it. (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 10. Jun. 2004, 16:41] [Comments: 0]
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Maxime Doyen (ANF)

HomeBank: German Language Catalog Data Available
For the a-while-ago-released-as-freeware program HomeBank from Maxime Doyen there is now also german language catalog data (6 KB) available. The author is thankful to Andreas Mayer-Gürr for this translation. (snx) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 10. Jun. 2004, 09:06] [Comments: 0]
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10.Jun.2004 (Website)

DvPlayer: Screenshot of an Upcoming Movie-Player for OS4 (Update)
RiVA author Stephen Fellner is now working on a movie output program for OS4 by the name of DvPlayer (screenshot). More information should follow shortly.

Update: (16:08, 10.06.04, snx)
As the author stated in a comment on, DvPlayer is not based on RiVA but is, on the other hand, a completely new project. MPEG1/2, Video-CD, SVCD and DVD are envisioned as output formats, but other formats will possibly be supported. (snx) (Translation: dm)

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Amiforce (ANF)

Abakus-Design: New screenshots of Port Royal
There are new screenshots from the the currently being developed adventure game Port Royal available at Abakus-Design's website. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 09. Jun. 2004, 22:21] [Comments: 0]
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Giancarlo Piscitello (ANF)

PNG icons: AmiCrystal v1.1
Giancarlo Piscitello released a new version of his icon pack 'AmiCrystal' (Screenshot, low resolution / Screenshot, high resolution).

Direct download: Ami-Crystal.lha (1.7 MB) (cg)

[News message: 09. Jun. 2004, 21:34] [Comments: 0]
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Thomas Steiding (ANF)

Barkanoid 2 for MorphOS/AmigaOS?
In a joint press release, Magnussoft and e.p.i.c. interactive announce the availability of Barkanoid 2 for Linux and MacOS. Thomas Steiding (e.p.i.c.) asks for feedback regarding a potential MorphOS or AmigaOS version:

"e.p.i.c. interactive entertainment gmbh could port Barkanoid 2 to MorphOS and/or AmigaOS as well. As we are unable to estimate the size of the current market and the resulting demand, we would appreciate feedback regarding ports to the operating systems mentioned above." (cg)

[News message: 09. Jun. 2004, 18:23] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (website)

SWAUG: Mounting an Amiga 1200 into a standard tower case
Under the title link the South Wales Amiga User Group describes the mounting of an Amiga 1200 into a normal PC tower case. (snx) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 09. Jun. 2004, 13:40] [Comments: 0]
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Hans-Jörg Frieden (ANF)

AmigaOS 4: official status update

AmigaOS 4.0 status update

by Hans-Jörg Frieden, Hyperion Entertainment

With the Developer Pre-release finally out, the time is right for a status report on the current state of AmigaOS 4.0. The huge amount of work invested into the project by a lot of dedicated developers means that there has already been substantial progress since the pre-release.

Some of the 68k components of the pre-release have in the meantime been ported to PowerPC code. The most prominent of these are Picasso96 and MUI. While Picasso96 is still in alpha test among the developers, the PPC version of MUI is being beta-tested right now, and is expected to be stabilized soon.

The kernel has also seen some updates. Among other things, it now supports a special resource called the performance monitor. The performance monitor is a hardware profiler within the CPU that allows the programmer extremely fine-tuned profiling of code, even including counting cache hits and misses, instruction timing, pipeline stalls, number of instructions patched, instruction throughput, and a lot of other factors. The performance monitor is controlled via performancemonitor.resource, which offers an easy-to-use API that wraps all this functionality into a few functions.

Further improvements of the kernel include support for the Altivec unit. The Altivec unit is a SIMD vector processing unit. SIMD stands for "single instruction multiple data", meaning that a series of instructions is executed in parallel on multiple streams of data items. Altivec has a lot of uses, most prominently in 3D graphics, but also in image processing, signal processing, compression/decompression, and all general computing applications that inherently work by executing the same instructions on large datasets. Altivec support in the kernel isn't 100% stable yet, but is expected to be fully functional very soon.

Moovid, the well-known media player, has now also been ported to PowerPC, and the results are quite spectacular. An Altivec-enabled version is also in the works. Moovid plays a wide range of movie codecs, including DivX. A lot of progress has also been made on the shared C library, newlib, and the static C library, clib2.

Subsequently, there is now a new gcc compiler suite that runs up to six times faster than the compiler included in the SDK. Furthermore, since the final release of GNU C 3.4.0 has emerged, it has also been successfully ported to AmigaOS 4.0, and is now used for most components and programs. GCC 3.4.0 features a much better code generator than previous versions, much better support for ANSI C++, and implements the Motorola 'vector' extension for Altivec (meaning you can use types like 'vector unsigned char x' in your program to signify a vector for Altivec).

One program that has seen a tremendous speed boost is AmiPDF. The new PowerPC version of AmiPDF is, depending on input, up to 60 times faster than the original version on the prerelease.

Furthermore we expect a working serial device and floppy support soon.

The USB stack is shaping up as well. It now supports HID devices like keyboards and mice as well as HID joysticks and steering wheels, and USB mass storage devices like USB sticks, flash card readers, 7-in-1 card readers and cameras.

The A1 IDE device now has working UDMA support. Also, interrupts are no longer polled but delivered properly. This means that the device does not require any CPU time for transfers.

Currently, work concentrates on performance optimization. Results look quite good already, and stress tests have shown the device to be 100% reliable - no data corruption occurs.

This material will in due course be released for download to registered users of the Developer Pre-release on our web site at: (cg) (Translation: ub)

[News message: 09. Jun. 2004, 00:51] [Comments: 0]
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