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Archive 07/2004


18.Jul.2004
Jens Schönfeld (e-mail)


Individual Computers: Technical specifications of the new Catweasel MK4 (Update)
Under the title link you can find some technical specifications of the new Catweasel MK4, which is said to be released by Individual Computers in October 2004 and might be already demonstrated at the AmiWest on July 24/25. Since the complete list of new features is quite long, we are just quoting an extract here:
  • The most obvious change is the size of the card: With only 2.5 inch (63.5mm) height, it complies with the low-profile PCI standard.
  • Kylwalda built in: While the old Catweasel models always had their own floppy drives that were installed in addition to the existing controller and drives, the MK4 has the option of using the existing diskdrives.
  • Suppot for auto-eject drives
  • Hard-sectored disks supported
  • More flexible read- and write operations
  • Extensive timer-functions
  • All events can trigger an interrupt
  • Improvements on the keyboard interface: In addition to Amiga-keyboards, PS/2 devices can now also be connected. Not only keyboards, but also PS/2 mice are supported.
  • Amiga mice supported in hardware
  • Every signal can be programmed as output
  • Compatible with CD32 pads
  • Improvements on the SID audio part: a DC-DC converter eliminates noise and cycle-exact control is possible
  • Digiboost for new SID versions: As opposed to the 'classic SID' 6581, the newer SID-chips 8580 and 6582 cannot playback samples any more. This option, which is also called 'the fourth voice', is replaced by two sigma-delta converters on the Catweasel MK4, so the fourth channel is also audible with the newer SID versions.
  • Two SIDs for stereo sound
  • Compatible with 3.3V and 5V PCI slots
  • Two DMA interfaces
  • Low power consumption
  • Reconfigurable logic: The FPGA on the Catweasel MK4 is completely reconfigurable by the drivers. This means that a hardware update can be done through the Internet.
  • Drivers for many operating systems: The Catweasel MK4 is delivered with drivers for Linux, Windows 98(SE)/ME/XP/2000, Amiga OS4, and for Mac OS X at a later date. MorphOS drivers are available for a surcharge.
Update: (15:13, 18.07.04, snx):
In case of a temporary inavailability of the Individual Computers server due to maintenance scheduled for this weekend, there exists an alternative link at http://www.siliconsonic.de. (snx)

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17.Jul.2004
Norman Walter (ANF)


Amiga C course for beginners enhanced
The known Amiga C course for beginners has been enhanced by a lesson about light, colors and pen sharing. Besides that have some notes been added to the lesson about shared libraries. (cg) (Translation: wk)

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17.Jul.2004



Commodore online museum
Information about various Commodore computers including the Amiga has Thorsten Kuphaldt gathered in his virtual Commodore museum. Not only the computers themselves but e.g. slot cards and single chips got a description. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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17.Jul.2004



HD installer: WHDLoad 16.3, new packages until July, 17th
WHDLoad is a collection of tools for hard disk installations of older games via so called "Installers". Since yesterday is version 16.3 available.

Direct download:

WHDLoad (users) (599 KB)
WHDLoad (developers) (1.35 MB)

Since we last reported about WHDload some installers have been reworked:
  • Improved: "Untouchables" (Ocean) supports one more version, the installer got a complete rework
  • Update: "Street Racer" (Epic) access fault removed
  • Improved: "Conquests Of The Longbow" (Sierra) supports one more version
  • Flink CD³² (Psygnosis) reworked, now uses the Kickstart emulation
(cg) (Translation: wk)

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17.Jul.2004
IOSPIRIT (ANF)


IOSPIRIT: fxSCAN 4.06 available
In the download-area of IOSPIRIT an update-archive from version 4.0, 4.01, 4.02, 4.03, 4.04 and 4.05 of fxSCAN to V4.06 is now available for download to registered customers. Changes include a fix for some rare problems with PDF-export. A detailed list of changes can be found in the update archive. fxSCAN 4 is currently available at a special price. (snx)

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17.Jul.2004
Golem - IT News


Golem: Interview: The developers are bad, not PHP
»Zend founder Zeev Suraski in talks with Golem.de
The Israeli company Zend is responsible for the core of the free script language PHP that has been released recently in version 5 and offers commercial products for PHP. PHP 5 comes with many new functions that are partly due to the reworked object support of the Zend Engine II. Golem.de talked to Zend founder Zeev Suraski about the new possibilities but also about limitations of PHP.«
The complete (German) interview can be found here. (ps) (Translation: wk)

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17.Jul.2004
Aminet


File system: version 1.227 of SFS on Aminet
On the Aminet has the beta version 1.227 (268 KB) of the Smart Filesystem been released (readme file). Required are at least AmigaOS 3.0 and a 68020 processor. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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17.Jul.2004
ANN (website)


Titan Computer: English Papyrus website now online
The product page for the MorphOS and AmigaOS versions of the office package Papyrus is now available in English, too. (snx) (Translation: wk)

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16.Jul.2004
morphzone.org (Website)


MorphOS: Several small tools ported
"Madgun68" compiled a few small tools for MorphOS:

CDIrip (20 KB) - Extract data from cdi (discjuggler) files
yydecode (28 KB) - Decodes yenc files (found on the newsgroups)
CheckSFV (23 KB) - Creates or checks sfv files
(cg) (Translation: cg)

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16.Jul.2004
ANN (Website)


AmigaOS 4: Playstation emulator 'FPSE'
Mathias Roslund has ported the Playstation emulator 'FPSE' to AmigaOS 4. The port has not been tested extensively yet, the GUI is not ported to PPC code yet and there's no Warp3D support available.

Direct download: FPSE009R3-OS4R1.lha (390 KB) (cg)

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16.Jul.2004
MorphOS-News.de (Website)


MorphOS: Unofficial GCC 2.95.4-Port by Marcin Kurek
Marcin 'Morgoth' Kurek has uploaded a personal port of GCC 2.95.4 with all required patches as well as some minor bug fixes on MDC and his homepage.

Please send your bug reports directly to the author because it is an unofficial version of the compiler. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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16.Jul.2004
James Daniels (E-Mail)


Game: Updated Map for Payback
For the action game »Payback« by Apex Designs an additional map (extra map) of DestraCity has been published. In this game you must try to get a gangster boss beginning as a nobody. (nba) (Translation: dr)

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16.Jul.2004
ANN (comments)


RISC OS: Castle Technology Ltd. and RISC OS Ltd. work together
After Chris Williams wrote an article at the end of April (amiga-news.de reported), where he wondered himself "Are we so dissimilar?", yesterday he could report of a historical event: United at long last - RISC OS Ltd. and Castle Technology Ltd. have published a common press release in which they explain their cooperation in future. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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16.Jul.2004
ANN (Website)


AmiWest 2004: UGN will broadcast
As every year the Amiga User Group Network (UGN) will report of the AmiWest which is the biggest Amiga event in North America which will take place on July, 24th/25th. We will broadcast via webcam as well as audio and video streams. The highlights will be the speech of Garry Hares on Saturday as well as the live interview with KMOS-CEO on Sunday. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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16.Jul.2004



Amiga-Emulator mobile: UAE-Versions for iPAQ and PocketPC
It is now possible to play old Amiga games on the way with the help of ports of the emulator UAE for mobile devices:

PAQuae is available in an early beta version which is an UAE version for the iPAQ. The Linux program uses the SDL-library and does not require an X-Windows installation. PAQuae was tested on an H3760-iPAQ under Familiar 0.7.2 and Opie 1.1.3; according to the author it should also work on a Zaurus.

Ismail Khatib writes the Amiga-emulator for Windows CE. A first beta version of PocketUAE should be available during the next days. Currently a support of the keyboard is still missing. You can only use the on-screen-keyboard of the PocketPC. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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16.Jul.2004
Rupert Hausberger (ANF)


Relay-card-software Relax for AmigaOS 3.x available
The relay-card-software Relax written by Rupert Hausberger is now available in version 2.0 for MorphOS as well as for AmigaOS 3.x.

Download: Relax_OS3.lha (44 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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