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Archive 08/2008


Emulator: WinUAE 1.5.1
The latest version of the well-known Amiga-emulator WinUAE includes several bug fixes. Additionally there are some improvements at the screen modes:

New features in version 1.5.1:
  • Added support for Direct3D pixel shader filters (very fast compared to software filters, pixel shader 2.0+ compatible display card required), plain Direct3D filter performance improved. Latest (August 2008 or later) DirectX required
  • In windowed mode all resolution or chipset/RTG mode switches resize the window instead of window closing and opening
  • Aspect ratio setting added to RTG and filter panels
  • Window resize enabled in windowed mode (chipset mode)
  • Added Picasso96 option "Always scale in windowed mode" which enables window resizing and disables automatic resize. Keeps aspect ratio automatically
  • Only reset fullscreen mode when resolution or depth changes
  • On the fly USB mouse/joystick insert/removal does not modify currently selected input device(s) in Ports-panel
  • Enable ini-mode (registry replacement) if .ini (without .exe) is found. Previously always used winuae.ini

With version 1.5.0 introduced bugs were fixed:
  • Failed to start with some display card/driver combinations
  • Regular (non-RDB) OFS formatted hardfiles didn't mount under KS 1.3
  • Memory corruption in configuration file handling causing random crashes when loading or saving configuration files
  • Configuration files in subdirectories didn't load if configuration cache was enabled
  • RTG hardware mouse cursor may have been invisible (or had wrong graphics) in some cases after resolution change
  • Switching between non-interlaced and interlaced modes caused random "scanline" graphics corruption

Further bug fixes:
  • Built-in HRTMon crashed in JIT modes
  • Interlace modes fixed in "normal" (non-doubled/scanline) modes
  • Fixed borderblank graphics corruption in interlaced modes
  • Fixed possible crashes when switching Windows desktop resolution or when using quick user switching
  • "Kickstart Replacement" fixed
  • PCMCIA SRAM emulation didn't work in memory expansion mode
  • Emulation paused if "stop sound while inactive/minimzed" was enabled
  • Improved directory filesystem statefile support
  • AVI recording crash if only audio recording was enabled
  • Native DLL support fixed
  • Forced fullscreen refresh rates didn't work in some cases
  • Multiple identical (same serial number) USB game controllers do not confuse input system anymore
  • Major blitter slowdown in some AGA modes
  • ADF was not updated if disk write was aborted (Cadaver save disk)
  • Crash when USB mouse/joystick was removed or inserted before emulation was started
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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12.Aug.2008 (ANF)

PDF-magazine: SCACOM Aktuell issue 7 (jubilee edition)
SCACOM.aktuell is a free PDF-magazine which is about the computers by Commodore. With issue 7 the magazine celebrates its first anniversary. Therefore additional to the normal magazine with 48 pages a jubilee edition with 22 pages were published. Besides this at SCACOM the C64-game "Gold Quest 4" as well as the corresponding disk-cover are available and at the website of SCACOM two new background pictures were published.

The publisher asks for your feedback or guest book entries on the website and hopes that there will be some further interested people who want to cooporate.

The next eighth issue will include a survey about the patents from Commodore/Amiga and some facts to the topic "Why did home computers vanish?". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Instant Messenger: SabreMSN Alpha 29
James 'jahc' Carroll has published another update of his Instant Messenger for the MSN-network. Several bugs were fixed in alphaersion 29. The program is available for AmigaOS and AmigaOS 4. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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10.Aug.2008 (Webseite)

Morgue Soft: Screensavers Flowers 1.0 and Acuario 1.75
Under the title link with Flowers 1.0 a new screensaver by Morgue Soft was published which shows flowers and has a relaxing sound. Additionally Acuario was updated. Both screensavers are available for AmigaOS, AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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10.Aug.2008 (Webseite)

Music module: Modland-webinterface
Modland is a archive managed by Daniel 'Coma' Johansson with over 360.000 music modules in 290 different formats. You can access them via a FTP-server (mirror).

To make the access more easy ExoticA in cooperation with Modland has created a webinterface with which you can search for names, authors or formats. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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MorphOS: Fotodraw 0.1 (Update)
Carsten Siegner has published a first alpha version of his command line "Fotodraw". With Fotodraw you can create EPS-files or PDF-documents. It supports raster images and texts.

MorphOS 2.0 and Ghostscript 8.54 are required. There is not still a detailed documentation but you can activate a help text with "Fotodraw -h".

Download: Fotodraw-0.1.lha (403 KB)

Update: (21:21, 10.08.08, snx)
Meanwhile Fotodraw 0.1 was published. In this version a document system was added. With it you can create complicated documents as PDF-file. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Arena (ANF)

Amiga Arena: New "old" interviews and game downloads
The Amiga Arena was completed with contents from previous years such as over 50 interviews from 2002. There is a new section in the download for sport games starting with the games "Fußball Total" (AGA), "Burnout" (AGA) and "Xtreme Racing" (AGA). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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