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26.Jun.2017
Amiga Impact (Webseite)


AmigaOS 4: File manager Dir Me Up 3.4.1
Jérôme 'Glames' Senays' commercial file manager "Dir Me Up" (video) among others offers browsing history and preview images or thumbnails. In version 3.4.1 two minor bugs were fixed. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jun.2017
Amiga.org (Forum)


Clockport expander: Revision C available
Using Matthias Münch's Clockport Expander it is possible to connect up to four extensions to the clockport of the Amiga 1200. The latest Revision C was adapted to the Flickerfixer of the Indivision AGA Mk2cr and is available in the stores. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jun.2017



Aminet-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archive has been added to the Aminet until June 24th, 2017:
eNewsReader.lha          comm/news  2.1M  OS4 News reader f. RSS,Atom,Twitt...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 25. Jun. 2017, 07:02] [Comments: 0]
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25.Jun.2017



OS4Depot-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until June 24th, 2017:
enewsreader.lha          net/new 2Mb   4.1 News reader for RSS, Atom, Twitt...
workbenchexplorer_ita... uti/fil 48kb  4.0 italian catalog for WorkbenchExp...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jun.2017



AROS-Archives-Uploads until 24.06.2017
The following archive has been added to the AROS-Archives until June 24th, 2017:
rezerwar.i386-aros.zip       gam/puz 4Mb   Connect falling pipes.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jun.2017



WHDLoad: New installers until 24.06.2017
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installer has been added until June 24th, 2017:
  • 2017-06-24 fixed: Sim Ant (Maxis) Access fault fixed (happened when loading/saving a game) (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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24.Jun.2017
M.C. Battilana (E-Mail)


Cloanto: Amiga Forever 7 and C64 Forever 7
Press release: June 23, 2017 - Cloanto released today Amiga Forever 7 and C64 Forever 7, the latest versions of the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows. The new editions are the result of more than 18 months of uninterrupted work since the previous major release. The active code base now consists of more than half a million lines written by Cloanto, in addition to OS components and independent open source modules of which Cloanto too is a grateful and active contributor.

New features include the ability to autostart the PC into any Amiga configuration, enhanced PowerPC emulation support, custom content folders and playlists, and a "playerless" title playback, preview and editing experience.

By opening up to new ways to manage and access more content, Amiga Forever 7 follows in the footsteps of Cloanto's tradition of disruptive innovation. Emulation and preservation enthusiasts can not only work better and faster than before, but also enjoy additional degrees of freedom, as Amiga Forever encourages the curation of self-contained titles that are designed for long-term access, without being bound to a database or to a single player interface or version. Any title, no matter whether it's a "Classic" Amiga, a PowerPC system, or an 8-bit system (with C64 Forever installed), can now be played back from Windows File Explorer, or by booting the Windows PC into it, without ever launching Amiga Forever, if so desired.

More than in the previous few versions, a substantial amount of work was done under the hood to keep things simple on the surface, yet without limiting possibilities. "We worked very hard to raise the quality bar on all fronts, no matter whether you use Amiga Forever for your own enjoyment, to entertain your friends by surprise-booting a PC into an Amiga or C64, or to start an educational journey with your children or grandchildren."

"The level of improvements and refinements on the input front alone is beyond the scale of what would normally be invested in a project like this," said Cloanto's Mike Battilana. "Months at a time were spent to optimally blend the different features and needs of PC-side game controllers and keyboards with the emulated counterparts. A dedicated group of joystick-armed beta testers kept providing valuable feedback, as even Microsoft engineers helped us best support the latest Xbox controllers. Quite a few DirectInput and XInput API bugs were marked for resolution in the process, again illustrating how demanding the emulation universe can be."

General (screenshot) and title-specific (screenshot) input options work hand in hand to enable maximum personalization without unnecessarily reducing title portability, while providing precious information for future touch-enabled playback. Xbox, X-Arcade and I-PAC controllers, and arbitrary keyboard layouts are supported out of the box. Host-side buttons can be assigned to guest-side keys and vice versa, e.g. to use joystick-controlled games on modern systems without a joystick. Virtual buttons make it possible to use modern controller buttons to trigger events that would have required pressing a key like Space or Enter in an Amiga game, or to play CBM 8-bit titles originally designed for keyboard-only use.

Dead keys, double-dead keys, deadable keys, anyone? Amiga Forever knows about all those Amiga keyboard details, and seamlessly integrates them with the modern Unicode world, so that clipboard and keyboard input always work as expected. 8-bit systems were not left behind either, with support for multilingual ROMs in C64 Forever, and systems like the VIC 20, VIC 1001 and C64 even featuring Japanese configurations.

"In spite of the occasional technical prowess, we see the result more as a form of art. We are still aiming for the same excellence and beauty in computing which made us feel so at home with the Amiga and its community in the 1980s and 1990s. As we once again thank our generous customers and contributors for allowing us to keep working on these projects, we invite all Amiga friends to keep engaging with us at events, online and by signing up at Cloanto.org."

Amiga Forever 7 is available now in three editions:
  • Value-Edition (downloadable installer)
  • Plus-Edition (downloadable installer with option to build DVD ISO image)
  • Premium-Edition (downloadable Plus Edition, plus boxed software and additional videos on 3 DVDs)
C64 Forever 7 is available now in three editions: Both packages recognize and work with each other, with options to merge the different platforms into the same interface. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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24.Jun.2017
Michael Rupp (ANF)


Javascript: TAWS - The Amiga Workbench Simulation 0.27
TAWS ("The Amiga Workbench Simulation") is a Javascript simulation of the Amiga-Workbench 1.0 - 4.1 for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Apple-WebKit-Browser (including Odyssey).

Any kind of feedback the author would very appreciate. He still is searching for support for the French translation. His work can be supported by a little donation from inside TAWS.

After launching TAWS, the "History (english)" of version 0.27 can be found in the folder "System/TAWS" on the Workbench.

(snx) (Translation: dr)

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