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23.Jul.2014
Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)


Multimedia Authoring: Hollywood Player 5.3
Press release: Airsoft Softwair is proud to announce that the Hollywood Player is now also available for all desktop platforms supported by Hollywood (AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, WarpOS, AROS, Windows, Mac OS PPC & x86, Linux PPC & x86).

Although it was originally scheduled for release on June 3, 2006 (and even finished back then) its final publication for desktop systems was postponed again and again limiting the availability of the Hollywood Player to the Android platform for several years.

But now that the Hollywood Player is finally available for desktop platforms as well, software authors can choose to distribute their programs as Hollywood applets instead of stand-alone executables. In contrast to stand-alone executables, Hollywood applets are universally executable which has the advantage that you don't have to compile your programs for as much as almost a dozen of different platforms but just one Hollywood applet is already sufficient. The end-user then simply has to install the Hollywood Player compatible with his platform and can run the Hollywood applet with it.

Another advantage is that applets are much smaller than stand-alone executables compiled by Hollywood. While stand-alone executables often take up as much as 2 MB for only very few lines of code, Hollywood applets are very compact and often consist of only a few kilobytes. A last advantage is that programs distributed as Hollywood applets will automatically profit from improvements and bug fixes in newer versions of the Hollywood Player while programs distributed as stand-alone executables would have to be completely recompiled with each new Hollywood update in order to profit from improvements and bug fixes.

As its very name implies, the Hollywood Player can only be used to run applets compiled by Hollywood. It obviously cannot be used to create your own programs. You will still need the full version of Hollywood to create your own programs, of course.

On all Amiga compatibles, Hollywood Player installs itself to SYS:Utilities to be globally available as a default tool for Hollywood applets. Software authors choosing to distribute their programs as Hollywood applets can then simply set the default tool for their applets to "HollywoodPlayer" and inform the user to install the Hollywood Player before attempting to run the program.

The Hollywood Player is now available for free download from the official Hollywood portal for a wide range of architectures and comes with three demo applets to show its capabilities. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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23.Jul.2014
amigafuture.de (Webseite)


Writing Amiga disks under Windows: ADTWin 1.0
With the help of a PC disk drive, which is connected with a self-made cable to the parallel port of a PCs, the Windows programm ADTWin writes ADF-images on Amiga disks. It takes approximately 37s per disk. It is not possible to read disks.

If you do not have any PC disk drive you can also use an Amiga-Floppy. In this case, ADTWin offers a special "Connection Mode" called "Amiga Drive". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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23.Jul.2014
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Linux distribution: AmiPUP 1.1.0
Following public availability for AmiKit (amiga-news.de reported), AmiPUP has been updated to version 1.1.0 and is at the same time available separately from that Amiga distribution now.

AmiPUP is a Linux Live CD of less than 180 MB and based on Slacko Puppy Linux 5.7. It's purpose is to be a portable host for AmiKit, Amiga Forever or any other emulated Amiga/AROS system. (snx)

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23.Jul.2014
Amigaworld.net (Forum)


AmigaOS 4: ScummVM 1.7.0
Version 1.7.0 ("The Neverrelease") of the adventure interpreter ScummVM has been released for AmigaOS 4 and does support five additional games now: The Neverhood, Mortville Manor, Voyeur, Return to Ringworld, Chivalry is Not Dead.

Details about the changes can be found in the official release notes. (snx)

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22.Jul.2014
Amigaworld.net (Webseite)


AmiKit: AmiPUP available for all users
AmiPUP is the live-boot-version of the Amiga distribution AmiKit, up to now was only available for registered users (amiga-news.de reported) but now for all. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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22.Jul.2014
Amiga.org (Forum)


Retrospect: The almost forgotten story of the Amiga 2000
Under the title link, yesterday Glen van den Biggelaar published an article about the Amiga 2000, which later also was mentioned on Slashdot.

The focus of his text is on the equippment of the Amiga 2000 as well as on the usage of the computer for film productions using Video Toasters developed by NewTek and the rendering software LightWave. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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21.Jul.2014
amigaimpact.org (Webseite)


PPC-Hardware: New production run of Sam460-motherboards
On the Facebook-site of the company, ACube announced that new Sam460-motherboards are in production. It is planned to sell the boards in August. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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