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Aminet-Uploads until 18.02.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until February 18th, 2017:
CookieMaster_demo_ALL... comm/www   5.6M  MOS Web browser cookie cleaner demo
DrawStudioSP.lha         gfx/edit   20K       DrawStudio v2.0.0 spanish lan...
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   4.1M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia_OS4.lha       misc/emu   4.4M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...   mus/midi   504K      Complete source code for Midi...
ShellUpdate.lha          util/boot  131K  68k Update Os 3.9 BB2 Shell to 45.38
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 18.02.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until February 18th, 2017:
universe-zero.lha        dem/sce 4Mb   4.1 First AmigaOs4 demo ever
sdl2_sdk.lha             dev/lib 5Mb   4.1 Simple DirectMedia Layer 2 for d...
arabic_console_device... dri/inp 4Mb   4.1 An arabic console device
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 4Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
contextmenus-config.lha  gra/the 145kb 4.1 Adds icons to all missing menu e...
sdl2_user.lha            lib/mis 2Mb   4.1 Simple DirectMedia Layer 2 for u...
cookiemaster_demo.lha    net/bro 2Mb   4.1 Web browser (currently Odyssey) ...
fuelgauge.lha            uti/wor 91kb  4.0 Volume gauges underneath hard dr...
emotion_demo.lha         vid/pla 6Mb   4.1 Demo of Emotion media player
smtube.lha               vid/pla 2Mb   4.1 Qt : direct stream + download Yo...
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WHDLoad: New installers until 18.02.2017
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 installers have been added until February 18th, 2017:
  • 2017-02-16 fixed: PP Hammer (Demonware) install script corrected (Info)
  • 2017-02-16 improved: Gobliiins (Cocktel Vision) missing sounds fixed (Info)
  • 2017-02-16 improved: D/Generation (Mindscape) rewritten OCS/AGA versions for WHDLoad v17, quit key on 68000 added (Info)
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Event: 8-Bit- & Amiga-Party RetroKomp/Load Error 2017 in Gdansk
This year from 20. to 22. October in Gdansk the RetroKomp/Load-Error-Party will take place in the GAK (invitation video).

It is a combined event featuring the sixth issue of the RetroKomp, which is about retro games, games competition and presentations, as well as the third issue of the Load-Error-Demoscene-Party. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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EntwicklerX (ANF)

AmigaOS 4: commercial media player "Emotion" released
Press release: We are very happy inform you that that the first release of the Emotion media player is finished and will be released immediately! Currently AmiStore and Alinea Computer are setting up their stores with data provided from us, the software should be available through them when you read this.

What is Emotion?

Emotion is a powerful multimedia player specially developed for AmigaOS 4. The easy-to-use interface, deliberate limitation to required basic functions, as well as optimization on operating system functions, makes Emotion to a software that integrates perfectly into the current AmigaOS.

The use of FFmpeg as a subsystem for video and audio decoding (through AmigaOS specific shared libraries) allows emotion to access proven and powerful technologies in the background. Due to the Reaction based interface in combination with optimized operating system functions and FFmpeg as a decoder, Emotion understands itself as its own interpretation of a multimedia player which is not just a port of existing open source projects but tries to connect tried and tested technologies with the ecosystem of AmigaOS.

Emotion looks like AmigaOS software, works like AmigaOS software… it is AmigaOS software!

  • Compositing based video scaling on RadeonHD graphics cards
  • YUV video acceleration (RadeonHD 2.0)
  • video overlay (PIP) on Radeon 9xxx graphics cards
  • software rendering, on classic Amiga and emulation
  • supports local video files and web streams
  • fullscreen, window und borderless modes
  • recent list, for reopen media files
  • supports video subtitles and multiple audio tracks
  • optimization for Altivec
  • enable / disable video filters (on graphics cards supporting Compositing)
  • FFmpeg based video decoding, optimized for the most used codecs
  • easy-to-use Reaction based GUI, AISS Icons, AmigaOS 4.1 F.E. context menu
  • Conscious focus on basic functions and optimization for AmigaOS
  • ARexx port
  • manual and automatic Frameskip
System requirements:
  • AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition (Update 1 recommended)
  • graphics card: ATI Radeon 9xxx, ATI RadeonHD (RadeonHD driver V2.0 recommended)
  • also works in software mode when no Radeon graphics card is available (i.e. Classic Amiga or under emulation)
Before buying, please test the demoversion extensively!

Additional information and contact details:

Thank you for buying and using Emotion!
Frank and Thomas from EntwicklerX (cg) (Translation: cg)

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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Flower Pot: Preconfigured WinUAE preferences for AmigaOS 4
If you do not want to waste your time with configuring the emulator WinUAE on your Windows or Mac-OS-X/x86 computer for running AmigaOS 4, you can use "Flower Pot" sold by the AmiKit-Team for 6,95 Euro which is a preconfigured environment. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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PDF-Magazine: AmigaMAD 60 (Norwegian/English)
This years Norsk amigaforening is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has published issue 60 of Amigaguiden. The English edition, formerly called Amiga Guide Magazine, now has been renamed into AmigaMAD Magazine by the editor Tommy Strand.

Download site:
English (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Video: Tower 57 playing on the "Tabor" motherboard (update)
In a blog entry Hyperion shows the crowdfunded shooter Tower 57, which will be also released for AmigaOS 4. Daniel Müßener is developing the port for OS4 and has created a special version of the game for the Tabor motherboard ("A1222") presenting the current stage of development. A video showing the game on an AmigaOne A1222 gives an impression. The developer wrote, that the version for the Tabor would run "a lot faster than on a sam460ex" - explaining: "Tower57 is some kind of special case though, primarily because I do pure software rendering inside this Amiga port, so the program doesn't have to comunicate floats directly to other libraries, roughly spoken."

Hint of the editorial staff: The processor QorIQ P1022, part of Tabor, uses a FPU which is incompatible to most of the Power Processors, also that ones, which are used in the AmigaOS 4 computers. In order to make it compatible to existing AmigaOS 4 software, the operating system has to have a compatibility layer, which currently none of us knows any information or details. Therefore it is not clear if this special Tabor edition of the game was created due to speed or compatibility reasons.

Update: (17.02.2017, 15:00 Uhr, cg)

As one of our readers in our German comments has pointed out, there are more information on the YouTube website concerning a normal build of the game:

"The "normal" Tower57 FPU build works too on the Tabor btw. In that case, as with all other FPU-using programs, the OS' current compatibility backend kicks in and "translates" each and every FPU-opcode into something the Tabor likes. Interesting enough: even then the Tabor is so powerful that it's still playable (about 20fps where the sam460 reaches about 30fps)." (cg) (Translation: dr)

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16.Feb.2017 (Webseite)

PDF-Magazine: REV'n'GE 71 (Italian/English)
The PDF-magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is available in Italian as well as in an English-language translation. REV'n'GE compares and reviews games on vintage computers.

Among others the latest issue includes articles about the Amiga games Hannibal and Smash. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Klearchos Gourgourinis (a.k.a. Muadib a.k.a. Anelixis in the Group, Admin) (ANF)

Facebook group for Amiga-3D artists
A new Facebook group is supposed to become a meeting point for 3D-artists and fans. Additional to discussions about topics, the group is supposed to be a place for users who are going to join for future productions. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Assembler: vasm 1.7h
Frank Wille has released an update of the assembler vasm. As usual Wille does not provide vasm binaries except with the vbcc compiler distribution. If you are interested in, you have to compile the assembler on your own. Changes in version 1.7h:
  • Implemented a dynamic line buffer. No limitations on line lengths anymore
  • Octal escape sequences are limited to a maximum of three digits
  • Allow assembler text output (echo, printv) in offset sections
  • Print a warning for initialized data in a bss-type section. This already worked in the past (1.2c and later), but has been lost somewhere
  • Some single-character labels and symbols will be rejected (depending on the syntax module)
  • -maxerrors=0 should print all errors in the source
  • Print expressions in the listing file and the test output in decimal and hexadecimal form
  • m68k: Immediate- and PC-relative destination addressing modes for 68851 PMOVE are not allowed. PMOVE ea,PCSR doesn't exist
  • 6502: Perform zero-page optimization with a known label from an absolute section
  • std-syntax: Fixed problem with parentheses in character constants
  • oldstyle-syntax: New option -org=<address> to set the absolute base address of the program from the command line
  • oldstyle-syntax: Implemented some listing file directives, but without any function yet: nam, subttl, page, space
  • bin-output: Fixed output section sorting, which didn't work with some implementations of qsort()
  • elf-output: Fixed external references in stabs
  • elf-output: Use a hash table for ELF symbols to speed up the output
  • hunk-output: Optimization to make it faster with many sections
  • test-output: Fixed crash when printing stabs without a value
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Amiga Future: Issue 101 can be read online
Issue 101 (March/April 2013) of the printed magazine Amiga Future is sold out, you can read the German and the English edition of the magazine online (picture files). You also can buy a PDF-version. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Cross compiler: GCC 6 for m68k-AmigaOS development (Windows, Mac OS, Linux)
At Github, Stefan "Bebbo" Franke has adapted the full GCC-toolchain for the m68k-AmigaOS development. Version 6 of the cross compiler, binutils and the link library libnix are included, can be compiled for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. Binaries are not contributed, the tools still have to be compiled. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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13.Feb.2017 (Webseite)

Emulator: FS-UAE 2.9.4dev (beta)
Frode Solheim has released a new development version FS-UAE 2.9.4dev which provides changes of the Launcher and of FS-UAE Arcade.

Changes in FS-UAE Lanucher:
  • Try to use config from game database when launching with a WHDLoad archive
  • New startup argument –no-auto-detect-game to disable the above feature
  • Save directory based on archive name when launching with an archive
  • Fixed a bug where rating icons could disappear from variants list
  • New option whdload_preload, defaults to 1 (change in behavior)
  • More language flags for the status bar
  • New option to toggle close buttons in dialogs
  • New reset to defaults button on settings pages (GUI does not update yet)
Changes in FS-UAE Arcade:
  • New option arcade_initial_favorites to start with favorites filter
  • New startup argument –favorites to show the favorites list directly
  • Show game lists in FS-UAE Arcade (favorites, etc)
  • New option arcade_theme (=blue/red)
  • Fixed aspect correction toggle button
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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Interview with Jérôme Senay (French)
Under the title link an interview in French with Jérôme 'Glames' Senay has been published, who is the author of Ask Me Up and Dir Me Up (English Google translation). (snx) (Translation: dr)

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