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26.Dec.2014



Project start: It Came From The Desert - The film
The film production company Roger! Pictures obviously has obtained a licence for filming the Cinemaware classic It Came From The Desert. On the Facebook website of the project there are only some film posters. In the blog Indie Retro News the executive producers explained the project currently is in the pre-production-phase - further information will be communicated from January 16th. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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26.Dec.2014



Gloom Deluxe Total Conversion: "Did IT come from the Desert?"
Inspired by Cinemaware's announcement to release the port of the Mega Drive game It Came From The Desert next year, "nittamituaki" has created a "Total Conversion" of the FPS-classic Gloom Deluxe. The Mega Drive version of the classic has very little in common with the original adventure game - now rather it is a actual shooter.

You can install nittamituaki's Total Conversion (Youtube video) by installing first Gloom Deluxe on harddrive. Afterwards the original files will be replaced by the files from the "Did IT come from the Desert?"-download. The game requires a 68020-processor and about 1,8 MB ChipRAM. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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26.Dec.2014
fs-uae.net (Webseite)


Amiga-Emulator: FS-UAE 2.5.22dev
Frode Solheim's FS-UAE for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD is based on WinUAE and can be completely controlled with a joypad. Since the last stable version released in March (2.4.1), so far only developer versions have been released.

Changes in FS-UAE 2.5.22dev:
  • Use qemu-uae for slirp support
  • Added support for softfloat library (not tested)
  • Enabled support for prowizard module ripper
  • New action “action_module_ripper” available for custom input mapping
  • A few other bugfixes
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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26.Dec.2014
amigaworld.net (Webseite)


E-Mail-client: SimpleMail 0.41 (AmigaOS 3/4)
As usual a Christmas update of SimpleMail has been released. The jokingly called "Final Edition" has been completed by certificate-checks and under AmigaOS 4 now has a separate and updated version of OpenSSL.
  • Added some server certificate checks including the possibility to manually specify the fingerprints of the remote servers
  • For AmigaOS 4.x, a version statically linked against OpenSSL will be temporarily provided, at least until AmiSSL has been updated. For this version, OpenSSL 1.0.1j is used.
  • Some development infrastructure changes have been undertaken including the move of the source code repository from SourceForge to GitHub
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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26.Dec.2014



Nostalgia: The last available Amiga mailboxes
Sometimes former users of mailboxes long for bringing back the good old times to life again. If you want to have a little mailboxes walk then please have a look at our list of known and active Amiga mailboxes.

Usually the listed boxes works with AmiExpress or CNet and can be exclusively accessed via Telnet. You can access the boxes via the Internet using a Telnet client or a common terminal programm in co-operation with the telser.device.
  • Crazy Paradise: CpBBS.de (website)
  • Hidden Power: bbs.nightfallcrew.com (Port 9009, Login: "area51", NUP: "oldskool")
  • Masturbation Station: bbs.masturbationstationbbs.com
  • Necronomicon: necro.cnetbbs.net
  • UZi SUiCiDE!: uzisuicide.servebbs.org
  • Window of Illusion: woibbs.org
  • Wintermute BBS: wintermutebbs.dyndns.org (website)
  • Y.C. Cafe: yccafe.org
If you have already used a C64 and a modem, you can have a glimpse of the Commodore BBS Outpost. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
amigafuture.de (Webseite)


Amiga game launcher: X-bEnCH 0.99 Xmas alpha pre release
X-bEnCH is a graphical user-interface with up to 272 colours (AGA; 128 on OCS/ECS-computers) which can replace the Workbench for launching WHDLoad-games and other applications and requires low hardware resources. An integrated command line as well as the file manager Xpl0rEr are also available.

For lack of time, instead of version 1.0 the author has released v0.99 which he calls an "alpha pre release". Most of the changes still have not been documented in the manual. It is not recommended to update an existing installation. You better completely reinstall it.

Changes of the different X-bEnCH-components:

Xinit 3.5:
  • No more interlaced Hires display as asked by users.
  • New floppy pix loading screen. (No more loading bar)
  • New MicroKnight font check added.
  • New two databases checks added.
  • New pix unknow and nopict check added.
  • Xbench Guru box display fixed (Was ending on a black screen if some files were missed).
  • Now internals releases need a regkey to start.
  • New internal sort loop for the database (Top/Flop/Favorites/...)
  • Now can use black or white background for loading screen (see setup).
  • Added a check for the new Xpl0rEr datas.
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
  • Database update upgraded.
  • Fixed a bug that was crashing your system if you have less than 2Mb of free Ram (chip or fast).
Xmenu 2.9:
  • Now display up to 352 colours on screen with AGA.
  • New logo by Leon.
  • Logo position fix.
  • Now display a 8bit logo if Aga is detected or 5bit one if no AGA.
  • New MicroKnight font used.
  • Now blue rotating tube effect behind the menu for AGA setups.
  • Fixed a weird bug that was in some case moving the Xbench logo.
  • Starfield optimised (250% faster for everybody and with 50% more stars on screen for 020+ users).
  • New rewind reverse effect for the starfield.
  • Slow speed with 68020/68030 AGA fixed.
  • Rotating tube effect under the menu limited to 040/060 AGA setup.
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
Xlaunch 3.8:
  • Now display up to 640 colours on screen with AGA.
  • New MicroKnight font.
  • New logo by Leon.
  • Logo position fix.
  • Now display a 8bit logo if Aga is detected or 5bit one if no AGA.
  • More than 99Mb of fast display bug fixed (Now up to 999Mb).
  • New NTSC display (200px) and PAL display (256px) implemented.
  • CD32 Fastjump freez (after 15/20 jump) fix (unfinished!)
  • Now you can press the "Help" key to randomly start an entry of the actual listing.
  • Now properly rename your games for a clean display.
  • Now display in real time the name and some infos about your game in the bottom of the screen.
  • Now display in real time pictures of your game in the bottom of the screen.
  • New blue to purple gradient background.
  • New floppy pix loading screen.
  • New rotating gradient text color for the listings with AGA.
  • You can now press "F8" for an access to the "FlopList".
  • Now you can start on Top, Flop, Favourite or the first valid listing.
  • You can now press "F9" for an access to the "FavList".
  • You can now press the "+" key on your keyboard or the "Play/Pause" button with a CD32 Pad to add an entry to the "FavList".
  • You can now press the "-" key on your keyboard or the "Play/Pause" button with a CD32 Pad to remove an entry from the "FavList".
  • Now check the listing rev to be sure that all is up to date.
  • Now if a listing rev is not "compatible" Xlaunch exit back to the main menu.
  • Fixed a big fail/bug in the listings reading and dimming.
  • Now can use a variable delay to refresh the bottom part. (see setup)
  • Fixed a weird bug that was in some case moving the Xbench logo.
  • Floplist is now replaced by the Last15 list.
  • Now work with up to 25 smaller databases. (List1>6, Top, Last15, Favs, refs, ...). Faster and less memory needed.
  • You can now use the keypad with the searchengine/fastjump feature.
  • Crash of the random game selection feature (Help key) fully fixed.
  • Now the random game selection jump back to the good position when leaving the game.
  • Checkerboard loader 1.4 now can be disabled with a switch in the setup to have faster start of your games.
  • Now you can switch the color of the background in the setup with this colors: Blue, Red, Purple or random.
  • New gradient background updated to be colors switchable.
  • Now can display the listing with a sliding color effect (Aga only) or with a fader effect with a switch (As before and for every setup).
  • If you have selected a playlist in the setup, then one track of your playlist will be randomly played.
  • Start of a random game (Help key) bug fixed.
  • Stack overflow fixed if the favs list is bigger than any other single list.
  • F7/F8/F9 shortcuts fixeds.
  • Fixed a bug that was not adding the good entry to the Favs list.
  • Now you can remove many entry in the Favs list without any bug.
  • Now if the Favs list is empty jump back to the first listing available (an so no more crash if you try to move in or delete an entry in an empty Favs list).
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
  • Random background color feature fixed.
  • Random background color now set as default if you don't change it in the setup/launcher (was previously set as Blue)
  • Audio Playlist feature fully fixed.
  • Unkown refs fixed (was previously seen as a known ref without pict).
  • New refs database including 4059 refs based on the eab 2.2 whdlpacks.
  • Now set to play as default the cracktro tunes playlist.
  • Now can use black or white background for loading screen (see setup).
  • Fixed a mistake that can display some bad entrys if you try to go rear to the end of a list.
  • Added somes Whdload games Informations Datasheets
Xpl0Rer 1.4:
  • Rename/Cancel shapes were inverted in the rename box. Fixed.
  • More than 99Mb of fast display bug fixed (Now up to 999Mb).
  • Fixed an i/o issue that was crashing the system with too fast or too slow drive.
  • Now if Pal display is detected display is switched to 640x256.
  • Added 18 user programmable buttons. (Not yet activated)
  • Added the Mod player buttons. (Not yet activated)
  • Now read the setup.prf when starting.
  • Up to 12 users programmables buttons added (PAL, 6 with NTSC).
  • Mod player with Playlist feature added (Unfinished but working).
  • Fixed the Format button that was not working with the left side.
  • Now use the Microknightfont as the other parts of X-bEnCh.
  • Fixed a mistake that was switching the display ON before all is ok.
  • Now use gfx buttons instead off full txt/code buttons.
  • New Top/Up/Down/Bottom gfx buttons instead of txt buttons.
  • Top/Up/Down/Bottom buttons are now on the right side of the xplorer window instead of the bottom.
  • Added the Refresh button to force redraw of a dir.
  • Central display notifications system added.
  • Now use a single Audio Filter buttons (Dolby logo).
  • Added an "Eject" button to clear the current playlist.
  • Central Display updated to show the name of the curently played mod.
  • Playlist manager now display the list of mods in a playlist.
  • Added Top/Up/Down/Bottom buttons to the playlist's list manager so now you can browse trough it.
  • Fixed a bug that was forbiding you to go to the bottom of a list with the down button.
  • Bad display color of the files in a list if there is no subdirectory in the readed dir fixed.
  • Added the Clock/Date display feature on the bottom left part.
  • Code optimised and lighted.
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
  • Too long mods name display issue fixed.
  • Added the mod volume oscillo feature to the central display.
Xsetup 3.4:
  • Added an option to switch the refresh delay of the bottom part of the screen. If "oFf" the bottompart will be simply switched off. If 5ms/10ms/15ms the bottom part will be refreshed 5/10 or 15 vbl after you stop moving in the listing. Use this option if setup is a bit slow. ("InfoScr")
  • New launching listings format.
  • Scanning is more verbose now.
  • The "Top" switch in the launcher setup is renamed on "StartOn". So now you can switch between the init to the Top, the Flop, the Favs or the 1st valid listing.
  • Now when updating a list the database for the Top/Flop/Favorites is updated too and included all entry (even if started 0 time).
  • Now add a rev to a listing when updated.
  • Bad displayed names in the launcher lists fixed.
  • In some rare cases the number of entrys scanneds were falses. Fixed.
  • Database update upgraded.
  • Launcher option "Start on Flop15" replaced by "Start on Last 15".
  • Added a switch to enable/disable the Checkerboard screen. ("LoAdScr")
  • The button to switch the background of the launcher is now activated. (You can switch between Random, Blue, Red and Purple).
  • The button to switch the display mode of the text in the launcher is now activated. (You can switch between slider and fader effect)
  • In the setup/launcher you can now change the name of a listing and it will be saved even if you don't update this listing.
  • The setup/Xplorer panel has been created with on the left the 84 buttons needed for the setup of the 12 users buttons and on the right the 13 options buttons.
  • Now you can use an audio playlist for the Launcher
  • Added a button to open an ASL file requester to select your playlist. Music button must be switched to "PList" instead of "Yes".
  • Added a button to switch the arrows positions in the Xpl0rer tab.
  • New look and design.
  • Now use the Microknight font as like as the other parts of X-bEnCh.
  • Fixed a bug that was adding false whdload entrys (as like as Apidya).
  • Fixed a mistake that was creating a list with 1 entry if there was no entry to add.
  • Added a LoadingBg button in the MySystem tab to switch the background color of the floppy loading screen (Black/white)
Xcli 1.6:
  • TopUpdate cmd is back and upgraded. Use it instead of dbupdate cmd.
  • Help cmd updated.
  • Toplight cmd added. Use it if the toplist is too heavy and slow.
  • Topupdate cmd updated and lighted.
  • Help cmd updated.
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
  • Moded Customrom 3.9 partial display bug fixs.
Xexit 1.4:
  • Fixed the "d" Hotkey debug feature. (Only init was logged)
Xinstaller 1.2:
  • Space in the destination path, bug fixed.
  • Fixed a mistake that was deleting your old setups when installing a new version of X-bEnCh.
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
amigaworld.net (Webseite)


AmigaOS 4: File manager Dir Me Up 2.35
Jérôme 'Glames' Senays has released an update of his commercial file manager "Dir Me Up". Version 2.35 now has a Polish translation. Besides, a bug of the preview function has been fixed and inserting bookmarks now correctly works. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
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AROS: Soul Ride 1.5
Szilárd 'BSzili' Biró has ported the snowboard game Soul Ride to AROS. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
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AmigaOS 4, AROS, MorphOS: TailTale 1.0.1.0
Szilárd 'BSzili' Biró has compiled the arcade puzzler Tail Tale for AmigaOS 4, AROS and MorphOS. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
Amiga Future (Webseite)


Mediator driver: Mediator Multimedia CD UP 2.4
For registered users of the PCI-busboards Mediator PCI 3/4000T, Mediator PCI 4000D, Mediator PCI 4000Di, Mediator PCI 4000, Mediator PCI 3000D, Mediator PCI 1200 TX, Mediator PCI 1200 SX, Mediator PCI 1200LT4, Mediator PCI 1200, Mediator PCI 1200LT and Mediator PCI ZIV, version 2.4 of MM CD is available.

The following files have been updated:
  • pci.library (Version 9.11)
  • Radeon.card (Version 2.22)
  • MedConfig (Version 2.1)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Dec.2014
Pegasosforum (Forum)


MorphOS: SoundBankster 1.3
Antoine 'tchecko' Dubourg's SoundBankster (screenshot) is an application for DJs which can be completely controled with a USB-DJ-Deck. At least 512 MB RAM are recommended.

The programm was written for MorphOS and e.g. uses its HID-sensor-API introduced in version 3.6. Reggae (loading and playing music), AHI (dual sound output over different AHI-units) and TinyGL (rendering the graphic chart of the audio signal) are used as well.

Changes:
  • Full localisation, SoundBankster is now provided with french and english locale
  • Improved equalizers by using shelf filters for low and hi band greatly improving the filtering
  • Improved loop handling, added x2 and /2 buttons
  • Minor GUI changes here and there
  • And as usual bunch of bug fixing
Download: SoundBankster.lha (456 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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24.Dec.2014
Hyperion Entertainment CVBA (ANF)


AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition: Updated BootFloppy for Amiga 3000 computers
Press release:
Brussels, December 24, 2014

Much to Hyperion Entertainments regret it was noticed that the bootfloppy originally shipped with AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for Amiga 1200, 3000 and 4000 computers contains a defective KickLayout file, which makes it impossible to boot on an Amiga 3000 computer. In order to remedy this situation, registered customers of AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition for classic Amiga computers may download an updated bootfloppy as ADF image from the download area.

Alternatively, experienced users may follow the manual instructions on the Hyperion support forum.

Hyperion Entertainment apologises for any inconvenience caused by this and wishes a merry christmas to all its customers! (cg) (Translation: cg)

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24.Dec.2014



Amiga-News wishes Merry Christmas!
The team of Amiga-News wishes all Amiga fans Merry Christmas as well as a Happy New Year.

We want to thank all of our loyal readers and together we are looking forward to a eventful year 2015 for our Amiga. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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