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24.May 2016



Tutorial: Raspberry Pi as PPP-server for the Amiga (Update 2)
An blog entry explains how you can use a Raspberry Pi with a cheap TTL-to-RS232-converter as a PPP server for an Amiga. The Amiga is connected to the single board computer using a regular RS 232 serial cable und is using a TCP stack - the tourial is using Miami as an example - to connect to the network.

Update: (25.05.2016, 15:20, cg)

The blog is hosted on the author's Raspbery Pi, which apparently can't handle the current amount of visitors very well. The website keeps disappearing for short periods of time.

Update: (26.05.2016, 22:15, cg)

A different Blog describes pretty much the same setup, apart from using the free AmiTCP 4.0 available from Aminet as a TCP stack on the Amiga. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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24.May 2016
Amiga.org (Forum)


FPGA: Apollo-Core-Update "Silver6"
The Apollo core is a FPGA-reimplementation of the m68k series of Motorola which also provides a separate graphic output called SAGA. Currently the accelerator boards "Vampire 600 V2" are using the core.

Already last week the latest update "Silver6" (video) was released which among others fixes a PCMCIA bug (changelog). (snx) (Translation: dr)

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24.May 2016
Constantinos Nicolakakis (ANF)


Renaming files: SRename 3.10.0 final
Using SRename you can you can rename a lot of files. After a break of ten years, Constantinos Nicolakakis started the developement again and last year he released a first beta version of SRename 3.10. Mainly the update provides internal improvements and at least requires AmigaOS 3.0. For users of AmigaOS-4, the version for 68020 is recommended.

Download: SRename.lha (164 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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24.May 2016
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Book announcement: AmigaOS 4.1 Emulation (English/Polish)
Under the title link Krzysztof 'Radzik' Radzikowski, who is well-known by his podcast AmiCast, has announced the publication of his book about using an emulated AmigaOS 4.1 for August. The book will have 300 pages. Additional to the English-language issue there will be also a Polish one as well as an version for ebooks. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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23.May 2016
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Workbench-Distribution: AmiKit MK2 (8.5.1) for Android devices
The Workbench distribution AmiKit now also is available for Android mobile phones and tablets providing JIT and support for touchscreens (picture). Additional to files of the operating system (AmigaOS 3.5 or 3.9), at least Android 4.2 and an ARM-v7-processor are required. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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22.May 2016



Aminet-Uploads until 21.05.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until May 21st, 2016:
twittAmiga.lha           comm/misc  4.5M  MOS Twitter client with map view
MCE.lha                  game/edit  1.5M  68k Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-MOS.lha              game/edit  1.7M  MOS Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-OS4.lha              game/edit  1.7M  OS4 Multi-game Character Editor
TunnelsAndTrolls.lha     game/role  11M   68k Implementation of Tunnels &am...
BlitzQuake68k_150.lha    game/shoot 371K  68k GLquake / GLqwcl (MiniGL/Warp...
HipBarr.lha              game/wb    31K   68k Move a coloured bar to the exit
DiscFontColly1.lha       text/bfont 89K       Disc Font Collection 1 in var...
DrawerBall.lha           util/dir   2.6M  MOS Directory and files tool
WarpDTPrefsSP.lha        util/dtype 4K        WarpDTPrefs 45.9 spanish catalog
HWP_RapaGUI.lha          util/libs  5.9M  MOS Cross-platform GUI toolkit fo...
ReportPlusMOS.lha        util/misc  508K  MOS Multipurpose utility
xfrmaster.zip            util/misc  117K  ppc eXternal Format Rippers maste...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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22.May 2016



OS4Depot-Uploads until 21.05.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until May 21st, 2016:
e_string.lha             dev/lan 7kb   4.0 Extended string functions for E
amigaracer.lha           gam/dri 77Mb  4.1 A Lotus Turbo Challenge game alike
mce.lha                  gam/uti 2Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor
hwp_rapagui.lha          lib/hol 6Mb   4.0 Hollywood plugin for GUI creation
odyssey.lha              net/bro 32Mb  4.1 Port of Odyssey from morphos
twittamiga.lha           net/mis 5Mb   4.0 Twitter client with map view
xad_7z.lha               uti/arc 240kb 4.0 XAD (UnArc) client for 7-zip arc...
evenmore.lha             uti/tex 410kb 4.0 Freeware Textviewer
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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22.May 2016



WHDLoad: New installers until 21.05.2016
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 May 21st, 2016: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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22.May 2016
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Podcast: The Retro Hour interviewed David Pleasance (Commodore UK)
In its 20th issue, the British podcast "The Retro Hour" published by Dan Wood and Ravi Abbott interviewed David Pleasance - who was the former chief of Commodore UK. After the bankruptcy of the parent company, Commodore UK made an offer for it but was outbit by Escom.

Pleasance talked about rise and fall of Commodore and the Amiga, the plans for future of Commodore UK to that time as well as about the recently published film "From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years". (snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.May 2016
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Podcast: AmiCast 12 interviewed Jim Collas (Amiga Inc.)
In its twelfth issue the English-language podcast AmiCast has interviewed Jim Collas, who from 1992 until 1999 worked for Gateway - in the end as CTO and Senior Vice President for the worldwide product strategy, product development and the product management. For half a year he also was president of Amiga. Today he runs a technology company for financial services, Engage Financial Technology.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.May 2016
Amiga Future (Webseite)


Games Coffer: Three new games added
Games-Coffer is a collection of games, applications and demos for Amiga and C64, which can be downloaded legally for free. Now three new Amiga games written by Phil Ruston have been added: Aquanaut, Giddy II and Operation Firestorm. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.May 2016
Amigaworld.net (Webseite)


PDF-Magazine: REV'n'GE 55 (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 reviews about the Amiga games Black Viper, Wanderer and Flight of the Intruder.

Download sites:
Italian
English (snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.May 2016
fs-uae.net (Webseite)


Emulator: FS-UAE 2.7.14dev
Frode Solheim's FS-UAE is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and BSD and based on WinUAE and "includes an easy-to-use graphical configuration program which allows you to enjoy FS-UAE and Amiga emulation without writing configuration files." Beta version 2.7.14dev fixes some minor bugs and some translations have been updated. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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16.May 2016
amiga.org (Webseite)


Virtual maschine for Lazarus crosscompiler, now with AmigaOS 4-support
Marcus 'ALB42' Sackrow has released an update of Virtual Lazarus. It is a virtual maschine, which can be used with the VMWare Player and in which Linux inluding the Freepascal crosscompilers for AmigaOS 3/4, AROS (i386) and MorphOS as well as Lazarus as RAD (Rapid Application Development) are installed.

Version 2 of the distribution for the first time supports AmigaOS 4. Additionally some minor bugs have been fixed:
  • FIX: Redraw problems on AmigaOS3
  • FIX: Size problems
  • FIX: Mouse event crashes
  • ADD: Support for AmigaOS4
  • CHG: Striped image from unneeded things, reduced download size
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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16.May 2016



Arcade racing game Amiga Racer 3.1 (AmigaOS 4/MorphOS)
Over the update function included in Michael Neitzel's Lotus clone "Amiga Racer", players get new features. Currently version 3.1 provides the first modules required for the multiplayer mode. Registered users also get a new Hungarian scenario, which is the 8th for Amiga Racer:



The next update is planned for May 22nd which will add the function "live weather": Then the weather conditions in the scenarios will correspond to the weather conditions in reality which means if it rains in England for real then in the corresponding scenario of the Amiga Racer game it also rains. This also applies to the time of day.

Amiga Racer is available for AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS as well as for other operating systems, a version for classic Amigas also is planned. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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16.May 2016
amiga.org (Webseite)


Driver system: OpenPCI under GPL released
The openpci.library provides an interface for drivers of PCI expansion cards which does not depend on the hardware. The PCI busboards Prometheus, GRex and Mediator as well as the emulator Amithlon are supported. With permission of the initiating author the project now was released under the GNU GPL, a corresponding repository was established at Github.

In the free version some mediator busboards of Elbox are not supported. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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16.May 2016
Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)


Hollywood: RapaGUI 1.0

Rapid Cross-Platform GUI Development On All Islands

Press release: This is the game changer you've been waiting for! Airsoft Softwair is proud to present its most ambitious Hollywood plugin yet: RapaGUI - a cross-platform GUI toolkit that allows the creation of native (!) GUIs for AmigaOS (MUI), Windows, Linux (GTK), and Mac OS X based systems! This is a real killer plugin and truly a world's first because RapaGUI is the first cross-platform GUI toolkit to support Amiga-based systems with MUI as well. This is surely a dream come true for many Amiga users! In fact, RapaGUI is a MUI Royale spin-off with the killer app twist. Like in MUI Royale, GUI layouts in RapaGUI are conveniently defined in XML files which are then converted into full-blown GUIs by RapaGUI on-the-fly. It just doesn't get any easier!

MUI Royale and RapaGUI are very similar in their design. Thus, porting scripts from one to another is not much of an effort. A detailed migration guide from MUI Royale to RapaGUI is included in the RapaGUI manual. Note that for Amiga-only apps MUI Royale is still the number one choice because it allows you to access almost all of MUI's features whereas RapaGUI's focus is on full portability which is why its API represents the lowest common denominator between the Amiga, Windows, Linux and Mac OS X GUI toolkits. All MUI fans will be happy to see that RapaGUI's API was heavily inspired by the MUI API so that you can now use the world-famous MUI API to write GUIs for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X as well!

RapaGUI uses an object-oriented design composed of over 40 MOAI (Magic Omnigui Architecture Interface) classes. Those MOAI classes constitute the heart of RapaGUI. All GUI elements supported by RapaGUI (windows, widgets, menu bars...) are simply objects derived from those MOAI classes. By wrapping the diverse native OS GUI APIs into platform-independent MOAI classes, those classes reduce the many faces of the different OS GUI APIs into just a single MOAI API face, carved in stone by RapaGUI!

RapaGUI supports all the widgets you need to create modern GUI applications, including multi-column listviews, treeviews, tabbed page widgets, toolbars, status bars, text editor widgets, menu bars, HTML views and much more. The highlight of RapaGUI, however, is certainly its inbuilt Hollywood MOAI class. This class allows dynamic embedding of complete Hollywood displays into GUIs which can be used to combine Hollywood's powerful multimedia functionality with RapaGUI's GUI abilities into one powerful application.

RapaGUI comes with almost 300 pages of documentation in various formats like PDF, HTML, AmigaGuide, and CHM that describes the GUI programming basics in detail and provides a convenient MOAI function and class reference. A step-by-step tutorial that guides you to your first RapaGUI program is also included. On top of that, almost 20 example scripts are included in the distribution archive, including advanced scripts like a complete video player which really show off the power of Hollywood and RapaGUI working together.

All this makes RapaGUI the ultimate cross-platform GUI toolkit, carefully crafted for you sailors of the seven GUI seas! Only RapaGUI allows rapid cross-platform GUI development on all islands - it is the ultimate fusion of all the different OS GUI toolkits into one MOAI face, carved in stone for eternity and beyond.

RapaGUI is the fourth plugin to bear the "Powered by Hollywood 6.0" seal of quality as it utilizes the new display adapter plugin interface introduced with Hollywood 6.0. That's why we here at Airsoft Softwair say: Life starts at 6.0. Since RapaGUI requires a few enhancements introduced in Hollywood 6.1, you need at least Hollywood 6.1 to use RapaGUI. RapaGUI is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the official Hollywood portal at the title link. Versions for AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, AROS, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are provided. AmigaOS users please do note that although RapaGUI is still compatible with MUI 3.8, it is highly recommended to install MUI 4.0 to use all of RapaGUI's features.

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15.May 2016



Aminet-Uploads until 14.05.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until May 14th, 2016:
SQLManSP.lha             biz/dbase  14K       SQLMan spanish guide v0.4
Euroscene_1.gz           demo/funet 606M  68k Euroscene 1 CD Demos, music a...
Euroscene_2.gz           demo/funet 600M  68k Euroscene 2 CD Demos, music a...
BoozeIntro.adz           demo/intro 50K   68k Booze Party Intro (Skitfull)
ExpPyro2.adz             demo/mag   106K  68k Explosives & Pyrotechnics...
cop.lha                  dev/debug  162K  68k Low Level Debugger
DiskSafe.lha             disk/salv  92K   68k No longer non validated disks!
Carrelage.lha            game/wb    33K   68k Move a diagonal bar to the exit
FrodoSP.lha              misc/emu   8K        Frodo v2.4 spanish & gali...
lameA68K-3.100a2.lha     mus/misc   534K  68k MP3 encoder for A68K
EvenMoreSP.lha           text/show  4K        EvenMore v0.90 spanish catalog
xad_7z.lha               util/arc   240K  OS4 XAD (UnArc) client for 7-Zip ...
ReportPlus.lha           util/misc  448K  68k Multipurpose utility
ReportPlus-OS4.lha       util/misc  551K  OS4 Multipurpose utility
PIconTools.lha           util/wb    45K   68k Various GUIs for managing icons
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 14.05.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until May 14th, 2016:
e_string.lha             dev/lan 7kb   4.0 Extended string functions for E
fpc.lha                  dev/lan 56Mb  4.0 Free Pascal 3.1.1 including LCL ...
amigaracer.lha           gam/dri 76Mb  4.1 A Lotus Turbo Challenge game alike
getpixel.lha             gra/mis 2Mb   4.1 Get hexadecimal colour of a pixe...
reportplus.lha           uti/mis 551kb 4.0 Multipurpose utility
st_ships.lha             uti/mis 120Mb 4.0 Database of ships in Star Trek
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15.May 2016
Amigaworld.net (Forum)


Amiga film: "From Bedroom to Billions-The Amiga Years!" available from May 19th
Last year money was collected for another Amiga film (there is also "Viva Amiga"): "The Amiga Years", which is a sequel to the documentary report "From Bedroom to Billions" (amiga-news.de reported).

From May 19th under the title link the film will be available as stream as well as later as DVD/Blu-ray (trailer). Among others the developers of Populous, The Secret of Monkey Island, Sensible World of Soccer, Defender of the Crown, Syndicate, Alien Breed, Wings, Shadow of the Beast, Turrican II, The First Samurai, Another World and Flashback are interviewed. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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14.May 2016
Dennis 'Psyria' Lohr (ANF)


Music: New single of Blue Metal Rose
Since yesterday a new single of Blue Metal Rose is available. For "Strange Life", Alice Schmidt is supported by Thorsten Schwesinger (vocals. Under the title link a video for this track has been released.

For its songs the Dark-Pop-Duo Blue Metal Rose also uses the Amiga programm OctaMed Soundstudio. Patrick Nevian (together with Javier Alcaniz) has developed the free game "Tales of Gorluth". (snx) (Translation: dr)

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