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03.Aug.2017
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Hardware: Vampire V4 announced inclusive A1200 and standalone version
In a press release and in the forum of the project the Apollo team has announced the next generation of the FPGA-based accelerator board, which for the first time will be also offered as "standalone" version.

Three different versions are offered:
  • The Vampire V4 Standalone System
  • The Vampire V4 for Amiga Classic compatible with Amiga 1000/500/2000/CDTV and with Amiga 600 with kippa’s adapter (if produced)
  • The Vampire V4 for Amiga 1200
Die V4 is equipped with the well-known 68080 processor core as well as provides the AGA-compatible "SAGA" chipset.

Specifications:
  • FPGA : Altera Cyclone V A5 (77k LE, 28nm technology)
  • RAM : 512MB DDR3 (up to 1GB/s)
  • FastIDE with 40- and 44-pin connectors
  • Digital Video-out up to 720p@60Hz
  • Dual-Kickstart-flashrom (for safety)
  • MicroSD storage
  • Vampire V4 is CE, WEEE and RoHS compliant

Motherboard components:
  1. IO Header #1
  2. IO Header #2
  3. IO Header #3
  4. Ethernet
  5. USB
  6. USB
  7. DB9 (standalone only)
  8. DB9 (standalone only)
  9. FastIDE 40-pin
  10. FastIDE 44-pin
  11. FPGA
  12. Digital Video Amplifier
  13. Digital Video Output
  14. DDR3 RAM
  15. JTAG Header
  16. MicroSD-Slot
  17. MicroUSB power (standalone only)
THe V4 is supposed to be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. The price has not yet been set but users were pointed out that the improved specifications implies a higher price. If you have preordered one of the previous models of the Vampire and still did not get it, you can change your order to a V4 by paying the difference. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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03.Aug.2017
Generation Amiga (Webseite)


Stereo headphone amplifier for Amiga computers: KA71
The sound output of the Amiga is given out on four channels: two on the left stereo channel and two on the right one - this is not an advantage if you use headphones. rastport.com offers a solution for this problem: An amplifier for the Amiga called KA71. "KA71 can mix stereo channels at a level adjustable with a knob, from full separation to mono output." Still it is not clear when the device will be available at the distributor of rastport.com. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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02.Aug.2017
Alexander Fritsch (ANF)


Speech synthesizer: espeak 1.1
The Amiga port of the speech synthesizer espeak wriiten by Jonathan Duddington currently is available on Aminet. Espeak speaks 75 languages in 19 different versions. The Amiga version is identical to the original Linux version. The audio.device is used for the speech output, but it is also possible giving it out into a file. In this way it is possible first to create a wave-file on slower systems and then to play it. The translator.library is not required. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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31.Jul.2017
Amiga Future (Webseite)


Workbench distribution: AmiKit X 10.2
Version 10.2 of the Workbench distribution AmiKit, meant for emulators, now also is available for Linux again. The game MiniSlug was added, other components have been updated. Additionally among others the problems with SSL-certificates, misplaced Favourite icons in FullHD resolution and of launching of Steam, Libre Office and VLC were fixed. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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30.Jul.2017
Amiga.org (Forum)


Podcast: AmiCast 24 - Interview with Jon Lennart Aasenden (Amibian.js)
In the 24th issue of his English-language podcast, Krzysztof Radzikowski has talked to Jon Lennart Aasenden. One of his software projects is the Smart Mobile Studio, a development environment, in which programs can be written in Smart Pascal and then compiled as object-orientated JavaScript. As an example project Amibian.js is included.

While Gunnar Kristjansson's Amibian is an image for the Raspberry Pi starting right into Amiga emulation (amiga-news.de reported), Amibian.js is an AmigaOS emulation in JavaScript, which similar to FriendUP runs in a browser (Amiga Cloud Desktop). (snx) (Translation: dr)

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30.Jul.2017



Aminet-Uploads until 29.07.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until July 29th, 2017:
FocusDesign-Kublai.zip   demo/aga   64K   68k An Amiga AGA 060 64k for Revi...
FocusDesign-StormRide... demo/aga   5.6M  68k An Amiga AGA demo for Datasto...
BoozeDesign-BabySteps... demo/euro  351K  68k Winner Amiga demo at Gubbdata...
Boozoholics-IdiAminga... demo/euro  1.5M  68k An Amiga demo released at Sol...
Ephidrena-Negativ.lha    demo/euro  5.7M  68k Negativ Prosess - Revision 2017
Insane-Kaimana.lha       demo/euro  366K  68k Kaimana by Insane
Insane-Retrovision.lha   demo/euro  383K  68k Retrovision
Pacific-Monomateria.lha  demo/euro  398K  68k Monomateria by Pacific
Rampage-AmigaNavsegda... demo/euro  116K  68k An Amiga demo released at DiH...
Slipstream-Patarty.zip   demo/euro  88K   68k An Amiga demo released at NOV...
Spaceballs-Nightlight... demo/euro  59K   68k Invitation to the Solskogen 2...
Unique-Coco.lha          demo/euro  415K  68k Coco by Unique
Void-ItNeverSleeps.lha   demo/euro  958K  68k "It Never Sleeps" by Void
Zymosis-MagaUncut.lha    demo/euro  20K   68k Maga Uncut by Zymosis
BooZombies-Greetings.zip demo/intro 100K  68k Greetings To Sauna
Bumpy4k.lha              demo/intro 10K   68k Bumpy 4kb intro
Dekadence-Imacennial.lha demo/intro 64K   68k Winner intro at Revision 2017
DreamWeb-Simulacrum.zip  demo/intro 69K   68k 4K procedural graphics
Insane-Meetro11.lha      demo/intro 45K   68k Meetro 11
NahKolor-Exolution.lha   demo/intro 68K   68k Exolution
Offence-666bps.zip       demo/intro 4K    68k 666 bps - 4kb intro
Pacific-Refocus.lha      demo/intro 141K  68k Refocus - TRSAC 2015
Scoopex-Outlands.lha     demo/intro 23K   68k A cracktro released in July 2017
Void-HortenMossFerry.lha demo/intro 47K   68k "Horten Moss Ferry" by Void
Istari-Favourites.zip    demo/misc  822K  68k demopack released at Gubbdata...
Appendix-BlindVisions... demo/slide 3.9M  68k Blind Visions Slideshow AGA
Istari-21Years.zip       demo/slide 330K  68k Amiga slideshow released at G...
Laban-OldDayz.zip        demo/slide 1.4M  68k Slideshow released at Solskog...
MiamiBass-C64Petscii.zip demo/slide 305K  68k C64 Petscii Slideshow
Insane-32ShadesofBrow... demo/sound 184K  68k Music disk released at Solsko...
exif_library.lha         dev/lib    588K  OS4 Parsing, editing and saving E...
Hombre_shrinked.zip      docs/hard  2.8M      Hombre chipset, official 1993...
IDEFix_patches.lha       driver/med 4K    68k Allows CF cards to work with ...
IDEPrefs.lha             driver/med 15K   68k Preferences program for IDE d...
Wizzcat-SnowWars.zip     game/2play 95K   68k An old Amiga PD game from 1990
WormWars.lha             game/actio 816K  68k Advanced snake game
WormWars-OS4.lha         game/actio 1.1M  OS4 Advanced snake game
WantedTeam-MetroCross... game/misc  161K  68k Port from the Atari ST version
amath.i386-aros.lha      misc/math  237K  x86 Simple command line calculator
amath.lha                misc/math  795K  68k Simple command line calculator
amath.src.lha            misc/math  648K      Simple command line calculato...
Puni-SavanneSol.zip      pix/misc   5K        "Void Savanne-logo" by Puni/Void
AmiKick.lha              util/misc  42K   ppc Check Kickstart images under ...
TinyLauncher.lha         util/misc  110K  68k WHDLoad frontend and more
cranker.lha              util/pack  348K  68k Amiga executable and data cru...
Mu680x0Libs.lha          util/sys   371K  68k MuLib aware 680x0 libraries
Hexaco_1.0.lha           util/wb    842K  68k Color values as hex/dec/... (...
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30.Jul.2017



OS4Depot-Uploads until 29.07.2017
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until July 29th, 2017:
absolute_d0lle_2.zip     dem/mus 30Mb  4.0 Amiga OS 4 Musicdisc Released at...
amissl-sdk.lha           dev/mis 942kb 4.0 AmiSSL SDK
arabic_console_device... dri/inp 4Mb   4.1 An arabic console device, line &...
wormwars.lha             gam/act 1Mb   4.0 Advanced snake game
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30.Jul.2017



WHDLoad: New installers until 29.07.2017
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 July 29th, 2017: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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29.Jul.2017
Generation Amiga (Webseite)


Retro aracde machines in Amiga design
At "Ray's Arcades" custom build aracde machines are available which are equipped with a PC. The system emulates ten - which are not specified - classic computer and consoles. The cases are made of wood and are rather small (610x340x360mm) so they can be transported. Many different designs are available.

You can also order predefined design templates. Additional to themes "Sonic the Hedgehog" or "Pacman" an Amiga version is also offered. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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28.Jul.2017
Scene World Podcast (Webseite)


Podcast: Scene World Magazine 35, Interview with Richard Löwenstein (Reshoot R)
For the 35th issue of the English-language podcast Scene World Magazine, Richard Löwenstein and 'Altraz' has has been interviewed on his shoot'em-up game "Reshoot R" which is in development. Additional to the podcast, there also is a video. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jul.2017



New, open source Gotek firmware: FlashFloppy
FlashFloppy is a alternative firmware for the floppy emulator Gotek, which original firmware meanwhile is not developed further. Additional to the proprietary alternative HxC, now an open source option is available. A first alpha version has been released. Currently FlashFloppy only works if no other (external) disk drives are connected.

Besides, the open source FlashFloppy File Selector also is available, which can be used to choose the currently used disk image under AmigaOS. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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25.Jul.2017



AmigaOS 4: Video of latest development status of "Tower 57"
The arcade shooter "Tower 57" which was financed in summer 2015 by crowdfunding has not been finished yet. But Daniel Müßener updates his Amiga port of the game which is also in development. Recently the JSON-library had to be completely rewritten because the library used by the original version didn't build with Müßener's compiler. Now Müßener has published a video at Youtube which demonstrates the latest devlopment status of the AmigaOS version. The author explicitly has pointed out that this a unfinished preversion of the game. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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