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19.-22.10.17 • AmiWest • Sacramento (USA)
28.10.17 • Amiga 32 • Neuss (Germany)
10-12.11.17 • 18. Amiga-Meeting Nord • Neumünster (Germany)
15-17.06.18 • 7. Alternatives Computer-Meeting • Wolfsburg (Germany)

07.Oct.2017
Amiga.org (Forum)


Popular Mechanics report about "The Cult of Amiga ..."
Since 115 years the popular science US magazine Popular Mechanics has been published. Under the title link it reports about how "The Cult of Amiga Is Bringing an Obsolete Computer Into the 21st Century". (snx) (Translation: dr)

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05.Oct.2017
Amiga Future (Webseite)


SD controller for Zorro Amigas: SD Drive Z2
The SD Drive Z2 is a Zorro-II card for reading and writing common SD/SDHC/MMC cards with up to 1,5 MB transfer rate. Fat32 is used as file system which should enable an easy data communication with a PC. The card slot is let out of the case using a long flat cable - ending in an external block which stands on the desk. The hardware is supposed to be available in different shops, currently only listed at Amedia Computer. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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05.Oct.2017



Podcast: Amiga Users Ireland Podcast #8 - 64K’s Later
The eighth issue of the English-language podcast of the Amiga Users Ireland is about new games and forthcoming Amiga events. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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04.Oct.2017
a1k.org (Webseite)


Latest installation ISOs for Debian Sid/m68k
Recently the latest installation CDs for Debian "Sid", which is the "unstable" developer branch of the Linux distribution, have been released on the official Debian server (Youtube video of the installation on an Atari Falcon). Experienced users who want to help debugging are very welcome to take part in the discussion on the Debian-68k mailing list or on the IRC (#debian-68k on OFTC). Debian at least requires a 68020 processor and a MMU. Due to the size the kernel image probably has to be extracted before it is booted. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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04.Oct.2017



Operating system: FreeMiNT distribution for Vampire
MiNT ("Mint is now TOS") is the successor of Ataris TOS with multitasking functionality. Stefan Niestegge has arranged a distribution of the open source operating system which now is called FreeMiNT for Amiga computers equipped with a Vampire accelerator board. Before it can be used, the Amiga port of EmuTOS has to be loaded from a disk which then starts FreeMiNT from CF card. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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04.Oct.2017
German Amiga Community (Webseite)


English magazine: "Amiga User" as print and eBook edition available
Issue "zero" of the English-language magazine "Amiga User" which is designed and published in Poland is available. You can order the printed edition for 10 Euro (plus 5 Euro shipping) or the eBook edition for five Euro. Reading extracts can be find on the corresponding shop sites. The next issue of the magazine has been announced for this month. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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04.Oct.2017



Amiga disks on PC: ADF-Drive 0.625
ADF-Copy is an USB adapter which, connected to a ordinary PC disk drive, can read and write Amiga disks - provided that the disks are not copy-protected. The floppy port is connected to a Teensy 3.2 micro controller by using some jumpers controlled by the firmware of the micro controller.

Changes in version 0.625:
  • Time and Date for Amiga Files and the ADF Image
  • watchdog timer: resets the microcontroller after 8 seconds a fatal error occured
  • the internal LED of the Teensy used for signalling errorcodes:
    • 3 flashes then pause: read error
    • 5 flashes then pause: write error
    • slow flashing: out of memory error (might also cause a reset by watchdog)
    • fast flashing: no floppy drive detected or hardware error
  • read / write errors are also displayed as a message as the "DF0:" drivename
  • formatting of HD Disks with the MTP interface should work now, HD support is still very fragile
  • improved error handling
  • bumped up the read and write retries
  • improved compatibility with Windows 7
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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03.Oct.2017
Carsten Siegner (ANF)


MorphOS: MUI class Webp.mcc 1.0
Carsten Siegner's Webp.mcc is a MUI class for viewing WebP images and animations based on the libwebp 0.6.0. Currently the class can only decode, demux. The archive also contains two example programs: a picture viewer and a WebP toolbar including the source code.

Download: webp_mcc.1.0.lha (6 MB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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03.Oct.2017
Amiga Future (Webseite)


FPGA graphics board: Driver and firmware 1.7.2 for VA2000
A week ago, Lukas 'mntmn' Hartmann has released another update of the driver and firmware for his FPGA-based graphics board VA2000.

Additional to some improvements of the stability and compatibility, version 1.7.2 provides the patch "rtgpatch". After the driver was installed, the patch is executed one time and "fixes "pixel junk" being drawn into new screens opened by some applications like DirOpus 4". (snx) (Translation: dr)

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03.Oct.2017
Amiga Future (Webseite)


Retro 7-bit: Software updates for Wicher 500i and A500Flash
For the programmable Kickstart switcher A500Flash and the accelerator board Wicher 500i developed by Retro 7-bit software updates have been released. No further details are known.

Download:
Flasher1_3.lha (9 KB)
WicherInstallerV1_1.lha (31 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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02.Oct.2017



Ancient Format Decompressor: Decompressing files
"Ancient Format Decompressor" is a "collection of decompression routines for ancient formats popular in the Amiga, Atari computers (and others) from 80's and 90's as well as including some current ones that were used in a some specific way in these systems." A lot of formats are supported like Powerpacker, CrunchMania or Rob Northern Compressors "automatically detected in most cases."

Currently the "Ancient Format Decompressor" has to be compiled by oneself. The program then should work on all modern systems. Additional to the command line application there is also an API which can be used by external applications. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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02.Oct.2017
Markus Tillmann (ANF)


Cinema show of documentation "From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years"
During the "Amiga32" which will take place on 28. Oktober 2017 in Neuss (Germany) you can watch the Amiga documentation "From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years" produced by Nicola and Anthony Caulfield at the Hitch cinema. The film will start at 9:15 p.m., will last 151 minutes and is presented in the original English-language version. Tickets can be ordered for 5,- Euro via info@amiga32.de or directly at the Hitch cinema. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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01.Oct.2017
Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)


Hollywood: MUI Royale 1.7
Press release: This is code business and the hardest working men in it are back on your screen with a brand-new release: MUI Royale 1.7. This version adds a few new features and contains some bug fixes.

MUI Royale requires at least Hollywood 5.2 and is provided free of charge for all users of Hollywood. It is available for AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS and AROS/x86.

The package comes with over 20 example scripts, many of which are direct ports from the MUI 3.8 SDK by Stefan Stuntz, but there are also original developments like demonstrations of how to create a video player using the combined power of Hollywood and MUI. On top of that MUI Royale comes with extensive documentation in over 300 PDF pages which are also available in HTML, AmigaGuide and CHM format thanks to the Hollywood documentation system.

All this makes MUI Royale the truly royal MUI experience, carefully crafted for you Kings and Queens of MUI! (snx)

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01.Oct.2017



Aminet-Uploads until 30.09.2017
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until September 30th, 2017:
AmiBlitz3.lha            dev/basic  12M   68k AmiBlitz 3.6 Build 6.1
indent-mos.lha           dev/c      932K  MOS ANSI C and C++ source code fo...
HWP_RapaGUI.lha          dev/hwood  6.4M  MOS Cross-platform GUI toolkit fo...
PPUnpack_HWP.lha         dev/hwood  206K  OS4 Hollywood plugin:handle power...
libpng1634_a68k.lha      dev/lib    1.6M  68k Lib for reading/writing PNG
Reggae_mcc.1.0.lha       dev/mui    112K  MOS A Reggae MUI Class
Wmf_mcc.1.0.lha          dev/mui    127K  MOS A Wmf MUI Class
HermIRES.lha             gfx/edit   852K  MOS C64 hires-bitmap editor
gnuplot-MOS.lha          gfx/misc   2.8M  MOS Interactive function and data...
pngcrush-m68k.lha        gfx/misc   165K  68k An optimizer for PNG files
uaewos0812.zip           misc/emu   379K  WOS UAE for WarpOS from 2002
ShellUpdate.lha          util/boot  132K  68k Update OS 3.9 BB2 Shell to 45.39
Mu680x0Libs.lha          util/sys   371K  68k MuLib aware 680x0 libraries
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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01.Oct.2017



AROS-Archives-Uploads until 30.09.2017
The following archive has been added to the AROS-Archives until September 30th, 2017:
abacus.i386-aros.zip         gam/boa 269kb MUI board game based on 'Abalone'.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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01.Oct.2017



WHDLoad: New installers until 30.09.2017
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 installer has been added until September 30th, 2017: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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01.Oct.2017
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Workbench distribution: AmiKit X 10.3.1 / Plugins
Version 10.3.1 of the Workbench distribution AmiKit, mainly meant for emulators, is available and can be updated via the included update function. Additionally three plugins are offered: ArtiGames (35 SDL game ports by Artur Jarosik), Extra Themes (13 themes for AmiKit) and Real3D (the Raytracing program and its Phenomena plugin). (snx) (Translation: dr)

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01.Oct.2017
Amiga.org (Webseite)


Print magazine: Skrolli International Edition 2017
Since 2012 the Finnish computer magazine Skrolli has been published. This year it is again completed by an English edition, which among others also is dedicated the Amiga. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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27.Sep.2017
Retromañia (ANF)


RetroMañía 2017: Videogame and demo competition
At the beginning of November, this year again the RetroMañía will take place in Zaragoza (Spain). Celebrating the Amiga 30th anniversary, the event will also have a competition: All videogames and demos which never have been released before and somehow are dedicated to the RetroMañía 2017 can take part. In both categories the winner will get 100 Euro, the second place 50 Euro. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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