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17.-18.09.16 • Classic Computing 2016 • Nordhorn (Germany)
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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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13.May 2016
Ricardo Iglésias (E-Mail)

USB mouse adapter: JP-Mouse
Two members of the Portuguese forum, José Gonçalves and Paulo Sousa (JPRetro), have developed a space-saving low-cost adapter which can connect an USB-mouse to an Amiga or Atari ST.

Under the title link this article is introduced in Portuguese, but on the left side you can translate the website into English. The adapter supports optical mice as well as wireless ones (27 MHz). If you order an adapter, the version for Amiga is set as default. If you want to order the version for Atari, you have to specify it. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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11.May 2016

Crowd funding: Turrican 2 - The Orchestral Album
Already in the past, Chris Hülsbeck experimented with orchestral arrangements. Now he is going to record the songs from the Amiga classic Turrican II with an orchestra. In order to be able realizing "Turrican 2: The Orchestral Album", the fans have to finance it via Kickstarter with 75.000 Euro. So far about 44.000 Euro has been donated. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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10.May 2016

Alien Breed clone: Prototype of new "Chaos Guns" engine
Originally "Chaos Guns" was meant to be a multiplayer shooter, a mix of Alien Breed and Hired Guns. Two years ago, a first demo version was released. Shortly afterwards the only programmer did back out. According to the team in a blog entry, meanwhile for a new programmer was looked and the concept of the game was completely reconsidered and simplified.

The old engine Chaos Guns, which was written in the exotic language PowerD, was far too demanding for Amiga computers. Therefore the graphics have been reduced from 256 to 32 colours and a classic tile-base model used. The Multiplayer theme "had to go" but the functional inventory and items management was reworked.

In order to be able testing the changes, different prototypes have been developed. At first there were some internal versions created with the Windows-based Game Maker, now also a playable version for the Amiga was released using Backbone (Youtube video).

The Backbone prototyope is meant to demonstrate the concept of the game to prove "that a full game using Backbone IS possible". The proper game will be written in computer code, which the Slovakian programmer Jozef Tomka will do.

The prototype is available in three different versions which differ from the size of the section of the playfield. Version A features the biggest section of the playfield but does not run smoothly on a 68030.


ChaosGunsBBDemo.lha (7 MB) (all three versions)
ChaosGunsBBDemo-A.lha (2 MB) (biggest section of the playfield
ChaosGunsBBDemo-B.lha (2 MB)
ChaosGunsBBDemo-C.lha (2 MB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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09.May 2016
German Amiga Community (Webseite)

Graphic card: Picasso II+ clone "Matzes-GraKa" available
For quite some time, Matthias "Matze" Heinrichs has been working on clone of the Picasso II+. Now in the Kryoflux store such a graphic card can be bought. Matzes-Graka has the same performance like the original card - a Cirrus GD5434 graphic chip with 2 MB RAM is also used - but is "about 25% faster than a Picasso II+ in an A2000 with A2630 accelerator board".

The card also can be used in an Amiga 500 - after soldering the expansion port connector. It has an integrated monitor switcher, which switches between Amiga and VGA signal. Matzes-GraKa consists of two parts (mainboard and slot sheet with VGA-port) which are connected with a flat ribbon cable. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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08.May 2016
Amiga Future (Webseite)

Amiga Future: Issue 97 can be read online
After issue 97 (July/August 2012) of the magazine Amiga Future is sold out, the articles of the English (title link) and German version of the magazine can be read online watching image files. You also can purchase a pdf version. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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08.May 2016 (Forum)

AmigaOS 4: Free Pascal updated
In 2004 Karoly 'Chain-Q' Balogh ported the compiler Free Pascal to MorphOS and two years later for the first time adapted it to AmigaOS 4. Based on Marcus 'ALB42' Sackrow's version of Free Pascal for AROS, MorphOS and AmigaOS 3.x he has adapted the latest version for AmigaOS 4. Completed by Marcus Sackrow the compiler now is available for all platforms.

Karoly Balogh himself does not use the version for AmigaOS 4, therefore he asks all users to try it and give feedback. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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08.May 2016

Aminet-Uploads until 07.05.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until May 7th, 2016:
SQLMan.lha               biz/dbase  8.5M  MOS SQLite database manager
HTTX.lha                 comm/www   111K  68k HTML to formatted text conver...
NetSurf-m68k.lha         comm/www   11M   68k CSS capable web browser
NitroNobel2016Src.lha    demo/intro 89K       OldSk00l Crackers Retro intro...
Time_Zone_BBS_Intro_3... demo/intro 116K  68k Legionay's BBSIntro3^Deceit/u...
BoingCube.lha            demo/misc  2.7M  OS4 Bouncing rotating boing cube ...
FredMonReplaySrc.lha     dev/asm    7K    68k Example Source: Play A FredMo...
Amiga-Trademarks.pdf     docs/misc  1.4M      List of Amiga related trademarks
umc.lha                  driver/vid 36K   68k Calculates Picasso96 screen m...
WormWars.lha             game/actio 791K  68k Advanced snake game
WormWarsMOS.lha          game/actio 684K  MOS Advanced snake game
WormWars-OS4.lha         game/actio 1.0M  OS4 Advanced snake game
robin_hood_demo.lha      game/demo  64M   MOS Robin Hood: The Legend of She...
RedEclipse1.5.3_Aros.lha game/shoot 110M  x86 A Free, Casual Arena Shooter
cetro_del_sol.adf        game/text  880K  68k Spanish text adventure
Brikabrak.lha            game/wb    34K   68k Move all same type shapes tog...
opus-tools-0.19_a68k.lha mus/edit   329K  68k Opus Audio Tools
opus-tools-0.19_aros.lha mus/edit   436K  x86 Opus Audio Tools
abcm2ps.lha              mus/misc   484K  MOS Convert music tunes from ABC ...
z.lha                    text/edit  5.2M  68k Vi(M) like editor that works ...
WarpDTPrefs.lha          util/dtype 153K  68k WarpDT preferences program V45.9
WarpTIFFdt.lha           util/dtype 517K  WOS TIFF and BigTIFF image dataty...
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  641K  68k free icon.library in optimize...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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08.May 2016

OS4Depot-Uploads until 07.05.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until May 7th, 2016:
warptiffdt.lha           dat/ima 517kb 4.0 TIFF and BigTIFF image datatype ...
gmap.lha                 emu/mis 45Mb  4.0 Amiga Player & Maldita Castilla
wormwars.lha             gam/act 1Mb   4.0 Advanced snake game
sqlman.lha               off/dat 8Mb   4.0 SQLite database manager
strlen.lha               uti/she 3kb   4.1 Shell command to return the leng...
amiupdate_fra.lha        uti/wor 35kb  4.0 AmiUpdate French Catalog
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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08.May 2016

WHDLoad: New installers until 07.05.2016
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 7th, 2016:
  • 2016-05-04 new: Megademo (Possessed) done by StingRay (Info, Image, Image)
  • 2016-05-01 updated: Hybris (Discovery Software) reverted to previous install release (Info)
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07.May 2016 (Forum)

ReWarp: Reimplementation of WarpOS for AmigaOS 4 in progress
Under the title link Dennis van der Boon (well-known by his SonnetAmiga project) is working on a reimplementation of WarpOS for AmigaOS 4. The goal of "ReWarp" (screenshot) is to make it possible runing WarpOS-programms under PowerPC computers which are supported by the WarpOSEmu.

A supporter of the project mentioned the PowerPC cores e500, e5500 and 4x0 - that means the processors of the AmigaOne X5000 as well as of the Sam460 and of the Tabor-board. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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07.May 2016 (Webseite)

FPGA: Vampire-600/Apollo update "SILVER5"
The Apollo-Core is a FPGA-reimplementation of the m68k-series of Motorola which also features an emulteg) graphic chip named SAGA.

The latest update of the core which currently is used in the Vampire-600 accelerator boards togehter with the included version 0.9c of the SAGA-driver allow programmable screen solutions (screenshot of the user Marios Filos with a 8-Bit solution of 1360x768 pixels).

  • Bugfixes (SFS, HDToolBox, VBRControl etc.)
  • Some Core speed-ups
  • In-ROM support for big partitions (>4Gb) on internal IDE
  • SD card improvements
  • Programmable screen resolutions
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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07.May 2016
Amiga Future (Webseite)

Big Book of Amiga Hardware: CD³² prototype added
Two new entries have been added to the "Big Book of Amiga Hardware" concerning the Amiga CD³². Additional to the Full-Motion-Video module, which allowed the full screen mode outpit of MPEG films, under the title link you can find the "Spellbound"-prototype of this game console, which was sold by Carl Sassenrath during the AmiWest 2010. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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07.May 2016

AMOS games: Mink Gold, preview to Total Pattern
Mink Gold is a version of Pacman (Youtube video) which was wriiten in AMOS. The same author supported by a graphic artist and a musician also has announced the Sokoban game "Total Pattern" (Youtube video) which is supposed to be released soon. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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07.May 2016

Level editor for Turrican 2
Dennis Meuwissen has developed a level editor for the Amiga classic Turrican II. The programm runs under Windows and requires the files of the CDTV version of Turrican II. So far not all elements of a level can be changed. You can get further information in the readme. In a Youtube video, Meuwissen plays the first level of the game which was changed with his editor. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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