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19.Feb.2015
Amiga Future (Webseite)


AmigaOS 4: 8-Bit-Emulator Atari++ 1.73
Atari++ emulates Atari's 8-Bit home computer as well as the games console Atari 5200. The port for AmigaOS-4 was written by Ventzislav 'drHirudo' Tzvetkov, supports AmigaInput and can be controlled using joysticks or analog controllers.

Changes:
  • Added emulation support for the tape drive, and .CAS files loaded into the tape. Raw audio files in the .WAV format are not supported by the emulator directly, but two external programs "wav2cas" and "cas2wav" can convert between them.
  • Added an additional rendering mode for the X11 video system of Linux machines. Instead of drawing the emulated screen on the display rectangle by rectangle, the "xvideo" mode uses the xv extension of X11 to render into an off-screen memory which is then merged into the screen by the video overlay mechanis of the hardware. This rendering mode may create a smoother display and may improve performance on lower end hardware, but is not necessarily available everywhere.
  • A complete manual of Os++, including a memory map, is now available as download.
  • Included the Os++ system disk, including disk-based utilities around Os++ including a Dos overlay manager that relocates Dos buffers behind the cartridge, an RS232 handler, an updated version of DISKIO, a disk-based tape handler, a menu based DUP and a lot of tools.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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19.Feb.2015



Printed magazine: Amiga Future 113 - Preview and extracts
Today some coloured extracts and previews have been published of issue 113 (March/April 2015) of the Amiga Future. Highlights of the issue are an interview with Cherry Darling, a workshop on Final Edition of AmigaOS 4.1 as well as a review of WinUAE. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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19.Feb.2015
Gunnar von Boehn (ANF)


FPGA: Phoenix-Core, Apollo-Core with 68020-support
The Apollo-Core is a FPGA-reimplementierung of the m68k-series of Motorola. The new version, which is called Phoenix-Core by the developer, offers now support for the features of the 68020-processor. Beta testers already have access to Phoenix. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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19.Feb.2015
Stefan Haubenthal (ANF)


MorphOS: Bastard Operator From Hell
Stefan Haubenthal has ported Lasse Öörni's "Bastard Operator From Hell - Servers under Siege" to MorphOS. The port still is in a beta stadium, but at least there are no problems regarding saving the highscores. By pressing F12, you can change to a predefined Hires-screen. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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19.Feb.2015
Pascal Papara (ANF)


AROS: Bounty for creating a 64-Bit AROS-distribution
On Power2People, a bounty was established for creating a 64-Bit-distribution of AROS. Pascal Papara is going to release it by the end of June. So far 315 US-Dollars were donated. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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19.Feb.2015



Cloanto confirms transfers of Commodore/Amiga copyrights
In the last few months, Cloanto started distributing Amiga System Software - the publisher traditionally refers to it as "Workbench" instead of "AmigaOS" - on CF cards, Floppy Disks and as a downloadable Workbench Disk Image Pack. Approached by Amiga-News, Cloanto's Michael Battilana confirmed that the company owns the copyrights for all works created by the Commodore/Amiga companies up to 1993.

The deal was finished in 2012, as Battilana states: "We already had licenses from some older agreements with various parties, including Gateway and Amiga Inc., which in part were exclusive. The transfer of these copyrights to Cloanto was then completed with new agreements a few years ago."

The combination of the multiple agreements makes Cloanto the rights holder of not just any Amiga related products and media, but also the system software, documentation, Commodore-owned publications, videos and advertisements for Commodore's various product lines.

As it turns out, back in 1997, ESCOM had assigned all former Commodore/Amiga copyrights to Gateway - not just the Amiga-related ones - and they were handed over to every new IP owner since then. Only the "Commodore" trademarks (but not any patents, nor any copyrights) were sold to Tulip Computers in 1997.

A look at the database of the US Copyright Office confirms Battilana's statements: The items in the list of titles are now assigned to Cloanto.

Note from the editor: While Cloanto's agreements cover everything created by Commodore/Amiga up to 1993, not all of the copyrighted works are listed in the public database. Like most publishers, Commodore did not deposit everything with every new release. As the US Copyright Office explains, registration is voluntary, and not required for protection. Advantages that come with registration include the availability to copyright owners of statutory damages and attorney's fees in case of court actions.

An overview of the ownership of the Amiga-related IP

Ownership of Amiga-related intellectual property became more fragmented in the last few years. As far as we know, this is the current list of parties owning parts of it:

Amiga Inc. owns the domain name amiga.com as well as all remaining Amiga-related trademarks (partial list, PDF). They do have a license from Cloanto for their activities on the BlackBerry platform, but no license for any other platforms.

Hyperion Entertainment, recently declared bankrupt, has a license to modify and distribute AmigaOS 3.1, an exlusive license for the AmigaOS and AmigaOne trademarks (limited for use with AmigaOS 4 or higher) and a non-exclusive license for the BoingBall trademark (limited for use with AmigaOS 4 or higher). Hyperion's license can only be transferred to a third party with Amiga Inc.'s consent.

Cloanto owns the Amiga Forever and Workbench trademarks and the copyrights to the Commodore/Amiga works as described above.

The status of AmigaOS 3.5/3.9

AmigaOS 3.5/3.9 were developed and distributed by Haage&Partner, under license from Amiga. As far as we know, said license has expired by now (and was even revoked prematurely in OS 3.9's case), meaning that there's no party holding the complete rights to these releases at the moment.

Individual modules that were part of OS 3.5 or 3.9 have been rereleased in the meantime as part of both Cloanto's Workbench 3.X distribution (included with Amiga Forever) and AmigaOS 4.

Small Updates for AmigaOS 3.1

In the latter half of the nineties, Heinz Wrobel and Olaf Barthel released several Updates for AmigaOS 3.1 via Amiga's website. These updates are have been made available in Cloanto's download area a while ago. (cg) (Translation: g)

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16.Feb.2015
Amigaworld.net (Forum)


AmigaOS 4: Atari-Emulator Hatari 1.8.0
An update has been released for the Atari-ST/STE/Falcon emulator Hatari. According to the developer, the emulation of the Atari ST and STE on an AmigaOne X1000 "works finde". The emulation of the Falcon requires Frameskip 5, "but the DSP sound is working good as seen on this video".

The changes are listed in the release notes. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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16.Feb.2015



A-EON acquires OctaMED Soundstudio
In a press release, A-EON has announced to acquire the soundtracker OctaMED Soundstudio as already mentioned on the AmiWest. The company purchased the source code and exclusive rights for the AmigaOS and Amiga-inspired operating systems.

The press release does not go into details concerning the development. On the AmiWest a port to AmigaOS 4 was held out in prospect. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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15.Feb.2015
muidev.de (ANF)


MUI for AmigaOS: MUI4.0-2015R1 and MUI3.9-2015R1
The team of "MUI for AmigaOS" has released new versions of MUI 4.0 (AmigaOS 4 and AmigaOS 3.x) and MUI 3.9 (AmigaOS 3.x).

For MUI 3.9 this is a first public version of MUI4 for AmigaOS 3.x (after AmiKit 8) but it is also the last version of MUI 3.9 for AmigaOS 3.x. In future only MUI4 will be developed further. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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15.Feb.2015



Aminet-Uploads until 14.02.2015
The following archives have been added to Aminet until February 14th, 2015:
PPaintRUS.lha            biz/cloan  50K       Cloanto Personal Paint 7.1c+ ...
bc.lha                   dev/gg     446K  MOS GNU bc and dc calculators (no...
dogma01.lha              docs/mags  622K      Ukrainian magazine, HTML (28....
dogma02.lha              docs/mags  2.1M      Ukrainian magazine, HTML (09....
AfricaMOS.lha            game/board 312K  MOS Conversion of 3W board game
MCE.lha                  game/edit  1.4M  68k Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-MOS.lha              game/edit  1.5M  MOS Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-OS4.lha              game/edit  1.6M  OS4 Multi-game Character Editor
WhoBecomesAmigaGuru_A... game/misc  23M   x86 A fictitious tv quiz show
WhoBecomesAmigaGuru_m... game/misc  23M   MOS A fictitious tv quiz show
WhoBecomesAmigaGuru_O... game/misc  15M   68k A fictitious tv quiz show
WhoBecomesAmigaGuru_O... game/misc  23M   OS4 A fictitious tv quiz show
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   3.8M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia_OS4.lha       misc/emu   4.1M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
fceu_mos.lha             misc/emu   651K  MOS Nintendo NES / Famicom emulator
68060iob.lha             pix/3dobj  2.3M      Imagine: Motorola 68060 objec...
68EC020iob.lha           pix/3dobj  598K      Imagine: Motorola 68EC020 object
ToolsMenu.lha            util/cdity 40K   68k Add tools to the Workbench To...
minipro_20150206.lha     util/misc  265K  68k programming utility for MiniP...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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15.Feb.2015



OS4Depot-Uploads until 14.02.2015
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until February 14th, 2015:
exfatfs.lha              dri/fil 178kb 4.1 Free exFAT file system implement...
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 4Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
africa.lha               gam/boa 393kb 4.0 Conversion of 3W board game
whobecomesamigaguru.lha  gam/mis 23Mb  4.1 Game about a fictitious tv show
mce.lha                  gam/uti 2Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor
vmeter.lha               uti/har 229kb 4.1 An editor for the VMeter USB tou...
brewtarget.lha           uti/mis 2Mb   4.1 Brewtarget Beer Software
nqueens.lha              uti/she 196kb 4.1 A N Queens puzzle solver
poff_swe.lha             uti/she 1kb   4.1 Swedish translation of Poff
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15.Feb.2015



WHDLoad: New packages until 14.02.2015
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups on your harddisk that were not compatible with anything but floppy disks. The following installers have been added until February 14th, 2015:
  • 2015-02-13 improved: Rick Dangerous (Core Design) blitwaits added for faster machines, highscore saving fixed (Info)
  • 2015-02-11 updated: Double Dragon 3 - The Rosetta Stone (Sales Curve) patch redone, uses real files, interrupts fixed, 68000 quitkey support, trainers added, WHDLoad v17+ features used (Info)
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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15.Feb.2015
Amiga.org (Webseite)


AmiDARK: Bounty project canceled
The bounty project for releasing the game engine AmiDARK (amiga-news.de reported) was canceled because a donator did reverse his financial contribution and thus the minimum amount has not been achieved.

Before the source code was made available to the donators which proved some problems. After canceling the project, the donators have been informed by power2people.org via e-mail. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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