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Some software updates
Tales of Tamar Amiga-version 0.42 R6
In the current version the graphics of the middle cavalry have been added. Besides this some bugs have been fixed.

Alfie - Some software updates
On the Amiga homepage of Alfie some of his tools have been updated and some other ones have been added. (ps) (Translation: dr)

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Martin Merz (ANF)

MI News - New Icon Sets
The following new archives are available on the MasonIcons homepage:
  • ApacheMI - over 150 filetype images for Apache Servers
  • CutNPasteMI - small brush anims for CutNPaste (DOpus Magellan)
  • muiMI - an image set for MUI 3.8 (based on VisualMI)
Visit Mason.Home for further informations and previews. (ps)

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Rakesh & Sharwin (ANF)

Coyote Flux explanation concerning GFX-Base interview
Dear People,

As promised there would be some details announced considering the "Supercomputer" system that we have said we are working on. In this case there has to be said that the system that has been referred to is the Pegasos from bplan. Our company Thendic-France has retained bplan to miniaturize the Pegasos to make a handheld "Supercomputer".

Rakesh & Sharwin

PS: Only the English link works at the moment, the French will be online soon. (ps)

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Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

Catweasel ISA: Image-write utility
The following news cannot be disseminated without a sense of irony: 66 months since the initial release of the Catweasel ISA, we're publishing a free tool for writing disks with the controller. The aplha-version currently supports Amiga disks only, and it runs on DOS or in a DOS box of Win95/98. For easy porting to other operating systems, and for educational purposes, the source is included.

Download: (25 KB) (ps)

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Timo Kloss (E-Mail)

Development System for Graphic Adventures: Inga-Engine Version 1.02ß/7 u.m.
A new update is available for "Inga," the development system for graphic adventures. It has to do with the number five, which has been around for a few days already. Indeed, two small mistakes in the application have been overcome today.

Inga-Engine Version 1.02ß/7 (Beta)
  • Disappearing pointer error: fixed.
  • Absence of cdplay library caused an error message, even when the audio-CD support was deactivated: fixed.

Inga-Engine Version 1.01ß/7 (Beta)
  • Command "SpielEnde" (GameEnd) to exit the system.
  • Messages (for example "Abbruch" (Quitting)) on the top window edge disappear, when entering a new area.

ScriptShell Version 1.11
  • The game logging data is saved quicker.

InutilisGraphics Version 1.05
  • The entry of the name data is saved in a more sensible way. For example when you load an ilbm-data then save it, the original name appears automatically.
  • All the animation data is loaded with the corresponding picture.

OrtEditor (AreaEditor) Version 1.11
  • The small buffer caused a crash: fixed.
(ps) (Translation: dm)

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Richard Kapp (E-Mail)

GFX-Base: Interview with Günter Horbach (KDH-Datentechnik)
As was happily reported yesterday, E.p.i.c. Interactive is, surprisingly, porting a game to AmigaOS. To be clear, the porting of Software Tycoon is in the planning stages. The credit for this must go to the persuasive powers of merchant Guenter Horbach (KDH-Datentechnik).

GFX-Base talked about this with Günter Horbach and has made the interview available in German and English. (ps) (Translation: dm)

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Czech Amiga News

Tool: BACK-IT-ALL-UP Version 6.8
Collin Wenzel has made Version 6.8 of his Backup-Tools ´BACK-IT-ALL-UP´ available. You can back up your entire hard-drive. The program supports up to eight partitions. AmigaOS 3.1 is required.

The new version supports hard-drives with capacities over 4 gigabytes. It has new features, and can be opened in its own window, if desired.

Download: backitallup68.lha (15 KB) (ps) (Translation: dm)

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AMIGAONE report photographs
AFLE.ORG wrote:
"The reporters of the AmigaPower review met the AMIGAONE. Exclusive: new photographs of AmigaOne! French version go to, automated English translation. It is by a week end at agitated time that the team of AmigaPower had appointment with AmigaOne. Alan, Gina and Elsa Redhouse have us thus nicely accueuilli with Quillan (Aude)FRANCE, within a superb framework with the sun......" (ps)

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Christoph Gutjahr (ANF)

Filesharing: Audiogalaxy Satellite for AmigaOS
AudioGalaxy behaves in accordance with an established peer-to-peer file-sharing standard. For Linux there is an open source code named "OpenAG", and it's from this that the Amiga version is created.

The program may be downloaded from the homepage of its author. It should be noted that ixemul.library (at least v48) is required. You can find this on the homepage as well.

For those who are not yet acquainted with AudioGalaxy: the client does not make use of a GUI. It runs strictly as a background task. It's easy to start the program, just create an account at and log in with your web-browser.

The file-searching and the downloading is then handled through your web-browser. (ps) (Translation: dm)

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Bill McEwen (E-Mail)

Amiga Inc. announces the Amiga® AnywhereTM Entertainment Pack #1

Amiga Inc. announces the Amiga® Anywhere Entertainment Pack #1 for Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002, Windows CE 3.0, and Windows CE .NET-based devices.

Rich multi-media applications designed for handheld systems to be released on April 15th, 2002

April 10, 2002 Snoqualmie, WA Amiga, Inc. announced the release schedule of the Amiga Anywhere Entertainment Pack #1 for Windows Powered Devices. The Entertainment Pack will run on devices using Windows CE 3.0, Windows CE .NET, Pocket PC, and Pocket PC 2002 including handhelds, smart phones, web pads, and set-top boxes.

The Entertainment Pack #1 will contain four applications and the Amiga Anywhere Content Engine. These include the award winning Planet Zed and Convex games from ZeoNeo as well as Gobbler and Solitaire from Pulsar Interactive. The Amiga Anywhere Content Engine allows access to more Amiga Anywhere applications available now and in the future.

Since announcing a change from hardware to software Amiga has strived to create and distribute content that can run on numerous digital devices. "Amiga is now focused on the vision that all digital content should be available on all digital devices", said Bill McEwen, President and CEO of Amiga Inc. To that end Amiga has announced distribution of dozens of applications that can run on a wide range of different types of devices with hundreds more currently in development.

The Amiga Anywhere Entertainment Pack #1 will provide an exciting experience for owners of Windows Powered handheld devices without using the amount of resources consumed by other applications. Amiga developers are creating rich content using few resources. The average size of an Amiga Anywhere application is under 300KB and yet delivers a more robust experience than titles that are over 2 MB in size.

The Amiga Anywhere Entertainment Pack #1 will provide an exciting experience for owners of Windows Powered handheld devices without using the amount of resources consumed by other applications. Amiga developers are creating rich content using few resources. The average size of an Amiga Anywhere application is under 300KB and yet delivers a more robust experience than titles that are over 2 MB in size.

"As mobile devices become smarter and more powerful, users are asking for rich entertainment and gaming experiences", said Scott Horn, director, Embedded and Appliance Platforms Group, Microsoft Corp. The combination of the Windows CE operating system's multimedia functionality and Amiga's software solution allows developers to deliver rich applications for a broad range of Windows Powered devices.

Amiga Anywhere Entertainment Pack #1 will ship on April 15, 2002. More information can be found on the Amiga web site at

About Amiga
Amiga Inc. established itself in 1985 as the premier provider of multi-media technologies to the world. Today Amiga continues leading the way in multi-media by providing language independent technologies to developers for writing and porting applications to a new multi-media platform that is hardware agnostic. Amiga Anywhere, powered with intent(TM) from the Tao Group, enables applications to run unchanged on a broad range of processors including ARM, StrongARM, Intel X-Scale, OMAP, MIPS, Intel x86, Motorola 68K and Hitachi SH. It can run hosted on a wide variety of operating systems including Windows CE .NET, Windows 9x, 2000, Windows XP, Linux, and Embedded Linux. AmigaDE Player and applications can be purchased at Amiga is based in Snoqualmie, WA, and has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached at (425) 396-5660 or visit Amiga on the web at
Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

For More Information, Contact: Bill McEwen, Amiga Inc.
425-396-5660 (x226 ) (voice) - 425-396-5671 (fax) (ps)

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KDH-Datentechnik (ANF)

Game: Port of 'Software Tycoon' on it's marks
New managing game (business simulation) for Amiga

At the Amigashop of KDH Datentechnik a new business simulation for Amiga is promoted. This one is a port of Software Tycoon, which is at E.p.i.c. Interactive in work. The website of Software Tycoon is reachable via the title link.

The year is 1982: Small computer-game companies are mushrooming - the new economy opens up undreamed possibilities for creative minds. At least you try that risky step to that unknown branche and found your own game company. It is all in your hands: Starting with the layout of a much promising concept for the perfect game you are led to production, sales and marketing. Take on the right employees and will you manage it to establish your company worldwide? Will you be able to use the coming up new technologies and to handle the growing efforts of the market? Software Tycoon is the ideal simulation for all game-enthusiasts, who are dreaming of making their hobby to profession. With the multiple possibilities for interaction, many given scenarios, always new challenges and a extortionate dash satire according to the software-branche Software Tycoon is exactly the game for which all gamblers always were waiting for! But be warned: Your opponents are crafty and don't hesitate to use nasty sabotage to put anyhow stones - better say viruses - on your path... Shipping is planned for end of May 2002. (ps) (Translation: ub)

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Tao Group

Tao Group Announces Strategic Partnership with Yospace
Partnership Signals Expansion of intent® Platform into Enterprise Space
Reading, England, April 9th 2002. Tao Group has announced a strategic partnership with Yospace to deliver device portable, enterprise mobility solutions to a variety of connected terminals.

Tao's intent® media platform delivers market-leading performance and reliability for the execution of compelling multimedia content, including Java(TM) applications, to the broadest range of handheld operating systems. Yospace has developed a suite of Java(TM) 2 Micro Edition technologies that dramatically compresses the development time of intelligent client mobility solutions.

YoCOA(TM) (Yospace Connection Oriented Architecture) enables rapid Enterprise Application Integration for mobile applications, quickly taking core data from systems such as SAP and Siebel and making this available to `intelligent clients.'

By deploying these technologies on the intent platform, Yospace has quickly been able to make available to enterprises the benefits of its `Connected Intelligent Client' solutions across a range of device operating systems, including Embedded Linux®, iTRON, Symbian OS®, PocketPC® and PocketPC Smartphone Edition 2002.
Complete press release see title link. (ps)

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Database: XBaze 7.2 Beta 5.3
Rafal Kaczmarczyk has released version 7.2 Beta 5.3 of his database 'XBaze'. The program offers an easily useable editor for the fields of the data records and for the layout (Drag&Drop). It's working with AmigaOS V3.0 or higher.

Bugreports and suggestions might be sent to following address:

Update XB-7.2B5.3-apd.lzx
complete archive XB-7.2B5.3.lzx (ps) (Translation: ub)

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Event: Pianeta Amiga 2002
Jasa Communications S.r.l. are planning the next Amiga-show in Italy. The Pianeta Amiga 2002 will be held on the 21st and 22nd of September 2002 in Empoli.

The Italian print magazine Bitplane will have a booth at the exhibition. (ps) (Translation: ub)

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Felix Schwarz (ANF)

IOSPIRIT founded, takeover of Innovative products
At the end of the year 2000, fxSCAN 3.0, the first program for optical character recognition (OCR) for the AMIGA for a long time, has been officially presented. The program AMIGA-users longed for such a long time was ordered that often within the first few weeks of availability that the infrastructure of Innovative couldn't keep pace any more.

Felix Schwarz, author of such powerful and popular graphics applications like fxSCAN, fxPAINT, Ultraconv and VHI Studio, made the decision to create an own company from Innovative, the AMIGA-division (led by Felix Schwarz) of the software-company of his father, renew the whole internal infrastructure and organisation, expand the business areas and to further extend and improve the customer service.

On the 2nd of January 2002 IOSPIRIT was founded by Felix Schwarz in Herzogenaurach. The enterprise has two main fields of business activity:
  • Software development
    IOSPIRIT develops powerful graphics applications for the most different tasks and target audiences. In development special focus is put on the support of the latest technologies and easy usability while still offering maximum power, flexibility and expandibility. IOSPIRIT also develops new, innovative technologies whereof the user directly profits.

  • Software distribution
    Thanks to a unique infrastructure IOSPIRIT has the possibility to distribute software online and offline.

    Online distribution is done via a self-developed online-application for "Electronic Software Delivery" (ESD). In a first step the customer puts the desired articles into the basket and then orders them. After an incoming payment via credit card or pre-payment the download of the product is unlocked for the customer - mostly at the same day the order was placed. As this type of order is automatically handled by the central IOSPIRIT server, cost savings can be passed on directly to the customer in the form of price reductions.

    Of course "hard stuff" (so called "package versions" like e.g. CD-ROMs) can also be ordered, which then, thanks to a well thought through and work step optimized infrastructure, can be delivered very quickly. The customer is kept up-to-date on the status of the order via e-mail and can get an overview over his orders (including their status) anytime via IOSPIRIT's website.
IOSPIRIT takes over the whole product range of Innovative. Our customers in future will profit from the extended abilities and the excellent infrastructure of IOSPIRIT. fxSCAN, fxPAINT and VHI Studio will be intensively developed further and maintained in the future. More information on this will be made public shortly in seperate press releases. (ps)

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Installer: WHDLoad - New packets (until 08.04.2002)
With WHDLoad you can install games on your hard drive which were formerly meant only for use with disks. The following packets have been added or updated:
  • 08.04.02 improved: Full Contact (Team 17) misc changes
  • 05.04.02 new: Worms (Team 17) done by JOTD
  • 05.04.02 new: Motor Massacre (Gray Matter/Gremlin) done by Codetapper
  • 05.04.02 fixed: Lotus 3 (Magnetic Fields/Gremlin) correction
  • 05.04.02 improved: Hacker 2: The Doomsday Papers (Activision) supports another version, other changes
  • 05.04.02 new: Arctic Fox (Electronic Arts) done by JOTD
  • 05.04.02 new: Airborne Ranger (Microprose) done by Bored Seal

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Newscoaster V1.5 under GPL now
The source code of the newsreaders "Newscoaster" is from 02.04.2002 put by Mark Harman under GPL for download.

Downlaod: newscoastersrc_v150.lha - Readme (ps)

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Matthias Henze (ANF)

stormamiga.lib V.45.00 alpha 6 for SAS/C
There is a new version of the stormamiga.lib for registered beta testers. With this version all known bugs were eliminated. (ps) (Translation: ub)

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10.Apr.2002 (ANF)

AmigaActive-successor "digital" will be collimated
At the AmigaActive mailing list editor Neil Bothwick confirmed that the magazine "digital" will be collimated. That magazine has been thought of to be the successor of the last English Amiga print magazine "AmigaActive" but could not prevail at least. The reason might be a wrong positioning at the market and the still not enough interest for that so called "digital convergence". (ps) (Translation: ub)

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Richard Kapp (ANF)

GFX-BASE: Interview with Coyote Flux
Richard Kapp:
We have a new and very interesting (English) interview at the GFX-BASE: This time we have spoken with the software-group 'Coyote Flux', programmers of CoyoteSound or the PC SNES emulation SuperAmicon. The members of Coyote Flux revealed some new details of their newest project JMiner (a software, which uses video-streams to generate out of the surface a complete 2D or 3D model).

Furthermore Coyote Flux disclosed while the interview, that they own a G3/G4 Amiga-based supercomputer. Sure we had to request and they told us this would not be a late April fool hoax and futher details will be given to public in the close future. (ps) (Translation: ub)

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