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Archive 04/2002

Andreas Magerl (ANF)

Amiga Future: forum moved to new server, too
Today has the forum of the Amiga Future moved to the new server, too. The new URL for the forum is Please change your links and bookmarks accordingly. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Apr. 2002, 17:20] [Comments: 0]
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Simon Neumann (ANF)

Amiga Speed update
On the Amiga Speed there's a new poll with the subject AmigaOS 4.0. Next to this have all 3D games reviews been updated and the clarity has been improved. New is also a Voodoo3 (Mediator) 2D GFX review in 32 bit colour depth. This test shows quite good on which operations the 32 bit mode brings advantages compared to the 24 bit mode while using the same number of colours. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Apr. 2002, 17:05] [Comments: 0]
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Mikey C (ANF)

News Alert: Total Amiga Magazine
Total Amiga Magazine's issue 11 will hit the streets on May 11.

But please note, we are expecting this issue to sell out quicker than issue 10. To find out why, here is a taster of what's coming up in issue 11..

Total Amiga Issue 11

  • Latest on the AmigaOne G3-SE
  • Round-up on AmigaOS4.0
  • The Total Amiga, ALT.WOA Show report.
  • News on WOASE 2002
  • All the latest developments in the Amiga world.

  • Fleecy Moss - Amiga's CTO Writes exclusively for Total Amiga Magazine.
  • Alan Redhouse of Eyetech. The Man behind the company, behind the AmigaOneG3-SE, writes exclusively for us.
  • Special Report: Amiga - Who's the Moron? - Is the tie up with Microsoft good or bad?

  • Amiga Emulation on X86. Amithlon, Amiga XL, Amiga Forever 5 are they any good?
  • PageStream 4.1 - The latest update gets the Total Amiga Treatment.
  • Amiga Writer 2.20 - Is it all it's cracked up to be?
  • Battle of the Start Menus - We round them up, review them and then pass judgement.
  • Charon
  • NewsCoaster
  • EZKey IL

Support Features:
  • MIDI Tutorial
  • SCALA Tutorial
  • Directory Opus Tutorial (pt2)
  • Perfect Paint Tutorial

  • Letters Page - See what Amiga users are saying in print.
  • Usergroups Listings - Is your usergroup listed? Is there one near you?

All this and more, including all your favourite Amiga vendor advertisements for £4.00(ukp).

Order a subscription now to ensure you receive your copy of issue 11 as soon as it is published.
Visit our website for full ordering details including world wide subscription rates: (ps)

[News message: 06. Apr. 2002, 13:00] [Comments: 0]
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Kilian Servais (ANF)

NoCover issue 97 released
Today has issue 97 of the freeware magazine NoCover been released. It is available on Aminet, at the APC&TCP homepage or directly via email at Kilian Servais. As usual is the AmigaAktuell included and next to it there are many more interesting things to be found. People who want a free email subscription should contact Kilian. (ps) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 06. Apr. 2002, 12:52] [Comments: 0]
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Olivier Fabre (ANF)

Matrix screen blanker v1.9
Matrix is a screen blanker for AmigaOS 68k and MorphOS. It works (or should work) on OCS, ECS, AGA, CGX and P96. This update fixes the problems under OCS/ECS/AGA and Picasso96 introduced in v1.8.

Detailed changes:

  • The version string is back. [Hexaae]
  • Fixed AGA screen depth and improved performance with FBlit. [Hexaae]
  • Fixed P96 screen depth. [kakace]
  • Should work without NoJoyCheck on systems where it was necessary before (A4000 with nothing plugged in joy port 1, for example).
  • AntiBlanker feature: you can create a ENV:AntiBlanker.cfg file which contains a list of tasks that prevent blanking. [ChaoZer]
Direct links: readme, Matrix.lha, Matrix.lzx. (ps)

[News message: 06. Apr. 2002, 08:37] [Comments: 0]
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Ruediger Hanke (ANF)

Game: ScummVM MorphOS with new interface
The new CVS-snapshot of ScummVM finally contains a completely new MorphOS-interface. Two of the most important news are the scaling engine which can scale the pictures with antialiasing to a double size (for that please have a look at the pictures on my homepage - they can tell more than thousands of words) as well as the support of CD-ROM-audio.

The new archive can be downloaded under the title link.

Now the details to the news

  • New scaling engine with antialiasing. When playing the game you can switch between the scaling engines at any time.
  • The program contains code for the MIDI-music. The MIDI-music starts playing as soon as AMidi will have been published for MorphOS.
  • Support of the CD-ROM-audiotracks of Loom and Monkey Island. The MorphOS-version is the first one after the SDL-version which supports audiotracks. Because of that I have created a new CD-audio-library which is enclosed in the archive as a beta version and which can automaticly recognize CD-ROM-drives connected to the computer and if there is more than one CD-drive which can automaticly find the one with the "right" game-CD.
  • Standard MorphOS command line (instead of the usual Unix like one).
  • Start possible over pictprogram from the workbench or from the toolbar without having to write a script for this.
  • Support for the video sequences of The Dig and Full Throttle.
  • Manual with 26 pages in PDF-format and with detailed FAQ (requires Apdf).
  • Archive contains colourful pictprograms for all supported games.
  • Before publishing as usual all supported games have been tested that they are work like the Windows/Linux-versions.
  • ... Many more minor improvements and bugfixes.
(ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 23:44] [Comments: 0]
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GoldED Website (ANF)

Postscriptum to finish of GoldED
GoldED with all licences can be bought. A release of the rights without service in return or under GPL has not planned. It follows the complete text of the website:

Intellectual property rights related to GoldED Studio, including source codes, documentation, distribution rights, the web site etc., are available for sale.

There are no plans to release the source code under the GPL or in a similar form or to make the software or its source code available free of charge.

For more information, please contact the developer directly. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 21:19] [Comments: 0]
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Michael Mann (ANF)

t-dsl from May 2002 via satellite
From May 2002 t-online will also offer t-dsl via satellite. The basic charge for t-dsl is 19,95 Euro/month. Additionally you have to have either a dsl modem or an Ethernet-card or only an USB-dsl modem.

Another precondition for using t-dsl via satellite is a t-net/ISDN-telephone connection and a satellite bowl for Astra. With a TV-card you can also simultaneously watching TV as well as listening to the radio. If you want to get more information (in German) the have a look at the title link under the section "t-dsl via satellite". (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 21:16] [Comments: 0]
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Development of GoldED Studio for AmigaOS stopped
Developer's Notice - Discontinued
I regret to inform AmigaOS users that all software on this web site is now discontinued (due to lack of time on my side to continue with AmigaOS software development).

What will happen to the BASIC interpreter?
Expect the source code to be made available under the GPL in the near future (in a nutshell, a GPL is a public domain license).

What will happen to the GoldED Studio software?
GoldED will remain available as a commercial product while stock lasts. Personal technical support will end this year. No future updates for AmigaOS will be released from the original developer. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 18:12] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Magerl (E-Mail)

Amiga Future: Winner of the lottery and comments
Today the lottery #35 of the Amiga Future has been finished. The winner as well as several comments to suggestions and criticisms you can find on the interactive section of the Amiga Future homepage. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 13:53] [Comments: 0]
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Olaf Köbnik (E-Mail)

Amiga Arena: Interview with Jakub Brzezniak
Not only the commercial Amiga game market has been almost vanished but also the PD game market! You cannot find new interesting games on Aminet except some few ones. Because of that it is more than pleasing that from time to time some little "WB mind"-games like "Swapper" or "Magic Numbers" are published.

Jakub Brzezniak of "Magic Software" who is the developer of the above mentioned games answers in an English spoken interview the standard questions of the Amiga Arena. But it is less pleasing that future versions of the games will be probably published only for the PC! (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 12:28] [Comments: 0]
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Back to the Roots Amiga-News 237
Easter is over but the rabbits are still busy. The lovely rabbits from "Back to the Roots" brought you some nice surprises with their latest update.

If you have a look at their Easter nest you'll find games like Rings of Medusa, Super Cars 1+2, Genetic Species Heimdall 2, Larry 1 Remake, Sherman M4, Pinball Magic and many others. Besides that many scene demos from the fantastic Mekka+Symposium 2002 demo party have been added, more music from the demoscene came online and the picture galleries are now containing some extremely colorful little eggs.

Happy (late) egg shaking! (ps)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 12:14] [Comments: 0]
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Manfred Rauer (ANF)

New kernel image with ATI-drivers for Amithlon
From today on the update site of there is an experimental kernel image for owners of ATI and other not supported graphic boards. (ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 05. Apr. 2002, 10:19] [Comments: 0]
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Olaf Köbnik (E-Mail)

Amiga Arena: Full Version of "AmigaBase V.2.6"
In cooperation with Steffen Gutmann, Amiga Arena is making possible the opportunity to download the full version of AmigaBase V.2.6.

About AmigaBase:
AmigaBase is NOT a relational databank with SQL-crosspoints or the like. AmigaBase IS a hierarchical, programmable databank. In spite of that, or straightaway because of it, AmigaBase is prominently suited for the management of music and video cassettes, addresses and so on.

But also complicated applications, for example bookkeeping with automatic referral and the writing of calculations, are no problem for AmigaBase.

A complete documentation of AmigaBase including all the programmable possibilities is provided in German and English in PostScript and PDF formats.

Amiga Arena offers our thanks to Steffen Gutmann for allowing us to offer this, and we would like to call attention to the development of the successor to AmigaBase, at MuiBase. (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 19:01] [Comments: 0]
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Michael Böhmer (ANF)

HIGHWAY: News about USB Controller
Michael Böhmer writes: It took a while, but now a powerful advance is made.
  • HIGHWAY Production is on a roll
  • Software Developer Kit is available
  • VHI Studio is a solution for DigiCams
  • TurboPrint printer driver
  • Network module NORWAY (10MBit) is an option

As always, the specifics of these products may be found on our website. (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 18:53] [Comments: 0]
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Cj-Stroker (ANF)

Amiforce: Blitz2 Instructions in Wordsworth 7 Format
Cj-Stroker writes: On Amiforce you'll now find a Wordsworth 7 version of the recently appeared Blitz2 instructions. It's possible to get a better print quality with this version.

I would like to take this time to sincerely thank Rainbow for the port.

More material is currently being worked on, and will appear shortly. All interested parties are warmly invited. For questions there is a forum and a mailing list available. (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 18:50] [Comments: 0]
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CD³²-Allianz (ANF)

CD32/CDTVCorner is Remodeling
We wanted to share that the CD32/CDTV-Corner is under renovation at this time. At the moment it's not possible to access our site with Internet Explorer. [good! -dm] (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 14:54] [Comments: 0]
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Jens Schönfeld (ANF)

individual Computers supports Commodore One project
Commodore One is a C-64 compatible computer with lots of added features that has been under development for more than a year now. The project is close to completion, and the first production run can be started within the next three months. Individual Computers will support Jeri Ellsworth, the developer of the new computer, with money, sourcing of material and knowledge about small quantity production.

The new board will be distributed in Europe by individual Computers, so it will be available from all our trade partners mentioned on the contact page.

Jeri Ellsworth, the former owner of the "Computer made easy" stores, will sell all retrocomputing-related products from our product line, such as the Retro Replay, the Catweasel floppy controller and the "Retro Replay plus Silversurfer" combination. (ps)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 09:16] [Comments: 0]
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Game: Zak McKracken 2
Zak McKracken 2 is a fan project, independently developed without connection to LucasArts, and is therefore likely to be offered as freeware or something similar. Right now there is just a Windows version planned but perhaps there is an Amiga programmer out there with the desire to port the project.

By the way, the game is not based on the SCUMM engine. (ps) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 04. Apr. 2002, 09:14] [Comments: 0]
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