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Amiga Future (website)

AmigaOS 4: patch for using TD64 file systems
Fredrik Wikstrom's td64 patch enables the use of TD64 file systems under AmigaOS 4 - e.g. the 68k versions of the NTFileSystem or the FATFileSystem.

The NSD device drivers of AmigaOS 4 (e.g. the a1ide.device) are modified in a way that they also support the TrackDisk64 standard (TD64). The latter was suggested in 1996 by Ralph Babel and supported by a group of developers; later on did Ralph Schmidt distribute such a patch for the FastFileSystem.

Both implementations, TD64 and NSD, are a 64 bit enhancement to read and write from/to harddisks bigger than 4 GB in size.

While TD64 had been used among others by phase 5 controllers became the New Style Device standard (NSD) by Heinz Wrobel under AmigaOS 3.5 official part of the operating system.

With AmigaOS 4 the usage of NSD is kept upright and in MorphOS TD64 is continued.

With this background TD64 file systems - like the support of NTFS, EXT2, XFS and FAT created by Marek Szyprowski originally for MorphOS and also for AmigaOS/68k released - couldn't be used until now under AmigaOS 4.

Please note, though, that this is the first version of the td64patch and that the author hasn't made ample tests. The use is therefore at one's own risk.

Download: td64patch.lha (4 KB) (snx) (Translation: (wk)

[News message: 16. Dec. 2006, 08:51] [Comments: 0]
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16.Dec.2006 (website)

Programming language: PureBasic becomes freeware, sources partly released
The Amiga version of the BASIC dialect PureBasic isn't continued anymore so that the developer has decided to release the whole package as freeware and to make parts of the source code publicly available.

Released were the source code of the complete command set, the IDE (Integrated Develepment Environment) as well as the source codes for some tools. The compiler is for all versions of PureBasic identical - as the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux versions are still distributed commercially theses source codes aren't available.

People who make improvements in the code of PureBasic are invited to make these available to the original developer so that they can be implemented in future Amiga versions. The PureBasic developer agrees to port the newest built of the compiler for such versions to the Amiga. (cg) (Translation: (wk)

[News message: 16. Dec. 2006, 01:46] [Comments: 0]
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AROS-Exec (Webseite)

AROS: Alpha version of a MP3-Player
An alpha version 0.11 of AROSAmp which is a MP3-player has been published for the Amiga Research Operating System (AROS). AHI and the mpega.library are required.

Download: arosamp_alpha_0.11b.tar.gz (140 KB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Dec. 2006, 15:01] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Game announcement: Business simulation "Dream Deal" for AmigaOS 4
The business simulation called "Dream Deal" is being developed for AmigaOS 4 and Windows XP. There you have to build a town and must compete with three computer players (screenshot).

The developers will specially concentrate on the different personalities living in the town and its interaction. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Dec. 2006, 09:43] [Comments: 0]
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15.Dec.2006 (Webseite)

Dream 17: Request for support
Dream 17 is a tribute to the game developers of Team 17 which are responsible for such titles like Worms or the Alien Breed serie. Additional to detailed information, screenshots and other specials at Dream 17 you can find all Amiga titles of the game developers for legal download.

Under the title link Dream 17 asks for support because in the next year the current server which was for free cannot be used any longer and a commercial one must be used.

The maintainers of the site ask for donations via PayPal to keep this offer alive.

Above all support is required for selling fan articles. Therefore somebody is needed who at least can create a vector graphic of the Dream 17 logo. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Dec. 2006, 09:08] [Comments: 0]
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bplan: How to build the machine - Reloaded
Press release We would like use the upcoming holidays as an opportunity to thank you for your confidence in us and our products during the past year. This year's gift from bplan to you is our video titled "How to build the machine - Reloaded". (snx)

[News message: 15. Dec. 2006, 08:42] [Comments: 0]
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Franz (ANF)

WinUAE: AmiKit 1.2.6
For AmiKit which is a complete distribution for WinUAE users an update to version 1.2.6 has been published. You can get it with the integrated update function or can install it manually.

The news in this version are updated programs and the integration of Andreas Kleinert`s akLJPG DataType to the archive. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Dec. 2006, 08:19] [Comments: 0]
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14.Dec.2006 (Website)

AmigaOS 4: Audio-Player TuneNet 0.84, additional Plugins
Paul Heams has released a new version of his music- and internet radio player TuneNet:
  • Improved CLI commands to be able to control TuneNet from 3rd party apps. (allowing you to make full use of Multimedia keyboards etc..)
  • MP3 file streaming straight from the web. (play instantly without downloading the file first)
  • Improved plugin API and new AIFF encoder.
  • Instant search as you type, arrow key and mouse wheel support.
  • Bug fixes to viusals in Dock only or CLI mode.
  • Additional titles within listviews.
  • Shuffle play, volume boost, more stations, better quality recording... and more!...

Updates of the Ogg Vorbis- and LAME-plugins are also vailable. Additionally Curtis Holborn offers two reworked as well as five new plugins for TuneNet:
(cg) (Translation: (tz)

[News message: 14. Dec. 2006, 18:16] [Comments: 0]
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Thorsten Passow (ANF)

Spreadsheet Software: StarAm Plan 2.31
Thorsten Passow provides a new version of his spreadsheet software StarAm . Changelog to previous version:
  • Preview for the print of the spreadsheet
  • Print can be limited to selected pages
  • a few minor improvements
  • a few bugfixes
  • German catalogue for AmigaOS 4
(cg) (Translation: (tz)

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