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Archive 12/2006


22.Dec.2006
Amigans.net (Webseite)


AmigaOS 4: DvPlayer 0.58 / avcodec.library 51.45
For AmigaOS 4 updates of the video and DVD player DvPlayer as well as of the avcodec.library have been published. The library has got several bug fixes as well as an improvement of speed.

Changes in the release 0.58 of DvPlayer:
  • Added support for OpenDML AVI files
  • Fixed and improved overlay support with fullscreen overlay mode, improved speed, triplebuffering (requires AOS4.0 final), aspect ratio correction, overlay is now used by default if available
  • Fixed problem with MS-ADPCM audio (also requires avcodec.library 51.45)
  • Added multiple charset support for subtitles (DvPlayer will use the charset you have configured in your preferences)
  • Fixed a bug in window mode which caused a slowdown, now window playback is about 10% faster
  • Further improved AVI support and added workarounds for more buggy AVI files
  • Disabling Audio Boost now halves the volume instead of saturating to 100%
  • Screenblanker is now also allowed while a movie is paused
  • Added Mousewheel volume adjustment
  • Added DTS audio support for AVI files
  • Added Movie Information window (available in the Control menu)
  • Added window resize gadget possibility (new gadget ID defined for skin files)
  • Added custom pointer when mouse is moved over the window resize gadget
  • Bringing up the menu now temporarily pauses movie playback. Also mouse is temporarily turned on in fullscreen when the menu is invoked
  • Many more bugfixes and improvements (subtitle bug fixes, I/O plugin support fixes/improvements, etc.)
The author would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Download:
avcodec_lib.lha (776 KB)
DvPlayer-0.58-Demo.lha (527 KB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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22.Dec.2006



Webbrowser: IBrowse 2.4 available
Today version 2.4 of the MUI-based Webbrowser IBrowse has been published. The browser can be bought from IOSpirit. Registered users of the previous version 2.x will get the update for free.

Additional to several buf fixes version 2.4 has got some news just like the plugin interface and context sensitive mouse pointer. This is the official press release:

"Lund, Sweden, 22nd December 2006 - Stefan Burstrom and the IBrowse Team are pleased to announce the immediate release of the much anticipated update to IBrowse 2.3.

IBrowse 2.4 brings web browsing on AmigaOS to a new level - below is a very brief summary of the changes since version 2.3:
  • New integrated Search Bar, allowing you to easily perform searches of your favourite sites. Search engines can be added manually or automatically via the Mycroft project site
  • The Status Bar has been overhauled to optionally provide the status of IBrowse graphically. Due to requiring less space than text, this has allowed us to show additional statuses such as when Javascript is being processed
  • Plugin API system for embedded objects based on the v4 NPAPI (Netscape Plugin API) to allow for easier porting of NS compatible plugins, this is used to allow IBrowse to display embedded objects (such as flash animations) within the browser when a suitable plugin is available
  • Support for AmiSSLv3 has been added to IBrowse 2.4, allowing the use of the most up to date SSL implementation available for AmigaOS
  • Context sensitive mouse pointers have been added, providing different mouse pointers in different areas of IBrowse
  • Background tab loading has finally been added to the Browser Tabs. Links can be opened in new browsers which remain inactive, allowing you to continue browsing the original page uninterrupted
  • The spoofing engine has been totally re-written for 2.4, and provides a range of pre-defined spoofing options
  • The JavaScript engine has been improved yet further providing support for more event handlers, and improved DOM support, along with some significant speed increases in certain areas. It now supports the complete JavaScript 1.6 extension, as found in Firefox 2.0, along with the majority of JavaScript 1.5 and the revision 3 of the ECMAScript (ECMA-262) specification
  • HTTP compressed content support has been added, which includes both gzip and deflate algorithms
  • On websites which ask for a username and password in a HTML based form, IBrowse can now (optionally) save these details for future visits
  • Web Advert Control Language (WACL) is a feature of IBrowse based on a proposal by Stefan Stuntz for a user configurable, flexible scripting language to control the display of adverts on webpages
  • Improved general stability and memory leaks plugged
  • Hundreds of other minor and major bug fixes + improvements, and increased tolerance of broken sites for better compatibility
All these improvements greatly improve the browsing experience, and allow IBrowse to offer compatibility with many more websites than before.

IBrowse 2.4 is available from IOSPIRIT - to purchase, please visit http://amiga.iospirit.de (registered users of IBrowse 2.x can upgrade for free, and there is a special upgrade price available to registered IBrowse 1.x users)." (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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22.Dec.2006
Christian Rosentreter (ANF)


MorphOS: OpenTTD 0.5.0-RC1 published
OpenTTD is an Open-Source clone of the Microprose game "Transport Tycoon Deluxe" (screenshot).

In this version Unicode/UTF8 support has been added as well as a new landscape generator. For further details please have a look at the Release notes. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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22.Dec.2006
Andreas Magerl (ANF)


Amiga Future: Previews of issue 64 online
Press release Since today reading samples and the detailed preview for the Amiga Future issue 64 (January/February 2007) are online.

Additional to a detailed preview to the Final Release of AmigaOS 4 and Airline Tycoon as well as a test of Robin Hood there are more test reports to applications, games and hardware in this issue of Amiga Future.

You can find a detailed list of contents as well as reading samples in the forum of the Amiga Future.

As a special Christmas gift this time on the reader-CD there is the complete Eric Schwartz-Archive-CD. Besides this there are many full versions like Anstoss, Anstoss World Cup, Anstoss HDD, Bugbash, Carton Rouge League, Carton Rouge, Cyberpunks, Deluxe Galaga AGA, Deluxe Galaga ECS, DeluxePacman, Der Patrizier, Hanse - The Expedition, Hyboria, Hyboria HDD, On the Ball - The Football, On the Ball League Edition, On the Ball WorldCup Edition, Pure Basic, The Patrician, Visualprefs and many unpublished games.

You can buy many older issues of our magazine in our Onlineshop.

Because of the Holidays the Amiga Future 64 will be published on 15th January 2007.

On our webseite you can download the CD32 full version o Beneath a steel Sky for free, too.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Andreas Magerl
Amiga Future/APC&TCP (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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22.Dec.2006
MorphZone (website)


MorphOS-Team: Update of the JIT-compiler Trance
A new version of the Just-In-Time Compiler Trance has been released for MorphOS 1.4.5. The changes since the previous release are:
  • Fixed a bug that would make certain IBrowse CPU versions crash (at least IBrowse 2.3 and 2.4)
  • Some SAS/C float/double integer calculation fixes (lsd/asd X flag). For example, the integer version of IBrowse's javascript.library
  • Addx/Subx with predecrement was fixed. These instructions are very rare, but could be used for some multiprecision math
  • Trancestats has been updated to work properly with the latest MUI versions
In order to install Trance v50.12 (09.12.2006) on your MorphOS system, please download the update from the MorphOS download portal or FTP server. Then, follow these steps:
  • Copy MorphOS/C/trance to MOSSYS:C/
  • Copy MorphOS/Libs/trance.library to MOSSYS:Libs/
  • Copy Utilities/Trancestats SYS:Utilities/
  • Reboot
The MorphOS Team wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a Great New Year! (snx)

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22.Dec.2006
Jens Schönfeld (ANF)


Windows/C64: Christmas updates for Catweasel and MMC64 / tUM sponsoring
Press release Just in time for Christmas, we have an update for our Catweasel-customers that fixes two small bugs and adds a lot of new disk formats. The list of formats would go beyond the scope of this news-item, therefore we have chosen a few special formats:

VERSAdos: Dr. Kümmerle of the department for safety and radiation protection of the Research Centre Jülich has sent sample disks of a Motorola VERSAdos computer, because the Research Centre had to comply with laws about archiving measurement data. More than 2000 disks have been archived and copied to up-to-date media using the Catweasel.

MHS Bootdisk: Douglas Tennant has sent a disk to us that is used to start an MHS machine. Since these disks cannot be copied using the original legacy equipment, the Catweasel now ensures that the machines can be operated in the future, using backup copies of the bootdisks.

Casio sampler disk: Casio has used disk drives in their samplers that spin at unusually high speeds. The Catweasel floppy controller has a variable bitrate, so it can read and write these disks in off-the-shelve drives. This is a good example that the topic of data recovery is not limited to computer technology. More floppy disk formats of music instruments will be implemented in future updates of the Catweasel driver software, such as the legendary synthesizer Emulator II.

If you have disks that are not yet supported by the Catweasel, please don't hesitate to contact us!

The new driver version has been reported to be stable since the last update, therefore it has left beta state. It can be downloaded for free from our support site.

Direct download: CWMK42200.zip

Planned formats for the next version of the driver are: Apple IIe, Macintosh 800K and 400K disks, and DEC RX01 and RX02 disks that have been requested by Mr. Axel Thiel of the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation.

MMC64 updates

The new BIOS-version v1.04 and the recovery disk are available for free download from our support site. The MP3-plugin that enebales the MP3@64 module on the MMC64 has been improved: Playback on NTSC machines now works errorfree.

individual Computers sponsors tUM-Party

Once a year, the creative elite of the European demoscene meets at "The ultimate meeting". Find out more about the demoscene on the websites of the digitale Kultur e.V. (Digital Culture).

We're proud to provide financial support once again for a party that has satisfied all expectations that visitors have in a demoparty for several years in a row. tUM takes place from december 27th until december 29th, 2006 in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Germany. Find out more on the official website.

We wish all our customers and partners merry christmas and a happy new year! (snx)

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21.Dec.2006
amigafuture.de (Webseite)


IRC-client: Wookiechat 2.4.1 Beta 4
James Carroll has published a new beta version of his MUI-based IRC-client Wookiechat for AmigaOS 3/4. Changes since the last release:
  • Beta 3: You can close the leftmost server tabs now. But it doesnt yet select another tab straight away, you have to click on another one yourself
  • Beta 4: You can turn the smaller tab sizes on by running wookiechat with the "smalltabs" switch. i.e. "run wookiebeta_os3 smalltabs". It will default to the regular tab sizes

Direct Download: wookiechat2_4_1beta4_21stDec2006.lha (750 KB) (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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21.Dec.2006



PDF-Magazin: a1k.org - The Magazine (preversion)
"a1k.org - The Magazine" is a PDF magazine created by "Hagbard" with topics around the Amiga. There is a first preview which is only a preversion and which is supposed to give you a impression of the content and style of the first issue.

If you want to join the team of a1k-Magazine please contact the publisher. Everybody is welcome who have ideas, can write articles or create cover-designs or can check the texts. You can find further information on a thread at a1k.org (registration is required).


Download: a1kFunMag.zip (4,4 MB) (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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21.Dec.2006
H-J Ottinger (ANF)


MorphOS: Icon-Dock PolyNetNG 1.42
PolyNetNG is a configurable AmiDock clone which can work with pictograms as well as GIF-animations and which can start programs and handle "Sub-Docks" (screenshot). PolyNetNG requires MUI 4. The current version is no longer distributed as Shareware.

You can read the numerous changes in v1.42 in the Changelog. Hans-Jörg Ottinger has published a German catalog file for the current version of PolyNetNG. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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20.Dec.2006
CD32-Allianz - T.Schölzel (ANF)


CD32-Alliance: Homepage currently not available
The Internet sites of the CD32 alliance currently are not available. The maintainer of the site think that the problem should be fixed by the provider until Christmas Day. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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20.Dec.2006



Aminet: Status-Update December 2006
Press release: The calm season has come again. But while other people are preparing Christmas we still have improved Aminet further:

The search function now allows to search through archives: If you are looking for some certain library or header-file you can go to Advanced Search -> Contents.

Additional to the download statistics now the figures of the downloads are shown - you can now sort your search results by popularity!

Searching through the readme-files was accelerated and besides this the standard search function was extended so you can now specify path names: Just like the old Aminet search function "quake game/shoot" now shows only results from this directory.

The Web-based Upload-Interface was completely revised. Uploader can choose if you want to upload a written readme or if you would rather enter the information in a formular.

With us2.aminet.net an American mirror is available again. You can access us2.aminet.net only via HTTP.

Additionally there are many improvements and minor bug fixes. Please have a look at Changelog for further details.

A last note: In 2006 we had more uploads than in 2005, 2004 and 2003 - even in 1992 as the Aminet started we had not so many uploads. Currently we need only 130 uploads to reach 2002.

Greetings,
The Aminet-Team (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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