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Brork (ANF) The truly last PC Joker
On, the "truly last" issue 2/2001 of the PC Joker magazine, which has never been published, has been provided as a PDF file under the title link. It comprises 15 pages and consists of the last four game tests, in addition to the cover. (snx) (Translation: (cad)

[News message: 18. May. 2008, 19:46] [Comments: 0]
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MorphOS: VLC 0.8.6f Beta 3, SearchStar 0.94

VLC 0.8.6f Beta 3

Rupert Hausberger is making available an update to his MorphOS port of the media player VLC. Changes in VLC 0.8.6f Beta 3 (further information can be gathered from the readme):
  • Impemented overlay video output
  • Overlay output is now enabled by default
  • Adjusted thread priorities to better working values
  • Added more OSD output

Download: vlc-0.8.6f-morphos_beta3.lha (7.5 MB) (alternative download link)

SearchStar 0.94

Tom "Amigaharry" Duin is making available an update to his search program SearchStar, in which minor errors were fixed and performance was improved.

Link: Download page (cg) (Translation: (cad)

[News message: 18. May. 2008, 17:07] [Comments: 0]
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Updates for Opus Magellan 5.80 available on Aminet
After the release of the CD version, another two updates had been released for the well-known file manager Opus Magellan II (Directory Opus 5.80), which could be downloaded from the web page of the producer, but were no longer to be found there since some time.

By courtesy of the current holder of rights, GuruMeditation, as well as the support of the reader "pelztier," the updates are now available on Aminet. (cg) (Translation: (cad)

[News message: 18. May. 2008, 17:02] [Comments: 0]
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18.May.2008 (Web page)

MorphOS: Adventure interpreter ScummVM 0.11.1
Fabien Coeurjoly is making available the newest version of the adventure interpreter ScummVM for MorphOS. An overview of the changes in v0.11.1 can be gathered from the Release Notes of the ScummVM project.

Direct download: scummvm-0.11.1.lha (4.2 MB) (cg) (Translation: (cad)

[News message: 18. May. 2008, 16:00] [Comments: 0]
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17.May.2008 (Webseite)

ACube Systems: BlizzardPPC reparation service
The Italian company ACube Systems offers now the exchange of damaged 603e-PowerPC processors used in BlizzardPPC turbo cards.

ACube points out that no other components are changed and an upgrade of working processors will be not done. There is no guaratee that each board can be repaired - but about 75 percent. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 17. May. 2008, 21:03] [Comments: 0]
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17.May.2008 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4: Instant Messenger Epistula 52.19
The Instant Messenger Epistula, the epistula.library and the corresponding MSN-plugin were updated getting more stability on Amiga systems.

The author recommends to save the configuration files epistula.xml and msn.xml before because they will be replaced by the new versions.

Download: Epistula_Install.lha (2 MB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 17. May. 2008, 18:06] [Comments: 0]
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Elbox (ANF)

Elbox: Version 3.16 of spider.device
Elbox Computer offers all registerred users a free update for the USB-controller Spider and Spider II. MOst of all this update will optimize Mediator-systems with a graphic card Radeon 9200.

A native USB-2.0-driver for the USB-Stack Sirion of AmigaOS 4 will be the next project. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 17. May. 2008, 17:56] [Comments: 0]
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17.May.2008 (Forum)

Cross-site-Scripting: Security breach at PayPal
According to the online magazine "The Register" the Finnish programmer of Amiga software (u.a. BlizKick) and member of the MorphOS development team called Harry 'Piru' Sintonen has dircovered a security breach at the online pay system PayPal.

You can get further information and the complete article under the title link. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 17. May. 2008, 09:27] [Comments: 0]
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15.May.2008 (Webseite)

Emulator: Preview to WinUAE 1.5.0
As usual the developers of the well-known Amiga emulator WinUAE give a short preview to the forthcoming version. WinUAE 1.5.0 will be published in June and will be the first version which will require at least Windows 2000/XP/Vista - older versions of Windows will be not supported any longer.

New features and improvements in WinUAE 1.5.0:
  • Picasso96 emulation rewrite:
    • Major speed increase
    • Optimized blitter operations
    • Hardware (flicker free) mouse cursor emulated
    • Picasso96 <> native switch without screen/window reopening if old and new size matches (instant mode switching)
    • Fullscreen to fullscreen switch without desktop flashing
    • Color space conversion, all RTG color depths supported in windowed mode as long as Windows desktop has same or higher color depth
    • Simple scaling support added, fill to whole screen instead of switching resolution. (Useful with low resolution games and demos in windowed mode or if host resolutions like 320x200 are not supported)
    • Configurable 15/16/24/32 bit color space formats
  • Filter update:
    • Scaling and centering are now more intuitive (NOTE: old settings are not compatible)
    • "FS" scale multiplier added (fill whole screen)
    • "1/2" scale multipler added
    • Hq3x and hq4x filters added
    • Onscreen leds are not filtered anymore
    • Keep aspect ratio option added
  • PCMCIA SRAM card emulation, includes real PCMCIA SRAM card support
  • ROM scanner byteswapped and even/odd ROM image support
  • Multithreaded AVI recording, huge speed increase with 2+ core CPUs
  • Right mouse button over image selection buttons opens favorites menu (can add/remove/edit shortcut paths to disk/rom/harddrive images)
  • Sprite emulation updates, sprite doublescan support improved (for example Fantastic Dizzy CD32 background), yet another missing undocumented feature implemented
  • More compatible with timing changes caused by power saving features
  • Missing uaescsi.device CMD_GETGEOMETRY added
  • Debugger, GUI debugger improvements
  • A600/A1200/A4000 IDE emulation LBA48 (>128G) support
  • Input handling is more Windows-like, only release mouse/joystick/keyboard when WinUAE loses focus (previously when mouse was not captured)
  • Added 1.5M Chip RAM and 384M/768/1.5G Z3 RAM (configures two emulated RAM boards) configurations

Fixed bugs in WinUAE 1.5.0:
  • uaenet.device random deadlock fix, NSCMD_DEVICEQUERY works correctly
  • Gayle interrupt handling update
  • CPU emulation fixes, EXTB.L and CHK.L was 68000 (should be 68020+)
  • Sprite emulation fix, Super Skid Marks hires mode cars and Marvin's Marvellous Adventure score/cloud interference
  • Sound emulation fix, fixes Weird Dreams hospital scene sound problem
  • More compatible CD32 state restore support
  • AGA mode sprite garbage may have appeared in some cases. (1.4.5+)
  • DOS formatted HD floppy image crash
  • Rare harddrive detection crash
  • CD32 compatibility improved (Liberation CD32)
  • Display emulation fix, mixed interlaced and non-interlaced modes don't cause random display errors anymore, same with doublescanned interlaced modes. (for example hires-mode Pinball Illusions)
  • Autoconfig emulation update, Action Replay 3 does not detect non-existing fast RAM board anymore
  • Some lha/lzh archives mounted as a harddrive crashed
  • Mousehack (tablet) mode works again
(cg) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. May. 2008, 15:39] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

Amiga Guru Book: Reprint canceled
The more up to date English edition of Ralph Babel's "Amiga Guru Book" will be not printed.

According to the distributor of the older German edition, APC&TCP, the project was canceled because of scanned pirate copies. These have caused a loss of money and time. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. May. 2008, 11:13] [Comments: 0]
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