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Archive 08/2008

Grzegorz Kraszewski (ANF)

MorphOS: Reggae supports now AIFC/sowt
Grzegorz "Krashan" Kraszewskis has published a new modul for his multimedia library Reggae: The "sowt"-pseudocodec for the AIFC-format (compressed audio IFF) is used to save sound data in Little-Endian-format and was introduced by Apple. Most of the current audio applications under Mac OS save in this format.

The new aiff.demuxer 51.7 for Reggae supports AIFC as well as the "sowt"-version. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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07.Aug.2008 (Forum)

Lawsuit: Case of Itec against Hyperion in New York dismissed
The case of Itec LLC in New York against Hyperion VOF was dismissed there because the contract between both parties from 24. April 2003 is applied to the contract between Amiga Inc., Hyperion and Eyetech from 3. November 2001 and for this one only two courts in Washington are responsible for.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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06.Aug.2008 (Webseite)

AmigaOS 4.1 gone gold
Press release:
Antwerp, Belgium - 6 August, 2008.

Hyperion Entertainment is very pleased to announce that Amiga OS 4.1 has gone "gold" and should be available through dealers mid August. Building on the solid foundations of Amiga OS 4.0, Amiga OS 4.1 introduces a wealth of substantial new functionality which is a prerequisite for the deployment of industry standard applications on the Amiga platform.

Updated non-exhaustive feature-list of Amiga OS 4.1:
  • Intelligent memory paging
  • Hardware compositing engine (Radeon R1xx and R2xx family)
  • Implementation of the "Cairo" device-independent 2D rendering library
  • Reworked P96 with improved overlay support
  • Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) support for greater digital camera compatibility
  • JXFS filesystem with the support for drives and partitions of multiple terabyte size
  • Improved Workbench functionality
  • New and improved DOS functionality (full 64 bit support, universal notification support, automatic expunge and reload of updated disk resources)
  • Improved 3D hardware accelerated screen-dragging
  • Reworked AmiDock with true transparency
  • Choice between several GUI themes including Amiga OS 4.0 and Amiga OS 4.1 default themes
  • Powerful and user-friendly installation utility
  • Reworked Warp3D Radeon drivers with new functionality
  • Improved OpenGL support through MiniGL 2.0
  • And much, much more.

Required hardware: AmigaOne (for now)
Required graphics card for hardware compositing: Radeon 1xx or Radeon 2xx
Recommended graphics card: Radeon 9250

Amiga OS 4.1 will ship in a cardboard package with a printed Quick Start Guide.

Screenshots: 1, 2. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaOS 4: Integrated development environment "CodeBench" (preview)
Simon "Rigo" Archer develops an integrated development environment called CodeBench for AmigaOS 4 (screenshot). There will be a limited version of the program with the next OS4-SDK. The full version of CodeBench will be distributed commercially.

The author describes CodeBench as "plugin-based management-system". The C/C++ and PHP/HTML-plugins already work. With the help of the corresponding plugin each programming language can be supported. CodeBench can compile itself as well as AmigaOS 4 source code.

Under the title link the author explained some features of CodeBench in a discussion. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AmigaOS 4: GUI-Designer MindGUI 0.1
MindGUI is supposed to become a GUI-designer for Reaction-based applications. MindGUI generates C-source code.

The project has still an very early status and the author particularly points out that MindGUI is still not very useful. According to the author additional to OS4 SDK, AISS, svgtools as well as svg.datatype) "humor" is required.

MindGUI01.lha (468 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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05.Aug.2008 (Webseite)

Amiga-clone: First Natami-prototype is produced
The Amiga-clone NatAmi developed by Thomas Hirsch has a reimplementation of the Amiga-Custom Chips - in contrary to similar projects the AGA-compatibility is aspired.

Meanwhile the development of the NatAmi-motherboard was forwarded so far that the production of the first prototype called NatAmi60 could be started.

The specification of the NatAmi60 includes 16 Mb Chip-RAM, 256 Fast-RAM, a 68060-processor as well as several improvements of the chipset features. For further information have a look at section Questions and Answers. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Bobic^BTTR (ANF)

Amiga-Demos from the Assembly 2008
For the Oldskool Demo Competition on the demo party Assembly 2008 two new demos were published for the Amiga 500.

Hardknee Lotus shows effects in AGA-quality but requires 1 MB Chip- and 2 MB Fast-RAM. The second demo is a 32 KB intro by Limbo and was called Ex-Flies.

There is a report about the event at (snx) (Translation: dr)

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05.Aug.2008 (Webseite)

Amitopia TV: Isue August online
Amitopia TV is an English video magazine about the Amiga. Issue August includes the following topics:
  • Amiga News Headlines
  • Amiga at the movies
  • Frame 18, Atmosphere Amiga Demo
  • MorphOS 2 review
  • Shuffle review
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: Grub-2-support in Nightly Builds for x86
The automatically generated "Nightly Builds" of the x86-version of AROS now include the bootloader Grub 2. With its help the harddrive partition DH0 can use the file system SFS.

InstallAROSwas adapted to it. You can now choose the file system for DH0 and DH1. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Martin (DaFreak) Rebentisch (ANF)

Scene-party: Evoke 2008 (08.-10. August, Cologne)
For the 11. time the demo scene party Evoke will open its gates. It will take place in the "Vulkanhalle" in the city of Cologne. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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