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Keyboard and joystick adapter: Keyrah V2
Press release: Keyrah lets you use keyboards and joysticks of classic computers on the USB port of a modern PC, Mac or Raspberry Pi. We have given our popular product a complete makeover and we'll be able to serve the increased demand starting may 20th, 2013.

The most important change in version 2 is that there is no difference between country-specific keyboard layouts any more. Also, Keyrah V2 does not make a difference between 8-bit computers and Amiga any more: The different versions and layouts can now be chosen with a jumper setting. The following keyboard models are supported out of the box:
  • C64 (all models)
  • VC-20
  • C16
  • Amiga 1200
  • Amiga 600
The following keyboards can be used with some soldering and added parts (available separately):
  • C128D
  • C128
  • C116, plus/4
In addition to the keyboard, you can use up to two digital joysticks that behave as if the user would press keys on a keyboard.

The first version of Keyrah was already equipped with a replica switch that resembled the C64 power switch. It was used to choose between one of two keyboard layouts: One for everyday use, and the other for use in an emulator. This switch is also available on Keyrah V2, and it has a third non-latching position: If you press and hold the switch in this position for more than one second, the ACPI-signal is sent to the computer, which will either shut down, or go into a power saving mode, depending on the settings in your operating system.

Keyrah V2 is shipped in retail packing with a short manual. An off-the-shelve USB cable is required separately. The recommended retail price of Keyrah V2 is 34,90 EUR (recommended retail price including 19% VAT. Price and VAT rate may differ in your country. Shipping cost may be added.).

Just like with the first version of Keyrah, we would like to emphasize that we cannot support gutting out functional classic computers. Keyrah V2 is only meant for giving new life to keyboards of irrepairably defective C64, Amiga or other computers. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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MorphOS: Scriba 1.8.0
Scriba is a simple word processing software developed by Carsten Siegner. In version 1.8.0 the tool "Professional PDF" was added as beta which can handle compression, encryption, PDFA_1A/1B, hyperlinks, text and graphics. A new background handler was added as well.

Download: Scriba_1.8.0.lha (7 MB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 11.05.2013
The following packages have been added to Aminet until May 11th, 2013:
beobachte-ebay.lha       comm/www   1K    ppc IBrowse Script for eBay Germany
OpenURL_SP.lha           comm/www   10K       OpenURL 7.13 spanish catalog ...
libbmp_1.0.lha           dev/lib    53K   MOS library for reading/writing BMP
libpcd_1.0.1.lha         dev/lib    56K   MOS library for reading PCD (Phot...
libpng-1.6.2.lha         dev/lib    1.7M  MOS Open source lib for reading/w...
libtga_1.0.1.lha         dev/lib    526K  MOS library for reading/writing TGA
libx264.lha              dev/lib    3.5M  OS4 H.264/AVC encoder
WormWars.lha             game/actio 838K  68k Advanced snake game
WormWarsMOS.lha          game/actio 669K  MOS Advanced snake game
WormWars-OS4.lha         game/actio 1.0M  OS4 Advanced snake game
WormWarsSP.lha           game/actio 6K        Worm Wars 8.82 spanish catalog
flare_0_18_aros_src.t... game/role  210K      Flare 0.18 AROS Sources game/role  141M  x86 Flare - 2D action rpg game
AmiQuake.lha             game/shoot 254K  68k Amiga port of WinQuake v1.09
AmiQuake2.lha            game/shoot 2.0M  68k Amiga port of Yamagi Quake II...
AssaultCube_Beta_AROS... game/shoot 3.7M  x86 First-person shooter
Cube2_CE_Aros.lha        game/shoot 2.8M  x86 First person shooter
RedEclipse1.4_Aros.lha   game/shoot 2.7M  x86 A Free, Casual Arena Shooter
Angolos.lha              game/wb    33K   68k Make as many angles as you can!
Create_a_Q.lha           game/wb    44K   68k Create and play your own 'Q' ...
HexiCon.lha              game/wb    30K   68k Use the links to form an hexagon
MultiCon.lha             game/wb    32K   68k Use the links to form various...
TriCon.lha               game/wb    31K   68k Use the links to form a triangle
AmiArcadia_OS4.lha       misc/emu   3.3M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadiaSP.lha         misc/emu   14K       AmiArcadia 20.21 spanish catalog       misc/os    281M  68k AROS-ORCA (m68k) first previe...
Scriba_1.7.9.lha         text/edit  6.5M  MOS Simple word processing softwa...
ShowOpenDocument.lha     util/shell 0K        Show any OpenDocument thumbnail
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 11.05.2013
The following packages have been added to OS4Depot until May 11th, 2013:              aud/con 96kb  4.0 Converts Hively Tracker (HVL) tu...
hivelytracker.lha        aud/tra 886kb 4.1 tracker program based upon the A...
libx264.lha              dev/lib 3Mb   4.0 H.264/AVC encoder
vecxgl.lha               emu/gam 674kb 4.0 Vectrex emulator
wormwars.lha             gam/act 1Mb   4.0 Advanced snake game
assist.lha               uti/mis 4Mb   4.1 Get the most out of your Amiga
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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 11.05.2013
The following packages have been added to AROS-Archives until May 11th, 2013:     gam/rol 141Mb Flare - 2D action rpg game
flare_0_18_i386-aros_src.... gam/rol 210kb Flare 0.18 AROS Sources
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MorphOS-Files-Uploads until 11.05.2013
The following packages have been added to MorphOS-Files until May 11th, 2013:
UnRARLib                 0.4.0   dev/lib    368 Static library for reading ...
FlexCat                  2.12    dev/too    147 Flexible generator of local...
WormWars                 8.82    gam/act    669 Single and multiplayer arca...
AskMeUp Demo             1.1.1   gam/thi   7549 A demo version of a "trivia...
Flacochlorine            0.4     mus/pro     65 FLAC streams validator and ...
Zgrzytor                 1.1     mus/pro     25 Generator of periodic sound...
AmiArcadia               20.21   uti/emu   3445 Emulator of many coin-op ma...
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WHDLoad: New packeges until 11.05.2013
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups on your harddisk that were not compatible with anything but floppy disks. The following installers have been added until May 11th, 2013: (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Cloanto: Amiga Forever 2013 (2nd Update)
The complete emulation package Amiga Forever has been updated to version 2013 today - as usual there are three different versions. New features in Amiga Forever 2013:
  • All Windows versions now come with a Windows Installer download (no need to burn or mount an ISO image to access the installer, or to wait for postal delivery)
  • New Build Image feature (Tools menu of Plus Edition), to create personalized ISO images (burn to CD or DVD) and portable environments (e.g. to run from USB storage). This is similar to the "old" Amiga Forever media, except that the content can now be updated and customized
  • Support for third-party "RP-Image" templates, to generate bootable content, etc. Documentation is available
  • New Restore System Files feature (Tools menu) to reset shared components (Amiga ROM and OS files, system RP9s, etc.)
  • New RP9 thumbnail provider for Windows is pure eye candy. This accompanies new and faster Open, Edit and Convert to RP9 commands accessible directly from File Explorer, to offer a better content experience outside the player
  • New visual Screen Clip Editor, for easy adjustment of Amiga screen mode settings
  • WinFellow is now available as an additional RetroPlatform-enabled emulation plugin. You can click any compatible title and select "Play with/WinFellow", or select plugin priority and additional options in the Amiga Forever Emulation settings
  • Updated AROS and other content
  • Enhanced RP9 Editor, with new media mount options and dozens of new features
  • Integration with social networks for "Now Playing" updates, manual posts and screenshot uploads
Further information for upgraders can be found in the Knowledge Base.

Update: (17:44, 10.05.13, snx)
As Cloanto has announced meanwhile, customers who purchased the previous version on or after March 1st, 2013, are being e-mailed instructions to receive a free upgrade. An extra five dollar/euro upgrade discount coupon is being e-mailed to registered customers.

2nd Update: (19:26, 11.05.13, snx)
To clarify on the discount, it is on top of the reduced upgrade price. So, if the regular price for the Plus Edition is 29.95, and the regular upgrade 20.00, with the coupon (5.05 off) it's 14.95 for a limited time.

Below you will find the official press release that has been published meanwhile:

Cloanto Releases Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 2013

May 10, 2013 - Cloanto released today Amiga Forever 2013 and C64 Forever 2013, the latest versions of the award-winning Commodore-Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows.

The 2013 editions for Windows had a focus on making the software easier to use, while providing new and more powerful features for advanced users and content creators. For example, the packages are easier to download and install, and emulated systems can be "repaired" with one click after unintended changes. Power users can now build ISO images and portable USB drive environments, use the visual Screen Clip Editor to better blend old screen modes into modern systems, or experiment with the new WinFellow emulation plugin or with a fresh build of the AROS Research OS. Outside the player, the RP9 thumbnail handler adds a new level of eye candy to File Explorer.

"One of the most fascinating challenges of user interface design has to be how to please both novice and sophisticated users. The attempt to keep things as simple as possible often limits learning and can be perceived as a 'dumbing down' by a more demanding audience," noted Cloanto's Mike Battilana.

"Even looking at recent versions of Windows, Mac OS and Linux, you can feel the pain of some choices. In today's search engines, queries that used to work reliably have become less precise. Word processors won't let you select the exact characters you want. Lacking perfect artificial intelligence, we are increasingly being autocorrected beyond recognition.

C64 Forever brings us back to an era in which users knew that they were, or could be, in complete control of the machine, rather than vice versa. Tens of millions of home computers came with a powerful reminder of this, as they included a programming manual. Even today, the Amiga continues to inspire for how it elegantly met the needs of different audiences, leaving a feeling of freedom rather than one of artificial limitations. In addition to preserving access to a digital culture of tens of thousands of games, demoscene creations and other titles, we are trying to introduce new generations to these different angles, as we are convinced that this deeper perspective can help achieve a better view of the future too."

In Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 2013, the same interface transparently connects to three different emulation engines, giving consistent access to more than 25 computer models, all with fully licensed operating systems. The shared RP9 file format makes titles easily portable across computers and software versions. While novice users only need to press Play, advanced users can Edit titles and browse through options that are designed to also help understand how the software works.

Amiga Forever 2013 is available now in three editions:
  • Value Edition (downloadable installer)
  • Plus Edition (downloadable installer with option to build DVD ISO image)
  • Premium Edition (downloadable Plus Edition plus boxed software and additional videos on 3 DVDs)
C64 Forever 2013 is available now in three editions:
  • Free Express Edition (feature-limited version)
  • Downloadable Plus Edition (downloadable installer with option to build CD ISO image)
  • Boxed Plus Edition (downloadable Plus Edition plus boxed CD)
Amiga Forever and C64 Forever passed official Windows 8 logo tests on both x86 and x64 systems. Prices for both Amiga Forever and C64 Forever start from $9.95 (special upgrade offers). Registered customers who purchased a previous version of the software on or after March 1, 2013 are being sent instructions to download a free update. (snx)

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AmigaOS 4: D1X-Rebirth
With D1X-Rebirth, under AmigaOS 4 all Descent-1-games can be used. An installation script copies all the required files from the original CD of the 3D-shooter. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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