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Carsten Siegner (ANF)

MorphOS: Calimero 1.0
Carsten Siegner's "powerfull DTP program" Calimero is available for MorphOS in version 1.0 and supports loading and saving the following formats:
  • Import
    • AmigaGuide
    • Microsoft XML 2003
    • Text
  • Export
    • AmigaGuide
    • HTML
    • PDF
    • EPUB
    • ODT
    • Text
  • Vector graphic formats
    • Loading:
      • WMF
      • DR2D
      • SVG
    • Saving:
      • SVG
Download: Calimero_1.0.lha (6 MB) (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 24. Oct. 2015, 19:41] [Comments: 0]
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Kickstart 'ROMs': 3.X ROM chips from Cloanto
An increasing number of vendors is offering so-called "3.X ROMs" that can be built into all Amiga models except the A1000. Since a big German dealer recently started distributing these and we're receiving inquiries regarding these Kickstart ROMs, we approached Mike Battilana from copyright holder Cloanto and asked for additional information.

For quite some time, Cloanto has been offering a license to dealers for building their own Kickstart ROMs. The dealers receive ROM images and designs for the labels and then produce their own chips. To keep the costs down, PROMS or EPROMS are used instead of actual ROM chips. Smaller vendors from Poland or Spain have been the first licensees, but by now the bigger and more well known dealers are becoming interested in offering the new ROMs aswell.

Cloanto is offering this deal for an entire range of ROM versions, like all the ones highlighted in green in Cloanto's overview of all Kickstart releases, but dealers seem to be mostly interested in stocking the most recent version labeled "Kickstart 3.X".

The "3.X" moniker has been used in Amiga Forever for quite some time, it describes a Workbench 3.1 setup that has been updated with more recently released modules Cloanto licensed from various developers. The new Kickstart can easily be identified by looking at the copyright notices, which have been changed to read "Cloanto":

The other changes in Kickstart 3.X are listed in Cloanto's official FAQ:
  • Patches originally released under the ESCOM and Gateway Amiga ownership (no SetPatch or reboot required)
  • scsi.device and exec.library updates by Alexander Benedictov, Chris Hodges, Heinz Wrobel and Toni Wilen
  • expansion.library fixes by Jeff Weeks
  • FastFileSystem fixes by Etienne Vogt
  • mathieeesingbas.library fixes by Harry "Piru" Sintonen
Kickstart 3.X makes it possible to use more than the first four gigabyte of a hard disk drive, but that requires a more recent release of Workbench/AmigaOS aswell - i.e. one containing FastFileSystem version 45.9 or newer, amongst other things.

To create the additional space required for the updates, the workbench.library had to be removed from the ROM - it has to be loaded from disk now. Cloanto's own Workbench distributions are prepared for this, AmigaOS 3.5 and 3.9 also feature a separate workbench.library on disk. (cg) (Translation: (cg)

[News message: 23. Oct. 2015, 18:54] [Comments: 0]
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23.Oct.2015 (Webseite)

Business simulation: Full version of German Trucking
The Amiga Arena offers the business simulation German Trucking for free download, which used to be distributed commercially under Wolf Software & Design's "OASE" label. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 23. Oct. 2015, 17:21] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

AmigaRemix: New songs added
AmigaRemix has uploaded new mixes of well-known soundtracks of Amiga games as MP3-files which can be downloaded for free. Since our last message the following songs have been added:
  • Super Twintris (Tune 3 - QUAD! Mix)
  • Turbo Imploder 4.0
  • ULTIMA VI - Forest Level
  • Hired Guns Medley Remake
  • Lotus III
  • Gods (Into the Wonderful)
  • Project-X - Thesmophoria (acoustic)
  • Kid Chaos - The Ruined City
  • Lizardking's Flying World Remix
  • Virocop: Funny Old Game
  • Captain Planet Intro
  • Hard 'n' Heavy (Amiga FM Fever)
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 22. Oct. 2015, 21:23] [Comments: 0]
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Printed magazine: Amiga Future 117 - Preview and extracts
Today some coloured extracts and previews have been published of issue 117 (November/December 2015) of the Amiga Future. Highlights of the issue are an interview with Kurt Cotoaga (Demonware), a review of hardware for the year 2016 and the sixth part of the workshop Developing Demo Effects #6: Handling the the Glenz. Among others on the CoverCD there is PD-software and full versions of Evil Garden, Mission Andromeda. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 22. Oct. 2015, 21:18] [Comments: 0]
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AROS-Exec (Forum)

AROS: A week in AROS (from 28.09.15)
Weekly Krzysztof 'Deadwood' Śmiechowicz summarizes the latest progresses and developments of the AROS-programmers.

Week of September 28th:
  • Codeset of russian catalog files for Close, More and Multiview has been corrected (polluks)
  • Active entries in read-only MUI Lists are no longer highlighted (neil)
  • Index of developer documentation has been updated (mazze)
  • Strnlen function has been added to C library (Kalamatee)
  • Development of ALSA driver for linux hosted AROS ports started (deadwood)
Week of October 5th:
  • MUIA_Listview_DefClickColumn attribute of MUI Listview class is now implemented (neil)
  • MUIA_Listview_DoubleClick attribute is now set when the "press" key is pressed (neil)
  • Index of the active entry during MUIM_List_Insert and MUIM_List_InsertSingle is now updated (neil)
  • MUIA_List_InsertPosition attribute contains now correct value after using MUIM_List_Insert method (neil)
  • Index of the active entry is no longer updated during MUIM_List_Move matching MUI behavior (neil)
  • Zune test suite is now extended with test for MUIA_List_Visible and MUIA_Listview_DefClickColumn (neil)
  • Hex-dump of disassembler in Scout has been made endianness-independent (neil)
  • Skeleton of ALSA driver for linux hosted AROS is implemented (deadwood)
  • Playback in ALSA driver is now working (deadwood)
  • ALSA driver now correctly recovers from underrun conditions (deadwood)
Week of October 12th:
  • Work on USB support for Linux-hosted AROS has been started (dizzyofcrn)
  • UUID hashing is now supported in oop.library (schulz)
  • A resource leak in the ALSA sound driver has been fixed (deadwood)
  • The ALSA sound driver is now more careful to use the correct version of the Linux libasound shared object (deadwood)
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 22. Oct. 2015, 21:18] [Comments: 0]
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Philippe Lang (E-Mail)

New A1200 cases: More than 110.000-Euro paid, official Amiga-T-Shirts
Nine days before the end of the Kickstarter campaign, for the project for producing new, improved Amiga-1200 cases ( reported) over 110.000 Euro has been paid. The financial target is 125.000 Euro.

Now you can also support the project by purchasing official Amiga-T-Shirts. You can choose between three motifs.

From weekend on, there will be new special editions of the case of Lukhash. One version will be offered only once and includes a private extra of the 8-Bit musician, the other version is available, if you pay for more than ten pieces.

Additionally, the traders TheGamingWareHouse and AmigaStore support the project by offering coupons. The Polish Amiga portal PPA has invested in 60 cases with a special colour.

The latest special editions of a case is a package of the demo scene group Phenomena and of 010101 Music. The Phenomena-edition also includes an USB-stick, a T-Shirt, a mouse pad, a key fob, a cup and a surprise. The edition of 010101 Music includes four CD-albums ("Paula, Agnus, Denise", "Insert Disk 2", "Immortal 3" and "Immortal 4") as well as three cups. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 22. Oct. 2015, 21:02] [Comments: 0]
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Retroguru (ANF)

AmigaOS 4 / AROS / MorphOS: Fruit'Y 1.0
The new Retroguru game Fruit'Y is similar to the classic Gem'X released by Kaiko. Playing the tiger Sheran it is your goal to level two piles of fruit (video). (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 22. Oct. 2015, 20:27] [Comments: 0]
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