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MorphZone (Webseite)

MorphOS: KwaKwa source code released
Under the title link Filip 'widelec' Maryjański has released the source code of his Instant Messenger KwaKwa and its corresponding protocol modules. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 17. Feb. 2018, 05:16] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

PDF magazine: REV'n'GE 83 (Italian/English)
The PDF magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is available in Italian as well as in an English-language translation. REV'n'GE compares and reviews games on vintage computers.

Among others the latest issue includes articles about the Amiga games "Aquaventura", "Ashes of Empire" and "Flight of the Amazon Queen".

Download sites:
English (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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17.Feb.2018 (Webseite)

PDF magazine: AmigaMAD 61 (Norwegian/English)
The Norsk Amigaforening publishes the Norwegian PDF magazine Amigaguiden and its English issue AmigaMAD. Topics of issue 61 are the punk band "Paula Powered" and the operating system FriendUP.

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Huno (ANF)

AmigaOS 4: EGL to OpenGL ES 2.0 wrapper (beta 2), testers wanted
Hugues 'HunoPPC' Nouvel is working on a EGL to OpenGL ES 2.0 wrapper based on the Warp 3D Nova/OpenGL ES 2.0 combination sold by A-EON which is supposed to simplify and enable porting modern OpenGL-based games (Youtube video).

Nouvel offers a beta version of his port for download. Currently only beta testers of the next version of A-EON's Enhancer package can use it.

According to Nouvel his library supports "virtually all functions of opengles.library". His port provides mainly the following features:
  • Full keyboard support
  • The window mode and full screen mode
  • GUI reaction options:
    • Limit fps
    • Frame rate display function
    • Selection Screen depth
    • VSync
  • PNG Image natively with alpha
  • Uncompressed TGA image with alpha
  • Planned: MiniGlutES
  • Planned: Sound Effects via datatype
Update (15.02.18, 15:00, cg)

Unlike originally reported here, Nouvel is not offering an OpenGL ES to NOVA wrapper, but an EGL to OpenGL ES wrapper. We apologize for the misunderstanding. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Feb. 2018, 00:49] [Comments: 1 - 15. Feb. 2018, 08:32]
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Collective purchase order: Motherboard, network card, 68030 accelerator board
Amy-ITX is an Amiga motherboard in standard ITX form factor. The board has to be equipped with the usual Amiga custom chips, offers two Zorro slots (DMA is only supported on one of the slots) and is compatible to accelerator boards like the Vampire 500, which are directly plugged in the processor socket.

For this motherboard now - after a test run with only 25 produced pieces in 2017 - a first and according to the developer singular public production run will be started. For 65 Euro each interested user will get a bare motherboard, a bare daughterboard which will take the CHIP-RAM, a detailed list of the required components as well as a instruction for assembling the computer. If you are not able to program the ICs you can order three preprogrammed ICs for additional 25 Euro. Official support is not offered, it is referred to the growing [Amy-ITX-]community.

The same developers also offers two extensions, developed for Amy-ITX but should also work on different Amigas with Zorro or m68k processor socket. They also are bare boards which have to be equipped by the puchasers:

For 35 Euro a 10Mbit network card for Zorro slots is available which is based on the same network chip like the well-known Ariadne (RTL8019) and is compatible with the original drivers of the VillageTronic.

An accelerator board with 68030 processor, 6 MB Fast RAM and an IDE bus is available for 55 Euro. The board is plugged into the processor socket of the 680000 and should be also compatible to the Amiga models 500, 1000 and 2000. According to the developers it is an "extremely optimized 030-based accelerator" which "outperforms every single Amiga accelerator in the category".

The components required for the projects have to be organized and collected by the users themselves. For the moment you can register your interest. This registration still is not binding. Some weeks later all interested users will be contacted and get the option to place an official order and to pay the money in advance. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 15. Feb. 2018, 00:15] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)

Hollywood 7.1 released
Press release: A new year, a new Hollywood: Airsoft Softwair, the hardest working men in code business, are back on your screen with Hollywood 7.1, a brand-new update to the popular Multimedia Application Layer. Hollywood 7.1 is a major update with lots of new features, improvements, and bug fixes.

Here is a non-exhaustive list of new features in Hollywood 7.1:
  • Support for 64-bit Android
  • Improved date and time library which now includes UTC support
  • Added timezone support
  • New syntax for ultra-convenient error handling
  • Lots of additions to the plugin API: Ready for cool new plugins!
  • Raw key support
  • Plugin loader is now compatible with the next version of AmigaOS 4
  • Greatly improved locale library
  • Cryptography-proof pseudo random number generator
  • Added support for radio menu items
  • Always-on-top windows are now supported
  • Windows IDE supports syntax highlighting and online help for methods now
  • Moving files and directories is now supported
  • Several new string library functions
  • Lots of other changes, optimizations and bug fixes
Hollywood 7.1 is provided free of charge for all users who have bought Hollywood 7.0. It can be downloaded from the restricted download area. People who haven't bought Hollywood yet can place their order at the official Hollywood portal at the title link now. Note that there is currently a special 50%-off offer available for people wanting to buy Hollywood for one platform only. See here for details.

Hollywood is the ultimate bridge between all the different AmigaOS compatible platforms and the other three modern desktop systems, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux! Additionally, Hollywood also supports the Android and iOS platforms. A truly unique feature is the ability to cross-compile native executables for many different platforms including: AmigaOS 3.x, AmigaOS 4, WarpOS, MorphOS, AROS (x86), Windows (x86, x64), Mac OS X (x86, x64, PPC) and Linux (x86, x64, PPC, ARM). You don't even have to own these platforms in order to compile executables for them. It's enough to run Hollywood on one of the supported platforms and then compile programs for all the others! Only Hollywood makes it possible. If you want to learn more about Hollywood, please visit the the official Hollywood portal which also has a forum for all questions concerning Hollywood.

All this makes Hollywood The Cross-Platform Multimedia Application Layer. Join the Multimedia revolution and get your personal copy of Hollywood 7.1 now! This release was brought to you by Airsoft Softwair - the hardest working men in code business. (snx)

[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 15:36] [Comments: 0]
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Aminet-Uploads until 10.02.2018
The following archives have been added to the Aminet until February 10th, 2018:
AmIRC_DE.lha             comm/irc   16K       New German catalog for AmIRC
AmiFTP-prefs_update.lha  comm/tcp   1K        Updated prefs for AmiFTP (sit...
dizzytorrent1.01.lha     comm/tcp   468K  68k Amiga 68k BitTorrent client
xa-mos.lha               dev/cross  273K  MOS Cross-assembler for 65xx/R65C...
bffs16_src.lha           disk/misc  999K  68k read/write BSD FFS/UFS filesy...
CoderAid.lha             docs/help  103K  68k Aid for programming demos for...
hstwb_igame_eab_demos... game/misc  37M       HstWB iGame screenshots for E...
hstwb_igame_eab_games... game/misc  132M      HstWB iGame screenshots for E...
mod2wav.lha              mus/edit   24K   68k Convert Protracker module to ...
workbenchexplorer.lha    util/dir   2.1M  OS4 Modern file browser loaded wi...
BoardsLib.lha            util/libs  74K   68k provides detailed info about ...
espeak.lha               util/sys   1.5M  68k amiga-port of espeak speech s...
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[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 04:26] [Comments: 0]
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OS4Depot-Uploads until 10.02.2018
The following archives have been added to the OS4Depot until February 10th, 2018:
libopencore-amr.lha      dev/lib 3Mb   4.0 OpenCORE Adaptive Multi Rate spe...
giflib.lha               dev/lib 952kb 4.0 A library for processing GIF ima...
workbenchexplorer.lha    uti/fil 2Mb   4.1 Modern file browser loaded with ...
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[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 04:26] [Comments: 0]
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MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 10.02.2018
The following archives have been added to the MorphOS Storage until February 10th, 2018:
C-Dogs_0.5.5.1.lha        Games/Shoot 2D            C-Dogs, classic...
HeborisC7EZ.lha           Games/Think               Heboris is Tetris clone...
GrafX2_2.5_WIP.lha        Graphics/Draw             A quick compilation of ...
dcraw_9.27.lha            Graphics/Tools            dcraw 9.27,  CLI conver...
pngcrush_1.8.13.lha       Graphics/Tools            PngCrush is an optimize...
MUIwake_0.2.lha           Network/TCP               Wake On Lan with MUI gui
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[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 04:26] [Comments: 0]
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WHDLoad: New installers until 10.02.2018
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installers have been added until February 10th, 2018: (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 04:26] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Future (Webseite)

A500 accelerator board: HC 508 available
Under the title link the accelerator board HC 508 ( reported) is available. A 68HC000 processor with 50 MHz is used and a slot for IDE harddrives as well as for compact flash cards is available. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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Scene World Magazine (ANF)

Video interview with Christian Spanik: Part 4 released
A year ago the Scene World Magazine started a video interview series with Christian Spanik ("Neues... - die Computer-Show"; reported). Now part four has been released. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

[News message: 11. Feb. 2018, 04:12] [Comments: 0]
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