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31.Aug.2019



Web browser: IBrowse 2.5 available
Press release: 30th August 2019 - Oliver Roberts and the IBrowse Team are pleased to announce the immediate release of IBrowse 2.5 for AmigaOS 3.x and 4.x. After many years in the making, development has been on a roller coaster since IBrowse 2.4, with challenging personal, technical and commercial issues complicating the release schedule. However, we are extremely happy to finally make this new version available to all the valued users who have been waiting so patiently.

IBrowse 2.5 fixes many bugs, making it the most stable and fastest version yet, but more importantly brings modern SSL/TLS support and a fully native AmigaOS 4.x build. Below is a very brief summary of the key changes since version 2.4:
  • Brand new OS4 PPC native version. This is not a simple port, but we have taken great care to ensure it fully utilises of all the relevant new features avaiable in OS4 and as such requires a minimum of OS4.1 Final Edition. Uses the new graphics.library RTG system, dropping CyberGraphX support completely. Other features include faster image rendering using hardware compositing, anti-aliased text rendering and proper daylight saving time handling.
  • Support for AmiSSLv4 has been added to IBrowse 2.5, allowing the use of the most up to date SSL implementation available for AmigaOS, including TLSv1.3, based on the most recent versions of OpenSSL.
  • Integrated with new MUI 4.0 and 5.0 features, including new context sensitive mouse pointers, support for various built-in MUI menus and other new GUI additions. MUI 3.8 is still supported (although we recommend 3.9 as a minimum).
  • Browser spoofing strings can now be customised in a variety of different ways with up to 128 user defined strings available in the preferences.
  • All the internal image decoders have been improved, with various fixes, alpha channel handling, and speed optimisations. The JPEG and PNG decoders now fully utilise the decoding improvements and optimisations from the current Warp Datatypes, which also includes AltiVec acceleration in the JPEG decoder.
  • Full alpha channel support on >= 15-bit displays (OS4 only).
  • 4Gb+ file handling and downloads, with files bigger than 2Gb now being handled properly in the GUI (OS4 only).
  • The OpenSearch standard is now supported for allowing search engines to automatically be added to the search bar, in addition to the existing older Sherlock/Mycroft support from IBrowse 2.4.
  • TextEditField object has had an overhaul, fixing various issues and adding new features. Rendering is done in a more MUI4/5 compatible manner allowing these objects to inherit your MUI settings. Your mousewheel can now be used for scrolling and various MUI defined keyboard shortcuts are now honoured.
  • Improved general stability and memory leaks plugged.
  • Hundreds of other minor and major bug fixes + improvements, and increased tolerance of broken sites for better compatibility.

Editorial note: Also for existing customers, the update is not available for free: if you watn to use the demo version without any limitations you have to purchase a keyfile. The full version costs 54 Euro and you will get the 68k as well as the PPC version for it. Upgrades of previous versions cost 45 Euro (upgrades of IBrowse 1.x) or 30 Euro (IBrowse 2.x). If you are going to upgrade only your AmigaOS 3 version, you only have to pay 15 or 30 Euro depending on version of the existing keyfile. (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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30.Aug.2019
Andreas Magerl (ANF)


Print magazine: Amiga Future, issue 140
The English and German editions of Amiga Future 140 (September/October 2019) have been released today and can be ordered from the magazine staff or various Amiga dealers. The publisher has pointed out that recently the magazine was selling very well. Therefore it was sold out before the publication date. Until an increase of the edition will be realized it is highly recommended to order in advance at an early stage or to acquire a subscription.

This issue's topics include reviews to the AmigaOS 3.1.4-Update and "Skill Grid" as well as a special about "XCopy". (cg) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019



Aminet-Uploads until 24.08.2019
The following archives have been added to Aminet until August 24th, 2019:
jrm-hc74.lha             demo/sound 287K      dA JoRMaS: Happy Carva #74
re2c-morphos.lha         dev/gg     7.1M  MOS Modern lexer generator for C/C++
libgif_a68k.lha          dev/lib    642K  68k library for manipulating GIF ...
MCE.lha                  game/edit  2.6M  68k Multi-game Character Editor
MCE-OS4.lha              game/edit  3.0M  OS4 Multi-game Character Editor
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   4.3M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadiaMOS.lha        misc/emu   4.6M  MOS Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia-OS4.lha       misc/emu   4.8M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
AmigaAMP3.lha            mus/play   1.7M  OS4 Multi format audio player wit...
AmigaAMP3-68k.lha        mus/play   361K  68k MPEG audio player with GUI
ptplayer.lha             mus/play   26K   68k ProTracker player w/ support ...
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019



OS4Depot-Uploads until 24.08.2019
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until August 24th, 2019:
amigaamp3.lha            aud/pla 2Mb   4.1 Multi format audio player with GUI
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 5Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
mce.lha                  gam/uti 3Mb   4.0 Multi-game Character Editor
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019



AROS-Archives-Uploads until 24.08.2019
The following archives have been added to AROS-Archives until August 24th, 2019:
aros-one-v1.1-pc-i386-par... uti/mis 137Mb New Distribution Similar at OS3....
aros-one-v1.1-pc-i386-par... uti/mis 137Mb New Distribution Similar at OS3....
aros-one-v1.1-pc-i386-par... uti/mis 137Mb New Distribution Similar at OS3....
aros-one-v1.1-pc-i386-par... uti/mis 48Mb  New Distribution Similar at OS3....
led-20190818.tar.gz          uti/tex 12kb  A simple line-oriented text editor.
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019



MorphOS-Storage-Uploads until 24.08.2019
The following archives have been added to MorphOS-Storage until August 24th, 2019:
Tree_1.8.0.lha            Files/Dir                 Display a tree view of ...
WormWars_9.21.lha         Games/Action              Advanced snake game by ...
DimScreen_1.1.lha         System/Ambient/Commoditie Dims your screen to eye...
ModernArt_3.0.lha         System/Ambient/Blankers   Screen Blanker by Matth...
WSK_icon_pack.lha         System/Ambient/Icons      WSK_icon_pack.lha
Re2c_1.2.1.lha            Development/GeekGadgets   Scanner generator f. re...
AmiArcadia_25.7.lha       Emulation                 A Signetics-based machi...
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25.Aug.2019



WHDLoad: New installers until 24.08.2019
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 August 24th, 2019:
  • 2019-08-20 improved: Premiere (Core Design) avoid trashed gfx, quit via joypad, levelskip added (Info)
  • 2019-08-18 improved: Road Rash (Electronic Arts Racing) adapted to whdload v17, joypad support, added password management (Info)
(snx) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019
K&A+ (ANF)


Print magazine: K&A+ #13 (Polish/English)
Komoda & Amiga plus is a Polish print magazine about the C64 and the Amiga which is also sold in an English-language edition. Additionally an Amiga-Cover-CD is available which can be ordered separately. The magazine has 82 pages and is available for 8 Euro plus shipping.

The latest 13th issue includes a review about WinUAE, articles about the biggest Commodore collection, the games "The Settlers" and "Street Fighter 2" as well as interviews with Gunnar Kristjánsson, Carl-Henrik Skĺrstedt and Roy Widding. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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25.Aug.2019
Thomas Wenzel (ANF)


Audio player: AmigaAMP3 3.25 (update)
Thomas Wenzel wrote: This version mainly provides bug fixes and stability improvements. As new feature the AmigaOS-4 version now also supports the mpega.library for decoding MP2/MP3.

As user you can now choose between the traditional AMP (giving the name to the application) and MPEG-A. MPEG-A is available as highly optimized fixed point version which, in particular, requires few computing time under QEMU-based emulations (WinUAE).

Update: (27.08.2019, 06:15, dr)

Upon request of amiga-news.de Thomas Wenzel confirmed the experiences of a reader that AmigaAMP 3.25 cannot read WAV/AIFF files. This support was skipped by introducing version 3 of the 68k version. Thomas Wenzel cannot remember the exact reason for it but will examine it. (snx) (Translation: (dr)

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