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MorphZone (Webseite)

MorphOS: Web browser Wayfarer 2.0
Jacek 'jacadcaps' Piszczek's web browser Wayfarer is now available in version 2.0. Reason for the version leap is change of the browser's core: Now Wayfarer is based on the latest stable implementation of WebKitGTK (2.32.1), which is about one year newer than the one Wayfarer 1.x used, proving this project's sustainability.

Most visible feature introduced by this is support of the so-called "dark mode" offered by some websites (example video). Furthermore some bugs have been fixed - in the past, checkmarks were not rendered at some websites for example. Please note that the ICU files included in the archive must be moved to MOSSYS: in order to run latest Wayfarer.

Changes in detail:
  • Rebased to latest stable WebKitGTK (2.32.1)
  • Implemented Dark Mode
  • Fixed a crash in HLS video playback
  • Worked around an issue preventing sites from loading, etc after quit confirmation requester got cancelled
  • Fixed webkit message log functionality that crashed if the resulting message contained formatting sequences
  • Changed rendering of elements like checkmarks that were missing on some websites
  • Out-of-RAM crashes no longer bring up the Send Bugreport messagebox
Required are MorphOS 3.15 and 1 GB of RAM. A CPU with at least 1.5 GHz is recommended. For feedback to the author, besides the integrated crash report tool also e-mails to wayfarer at or the corresponding thread at MorphZone can be used. (snx)

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Aminet uploads until 19.06.2021
The following files have been added until 19.06.2021 to Aminet:
Birthtro36.lha           demo/intro 70K   68k Birthtro 36 intro (Outline 2021)
D1X_Rebirth_RTG.lha      game/shoot 2.5M  68k Amiga port of Descent (DXX-Re...
AmiArcadia.lha           misc/emu   4.3M  68k Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadiaMOS.lha        misc/emu   4.7M  MOS Signetics-based machines emul...
AmiArcadia-OS4.lha       misc/emu   4.8M  OS4 Signetics-based machines emul...
DOSBox_RTG.lha           misc/emu   1.5M  68k Amiga port of DOSBox
xiffview.tgz             misc/unix  23K       IFF ILBM picture viewer for L...
Wecandothis.lha          mods/8voic 459K      We Can Do This 5ch Road Rock
hippoplayerSource.lha    mus/play   768K      HippoPlayer source code
RNOArchive_68k.lha       util/arc   3.0M  68k Graphical archive manager
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  1.1M  68k free icon.library in optimize...
snapit.lha               util/misc  507K  MOS A screen grabber with MUI-Int...
ViNCEd.lha               util/shell 852K  68k ViNCEd, the CON: with ^Z & TA...

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OS4Depot uploads until 19.06.2021
The following files have been added until 19.06.2021 to OS4Depot:
gtk-mui.lha              dev/lib 5Mb   4.0 A wrapper lib to wrap GTK+ calls...
oo.lha                   dev/lib 1Mb   4.1 Bring easier programming to C an...
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 5Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
ppm2bbc.lha              gra/edi 37kb  4.0 24-bit PPM6 into BBC Micro scree...
snapit.lha               uti/mis 507kb 4.1 Powerful MUI-based Screen Grabber
jumble.lha               uti/tex 124kb 4.1 Jumble solver

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MorphOS-Storage uploads until 19.06.2021
The following files have been added until 19.06.2021 to MorphOS-Storage:
AmiArcadia_27.4.lha       Emulation                 A Signetics-based machi...
SnapIt_1.5.lha            System/Ambient/Utilities  A screen grabber with M...

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Artur Gadawski per Mail

7-bit: Software update for Wicher cards
A software update for the cards developed by 7-bit has been released. Changes:
  • added support for AmigaOS3.2
  • WicherCfg - added support for Wicher1220EC
  • WicherCfgGui - added support for Wicher1220EC
  • spi.librarby - added support for Wicher1220EC
  • enc28j60_w32.device - added support for Wicher1220EC
  • Tools_Menu - added support for Wicher1220EC

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Alfred Faust (ANF)

Multimedia MIDI sequencer: BarsnPipes 1.0 for Amiga OS4.1 FE
At the end of October in 2009, Alfred Faust decided to stop developing his multimedia MIDI sequencer BarsnPipes due to increasing health problems (we reported). In July 2013 he released the source code of his programm. Mainly due to Corona, Alfred Faust has a lot of spare time which among others he invested in updating his AmigaOS 4 computer and its operating system to OS 4.1 FE and eventually reworking and compiling BarsnPipes for Amiga OS 4.1 FE.

The first official full version 1.0 now is available in the download section of his website also including all previous updates. He also has updated all development documents:
  • New Rules for Tools OS 4.1 FE
  • Michael Rees SDK OS4.1 FE
  • New Rules for Skins
  • tools for creating catalogs
By releasing this full version, Alfred Faust wants to consciously distinguish from other development lines "whose programmers", as he wrote, "use my source code, but don't mention me as the main developer of BarsnPipes (not Bars&Pipes Professional 2.5). This is not a good style and also violates the copyrights." (dr)

[News message: 17. Jun. 2021, 06:14] [Comments: 0]
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AmigaLove (ANF)

Mod-Player: HippoPlayer 2.46beta
After 21 years today Kari-Pekka Koljonen has released an update of his MOD player HippoPlayer on Github. He wrote:

"There was an actual user request (by daxb) in the English Amiga Board a few years back to remove the module list size restriction. This turned out to be a fun challenge. The code assumed the module list index to be a positive 16-bit number, and also used the same index with some magic values to mean a few things. There were a lot of places to change to make this work. The restriction is now at 0x1ffff (131071), which is a crazy amount.

Such a large list eats a lot of memory and is quite slow to process, as it is a doubly linked list. List iteration operations needed some optimization to be usable on an A500. (Next challenge: get rid of the linked list approach.) Random play bookkeeping previously worked only for lists of up to 8192 (0x1fff) modules, this limit is now removed as well.

I decided to challenge myself with some UI changes. The main window buttons are quite cryptic with both left and right mouse button actions, which I have conveniently forgot about. I implemented a modern feeling tooltip which will pop up a helpful text for each button. Maybe this is a first tooltip on kick1.3?

Right clicks on the buttons don't really work like left clicks. I don't know why the past-me left them like that, they're ugly and non-user friendly that way. I changed the buttons to have a proper visualization for right clicks as well.

I also added a few wait pointers to places with long running operations.

Another thing that motivated me to do some hippo coding was the realization that the multitasking approaches used in HiP are bad. At the time I had no idea about thread safe programming. This could lead to some random crashes at times due to bad luck with timing.

Exec provides semaphores to protect shared data, so these were added to a lot of places. Some safety regarging interrupts relying on some data was also added. External applications using the HippoPort still use all data freely.

  • Extraneous requester pop up removed when loading TFMX modules.
  • Fixed a case where unpacked modules were not identified as modules, or a non-module file was identified as a valid module (due to badly initialized memory).
  • A memory leak removed from the file requester.
  • Memory usage is lowered in several situations:
    • Random play bookkeeping now uses a dynamically allocated table.
    • Each modulelist entry is now about 30 bytes smaller, for 1000 modules that means memory savings of about 30 kB! :-)
    • Unnecessary library loading removed from startup. This also speeds up starting on slow machines.
  • Improved stability
    • Starting and stopping playback and loading modules like a crazy person is now not so prone to crashing. This is achieved by adding exclusive access checks to module data and module list in several places (see above).
  • Other general bad behaviour removed from many places, not directly visible to user.
  • May survive low memory situations better when loading module programs or adding files.
  • A bunch of smaller fixes, such as enforcer hit removals at a few places.
  • Code refactoring! It's still quite a mess in many places."
The latest beta version can be downloaded from releases. After unpacking the archive, in the folder "dist" the new version is available and can be copied over the existing installation. '' has to be copied to 'S'. (dr)

[News message: 16. Jun. 2021, 07:16] [Comments: 0]
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