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GoldEd Studio 6 SP 17 CD
Dietmar Eilert, author of this genius editor, offers a small stock of GoldED Studio 6 SP 17 CDs at a special price. This version fully upgradeable.

REBOL/Core 2.5
Version 2.5 of REBOL/Core is now released for Amiga and AmigaDE, it contains hundreds of improvements and bugfixes.

Tales of Tamar
The chronicle of the year 75 of the online game Tales of Tamar is now available.

Frank Fenn provides version 0.65 of his MUI sample-editors Audiomaster2k for download.The program is shareware, you can not save with the demo version. Download: audiomaster2k.lha - 274 kb

Ico-datatype V43.5
Version 43.5 of Stephan Rupprecht's ICO-datatype is ready for download. Download: IcoDT.lha - 17 kb

MorphOS software
More and more software is ported to MorphOS. Now SoX (Sound exchange) V12.17.1 and NcFTP V2.4.3 are available for download.

Report+ V4.4
Report+ is one of these small but very useful programs that makes things easier for the user. With Report+ you can create in a simple way bug reports, Aminet readme-files, documentations, and similar reports. The program is freeware and is based upon ReAction and GadTools. Download: report.lha - 350 kb (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 18:34] [Comments: 0]
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AmiBench Needs Beta Testers
AmiBench, the international Amiga blackboard is looking for beta testers for a new version. If you are interested to test the new scripts, please subscribe to the AmiBench-betatest-mailinglist. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 18:04] [Comments: 0]
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AIO #45 Released
Issue 45 of the online magazine 'AIO'(Amiga Information Online) is released. Still authors for articles and reviews are wanted. Download: AIOV45.lha (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 18:00] [Comments: 0]
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New Virus Menaces Internet
In America experts are warning of a new virus, which uses a security leak of the server software 'Bind'. The worm can disconnect complete networks from the Internet and makes websites non-reachable.

Lion, so the name of the new virus, uses a leak in the software 'Bind', used almost on every Linux domain name server. The software controls the coupling of IP and real address.

In the last two days the quantity of attacks has risen about 500%. But only 1/10 of companies have taken countermeasures. The virus sends password and other information to an email address in China. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 17:52] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Kürzinger via eMail

Full Release of AKIconzGold
The Full Release of my icon collection AKIconzGold is now availble from my homepage and in a few days fom Aminet. The collection contains about 300 icons, most of them are game icons, like in AKIconz 1-4.

The icons are drawn in up to 32 colours, based upon an enhanced MWB/RomIcons/BNSM/Bicons palette. Because they are no New-/GlowIcons they do not need the NewIcons patch nor OS3.5+ but a predefined colour palette for the Workbench.

The preferences for this palette are explained in detail in the now contained guide and gives no disadvantages at all - and is especially for LowSpec-User (030, no gfx board) a colourful (and completely MWB/RomIcons/BNSW/Bicons compatible) alternative to New-/GlowIcons. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 16:55] [Comments: 0]
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Michael Heider at the ANF

SuSE Linux PPC 7.1 Availble from April
On 23.03.2001 on the homepage of SuSE was announced that SuSE Linux PPC 7.1 is available. You can order online or by telephone at SuSE. Deliveries will begin in April said a spokesman. Like for the previous versions, I will create an installation manual for Amiga and announce it here in the amiga-news.

At this point I want to ask coders and users (testers) about a software project i want to start. This project is about the Mac emulator (PPC) "MacOnLinux", that is available for Macs with LinuxPPC. The aim of the project is to port this Mac emulator to Linux-APUS systems. So I just want to know if there is interest from coders and users.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to me. Please let me know then if you have good knowledge of C and C++ programming for Linux, but all other users are welcome, too. I will inform all of you that are interested the progress of this project so far. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 16:46] [Comments: 0]
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Ch. DZ at the ANF

TECHNODATABASE00, 100% Amiga CD-ROM, made with Scala and filled with Techno (400 MB demos, gfx, texts, and music software).

DPIXELS (Compilation of amiga-made creations and utilities) was updated. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 27. Mar. 2001, 08:12] [Comments: 0]
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Kai Stegemann on ANF

Server Moving, New Videos Online
`Amiga - The Site` moved to a new server. The new videos are already available. The new colors should make the navigation more easy. The videos are now situated in a special area of the download side. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Mar. 2001, 21:34] [Comments: 0]
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Bill Borsari via E-Mail

UGN @ Amiga 2001
The UGN is happy to present live audio, webcam and ICQ from the Amiga St Louis show 2001! This is only possible with the help of Amiga Inc, Amiga St Louis, NovaDesign, National Capital Amiga Users Group and AudioLabs. The planned start time of the webcast will begin Saturday March 31st at 11:00 AM CST (GMT -6) and will end on Sunday April 1st at 5 PM CST. We hope to bring the top amiga personalities through the power of the internet right your Amiga so you can ask the important questions.

How it will work is the UGN staff will get a guest from the show floor and bring them to the UGN booth. Amigan's at home will be able to see the guest through the webcam and listen to guest speak over the internet with shoutcast technology. You can ask questions with ICQ and listen to the answers live over the internet.

Please visit the UGN website at for more information. If you have any further questions or comments please email (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Mar. 2001, 18:44] [Comments: 0]
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Sebastian Bauer on ANF

New SimpleMail Alpha Version
New features of the SimpleMail 0.5 alpha:
  • mail preselection before downloading
  • redesign of the reading-window
  • if possible the mails will be send by using 8bit mime
  • button pictures will not reloaded every time
  • support for the SimpleMail User Gallery
  • Bug Fixes
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[News message: 26. Mar. 2001, 18:27] [Comments: 0]
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UAE Discussion Board (ANF)

UAE-JIT/Linux Source Snapshot
A new patch for the Just-In-Time compiler for linux UAE is available at the title link. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Mar. 2001, 11:03] [Comments: 0]
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Jens Schoenfeld on ANF

individual Computers at the Gateway Amiga Show 2001
individual Computers will attend the Gateway Amiga Show in St. Louis. Beside the well known products we will present the new prototype of the VarIO zorro-board, the successor of Hypercom.

The new software system by Thore Böckelmann - that replaces HyperIO and Silversurfer.device - will bring new features even to owners of Silversurfer or Goldsurfer.

In co-operation with Cloanto Software - producer of `Amiga Forever` - we will present a Catweasel for the ISA-bus. This offers the possibility to read Amiga floppies with your PC. Furthermore there will be a seminar about the hardware design of Zorro-2-boards. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 26. Mar. 2001, 02:32] [Comments: 0]
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Sharp to Use Java Technology in Devices for User Convenience
According to an article at, Sharp (also manufacturing currently the Zaurus PDAs) will use PersonalJava of the TAO Group in a series of Zaurus PDA devices.

In an article by Golem "Sharp brings Linux-PDA to germany in summer" however, Linux is mentioned as OS for the Zaurus-PDAs.

This is interesting since many are speculating currently (however not confirmed) that the OS used by Sharp could be the new AmigaDE.

More news about the subject:
The Register: Sharp to beat Palm with Linux, Java - official (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 25. Mar. 2001, 22:15] [Comments: 0]
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Brad Webb via E-Mail

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Editor's Thoughts and Introduction:

 We're almost to the Amiga 2001 show in Saint Louis, USA, and all the
news that has been hinted at. It's hard to believe it could contain as
much earth shattering news as we'd all like, but we do expect some
significant announcements there. We hope a number of our readers can
join us at the show for whatever news will be revealed.
 If you do make it to the show, please be sure to say "hi" if you get
the chance. We'll be there through the entire show, and hope to have a
chance to talk to many of you.
 In the meantime, there's lots of news in the Amiga community to bring
you with this issue. There seem to be changes everywhere, especially
in the software arena, and some interesting changes on the marketing
side of the community as well. This includes saying good-bye to yet
another long-time Amiga supporter.


 There has been a lot of talk on the Net lately about a German
manufacturer bringing out a PDA which uses Amiga DE. Looks like that
company may be Thendic. Here's part of a Thendic press release that
has shown up recently on some sites:

 "With the launch of SmartBoy Thendic will realise a quantum leap. The
b2b version is launched today, a consumer version will be ready for
distribution at the end of 2001. This product will be marketed under
the label of Amiga DE. Thendic secured the rights for this name

 Thendic`s other product CashBoy will be marketed aggressively in
2001. The CashBoy so far used in Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Turkey,
Brazil and Argentina will be distributed in Asia and USA"

 If this proves to be true, we'll be among those first in line to
purchase one - but only if (brace yourselves for this) it can
synchronize data with a (it really hurts to say this) Windows PC. Why
on earth would we want that? Because, truth be told, a PDA is of very
limited use to most people unless you can use it as an extension of
your business desk top computer. If it can't do that, it won't survive
 I suppose there may be a future for one that can link to Linux
computers or "Star Office", but it's not as likely at the present
 Look at it this way - if it can sync with Windows machines, it
becomes one way to get Windows users to use something Amiga and maybe
learn about a better way to do computing. And if it can link to
Windows, then it can be made to link to your Amiga DE or Amiga Classic
desktop also, just as has been done with Palm Pilots.


 There's still some time to help promote the Amiga 2001 show in Saint
Louis if you have a web page and haven't already gotten "into the
act". This promises to be a show with very important annoucements for
the Amiga community, as we mentioned above .
 If you have an Amiga web page, you can help support the show, and
keep it growing. Clicking on the following link will download an
archive containing a jpeg and sample html code which you can add to
your page. These will establish a link to the show's web site, and
allow Amigans to easily get information on the show. You can see them
in action on the "Amiga Update" links page. Use this URL to download
the archive:

 Please consider adding this link to your web page, as a contribution
to the Amiga Community.
 Those of you involved with other key Amiga shows, please let us know
if you'd like "Amiga Update" to help you distribute similar archives
of links for your shows. We're here to support the Community.
 Brad Webb,
E-mail to the E-ditor:

12 March, 2001

 I was wondering if any of your readers might have a copy of the
colorgadget.library that came with MathVision? I own a legitimate copy
of the program but I deleted the library by mistake & have no backup.
I've tried on more than one occasion to contact the owners of the
MathVision website (, but
they never respond to my e-mails. I will happily supply my serial
number to anyone, proving that I own the program (if necessary).

 Thanx in advance,
If anyone knows where Jim could get a legal copy of
colorgatdget.library, please contact us and we'll put him in touch
with you.

21 Feb 2001
Hi Brad!

 ADUG is a regional User Group, acting as an umbrella organisation and
is open to all members of the Amiga community who reside in Australia
or New Zealand (Australasia)

  -  hence the name Amiga Downunder

 I am Secretary of ADUG, and one of three Australian members of the
Amiga Advisory Council (AAC), and I have long admired your site as a
no-nonsense provider of Amiga news. Consequently, I would like to
direct my ADUG Members to your site for news of, and about, the Amiga
via a link on ADUG's News page (if that's alright by you), but I noted
your comment recently that as there is a paucity of such news, you may
not be publishing your newsletter so often.

 I hope this will not always be so, as I do believe that Bill and his
team are on the right track (both in their push with the Amiga DE and
their continued support of the Classic) and I certainly look forward
to your coverage of the St Louis Amiga Show at the end of March.

 The purpose of this email is to ask whether you could put something
about ADUG on Amiga Update which will direct people who live in
Australia and New Zealand to our site.

 Something like "For more detailed information about the Amiga and the
Amiga community in Australia and New Zealand, check ut Amiga Downunder
UG Inc, the regional User Group for those living `downunder." ...

  ... using "Amiga Downunder UG  Inc" as the link to

Check us out.  We'd be very grateful  :))

Best wishes
Basil Flinter
 <== ADUG - bringing the Australasian Amiga community together ==>
              - the Amiga User Group for All Australasians -
 Thanks for writing - it's always a pleasure to hear from you, and
others who keep Amiga user groups running around the world for that
matter. I thought I'd run part of your letter, as you put your case in
the best words possible and your enthusiasm for the group clearly
 Readers who live in that part of the planet and who haven't checked
out ADUG owe it to themselves to do so. Help keep this great group
functioning and a strong part of the community.
 We've added an ADUG link to our "Amiga Update" archive site links
page, so those who stop by can find a quick way there.

            A   R E Q U E S T   F R O M   A M I G A

30 Dec 2000

{Didn't see this until just recently. Those in non-English speaking
nations, please forward to any local Amiga clubs you can. Thanks!

 If you are a member of an Amiga user group, please go to the
following link to sign your group up.

Also, can some of you please pass this post to non-English speaking
Amiga newsgroups, web sites,  and publications as well?


Gary Peake
Director - Developer Relations and Support
Amiga Inc.

   A M I G A   P R O F E S S I O N A L S   A S S O C I A T I O N

26 February, 2001

 In just a few days the Amiga 2001 show will begin in St. Louis. It
will also herald the formation of the Amiga Professionals Association
(APA) - a group formed to serve ALL Amiga professionals; developers,
resellers, publishers and more.

 The first meeting of the APA will be hosted by Kermit Woodall and
will be Friday evening. The meeting is open to all current
professionals in the Amiga market. Topics discussed will include
mutual cooperation, the Amiga market and the Amiga itself! Other
topics are welcome as well.

 There are no admission fees for the meeting of course, and all
developers are strongly urged to be sure they attend. You won't want
to miss this meeting!

Full information on the Amiga 2001 show follows.

Kermit Woodall

Two day admission (Sat. & Sun.)............... $17 ($20 at door)
One day admission (Sat. or Sun.).............. $12 ($15 at door)
Banquet-Petro ROAST & Bill McEwen speaks...... $35 (advance only)

Class tickets sold at show.
Friday is the Developers Conference - Tickets at door.

Please mail your check or money order, in U.S. funds, for tickets to
Amiga2001 and the banquet Saturday evening to this address:

Amigan-St. Louis
c/o Amiga2001
P.O. Box 672
Bridgeton, MO 63044

 For hotel reservations, call the Sheraton West Port - Chalet Hotel at
191 West Port Plaza Drive, in St. Louis, MO. at: 314-878-1500. You
must call between 8 am - 10:30 pm CST Monday thru Friday. Ask for the
reservation desk and tell them that you are going to Amiga2001 so that
you get your discount. If you call at any other hours or on weekends,
you will not be able to get ahold of the hotels reservation desk and
the people answering will not know about the Amiga2001 show. So please
call between 8 am - 10:30 pm CST, Monday - Friday.

 The web page is updated, and the prize page
is up. More will be added later, so stay tuned.

Best Regards,

Bob Scharp

       A M I G A   L E G E N D S   A T   S T .   L O U I S

24 Mar 2001


 Yes, it's true. Not only is Dave Haynie attending the Amiga2001 show,
but now we learn that Leo Schwab another Amiga legend is also
attending Amiga2001.

 Leo Schwab and Dave Haynie are both legends in the Amiga community.
Let's all make them feel welcome.

 If you haven't made up you mind about attending Amiga2001, the
largest Amiga computer show in the Americas, now is the time to do so.
Don't miss this chance to meet some of the finest people in the
computer industry... Amigans.

Best Regards,

Best Regards,

Bob Scharp,

Amigan-St. Louis
P.O. Box 672
Bridgeton, MO 63044

         C H A N G E S   T O   F R E E   A M I G A   J O B S

 Köln/Erkrath, Germany, 02-Mar-2001 - In April 2000 the team of and AMIGAplus founded "Free Amiga Jobs", the free online
employment agency for the Amiga market, filling over fifty jobs in all
fields since its birth and making new Amiga projects possible.

 On March 1st, 2001, we changed the strucure of Free Amiga Jobs.
Employers may now feed their jobs into the new, powerful databank
directly, while employees may search for an appropriate job offer
filling out several search criterias. Furthermore, this online job
agency is of course still free of charges for both employers and

 "Free Amiga Jobs" is located in the World Wide Web at
"", but may also be
navigated to from the websites "" or

        J U N O   U S U R P S   Y O U R   C O M P U T E R

By Brad Webb

 The huge ISP company Juno has recently changed their Terms of Service
to include conditions that should cause most computer users to think
several times before signing up with them. Here's an excerpt from the
actual terms of their agreement:

 2.5. You expressly permit and authorize Juno to

 (i) download to your computer one or more pieces of software (the
"Computational Software") designed to perform computations, which may
be unrelated to the operation of the Service, on behalf of Juno (or on
behalf of such third parties as may be authorized by Juno, subject to
the Privacy Statement),

 (ii) run the Computational Software on your computer to perform and
store the results of such computations, and

 (iii) upload such results to Juno's central computers during a
subsequent connection, whether initiated by you in the course of using
the Service or by the Computational Software as further described
below ... you agree not to take any action to disable or interfere
with the operation of ... any component of the Computational Software.

 You agree that, as between you and Juno, you shall be responsible for
any costs or expenses resulting from the continuous operation of your
computer, including without limitation any associated charges for
electricity, and that you shall have sole responsibility for any
maintenance or technical issues that might result from such continuous

 You agree that, as between you and Juno, Juno shall have sole rights
to the results of any computations performed by the Computational
Software, including without limitation any revenues or intellectual
property generated directly or indirectly as a result of such
computations, without further compensation to you. ...[Y]ou expressly
permit and authorize Juno to initiate a telephone connection from your
computer to Juno's central computers using a dial-in telephone number
you have previously selected for accessing the Service ... you agree
that, as between you and Juno, you shall be responsible for any costs
and expenses (including without limitation any applicable telephone
charges) resulting from the foregoing ... You agree that you will not
attempt to reverse engineer any such software, data, or other
materials or transfer or disclose any such software, data, or other
materials, or the results of any such computations, to any third

 You acknowledge that your compliance with the requirements of this
Section 2.5 may be considered by Juno to be an inseparable part of the
Service, and that any interference with the operation of the
Computational Software (including, but not limited to, any failure to
leave your computer turned on at all times) may result in termination
or limitation of your use of the Service.

 All these words boil can be summarized in a few disturbing points.
First, you allow Juno to use your computer for whatever it wishes,
whenever it wishes to use it. You are not allowed to discover what
Juno is doing with your computer. You have to leave your computer
powered up and accessible at all times in case Juno wants to use it.
You pay to have the results of their use sent to them by e-mail. If
anything happens to your computer along the way, that's no concern of
theirs and you can do nothing about it.
 The only good we can find in this at "Amiga Update" is to assume
there may be a laugh or two at Juno's expense the first time they try
to run anything on an Amiga. We bet they have no idea what one is, and
if we're lucky maybe they don't even allow Amigas to connect. Even if
they do, we don't think we'd be interested in taking the risk.

      S C H A T Z T R U H E   G M B H   T O   G T I   G M B H

Waldshut-Tiengen/Essen, 26th February 2001

 GTI Grenville Trading International GmbH has been active as
distributor for Amiga software since 1987 and supplies a worldwide
network of dealers. Stefan Ossowski's Schatztruhe Gesellschaft für
Software mbH has been one of the leading publishers of Amiga
productivity software for over than 13 years. The two companies have
co-operated closely and successfully since 1994 and have contributed
to the lasting establishment of the CD-Rom medium within the Amiga
software market.

 With effect from 1st March 2001, both companies have agreed to
intensify their co-operation further, with GTI Gmbh taking over the
operating business of Schatztruhe GmbH. All publishing activities of
Schatzruhe will be re-located to Waldshut-Tiengen and continued in
undiminished scale as a business division of GTI GmbH.

 The change will be handled as simply as possible for customers,
suppliers, and other business partners of Schatztruhe GmbH, only
contact information being changed to the following as from the 1st
March 2001 :

GTI Grenville Trading International GmbH
Weihergasse 5
79761 Waldshut-Tiengen

Telephon: +49-(0)700 - 70 60 50 40
Telefax : +49-(0)201 - 426 00 00

Internet: (General Enquiries & Orders) (Technical Support)

 Schatztruhe will continue to publish high-quality Amiga software at
attractive prices. A number of new products are already in preparation
for 2001.

       N A T I O N A L   A M I G A   I S   A L I V E   . . .

28 February, 2001

 National Amiga has not gone bankrupt, has not been bought out by a PC
chain, and has not been abducted by aliens. There have been rumours
floating around for quite some time that National Amiga had bitten the
dust as far as Amiga retail was concerned. Simply not true! The
website has had intermittent connectivity due to a combination of site
upgrades, hardware shuffles, and problems with the broadband internet
provider. The latest incarnation of the website should be up shortly
at at the present time it is sub-beta and
still very much under development, but the contact information on the
page is still the same. You see "Archtech Computers" on the banner...
Arch Computer Technology has been the parent company of National Amiga
for many, many years. Similarly, they've been doing multiplatform
retail and service for a very long time. That hasn't changed!

            . . .   B U T   W O N D E R   I S   G O N E

Press Release - February 23, 2001

 Magma Communications steps in to provide Internet access and email to
 clients of

 Ottawa, Ontario, February 23, 2001 - Magma Communications Ltd. today
announced that it has agreed to provide Internet access and hosting
services to the customer base of - an Internet division of
Wonder Computers. Wonder Computers ceased business operations
yesterday. {Wonder Computers had been a long-time Amiga supplier.

 The arrangement will ensure that's 750 customers continue
to receive Internet services. Magma has agreed to honor's
existing client arrangements.

 "Magma is a recognized leader in the Ottawa and Canadian Internet
communities," said AJ. Byers, Magma's Chief Operating Officer. "Magma
felt a responsibility to step in and help make sure that people
weren't left without their Internet and email access."

 "Within an hour of learning Wonder was going to cease operations,
Magma had determined that it would act to ensure that's
customers would have continued access to the Internet and email
through Magma," stated Mr. Byers. clients are encouraged to call Magma's customer service
group at (613) 228-3565 to re-activate their accounts. Magma's
technical staff is working around the clock with various Internet
organizations to ensure that there is minimal disruption to's clients.

 Magma Communications is Ottawa's leading full-service Internet
Company and employs over 140 people. Founded in 1995, Magma is a
privately owned firm that specializes in providing reliable, High
Speed Internet service throughout Ontario and Quebec. Services include
residential and corporate Internet access, custom web solutions, and a
full range of website and server hosting services. Visit:
for more details or contact AJ Byers at (613) 228-3565.

               A S I M W A R E   T O   I O M E G A

 ROY, Utah, March 1, 2001 - Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global
leader in data management solutions, today announced that it has
acquired the software product line of Asimware Innovations Inc., a
Canadian developer of CD-RW software technology, as an investment in
Iomega's rapidly growing software solutions business.

 "We're pleased to announce this acquisition, which builds additional
core competencies in software needed for the next stage of growth at
Iomega," said Bruce Albertson, president and chief executive officer,
Iomega Corporation. "This acquisition is expected to make tangible
contributions to our software and CD-RW product lines this year."

 Under the agreement, the Asimware software engineering team will
immediately join Iomega's software division. In the fourth quarter of
2001, Iomega expects to introduce full-featured optical drive software
which includes a unique "skins" technology that enables users to
customize the look and feel of their software.

 "Iomega's strategy is to build a broad software business that
supports our existing hardware platforms and generates new stand-alone
retail software products," said Germaine Ward, senior vice president,
software and e-business, Iomega Corporation. "The addition of Asimware
technology and programming expertise fits perfectly into that
strategy. By combining our software competencies, our aim is to create
distinct competitive advantages in our already successful CD-RW
product line as well as contribute new products to our newly developed
portfolio of software products for sale."

 Iomega expects to offer new software using Asimware technology in
future CD-RW software bundles that will be available in the retail
channel. Iomega's current CD-RW software bundles include Roxio, Inc.'s
Easy CD CreatorTM and DirectCDTM software for Windows® PCs, and
ToastTM software for Macintosh® computers.

        P A U L   N O L A N   O N L I N E   S T O R E

 San Diego, CA.-March 20, 2001- Paul Nolan Software Inc. is pleased to
announce the launch of the Photogenics eStore,, and the official launch of Photogenics
5.0 for the Amiga, and for the first time, Linux and Windows.
Photogenics 5.0 is now available for immediate purchase and download
via's electronic software delivery technology.

 "Our top priority is to provide our customers with an outstanding
online purchasing experience, which means making it easier for them to
find, buy and receive our products," said Paul Nolan, CEO of Paul
Nolan Software. "'s expertise in e-commerce, merchandising,
marketing, and customer service made them the right choice to build
and manage our online store."

 For those unfamiliar with the product, Photogenics is an exciting new
graphics package, delivering unprecedented levels of creativity,
freedom, and flexibility. For a full list of features, please visit
the links below.

 For existing users of Photogenics 4.x, a free upgrade to the Amiga
version of 5.0 is available for download. Customers wishing to
cross-grade from the Amiga version of Photogenics to the Linux or
Windows version may do so at a discounted price for a limited time by
following the links below:

Amiga to Windows cross-grade:

Amiga to Linux cross-grade

Additional Links:

Photogenics eStore:
Paul Nolan Software Inc.:

                 E L B O X   O N   M E D I A T O R

16 March, 2001

After six months of continuous distribution of Mediator PCI it must
be admitted that Mediator PCI has appeared to be a real hit
on Amiga market. Huge and still increasing number of Mediator users
have an opportunity to appreciate how significantly the
possibilities of the computer have grown due to introduction
of PCI standard cards to Amiga.

Our next step, which is about to take place, is to allow Mediator's
users to extend the computer with the new excellent turbo card
fitted to Mediator PCI busboard - SharkPPC G3/G4.

Those who fail to accept this marvellous product with respect
that should undoubtedly be given concerning its design, try
to underestimate its unquestionable worth by spreading not
true rumour about Mediator. In order to make this situation
clear we feel obliged to answer to this rumour.

Rumour: If your jumper is set on 8MB and you have 'vertical lines'
        trashing on the screen, you may have a buggy board.

No, it is not the true.
The fact of appearing 'vertical lines' on the screen is definitely
not the result of any fault of Mediator's board.
The presence of 'vertical line' is the result of the hardware
protection, which was installed in Mediator's busboards.

In order to avoid 'vertical lines' it is enough to set the
'memory window' jumper to 4 MB according to Mediator User's Manual.

The hardware protection was designed to enable the sell
of commercial software for Mediator's busboard secured by
the hardware key, which was supposed to be available together
with that software.
After the negotiations on WOA 2000 we have changed our plans
as far as the distribution of the graphic drivers with full
hardware acceleration implemented is concerned.
As a result of this decision the protection had been removed
from the Mediators that are being sold after the 13th
December 2000.

We do not plan to offer the upgrade of the MACH chip in which
the protection is placed, as in the forthcoming days we are going
to release the software for the Mediator which enables the reaching
of full busboard's performance independently of the 'memory window'
jumper's setting.

Joanna Mildner
ELBOX COMPUTER, Press Department

Krakow, 16 March 2001

                  G R E X   I N F O R M A T I O N

18 March, 2001

 The G-REX PCI board by DCE offers 5 PCI slots that are PCI 2.1
compatible. This allows supported standard PCI graphic cards to be
use. The picture to the left is the mid-stage prototype, the release
version will have 5 PCI-2.1 compliant slots available. A quick

 o Extremely fast PCI-Bridge-Design
 o Linear memory without bank-switching
 o Programmable via developer API using the pci library in flash-rom
 o Multi-monitor support with up to 4 graphics cards
 o Power connectors for both AT and ATX
 o DMA support for fast networking- und USB-card support

                A U T O   P D F   F O R   A M I G A

{The following item was spotted on the Czech Amiga News site recently. Brad}

23 March, 2001

 A statement from Martina Kramer: "Macintosh has a program called
Distiller. This program converts postscript files in a certain source
directory to PDF files in an output directory. We (Amiga) have
Ghostscript to create PDF files. AutoPDF uses Ghostscript to convert
postscript files into PDF files. The nice thing about AutoPDF is that
it will monitor a given directory untill files (or just one) are
copied into it, then it will convert the file to a PDF file placing it
(and the original file) into a given destination directory. Just run
AutoPDF in the background and it will convert any postscript file
placed in the source directory automatically. However, since creating
a PDF file with Ghostscript eats up most of your processor time,
conversion will only start after 'activating' the AutoPDF window.

 The program has been uploaded to Aminet, but if you want to try it
NOW... Hope it is as helpfull for you as it is for us..."

       D I G I   B O O S T E R   P R O   A D D   O N   C D

3 March, 2001

 Today we are releasing the Digi Booster Pro Add On CD-ROM. The CD is
a collection of high quality samples, modules and programs for Amiga
computers. It was designed for everyone busy with making any kind of
music. Digi Booster Pro is the main program for use with this
collection. It can edit and play all the samples, modles, mp3's found
on this CD. {This short item didn't give information on obtaining the
CD. Contact Amiga dealers for more information. Brad}

      F O R M A L D I H Y D   2 . 2   I S   A N N O U N C E D

10 March, 2001

 FormAldiHyd is a driver intended for the Aldi/Medion/Tevion MD 9310
graphic tablet and WacomIV compatible tablets. I bought a MD 9310 in
summer 2000, but have been too lazy to write a driver until November
2000. German speaking people are proposed to spell the name of this
software as "From-Aldi-Hütt'" ;)

 This program has been out some time now and has proven to be stable.

It works with:
- AipTek HyperPen 6000 (maybe other boards aswell, still unconfirmed).
- Aldi/Medion MD 9310 and Aldi/Tevion LT 9310.
- Wacom IV compatible (PenPartner etc.) (experimental)
- Sumagraphics compatible boards (unconfirmed).

 Starting with V2.2 it finally works with MFC and IOBlix serial ports!

 This is probably the only tablet driver that correctly works with all
known (MUI) applications and at the same time has full pressure

 Some portions of the code have been ported from the xf86HyperPen.c
source by Roland Jansen <> and Christian
Herzog <>, who has taken over development of

 The experimental WacomIV support has been ported from the xf86Wacom.c
source by Frederic Lepied <>.

Short list of features:

 - Comes both as CLI-only/WB (no GUI) and MUI version.

 - Works with Tevion MD 9310 and AipTek HyperPen 6000. Probably works
with other boards aswell (SummaGraphics compatible?).

 - Can be run either in 9600 or 19200 baud mode.

 - Supports pressure, which can be scaled to your requirements (e.g.
with ArtEffect).

 - Versatile support of the functions keys at top of the tablet.

 - Can play sounds on button presses to make clicks audible.

 - Supports a threshold value for the left mouse button.

 - Middle and right mouse button can be swapped for stylus.

 - Mouse and Stylus can use different active areas.

 - Mouse can be used in relative mode. A mode for left handed people
is also available.

 - Automatic detection of stylus and mouse.

 - Tablet orientation can be changed by swapping x and y coordinates.

 - Lots of different resolution can be chosen (up to 3048 LPI!).

 - Fully compatible with MUI applications.

 - Even works with low level software that reads the input events
directly (Cinema4D, MagicMenu, etc.)


There are two different programs for you to choose:

 FormAldiHyd - tablet driver with MUI interface (interactive) Formalin
- CLI only/Workbench version (argument/ToolTypes driven)

Pressure support ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 Now this is a sad story. I've done everything the AutoDocs say, but
neither TVPaint, XIPaint nor Photogenics 2 seem to support the
Intuition NEWTABLET messages and therefore readout the pressure value.
ArtEffect however, supports it in various ways (try out 'Tablet:
Intuos' or 'Accupoint').

 Please send me an email if you use this program. Thanks to those who
have done so already.

Here's a list of stuff that is planned for the next releases:

 - Gamma corrected pressure instead of linear scaling?

 - Adding some functionality to the middle mouse button.

 - Try out if old OS 2.x TABLET messages might help for other
applications pressure support.

 - tablet.library emulation for DPaint pressure support? If anyone has
docs on this library, please send them it!

Contact address
Any mail, comments or donations welcome:

Chris Hodges                    Account: 359 68 63
Kennedystr. 8                   BLZ    : 700 530 70
D-82178 Puchheim                Bank   : Sparkasse Fürstenfeldbruck
Tel.: +49-89/8005856            WWW:
Email:         IRC: platon42 on EfNet

           N E W   V E R S I O N   P E R F E C T   P A I N T

 What's New ? V2.5 - March 2001

 Add AppIcon

 - Drop one file, Pfpaint will ask you if you want to load the file as
a picture, brush or anim.

 - Drop several files, and PfPaint will create an anim.

 Improve Undo:

 - Entirely Rewritten

 - add a Real Redo

 - Add Prefs

 little bug corrected with 'Adjust levels'

 Last Jpeg.library is used.

 bug fix with effectbrush and picasso96

 Improve Edit mask: 'Pick color' now have tolerance.

 New Arrex Commands





 You can have ten buffers, each buffer can have a picture or an anim,
with different depth.

 Improve Scaling anim picture, and scaling anim window

 Improve animation storage: RAM or HD (you can also select a path for
the storage.)

     Y A C A S   -   M A T H   P R O G R A M   A V A I L A B L E

22 March, 2001

 Math program like MatLab, v1.0.45 -MorphOS- Author: Fr3dY
( Uploader: Fr3dY ( Type:
misc/math Yacas (Yet Another Computer Algebra System) is a small and
highly flexible general-purpose computer algebra language. The syntax
uses a infix-operator grammar parser. The distribution contains a
small library of mathematical functions, but its real strength is in
the language in which you can easily write your own symbolic
manipulation algorithms. Fr3dY
Amiga Update on the net:
 All back issues available at:
Stop by and check out our archive!
Copyright 2001 by Brad Webb.    Freely distributable, if not modified.
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[News message: 25. Mar. 2001, 18:43] [Comments: 0]
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Richard H. Poser II via E-Mail

AmigAIM BETA Version 0.9411 Released
The new betaversion 0.9411 of AmigaAIM, the AOL Instant Messenger for Amiga, is available for download at the usual place.

Here the original message:
AmigAIM 0.9411 Beta (24 Mar 2001)
  • This is a rather small update, compared to what is actually operational (or partially operational) in my latest unreleased version, which will probably never be publicly released, as a complete rewrite is in progress
  • Instant Messages are now sent to the server in V4 format. (shouldn't even be a noticeable change)
  • System login to Server now uses Version 4.1 protocol, this means that the password is now sent using a new protocol which encodes the password before being sent to the server (using an MD5 Hashing scheme), therefore increasing the security during system login.

NOTE: As mentioned on the Mailing List, this will probably be the last release for quite a while, as I started rewriting the entire program from scratch about a week ago

BTW: As of my last internal release before starting the rewrite, I had worked out and implemented several items. File transfer, search by common interest, selection of common interests to send to server for your own profile, etc... Hopefully, all these items will also be implemented in my rewrite :-) - In the last operational internal version, the file transfer code has so many bugs it was deemed easier to rewrite the whole program. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 25. Mar. 2001, 18:27] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas R. Kleinert via E-Mail

ak-Datatypes Updates
In the support area of Andreas R. Kleinert's website you can find updates to the following datatypes:

akJFIF - akPNG - akTIFF and akNAIL

The datatypes are as usual available for download in different CPU-versions. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 25. Mar. 2001, 18:21] [Comments: 0]
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Andreas Falkenhahn via E-Mail

CD32 Games Install Kit v4.2 NG Released
The CD32 Games Install Kit v4.2 NG has been released on the Airsoft Softwair Homepage. Now more Games (for example: Denis) can be installed and there are other, minor improvements, amongst others the use of OS3.9. As all 4.x versions of the CD32 Games Install Kits this version can also only be used and installed by owners of the 'The Best Of Airsoft Softwair Gold Edition CD-ROM'. Those who own a valid registration code may immediately have access to the update in the matching section oh the Airsoft Softwair Homepage. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

[News message: 25. Mar. 2001, 18:16] [Comments: 0]
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Alfred Sturm

New Aminet Uploads
DopJoin.lha          biz/dopus    3K+Join files with DirectoryOpus 4.xx. V1.0
Babelfish.lha        comm/irc     3K+Use babelfish from AmIRC/Shell
GoPortscan.lha       comm/net    93K+V0.1 TCP Portscanner with MUI interface
TaskiSMS_PL.lha      comm/tcp   180K+Polish catalog & documentation for Taski
ApacheMI.lha         comm/www    79K+GlowIcons for Apache Servers
showurl.lha          comm/www    19K+Showurl (program for shell to show url i
srh-vis.lha          demo/ecs   192K+SRH - Vision - **
Syn_darkeye.exe      demo/ecs    59K+Synabytes DaRKeYE **
srh-2day.lha         demo/intro 139K+SRH 2-Day Intro **
srh_love.lha         demo/intro  11K+Social Disease BBS **
syn_sg.lha           demo/intro  52K+Synabytes Sysop Greetro **
Syn_xatari.exe       demo/intro 136K+Synabytes Ex-Atari **
obligement25.lha     demo/mag   729K+Obligement #25 - Famous FRENCH fanzine !
SCL_MS2001Inv.lha    demo/mag   314K+Secretly! - MS2001 Party Invitation
up-ep007.lha         demo/sound 1.6M+UP ROUGH "Another Day EP" feat. Skope
STRPortLib.lha       dev/basic    5K+STRPortLib V1.2  BB2 hardware commands
FD2Pragma.lha        dev/misc   139K+V2.122 create pragma, inline, ... files
GNGrabber1.0PL.lha   docs/help   11K+Polish Locale for GiambyNetGrabber 1.0
T1Engine2.0PL.lha    docs/help   13K+Polish Locale for Type1Engine2.0
Virus_CheckerP.lha   docs/help   11K+Polish Locale for Virus_CheckerII v1.1
Fireball_4a.lha      docs/mags  757K+German Entertainment Magazine
Fireball_4b.lha      docs/mags  597K+German Entertainment Magazine
PaybackDemo.lha      game/actio 2.9M+Payback playable demo (Updated)
PaybackDemoUp2.lha   game/actio 659K+Updates the Payback demo to latest versi
PaybackUpdate2.lha   game/actio 982K+Updates Payback to the latest version
Rattlesnake.lha      game/actio 674K+Beat-em-up game.
ChaosLite.lha        game/board 5.7M+World's Best Board Game! 1-8 players! Fa
AOG_15.lha           game/data  3.7M+Abode of Golgotha - Addon for Heretic II
dynSP_Style.lha      game/data   89K+SouthPark Style for dynAMIte
Hd_Lion_V_M.lha      game/patch  61K+Install_H_D_Virtual_Disk
jst.lha              game/patch 180K+JOTD Startup *FREEWARE* for HD Installs 
ruffhd.lha           game/patch  25K+HD Installer & Fix for Ruff'n'Tumble V1.
zouthd.lha           game/patch  58K+HD Installer & Fix for Z-Out V2.0
GLsokoban.lha        game/think 248K+Sokoban3D in MiniGL (PPC WarpOS Warp3D)
Win95Map_s.lha       hard/drivr   5K+Keymap for Finnish/Swedish Win95 keyboar
ps2m.lha             hard/hack   10K+Ultimate Amiga PS/2 Wheel Mouse Controll
Bastards_intro.lha   mods/misc   20K+Custom module from "Bastards" intro
EnglandChamp.lha     mods/misc   50K+Custom module from "England Championship
HQC_intro.lha        mods/misc   23K+Custom module from "High Quality Crackin
VirusKillerV2.lha    mods/misc   29K+Custom module from "VirusKiller V2.0 Pro
id3taglibgui.lha     mus/edit    79K+MPEG Audio ID3Tag (V1.x and V2.x) Editor
EP_StevBarrett.lha   mus/play     5K+EaglePlayer "Steve Barrett" external rep
comic.lha            pix/art    190K+Comic.pic
BAM_GIcons.lha       pix/gicon   96K+Some OS 3.5/3.9 GlowIcons
AP13Recto.jpg        pix/misc   260K+AMiGa=PoWeR N 12 Cover Recto
AP13Verso.jpg        pix/misc    93K+AMiGa=PoWeR N 13 Cover Verso
SpookyTheme.lha      pix/misc   501K+Spooky theme for NewInstaller
a1200raytrcd.jpg     pix/trace   97K+RayTraced pic of Amiga 1200 
ALEM_0025.lha        text/dtp   212K+ALEM's ZIPdisk template for Wordworth7
AutoPDF.lha          text/misc   18K+AutoPDF - Convert postscript files to pd
HP_Deskjet670C.lha   text/print  43K+Deskjet 670C/680C/690C Driver V40.24
HP_Deskjet870C.lha   text/print  41K+Deskjet 8x0C/9x0C Driver for WB V40.14
Next3.01.lha         text/show   83K+Viewer for text/guides/html/datatypes
ilbmdtPPC.lha        util/dtype   7K+Ilbmdt for the PPC, running WarpUP (45.1
wavdt41.lha          util/dtype  17K+Datatype for wave sounds 68k+WOS (41.10)
ra.lha               util/libs   78K+RA Remote Access Library (load files int
Type1Engine.lha      util/libs  493K+PostScript Type1 font engine V3.1
BAMReqAttack_e.lha   util/misc   24K+Images and Prefs-file for ReqAttack, OS 
BAMReqAttack_g.lha   util/misc   24K+Images and Prefs-file for ReqAttack, OS 
Draco060-RW.lha      util/moni    1K+SysSpeed Module - Draco060 reworked
SysInfo.lha          util/moni   50K+Gives comprehensive system information
Anno1.20.lha         util/time   23K+Reminder and calendar utility
SetDST.lha           util/time   62K+Adjusts time for Daylight Saving Time
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25.Mar.2001 (ANF)

Status Update for WinUAE 0.8.16
Status Update for WinUAE 0.8.16 from March 24, 2001
  • Now have "direct" mode of JIT working thanks to patches from Bernd Roesch, but this (currently) requires WinUAE to be compiled under VisualC++ instead of GCC/MinGW32, which thus breaks the bsdsocket.library emulation.
  • Now have virtual Picasso96 screens (Bernd Roesch)
  • Merged in many changes from 0.8.16 core UAE tree (Bernd Schmidt). Note: This breaks AGA sprites completely.
  • Investigating DirectSound vs. WaveOut APIs for audio output, due to SB-Live! issues.
  • Support for multiple mice being added, thanks to patches from Andreas.
  • Fixed old floppy-disk writing bugs (Toni Wilen).
  • Removed NT4 support.
  • Removed 24-bit pixels support.
  • gzip.dll support for handling .adz files (no console window popping up anymore)
  • MIDI input support (Bernd Roesch)
  • New serial-port emulation (Bernd Roesch)
  • Cleaning up source-tree in preparation for release.
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Martin Merz in ANF

MasonIcons' Homepage Update
Some new archives have been released on the MasonIcons Homepage:
  • ApacheMI - filetype images for the ApacheServer
  • AudioMI - a toolbar for the newest version of AudioMaster 2k
  • CoolMI - a MI skin for CoolCALC
  • EvenMI - a GlowIcons toolbar for EvenMore
  • FlagsMI - a collection of flags for the Input and LocalPrefs of AmigaOS 3.9
  • PfPaintMI - an icon set for PerfectPaint
  • QuadraMI - a toolbar set for DirectoryOpusMagellan based on AppMI
  • ReqMI - icons, buttons, images and anims for ReqAttack
  • ShowMI - an image set for ShowGUI
  • WB2000MI - an image collection for Workbench2000
  • WorkOnMI - a toolbar image set for WorkOn

For more information please visit the "Projects" page on the homepage. (unk) (Translation: (unk)

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