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19.Sep.2021



Jackal: Second demo version available
Recently NeesoGames had announced an Amiga port of Jackal, originally released in 1986 by Konami (amiga-news.de reported) and also released a first demo version. Since yesterday a second demo version of the game is available which is developed with the Scorpion Engine. This still is a WIP and described as buggy. New features:
  • fixed jeep movement and collisions
  • added jeep skidmarks
  • secondary weapons mapped to joystick button 2
  • added rescueing powerup prisoner
  • implemented player death and respawn with weapon reset
  • added wip mission start music
  • added secret bonus (+1 life, same position as on the NES)
  • some graphical improvements...and more!
(dr)

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19.Sep.2021
Günter Bartsch (Autor)


Amiga QuickBasic Compiler: Version 0.7.1alpha1 released
Developing his Amiga QuickBasic Compiler, the developer Günter Bartsch is going to create "a modern, clean, Amiga OS-compliant, future-proof BASIC that is tailored towards modern Amiga application development. Recently we have reported about the start of the project and the author has got a lot of feddback which encouraged him to continue working on his project. Now he has released version 0.7.1alpha1.
  • Improvements:
    • "Run" menu added
    • PATTERN RESTORE (ACE) statement added
    • runtime/ide: detect and handle CTRL-C breaks
    • ide: handle workbench startup + argument
    • ide: create icons for source code files and binaries
    • compiler/runtime: String concatenation implemented
    • compiler: SLEEP FOR statement added
    • runtime: workbench startup code added
    • runtime: auto-open WINDOW 1 on first text output in debug/worbench startup mode

  • bug fixes:
    • compiler: for loop floating point step fixed
    • compiler: SINGLE -> INTEGER const conversion fixed
    • runtime: restore all non-scratch registers on premature program end (END / EXIT statements)
    • ide: SELECT CASE autoformat fixed
    • ide: Editor line join folding fixed
    • ide: Preserve floating point literals when auto-formatting
    • examples: 3dplot fixed
    • compiler: CLI return code fixed
    • compiler: handle varPtr in BinOp expressions
    • compiler: reset compiler options on each compiler run
    • ide: do not crash if non-existing file is specified as cmd line argument
    • ide: fix refresh while program is running
    • runtime: fix _aqb shutdown crash
    • runtime: fix INKEY buffer handling
    • runtime: fix TIMER nullpointer access
Direct download: aqb.lha (188 KB)
(dr)

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19.Sep.2021
Andreas Falkenhahn (ANF)


Hollywood: APK Compiler 4.0 released
Press release: Airsoft Softwair, the hardest working men in code business, are proud to announce the immediate availability of Hollywood APK Compiler 4.0. The Hollywood APK Compiler is an add-on for Hollywood that allows you to compile your Hollywood scripts into stand-alone apps for Android, ready to be distributed via the Play Store!

Hollywood APK Compiler 4.0 is a major update which now supports compiling Android App Bundles (AAB) as well. Starting from August 2021, new apps uploaded to the Play Store must use the AAB format which is why the Hollywood APK Compiler supports this format now too. Of course, it's still possible to compile APKs because those are really useful for sideloading or distribution outside the Play Store. Another new feature in Hollywood APK Compiler 4.0 is support for the final version of RapaGUI 2.0. Everything in the final version of RapaGUI 2.0 is now supported by the Hollywood APK Compiler as well!

The update to Hollywood APK Compiler 4.0 is available free of charge for all existing customers and can be downloaded from the restricted download area. (dr)

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19.Sep.2021



Aminet uploads until 18.09.2021
The following files have been added until 18.09.2021 to Aminet:
agitation.lha            demo/aga   4.1M  68k Agitation!
dwitvs.i386-aros.lha     demo/intro 162K  x86 4K source intro
dwitvs_os4.lha           demo/intro 180K  OS4 4K source intro
hogwagen.i386-aros.lha   demo/intro 171K  x86 Lollipop hogwagen
hogwagen_os4.lha         demo/intro 175K  OS4 Lollipop hogwagen
jylam.i386-aros.lha      demo/intro 147K  x86 4K source intro
jylam_os4.lha            demo/intro 165K  OS4 4K source intro
newvox.i386-aros.lha     demo/intro 193K  x86 Voxel-style landscape render ...
vvg_intro2.lha           demo/intro 4.3M  MOS VVG intro 2
prowokacja.lha           demo/misc  4.5M      PROWOKACJA
aqb.lha                  dev/basic  188K  68k A BASIC Compiler+IDE for Amig...
healthcare_hwp_1.0.lha   dev/hwood  198K  MOS Hollywood  plugin for garmin ...
Africa-AROS.zip          game/board 299K  x86 Conversion of 3W board game
slotgame.lha             game/wb    238K  68k Slot Game
doboing.i386-aros.lha    gfx/3d     111K  x86 Generate Boing Ball 3D objects
doboing_os4.lha          gfx/3d     106K  OS4 Generate Boing Ball 3D objects
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...
MixTape21_Side_A.mp3     mods/anaki 12M       System of Sound MixTape21 Sid...
MixTape21_Side_B.mp3     mods/anaki 12M       System of Sound MixTape21 Sid...
AmiKit_XE_RaspberryPi... pix/wb     758K      AmiKit XE for Raspberry Pi
IconLib_46.4.lha         util/libs  1.1M  68k free icon.library in optimize...
SuperGlue.lha            util/misc  21K   68k Exe file linker/unlinker
cranker.lha              util/pack  355K  68k Amiga executable and data cru...
RxEnv.lha                util/rexx  36K   68k ARexx development tools
xvslibrary.lha           util/virus 93K   68k External Virus Scanner Librar...
(snx)

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19.Sep.2021



OS4Depot uploads until 18.09.2021
The following files have been added until 18.09.2021 to OS4Depot:
dwitvs.lha               dem/int 180kb 4.0 4K source intro
jylam.lha                dem/int 165kb 4.0 4K source intro
oo.lha                   dev/lib 1Mb   4.1 Bring easier programming to C an...
amiarcadia.lha           emu/gam 5Mb   4.0 Signetics-based machines emulator
nmtm.lzx                 gam/adv 17Mb  4.0 Point and click adventure game
(snx)

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19.Sep.2021



MorphOS-Storage uploads until 18.09.2021
The following files have been added until 18.09.2021 to MorphOS-Storage:
prowokacja.lha            Demoscene                 prowokacja.lha
vvg_intro2.lha            Demoscene                 vvg_intro2.lha
HWP_Healthcare_1.0.lha    Development/Hollywood/... Hollywood  plugin for g...
AmiArcadia_28.2.lha       Emulation                 A Signetics-based machi...
NMTM_14.09.21.lzx         Games/Adventure           A game concept demo of ...
Wayfarer_2.6.lha          Network/Web               Wayfarer is the latest ...
(snx)

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19.Sep.2021
Amiga Future (website)


Print magazine: Issue 134 of Amiga Future readable free of charge
German and English issue 134 (September/October 2018) of the print magazine "Amiga Future" is available free of charge now at the magazine's website. Published as image files of the individual pages, remainders of the physical issue as well as PDF files at a higher resolution are available at the publisher. (snx)

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18.Sep.2021
CDTV Land (Twitter)


CDTV: New ROM version 2.35 announced (update)
The website CDTV Land is about Commodore's home multimedia entertainment and video game console CDTV which was launched in April 1991. It has now announced the new OS-Version 2.35.

The update will be available for free and "fixes a couple of long standing bugs which have plagued CDTV owners for many years and it throws a couple of small improvements into the mix for good measure". Changes compared to the last known original Commodore ROM release (2.30) from 1992:
  • Support for systems with 68030 CPUs
  • Support for systems with 32-bit Fast RAM
  • Memory card support restored for CDTV players
  • CD+G functionality restored for CDTV players
  • Buffer overflow bug fixed in bookmark.device
  • CD-ROMs will now boot even without CDTV.tm file
  • Ability to access the CDTV title screen when a harddisk is installed
  • Option to force exit CDTV title screen
  • OS build target device ID on CDTV title screen
  • No error screen when no disk drive connected to CDTV player
Regarding the availabilty the website wrote: "CDTV OS 2.35 is about to move from alpha to beta testing (by late September 2021). This means the feature set is locked and I will only be fixing bugs that arise during the beta testing phase. Depending on how the beta testing goes, I foresee a release version for the classic CDTV player (CD-1000) before the end of this year. ROM releases for the A570 and A690 CD-ROM drive addons for the A500/A500+ will follow shortly after that."

Update: (16:50, 19.09.21, dr)

In a separate article the developer of the new ROM has written about technical and legal issues. (dr)

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17.Sep.2021



Retro 7-bit: Firmware update for keybiard adapter 'Sum'
Sum adapters sold by Retro 7-bit enable connecting USB HID keyboards to the Amiga. They have been designed for installation inside Amiga's casing. Sum is based upon 16-bit Microchip microcontroller. Formerly the adapters were also offered for the CDTV and the CD32 but currently are only available for Amiga 600 and Amiga 1200. Changes of the new firmware:
  • rewriting new firmware
  • added support for "composite device"
  • added support for several keys pressed simultaneously
  • added F11 option in adapter settings - displays software versions

Direct download: Sum_20210916.7z (25 KB)
(dr)

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17.Sep.2021
Amigaworld.net (Webseite)


Dealer: AmiGang Store offers Raspberry Pi 4B with AmigaOS 3.2
Yannick 'Papiosaur' Buchy, known by the MorphOS distribution Chrysalis as well as the Aminet alternatives MorphOS-Storage and Amiga-Storage, does now also offer a webshop called AmiGang Store at the title link.

Primarily sold is the mini computer Raspberry 4, model B - depending on the variant chosen also with AmigaOS 3.2 pre-installed (other configurations are possible on request). Promised is the emulation of an Amiga with Motorola 68040 CPU, 1 GB Fast-RAM, a resolution of up to 1920 x 1024 pixels at 16 bit and a network transfer rate of 1 GBit/s. (snx)

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17.Sep.2021
Amiga Love


Pac-Man port: Pacman 500
As the author Jean-François Fabre wrote, Pacman 500 "is a (successful) attempt by jotd to create a 1:1 port of the famous arcade game on Amiga 500 using 100% 68k assembly. The display is 4:3 so scores, lives, bonuses are on the side rather than on top/botton (YouTube video).

Features:
  • original visual & sounds
  • original ghost behaviour & speed
  • 50 frames per second (PAL) even on a 1MB 68000 A500
  • all levels & bonuses & intermission sequences
  • original intro
  • joystick controlled (port 1)
  • can run directly from shell or from whdload (fast machines/complex configurations)
1MB RAM is required (could be reduced to 512k with lower quality sounds). The source code is available on GitHub. (dr)

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16.Sep.2021
Individual Computers (ANF)


Individual Computers: Pre-ordering of Indivision ECS V3 started
From today on it is possible to pre-order the Flickerfixer/Scandoubler 'Indivision ECS V3' produced by Individual Computers. Some notes of the developer:

"Indivision ECS V3 will replace Indivision ECS V2. Although very unusual for iComp, I had to make a re-design without actually adding new features. The main reason why a new design was required was the global chip shortage that you've surely heard about in the media. Two rather low-cost chips, and the main FPGA were either wildly expensive, or not available at all. I was lucky enough to find a small quantity of FPGAs on the free market for a moderate premium of "only" 160%, but could not find the right footprint part for the H/V sync driver and the data drivers. Instead of the SC-70 package for the H/V driver, I found a slightly bigger part with the same functionality. Luckily, that part of the board had enough space.

The data drivers were a single 16-bit chip on the V2 design. This became unavailable these past months, so I replaced it with two 8-bit drivers.

Instead of soldering the male-to-male adapter directly to the board, I decided to solder a socket to the circuit board, where the male-to-male adapter will be inserted. Background of this decision is a few service cases where pins of this adapter broke off, and it was very tedious to replace the part. The improved order of parts makes V3 much more servicable, as the adapter can now be exchanged without soldering. I'd expect that most useres can replace the adapter on their own, so shipping the flicker fixer to us for service is becoming less likely to be required.

Another thing that got hard-to-find was the IC that I've been using for the 25MHz oscillator. I wasn't too worried when the distributor told me that the lead time for this part is just over 50 weeks, as we've had complaints from A600 users that the crystal conflicts with the RTC module in some cases. I have therefore decided to buy 25MHz integrated 3.3V oscillators. While this is considerably more expensive, it is only a small contribution to the overall price increase, and has the added benefit of being much smaller than the HC49S-sized crystal of the V2 design.

One thing that is truly different from the V2 design is the output stage. On a component level, it does look almost the same as V2, but went through an expensive CE approval process, and vastly improves picture quality when used on problematic Samsung monitors and similar models that use the same input stage.

The new output stage uses high-frequency transistors as drivers, allowing much sharper edges at higher drive strength, eliminating "ghosting" that was described with certain problematic monitors.

Another thing we have improved is compatibility with motherboards that have a mouse/joystick multiplexer chip from Mitsubishi: While V2 had trouble dealing with the extremely long propagation delay of this chip, the CPLD of the V3 design deals with this problem without the need to adapt to a specific Amiga main board revision. This CPLD code can also be applied on the V2 design, so we now have a solution for existing V2 customers as well." (dr)

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15.Sep.2021
Amiga Future (website)


PDF magazine: REV'n'GE 125 (italian/English)
Besides the Italian original issue, the PDF magazine REV'n'GE ("Retro Emulator Vision and Game") is also available in English. The magazine's reviews compare the different ports of classic games to the various platforms of their time.

Download pages:
italienisch (key: QerVYTJgNQTZvcUkZmtCnY4VU-T7vyaGE-_E_EB4pdI)
englisch (key: IrtuK02qmjJMccpLi7_I_OvEqcLoJZugTNDhiT9-gyM)

You can also read the latest issue in the browser. (snx)

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15.Sep.2021
Thorsten Mampel (ANF)


Event: Amiga-Meeting Nord 2021 in Neumünster (Germany)
From November 5-7, 2021, the next Amiga-Meeting Nord will take place. Address is the hotel "Kiek in!", Gartenstraße 32 in 24534 Neumünster, Germany. Registration will be possible at the title link, further details are available in our german news-item. (snx)

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14.Sep.2021



Boing Attitude: Interview with Gianluca Girelli (GDG-Entertainment)
In July Boing Attitude, among others publisher of the quiz game Ask Me Up XXL and the file manager Dir Me Up, had published issue 1 of its French-language Amiga magazine Boing. The included interview with Gianluca Girelli now is available in an English-language translation on the website of Boing Attitude. (dr)

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13.Sep.2021



Amiten Team: Download of several games
The Amiten Team offers several, formerly commercial games for download. The price can be set by the user, so a free download is also possible. The games:
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