"The Commodore Amiga is known for the great capabilities it introduced at the time of its launch. These capabilities were down to the hardware as well as it's graphical pre-emptive multitasking operating system, now usually referred to as the classic AmigaOS. This book provides an introduction into the programming of the classic AmigaOS using C as well as assembly language. It is aimed at programmers who have not programmed for the Amiga before as well as programmers who did this years ago and would like a refresher before diving back in. A general knowledge of computer programming is therefore assumed. The beauty of the classic AmigaOS is that it provides most of the things one would expect of a modern graphical pre-emptive multitasking operating system, but at the same time the OS is lean enough for the programmer to understand what is going on under the hood. The first chapters provide information on setting up programming software on a classic Amiga. The chapter about the 68000 processor will provide an overview of the processor's inner workings and instructions. The chapters about Exec, Intuition, GadTools, ASL, Graphics and Diskfont will explain the usage of these libraries and the functionality they provide. The use of files, directories as well as low-level disk access is detailed in the DOS and Trackdisk chapters."
In the show Retro Recipes broadcast on December 14th, 2019, host Christian Simpson shows an Amiga 4000 used to create Apollo 13, Titanic, True Lies and other films. For example, he discovered previously lost images related to the film Titanic. For example, we see the artist Chris Evans painting.
Most of the original footage from Titanic was lost because the backup tapes were stored in a room near an inverter (electric power supply). And the magnetic field erased the tapes...
The archive containing all the data is available on Archive.org. This Amiga 4000/040 was used on the sets of Titanic and Apollo 13. The computer was an integral part of the making of these films. We learnt, for example, that the computer had an interface with the "motion control" camera on the set, which uses ARexx scripts, to coordinate the camera's repetitive movements to add multiple layers to the same mobile plane, such as people, fog, effects, etc.
The equipment includes an Amiga 4000/040, a PAR acquisition card, a PAR display card, an Ethernet card, a RapidFire SCSI controller, three memory modules on the motherboard, a 68040/25 MHz processor on the motherboard, a 120V power supply (non-functional), a new 240V power supply, a Commodore 1084 monitor and an Amiga mouse (the keyboard is not present).
This Amiga 4000 and its components were donated to Christian Simpson by its previous owner, Cris Blyth, who was an employee of the production company Digital Domain, and who recovered the Amiga from a dumpster about 30 years ago. Some cinematic treasures were hidden in this Amiga.
This computer was then sold at auction on December 24th, 2019, for $2,100.
A1222 Plus and Special AAA Offer
A-EON Technology announced on December 23rd, 2019, the start of pre-orders for the limited edition A1222 Plus Early Adopter. This edition includes the Tabor motherboard, which has been beta-tested over the past four years, and a license for AmigaOS 4.1 Early Adopter that will entitle you to access updates when they become available. A-EON Technology commissioned the production of 100 motherboards. The price is set at 400 euros and availability is expected by the end of the first quarter of 2020.
In addition, A-EON Technology will also be selling a combo, named AAA and priced at 115 euros, which will include the following products:
The Enhancer Software 2.0 collection.
A mouse and a mouse pad Amiga.org.
Personal Paint 7.x drawing software for AmigaOS 3 and 4.
ImageFX graphics editing software for AmigaOS 3.
The AmigaSYS software distribution "special 35th anniversary" for AmigaOS 3.
A digital copy of the documentary Viva Amiga Extended Remix (as soon as available).
An AAA display box.
A certificate A1222 Early Adopter.
To pre-order the limited edition A1222 Plus Early Adopter, you have two options:
Option 1: Buy the AAA combo that will automatically qualify you for the purchase of the A1222 Plus. www.a1222plus.com, which will open on January 7th, 2020.
AROS One v1.2
AROS One is a software distribution for AROS x86 (ABIv0) designed by Carlo Spadoni. The author published version 1.2 on November 19th, 2019. AROS One is based on the latest AROS system files, includes a set of directory icons made by AROS and is configured with the Wanderer desktop with AfaOS. AROS One v1.2 includes all the latest software and updates, all the most common files have been associated with the most convenient tools in the Workbench and Dopus4. The JanusUAE emulator and the WHDMenu graphics interface have been added to best manage Amiga games under WHDLoad. In addition, a new wallpaper appeared, as has a new theme for windows and a new configuration for AmiStart (launch bar) [eab.abime.net].
On December 19th, 2019, Toni Wilen published the version 4.3.0 de WinUAE, his Amiga emulator for Windows with the following changes:
Rewriting of the high-DPI graphical interface.
Improved no-delay synchronization stability.
Improved compatibility for on-the-fly switching of chipsets.
SPTI CD/DVD access mode now internally emulates all CD audio controls.
Improved hot insertion/disconnection on PCMCIA port.
Bug fixes for the A2024 monitor, CDTV's audio CD function, 24-bit RTG mode, etc.
Removing all internal rest cycles in 68020 processor mode (this slowed down the processor and wasn't really used).
New hardware management: Overdrive hard drive, IDE/SCSI Trifecta controller, SCSI Mastercard extension, Scala MM electronic keys.
A Backup Kit
Polish publisher Amiga.net.pl released the first CD of the new A2 Extra CD series in December 2019. Each issue will contain software selected by theme with add-ons. A2 Extra CD #1 is a backup kit to launch AmigaOS and a backup utility without using a hard drive. This is useful for repairing a damaged disk. The minimum requirement is Kickstart v2.0 and 1MB of memory. In addition to the CD, this combo includes a spare floppy disk, ten Amiga stickers of different colors and a discount coupon for your next purchase from this publisher. The kit can be ordered in a box or in a digital version. Price: 20 PLN (4.69 euros) [amiga.net.pl].
Preversion of Icaros Desktop v2.3.0
Paolo Besser offers since Decembre 19th, 2019, a preversion of Icaros Desktop v2.3.0, software distribution for AROS x86. In this new version, reserved for project contributors, he added or improved many things:
Since the end of December 2019, all registered users of Enhancer Software lot have an updated RadeonHD graphics drivers (v3.7), ogles2.library (v2.11), Warp3DNova.library (v1.68), W3DN_GCN (v1.68), and W3DN_SI (v1.68). These libraries are the work of Daniel Muessener and Hans de Ruiter [www.amigans.net].
Yann LeCun Was an Amigan
Yann Le Cun, 59, is a researcher in artificial intelligence and artificial vision. He is considered one of the inventors of deep learning. He was awarded the Turing Prize on March 27th, 2019. Surprise, in his autobiography ("Quand La Machine Apprend", Odile Jacob), we discover that he used an Amiga:
"Notre collaboration [NDLR: entre Léon Bottou et lui] est facilitée par le fait que nous possédons le même type d'ordinateur personnel: un Amiga de la société Commodore. A la différence des PC et Mac de l'époque, les Amiga ont des propriétés similaires aux stations de travail Unix répandues dans les départements d'informatique outre-Atlantique: on les programme en langage C avec le compilateur gcc et l'éditeur de texte Emacs. J'écris ma thèse sur mon Amiga avec le système de traitement de texte pour informaticiens LaTeX. Nous échangeons nos bouts de programmes à distance en connectant nos Minitel à nos Amiga..."
On his personal Website, the Amiga is also mentioned. He reveals that he owned an Amiga 1000 and 4000. He was also playing music with a MIDI Yamaha WX-11 plugged into his Amiga with the Bars and Pipes program. [Amiga Impact].
A New Little ACA for A1200
Since the end of December 2019, Individual Computers offers a new accelerator card for Amiga 1200. Its name is ACA1211 and does not propose a change of processor. Instead, the ACA1211 adds memory and speeds up the computer IDE port. According to the manufacturer, the 66 MHz SDRAM memory on this card speeds up the A1200 68EC020 processor by 2.3 times. A MapROM option (1MB) is available, as are two clock ports. Adding memory up to 11.5MB is possible without compatibility problems with the PCMCIA port. And as the memory is added to the address 0x00c0.0000, your A1200/ACA1211 will be more compatible with many A500 games that require a memory extension. Price: 99.96 euros. If you buy a new ACA12xx card in the coming year, Individual Computers will return the price of the ACA1211 [icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/shop/product/aca1211.html].
AmigaOS 4: MiniGL Also for Radeon Polaris
Daniel Müßener gave a nice Christmas present to Radeon RX400/500 graphics card owners with Polaris chips. On December 31st, 2019, he released a version of MiniGL for the Radeon R400/R500 Polaris chip-based cards. This new version of MiniGL, called MiniGL4GL4ES, is a set of replacement libraries for MiniGL and GLUT, built on GL4ES, allowing to play old MiniGL games on AmigaOS 4.
Why did MiniGL games not run on Polaris? Because the original MiniGL works over the former Warp3D driver that has not been implemented for this type of graphics cards. Sometime before, Roman Kargin and Sébastien Chevalier ported GL4ES on AmigaOS4 (which is also an OpenGL implementation) but that did not work over Warp3D, but over OpenGLES2 (so 4ES), which works on top Warp3DNova for which Hans de Ruiter added management for Polaris cards.
The current version of MiniGL4GL4ES consists of two libraries: minigl.library and mglut.library. It is an alpha version, some games work (like Quake 3 and Jedi Knight), others do not and, most importantly, do not run multiple MiniGL programs at the same time [OS4Depot].
Games of the Capacitor Party 2019
The Capacitor Party 2019 is an Amiga rally that took place from November 1st to 3rd, 2019 in Malaga (Spain). Among other productions, some games for Amiga Classics were published:
Wacomtablet is an AmigaOS 4 USB driver for Wacom graphics tablets. This is a project by Alexandre Balaban, started in 2012 and based on the pilot "The Linux Wacom Project" on Linux. Version 1.1 of November 3rd, 2019 has an updated code from input-wacom v0.44 that manages penPartner, DTU, DTU, DTUS, DTH1152, PL, PTU, Bamboo (optical pencil) and Graphire graphics tablets. Previous non-released versions already added the management of various graphics tablets, such as the Intuos Pro, Bamboo One and Cintiq 13HD [OS4Depot.net].
Antiryad Gx v4.7
Antiryad Gx is a game creation tool available on several platforms, including AROS, AmigaOS 3 and MorphOS. This free software is the work of the French company Arkham Development. Version 4.7 of December 6th, 2019, offers bug fixes, optimizations, and improvements to the string API. The previous version 4.5 (November 2018) improved file recovery as well as the plugin system [AntiryadGX_4.7_install.7z].
Dominium and Chicago 90 Free
In November and December 2019, Amiga Future magazine offered a free download of two additional games. The first is Dominium, a strategy game, by Black Pearl, published in 1993 on Amiga OCS by Microïds. The second is Chicago 90, a racing game published by Microïds in 1989 also for Amiga OCS.
AmigaOS Games 4: Roman Kargin to the Rescue
The development of AmigaOS 4 is slowing down, new programs are becoming scarce, but one person is still trying to provide good games to this system: Roman Kargin, who ported in recent weeks a number of games requiring a powerfil configuration, including a recent 3D card as well as the libraries Warp3DNova.library and ogles2.library. As a result, there are SuperTuxKart v0.8.1 (racing game), Night Of The Zombies (subjective shooter), H-Craft Championship (racing game), Neverball v1.6.0 (skill game), Friking Shark v1.2 (shooting game), Foobillard++ v3.42 (pool simulation) and evenand even Hydra Castle Labyrinth, a platform game that does not need 3D. As a bonus, Roman Kargin also ported Irrlicht Engine, a graphics engine used to make 3D games.
Word Me Up XXL 1.61 for MorphOS
Word Me Up XXL is a platform game designed by Boing Attitude. Version 1.61 for AmigaOS 4 was available since May 2015 but it was only recently released for MorphOS, on December 18th, 2019. Following the release of MorphOS v3.12, some graphics bugs appeared. The main objective of this Update v1.61 is therefore to correct these bugs:
Fixed the black screen that could appear between screens.
Compiled with GCC v4.4.5 (previously v2.95.3) and SDK v3.14.
The avatar smoothly shifts when viewing help about it.
Fixed bugs about the non-use of the mouse to click the buttons [-] and [+].
Fixed some labels at the end.
Simone Bevilacqua of Retream completed Blastaway, his action/shooter for AmigaOS 4.1 and Windows. This is a gamed inspired by Wizard of War with graphics à la The Chaos Engine. It presents 50 screens spread over five different worlds. Configuration required: 500 MHz processor, 32-bit graphics card, sound card, 20MB of memory. The price can be set freely [retream.itch.io/blastaway].
ModExplorer Likes SID
ModExplorer is an audio player designed with Hollywood by Joerg Renkert. Its peculiarity is that it allows you to listen to music online directly from sources such as Aminet, Modland and modules.pl [Translator’s note: like AmiModRadio before it]. Since its 2.0 version, this player can also play modules in the SID format (from the Commodore 64) or 125,000 modules according to the author. This program is available for AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, and AROS [evil.bplaced.net].
BestWB is a software distribution for AmigaOS v3.x designed by Ignacio Gully. This distribution attempts to improve AmigaOS v3.1.4 with the addition of various tools and scripts, without adding heavy and useless components for the system. Version 1.3 of November 15th, 2019, offers new features (personalization of the titlebar via TitleShadow, integration of the AHI audio system), updates four tools (IconLib46 v46.4.518, ToolsMenu v1.10.2, TSGUI v2.6b21, and WBDock v2.14), fixes some bugs and removes DOSPrefs that is too buggy [lilliput.amiga-projects.net/BestWB.htm].
OBSTMUI is a MUI graphical interface to launch your OpenBOR games, those derived from the Beats Of Rage game engine. OBSTMUI is implemented by Frank Brandis, it works on AmigaOS v3.x, and it is recommended to use an AGA or RTG screen [Aminet].
Iris v70 and v71 Beta
New beta versions of Iris, the email client developed by Jacek Piszczek for MorphOS, were published in the last two months. Here are some of the changes, in addition to some bug fixes:
Implementing drag and drop of emails in folders.
Overhaul of all actions on multi-selected email lists.
Added a MIME type to check the integration of images.
Added an ARexx "ATTACH" command.
Fixed the session manager to request new OAuth2 keys before they expire.
Fixed GMail disconnection after one hour of Iris use.
Fixed a problem that sometimes prevented sending e-mail.
IconLib v46 Also for AROS
Peter Keunecke has been working for a few years on IconLib, a library optimized in 68k assembler to display AmigaOS v3.x icons more quickly. In addition to two bug fixes, version v46.4.520 released on December 12th, 2019, offers an alpha version for AROS 68k [Aminet].
Amiberry is an Amiga emulator (derived from WinUAE) for the Raspberry PI and other ARM processor-based computers, maintained by Dimitris Panokostas. Versions 3.0 to 3.0.11 were released in November and December 2019. In particular, they propose the following changes:
SCP image management.
Better management of IPAC controllers.
Recognition of two joysticks when a keyboard is plugged in.
Management of the LePotato Libre Computer and Raspberry 4.
Use of the latest version of WinUAE.
Generation of better geometries for partitions over 1GB.
If the Zorro II memory conflicts with the PCMCIA memory, the PCMCIA is disabled.
Slightly improved performance by changing the compiler's flags.
Memory management pushed to 1GB (Zorro III memory) and 128MB (Fast memory).
Removing SDL1 code. Amiberry is only available in SDL2.
Management of the v3.1.4 ROMs of the Amigas 500 and 4000.
Ask Me Up XXL v3.5.0
Jerome Senay of Boing Attitude offers, since November 2019, the new 3.5.0 version of its Ask Me Up XXL quiz game for AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, and Windows. The main novelty is that you can turn on or off extensions (new questions) for solo game modes (quiz and survival). Previously, you had to answer all the basic game questions (there were 1,600) before you could play the installed extensions. Other changes: optimizing the fluidity of explosions, updating questions, graphics patches for MorphOS. Price: 19.99 euros, free update for people who have already bought the game [glames.online.fr/products/askmeup_xxl.html].
In addition, in 2016, Jérôme Senay created an extension for his quiz game Ask Me Up XXL. The extension, named Multitheme #1, was sold for 3.99 euros. Since November 2019, the author offers this extension free of charge to all users of Ask Me Up XXL (v3.5.0 minimum). As a reminder, Multitheme #1 brings no less than 400 new questions, divided into 15 topics, and is available in French, English and Spanish [AskMeUpXXL_Multitheme1.zip].
And that's not all, Jerome Senay spoils his customers because he also offers the free Game of Thrones extension for Ask Me Up. It brings 113 new questions about this famous series, in French, English, Italian, German, Spanish and Portuguese [AskMeUpXXL_GameOfThrones.zip].
Finnish programmer JPV released a new version, v1.5, of its RNOComics player, which now manages HTTPS (AmiSSL v4 required) for Issuu, the free electronic publishing platform for magazines, catalogues, and newspapers. This makes the search function work as it should. Update 1.3, released in November 2018, added PDF file management and proposed an overhaul of the rendering engine. Remember that this software for MorphOS and AmigaOS 4 can open any compressed file or directory including uncompressed images. RNOComics manages CBR, CBZ, CBT, and all xAD-managed files. It has an intuitive graphical interface in MUI and offers classic options for enlargement, rotation, history, and many others [Aminet].
GoADF! is an ADF file management tool, created by Polish developer Krzysztof Donat. This tool has many features such as ADF file reading, writing, exploring, and using virtual disks. Version 2.0 of November 15th, 2019, offers the management of new types of files (DMS, ADZ, and HFE), adds a module to convert HFE/ADZ/ADF/ADF/DMS image files to ADF/ADZ, the ability to sort through all lists, and new configuration options. GoADF! requires an Amiga under Kickstart 2.0, a 68000 processor, 1MB of memory and a hard drive [bitplan.pl/goadf/download.html].
Carsten Siegner updated Morpheus, his word processor for MorphOS. Version 1.2 of November 2019 features a graphic object system to insert and edit pixel and vector images, adds three libraries (wmf.library, svg.library, and dr2d.library) and saves pages in pictures (JPG, PNG, TIFF) [Aminet].
Firmware of HxC Floppy Emulator
The HxC STM32 USB Floppy Emulator is a floppy emulator that plugs into USB, designed by Jean-François Del Nero. He has been working hard for months to improve his firmware. The beta versions 3.3.x and 3.4.x appeared in recent months and include QuickDisk emulation, an improved display (20x24 or 40x24 resolution), a new management of the raw format (*.IMG and *.DSK), the management of w30, s50, s33, s55 files from Roland machines [hxc2001.com].
In addition, Jean-François Del Nero also updated the HxCFloppyEmulator software for its floppy drive emulator on December 8th, 2019. This is the 126.96.36.199 version that now manages MacOS Catalina 10.15, scripts, SPS CAPS (on Linux), as well as the Kurzweil K25 (K2500)/K26 (K2600) and Game Doctor SF3/SF7 files [Changements, Téléchargement].
FluxEngine is a cheap USB floppy interface, built by David Given, for reading and writing non-PC floppy disk formats. This component, launched in 2019, allows using a conventional PC floppy drive to read/write Amiga, Macintosh CLV, CP/M 128, and other exotic formats. It consists of a single basic card with a floppy drive connector welded on it. No additional custom card control, no complicated surface mounting, and no worries: nineteen simple welds and you've finished mounting. You can make one for $15 (excluding shipping) [cowlark.com/fluxengine/index.html].
New Productions of the Demo Scene
Here are the productions of the Amiga demo scene added to the site pouet.net the past two months:
Dose 2, PowerPC/RTG demo by mfx.
Glenztro, OCS intro by TEK.
Merry And Happy, OCS demo by Agima.
Checkerboard Madness, AGA intro by Void.
Recoil, OCS cracktro by Scoopex.
Dreams 30, AGA demo set by Void.
Hacker 100%, OCS cracktro by Scoopex.
Versus #9, OCS/PowerPC/RTG diskmag by Nukleus and Void.
Feedback #8 - AmigaOS 4 Edition, PowerPC/RTG musicdisk by Void.
Five, OCS demo by The Deadliners.
Razzle-Dazzle, OCS intro by Y-Crew.
Blue Artifact, 40 ko OCS demo by SFL.
Dreams 29, AGA demo set by Void.
Tower 57 Update
Publisher Benitosub released an update (No. 13) for its action game Tower 57. It fixes a bug that could generate invalid backups. In addition, the acknowledgments were extended. The update is done automatically at the launch of the game if you are connected to the Internet [benitosub.itch.io/tower-57].
Black Dawn Rebirth Available
In 1994, Andrew Campbell begun the role-playing series Black Dawn for Amiga OCS. This series was continued in 1995 by the team of Z Soft (Shaun Watters, Tim Gilbert...) who produced three episodes. Shaun Watters returned to his first love and announced in early 2019 a brand new episode, Black Dawn Rebirth, based on a futuristic sci-fi/horror theme. This time, the game is commercial and published by the Canadian company Double Sided Games. The price is 12.99 CAD (dematerialized version) or 59.99 CAD (boxed version). Some numbers: 64 colors on screen, seven dungeons and twenty-one levels to explore, fourteen weapons, twenty-one types of enemies (three per dungeon). In addition, there is a long intro. that takes a whole floppy disk and 3D effects are available for the fastest Amiga [doublesidedgames.com].
A few days later, a v1.1 update was released to correct a graphical bug during the right/left movement and adds a plot available in the terminals distributed in the different levels.
On December 1st, 2019, Marcus Sackrow updated MUIMapparium, his client for OpenStreetMap collaborative maps. This is version 0.8 that updates searches (the server used had changed the way it provides data), adds keyboard shortcuts, and offers a more stable and fast AmigaOS 68k version. MUIMapparium is available for the following Amiga variants: Amiga 3.x, AmigaOS 4, AROS i386, AROS ARM, AROS x86_64 and MorphOS 3.8 [Translator’s note: it doesn’t work on Vampires] [blog.alb42.de/programs/muimapparium/].
Sensible World of Soccer 2019-2020
A new update for the football game Sensible World Of Soccer is available since December 19th, 2019. Philipp Habermann and his site team at Sensible Soccer United Community offers an update with data from the 2019/2020 season (teams, players, coaches, skills...). There is an Amiga OCS version (HDF and WHDLoad) and one for Windows.
Riva is an MPEG video player for Amiga 68k originally designed by Stephen Fellner and Laszlo Torok and updated by Henryk Richter. Two binaries are provided in the archive, a classic m68k compatible version (68040) and an AMMX version, for the Apollo Gold 2 and superior processor core of the Vampire. The source code is available in the archive, under GPL2 license. Changes since v0.53 are:
Fixed DHAM6 and DHAM8 graphics modes in the 68k version.
Optimizing the DHAM8 to apologize for breaking at the beginning (significantly higher speed).
Added a 14-bit audio output option (HQAUDIO).
Added a 16-bit PAMELA audio output on the Vampire v4 (HQAUDIO).
Fixed and improved audio/video syncing.
Over the past two months, Edgar Schwan updated several programs for AmiCygnix, Environment X11 for AmigaOS 4: Claws Mail, EasyTAG, UFRaw and XSane.
Claws Mail is an email client that aims to be fast, powerful, and easy to use. It depends very little on the desktop environment but integrates as much as possible. It uses the GTK2 toolbox and offers: managing the visualization of PDF attachments, plugins for vCalendar messages (Outlook, Evolution), a feed for RSS news, Python management, and iMAP4 and NNTP protocol management. Edgar Schwan, after porting v3.7.1 ten years ago, decided to update its port to v3.9.2 [claws-mail.lha].
EasyTAG is a tool for viewing and editing information in MP3, MP2, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis, MP4/AAC, MusePack, Monkey's Audio, and WavPack files. The port is now based on v2.1.8, which handles MP4/AAC and WavPack files, improves CDDB management, and offers new icons in the style of AmigaOS 4 [easytag.lha].
For its part, UFRaw is a tool for manipulating RAW image files. This fourth version for AmiCygnix goes to v0.22. It can handle Adobe Digital Negative files, Alpha Raw Format, ARRIRAW Image, Canon Raw, DC25 Digital Camera File, Epson RAW File, and many others. [ufraw.lha].
Finally, XSane is a scanner pilot system created by Oliver Rauch. In its v0.999, many new scanners are recognized. Edgar Schwan warns that data transfer can freeze your system, due to the USB stack of AmigaOS 4 [xsane.lha].
Windows à la MagicWB
Sylvio Kurze admits that he never liked the look of Windows. So, he embarked on a project (Amiga Magic WB - Windows conversion Project) whose goal is to provide a graphic theme and features for Windows as close as possible to MagicWB. The result is amazing. This include 2,500 icons, mouse pointers, wallpapers, etc.
A New Amiga Dealer
The small Amiga market is decidedly indestructible: a new French Amiga shop was launched on December 21st, 2019, by Jérôme Marchal, the instigator of the Amiga France website, via his company Jamm Computing SASU, based in Bourg-en-Bresse. Its name is MicroMiga and is only available online www.micromiga.com, a shop that is clear, fast, and without fuss. The shop already offers some products, mostly hardware but a section for games and software is also present, although it does not include much at the moment.
Amiga Forever 8 R3
The emulation suite Amiga Forever 8, designed by Cloanto for Windows, was updated to "R3" mid-December 2019. This is a free update for users of v8, who can get the new version via Amiga Forever "Help" dialog box. The price of Amiga Forever 8 remains unchanged: 9.95 euros (Value Edition), 29.95 euros (Plus Edition), and 49.95 euros (Premium Edition). This new version offers the following changes:
Reconfigurable on-screen keyboards, with multi-tactile management and options for keyboard shortcuts.
Possibility to perform certain actions in full-screen mode, without returning to window mode (change of floppy disk, take a break, take back, save...).
Managing more joysticks.
Ability to convert a hard drive into an image file and vice versa.
Support for direct-connected drives (to make it easier to share media between Amiga and emulation systems).
Support for amiga-style drag and drop: multimedia files, screenshots, audio files and documentation can be added to a title, and vice versa.
Integrating a change log feature.
The RP9 reader and toolbox now handle the importation and conversion of ".uae" files.
New options in the developer menu.
Management of multi-monitor and high-resolution DPI functions introduced in versions 1709, 1809, and 1903 of Windows 10.
Trap Runner for Christmas
The Night Owl Design team has released a special Christmas version of their platformer Trap Runner (subtitled Black Strawberry Cake). This new edition offers a new story, two new worlds (four classic levels, a level with jetpack, and a final boss for each world), ten new soundtracks, two new game actons (pushing boxes and jumping on a trampoline), and a new ending. This freeware game made in 68k assembler is available for Amiga OCS [night.owl.de].
Marcus Sackrow develops programs (LEU, MUIMapparium...) in Pascal for years. He uses FreePascal, an open-source and multi-platform compiler for Pascal. He released version 3.2.0 for AROS, MorphOS, and AmigaOS 3/68020 in December 2019 [Aminet].
AmiKit XE v11.1
Jan Zahurancik has been offering v11.1 of AmiKit XE since December 12st, 2019, AmigaOS 3.x software environment designed for Amiga emulation on Windows. Changes includes:
Added the game HollyMan (clone of PacMan).
Added Hollywood Player v8.0, IconEditor v2.0, ModExplorer v2.0, MUIMapparium v0.8, and Hollywood RapaGUI v1.2 and SID v1.2.
Updated many programs, such as AmiKit Live Update v1.8, MorpheuZ v11.1, AmigaAMP v3.26, IBrowse v2.5 (demo), IconLib v46.4.520, RiVA v0.54, SnoopDos v3.9, SysInfo v4.3, WHDLoad 1v8.6...
The AmiStart launch bar now shows the new programs.
The archives under Directory Opus 5 are now open via the XADOpen component.
The association WArMUp announced on November 2nd, 2019, the 3.12 version of Chrysalis, its software distribution for MorphOS v3.12. This distribution allows to easily and quickly get a complete and pre-configured environment. It contains a selection of programs, games, and emulators for MorphOS. The ISO image (720MB) is freely downloadable on MorphOS-Storage. We note the update of a number of programs, like Iris beta 69, MPlayer v1.3.0, WebRadio v1.10, VidentiumPicta v2.0, ScummVM v2.1.0, and ACE v1.19.
Two New Wichers
Polish company Retro 7-bit announced the arrival of two new expansion cards:
The Wicher 508i (already available) is an accelerator/memory card for Amiga 500/500. It replaces the computer 68000 processor. It offers PLCC68 support for a 68000 processor, up to 11MB of Fast memory, a 2.5" IDE connector, and an I2C controller. You can increase the processor frequency up to 50 MHz. MapROM functions and BootROM are included.
The Wicher 608 (available soon) is a memory card for Amiga 600. It offers 11MB of memory and leaves the PCMCIA port functional. MapROM function included.
Vampire: Distribution of Pirate Programs?
For years, an unlicensed software distribution, based on AmigaOS v3.9, targeting Vampire accelerator cards, was available on the Internet. This is the Coffin distribution, which comes with tons of pre-installed programs, including games and applications previously distributed commercially. Gunnar von Boehn repeatedly said that neither he nor the Apollo Team were involved in the distribution of Coffin.
But in the days following the Amiga 34 rally, during which the Vampire v4 standalone card was officially launched, an increasing number of users reported on the site www.a1k.org (and on www.apollo-core.com) that they received a CF card with the pre-installed Coffin distribution from Gunnar von Boehn himself, when purchasing their Vampire v4 standalone (see screenshots of messages in German: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 et 6).
When other users began to criticize this way of launching a commercial product on the market (selling 32 Vampires v4 standalone worth 550 euros during Amiga 34 should have generated sales of more than 17,000 euros in a few hours), the Apollo Team spokesperson (known as "Grond") explained that the Team had to return to the Amiga Kickstart due to start-up problems with the AROS ROM and had purchased Kickstart 3.1 licenses from Mike Battilana (Cloanto) during the rally. In addition, Haage and Partner agreed to the distribution of AmigaOS v3.9, always according to Grond.
However, this would explain only a tiny fraction of the programs contained in Coffin, the latter having a total size of 32GB, including a complete collection of pre-installed WHDLoad games as well as many other commercial programs, such as Cinema 4D, SAS/C or Foundation Director's Cut. There are even commercial programs still on sale, like AmigaOS 3.9, and this is generally frowned upon, even in a retro community rather favorable to abandonware.
The editors of the Website Amiga-News.de wanted to know more. Because of their own conversations with Haage and Partner a few years ago, they doubted the claim that the Apollo Team had obtained permission to distribute AmigaOS v3.9. Amiga-News.de contacted Mr. Haage, who stated that he was not aware of the Vampire project and had no contact with the people behind it. According to him, none approached Haage and Partner to inquire about AmigaOS v3.9.
Amiga-News.de also contacted Gunnar von Boehn to clarify the situation and to forward their message to Grond, because they did not have a contact address for Grond. Gunnar von Boehn said that his team "considers the current legal situation regarding AmigaOS v3.9 to be very sad" and mentioned that "even properly purchased licenses may not guarantee legal ownership" (Amiga-News.de assumed that he referred to the legal battle between Hyperion and Cloanto). Gunnar von Boehn did not mention Coffin in his reply but admitted in a subparagraph that he thought that Vesalia still sold AmigaOS v3.9. Amiga-News.de did not receive a response from Grond [Amiga-News.de].
In comments on the post on Amiga-News.de (in German), Gunnar von Boehn said: "Due to the lack of legal clarity on the operating system, the team clearly chose AROS. The Vampires are therefore pre-installed with AROS." "In addition to AROS, the ROM also contained a licensed version of AmigaOS from Cloanto." We also learnt that not all users have received their Vampire with Coffin.
SDK update 3.14 for MorphOS
The MorphOS development kit, currently in version 3.14, received an update on November 11th, 2019. This new version contains updated binutils and fixes some minor problems, such as disk space (reduced installation size by about 1GB). This SDK requires MorphOS v3.12 and about 2GB of disk space [www.morphos-team.net/downloads].
Death of Chuck Peddle
The American engineer Charles "Chuck" Peddle died on December 15th, 2019, at the age of 82. He was one of the eight people in Motorola's team working on the 6800 processor in the early 1970s. He left the company for MOS Technology in 1974 where he co-created the 650x processor series and even the PET, one of the world's first computers. MOS Technology was acquired by Commodore, which turned it into its electronic chip division, which were found in particular on the Amiga.
FTS4 for Amiga Explorer
FTS4 (File Transfer Serial 4) is an implementation of Cloanto's Amiga Explorer protocol that currently only manages serial connections. It is a simple program, created by Guenter Bartsch, for the transfer of files between an Amiga and a client via a null modem cable. FTS4 requires at least AmigaOS 1.3. AmigaOS 2.0 is recommended [github.com/gooofy/FTS4].
Simone Bevilacqua released mid-November an update to his 2008 arcade game KOG. This new version includes simplified and optimized CRT filters, a 6x zoom, hardware-accelerated zoom, a fixed frequency of wild shooting mode, a few sounds correction, and a reworked manual. The game requires AmigaOS v4.1, a processor clocked at least 500 MHz and 20MB of memory [retream.itch.io/kog].
A few days later, it was the turn of Huenison, his shooter/reflection game for AmigaOS 4, to be updated with the same improvements as KOG: simplified and optimized CRT filters, 6x zoom, and hardware-level accelerated zoom [retream.itch.io/huenison].
Greaseweazle, Stronger than Kryoflux?
After developing FlashFloppy (a firmware for the Gotek player flashed under HxC), Keir Fraser started another project called Greaseweazle, a USB interface for reading/writing floppy disks on a PC. Like Kryoflux, Greaseweazle reads the magnetic layers of the floppy disks regardless of the floppy disk format and records the information in a file-image (Flux Level Image) in the format Supercard (SCP), allowing reading and writing copy-protected disks.
Remember that SCP disk files are managed by WinUAE and FS-UAE and, using external tools, can be converted to the more common IPF format. You can also create ADF images if the disks are not copy-protected.
Greaseweazle consists of a Mikro controller card that costs only a few euros, connected to a floppy drive and then plugged into the PC via USB. All necessary software is available on Github under a free license [github.com/keirf/Greaseweazle/wiki].
Cooling System of ACA1240/ACA1260
The ACA1240/ACA1260 accelerator card were announced by Individual Computers a year ago and will be the most powerful cards in the history of this German manufacturer. On November 15th, 2019, the first photos of the prototypes were released, showing mainly the cooling system. Individual Computers chose an active system, a fan, with a heatsink that will replace the ventral trapdoor of the Amiga 1200. Fan speed can be adjusted [icomp.de].
Emu68 Shows the Tip of Its Nose
Early 2019, Michal Schulz announced the development of an Amiga 68k JIT emulator for the ARM version of the AROS operating system. An alpha 0.1 version of this emulator, named Emu68, is publicly available since November 8th, 2019 [www.patreon.com/posts/binary-for-you-31425592].
Another Memory Card for A600
Lotharek presents a new extension card, named eX601, by Boris Krizma, the developer of the Furia accelerator card. The eX601 is very small and offers 1MB of additional Chip memory, a real-time battery clock, an extension base for the ECS Indivision, and two clock ports. Price: 39.48 euros. Available after January 4th, 2020 [lotharek.pl/productdetail.php?id=281].
AMOS with AGA
Après avoir découvert un dépôt GitHub concernant AMOS Professional, et contenant tout ce qu'il faut pour pouvoir recompiler AMOS Professional, Frédéric Cordier s'est lancé un défi en mettant les mains dans les sources de ce langage de programmation lancé par François Lionet il y a plus de 25 ans.
In a discussion thread on Amiga Impact, Frédéric Cordier summarized the history of his work on what will become his own version, called AMOS Professional X. Some new features include managing dual playfield low resolution into two 16-color screens (instead of two 8-color screens previously) and managing 256 colors, always in low resolution. The French developer then added the "Load Iff" method to load 256-colour images.
The next step is to display high-resolution graphics (Hires, UHres, SHres) up to 256 colors, up to HAM6 mode, and check all graphic functions for their compatibility with AGA, and adapt them if needed [github.com/AmiDARK/AMOSProfessional-X].
Painting and Playing
Multiplayer games are often a lot of fun. This is also the goal of the Raliza Software team (Rafael Lima, Rodrigo Siqueira, Deborah Muth, and Edson Leal Jr.) who offer a new free game for Amiga OCS: BattleBrush. This Blitz Basic game features four brushes of different colors fighting to paint more canvas than their enemies! BattleBrush is played at four simultaneously, to brighten up your long winter nights [ralizasoftware.neocities.org/amiga.html].
Recoil Discovers the Amiga 30 Years Later
Recoil is a shooter, clone of Defender, directed by Special FX and published in 1989. It was previously only available on Atari ST, but Phill Boag-Butcher, aka Galahad of Scoopex, ported it on Amiga, 30 years after its initial release. Necessary configuration: Amiga OCS and 1MB of memory [English Amiga Board].
Trevor Dickinson, the boss of A-EON Technology, posted a post on December 22nd, 2018 on his blog personnel. Here is a summary of the interesting information that he wrote:
He attended AmiWest in October 2018. And, as two years ago, his rental car was burglarized, the malfras that broke the rear window (photo). Car burglaries are an epidemic in the San Francisco area.
Cherry Darling's developer, Daniel Messener, lost all his stuff in this burglary. He had to buy new clothes and a computer to recreate his presentation and speech for AmiWest (photo).
Tabor and Cyrus+
In November 2018, Adam Barnes, the former technical director of Ultra Varisys, and several of his colleagues visited AmigaKit's offices in Cardiff (photo). They helped Matthew Leaman and his team prepare the production and assistance of Tabor and Cyrus+ motherboards.
In anticipation of this business visit, Ultra Varisys had shipped six pallets containing a mix of Cyrus+ motherboards and Cyrus+ and Tabor prototypes.
The meeting lasted five days and was devoted entirely to AmigaOne equipment, including production problems and other technical problems: diagnostics of the motherboards, installation of test benches, procedures for finding problems, overview of the internal documentation prepared by Ultra Varisys, advice and assistance on production problems.
To facilitate this technology transfer between the two companies, AmigaKit suspended its commercial activities to focus on work on the Tabor and Cyrus+ motherboards. To make up for this lost time, the AmigaKit team worked in the evening every evening from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to serve and support its regular Amiga customers.
Early December 2018, Andy Broad and Kevin Sherratt travelled to Cardiff to meet Matthew Leaman for a long weekend dedicated to development. They worked on the next version (v1.5) of the Enhancer Software.
Andy Broad notably modified Multiviewer to use Warp3D (thus the power of the graphics card) instead of Picasso96 to display the images.
MultiEdit has also been updated and now has a restoration option to retrieve a document in the event of an electrical or system failure when changing a document. When powered up or restarted, the software gives the user the ability to retrieve the document.
AMIStore, which was migrated to a new server by Matthew Leaman during the summer of 2018, also received several updates.
Casey Cullen, Linux specialist, published Fienix, a new Linux distribution based on Debian Sid, which he created for PowerPC machines. Fienix works on the AmigaOne X1000 and X5000.
The beta version of Libre Office 5 for AmigaOS 4 is about to be completed (photo).
A specific mechanism in version 4 of Libre Office could not be fully implemented in AmigaOS 4. The result was instability and freezes that could not be prevented.
Version 5 of Libre Office, which runs on Android, has a different mechanism and is much more portable, which allowed its implementation under AmigaOS 4.
The Frieden brothers take care of the portage of Libre Office on Amiga one week a month, at most.
Trevor Dickinson spoke about a chapter written by Colin Proudfoot, former deputy managing director of Commodore UK, in the book "Commodore: The Inside Story" by David Pleasance. The anecdote relates their partnership contract with the Chelsea FC team. In 1987, Commodore UK was one of the first companies to sponsor a major English football team by paying the Commodore logo on the Chelsea FC shirt (photo).
The sponsorship agreement continued until Commodore's bankruptcy in 1994, although in 1993 the Commodore logo was replaced by the Amiga logo. According to Colin Proudfoot, Football sponsorship was an effective way to get name recognition and brand awareness; cost per minute, according to media, was definitely worth it."
As part of this sponsorship agreement, Commodore had to pay Victory bonuses, based on Chelsea's success each season. But to mitigate the "risk" of Chelsea's success, Commodore UK took an insurance from Lloyds of London. And as Chelsae FC went to the quarterfinals of the League’s Cup, a bonus was paid by Commodore UK, covered by their insurance policy at Lloyds of London.
Trevor Dickinson bought a workstation Talos II Secure from Raptop Computing Systems (photo). He is even the world's first buyer. This machine is based on two PowerPC POWER9 processors (18 cores each, or 144 execution threads), has 96GB of DDR4 memory, PCIe 4.0 ports and a Radeon Pro WX7100 graphics card.
The price of this workstation is eight to nine times higher than that of a full AmigaOne X5000. This machine is very heavy, extremely noisy but seems to be extremely well designed.
Itec Responds to Hyperion
In its lawsuit against Cloanto in March 2018, Hyperion not only sued Cloanto, but also all other "Amiga parties" such as Amiga Inc. Washington, Itec LLC and Amiga Inc. Delaware (formerly KMOS). This caused the resurrection of Amiga Inc. and also a response from Itec LLC.
Like Amiga Inc., Itec LLC contends that Hyperion broke the 2009 conciliation agreement, including the use of the AmigaOS brand to market products or sell AmigaOS 3.1 and 3.1.4, and Kickstart 1.2 and 1.3 without proper rights. It is also mentioned that Ben Hermans, former director and current shareholder of Hyperion, deceived the Amiga parties by using complicated wording for the conciliation agreement, allowing him later to assert his rights on a larger scale. According to Amiga Inc., only the rights to AmigaOS 3.1 had been granted to Hyperion, rights that were necessary to develop, sell and promote AmigaOS 4.0.
Pressure from Amiga Inc. on the Sale of AmigaOS 3.1.4
According to information posted by the Amiga Document website, on Twitter, Avangate, Digital River, Amiga on the Lake and Alinea Computers received cease and desist orders from Amiga Inc., Amino (Amiga Washington) and Itec LLC. These resellers were the only ones to offer the Kickstart version of AmigaOS 3.1.4. This shows that the trial between these parties and Hyperion has a real impact on AmigaOS 3.1.4 and its possible future development.
Avangate, the service used by Hyperion to sell AmigaOS 3.1.4 online, received a cease and desist order from Amino. It was no longer possible to purchase this product after October 19, 2018. Hyperion responded by changing its online shopping service (ShareIt). But 10 days later, this service also stopped because, according to Hyperion, AmigaOS 3.1.4 could be bought again from Amiga dealers. And new episode in this story, Hyperion announced on November 21st that AmigaOS 3.1.4 was once again buyable online, at ShareIt, for 29.95 euros [hyperion-entertainment.biz].
Interim Injunction against Hyperion
In their lawsuit against Hyperion Entertainment, the four companies Amiga Inc., Itec, Amino and Cloanto sought an interim injunction. In legal terms, this means a court order to compel a person to do or not to do something pending the final judgment.
According to this document from December 27th, 2018, Hyperion is banned from selling AmigaOS 3.1.4. Cloanto's involvement was based on its copyright of AmigaOS 3.1. This request also confirmed that the temporary stop to the sales of AmigaOS 3.1.4 was based on a letter of cease and desist. We learnt that only Hyperion's first service provider (Avangate) responded but eventually asked to continue selling AmigaOS 3.1.4 until a interim injunction was provided. Hyperion alleged that it would have provided compensation to service providers in the event of legal action.
With respect to Hyperion's rights, paragraph 2.07 of the 2001 OEM license stated that Hyperion was authorized to develop AmigaOS 3.1 and use its trademarks in the event of Amiga Inc.'s insolvency. The 2009 conciliation agreement concerned only AmigaOS 4.
For Cloanto, one of the objectives of the conciliation agreement was to protect various rights acquired in 1994. In addition to using the Amiga Forever emulator since 1997, Cloanto could use AmigaOS 1.1 to 3.0 on real Amiga since 1998, and AmigaOS 3.1 since 1999. During the years 2011 to 2016, Cloanto acquired AmigaOS 3.1, among others. The copyright of this version of the operating system was registered on April 27, 2007.
By breaking this agreement and selling AmigaOS 3.1.4, Cloanto suffered financial losses, but also a loss of reputation, and customers. In addition, on November 30th, one of the largest operators on the market informed Cloanto that, due to Hyperion's declaration of ownership on AmigaOS 3.1.4, Cloanto's AmigaOS 3.1 products were no longer on the market. In several countries, Cloanto's sales have plummeted.
A Amiga from Psygnosis Sold
The English company Psygnosis is known on Amiga for having published a lot of very good games for this platform, such as Barbarian, Agony, Brian The Lion or Lemmings. The development of these games was done on Amigas and one of them was auctioned on eBay in December. This is an Amiga 3000 that has been in the possession of Mike Clarke for 20 years. Mike Clarke worked at Psygnosis from 1992 to 1999 in the field of audio. This Amiga is one of the machines that had been stored in a corridor of the company's premises, ready to be discarded. Mike Clarke was able to save them and retrieve them.
This Amiga 3000 has 2MB of Chip memory and 4MB of Fast memory. All the components are original, even power/battery (photo 1, photo 2 and photo 3). It sold without a mouse or keyboard. In addition, the floppy drive no longer worked.
This machine was used in particular by Jeff Bramfitt who wrote his initials on it. Jeff Bramfitt is known for creating some graphics for Carthage, Shadow Of The Beast III and The Killing Game Show (photo 4 and photo 5). This Amiga 3000 is also the machine used to create the introduction and logo of Lemmings. Then, other artists used it, such as Chris Moore, Darren Douglas and Digby Rogers, to create games like Theatre Of Death (Amiga), Bram Stoker's Dracula (Mega-CD), Microcosm (3DO, Mega-CD) or Scavenger IV (Mega-CD, FM Towns). The machine's hard drive still contains files from these games and even unused files or unfinished drawings.
The sale materialized on December 21st for a price of 1,850 euros, or about 2,057 USD.
News from the Apollo Team
On December 20th, 2018, Renaud Schweingruber of the Apollo Team published an activity report regarding the Vampire project. Here are the important points:
The developments needed for the Vampire v4 will benefit other products from the Team (Vampire v2 cards and other products to come).
The Gold3 alpha core, made in summer 2018, is used as the base of the Vampire V4 stand-aline.
The team added several components in VHDL to the core Gold3 alpha to make it really functional like CIA A and CIA B ports, DB9 ports (for joysticks), a USB stack (for mouse and keyboard) and the IDE Gayle chip.
The USB stack was built from scratch and is therefore not a USB stack already available otherwise (like Poseidon or a Linux subsystem running on an ARM processor).
This allows the team to have a total control on this stack. The downside is that you must write everything and improve it over time. This will take time and some USB devices may not work. The goal at the moment is to have the mouse and keyboard active at start-up, the USB stack cannot yet communicate with the operating system.
The management of the RTG with the AGA has been activated, and the team is now working on the communication mechanism.
The future work for the Apollo core will focus on the implementation of the Ethernet, the second IDE port, the FastIDE, the real time RTC clock and extension connectios.
The Vampire v4 circuit board will be revised to provide assembly points to accommodate third-party cases.
The miniUSB power connector will be abandoned in favour of something more recent.
No more availability date of Vampire v4 will be announced, there have been too many missed deadlines.
Igor Majstorovic is expected to return to the Production of Vampire v2 cards and dealers waiting for these cards should be contacted soon (photo).
The Vampire v2 cards of the next batch will have a revised circuit board. For example, the Vampire 500 extension connector has been replaced with a simpler connector to connect the Ethernet ENC module.
The Apollo team was present at the following gatherings in 2019: OufParty (Switzerland, June), Classic Computing 2019 (Germany, September), Amiga34 (Germany, October) and Alchimie 13 (France, November).
A few days later, on December 28th, Renaud Schweingruber informed the Amiga community that the AGA, RTG, FPU, network, USB keyboard and USB mouse worked on the Vampire v4 stand-alone [www.apollo-core.com].
Starquake on Amiga
Starquake is a platformer released in 1985, notably on PC and Amstrad, in which the player controls a blob. You are sent to an unstable planet and must gather a number of objects and bring them into the core of the planet to prevent it from exploding. The TOS Brothers collective, led by Phill Boag-Butcher, produced an Amiga version from the Atari ST version. The game is commercially available, in a box containing the game's floppy disk, a badge and a postcard signed by Steve Crow, the original author. Necessary configuration: Amiga OCS with 1MB of memory. A free version has been released in November 2018. The commercial version costs 45GBP [fusionretrobooks.com].
Amiga Forever 7 R2 and 8
Early December, Cloanto updated Amiga Forever, its suite for Amiga emulation on Windows. This includes Amiga Forever 7 R2, RP9 Preview 188.8.131.52 and WinUAE 4.1.0. The version 7 R2 of Amiga Forever offers some new features such as:
New playlists with customizable content.
The ability to start your PC directly under an emulation configuration.
Titles can be launched from the Windows File Explorer without opening the Amiga Forever player.
Improvements for PowerPC emulation.
The customization of the joysticks for a particular game or in general.
Additional options for joysticks (joystick management for left-handers, automatic shooting...).
Improvement to High-DPI and multi-screen management.
The management of shared floppy drives and deployable image discs.
Update checks are performed via HTTPS (TLS) with digital signature for better integrity and security.
Other improvements for audio, performance, WHDLoad, AROS...
On December 31st, Cloanto then released versions 8 of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever. These emulation suites include virtual mouse and keyboard, The ability to move the 8-bit computer cursor via the mouse, adding a menu when you switch to full-screen or the availability of Windows clipboard for the emulated environment.
Amiga Forever 8 is available in three editions:
Value Edition (9,95 euros, installer download).
Plus Edition (29,95 euros, installer download and the ability to create an ISO DVD file).
Premium Edition (49,95 euros, Plus Edition with the software in a box and additional videos on three DVDs).
C64 Forever 8 is available in three editions:
Free Express Edition (free, limited features).
Plus Edition (14,95 euros, installer download and the ability to create an ISO file of CDs).
Boxed Plus Edition (19,95 euros, Plus Edition with software in a box).
A Mod for Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Reborn to Castle Wolfenstein (formerly RTCW Remake Mod) is a mod to the game engine Return to Castle Wolfenstein created by Polish developers Cezary Szydlik and Grzegorz Mirtynski. This variant includes better texture resolutions (up to 2048 pixels wide), high-quality sounds and tables with more objects and enemies. A native version for AmigaOS 4 was published on December 22nd, 2018 by Hugues Nouvel. This AmigaOS 4 version uses the GL4e 3D libraries and EGL_wrap.library and is still in beta, just like the original game, but it remains largely playable despite graphics bugs here and there [hunoppc.amiga-projects.net].
Doomification of Chaos Engine
Cherno, a German programmer, made a conversion for Doom inspired by Chaos Engine. This "total conversion" is called Doomsday Machine and aims to make a subjective shooter à la Chaos Engine. The original graphics and sounds have been redone in higher resolutions. Three characters (the robber, the priest and the soldier) can be used. Doomsday Machine requires the latest version of GZDoom (not available on Amiga) as well as the doom2.wad file [English Amiga Board].
SketchBlock Professional Edition
Andy Broad announced the availability on AMIStore of his commercial application SketchBlock Professional Edition 3.1. This drawing software native to AmigaOS 4.1 is sold for 15 euros. Here are the features of version 3.1:
HDR management (High Dynamic Range).
Use of paging to load larger projects. The extended memory function of AmigaOS 4.1 FE (more than 2GB) is used, as is virtual disk memory.
Redesigned and improved drawing tools.
New pipette that can select the color of the current layer or image.
Selection tools that can convert the alpha layer into a selection mask.
New convolution filters: Gaussian blur, blurred mask and bilateral filter.
New import and export plugins, including for loading and saving Open JPEG/JPEG 2000 images with 8, 12 and 16-bit data and alpha layer. Possibility to save a project as an icon ".info."
More example scripts.
Improved graphical interface.
Themes for the interface.
NetFS is a networked file system for MorphOS or Amiga 68k equipped with a TCP/IP stack (such as AmiTCP, MiamiDX or Roadshow). This program designed by Philippe Rimauro has gone into version 2.0. Here's what's new:
The password is now encrypted in SHA256 when sent over the network.
Data exchanges can now be encrypted via EDCH/TEA algorithms (enabled by default, optional, 68040 or higher recommended).
A new NetPort command allows remote ARexx ports to be mounted and used as a local port. This allows the piloting of an application running on a remote machine via its ARexx interface.
zTools, the Pass of Three
The third major version of zTools was published by its author, Guillaume Boesel, early November 2018. This set of tools for AmigaOS 4 now includes Sysmon 6.2, GFXDock 51.3, ATunes 4.0, FlipPaper 3.0, FastView 5.2 and FastCompress 3.3. There are improvements for SysMon and GFXDock to manage A-EON's new graphics drivers in its Enhancer Software Graphics Upgrade. zTools is available on AMIStore and Updater; this version 3.0 is free for current users [AMIStore].
Individual Computers Confirms its Copyright on Picasso96
Jens Schoenfeld of Individual Computers published on December 22nd, 2018 un message which takes stock of its copyright on the graphic pilot Picasso96. Here's a summary:
Money transfer towards Tobias Abt and Alexander Kneer was completed in December 2016. The contract on the acquisition agreement was signed on January 30, 2017.
A previous licensing agreement with Hyperion Entertainment exists. It focuses on using P96 under AmigaOS 4.1. This contract is maintained.
There is no other licensing agreement with any other party.
Individual Computers cleaned the source code of Picasso96 and made some improvements. This new version 2.2 is available in the "shop" section of the site. Its price is free, you give what you want.
Picasso96's API is now documented for free in the "wiki" section of the site.
Individual Computers would like to support projects of the Amiga community such as the VA2000, and to clarify any legal situations from the time of Tobias Abt and Alexander Kneer.
There is an actor in the Amiga market who claims to have a perpetual license for Picasso96 but who has given no evidence of this assertion.
iComp GmbH is the only legal source for a Picasso96 license.
The legal status of Picasso96's shareware archive, which has been available on Aminet for years, has not changed: it is still legal to distribute this archive for free.
AspireOS 2.2 "Obitus"
Nikolaos Tomatsidis released in November 2018 the version 2.2 (nicknamed "Obitus") of AspireOS, its AROS distribution for Acer's Aspire laptops. This distribution is available as a complete ISO file. This version 2.2 includes the addition of Janus-UAE (Amiga emulator), FPSE (Playstation emulator), Directory DOpus 4 (file manager), GrafX2 (drawing software), Hurrican (platform/action game), MPlayer (audio and video player) and Odyssey (Internet browser) [sites.google.com/site/arosaspireone/AspireOS].
Cybergames and Powerplay Eishockey Manager Free
Amiga Future offers the game Cybergames for free download. This fighting game created by Cyberpunk Developments was published on Amiga in 1995 by XAKK [www.amigafuture.de].
Another Amiga title was added to the free gaming database at Amiga Future. This is the Powerplay Eishockey Manager sports game, designed and published by Sayonara Software in 1992. This game works on all Amiga OCS [www.amigafuture.de].
Notifications on AmigaOS 3
Ranchero is a notification system, similar to Ringhio on AmigaOS 4 but for AmigaOS 3.x. This tool designed by Rob Cranley incorporates an ARexx interface through which applications can present various information messages. These messages are not displayed with system queries and therefore do not block current applications. Among the possible information, Ranchero can display the arrival of emails, the end of a 3D rendering or the name of a piece of music being played. Ranchero requires a fast Amiga with graphics card [Aminet].
Rf Modulator Protection for A1200/A600
AmigaKit offers for sale a brushed steel protection with the Commodore checkmark to protect and decorate your Amiga 600/1200 RF modulator. Price: 0,99 GBP [AmigaKit].
Obligement in English
Tygre undertook to translate the news section of Obligement in English. This English version can be found on the website of AGNEA, the Amiga North American user group launched in 2016 by Tygre himself. The September/October 2018 news are currently available. Good read!
Heroes Of Gorluth Available
At the end of December 2017, Patrick Nevian announced the upcoming release of Heroes Of Gorluth, a new role-playing game based on the world of Tales Of Gorluth, his previous title. This game for Amiga OCS and CD32 was made with Backbone. It is available on a CD delivered in a DVD case. Price: 14,99 euros for those who pre-ordered it, 19,99 euros else [shop.phenix-noir.de].
RNOEffects 1.3 and RNOPDF 1.2
RNOEffects is an image processing and conversion software with more than thirty effects. This is a MorphOS, AmigaOS 4 and AROS program written by Finnish developer JPV. The November 2018 version 1.3 adds file argument management, ARexx and 24-bit ILBM and BMP images [Aminet].
JPV also updated RNOPDF, its PDF reader, which switches to version 1.2. This program for AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4, AROS and MorphOS has a minimalist interface to quickly read your files. Among new features: managing the rotation and exporting pages to resolutions that can be set [Aminet].
Wicher 500i Black Edition and Wicher CD32
On November 14th, 2018, the Polish company Retro 7-bit produced a special edition of its Wicher 500i accelerator card, in black color, for the retroAmi website. This Amiga 500/500+ card handles 68000 and 68010 processors up to 50 MHz, has 8MB of Fast memory and an IDE controller. Price: 132.62 euros.
In addition, the Wicher CD32 card is now available. This CD32 extension card features 11.5MB of Fast RAM, a MapROM function, the presence of an IDE controller and a clock port connector [retro.7-bit.pl].
Adaptater Lithium Battery
Welsh retailer AmigaKit sells u lithium battery kit for Amiga 500+, 1500, 2000, 3000, 3000T and 4000 computers and even some memory extension cards like the A501. This adapter is ideal for replacing old barrel batteries with a modern button battery that will be easily replaceable once the kit is installed. The barrel batteries originally used by Commodore are subject to leakage and therefore corrosion and damage to the motherboard. Price: GBP 4.50 [AmigaKit].
A Book for Amiga E
Adam Zalepa, a prolific Polish author of Amiga books in recent years, now offers the book "Amiga E". This english book is useful for learning to program in the Amiga E language created by Wouter van Oortmerssen in the 1990s. This book is available in digital or paper (320 pages). Price: 10 euros [amiga.net.pl].
AmigaLive is a program that lets you play Amiga games online around the world with FS-UAE network features. Players connect to an AmigaLive server and can play an Amiga game with another person. Versions for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux are available [www.amigalive.com].
New Productions of the Demo Scene
Here are the productions of the Amiga demo scene that added to the site pouet.net the last two months:
Luggage, OCS musicdisk by Spaceballs.
Kmac #6, OCS/AGA diskmag by Odbyt Design.
Insane X-Mas 2018, OCS intro by Insane.
Red Hair Redemption, 40 ko OCS/AGA intro by ABC.
Invit, invitation AGA by Nature.
Tiny, d16 ko OCS demo by Insane.
Flashbacks, OCS demo by Insane.
Revolutionary Beehaviour, OCS demo by FFP and Insane.
ASCII Attack II, 40 ko AGA demo par LATEX.
Green Heat, OCS demo by Void.
Hole In Space, 64 ko AGA demo by Void.
Chiperia X, OCS musicdisk by The Chiperia Project.
Chiperia 9, OCS musicdisk by The Chiperia Project.
Starquake cracktro, OCS cracktro by Scoopex.
Russel Intro, OCS intro by Axel.
The Spanish collective Morgue Soft offers Videntium Picta, an image viewer for AmigaOS 68k and MorphOS. This program, made with Hollywood, can display images in GIF, BMP, PNG, LBM, JPG, JPEG2000 and TIFF formats. It also offers various functions such as changing the format of the image or capturing a screen. Version 1.10 of December 8th makes it possible to choose the quality of the zoom [www.morguesoft.eu].
New E-UAE JIT for AmigaOS 4
Roman Kargin compiled a new version of the Amiga E-UAE JIT emulator for AmigaOS 4.1. This version, compiled with GCC 8.2.0, brings some optimizations, the ability to switch between full screen and windowed mode (Alt-Entry), and the addition of iconification [E-UAE, E-UAE pour AmigaOne X1000].
A New Power
The Polish manufacturer Lotharek launched on the market a new power supply, named Amiga HQ. It has a transparent 4mm Plexiglass case, an 88/246V input, 5V/12V/-12V voltages (4A, 2A, 0.5A max), a 5V control knob and a digital front-facing display for voltage and amperage. Interestingly, it can power three Amiga Classics at the same time. Price: about 90 euros [lotharek.pl].
Book on Amiga OS 3.1 Volume 3
Adam Zalepa completed the third volume of his series on the use of AmigaOS 3.1. This book in English, entitled "Amiga OS 3.1 Volume Three", focuses on graphics, animations, PCMCIA port, NDOS floppy disks, the creation of disks, etc. The book consists of 500 pages in B5 format. Price: 19 euros [amiga.net.pl].
The Web in Text
Links is a text-based web browser designed by Mikulas Patocka. Its 2.17 version was ported on MorphOS by Stefan Haubenthal. Links manages colors, tables, background, menus and frames. Local files are also viewable [Aminet].
The History of Point'n Click
Pix'n Love editions market the History of Point'n Click, a book that traces the history of this type of adventure games and focuses on many titles such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Phantasmagoria or Under A Killing Moon. Its author is Patrick Hellio. 1,000 copies were printed. Price: 39.90 euros [www.editionspixnlove.com].
Multiplayer for Stratagus
The Stratagus game engine, which was ported on WarpOS by Wrangler last October, was updated. This open-source engine allows launching strategy games such as Invasion Battle Of Survival, WarCraft 2 and Astroseries. The version remains the 2.1 but switches to "release 2". This one fixes a few bugs and mostly allows multiple players, something impossible in the previous version [Aminet].
Change Your Bermuda
Bermuda Syndrome is a Windows game created in 1995 by Century Interactive. It mixes adventure and platforms in the genre of Another World. Grégory Montoir did an open-source re-implementation of the executable and ported it on AmigaOS 4 in its latest version 0.1.6. Some interesting changes have been added such as the ability to take screenshots, the addition of original loading/save menus, the management of non-interactive parts and the of MIDI [OS4Depot.net].
Viewing files for AMOS programs can be problematic because of the format used by this programming language. The Mequa Innovations collective has created ABKViewer, a small tool capable of viewing the data contained in ABK files. AROS and MorphOS versions exist [Aminet].
Olaf Barthel released SMBFS v2.1, an SMB-enabled file system, useful for networking, on November 26th, 2018. What's new in this version: Unicode management, files over 4GB and reconnection to a server. This version of SMBFS is available for AmigaOS 3 and 4 [github.com/obarthel/amiga-smbfs/releases].
AmiCygnix, the X11 environment created by Edgar Schwan for AmigaOS 4, was updated in version 1.4. This new version focuses on improving stability and bug fixes: updated X server display drivers, the lpr command now manages printing via TurboPrint, updated version of Openbox to v3.6.1, updated SSL management, removal of "Quick Transfer" mode (deemed too slow), etc. [OS4Depot.net].
Iris v44 and v45
Versions 44 and 45 Beta of Iris, a new email manager that Jacek Piszczek develops for MorphOS, was publicly released these past two months. Their new developments focus on the following:
Detects URLs in non-HTML emails and converts them into links when viewed in the HTML viewer.
Minor improvements to the user interface.
Added signatures to account settings.
Added a toolbar in the main window.
Support for links in HTML editor.
No longer adds breaks when responding if the HTML editor is disabled.
Added the "Marked" tick for messages from the email list.
Changes to the toolbar to avoid increasing the size of the folder column.
WickedOS, the Creator of Demos
The Haujobb demomaker group released WickedOS in November, its development kit to create its demos on Amiga. This kit includes chuncky to planar routines and music routines. This is a development environment for every architecture and can serve as Windows/AmigaOS cross-development platform [github.com].
Tiger Claw and PowerGlove Reloaded Marketed
The Amiga version of the games Tiger Claw and Powerglove Reloaded are for sale in dematerialized and floppy/CD versions since December. These platform/action games, created by Matthias Bock (aka Lazycow), are published by RGCD Dev. Tiger Claw and Powerglove were first launched as Commodore 64 games a few years ago. Versions for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and AmigaOS are next.
In Tiger Claw, you play a hero who must retrieve, through 24 paintings, mystical scrolls before Fire Fist, Thunder Chain and Angry Tongue can reveal their true potential. A two-or-four-player mode is present. In Powerglove Reloaded, you are in a world where fossil resources are depleted and thermal reactors are now meeting energy demand. One of the reactors explodes and you must find six useful diamonds to rescue the station. The price of both titles is free but you must pay at least $2.99 [rgcd.bigcartel.com/artist/lazycow].
TAWS, The Amiga Workbench Simulation, is a simulation of the Amiga Workbench v1.0 to v4.1 that works on the Internet through a Web browser. Its 0.30 version was released on December 2nd, 2018. Its author, Michael Rupp, proposed several improvements such as:
Added keyboard shortcuts from AmigaOS 4.1 for preference programs.
Disabling self-completion and spell-checking in text boxes.
Polish manufacturer Archi-Tech offers pre-order for the A1208, a new memory card for Amiga 1200. It has nothing to do with the old card of the same name by GVP. This A1208, which connects to the A1200 internal extension port, adds 8MB of Fast RAM. It has a jumper to go from 8 to 4 MB of memory and is thus compatible with PCMCIA devices. Availability for early January 2019. Price: about 75 euros [retroami.com.pl].
Sinbad Gets Merry Again
Sinbad and the Falcon Throne is a game released on Amiga by Cinemaware in 1987. There is also a slightly different Atari ST version. Philippe Guichardon ported this version on Amiga, it offers the following changes:
Works on the fastest machines (even with WinUAE JIT).
Perfect multitasking (try Amiga-M!).
You can leave at any time with Ctrl-C.
The mouse can be used when the game displays a pointer.
Emulation of the joystick with the keyboard (use the num keys with Right Shift).
In the main screen, a frame is drawn around the life bar so that it no longer looks like a graphic error.
Translation in correct French.
Dennis van der Boon worked for a few years on the sonnet.library, which allows users to use Sonnet 7200 G3/G4 PCI processor cards on Amiga with Mediator. This driver also allows using the WarpOS system and therefore most of WarpOS compatible programs.
The author updated this library on December 10th, 2018 with version 17.11. Changes include compatibility with Bigfoot Killer NIC K1 PCI cards, 384MB of memory for Harrier cards, access to Radeon configuration space for Bigfoot K1 and M1 cards, and use of the Mediator's entire 512MB memory range [Aminet].
Not So RAR
The 5.6.8 native AmigaOS 4 version of the UnRAR decompression tool was released on December 14th on Aminet. The two main new features of this version are large file management and internationalization.
Domenico Lattanzi designed Crono, a calendar generator for AmigaOS 4. The calendars created show the twelve months of the year on an A4 page that can be customized with images and saved in PDF format [Aminet].
Icaros Desktop, The software distribution for AROS by Paolo Besser went into version 2.2.5 on December 21st, 2018. This new version comes with the following new features:
Added AISS in the "Light" version of Icaros Desktop.
Added dual-state icons (Dark Glass and Logos and Brand).
Added programs Icon Editor, AnimWebConverter and Advice.
Directory Opus Magellan can now display your IP address.
The Soundtrack of Turrican 4
German musician Chris Huelsbeck released the album Rise of the Machine, the fantasy soundtrack of Turrican 4. This bonus album was funded by the Turrican Orchestral Selections campaign. It was created with the original TFMX sound system that Chris Huelsbeck used on Amiga and was recorded on real hardware. This work is conceived as the soundtrack of a virtual and imaginary successor to this series of action games, which appeared on Amiga in the early 1990s. Price: $15 [chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com].
David Zvekic updated his BitTorrent client for Amiga Classic, named DizzyTorrent, twice, in November and December. These are versions 2.10 and 2.11 that show some changes such as internationalization (including French), automatic restart of downloads, and a reduction in memory consumption [Aminet].
Crying Chips Symphony
Crying Chips Symphony is a Protracker music album made entirely on Amiga 1200. We owe this five-track album to Jess and The Wet Machine. Listen to or download for free at [amiga.thewetmachine.net].
Tronic Kids is a platform/arcade game developed by the collective AmigaTronics, which resembles Booby Kids or Dynablaster. This free game was made with the game editor RedPill and requires a 68030 processor and 2MB of memory [amigatronics.wordpress.com].
The Latest Versions
Tygre is designing AmiAutoUpdater, a tool for AmigaOS 68k to check if your system has the latest versions of your favorite programs. The program checks on the Internet if a new version is available, and if so, AmiAutoUpdate downloads and unarchives it. The current version is 0.1 of November 2nd, 2018 [SourceForge].
Control of Extron DSC 301 HD
Using ExtronControl 0.1 created by Marcus Sackrow, you can control from an Amiga the video camera DSC 301 HD from Extron. The latter serves as a video switch and converter. The author uses this material to connect various old computers on a TFT screen [blog.alb42.de].
New 68060 Card for A1200
Polish company CS-Lab is working on a new 68060-based accelerator card for Amiga 1200. Its name is WARP1260 and should have DDR3 memory, an IDE port and audio ports [Twitter].
AmiModRadio Compatible with Mod Haxor
AmiModRadio automatically downloads and plays music modules from Aminet. This program, designed by Tygre, also allows, in its new version 0.9992, to download and play the modules from the Finnish site Mod Haxor. In addition, saving modules is once again functional [SourceForge].
A New Barbarian
Barbarian is a fighting game created by Palace Software in 1988. The bloody and cruel side of this game made it a multi-platform success in its day. The Italian trio Colin Vella, Christophe Romagnoli and Simone Bernacchia posted on Aminet a ew version of this title named Barbarian Plus. Written in AMOS, it features revised graphics and sounds, more scenes, fights with end-of-level bosses and more fighters. They also added demo and tutorial modes. Barbarian Plus comes on six floppy disks and requires a 68020 and 1MB of Chip memory at a minimum.
GuruNet is an adapter providing an Internet connection to the Amiga 600, 2000 and 3000. It is compatible with PlipBox. GuruModem is its successor, it provides an Internet connection to computers with an RS-232 series port. The current speed is 115.2 kbps. This hardware created by the American company Electronic Is Fun also has an interface for SD memory cards [electronicsisfun.com/f/gurunet-for-the-amiga].
In November, Individual Computers launched Micromys v5, the new version of its PS/2 mouse adapter. It allows you to plug mice in PS/2 format, but also tackballs on Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64. This fifth version extends compatibility with the 8-bit Commodore VIC-20 and Atari [icomp.de/shop-icomp].
Changing All Icons at Once
Roger Håseth wrote scripts to update, in batches, icons of your Workbench (v2.0 to v3.9). These scripts are grouped under the name TRULS. They manage original icons (planar) and NewIcons. Only the images of icons are copied, which means that your icons retain their information (tool types, position, etc.). [Aminet].
sc on MorphOS
On November 4th, 2018, Stefan Kleinheinrich published sc on MorphOS. This is a spreadsheet born on Unix more than 20 years ago. It is free, made in Curses, and usable only via a Shell. Its current version is the 7.16 [MorphZone].
ACA500plus and Indivision ECS V2 Available Soon
A second production batch of the ACA500plus accelerator card was launched by Individual Computers. The card has some modifications compared to the first version with a 68SEC000 processor clocked up to 21 MHz and even 42 MHz but without warranty from the manufacturer. The DisMo was also upgraded, the double-digit display is larger and the status light has three colors instead of two. The button has been repositioned in a more ergonomic location. Price: 134.97 euros.
For the scan doubler Indivision ECS V2, an improvement in the emulation of scanlines was implemented. It can now be adjusted so that the effect matches your tastes. The ECS V2 also offers a new display scaling dispositive, it's now easier to adjust the image size and keep the correct format. Price: 99.96 euros [icomp.de].
X-bEnCh 1.1 Final Release
Jérôme Marchal, thanks to his small but muscular arms, released the final version 1.1 of X-bEnCh, his game launcher for Amiga Classics. This version, released on December 26th, 2018, fixes a host of bugs and updates most of its modules (Xinit 4.1, Xlaunch 4.7, Checkerboard loader 1.7, Xpl0rEr 2.0, Xcli 1.9, Xsetup 4.6 and Xexit 1.5). For example, Xlaunch, Xpl0rEr and Xsetup have a new method of detecting memory [www.jimneray.com].
Death of Stefanie Tucking
The TV and radio presenter Stefanie Tücking died on December 1st, 2018. She was the author of the Amiga 500 New Art in 1989, which are unique-looking Amiga models that were produced in 10,000 copies. [www.spiegel.de].
AmiKit X v10.5.2
AmiKit, the Amiga software distribution created by Jan Zahurancik, went to version 10.5.2 in early December. It adds 35 new features, bug fixes or updates: better handling of AmigaOS 3.9 patches in MorpheuZ, changes to the Startup-Sequence to make AmiKit more stable, changes to HDToolBox to work on AmigaOS 3.1.4 [www.amikit.amiga.sk].
The 4.1.0 version of the Amiga emulator WinUAE for Windows was published by its author, Toni Wilen, on December 6th, 2018 with many new developments and improvements, including:
Rewrite of the emulation of the A1060 Sidecar, A2088, A2088T, A2286 and A2386SX cards. The core of the emulation was replaced by PCem which improves compatibility (SCSI, series, sound...). Now Windows 95 runs.
Emulation of horizontal pixel positioning in AGA high and super-high resolutions.
Improved emulation of the 68030 MMU.
Management of Paula's GCR MSBSYNC disc emulation.
Emulation of CSA's Twelve Gauge card and IDE AccessX/Acetec controller.
Prometheus Firmware Published
A few years ago, Michael Boehmer of E3B re-implemented the firmware of the PCI Prometheus bus card in VHDL. Early December, he released his source code under a free license. In addition, he fixed a Prometheus bug: this VHDL firmware can work with PCI cards that require a DMA (like most network or USB cards) [www.e3b.de/prometheus/].
The Kiwi's Tale Is Back
Erik Hogan developed, 10 years ago, a platform game for Windows called The Kiwi's Tale. It was a sequel to The New Zealand Story. Since December, the author offers an Amiga versions for CD32, AGA and ECS (68020 + 2 Mo de mémoire) computers. The AGA and ECS versions do not have background sound. The Kiwi's Tale has a 50 Hz resolution, 15 screens, a two-player mode, audio tracks on CD (CD32 version only), CD32 controller management, and even offers a bonus on the floppy disk.
Send the Clones
Roman Kargin released two ports of games on AmigaOS 4.1, which are reimplementation of titles marketed a few years ago on Amiga Classics. They are ProtoType, an R-Type clone created by Dark Castle Software, as well as Friking Shark, designed by Javier Martin and who is a clone of Flying Shark.
Every year, Sebastian Bauer and Hynek Schlawack offer their Christmas gift to the Amiga community: a new version of their SimpleMail email client. This year, version 0.45 proposes the following changes: reduced use of memory for indexing files, asynchronous index loading, an update to the Italian catalog, and bug fixes [simplemail.sourceforge.net].
The AmigaAMP audio player is one of the oldest Amiga programs still actively developed. Its author, Thomas Wenzel, offered version 3.23 for AmigaOS 3.9 and 4.x, which includes the following changes: correcting the program message management library, removing a possible crash with themes or plugins, and adding the "COMM" field to ID3v2 markers [www.amigaamp.de].
Smokin' Guns on MorphOS
After bringing Smokin' Guns to WarpOS last July, Spanish programmer Cowcat ported it on MorphOS. Smokin' Guns is a 2008 game released on Linux and Windows. It is a first-person shooter in which the goal is to shoot down opponents in a western universe. The game engine is TechID3 (ioQuake 3) [MorphOS program and data file].
Various Games at Huno
In 2013, ACube Systems released a CD full of games ported on AmigaOS 4 by Hugues Nouvel. Now, some of these different titles are available for free on the Hugues Nouvel’S Website. For example, there are Pingus, OpenTyrian, Mega Mario, BallGameHD and SokobAMIGA.
Doom on WarpOS
The American developer Grelbfarlk published a version of PrBoom on WarpOS, which was living in his hard drive. PrBoom is an engine for the 3D Game Doom that adds a few extra features, including less pixelated rendering and music in MP3 format [English Amiga Board].
In development for more than two years, the Furtum Sacrum game is for sale since December 2018 on AmigaStore.eu. This middle-age platform/adventure game was created with video-game creator Backbone by the Spanish collective Iron Gate. Minimum configuration: Amiga OCS with 1MB of memory, 68020 processor. Price: 19.95 euros.
Coffin is a software distribution of AmigaOS 3.9 for Amiga with a Vampire accelerator card. It is a 32GB disk image containing games, software, and even AmigaOS v3.9. Version r54 was released in November. It proposes the following changes: the addition of the collection of music modules by Cédric Maillard (DJ Collins), the addition of games and programs (Insidia, UGCTools 1.1, PicShow 1.30, SQRXZ, TuxPuck, iGame 2.0b4...), the updating of programs (VControl 1.9, sdnet.device, AIBB 6.7, SMBFS 1.183, NetSurf, 14Bit Amplifier 10.15 module for EaglePlayer, etc.), adding about 300 wallpapers, and adding Bryce 2 3D software for Mac 68k (via ShapeShapeShifter) [apolloos.weebly.com].
Trap Runner Available
The Trap Runner platformer, presented at the Function 2018 gathering last September, is available to everyone since December 31st, 2018. This game created by the RetroGuru collective (notably Frank and Gerrit Wille) in 68k assembler works on any Amiga with OCS, 1 MB of memory and Kickstart v1.2. A commercial version is also planned, it will be published by APC and TCP [www.retroguru.com/trap-runner/].
New Speech Synthesis
Alexander Fritsch ported SAM (Software Automatic Mouth) on Amiga 68k. This program is a speech synthesis created in 1982 for the Commodore 64. A portable C version was implemented by Sebastian Macke, which is the one ported. The sound can be played via audio.device or ahi.device and can also be saved in WAV format [Aminet].
Video of Quake 2 on Vampire v4 Standalone
Simo Koivukoski posted a video on November 2nd on YouTube showing the 3D action game Quake 2 on a Vampire v4 standalone prototype card. This is the Quake 2 AGA version, in 320x256. This Vampire v4 features a 68080 at 93 MHz with Gold3 alpha x11 core.
Posted by Tygre, Tuesday, 24th December 2019 @ 6:31pm
An amazing extension for Amiga 500: a trapdoor extension to connect and use a RPI from the Amiga!
From GitHub: "The A314 is an expansion board for the Amiga 500 that goes in the trapdoor expansion slot. A Raspberry Pi (RPi) is attached to the A314, and the A500 and the RPi can communicate through a shared memory."
Posted by Tygre, Thursday, 17th October 2019 @ 8:24pm
After the Vampire cards for A500 and A600, which gave quite a boost to the Amiga community, the Apollo Team release the promised Vampire v4! The Vampire v4 is an accelerator card for all Amiga *or* a standalone card that implement all of the Amiga CPU and custom chips. It features the famous 68080 as well as custom chips in a Altera Cyclone 5 A5 FPGA (complemented by an ARM). It includes 512MB of DDR3 memory and a CF microSD card reader. It can output video at 720p 60Hz via HDMI. It can use "traditional" CF card through an adapter.
AWESOME! Congrats to the Apollo Team!
(It is on pre-order in various on-line stores, like AMIGAstore.eu.)
Posted by Tygre, Thursday, 7th March 2019 @ 12:54am
It seems that Cloanto has bought/received the rights to all things "Amiga" from Amiga Inc. (whatever its name) by Bill McEwen... Does this mean that Amiga has finally one and only one owner of the IP and, finally, clarify and simplify and stop all the legal non-sense regarding the word "Amiga" (and related IP)...
This new version features many bug fixes (and cleanup) and improvements: #27 (AmigaGuide and help), #30 (compatibility with AmigaOS v4), #40 (AmiAutoUpdater), #62 (better messages), #86 (faster response times), and #94 and #95 (bug fixes). It also include localisations in English and French with the German catalog in progress .
(In particular, I fixed AmigaSystem's most hated bug .)
I cannot speak for Hyperion What is AmigaOS 4.2? It's a number, I think the problem is that Ben Hermans somehow created this dilemma when, in 2010, he declared that AmigaOS 4.2 would integrate this, that, and other things. It was already 8 years ago. And so, 8 years later, there is no AmigaOS 4.2. It has not been released because of a number of reasons. But that has changed, the whole dynamics has changed since then. AmigaOS 4.2 was supposed to be Gallium. But the development of Gallium is for the moment stopped and Warp3D Nova replaces it in practice. Symmetric multiprocessor management was supposed to be handled by AmigaOS 4.2 and I think that's where the next developments will go, towards ExecSG, and I can talk about it because I'm involved in ExecSG. That's where we're going to focus, and I think we're going to try to build a team to make it happen faster. As for the rest of AmigaOS 4.2, I can not really comment because I'm not the spokesperson for Hyperion and I do not know what their plans are.
AmigaOS 3.1.4 Sales by Country
Hyperion Entertainment published in October a graphic showing AmigaOS 3.1.4 sales by country. Germany is leading the way with 26% of sales, followed by the United States (13%) and the United Kingdom (12%), which are the only other countries to exceed the 10% mark. Then arrive Sweden (5%), France (5%), Poland (4%), the Netherlands (4%), Finland (3%), Australia (3%), Spain (3%), Italy (3%), Canada (3%), Norway (3%), Denmark (2%), Belgium (2%), Switzerland (2%) and Austria (2%). Other countries collect the remaining 6%.
Mini Legión is an action game developed by José Gonzáles. You play a legionnaire who must carry out a series of missions in the desert, including rescuing hostages. Mini Legión was created with the game editor Backbone and Deluxe Paint 5 for the graphics (resolution of 320x256 in 16 colors). It works on an Amiga 500 but the developer recommends an Amiga 1200 to avoid slowdowns [www.xente.mundo-r.com/jojo073/pages/minilegion.html].
On October 19, 2018, David Zvekic released version 2.0 of DizzyTorrent, his BitTorrent client for Amiga Classic. This version 2.0 is now shareware, integrates a MUI interface (version 3.9+), allows multiple Torrents concurrently through a single instance of the program, manages download priorities, improves performance, and projects can be loaded/saved [Aminet]
AmiKit Loves AmigaOS v3.1.4
AmiKit, the Amiga software distribution created by Jan Zahurancik, also welcomes AmigaOS 3.1.4. Its version 10.5.1 of October 2018 makes it possible to use the latest operating systems for Amiga Classic. Its installation is also facilitated: just launch the tool MorpheuZ and click on the option "OS Update", the ROM v3.1.4 is not necessary. Among the other new features of AmiKit, there are the addition of RAWBinfo for managing icon information (for AmigaOS 3.5/3.9), adding the button "Go to parent directory", which allows to display the list of peripherals, the improvement of starting time, and the operation of the LimpidClock clock on AmigaOS v3.1. This update is done via the LiveUpdate option [www.amikit.amiga.sk]
KA02, PCMCIA at Its Best
The company RastPort has designed a new product for Amiga 1200. This is KA02, a 90-degree external PCMCIA adapter, useful for saving space on your desk. PCMCIA cards can always be (dis)connected live. Available in white or black. Price: about 30 euros [rastport.com/products/KA02]
Re-Amiga 1200 v1.2
John Hertell indicated that his Re-Amiga 1200 project, which aims to replicate the board of the A1200 revision 1D.4, had two mistakes. One of them is very serious: if you add an Amiga 500 power supply, there is a risk of short circuit! He explains this on his Web site and updated to version 1.2 the documents necessary for the design of a Re-Amiga 1200 board. This new version also offers the possibility to place two different Kickstarts in a PROM and switch from one to another.
A first version of the remake of Scout, named ScoutNG, was published in early October by Jacek Piszczek. This is a native MorphOS version. ScoutNG is a system monitoring tool. It is more modern than its ancestor (which was mostly intended for AmigaOS v3.1) but is, for the moment, less provided in options. The developer plans to create a tool capable of visualizing the bowels of Exec, Intuition, and DOS, as well as the ability to display certain system lists in context (processes/tasks/windows as tree) [MorphZone]
Nice Keys for Your Amiga Classic
Brian Robotham is working on a project to replace the keys of the Amiga 500, 600, and 1200 by new, more modern keys from a Cherry MX keyboard. He created boards for (A500/A1200 and A600), to be installed under the keyboard of these Amiga and on which new keys can to be placed. Versions for other Amiga could happen, as could the addition of back lights. Brian Robotham does not want to sell his boards, interested people should rather turn to the Amiga On The Lake reseller who handles preorders since October 2018. The full keyboard (with board, switch, keys, screws, etc.) is currently on preorder for $189.95 for the A1200 version and $199.95 for the A500 version [www.kipper2k.com]
AppLauncher is a tool for MorphOS, in the form of a title-bar module, simplifying the launch of applications, whether from Ambient or from any public screen. It is the work of Thomas Igracki who has produced multiple versions during the months of September and October 2018. In particular, a menu editor was added in version 2.0. Later versions 2.1 and 2.2 focused on bug fixes [Aminet]
Dennis Lohr, known as Psyria, recorded a new album called Moving On. As with his previous albums, this one was created on Amiga. Moving On is available since October 5th in digital version (on Spotify and iTunes) and since October 19 on CD. The tracks are:
1. Intro 1:35
2. Euphoria 5:05
3. Atlantis 4:50
4. Dark Heart 4:10
5. I Miss You 4:38
6. Feel Alright 3:50
7. You Do 4:23
8. Running 3:51
9. You're Ready 3:33
10. Out of Your Love 3:47
11. Oldschool Babe 3:26
12. Once in a Life 2:59
13. Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow 4:34
14. Everlasting 4:06
The Installer tool created by Commodore in the 1990s helped standardize the installation process on AmigaOS v2.1 and above. However, this tool had some bugs and limitations and several attempted to recreate a standard installation tool. Today, it is Ola Söder who attempts it with InstallerLG, which alpha versions were released in September and October 2018. This reimplementation of Installer aim to be fully compatible with the original tool. But most of the limitations of the Commodore tool have disappeared and the GUI has been replaced by one in MUI/Zune. InstallerLG is available on AROS and MorphOS. Its code in C is available on [Aminet]
Yet Another Platformer
After Solid Gold, the Frank and Gerrit Wille brothers offer us Trap Runner, a new platformer for any Amiga Classic with 1Mb of memory. The game spreads over five worlds, split into four levels, with bonus levels and hidden levels. Your character can activate special powers by collecting magic potions and other bonuses. This game, which was presented at the rally demo Function in Budapest last September, is free but the authors think of making a commercial collector version, if there is enough interest [www.pouet.net]
George Stibitz's Amiga Art
George Stibitz is a computer pioneer, born in 1904, who worked at Bells Labs in 1930. He was one of the fathers of the first digital computers. An interesting anecdote is that, toward the end of his life, he began to draw on computer and not just any, it was on Amiga. His infographics, created on an Amiga, were donated by his daughter to the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Denison (Ohio, USA). They are visible on this site.
This is what he wrote to the chairman of the UofD Computer Science Department in 1990:
"I have turned to non-verbal uses of the computer, and have made a display of computer "art". The quotes are obligatory, for the result of my efforts is not to create important art but to show that this activity is fun, much as the creation of computers was fifty years ago".
Three More Free Games at Amiga Future
Three additional games have been added for free download on the Amiga Future Web site. It is Galleons (Shadow Software shareware game, 1991), Magic Forest 2 (Shadow Software commcercial game, 1991), and The Attack Of The Smelly Green Aliens From Planet 27b/6 (game distributed on a floppy-disk magazine and developed by Alex May, 1991). All these games are OCS [www.amigafuture.de]
Arana USB Joystick Adapter
The Spanish designer Eduardo Luis Arana has designed an adapter to connect DB9 controllers (Commodore, Amiga, Atari, Amstrad...) on a USB port on modern devices. The installation of the adapter is simple because it is detected automatically by the system on which it is installed and is recognized immediately. Price: 15 euros [www.arananet.net].
Increase Your Chip
Individual Computers markets ACE2 (Amiga Chipram Extender 2Mb), a 2Mb expansion of Chip memory for the Amiga 500, 1500, 2000, 2500, and CDTV. This small card goes on the socket of the Fat Agnus chip. It works without jumper or solder. It is the card of this kind that is easiest to install, according to the manufacturer. The 2Mb of memory are already present on the card, so the original Chip memory of the Amiga is disabled. ACE2 features an Agnus ECS chip that is compatible PAL and NTSC. Price: 139.92 euros (which should increase according to sales, up to 169.92 euros) [icomp.de].
Source code of iGame and the MUI PCD class
In an altruistic gesture, Carsten Siegner posted on Aminet the source code of its MUI PCD class. This allows you to view images in Photo-CD format. The developer hopes that his class can be ported to AROS, AmigaOS 3, and AmigaOS 4.
The iGame authors, the WHDLoad game launch interface for AmigaOS, also released the source code of their program. It's available in a GitHub repository. A first public beta version of this new version has been made available in the meantime. The number of version has changed to v2.0 and includes the following changes:
A new user interface.
A new settings window.
New configuration options and ability to read/write lists of catalogued games.
Improved error handling and navigation from the keyboard.
Ability to compile versions for AmigaOS 4 and an improved compilation for MorphOS.
Iris Beta 38 to 41
Jacek Piszczek continues the development of Iris, a MorphOS native email client. Beta versions 38 to 41 were released in the past two months. Advances focus on the graphical interface, optimizations, new icons, and the ability to move messages in an IMAP account from on folder to another [tunkki.dk/~jaca/iris.lha].
On October 13, Matthias Münch released as open source documents related to his hardware developments (Gerber files, instructions...), including Clockport Expander, Gayle Adapter, the A1000-Kickstart adapter, and the A3000 SIMM adapter [www.amigaworld.de/blog/hardware/open-source-hardware/].
The Die Is Cast
Raffeli is a simple MUI program for AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4, and MorphOS, created with Hollywood. It is intended to draw lots and is useful for anything that requires random results from custom lists. It can also shuffles lists in random orders. Its author is JPV. Here are some features:
One or more winners at each turn.
Different pictures depending on the final result of the draw.
Text files to define the lists of entries.
Export of entry lists and results as text files.
Sorting of the list of entries according to the results.
Mixing of the list of entries in random order.
MS Tools is a tool created by Carsten Siegner for MorphOS to display Microsoft Word binary files. It can handle text, lists, images (BMP, PNG, and JPEG), Excel spreadsheets, headers, footers, footnotes, and document properties [world-of-amiga.eu/download/Microsoft_Tools_1.0.lha].
Amiga Sauce to Linux
Workbench OS is a Linux distribution provided by John Petrella and Adriano Morselli that is inspired by the Amiga. The graphic themes and the icon set have been adapted to look like various versions of the Workbench. In addition, the FS-UAE emulator is preinstalled (without Kickstart ROM). The project does not seem finished [workbenchos.prismadigitale.it].
All-in-One Boards for the Amiga 500
Polish designers Szymon Paprocki and Andrzej Rogozynski of CS-Lab are working on two multifunction cards for the Amiga 500: the CS530 and CS540. These cards can be equipped with a 68030, 68040, or 68060 processor. They also include other chips with various functions like:
SDRAM or DDR memory as Fast memory (controlled by an Spartan6 FPGA controller).
A port for CompactFlash memory cards.
A port for MicroSD memory cards.
An IDE port (40 pins).
An ARM ST32H7 Microcontroller at 400 MHz.
A NAU8822AYG-based audio card with MP3 decoder and an AHI implementation.
A USB port.
A Universal EXTension (UEXT) connector.
Wi-Fi module ESP 32 WROOM.
A 12-bit stereo sampler.
A hardware MPEG video decoder.
An HDMI video port.
Prototypes already exist. You can see a video of one of these cards on YouTube.
Enhancer Software Graphics Upgrade
On October 25, 2018, ten days after its presentation at AmiWest, A-EON Technology announced the immediate availability of Enhancer Software Graphics Upgrade. This set of graphic drivers, developed by Hans De Ruiter for AmigaOS 4, offers two improvements: handling of more than 256Mb of graphics memory (with the Southern Islands boards via Warp3D Nova and the Warp3D "Classic") and handling of the Polaris graphics chip in 2D and 3D (with Radeon RX cards only).
Enhancer Software Graphics Upgrade includes the RadeonHD 3.6, RadeonRX 1.11, and Warp3D Nova 3D drivers for Radeon RX. Enhancer Software version 1.x is required. The RadeonHD 3.6 driver works with Southern Island cards or the Oland chip on AmigaOne A1222, X1000, X5000, Sam460ex, and Sam440ep computers (with PCI->PCI-E adapter). The RadeonRX driver works with a Radeon RX 460/470/480/540/550/560(D)/570/580 on AmigaOne computers A1222, X5000, and Sam460ex (although for the latter, there is no display output on U-Boot). Other computers need an update of their firmware to enjoy RadeonRX. This upgrade is available on AMIStore.
David Pleasance's Book is Available
Commodore - The Inside Story, written by David Pleasance, former Managing Director of Commodore UK, and funded through Kickstarter, was available since September 17, 2018. After some delays (initial release scheduled was November 2017), this book is finally on sale, for example at AmigaKit for £29.99.
In "Commodore - The Inside Story", David Pleasance talks about his personal story and experience within the company during twelve years. There are also points of view from other directors, engineers, suppliers, and fans of this former giant of consumer computing.
A reminder of David Pleasance's career at Commodore:
From June 1983 to 1990: Commercial Director of Commodore UK.
From 1990 to January 1992: General Manager in Basel (Switzerland) at Commodore Electronics Ltd. In charge of 37 countries.
January 1992 to December 1992: Vice President of Consumer Products at Commodore Inc. (US sales company).
From January 1993 to August 30, 1995: General Manager of Commodore UK.
Vivid Image Games at Amigaland
Since October 28, the Web site Amigaland offers free games for download from the publisher Vivid Image. They include The First Samurai (OCS), Second Samurai (OCS and AGA), Time Machine (OCS), Street Racer (AGA), and Hammerfist (OCS) [amigaland.de].
Eric Hogan and his team released a new first-person shooter for Amiga AGA. its name is Amishion Impossible, in which you are an Amish who must fight technological devices. Adapted from a 2014 game made during the 7FPS Jam meet, Amishion Impossible has been reprogrammed from scratch for the Amiga. Its game engine is quite limited, there are no walls or textures on the floor, but it can run on a CD32 or a basic A1200 [earok.itch.io/amishion-impossible-amiga].
Stratagus for WarpOS
The game engine Stratagus, version 2.1, was ported to WarpOS by Wrangler. This open-source engine can run strategy games, such as Invasion Battle of Survival, WarCraft 2, and Astroseries. The archive includes Invasion Battle of Survival and the Wartool tool, useful for extracting Warcraft 2 data from its MS-DOS version. System requirements: AmigaOS v3.x, WarpOS, PowerPC card, file system managing long names (SFS for example) [Aminet].
Development of Ignition
The sixth beta version of the Ignition spreadsheet for AmigaOS 4 is under development. Its author, Axel Dörfler, posted on OS4Welt.de the list of improvements in this version which release date is still unknown:
Implementation of the "Qroot" function.
Mouse wheel management (thanks to Tony Wyatt), also in the horizontal direction.
"Create a string" function.
Bug fixes (block copy, log10() and ln() functions...).
The anzahl() command can handle names now.
Deleting problems with the "Cancel" function in input mode.
Prototype of Vampire v3
An accelerator card Vampire v3 for Amiga 600 was shown at the μAlchemy rally in late October. Here is its presentation by Jérôme Marchal of Amiga France:
This card was presented to the public during the μAlchimie that took place last weekend. It is an intermediate card offering nearly twice as many logical gates in its FPGA as the v2 but is less efficient than the v4. We can therefore imagine that it would allow a hardware FPU in addition to the AGA, where a v2 seems a little cramped. It also integrates an IDE port as its counterpart for Amiga 500, advantageously replacing the internal port of the Amiga 600. An extension port, possibly for an Ethernet connection, is also available.
This board is a prototype. It is part of the prototypes on which the Apollo team works but is not for the moment to be considered as an announcement of a board to come. Interesting project nevertheless, which would allow a range of board integrating all the possibilities of the complete core but with two levels of price and distinct performance.
Super Mario War on AROS
Super Mario War is a platformer developed by Florian Hufsky and his team. It is inspired by the graphics and sounds of Super Mario World, published by Nintendo. A version for AmigaOS 4 was already releases, this platformer comes now on AROS x86 [AROS Archives].
Individual Computers announced on October 19th the preorders for its card X-Surf 500. This 100Mb network card is for the Amiga 500 and the ACA500 accelerator card. It includes also a license for the AmiTCP TCP/IP stack as well as a graphical interface and a DHCP driver. Price: 79,98 euros [forum.icomp.de].
Panther Mini is a small CF-IDE/IDE adapter that plugs into the 44-pin IDE port on Amiga motherboards. It was designed by Arananet specifically for the Vampire v4 and Vampire 500. Price: 17 euros [www.arananet.net].
New Address for AROS-Exec
The owner of the aros-exec.org domain name was unreachable for a few weeks. This absence forced the administrators of this portal dedicated to AROS to change address: ae.amigalife.org/index.php. They took advantage to migrate the forum to a new engine, users are invited to re-register. The old forum is read-only at ae.amigalife.org/old.
Posted by Tygre, Tuesday, 20th November 2018 @ 11:16pm
Here is a brief and cheap comparison of an Amiga 1200 with a Blizzard 1260 and an Amiga 600 with a Vampire. I just used SysInfo v4.0 to produce some numbers and compare... It seems that the Vampire is a bit less than twice as fast as the Blizzard in term of Dhrystones!
While the development of AmigaOS for 68k processors had stopped at version 3.9 (and its updates named Boing Bag), a new version of the 3.1 series was released on September 30, 2018. And that's Hyperion Entertainment, a company that is already developing AmigaOS 4.x for PowerPC processors, which took care of that, thanks to programmers Thomas Richter and Olaf Barthel
This is a new version cleaned and optimized correcting all the little worries that had accumulated since all these years. Initially, this project was intended to be a bug-fixing version but, in the end, it also modernizes many system components previously updated in AmigaOS 3.9. And contrary to what this modest revision number may suggest, this update 3.1.4 is less as important as AmigaOS 3.9, and exceeds it in terms of stability and robustness. A text of more than 320 KB explains all the changes made from the start menu to datatypes.
AmigaOS 3.1.4 can be purchased in dematerialized form on the Hyperion site for 29.95 euros. A floppy disk version with physical ROM should see the day soon.
Some new features of AmigaOS 3.1.4
More than 20 Kickstart modules and many other system components have been fixed, updated, or added.
Native management of all Motorola processors from 68000 to 68060 with a more robust auto-configuration process.
Management of large hard drives , even for the boot partition, for all compatible controllers AmigaOS 2.x / 3.x managing the HD_SCSI_CMD, TD_64 and-or NSD. The dedicated boot partition now belongs in the past, even on old devices. You can also use "super floppies" of variable size.
The Workbench desktop has been upgraded to be as powerful as the AmigaOS 3.9 desktop, including new or updated preferences, in the spirit of the Gadtools, inherited from AmigaOS 3.1. The tools DiskCopy and Format now handle large files. Printers, hard drives, and many other tools have been corrected and improved.
DiskDoctor has been redone and can now recover data from your floppy disks and hard drives more reliably.
The CLI / Shell and many of its commands have been reworked and modernized, now managing natively pipes, soft and hard links, and long names. New commands can launch Workbench programs from the Shell or update the ROMs.
CrossDOS and the CD file system are smarter, faster, and multi-threaded. They manage the Rockridge, Joliet, and UDF extensions.
Printer Drivers have been completely reworked, updated, and fixed and now include PCL and Ghostscript management. The management of the old NEC and Epson printers has been preserved.
An optional intuition.library update lets you move windows off the screen for RTG screens in Picasso96.
A batch of professionally designed colorful icons is included, as well as the set of traditional icons in 4 colors.
Ignacio Gully, who participated in the beta test of AmigaOS 3.1.4, offers Updateto314 on Aminet , a script to update your AmigaOS 3.5 / 3.9 with AmigaOS 3.1.4.
Already Problems for AmigaOS 3.1.4?
Avangate, the service used by Hyperion to sell online AmigaOS 3.1.4, has received a "cease and desist" order from Amino (Washington-based Amiga Inc.), which is an American legal term used to ask a person or organization to stop doing something permanently. Amino therefore thinks that Hyperion is selling AmigaOS 3.1.4 illegally.
Thus, it was no longer possible to buy AmigaOS 3.1.4 from October 19, 2018 because the links pointing to Avangate did not lead to anything. But, on October 20, Hyperion has shown on FaceBook that the purchase of AmigaOS 3.1.4 was again possible. The online shopping service has changed, however on ShareIt.
Hyperion executives explained themselves on October 25th on Amiga Future . Here are the important points:
A cease and desist order was sent to 2Checkout by a US lawyer claiming to represent Amino Development Corporation since January 2, 2009, dissolved by administrative process.
The letter was sent by the same lawyer who also represents Cloanto in the ongoing lawsuit in Seattle.
2Checkout, who wanted to have time to investigate these requests, subsequently suspended sales of AmigaOS 3.1.4 pending completion of his investigation .
According to Hyperion, the letter is quite misleading : not only does it not reveal the status of Amino (editor's note: inactive status according to the company register from the state of Washington ), but falsely suggests that Amino has rights to the AmigaOS and Boing Ball brands.
The letter claims that Hyperion Entertainment violated copyrights, what is (according to Hyperion) incorrect , as pointed out by Seattle-based Hyperion's law firm.
Hyperion has all the necessary rights to publish AmigaOS variants based on the original AmigaOS 3.1 , regardless of the version number used. This is written into the 2009 agreement between Amiga Inc. and Hyperion.
Hyperion's US lawyers clearly believe that Cloanto is behind this action .
The reason for this letter would be the money : some parties of the ongoing lawsuit in Seattle believe that putting financial pressure on Hyperion and limiting its resources by reducing sales of its products, they will gain the upper hand, because Hyperion would no longer have the financial means to defend itself in front of a court and would lose the trial by "default".
According to Hyperion, it's exactly the same tactic used by Amiga Inc. and Itec LLC in 2007 when these parties attempted to obtain full ownership of AmigaOS 4.x, including copyrighted material for which Hyperion only held one (exclusive) license.
And last episode in this case, October 29th, AmigaOS 3.1.4 was no longer available on the Hyperion site (and its online sales provider). The company said sales of the digital version were over. Now, we can acquire AmigaOS 3.1.4 only as floppy disks (with ROM) via resellers, priced around 35 euros.
AmiWest 2018 took place from Friday, October 12, to Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Sacramento, United States. Here are some information that can be learnt from this gathering:
Regarding the Tabor / AmigaOne A1222 card, it was sent to developers in 2014 and beta testers in 2015. Nobody expected that its development (and the porting of AmigaOS 4) would take so much time.
The audio driver is not finalized on the Tabor yet.
For the Tabor, there are two Ethernet drivers available. Its firmware has been updated to be at the same level as the one of the AmigaOne X5000. Some components of the motherboard were replaced because they were no longer available.
The Tabor should be released in the first quarter of 2019 .
No news about the porting of the Libre Office office suite to AmigaOS 4. We just know that Hans-Jörg Frieden worked on it for two years on his free time.
After delivering a beta version of Libre Office to beta testers in 2017, Hans-Jörg Frieden was faced with "insurmountable problems" to finish the portage because it lacked many functions to AmigaOS 4. So it was decided to base the port on the Android version of Libre Office 5 , in which many problems that Hans-Jörg Frieden had encountered were resolved. Work must therefore be resumed from scratch, but a beta version could be sent to beta testers in January 2019.
Developers will get free access later this year to the Enhancer Software Essentials Pack , a bundle that includes libraries, gadgets and classes for AmigaOS 4 so more applications can use their new features.
A paid version of the Enhancer package, named Enhancer 2, is in progress. It will propose the graphics pilots RadeonHD 3.6 (managing more than 256 MB of graphics memory), RadeonRX 1.11 (with management of the latest Polaris cards), and Warp3D Nova and Warp3D Nova SI 1.58, as well as a new tool to unarchive, and finally X-Dock 2 (with the management of the Dock Library), and the new Hardware Monitoring API.
A-EON Technology is also preparing Enhancer Software Graphics Update Pack , a set of graphics drivers for AmigaOS 4.
The AmigaOS 3 version of Enhancer Software is still under development. Interested testers can contact A-EON Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org. This version will require AmigaOS 3.9 (not AmigaOS 3.1.4).
A-EON Technology has acquired the rights of MediaToolBox , the disk partitioning tool of AmigaOS 4.
A-EON Technology is looking for developers interested in working on the apps it has acquired in recent years, such as OctaMED, ImageFX, and Aladdin 4D.
The AmigaDevelopper.com site now has 50 developers, beta testers, and translators. There are more than 10 projects under development.
Hyperion has not done a presentation , it's a first for years.
Amiga Inc. Reloaded
Amiga Inc. (the Delaware-based company, formerly KMOS) had neglected all registrations of its brands for years, resulting in the loss of many trademarks, including the important "Amiga" brand in the United States, which ultimately led to the ongoing dispute with Hyperion. Amiga Inc. of Delaware was even listed as "invalid" in the register of companies of its state, accusing a debt of $540,000 in 2017. But since October 24, 2018, its status has changed in "good condition" and his debt has been totally mopped. The reactivation of Amiga Inc., however, is important in the trial against Hyperion because it allows it not to lose its few remaining assets. But the big question is: who could have paid more than half a million dollars to revive a moribund company without projects [Twitter Amiga Documents]
Amiga/Raspberry Pi Wedding
AmiPiBorg allows to connect an Amiga to a Raspberry Pi. A server is run on both machines allowing the exchange of data via the parallel port. A client on the Amiga makes a connection request to a manager (handler) and if the Raspberry Pi is present, a connection is established between the two machines [github.com/adkennan/AmiPiBorg-amiga]
The American programmer Kevin Hoague has made available to the public, on September 15th, an (unofficial) patch for AIBB, a tool for performance testing. This is version 6.7 (1 , 2), which better manages the 68060 processor. To make it work, you will need AIBB 6.6 and SAS Spatch tool [eab.abime.net]
Des nouvelles de l'équipe Apollo
Renaud Schweingruber has published an activity report about the Vampire project for September 2018. There is still no availability for Vampire cards v4 (scheduled for this Summer) but the team continues to work.
The Apollo Gold 2.x core development branch is still active and we should soon release a new version of this series with the name Gold 2.11. Gold 2.11 will introduce some very interesting features, like an improved Blitter, which should allow to run many badly-written games on WHDLoad, which go a little too crazy with the IRQ.
The FPU has also been greatly improved: we have been able to use some remaining FPGA space to expand the accuracy of the FPU up to 50 bits. This improvement corrects the behavior of the RTG demos of the group Elude who were affected by the "bug of the date" reported on the site A1k. Mac OS emulation was also affected (you can see it when running Warcraft 2, the introductory animation was a slide show). Michal Wozniak helped us solve this problem and we thank him for that.
We also introduced an "Out Of Order" execution on FPU instructions, which speeds up operations significatively when a program uses it. For example, POVray likes it a lot and the calculation is now faster on 3D rendering scenes.
The team is also working on ICache Prefetch. This feature will also speed up many programs that can benefit from it. This is not trivial and must be implemented carefully not to introduce unwanted behavior. If it gets good enough, it will be built into Gold 2.11.
The development of the Apollo Gold 3 core also continued during this summer. We tested a lot of games and corrected a lot of bugs but it still requires a little love. We plan to launch the Gold 3 core as an alpha version and open a Web page to report bugs to speed up the development
The Vampire v4 card is actively tested and we are still porting the current Cyclone III FPGA code on the Cyclone V. As the FPGA cells of the Cyclone V react very differently from the good old C3, we must make sure that the heart behaves as expected on all the tests. This process is long and very demanding and even involves people from Altera to get there.
Ben Daglish's Passing
The composer and musician Ben Daglish passed away on October 1st, 2018. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015 and he saDLY succumbed to the complications associated with this disease at the age of 52. He was the author of many music on 8-bit computers and on Amiga, like Rick Dangerous, Pac-Mania, Super Cars, Switchblade, Mickey Mouse, and The Flintstones [Wikipedia]
Bonuses for AmigaOS 3.1.4
Hyperion Entertainment offers since October 10th some downloadable bonuses for registered users of AmigaOS 3.1.4. These are wallpapers and icons made by Martin Merz [www.hyperion-entertainment.com]
Enhancer Software Pack 1.4
A-EON Technoloy announced on September 9th the availability of its software package Enhancer Software in version 1.4 for AmigaOS 4. The update is done directly via the Updater tool for all existing users of the Enhancer Software. There are three versions: Plus, Standard, and Special. Here is a summary of the most notable improvements:
Warp3D Nova and the OpenGLES2 library received a major update to handle the recent GL4ES adapter and to port new games.
Ethernet drivers for AmigaOne A1222 and X5000 designed by A-EON are present in this release. The USBADM8511 Ethernet driver has been updated by AmigaKit. The Ethernet driver is the work of Mark Olsen of the MorphOS development team.
MultiViewer (image) has been updated and has a new scaling feature. In addition, it manages now the MediaDeck Gadget when playing a sound via an audio datatype.
The audio datatypes (image) have been updated with the management of the new class MediaDeck Gadget, which brings advanced controls into MultiViewer. The Sound preference has also been updated following users' feedback.
X-Dock (image) has been reworked in-depth to handle the new DockLib. This allows the addition, for the first time, of DockApps. Half a dozen examples are included including the RadeonMem DockApp. Other DockApps will follow shortly, most of which will be freely downloadable via the Updater tool.
The Updater tool itself has been improved along with the AmiSphere server and its preferences. They now manage third-party software downloads among other improvements.
New SSH2-Handler .
Many gadgets and classes have been updated thanks to users' feedback.
Half a dozen new libraries have been added to the package to keep the users' systems up to date.
Szilárd Biró ported to MorphOS, in early September, EasyRPG Player. It is a free interpreter, under GPL3 license, to play games created with RPG Maker 2000 and 2003. This is only the interpreter and not the editor (EasyRPG Editor) to create role-playing games [EasyRPG Player]
RedPill Redder and Redder
RedPill is a tool for creating games on Amiga, designed in AmiBlitz2 by Carlos Peris and his team. The 0.6.6 update appeared in October and offers improved background animations and sprites [tiny.cc/getredpill]
Abiword on MorphOS
The Abiword word processor is being ported to MorphOS. This cross-platform word processor was launched in 2002 by SourceGear Corporation, but was later given to volunteer developers. The port is the work of two Linux developers (Dierk-Bent Piening and his colleague), who first tried AROS but were frustrated by their experience. They discovered MorphOS in 2017, bought two Mac mini G4s and decided to port Abiword to it. More information in the coming weeks... [MorphZone]
Dierk-Bent Piening has already gained experience with MorphOS with the development of several small programs during these last weeks. We can note the calculator dedicated to electronics Ecalc , the Hashc tool, the unarchiver MorphZIP , the graphic converter FICE , and the download tool EasyLoad .
Ignacio Gully had put together BetterWB , a free distribution to improve AmigaOS v3.1. The author launched a new project, similar to BetterWB, named BestWB, which aims to improve the new AmigaOS v3.1.4 without adding to it heavy and useless programs. Here are some of his improvements:
A search tool (SimpleFind).
New datatypes for GIF, JPG, BMP, PNG, PCX, TGA, TIFF, and WAV formats.
A tool for mounting partitions (SCSIMounter).
A monitoring tool (SnoopDOS).
A tool for copying floppies (SuperDuper).
Better processor detection (MMULib and BoardsLib).
A file manager (DirWork).
Lots of programs to improve the user experience (GrabIFF, AssignWedge, CleverWIN, Freewheel, Rewincy, ToolsMenu, ToolAlias, NewMode, yStart, DosPrefs, BenchTrash, PowerSnap, CronTask, PM and MagicMenu).
58 additional printer drivers.
Additional commands (AddMem, DMS, WBCtrl, and Showboards).
Managing Zip and Jaz drives.
XPKMaster libraries to compress/uncompress when programs handle them.
Tool to manage the characters of a font (Charmap) and fonts (FontView).
PCMCIA Port Manager (Prepcard+).
Commands for archiving/unarching files (Lha, Lzx, GZip, Zip and UnZip).
CD player (ACDPlay).
MIDI management (camd.library and Midiports preferences).
Management of ADF and DMS (TSGUI).
WBStartup Manager and Commodities (WBStartupPrefs).
Text editor (Redit).
Display drivers for the Amiga graphics chipset (Film24, HD720, HighGFX, SuperPlus and Xtreme).
Backup tool (ABackup).
A shell with complete commands, sliders, and other functions (VinCed).
Defragmentation tool (DiskOptimizer).
Tool with graphical interface to unpack (Unpacker).
Antivirus handling the xvs.library (Fungicide).
Text viewer handling HTML and other formats (TextView).
Image Viewer (DTView2).
Reimplementation of the icon.library, which handles standard icons, NewIcon, GlowIcon, and PNG (IconLib 46.4).
Tool to optimize color palettes (FullPalette).
Many documentations to explain all these novelties (in the HELP directory).
Foundation: The Directors Cut Freely Donwloadable
In October, the magazine Amiga Future has obtained the permission to upload the CD of the game Foundation: The Directors Cut. This is a strategy game created by Paul Burkey and published by Epic Marketing in 1999. All four versions are now downloadable from the Amiga Future Web site, which already included Foundation (the first), Foundation Gold, and Foundation: The Undiscovered Land. The game requires a 68030, 6Mb of memory, AGA or a graphics card [www.amigafuture.de]
Cloanto Diversifies its Forever Line
A few years ago, the Italian company Cloanto launched three new emulation projects: DOS Forever (a suite of PC emulation with games), ST Forever (an Atari ST emulation suite with games), and Spectrum Forever (a ZX Spectrum emulation suite with games). After years of secret development, where are these projects? Still nowhere, although Cloanto works on them and proposes to inform anyone interested through a newsletter present on its Web site.
New Productions of the Demo Scene
Here are the productions of the Amiga demo scene that have been added to the pouet.net Web site these last two months:
Preschool #1, OCS musicdisk by Abyss.
Strukton, 64 Kb AGA demo by Focus Design.
Alex Menchi Music Disk, AGA musicdisk by Fanatic2k.
Black Scarlett, 8 Kb computed graphics by Joker.
303 From Hell, OCS demo by A-Tracks.
Glitch My Bits Up, 256 bytes OCS demo by Wanted Team.
Lemonade, OCS demo by Lemon.
Platte, OCS demo by AttentionWhore.
Chimpbembly+ Trainer Intro, 4 Kb OCS demo by TMR.
The Crows, OCS demo.
Alpa's World Spin Day, OCS intro by ABC.
Byebyetro, OCS demo by CrapTeam.
Wonder Gal, 4 Kb computed graphics by Joker.
Vampire or Floppy Drive, Choose
With the appearance of the Apollo Gold 3 alpha core, Amiga floppy disk drives with a Vampire card are no longer functional. In fact, it's a problem with the Chip memory and specialized chips: because specialized chips are implemented by the Vampire itself, including Paula, the floppy drive does not work. Currently, it does not work but the Apollo team could find a solution for the final version of the core [www.amigaimpact.org].
Monkey Business Found Again
The game Monkey Business , which some people consider as the first game* marketed on Amiga (late 1985), has been found. This is a Donkey Kong clone created by The Other Valley Software and sold, initially, by mail. Monkey Business was notably the first game tested by Amiga World Magazine, the world's first Amiga magazine.
* Indeed, the title of the first commercial game on Amiga is played between Monkey Business, a first version of Golden Oldies (from Software Country), Hacker (from Activision), and one of the games of Electronic Arts (One on One, Seven Cities of Gold, Archon)
A pirate version of Monkey Business (released by the group Niwa Software in the 1980s) was found in a Belgian BBS archive by Denis Lechevalier. Unfortunately, tracks containing the data were damaged. The programmer Zbigniew Rossadded the missing data from the Atari ST version, which is identical to the Amiga version [eab.abime.net]
The Slow Growth of ARIX
ARIX is an operating system launched in November 2013, based on two kernels (Linux and ARIX) and taking over a good part of the system components of AROS. Its development was rather slow and the little information disclosed suggested that the project was dead. But Michal Schultz, one of his main developers, posted a message on October 19th, 2018, on Patreon.com , highlighting that the project was continuing somehow. Michal Schultz, who has just had a knee surgery, is bedridden and has had time to hack a little ARIX. He tested the files he had to see if they could be started by the Linux kernel. This Linux kernel has booted but only in console mode, without graphics. Michal Schultz tested message ports and "threads" and added AROS TagList functions to the utility.library. So, to summarize, the project is not dead but its development takes a considerable time (already five years).
This new release includes three improvements: three visible, one invisible... You can now access the modules from FireHawk at http://mod.haxor.fi/ (thanks!) (bug #93), update AmiModRadio using AmiAutoUpdater (bug #40), and save your modules (again) without crashing... Invisibly, the logging is better and should allow for more useful messages (bug #62)... Enjoy!
Posted by Tygre, Friday, 2nd November 2018 @ 9:22am
I just released the very first version, 0.1, of AmiAutoUpater, a program to keep your programs up-to-date!
Its principle is simple: using a script or an icon, AmiAutoUpdater checks whether a remote archive (HTTP or FTP supported) is newer than a local file. If it is, it downloads and unarchives the archive to replace the obsolete program (and its resources), voilà!
It is available here, here, and here (currently, no "lonely" executable).
All comments, suggestions, and bug reports are welcome!
Posted by Tygre, Monday, 15th October 2018 @ 3:36pm
Hyperion Entertainment CVBA released a new version of AmigaOS! Version 3.1.4 is a major update to v3.1, with many bug fixes and streamlining, performed by top Amiga developers, including Thomas Richter and Olaf Barthel :-)
This wonderful new version includes many bug fixes and was also the focus of intense efforts to make the code base compile on SAS/C rather than strange, unmaintained compilers...
It only costs only USD $34.66 or CAD $45.09, no excuse not to buy it!