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IBrowse 2.5.6 + AmiSSL v5 Released
Posted by wiz12 - 22 May 2022 12:20
An update for IBrowse was released today along with a new version of AmiSSL v5. IBrowse 2.5.6 requires AmiSSL v5 so it's important to update it before updating IBrowse otherwise you will be left without HTTPS access.

  • Adapted to fully use OpenSSL 3.0, via AmiSSL v5
  • HTTP Brotli compression support
  • OpenSearch autodiscovery support
  • Gemini client, allowing loading of gemini: URLs
  • Improved Gopher support
  • JavaScript fixes and improvements
  • Google/Gmail account login fixed (became blocked in March)
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Hollywood Designer 6.0 released
Posted by softwarefailure - 17 May 2022 12:50
To celebrate Hollywood's 20th anniversary this year, Airsoft Softwair, are back on your screen with another massive release: This time we are proud to present the brand-new version 6.0 of our famous Hollywood Designer. Hollywood Designer 6.0 is a full-blown multimedia authoring system that runs on top of Hollywood and can be used to create all sorts of multimedia-based applications, for example presentations, slide shows, games, and applications. Thanks to Hollywood, all multimedia applications created using Hollywood Designer can be exported as stand-alone executables for the following systems: AmigaOS3, AmigaOS4, WarpOS, MorphOS, AROS, Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. This is a feature that is totally unique in the Amiga world!

Hollywood Designer 6.0 is a massive update and boasts lots of new features and improvements over the previous version. We do not want to bore you, so here are just some of them:

* Ready for Hollywood 9.1!
* Vector animations are now supported
* Bullet lists and enumerations with an unlimited number of levels are now supported
* Support for custom list bullets and enumerations
* Fully asynchronous thumbnail window including live refresh and live regrouping
* New presentation mode specifically designed for USB presenters
* Forward/backward stepping through projects on a per-object basis
* Over 10 new action events
* Many action events can handle variables now
* Global shortcuts for pages can be defined
* Support for high-DPI displays and custom display orientations
* Multiple monitors are now supported
* Custom linespacing support
* Full z-order support for buttons
* Soft-hyphen and zero-width space support for advanced layouts
* UID manager for convenient administration of UIDs
* Plugin loader priorities can be customized
* Several new example projects are included
* Full support for Hollywood 9.1's plugin interface
* Lots of other new features, optimizations and bug fixes

Having been in development for almost 20 years, Hollywood Designer 6.0 is a very stable and mature multimedia authoring system. We would like to emphasize that it is not only suited for personal use, but also for professional commercial customers. Ferrule Media, for instance, have created an info channel containing over 2000 (!) unique slides in a single project with Hollywood Designer. Hollywood Designer was designed to handle these huge projects efficiently so that they can run 24 hours a day and 7 days a week without any visible memory fragmentation! Ferrule Media's info channel, created with Hollywood Designer, is running in dental clinics all over Norway.

Note that Hollywood Designer is no longer limited to "just" being an authoring software, it can now also be used as a flexible graphics editor because it supports many features of modern graphics editors like multiple layers with over 30 filter effects, vector graphics, image import, and text.

Hollywood Designer 6.0 is available as a CD and a download version. There are native versions of the program for AmigaOS3 (m68k), WarpOS (hybrid m68k/ppc), MorphOS (ppc), AmigaOS4 (ppc), and AROS (x86). If you already own a previous version of Hollywood Designer, you can buy a discounted upgrade version. People who bought Hollywood Designer 5.0 in 2022 can request a free upgrade.

Please note that Hollywood Designer 6.0 runs on top of the Multimedia Application Layer Hollywood 9.1. Thus, Hollywood 9.1 is strictly required for Hollywood Designer 6.0. Both programs are available in a special bundle which is the ultimate package for every power Amiga user who wants to see what his system can do with Hollywood 9.1 & Hollywood Designer 6.0.

Click here for more information!

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Extended Ambermoon for Amiga
Posted by Pyrdacor - 13 May 2022 17:07
Pyrdacor's Avatar  Hello guys. Some of you might know me for creating a Ambermoon port for PC, Mac and Linux and maintaining the original Ambermoon and providing fixes for it.

Just recently I wrote an export plugin for the disassembling tool Ghidra to be able to export disassembled code (mainly Ambermoon) to valid Amiga assembler. I also decoded huge parts of the original code, commented and labeled all kind of stuff in Ghidra. There is also a public Ghidra server where we can collaborate and disassemble the last bits of the original Ambermoon code.

That said I am able to compile the original Ambermoon. And I can add changes (either in Ghidra) or by modifying the produced ASM.

And so I did. Original Ambermoon used 2 exe files. AM2_Blit uses the blitter to render walls and other stuff, AM2_CPU uses the CPU (loops) for this. The pre-loader called just "Ambermoon" performs a speed test with the blitter and the CPU and if the blitter is fast enough it used AM2_Blit, else AM2_CPU.

The problem was, that both exes contained 90% of the same code and data. And this data includes all item data, all UI texts, in-game messages, spell names, button graphics and so on. Bugfixing was hell as you had to fix both exes and then both languages (exes differ per language as well). Moreover creating a new language was nearly impossible.

This is now over. I extracted all language-dependent data to external files:
- Item data to Objects.amb
- Button graphics to Button_graphics
- All texts to Text.amb

Moreover the files "Dictionary.english" and "Dictionary.german" are now called just "Dict.amb" in both languages.

I wrote loaders for those files in Ghidra so the data is loaded on startup in Ambermoon now. Moreover I merged both exes into one (AM2_CPU). The speed test is still performed but the result is just given to AM2_CPU as a parameter and then it uses internal logic to use the blitter or CPU dependent on that parameter.

It was a long way and hard work but now it's done.

Ambermoon 1.14 (english) and 1.13 (german) are released and they both use the same exe.

If you want to see the effects you can download german and english and exchange files like "Text.amb", re-start the game and see how the texts change. The same is possible for items and button graphics, as mentioned.

I would be happy if someone can test the new release. Best on real hardware.

The only thing left is to make the intro and outro language-independent. Other than that, translations should now be easy. I can provide a zip with all english texts to translate if someone is interested in creating a prototype for a new language. I could help with that.

Thanks for reading.
Cheers Pyrdacor
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RIP - David Ward Ocean Boss
Posted by Galahad/FLT - 09 May 2022 14:24
Galahad/FLT's Avatar  Died aged 75
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Retina Zorro II version just got P96 driver
Posted by utri007 - 03 May 2022 13:49

P96 3.3.0 also comes now with a driver for the Visiona graphics card based on the INMOS IMSG300 chip.

So two "new" cards are now supported by P96, but Retina Zorro II is very common. So Congratulations, Retina Zorro II just got new life.
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RIP - Steve Torma
Posted by invent - 02 May 2022 11:44
invent's Avatar  It it with deep sadness a close friend passed away - Steve Torma. He helped start our local Brisbane, Australia group a few years ago, Had a deep devotion to the Amiga platform. We planned so many Amiga social activities, ... not to be.

Only 44 and a great loss to his young daughters, wife and community.

Another Amiga legend in the clouds to other great Amigan - Edgar Vigdal

Forever missed, always hard loosing close Amiga friends.
A very passionate Amigan, tons of knowledge, very generous, such a decent human.

His youtube
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Passione Amiga #7 (May 2022) is available for sale!
Posted by passioneamiga - 29 April 2022 10:53

The new issue of Passione Amiga, the Italian magazine for Amiga fans, is available for purchase in both print and digital format!

In this number:
  • Review of the new THEA500 Mini!
  • Video games: SkillGrid, Malaga Vice, Scramble500, SpikeDislike, DepthCharge
  • AmiGameJam 2021 Special
  • Copyright, abandonware, free download and use of historical brands
  • Hardware: HC508 MKII for A500
  • Interviews with: Simone Bevilacqua (Retream), Marco Salemi (Blizzard Entertainment) and Grazia Pizzuto
  • And also: Games news, Tech news, Demo scene, New Talents, MailBox

42 A4 color pages entirely dedicated to Amiga!

Link for purchase in paper format:

Link for digital purchase:
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PreTracker 1.5 released
Posted by pink^abyss - 26 April 2022 17:28
Abyss released PreTracker 1.5

This is a crossdev 'chipmusic' tracker (running on Windows) to create music for Amiga demos, intros and games. All instruments are precalced on song init, hence the name 'PreTracker'.
Used by Abyss in 'Coda', 'Preschool', 'Tinyus', 'Tiny Bobble', 'Wrong Way Driver' and 'Tiny Galaga'.

New in Version 1.5
-Gamedev support (up to 31 Sub Songs, up to 31 Sound Fx)
- Loop crossfade
- Easier loop setup (press the gear icon)
- New ASM / C replayer with support for subsongs/sfx, global volume.
- Many editor bugfixes
- New demo songs included
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ApolloBoot OMNI R8 - 15 Minutes "realtime" Amiga fun
Posted by willemdrijver - 24 April 2022 19:47
Hi fellow Amiga fans,

This 15-minute ApolloBoot OMNI R8 preview video time travels from 1988 to now through all of the Amiga OS history running on todays Apollo V4 hardware.
The footage is a true user experience in REALTIME with no alterations in the timeline. Please share and subscribe if you like this video. Visit for more information and join the fun in reviving the Amiga!

Discord: @Willem Drijver

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Xvs.library v33.46 released
Posted by Jan-VHT - 24 April 2022 04:58
Jan-VHT's Avatar  Hi all.

Georg Wittmann has released a new version of the Xvs.library. Almost every virus or trojan found in the last 15 years has been added, thete is still a few linkviruses that puzzels Georg, but he is working on them.
Remember that VirusZ III, VirusExecutor, VirusChecker and VirusSlayer all uses this library to find virus and trojans. So remember to always have the newest update in your LIBS: drawer.

Release info:
Xvs.library : v33.46
Archive size: 103.751 bytes
Date : 23 april 2022

You can find the archive here:

Kind regrads
Virus Help Denmark
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Passione Amiga Day 2022
Posted by passioneamiga - 12 April 2022 17:29
Passione Amiga day is the meeting day for Amiga users in Italy organized by Passione Amiga, the printed magazine for Amiga enthusiasts and lovers in Italian language with commercial exhibitors, conferences with Italian and international guests and a flea market.

The location, in the historic center of the city of Spoleto, is the ideal place to spend a weekend in contact with history, culture and food and wine; Spoleto has been able to combine modernity with its past that can still be breathed in the streets, squares and which makes it a unique city in the world. Because of its charm, a “Don Matteo” was chosen as the location for the IX and X series of the RAI fiction.

After the success of the first edition, the Passion Amiga day 2022 will take place on September 18, 2022 with free admission.

For more information and to book a stand (exhibitos and private):
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AxRuntime v41.2 Released
Posted by deadwood - 05 April 2022 11:16
A new version of AxRuntime is now available! AxRuntime lets developers compile their Amiga API-based applications as Linux programs.

The highlights of release v41.2 are:

1) AROS-Shell, an AmigaDOS-compatible Shell, is now available for you as a native Linux program. You can write DOS scripts and use shell commands to interact with Linux filesystem.
2) AxRuntime becomes a bridge between AROS x86_64 and Linux by allowing running native AROS programs as standalone Linux programs. In this function AxRuntime is similar to Wine. Wine allows running Windows programs on Linux, AxRuntime allows running AROS programs on Linux.

This release comes with 4 applications: AROS-Shell, MPlayer, WookieChat and Final Writer 7 (demo). Additionally AROS x86_64 applications like MUIbase can also be used!

A full change log of this release is available here: To download AxRuntime packages and applications go to

If you are interested in using AxRuntime for your projects or even contributing to AxRuntime, please contact me via email or PM on one of the listed sites:

Below you can see a selection Amiga programs running on a linux desktop. For more screen shots, visit

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Medusa - new scandoubler from Lotharek
Posted by dreadnought - 04 April 2022 00:05
Interesting new device aimed mainly at microcomputers, preorders being taken now. Supposedly a better alternative to OSSC/Frammmeister/et al.
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Chris Huelsbeck - The Piano Collection Vol.II
Posted by viddi - 01 April 2022 14:24
viddi's Avatar  No joke! Our project is live - be a part of it.

Which songs are included in The Piano Collection Volume II - The Players Choice?
Watch the video above and find out.

There was a poll?
Yes, in 2020 we collected numerous suggestions via social media, Amiga forums etc. These songs ended up in a final poll. The result is the playlist you can see in the TPCII video - YOUR playlist.

What´s the mega fan option and how does it work?
What´s your connection with Chris Huelsbeck? What is your favourite game he worked on? Did you meet him in the past? Tell us your personal story and share your great memories with the world. Your text and a picture of you will be eternalised in the limited CD booklet. Just select the "TPC II CERTIFICATE" option on the order page! We will get in touch with you to arrange this very special opportunity.

No Score Book?
If you want a TPCII Score Book, please send an email to If there is enough interest we will start another campaign. Everyone who has placed an TPC II order now will get a discount on an upcoming score book.
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AmiGameJam Awards Show Spectacular!
Posted by Cammy - 29 March 2022 07:23
Cammy's Avatar  Hello everyone! The date for the Awards Show Spectacular for AmiGameJam has been set! It will be on April 3rd (April 4th for my Australian, New Zealand and Japanese friends) and will be live-streamed on Twitch on Amiga Bill's channel at 7PM UTC! If you need help figuring out the time of the stream for where you are, you can just Google 7PM UTC to your time zone and it'll tell you what it is.

I hope you guys can drop in and chat along with our amazing host Amiga Bill and the wonderful judges RJ Mical, Glen Planamento and Hitch! I will also be making an appearance to present the prizes (the ones that have arrived at my house) and to show the scores of each game from the community votes!

Watch this stream to find out who wins AmiGameJam 2021!
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