Wings Remastered for AmigaNG Systems

There have been posts about the recentish Wings Remastered kickstarter also being ported to the current AmigaNG systems; AmigaOS4, MorphOS and AROS x86. The main item I want to raise is that only 20 more copies need to be pre-ordered for further development to become a reality. So I would like to ecclesiastically suggest that people go and have a look into this if they have not already done so. So rather than complain about software not being produced for the NG platforms how about putting your money where your mouth is.

Hey,

this is Sven from Cinemaware. First thanks for all your support. I want to give you an update and some short information. This physical release is limited to 300 Editions. This will be the only physical release, no 2nd Boxed-Edition will follow. It will be a classic BigBox with the Manual (Aviation Manual included), Poster and a CD which includes the Game and the Soundtrack. Also the classic Wings is included.

One important thing. This is a real community project. Daniel worked for free till now and continues with developing if we reach 150 sales (right now we are around 130) but can only be completed paid if we sell all 300 copies. We, Cinemaware, will not earn anything on this game. If all 300 Boxes are sold, he can also fully concentrate on the Port, so the release of Feb. 2016 is really safe. Sales goes complete to Daniel for the port and the production of the box. So its really important that we get sold out 🙂 If this project and also the “Defender”-Project are successfull, then other ports to Amiga-Systems are realistic.

So please support this game and also spread the word and link 🙂

http://retro.cinemaware.com/product/wings-remastered-amiga-edition

Greetings
Sven

Source: Wings Remastered [Forums – AmigaOS4] – The Amigans website

My Rack Mountable Amiga 1200

It’s been a while since the last time I have posted anything but I would say recentish personal circumstances can be blamed for a large proportion of that.

Back in the days when I lived in shared housing, I came across a strange beast on EBay claiming to be a rack mountable Amiga 1200. At the time, I was after a replacement A1200 motherboard and decided to buy this out of curiosity. The claim was that it had been in use by an RSL club in Australia and performed things such as Club Keno results and advertised upcoming events.

When I received the computer and opened it up I quickly realised there was a decent amount of custom work done to get the A1200 to carry out its required tasks and decided it would be interesting to get it up and going again. As I mentioned, I lived in shared housing which lacked the space to set this up at the time as well as provided an unstable environment.

Move forward to the present day. After my move into a more permanent residence, I have been slowly sorting out my retro Amiga kit out and came across my A1200 Rack Mountable ‘server’. It is currently missing the KS ROMs and an accelerator. I have since dug up an accelerator for it but I only have a spare pair of KS 3.0 ROMs and the A1200 apparently has Workbench 3.1 installed.

I saw a post on AmigaWorld about rack mountable Amiga’s and decided to grab a few snap shots of mine before I carry out any work on it.

Huenison – A Special Sale at the Moment

If you are a fan of wacky, retro and nostalgic type games, then you might want to have a look at Huenison. It is currently on sale where you get to pay what you want and your money will also go to a good cause. The sale link appears to be for the Windows version but I personally purchased a copy of the AmigaOS4 version from RGCD which I have enjoyed playing, I must admit badly, initially on my Sam440ep and now on my X1000.

New Amiga 500 Accelerators

I managed to acquire an Amiga500 a few months back. I had been thinking about getting one for a while and when a a decent condition A500 with a few extra bits (IDE HD and 8Meg RAM) presented itself at a decent price I went for it.

Before obtaining the A500, the lowest spec Amiga which I have used for a number of years was an un-accelerated A1200. Due to this, I found the A500 for general use somewhat sluggish. True, I mainly purchased it to play some of the old classic games but I thought it would be kind of cool to expand its power somewhat so I went out to the interwebs to see what my options where.

Let me just say, I was completely underwhelmed by my options, basically there wasn’t any  except for the Indivision ECS but nothing in the ompf  department.

Move ahead a few months and not only has a new A500 accelerator been announced but two have been! Enter the ACA 500 from Individual Computers and the TurboFlyer 530 from Elbox.

Both are not quite yet available but the ACA 500 is available for pre-order and the TurboFlyer 530 has been announced as becoming available on February 2014.

ACA 500

The ACA 500 is a new accelerator for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 500+ computer.

It offers faster performance, extra memory and Compact Flash card media slots which can be used for a bootable hard drive and Compact Flash media slot (add optional CF card below)

It also features an A1200-style expansion connector which is compatible with some A1200 expansions (see below for details).

Product Features

  •   68EC000/10 clocked at 14MHz, so will accelerate the Amiga 500’s performance
  •   2 MB RAM of available memory on board: 0.5MB can be allocated to MapROM function
  •   External expansion which slots into side of A500 so there is no need to open the Amiga 500 case
  •   1x Bootable Hard Drive Compact Flash card slot which is bootable and can read or write Amiga cards
  •   1x Media Compact Flash slot which can read/write PC FAT formatted cards
  •   Compatible with existing trapdoor RAM expansions (up to 1.8 MB)
  •   Compatible with existing Chip Mem expansion upgrades
  •   Custom expansion port for local hardware (14 MHz 16 bit, double Zorro speed)
  •   Clock port for compatible hardware expansions such as Silversurfer or Catweasel Mk2 Anniversary Edition
  •   Optionally expandable by adding a new ACA 1220 ¹ or ACA 1232 accelerator card
  •   Licensed Kickstart ROM images 1.3 and 3.1 installed in onboard Flash ROM
  •   FAT95 file system installed in internal Flash ROM
  •   Compatible with WHDLoad game software
  •   Bootable Hard Drive Available ² (add optional CF card below)    Add Compact Flash Card
  •   EasyADF software optionally available pre-installed on CF hard drive (add optional CF card with EasyADF below)

DataFlyer 530

Elbox Computer is pleased to announce the new product for Amiga computers: TurboFlyer 530.

TurboFlyer 530 is a new 68030-based accelerator with integrated FastATA CF/SATA controller for Amiga 500/500+ and A2000 computers. TurboFlyer 530 it is an internal expansion, plugs into the 68000 processor socket.

Features:

  •   68030 processor (with MMU) clocked at 40MHz
  •   16MB of fast 32-bit DRAM memory on board
  •   Integrated FastATA CF/SATA controller:
  •   Fast transfer rate of up to 16.6MB/s
  •   Supports PIO-0, PIO-4 and PIO-5 modes
  •   Two buffered and terminated EIDE ports for four devices
  •   AllegroCDFS filesystem included
  •   LBA 48 support in the onboard BootROM (support of drives over 128GB)
  •   Automatically configured EIDE/CF/SATA/ATAPI devices
  •   Can boot from FAT16 and FAT32 formatted devices
  •   Includes custom expansion port for local hardware add-ons
  •   MapROM function (uses 1MB from 16MB of the on-board DRAM)
  •   Compatible with trapdoor Slow memory expansions (up to 1.8 MB)
  •   Compatible with Chip memory expansions
  •   Compatible with WHDLoad software

Pricing and availability:
TurboFlyer 530 will be on sale in February 2014 at the suggested retail price of 240 EUR (VAT excl.).

Trevor and Matthew presenting the A-Eon update (Live from AmiWest 2013)

Saw a link in a recent forum post which covered a talk Trevor of A-Eon fame was giving. It covered a number of interesting points such as:

  •  Naming of the new systems. The idea is to keep a link to the original roots of the Amiga and the AX prefix was initially thrown around but there are talks of shortening it.
  • A quick update on the Libre Office port.
  • A new MP3 type of sound card for classic systems being finished up for sale. Clock port and Zorro versions. This is something I am interested in getting.
  • With the newer motherboard  versions, the public will have a choice to purchase a whole system, think of the existing X1000 offer, or just the motherboard.
  • Plus a few other things.

See below for the actual YouTube footage.

 

Cinemaware Summer 2012 Trailer

Well, that is what this Youtube clip is calling it. This is a nostalgic blast from the past which goes into the beginning of Cinemaware and the early years of the Amiga which then transforms into an advert to let people know of the upcoming re-releases of Cinemaware products on present day appliances.

Even so, it’s worth a watch for that nostalgic feeling and I would hazard a guess that some people will appreciate the presenter, which some of the Youtube comments allude to.

New Multi-CPU Card for Classic Amigas with Extras!

For the classic Amiga lover, there has been the announcement of a new multi CPU card currently in development. Looking at the specs, if it becomes a reality, I can see it being a big hit with classic users due to the amount of extra functionality you can add to your system all on one card.

The UltimatePPC provides many new features. The current shortlist of features for “Revision A” is:

  • 33MHz 68040 CPU
  • 1.0GHz Freescale PowerPC CPU
  • 128MB of DDR3 memory for the 68040
  • An additional 2GB of DDR3 memory on an SO-DIMM
  • USB2 host controller with integrated 4 port hub
  • SATA2 controller with two SATA ports
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet controller
  • Embedded 2D video with DVI connector

via Welcome to UltimatePPC.

And of course the official press release.

Our press release of May 22nd, 2012: AMIGA MEETS GIGAHERTZ

Gideon Zweijtzer (of 1541-Ultimate fame) and Rutger Bevaart have teamed up to bring renewed innovation to the Classical Amiga by announcing the UltimatePPC today, the ultimate CPU expansion card for the Amiga 3000 & 4000. This new card will bring unparalleled performance and many great new features to the Amiga series of computers that were not available previously and give current users a viable upgrade path for aging components. It also opens new possibilities for newer versions of the Amiga Operating System or alternatives to run on your classic hardware with great performance. The UltimatePPC puts your Amiga right back on your desk as the most versatile and fun computer that has ever existed!

Right now the UltimatePPC is in active development, we expect to be able to take pre-orders at the end of 2012. Please visit our project website at http://ultimateppc.nl for availability information, specifications and detailed status reports.

Gideon & Rutger

via Welcome to UltimatePPC.

Ideas on Getting an Alternative Operating Systems Name Seen

For those that know me, they know that I enjoy playing with retro computers and the occassional alternate Operating System. I would hazard to guess that most of them don’t understand my fascination.

While I do enjoy playing with the more common offenders such as the Commodore 64, various models in the Amiga range and others, my main hobby OS of choice is Amiga OS4. Don’t bother with the criticisms since there is a good chance I have already heard most of them already and before you ask, yes you can use an Amiga for useful tasks. I typed this blog entry up on a Sam440 running Amiga OS4.1 update 3.

This post is not out there to extol the virtues of a particular Alternate OS over another but more on something I have pondered on now and then, and that is how to spread the name of your Alternate OS of choice. Mine just happens to be Amiga OS4 and so I will use that as the example.

By their nature, most alternate Operating Systems are labours of love, even those that do have a more commercial bent since but they will not be bringing in the big bucks like Apple of Microsoft. This translates to the fact that not much money will exists to throw around, especially to advertise your precise baby.

This is true for the various Amiga OS’s out there, including Amiga OS4. Yes, there is a small amount of advertising out there but what little does exist, is usually in publications which Amiga owners will already be subscribing to, not in areas where potential new blood could come from. A lack of new enthusiests in your hobby of choice tends to greatly limit the growth of it which in turn causes other knock on problems. With an Operating System this means less users, so people being less willing to create programmes for the platform and all the other problems people talk about when the topic of new Operating Systems/computer systems arise.

There is one strength I have noticed with Amiga OS4 and that is it has a core of enthusiests willing and able to port open source applications and games to the Amiga OS4 platform and do a good job of this! This is where we can start to advertise the platform.

If your a developer or a skilled porter and manage to port an application or game to the Amiga and it is of a decent standard such that the original programmer would be happy with the result, why not inform the original developers of the fact and provide them with a link to the Amiga port, along with some information and ask them to link to the Amiga version from their website for all to see. The basic premise is to get the Amiga name seen by a wider audience than it currently is being seen by. Also, one of the biggest complaints platforms receive by people who may or may not be interested in them is the comment on the lack of software available. If people start to trip over the Amiga name more and more often, then the name stays fresh in their minds as well as re-enforce the notion that the platform does have software being written for it.

Believe it or not, there are people out there who are interested in trying new computer platforms as a hobby and seeing an alternate platform being supported in various locations and getting ports of software which also exists for Linux, Windows and Macintosh computers helps to strengthen this idea. The ironic part is that I have come across Open Source products which I didn’t know existed until they were ported to the Amiga and went on to also use them via main stream Operating Systems. Some recent examples are The Mana World and a new game being developed called Flare which is looking promising.

To take it a step further, Amiga OS4 has also recently received ports of commercial independant software titles. Generally, a native Amiga executable is created which uses the data files of the game in question, so if you have purchase the title, you can then play it on your Amiga which can be a bit of a kick. For example I have been enjoying Aquaria and Gish on my Amiga. I doubt it will provide a massive amount of revenue for the developers but again, approaching the developers and asking them about the possibility of having them link to the Amiga version of the executable with a small blurb on their site about it would be a good thing for them and the Amiga community.

What ever your alternative Operating System of choice is, enjoy and good luck with getting the rest of the world to recognise its obvious greatness 😉