Picasso96 sold to Hyperion and Individual Computers

What is probably the defacto RTG standard, Picasso96 (which I believe edged out CyberGraphX years ago because of WinUAE’s support of P96), has been sold by the owners to Hyperion (makers of OS4.x) and Individual Computers (makers of many Amiga Hardware products).

I’m guessing Hyperion wanted greater control of this RTG system.  CyberGraphX, the main competitor, was owned by some of the authors of MorphOS, and it is the default RTG system on the MorphOS system.

I’m guessing this is a good thing as I would think it would get more updated support for OS4.  However, Hyperion have their hands full so I’m not sure if they’d have the resources to dedicate to P96 support.

We’ll keep an eye out for this.

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IBrowse Development continues

Well, anyone around in the late 90’s remembers that there were many web browsers coming out for the Amiga at the time. The big one I recall was IBrowse, and it was very Amiga-centric. For a long time, v2.4 was the last big one that I used. I mistakenly thought that it was abandoned, but I was wrong.

Development has been continuing over the years and while it isn’t up to the specs of some of the HTML 5 JS/CSS current browsers (like OWB and NetSurf), it’s still a good browser. Check out the latest updates as of last month (April 2017):

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EZHomeX10 Amiga software released

Jim Hines, author of EZHome X10 for Amiga, has released it and is no longer actively supporting it.  For those that don’t know, X10 is a communication protocol for home automation that has been around for a couple of decades.  They communicate through the powerlines in a house or building.  Many devices have been built to use this protocol.  Long before ZigBee and ZWave wireless home automation protocols were invented, x10 was THE way to control lights, thermostats, alarms, sprinklers, etc in your home.  Since the 90’s we’ve seen many PC and Mac based x10 software packages. Well, in the late 90’s, one was made for Amiga called EZHomeX10.

You can read an in-depth analysis of the many pieces, including EZHome, EZCron (cron-jobs, scheduled tasks), EZCID (caller ID) and control of infrared remotes and integration with the GVP PhonePAK card if you have it. And it is AREXX scriptable.  Very cool stuff!

Read the released with download links here:

software link

And an article by Jim Hines here:

EZHomeX10 – Amiga

 

ShapeShifter Source code released

Christian Bauer, author of the famous ShapeShifter Mac emulator (68k only), has released the source code to his famous app. You can find it here:

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There were many mac emulators in the 90's for the Amiga, one of which was by very talented author Jim Drew (Emplant, Fusion, etc). I do believe at the time, he made some accusations that C Bauer used stolen Apple code (and maybe Emplant code) in his product, which was very popular and made a lot of money for C Bauer at the time. I guess we can find out now if anyone wants to try to find it.

NetSurf 3.7 for Classic Amigas (RTG version)

So, there are two versions of Netsurf being actively working on right now.  One from Chris Young, who did the 3.6 version for OS4, and more recently, a version of 3.6 for classic Amigas.  However, there has been another version of Netsurf ported to Amiga, formerly known as 3.6 also, but now bumped to 3.7.  It appears to be RTG only at the moment.

Here it is streaming from YouTube on an Amiga 500 with the Vampire500 accelerator:

Go to the website for download and more info:

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