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In honor of Ostrowski: GFA Editor 3.70 (09.12.2020 - 18:42 Uhr)

Today would be Frank Ostrowski's birthday, the creator of Turbo Basic and GFA-Basic. In honor of Ostrowski, Lonny Pursell has officially removed the "beta" suffix from the GFA Editor. In addition, the development system now presents itself by its version number as the legitimate successor of the legendary Basic.

GBE 3.7 offers about 500 new commands and functions, including all previously missing AES/BIOS/XBIOS/VDI/GEMDOS calls. MiNTNet, LDG, STiK and the protocols Font, DHST and AV are supported. There are also some general additions, inspired by HiSoft BASIC, GFA PC or by various developers who worked with GBE in the last years.

GBE was created because GFA Basic does not run well in multitasking. The editor runs exclusively with multitasking systems, but is also suitable for writing games and demos. Latest example for a GFA program created with GBE: Randomazer.

(mj)

Lonny Pursell - ENCOM

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Minipos: Point-of-Sale-System for the ST (25.01.2021 - 00:39 Uhr)

So fing es 1985/1986 an: Es gab wenig Software für den Atari, also entstand viel Software für den Eigenbedarf - und dann leistete der Atari eben in der Buchhaltung oder im Laden gute Dienste. Die wenigsten dieser Programme wurden veröffentlicht, oder zu allgemeineren Lösungen weiterentwickelt.

MiniPOS erinnert an diese Zeit, ist aber nicht 1985, sondern 35 Jahre später entstanden. Geschrieben wurde das Programm in HiSoft Basic und seit über einem halben Jahr ist es tatsächlich im täglichen Einsatz in einem Fahrradladen.

Das Programm gibt es inklusive Quelltext auf Github.

https://github.com/winterhard/minipos

(mj)

Songbird announces 2D RPG for Jaguar (20.12.2020 - 20:06 Uhr)

Pessimistic Jaguar fans look at the screenshots and wonder when this game was released for the ST. Kings of Edom, however, is not an ST port, but a new development for Jaguar. Both visually and gameplay-wise, the title is definitely retro: In 2D optics, the player descends deeper and deeper into the dungeon. There are role-playing elements, but Kings of Edom is primarily a true Rogue-like game. Players can therefore expect randomly placed treasures, traps and enemies. The game is scheduled for release in Summer 2021.

https://songbird-productions.com/2020/12/14/its-the-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year-part-2/

(mj)

AtariAge starts presale for new VCS and 8-bit games (17.12.2020 - 22:19 Uhr)

Once a year AtariAge dumps a whole bunch of new games into their store, usually with high quality packaging. This year there were a few delays and the shipping will also be next year. As many as 13 games for the VCS2600 are launching, one each for 5200 and 7800, and two for Atari's 8-bit computers. Prices range from $40 to $50, and shipping is from the US.

  • Avalanche (2600)
  • Cannonhead Clash (2600)
  • Dare Devil (2600)
  • Deepstone Catacomb (2600)
  • Hugohunt (2600)
  • Ms. Galactopus (2600)
  • Ninjish Guy in Low-Res World (2600)
  • Panic! Rooms (2600)
  • Robot City (2600)
  • The End (2600)
  • Tower of Rubble (2600)
  • Venture Reloaded (2600)
  • Zoo Keeper (2600)
  • Magical Fairy Force (5200)
  • Dragon's Cache (7800)
  • Adventure II XE (400/800/XL/XE)
  • Scramble (400/800/XL/XE)

(mj)

AtariAge

C-Compiler AHCC in version 6.0 (11.12.2020 - 01:42 Uhr)

There is again an update to report, namely to AHCC, the C compiler and editor based on Sozobon, which is compatible to a large extent to Pure C. AHCC is getting closer to this standard with this update. An interesting footnote is that now for the first time all included binaries have been compiled with AHCC and not Pure C. As usual AHCC is available as source code or compiled for 68000, 68020+ and Coldfire.

(mj)

Henk Robbers

In honor of Ostrowski: GFA Editor 3.70 (09.12.2020 - 18:42 Uhr)

Today would be Frank Ostrowski's birthday, the creator of Turbo Basic and GFA-Basic. In honor of Ostrowski, Lonny Pursell has officially removed the "beta" suffix from the GFA Editor. In addition, the development system now presents itself by its version number as the legitimate successor of the legendary Basic.

GBE 3.7 offers about 500 new commands and functions, including all previously missing AES/BIOS/XBIOS/VDI/GEMDOS calls. MiNTNet, LDG, STiK and the protocols Font, DHST and AV are supported. There are also some general additions, inspired by HiSoft BASIC, GFA PC or by various developers who worked with GBE in the last years.

GBE was created because GFA Basic does not run well in multitasking. The editor runs exclusively with multitasking systems, but is also suitable for writing games and demos. Latest example for a GFA program created with GBE: Randomazer.

(mj)

Lonny Pursell - ENCOM

EmuTOS 1.0.1 with Falcon fix (06.12.2020 - 12:18 Uhr)

Compared to EmuTOS 1.0 there is only one change: On an Atari Falcon with 4 MB RAM, when using the 512k ROM version of EmuTOS, a Nova graphics card was erroneously detected. This caused a panic during boot, preventing the use of the 512k ROM version of EmuTOS 1.0 on such a machine.

(mj)

EmuTOS

LynXmas 2020 Game Jam (01.12.2020 - 00:50 Uhr)

Please warm up the Assembler and C-Compiler, because Lynx developers are again invited to participate in a contest. The contest is organized by Atari Gamer, AtariAge, ejagfest and SillyVenture - both will not take place this year. There are only fifteen days left to develop something that "puts a smile on the face of the players". The Itch.io site is a bit more specific: the game should have a theme appropriate to the season, be less than 32 KB in size and play on a single screen.

https://itch.io/jam/lynxmas2020

(mj)

GEMGUILib for Nana C++ (30.11.2020 - 23:43 Uhr)

These are posts that cause head shaking for those who have had the "pleasure" of writing a GEM application: The demand to simply put the GEM user interface on a new operating system substructure - which is not a good idea, because GEM stems from a completely different era.

With GEMGUILib you can at least pretend to. The library uses the Nana C++ Library for the design of user interfaces and is roughly oriented on the look of TOS 4.x/MultiTOS. So there is a reunion with alert boxes, 3D buttons and window widgets with shading. In practice, such an app feels more like an application that pretends to be a GEM application - but there were plenty of those on the Atari, too...

https://github.com/emartisoft/GEMGUILib

(mj)

Hatari 2.3 released (29.11.2020 - 11:24 Uhr)

The ST/E/TT/Falcon emulator Hatari has been updated. The release notes of version 2.3 are long, but most of them are small changes or bug fixes. A major change is the revised Blitter emulation, which should come closer to the original. There were fewer changes in the Falcon emulation, although some demos (Electric Night, E.K.O. System) now work better. Hatari 2.3.0 is available with its own intro and precompiled for macOS and Windows 32/64 bit, other systems should follow in the next weeks.

(mj)

EmuTOS is learning color icons (28.11.2020 - 22:23 Uhr)

After the release of version 1.0, the free operating system EmuTOS is making rapid progress: For the first time color icons are supported by the 256 and 512 KB version of EmuTOS in the current developer version. The built-in desktop EmuDesk does not yet benefit from this, but programs that do not use their own routines for color icons do. These are for example Holger Weets GEM game NoMess, but also HypView in version 0.40. Atari once introduced color icons with AES 3.3 (TOS 4.x), together with further extensions (submenus, popup menus, 3D look).

(mj)

EmuTOS

ST-Computer 07/2020 - Now as a PDF! (22.11.2020 - 20:45 Uhr)

It's time, issue 07/2020 of ST-Computer is now available as a PDF for download. The highlight of the issue is a comprehensive overview of hardware extensions that can be purchased regularly in online stores. Meanwhile, developer Thomas Ilg delights friends of hectic puzzle games with his Randomazer. Anticipation is the most beautiful joy namely for a pandemic-free future, in which ejagfest and OFAM may take place again. These and many more topics in the current issue.

(mj)

ST-Computer: Aktuelle Ausgabe

ejagfest 2020 cancelled (12.11.2020 - 12:17 Uhr)

The ejagfest 2020 was already cancelled on September 20. The reason is of course the Corona pandemic and the associated protective measures, which are problematic for indoor events. In particular, events like ejagfest and HomeCon thrive on the fact that many like-minded people stay in one room, exchange ideas and play together. Hygiene concepts similar to some retro flea markets - one-way traffic with a lot of distance between the booths - would not be feasible. Whoever would like to support ejagfest with a small amount of money can do so via eBay and Amazon partner links on the website.

(mj)

European Atari Jaguar Festival (ejag)

Songbird acquires rights for further games (13.08.2020 - 23:49 Uhr)

The publisher Songbird has acquired the rights for three more titles. Among the classic brands Ishido has been added, known from different systems - for the ST there was unfortunately never an official conversion. Differently than with Skweek and Battlemorph Songbird may convert Ishido to other systems.
Quadromania and Sky Raider will get a new edition. Both games have already been released, either on module or as ROM. The Songbird versions with the additional title "Redux" will be enhanced with better music and graphics, playable revisions and EEPROM support. Quadromania Redux and Sky Raider Redux should be released this autumn. Xump and Biniax 2 have been postponed from 2019 to 2020. As almost standard for recent homebrew releases, all titles will be released as a curved-lip module, like most Atari modules. Further Lynx announcements are likely: The handheld console is experiencing a real revival in the last years.

(mj)

Songbird Productions

LED backlight for Portfolio (01.08.2020 - 23:51 Uhr)

There are many mini PCs, but none has such a loyal fan community as the Atari Portfolio. One of the most famous names in the pofo scene was Stefan Kächele, who offered a retrofittable backlight for the Portfolio in 1995. Similar kits for HP's palmtops and the Apple MessagePad Newton 2000 followed, and with backlight4you this has become a whole online store that supplies hobbyists with the individual parts.
25 years later he put together a new backlight kit for the portfolio, a modern version based on power-saving LEDs and an especially thin light guide body. For the first time, different light colors are available: warm white, green, orange-yellow, red and daylight white. An installation service is currently not offered. The price depends on the quantity purchased, an LED backlight kit for personal use costs just under 30 euros.

http://www.backlight4you.com/

(mj)

COPS without WDIALOG (20.07.2020 - 17:50 Uhr)

CPX modules are indispensable for configuring Ataris. Unfortunately, the only open source CPX server, COPS, has one disadvantage: It depends on the operating system extension WDIALOG. But now there are efforts to eliminate this dependency from COPS, and the updated version is part of the FreeMint snapshot builds. Developer Thorsten Otto points out that certain CPX modules that require MagiC or WDIALOG functionality will still depend on these two programs.

COPS appeared as an alternative to Atari's XControl and is compatible with its CPC modules. Additionally, COPS has its own CPX format with variable window size, the CPXe modules. The latter did not catch on like the other modular alternatives (EPXE and HPG). zControl was more oriented towards XControl, Freedom2 combined an alternative file selector with a CPX server. However, the source code of these two programs was never released.

https://freemint.github.io/

(mj)

Texel is open source (09.07.2020 - 20:50 Uhr)

Thomas Much has released the source code of his spreadsheet Texel. Texel was the last and also most modern spreadsheet for the ST, with variable line heights and support for vector fonts. A special feature was the extensive support of OLGA (also by Much): With OLGA and a suitable second application, graphics and diagrams could be integrated into Texel (picture: integration with ArtWorx). The program could be remote controlled via the GEMScript protocol. The last version released was 2.2, but a small update to version 2.30 was still in beta testing. The spreadsheet was developed with a modified version of Pure Pascal.

https://github.com/thmuch/texel

(mj)

VCS games with a menu (28.05.2020 - 23:52 Uhr)

Part of Atari's marketing for the VCS2600 was the indication of the game variants on the packaging: "Space Invaders" was not simply "Space Invaders", but "Space Invaders: 112 Video Games". The selection of the game variants was tedious, because for game variant 112, for example, the switch button had to be pressed 112 times. A menu was omitted in order to save memory and thus costs. Today memory is cheap and AtariAge user Omegamatrix patched several VCS classics and gave them a title and menu screen: Super Breakout, Video Olympics and Space Invaders. The menus give names to the game variants, and individual variants are deselected if they cannot be played with the current configuration.

https://bit.ly/2WQXMrV

(mj)

New owner for Atari-Home (01.05.2020 - 12:00 Uhr)

The Atari Home Forum will continue to exist - in an unaltered form, as Johannes Hädrich has confirmed in the corresponding forum thread. Hädrich had announced last year that he wanted to discontinue the forum, but had given several months time to find a successor. However, this successor had to meet a number of conditions. On January 14, he announced that the Verein zum Erhalt klassischer Computer e.V. would take over the forum. The club publishes the Load magazine and operates its own forum. The Atari computers have two subforums of their own there, but with 2100 posts in 220 threads it is no comparison to the Atari Home Forum, where even the relatively young subforum of the ST-Computer has 1700 posts in 57 threads. In the future, the club will take over the role from Hädrich, but will not integrate the Atari-Home forum into that of the VzEkC. Since February 27th the registration of new users is possible again.

(mj)

Atari-Home

Many, many updates! (30.03.2020 - 18:50 Uhr)

Over a dozen ST programs were updated within a few days, for some it was the first update in over twenty years. The reason for this was a "spring-cleaning" for a new website. Updates are available for the HomePage Penguin (3.06), HTML-Help (2.60), En Vogue (1.10), CPX-Basic and Milanopoly (0.61). All programs have been newly compiled with the latest tools, depending on the program, minor bugs have been fixed and cosmetic corrections have been made to the resource file - Milanopoly now runs better in monochrome, for example. The fun program Enhanced Character Interpreter has been ported from GFA-Basic to C.

Besides updates there is also a "new" program: spareCALC originally appeared as a bonus for all registered users of the scheduling software spareTIME. Since there was only a single digit number of registrations, the program rarely was released. Now this unusual collection of a retro calculator, equation calculation and zodiac sign determination is available for everyone. The source code is included and is an example for a simple GEM program with the cflib.

(mj)

Mia Jaap - Jaapan

Hex-a-Hop (18.12.2019 - 21:46 Uhr)

New food for game fans with powerful hardware: Atari-Forum.com member "jury" has compiled Hex-a-Hop for TOS. Hex-a-Hop is a small logic game, in which all green hexagonal fields must be destroyed without blocking the way. You can undo as many steps as you want, there is no time limit. If a level is completed, the next one is selected on a map.
Hex-a-Hop was programmed by Tom Beaumont and Ari Mustonen, who released the source code on SourceForge. You can control it with mouse or keyboard, the escape key calls up a menu in which you can switch between window and full screen display. The game requires a resolution with at least 16 bit color depth (65536 color tones). Jury tested the game on a CT60 Falcon with SuperVidel, the screenshot is from MacAranym. Under MacAranym the mouse button has to be pressed longer in window mode to make the character jump to another field.

https://bit.ly/2TRY95f

(mj)

maxYMiser High (17.12.2019 - 21:45 Uhr)

After a six-year break, the maxYMiser chip tune tracker is back with a new version. MaxYMiser tries to get as much out of the ST's YM/AY sound chip as possible, using all the modern techniques developed by chip tune artists in recent years, including SID waveforms. In addition to the three channels of the sound chip, the DMA sound of the Atari STE is also supported. The tracker also communicates with the MIDI world and should be compatible with every CPU from 68000 to 68060. Developer gwEm is a chiptune musician himself and has programmed, besides maxYMiser, a VST plug-in for PC-DAWs and the DJ software STj.
maxYMiser has the suffix "High" in the version number. This does not refer to the MIDI latency adjustments, but to the support for the high resolution of the Ataris. In 640x400, however, maxYMiser is not a different program - neither the pixels are used for a particularly sharp display, nor is there more to see on the SM124. It is rather a concession to the musicians, who usually run the ST with a monochrome monitor and now do not need to connect a color monitor for the chip tune tracker. On higher color resolutions - for example the VGA resolution of the Falcon - maxYMiser switches to the low resolution.

http://preromanbritain.com/maxymiser/

(mj)

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