Subject: Amiga games prices.
Subject: Turbo Santa - Nivrig Games - New Christmas Amiga game
Subject: Gunnar Von Boehn Interview - Reviving and improving the Amiga
Subject: Remembering the non-game software
When we talk about how great Amiga was, we usually talk about games—and rightly so, because it was easily the best game machine of its time. However… I didn't only play games (and demos!) on mine. I used it as my main-and-only desktop computer for several years. I thought it might be good to reminisce together about some of the best non-game software.
ARexx: One of the brilliant things Commodore did was include a standard scripting language and communication protocol. ARexx was like AppleScript, minus the brain damage. Now ARexx and AppleScript are both history, and there doesn't seem to be any system like them. I went asking around Ubuntu forums whether they have anything like it. The answer I got is that, in theory, D-Bus should be able to work like an ARexx port, and you could write your scripts in Python or even ooRexx, but what's the point if applications don't support it?
Directory Opus: The later versions of DOpus tried to become a Workbench replacement, but I personally always preferred the classic Directory Opus 4 with the fixed directory listings, left and right. It could be configured to do anything: program launcher, script launcher, file operations. I don't see anything quite like this for modern systems, and I'm not sure why. (Actually there is a supposed Opus clone called "Worker" for Linux, which I had some difficulty with the first time I tried, but I may give it another spin.)
CanDo: This was the ultimate user-friendly, visual programming environment for non-coders or beginning coders. It was the next logical step after BASIC and HyperCard. If this had ever been bundled by Commodore with the system, I believe it could have been hugely influential on the computer industry and maybe even influenced the trajectory of the Amiga platform. Instead it was produced by a small, struggling company that was unable to market it effectively. Even today in 2021, easy and friendly environments like this for ordinary people are sorely lacking.
Power LOGO: I may be a little biased here, since I was responsible for a port of Berkeley (UCB) Logo to the Amiga. UCB Logo was great for its intended purpose, as a companion to the "Computer Science Logo Style" books that UCB published. By comparison Power LOGO was a less standard, more quirky dialect with some significant improvements to the language. Like most Logo, it was painfully slow to execute (made BASIC look like a speedster), but it was fun and educational to play around with.
Amiga E: This remains my all-time favorite compiled programming language. It could execute as efficiently as C while being much more readable. It added OOP support (a very hot topic in them days!) in a more straightforward and elegant way than C++ or Objective-C. On top of all that, the compiler was so fast that you could practically use it like a scripting language.
Transwrite: An earlier version was known as Transcript, but either way it was my favorite efficient, simple-and-minimalist word processor purely for composition, not for WYSIWYG publishing. As somebody who always does a lot of writing, I look for something like this on every platform that I use. Today it's FocusWriter, but back in the Amiga days I was very devoted to Transwrite.
My Amiga days were my heyday of learning to code, so of course my list is heavy on programming languages. However, I do remember Photogenics, and I remember AWeb and iBrowse, and I remember going through a series of FidoNet point programs (remember FidoNet??), music players, etc. It's been so long, the details are becoming hazy.
What did we have on Amiga that you miss on other platforms today? (I assume most of us are not running Amiga as our primary, daily driver today. Although, I know there are a few real die-hards out there!) And what do you remember fondly even though you wouldn't really want to go back to it?
Subject: Is there a "best" Amiga for music trackers?
I'm looking to get into trackers, and want an Amiga to do it (with modern OSs it's way too easy to get distracted). I'll use it for mostly for tracker software and a probably some gaming, but the tracking is the focus.
Is there a best Amiga to get? Which model(s) should I consider?
Subject: Turbo Santa by nivrig (Amiga)
Subject: Pegasos II PPC | Morph OS | Amiga OS
Subject: The history of Light Shock software (Fightin Spirit, Black Viper)
I have recently published the full history of the Italian dev studio Light Shock, who released a couple of titles in the Amiga years, one of those was one of the best looking fighting game on the Amiga ever: Fightin Spirit.
Hear the story directly from the developers: https://genesistemple.com/the-history-of-light-shock-software-putting-the-q-in-qa
Subject: Another World is celebrating its 30th anniversary! To celebrate, please enjoy this fan-made low budget reimaging of the games iconic intro:
Subject: A1200 <> Pimiga 2
I have Amiga 1200 booting OS 3.1.4 from cf card and A1208 V3 8MB FastRAM Expansion.
Will Pimiga 2 on pi400 be able to run what this machine can run without problems? All Games/demos/AGA/other software.
Thinking of picking up a 128gb micro sd and check it out but would be nice to get some insights
Subject: How to find out what Amiga programs will load my old random files?
I've successfully got my old A500 out of the loft with all my old disks and a Gotek drive and started backing up all the blank disks full of my saved files to adf files. However, there's tons of stuff I'd like to see again but don't know which program each of the files belongs to. Apart from my music disks - which I've identified Octamed and Oktalyzer as the programs that will run them. Is there any way of finding out what Amiga program a random file on my blank disks will load into?
Subject: WinUAE 4.9.0
Subject: Amiga News Roundup and Rubicon Review - Amigos: Everything Amiga 328
Subject: My first restoration is about to begin. Details below.
submitted by /u/erickhill
Subject: Dunk, by Roseann Mitchell of Belmont, CA. (1989)
Subject: WHDLoad on A500 rev5
I am wondering what is required to run whdload on an A500 rev5 board. As I understand it the limited chip RAM is a real barrier with this system and it would require a kickstarter 3.1 chip? I’m looking at maybe going for a terrible fire accelerator.
Subject: Lets Code Santa's Present Drop Game in AMOS (Part 1)
Subject: RPG: 'Briley Witch Chronicles' being ported to Amiga
Subject: Talking about Agony (1992)