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5/23/2012 5:50:41 PM

S. Harvey looks at some news that helps bring the AmigaOS closer to the mainstream.

S.Harvey has been our Amiga specialist for over 12 years, drawing on his vast computing knowledge which is itself the result of 21 years of retailing computer and video games.

Great news from the Frieden HQ: the beta release of Timberwolf is now available to download from OS Depot.

Description: Description: AmigaOS 4.1

Timberwolf 4.0.1 is the official name of the release and this is due to the fact that Timberwolf is the port of Firefox to the AmigaOS and is based on the Firefox/Mozilla 4+ source code, well at least the last version that was made available to the open-source community.

Most importantly, however, is that the Frieden brothers (lead coders at Hyperion Entertainment) developed the port with the Mozilla core fully intact and thus can lead to further ports such as Thunderbird and Songbird among others.

Potentially, once the Mozilla side of things reaches a final release, this should result in many products being ported over an opens up a whole extra world of software for the AmigaOS.

You can download the beta at OS4Depot at

Hollywood 5: Infinity

Description: Description: A1200D PPC booting Amiga OS 4.1 for Classics

A1200D PPC booting Amiga OS 4.1 for Classics

The multimedia authoring language that’s designed to be as easy to use as possible has had a massive update. In the vein of the great Scala Hollywood, it provides a way to create everything from a presentation to interactive software suites and the new version is now available for AmigaOS 4.1 and Windows.

Hollywood is so lightweight that it can run in just 2MB, making MS PowerPoint look rather bloaty.

The new feature set includes video playback, a synthesizer so the program can create its own sound, and full integrated internet/networking support as well as vector graphics and the like.

The language can create programs that can be run on AROS, 680x0 Amiga OS, Linux, MorphOS, MacOS and WarpOS (although Hollywood 5 is currently only on Amiga OS 4.x PPC and Windows for the moment, the language itself can be used on those platform to create software for the others).

Available for $150, you can also make your lie easier by getting Hollywood Designer, which is WYSIWYG front end for the language, which retails for $105.

Find out more at

Amiga on PlayStation Vita

Description: Description: Super Stardust Delta – a new Super Stardust for the Vita

Super Stardust Delta – a new Super Stardust for the Vita

You can’t have escaped the release of Sony’s brilliant new handheld gaming platform, and thanks to the fact that PSP Minis will work on the new handheld (well, most of them), the good news is that both Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies work brilliantly on the machine and still support the screen flip so you can play the tables in portrait mode! Brilliant! Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies are available for $5 each from the PlayStation Store and as PSD Minis will work on PSP, PS Vita and PS3.

There is, of course, a new Super Stardust for the Vita - Super Stardust Delta, which uses the touch-screen, touch rear panel, dual analogue stick and six-axis control methods of the new PlayStation handheld, which is very highly recommended for the whole $10 it costs (well, the basic game) as a download from the PS Store for the PS Vita. Super Stardust HD for the PS3 and Super Stardust Portable for the PSP are also available.

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