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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Software updates (2024-03-14)

A round of notifications about updates to well-known and widely used software titles, that popped up over the last nine months - just in case you missed something.

AmiSSL 5.14

At the end of Jan. 2024, the latest version of network encryption package AmiSSL was uploaded to aminet.


USB stack ANAIIS' version 1.24 was uploaded to aminet in Feb. 2024.


Denise 2.1 and 2.2

In Sep. 2023, C64 and - since version 2.0 - Amiga 500/1000 emulator "Denise" got updated to version 2.1, and in Dec. to version 2.2, adding RTC emulation, improvements in accuracy, speed, file handling, and GUI usability, improved video drivers, screen rotation, and more.

E-VO 3.7

In March 2024, Amiga E compiler E-VO version 3.7 was released, fixing many bugs.

FlashFloppy 3.42

In Jan. 2024, floppy-emulator firmware FlashFloppy was updated to version 3.42. As with previous version 3.41, released around July 2023, it contains mostly minor improvements.


Arne Urbaniak's Amiga-disk-on-PC copy program "G-Copy" was updated to v0.5 in March 2024. "G-Copy" supports Greaseweazle, ADF-Drive, and DrawBridge floppy controllers.

amiga-news' article provides a download link:

IBrowse 3.0a

Wow, veteran Amiga webbrowser IBrowse has made a major version leap in Nov. 2023, and received an update in Dec. 2023. AmiSSL 5.12 is now required for secure connections, program stability has been improved, a bug in webpage rendering was fixed, and there are a couple of other enhancements.

icon.library / IconLib

icon.library replacement "IconLib" got updated in June and Dec. 2023, bringing it to version 46.4.581. The updates contain some bugfixes/workarounds for better compatibility, and an icon-to-PNG conversion script for ImageConverter.


Meanwhile, Simone Bevilacqua has made a couple of updates to his pretty cool pseudo-chunky AGA graphics system "PED81C", the latest having been published on New Year's Day 2024. Skimming over the changelogs, there is a number of improvements regarding the system code, and some 68030/68040/68060 CPU specific optimizations.

P96 and P96Prefs

After P96 version 3.4.0 was released in Aug. 2023, version 3.4.1 followed in Feb. 2024.

New features include EHB screen mode emulation, support for Rainbow II / BSC Framemaster cards, support for Commodore A2410 cards, new drivers for GBA-PII++ and VA2000 cards, and updates to Picasso IV and Draco Altais card drivers.

P96Prefs also got updated, the latest version being 47.15.1, which was uploaded to aminet in Jan. 2024.


WBDock2 (for AmigaOS 3.1 - not to be confused with "WBDock" for AmigaOS 1.3) was updated a couple of times in July 2023, the latest version being 2.907. Changes include a different background configuration behaviour, slight change in autohide behaviour, auto-refresh when changing WBPattern, a typo fix, and an experimental "seperator" app.


In Sept. 2023, after a long period of silence, Amiga emulator WinFellow got updated to version 0.5.9, and shortly after to 0.5.10. The updates fix numerous bugs, contain some improvements in usability, drop Windows XP and Vista support, meaning a later version of Windows is required, and now a native ARM build is included in the release archive.

Bars&Pipes goes AROS

Outstanding news for Amiga musicians: Professional music program Bars&Pipes has been ported to AROS!

Bars&Pipes is a professional grade MIDI music composition program that was originally developed by Blue Ribbon Soundworks in the 1990s. It supports Amiga audio via AHI and plugins (called "tools" in Bars&Pipes).

Users might have wondered if there's a future path for music creation with Amiga and Bars&Pipes - now we know. Alfred Faust, who had officially taken over development from Blue Ribbon Soundworks many years ago, has finished his port of Bars&Pipes to AROS, AmigaOS' portable (m68k, x86, ARM, ...) sibling. This was possible after AROS chief developer Franck Charlet updated AROS' camd.library (Commodore Amiga MIDI driver library) to work with camdusbmidi.class of AROS' USB stack (Poseidon). 

Which means that not only does Bars&Pipes now run on AROS, securing future use, and giving access to massive CPU and hardware resources to create sound, but also that Amiga/AROS music software using camd.library can now access USB MIDI devices!

Bars&Pipes Pro 2.5b from 1994 on AmigaOS

That's very good news indeed - big Thank You to Alfred Faust, Franck Charlet, and everyone else. Bars&Pipes has the potential to become AROS' first "killer application".

Alfred Faust homepage with Bars&Pipes, SuperJAM, and more music software: news article: