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Created originally on this thread on and here and aminet search.

  • Web browser AROS - using Odyssey formerly known as OWB
  • Email AROS - using SimpleMAIL and YAM
  • Web Chat AROS - Facebook and Twitter via jabberwocky
  • Video playback AROS - yes via mplayer
  • Audio Playback AROS - yes via mplayer
  • Games AROS - some ported games plus lots of emulation software and HTML5 casual ones while we wait for native games.
  • Office - On-line apps could also be used via the Odyssey web browser, like Google Docs.
  • Photo editing - ZunePaint

There is still a lot of software to be ported, written or shared so if you are interested in creating and joining in with this effort see here

Web Application[edit]

Web Application AROS(x86) Amiga OS3 (68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Browsing Odyssey, OWB 1.0x OWB Trac, IBrowse*, Voyager*, AWeb, AWeb Src, Netsurf OWB-mui, [ Timberwolf (Firefox port)], OWB-Reaction, IBrowse*, AWeb, Voyager, Netsurf, OWB, [ Netsurf], IBrowse*, AWeb,
E-mailing latest SimpleMail, SimpleMail source depositry, YAM SimpleMail, YAM SimpleMail, YAM, SimpleMail, YAM
Youtube Viewing Odyssey Web Browser, or this one, getVideo, getVideo, Tubexx Odyssey (OWB), getVideo, Tubexx
IRC latest wookie version, Wookiechat src, AiRcOS, Jabberwocky, Wookiechat, AmIRC Wookiechat Wookiechat, AmIRC,
Instant Messaging IM - Facebook and Twitter (TM) and others jabberwocky, ATwitter Port Issues, SabreMSN (ABIv0 only) AmiTwitter, CLIMM, SabreMSN, jabberwocky, AmiTwitter, SabreMSN, AmiTwitter, PolyglotNG, SabreMSN,
Torrents ArTorr, CTorrent, Transmission MLDonkey, Beehive, Transmission, CTorrent,
FTP Plugin included with Dopus Magellan, MarranoFTP, AmiFTP, AmiTradeCenter, ncFTP, Pftp, AmiFTP, Transfer
Newsgroups ? Newscoaster, NewsRog, WorldNews, ? ?
WYSIWYG Web Editor ? MetalWEB, AwebDV, WebDesign, Webplug, ? ?
Streaming Audio gnump3d, Icecast2 Server (Broadcast) and Client (Listen), [ mpd], DarkIce, Muse, Mplayer (Icecast Client only), MODMancer, Tunenet, AmiNetRadio, Mplayer, AmiNetRadio,
VoIP (Voice over IP) with SIP Client (Session Initiation Protocol) or Asterisk IAX2 Clients Softphone (skype like) ? AmiPhone with Speak Freely, ? ?
Weather Forecast WeatherBar, Wetter, FlipClock, Wetter,
Clock and Date setting from ntp or websites Time in a Browser Tab, World Clock, NIST, ntpsync
RSS news feeds ('Really Simple Syndication') RSS, Atom and RDF aggregator Daily Rotation, Lightsteamer, NewsBlur, Feed Bucket, [],
Speed Tests Test My, Speed Test, [ ], NetMeter
HTML5 WebGL tests HTML5 Test, Can I?, WebGL Test, WebGL Report,

* Commercial product.


Audio AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Playing Audio mp3Player, Mplayer, [ HarmonyPlayer hp], playcdda CDs, AmiNetRadio, AmigaAmp, playOGG, TuneNet, SimplePlay, AmigaAmp, TKPlayer AmiNetRadio, Mplayer, Kaya, AmigaAmp
Editing Audio Audio Evolution 4 Samplitude Opus Key, HD-Rec, SoundFX, HD-Rec, AmiSoundED, Audio Evolution 4 HD-Rec, Audio Evolution 4 to come
Music Edit Tracker Protrekkr, Schism Tracker, MilkyTracker, HivelyTracker, libMikMod, MilkyTracker, HivelyTracker, DigiBooster, Octamed SoundStudio, MilkyTracker, HivelyTracker, GoatTracker MilkyTracker, GoatTracker, DigiBooster,
Music Edit Other (Midi or Audio) early wip Bars and Pipes, WildMidi Player, Bars'n'Pipes, MusicX*, Deluxe Music*, Horny, HD-Rec, Camouflague*, HD-Rec, Rockbeat, Bars'n'Pipes, Horny, Audio Evolution 4, Bars'n'Pipes,
Sound Sampling Audio Evolution 4, Quick Record, Audio Evolution 3, Samplitude Opus Key, Audiomaster IV*, HD-Rec, Audio Evolution 4, HD-Rec, Audio Evolution 4,
CD/DVD burn FryingPan, FryingPan, MakeCD, FryingPan, AmiDVD, FryingPan, Jalopeano,
CD/DVD audio rip Lame, Quick CDrip, Lame, Ncode + Rexx, Lame, Lame, Flac ripper,
MP3 v1 and v2 Tagger id3ren (v1), mp3info, MP3TagEditor v1 and v2, MPTool, ID3ren, MPGtx,
Audio Convert Online Convert, SoundBox, SoundBox Key, SampleE, sox ? ?
Streaming ie despotify
DJ mixing jamming
Radio Automation Software Rivendell, Campware LiveSupport, SourceFabric AirTime, MediaBox404,

* Commercial product.

Office Application[edit]

Office AROS (x86) AmigaOS3 (68k) AmigaOS4 (PPC) MorphOS (PPC)
Word-processing Cinnamon Writer, [ ], [ ], [ ], AmigaWriter*, WordWorth*, FinalWriter*, Excellence 3*, Protext, Rashumon, AbiWord, CinnamonWriter Cinnamon Writer, scriba, Papyrus Office,
Spreadsheets Ignition, LuaCalc, [ ], [ ], [ ], Turbocalc*, Ignition, FinalCalc*, ProCalc 2, StarAmPlan, Gnumeric, Ignition [ ignition], Papyrus Office,
Presentations Hollywood*, HTML5 Slides, S5, impress.js, presentation.js, reveal.js, CSSS, CSSS intro, Hollywood*, MediaPoint, PointRider, Scala*, Hollywood*, PointRider Hollywood*, PointRider
Databases SDB, MUIBase, MUIbase, Datastore, FinalData, AmigaBase, Fiasco, Twist2, MUIBase, SQLite, MUIBase,
Printing Postscript 3 laser printers and Ghostscript internal, GutenPrint, TurboPrint* (some native drivers), early TurboPrint included,
PIM Personal Information Manager - Day Diary Planner Calendar App [ ], [ ], [ ], Digita Organiser*, On The Ball, Everyday Organiser, Calender in Rexx, [ Contact Manager], Calendar in E, Post Notes in C, AOrganiser, PolyOrga,
Accounting ETB, LoanCalc, [ ], [ ], [ ], Home Accounts, Accountant, Small Business Accounts, Account Master, HomeBank, [ Amigabok], ? ?
Project Management ? SuperGantt, SuperPlan, ? ?
System Wide Dictionary - multilingual Babiloo, StarDict, On-line, AlphaSpell, Ispell Src,
System wide Thesaurus - multi lingual On-line, Roget Gutenberg etext, Kuma K-Roget*,
Sticky Desktop Notes (post it type) AmiMemos, StickIt v2,

* Commercial product.

Graphical Image Editing Art[edit]

Image Editing AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Pixel Raster Artwork LunaPaint, GrafX2, LodePaint, JSPixely, ZunePaint, PPaint, GrafX2, DeluxePaint, PerfectPaint, Zoetrope, Brilliance2*, LodePaint, GrafX2, Sketch, Pixel*, GrafX2, LunaPaint
Image viewing ZuneView, LookHere, LoView, PicShow , Picture Album, PicShow, PicView, Photoalbum, WarpView, PicShow, flPhoto, Thumbs, Picture Album, ShowGirls, Picture Album
Photography retouching / Image Manipulation ZunePaint, ZuneView, PicoZu, PhotoPea, LunaPic, TVPaint, Photogenics*, ArtEffect*, ImageFX*, XiPaint, fxPaint, ImageMasterRT, WarpView, flPhoto, Photocrop ShowGirls, ImageFX*,
Graphic Format Converter - ICC profile support sRGB, Adobe RGB, XYZ and linear RGB ? GraphicsConverter, ImageStudio, MPImage Src, ArtPro
Thumbnail Generator ZuneView, Thumbnail Generator ImageDesk, MTN, TNM Image2Icon
Icon Editor X-Icon editor, Archives IconEditor
Animation Lunapaint PPaint, AnimatED, Scala*, GoldDisk MovieSetter*, Walt Disney's Animation Studio*, ProDAD* ? Titler
2D SVG based MovieSetter type ? MovieSetter*, Fantavision* ? ?
Morphing GLMorph ? ?
2D Cad (qcad->LibreCAD, etc) ? Xcad, MaxonCAD ? ?
3D Cad (OpenCascade->FreeCad, BRL-CAD, OpenSCAD, AvoCADo, etc) ? XCad3d*, DynaCADD* ? ?
3D Rendering POV-Ray CINEMA 4D*, POV-Ray, Lightwave3D*, Real3D*, Caligari24*, Reflections/Monzoom*, Irit Editor Src, Raystorm src Blender, POV-Ray, Yafray Blender, POV-Ray, Yafray
3D Format Converter ? T3D lib Exe IVCon

* Commercial product.

Magazine Editing[edit]

Magazine Editing AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
DTP ? Pagestream*, Professional Page*, Saxon Publisher Publishing, Pagestream* Pagestream*
Scanning SCANdal FxScan*, ScanQuix* SCANdal (Sane) SCANdal
OCR gOCR Tesseract
Text Editing Jano Editor (already installed by default), EdiSyn, Annotate, Vim, FrexxEd, NoWinEd, Annotate, GoldED/CubicIDE*, CygnusED*, Turbotext, Protext*, NoWinED, Notepad, Annotate, CygnusED*, NoWinED, MorphOS ED, NoWinED, GoldED/CubicIDE*, CygnusED*, Annotate,
Font Designer ? Barcode fonts, Online font converter, TypeSmith*, SaxonScript (GetFont Adobe Type 1), ? ?
Drawing Vector ZuneFIG previously AmiFIG Drawstudio*, ProVector*, ArtExpression*, Professional Draw*, AmiFIG, MetaView, MindSpace, amifig, SteamDraw, amiFIG,
  • Commercial product.

Video Creativity and Production[edit]

Video AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Playing Video AMC*, Mplayer, CDXL player, IffAnimPlay, Frogger*, AMP2, MPlayer, RiVA*, MooViD*, AMC*, DvPlayer, MPlayer MPlayer, Frogger, AMP2, VLC
Streaming Video AMC*, Mplayer, ? Mplayer, Gnash, Tubexx Mplayer, OWB, Tubexx, Reggae,
Playing DVD AMC*, Mplayer AMP2, Frogger AMC*, DvPlayer*, AMP2, Mplayer
Screen Recording Screenrecorder, [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ], ? ? Screenrecorder,
Create and Edit Individual Video Mencoder, Quick Videos, AVIbuild and FrameBuild, Mainactor Broadcast*, Video Toaster, Broadcaster Elite, MovieShop, Adorage, VHI studio*, FFMpeg/GUI Blender, Mencoder, FFmpeg
DVD ripping (libdvdread + libdvdcss + vobcopy) Handbrake
  • Commercial product.

Remote Desktop/Shared[edit]

Remote Desktop/Shared AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Remote Desktop (server) ArosVNCServer, AmiVNC, AVNC AmiVNC MorphVNC, vncserver
Remote Desktop (client) ArosVNC, RDesktop TwinVNC, VVA, RDesktop TwinVNC, RDesktop TwinVNC, RDesktop
  • Commercial product.

Misc Application[edit]

Misc Application AROS(x86) Amiga OS3 (68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
File Management DOpus, [ DOpus Magellan], [ Scalos], [ ], DOpus, DOpus Magellan, ClassAction, FileMaster, DM2, DirWork 2*, DOpus, Filer, AmiDisk DOpus
File Verification / Repair md5 (linux shell), workpar2 (PAR2), cksfv from website, ? ? Par2,
App Installer Jack InstallerNG, Grunch, Jack Jack
C/C++ IDE Murks, FrexxEd, Annotate, Cubic IDE*, Annotate, XDME, Annotate, CodeBench Cubic IDE*, Anontate,
Gui Creators MuiBuilder, GadtoolBox, GadtoolBox to E,

IEditor, Designer Src, GTX Convert,

? [ MuiBuilder],
Catalog .cd .ct Editors ? SimpleCat, ? SimpleCat,
Repository Git ? Git Git
Filesystem Backup MyMirror, MrBackup, Quarterback Tools*,
Filesystem Repair Quarterback Tools, [ ], [ ], [ ],
Multiple File renaming DOpus 4 or 5, MultiRen, Rename2u,
Anti Virus ? VChecker, ? ?
  • Commercial product.

Misc Application 2[edit]

Misc Application AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
BASIC X-AMOS, SDLBasic, Alvyn, Basic4SDL, Ace Basic, Amiblitz 3, Amos Pro, ACE Basic, ? sdlBasic
OSK On Screen Keyboard ? OSK ? ?
Screen Magnifier Magnifying Glass Magnification ZoomIT,
Comic Book CBR CBZ format reader viewer comics, ? ? ?
Ebook Reader ? ? ? ?
Ebook Converter ? ? ? ?
Text to Speech, flite, translator, Die Giga Engine, FLite FLite
Speech Recognition Dictation - CMU Sphinx, Julius, ISIP, ? ? ? ?
Fractals ? ZoneXplorer, Various, ? ?
Street Road Maps Route Planning GPS Tracking Mapparium, web browser with access to Google Maps or OSM, AmiAtlas*, UKRoutePlus*, AmOSM, ? Mapparium,
World Construction ? Vista Pro and World Construction Set ? ?
Astronomy Digital Almanac (ABIv0 only), Digital Almanac, Distant Suns*, Digital Universe*, Digital Almanac, Distant Suns*, Digital Universe*, Digital Almanac,
CAD oCADis, avoCADo, FreeCAD python, ? XCad (GFACAD)*, MAXONcad)*, Cycas*, DynaCadd*, ? ?
PCB design ? SchemariCAD, [ ], [ ], [ ], ? ?
Genealogy History Family Tree Ancestry Records (FreeBMD, FreeREG, and FreeCEN file formats or GEDCOM GenTree) [ Origins], [ Your Family Tree], [ ], [ ], [ ],
Screen Display Blanker screensaver Blanker Commodity (built in), GarshneBlanker (can be buggy), MultiCX, ModernArt Blanker,

* Commercial product.

Games Emulation[edit]

Some emulators require OpenGL to function and if the sound and emulation is fast, adjust ahi prefs channels, frequency and unit0 and unit1.

Free public domain roms for use with emulators can be found here as most of the rest are covered by copyright rules. If you like to read about old games see here and here and a blog about old computers. Possibly some of the best selling of all time. Wiki with emulated systems list.

Games Emulation AROS(x86) AmigaOS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Games Emulation Amstrad CPC Caprice32 (OpenGL & pure SDL), Arnold, CPC Html5 Online, CPC Box javascript, [1] [2],
Games Emulation Apple2 and 2GS
Games Emulation Arcade Mame, SI Emu (ABIv0 only), Mame, xmame, amiarcadia, Mame,
Games Emulation Atari 2600 Stella,
Games Emulation Atari 5200
Games Emulation Atari 7800
Games Emulation Atari 400 800 130XL Atari800,
Games Emulation Atari Lynx Handy (ABIv0 only),
Games Emulation Atari Jaguar
Games Emulation Bandai Wonderswan
Games Emulation BBC Micro and Acorn Electron BBC Micro Online, BeebEm, B-Em, Elkulator, ElectrEm,
Games Emulation Dragon 32 and Tandy CoCo Xroar,
Games Emulation Commodore C16 Plus4
Games Emulation Commodore C64 Vice (ABIv0 only), C64 Online, Frodo, viceplus, Vice,
Games Emulation Commodore Amiga Janus UAE, Emumiga, n/a UAE, UAE,
Games Emulation Japanese MSX MSX2 JS based MSX Online,
Games Emulation Mattel Intelivision
Games Emulation Mattel Colecovision and Adam
Games Emulation Milton Bradley (MB) Vectrex JS based Vectrex Online,
Games Emulation Nintendo Gameboy vba no sound, JS based Gameboy Online, vba
Games Emulation Nintendo NES EmiNES, Nes Online, Fceu, vNes Online, AmiNES, darcNES, amines
Games Emulation Nintendo SNES Zsnes, ? warpsnes Snes9x,
Games Emulation Nintendo N64 Mupen64+, Mupen64+, ? ?
Games Emulation NEC PC Engine ? Hugo, Mednafen, tgemu
Games Emulation Sega Master System (SMS) Dega, sms, osmose
Games Emulation Sega Genesis/Megadrive gp no sound, DGen, Genplus, genesisplus
Games Emulation Sega Saturn ? Yabause,
Games Emulation Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81 ? ?
Games Emulation Sinclair Spectrum Fuse (crackly sound), SimCoupe, FBZX slow, Speccy Online, Asp, Speculator, X128, [3]
Games Emulation Sinclair QL ? QDOS4amiga
Games Emulation SNK NeoGeo Pocket gngeo, NeoPop,
Games Emulation Sony PlayStation FPSE, FPSE
Games Emulation Tangerine Oric and Atmos Oricutron Oricutron Oricutron
Games Emulation TI 99/4 99/4A ? TI4Amiga
Games Emulation HP 38G 40GS 48 49G/50G] Graphing Calculators
Games Emulation TI 58 83 84 86 - 89 92 Graphing Calculators
MB Milton Bradley Vextrex Vectrex OpenGL,


Wiki of Port Requests, a linux list of rpg Ports.

If any games rely on SDL then the following should entered in the shell before CLI based starting of game or far better using ToolTypes.

changetaskpri -1

Games AROS(x86) Amiga OS3(68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Games Action - Thrust, Worms,
Games Adventure DMJ, [4], Aquaria*(openGL), Infocom, Zork Online. Sierra Sarien, Dragon History for ScummVM,
Games Board [5], Various,
Games Cards Reko Online, Reko,
Games Misc [6], Various HTML5 Games,
Games FPS Doom, Quake, Quake 3 Arena (OpenGL), Cube (OpenGL), Assault Cube (OpenGL), Cube 2 Sauerbraten (OpenGL), FodQuake QuakeWorld, Duke Nukem 3D, Darkplaces Nexuiz Xonotic, Doom 3 SDL (OpenGL), Hexenworld and Hexen 2, Aliens vs Predator Gold 2000 (openGL), [ Odamex (openGL doom)], Doom, Quake, AB3D, Fears, Breathless, Doom, Quake, Doom, Quake, Quake 3 Arena,
Games MMORG Eternal Lands (OpenGL), ? ? ?
Games Platform [7], Maze of Galious, Gish*(openGL), Mega Mario,

Giana's Return, Sqrxz, Sqrxz 2, Sqrxz 3, Sqrxz 4, Cave Story,

Games Puzzle [8], Cubosphere (OpenGL), Candy Crisis, Blast Guy Bomberman clone, TailTale,

Best 30 HTML5 Casual Games, Online DHTML Lemmings,

Games Racing (Trigger Rally, VDrift, Ultimate Stunts, Mania Drive, ) Super Tux Kart (OpenGL), F1 Spirit (OpenGL), MultiRacer, Speed Dreams, [9], TORCS,
Games RPG GemRB, nethack, BOH, PA RPG, DNT, Arx Libertatis, Phantasie, Faery Tale, D&D ones, Dungeon Master,
Games Shoot Em Ups Formido, Violetland, Open Tyrian, Starfighter, Alien Blaster, Starfighter,
Games Simulations Freespace 2, GL117, Theme Hospital, Rollercoaster Tycoon, Hedgewars, SimCity, SimAnt, Sim Hospital, Theme Park, [10]
Games Strategy RTSgus, Wargus, Stargus, MegaGlest (OpenGL), UFO:AI (OpenGL), Epiar OpenGL, C&C Html5, FreeCiv, HTML5 FreeCiv, [11]
Games Sandbox Minecraft(TM) Craft, [ Minetest], [ infiniminer],


Education AROS(x86) Amiga OS3 (68k) AmigaOS4(PPC) MorphOS(PPC)
Languages Fun School,
Mathematics (Xcas, etc), mathX Maple V, mathX, Fun School, GCSE Maths, [ ], [ ], [ ], Yacas Yacas
Classroom Aids
Skills Builder

* Commercial product.

Application Guides[edit]

The Look[edit]

Screen Blanker[edit]

Most blankers on the amiga (ie aros) run as commodities (they are in the tools/commodities drawer). Double click on blanker.

Control is with an app called Exchange, which you need to run first (double click on app) or run QUIET sys:tools/commodities/Exchange >NIL: but subsequently can use (Cntrl Alt h).

Icon tool types (may be broken) or command line options


Once the timing is right then add the following to s:icaros-sequence or s:user-startup

eg for 5 minutes

run QUIET sys:tools/commodities/Blanker seconds=300 >NIL:


Garshneblanker can make Aros unstable or slow. Certain blankers crashes in Icaros 2.0.x like Dragon, Executor.

Acuario AROS version, the aquarium screen saver.

Startup: extras:acuariofv-aros/acuario

Kill: c:break name=extras:acuariofv-aros/acuario

Managed to start Acuario by the Executor blanker.

cx_popkey=    ie CX_POPKEY="Shift F1" 
cx_popup=Yes or No

 Qualifier String    Input Event Class
   ----------------    -----------------
    "lshift"           IEQUALIFIER_LSHIFT
    "rshift"           IEQUALIFIER_RSHIFT
    "capslock"         IEQUALIFIER_CAPSLOCK
    "control"          IEQUALIFIER_CONTROL
    "lalt"             IEQUALIFIER_LALT
    "ralt"             IEQUALIFIER_RALT
    "lcommand"         IEQUALIFIER_LCOMMAND
    "rcommand"         IEQUALIFIER_RCOMMAND
    "numericpad"       IEQUALIFIER_NUMERICPAD
    "repeat"           IEQUALIFIER_REPEAT
    "midbutton"        IEQUALIFIER_MIDBUTTON
    "rbutton"          IEQUALIFIER_RBUTTON
    "leftbutton"       IEQUALIFIER_LEFTBUTTON
    "relativemouse"    IEQUALIFIER_RELATIVEMOUSE

    Synonym     Synonym
    String     Identifier
    -------    ----------
    "shift"    IXSYM_SHIFT    /* look for either shift key */
    "caps"     IXSYM_CAPS     /* look for either shift key or capslock */
    "alt"      IXSYM_ALT      /* look for either alt key */

Highmap is one of the following strings:
    "space", "backspace", "tab", "enter", "return", "esc", "del",
    "up", "down", "right", "left", "f1", "f2", "f3", "f4", "f5",
    "f6", "f7", "f8", "f9", "f10", "help".

unzip and copy the folder and info icon to Utilities folder

PATH sys:Utilities/WeatherBar ADD
run >nil: lua:amilua weatherforecast.lua

or wbstartup drawer (directory) to start automatically

run QUIET sys:tools/commodities/DepthMenu >NIL:

to make it easy to get to the window you need

Web Browser[edit]

Fab's Odyssey OWB[edit]

If you have 1gb of memory or more, copy the browser drawer (directory) to ram and run the browser environment there - saves hard disk wear and tear

With 2.1, drag the OWB drawer (directory) from Utilities to the RAM Disk icon on the desktop. Double click on the RAM Disk to open and again on the OWB icon. Right click on the OWB app and select WB Run option from the list shown.

With Icaros 2.0.x, you can use Magellan to copy sys:utilities/owb drawer (directory) to ram: (there is a right mouse click option to do this). Open the RAM Disk and go into the recently copied OWB drawer directory in the RAM Disk: and right mouse click on the OWB app and select WB Run to start the web browser in memory.

With older Icaros - Create User-Startup text file or add the following to this file in SYSːs drawer... i.e. creating a script

stack 100000

; using AspireOS 1.xx 
; copy FROM SYS:Extras/Networking/Odyssey_Web_Browser/ TO RAM:OWB ALL CLONE > Nil:

; using Icaros Desktop 1.x (line below may need further editing by removing the ; below) 
; copy FROM SYS:Tools/Odyssey_Web_Browser/ TO RAM:OWB ALL CLONE > Nil:

; using IcarosDesktop 2.0 
; copy FROM SYS:Utilities/OWB/ TO RAM:OWB ALL CLONE > Nil:

run OWB > Nil:

Slow internet experience can be improved by deleting cookies.db

Even simpler, add ezdownload.js to the scripts list just like youtube.js next. To use Youtube, OWB Settings->Scripts add youtube.js and then each Youtube play website will show a series of numbers. First set are for download, next with Flash and finally without Flash. It should highlight which are which.

The higher the number the better the quality and size. Numbers seem to go in order from a series of flv files, to a series of vp8 and finally h264 files. Google likes breaking Youtube support often and new .js scripts sometimes appear.


Magellan has a great FTP module. It allows transferring files from/to a FTP server over the Internet or the local network and, even if FTP is perceived as a "thing of the past", its usability is all inside the client. The FTP thing has a nice side effect too, since every Icaros machine can be a FTP server as well, and our files can be easily transfered from a Icaros machine to another with a little configuration effort.

First of all, we need to know the 'server' IP address. Server is the Icaros machine with the file we are about to download on another Icaros machine, that we're going to call 'client'. To do that, move on the server machine and 1) run Prefs/Services to be sure "FTP file transfer" is enabled (if not, enable it and restart Icaros); 2) run a shell and enter this command:

ifconfig -a

Make a note of the IP address for the network interface used by the local area network. For cabled devices, it usually is net0:. Now go on the client machine and run Magellan:

Perform these actions: 1) click on FTP; 2) click on ADDRESS BOOK; 3) click on "New". You can now add a new entry for your Icaros server machine:

1) Choose a name for your server, in order to spot it immediately in the address book. Enter the IP address you got before.

2) click on Custom Options:

1) go to Miscellaneous in the left menu;

2) Ensure "Passive Transfers" is NOT selected;

3) click on Use. We need to deactivate Passive Transfers because YAFS, the FTP server included in Icaros, only allows active transfers at the current stage. Now, we can finally connect to our new file source:

1) Look into the address book for the newly introduced server, be sure that name and IP address are right, and

2) click on Connect. A new lister with server's "MyWorkspace" contents will appear. You can now transfer files over the network choosing a destination among your local (client's) volumes.

Can be adapted to any FTP client on any platform of your choice, just be sure your client allows Active Transfers as well.


SimpleMail supports IMAP and appears to work with GMail, but it's never been reliable enough, it can crash with large mailboxes.

YAM is POP3 only.

One of the downsides of using a POP3 mailer unfortunately - you have to set an option not to delete the mail if you want it left on the server. IMAP keeps all the emails on the server.

Possible issues

Sending mail issues is probably a matter of using your ISP's SMTP server, though it could also be an SSL issue.

getting a "Couldn't initialise TLSv1 / SSL error

SimpleMail email client[edit]

Please read more on this User list


Be sure to activate the pop3 usage in your gmail account setup / configuration first.

pop3: Use SSL: Yes Port: 995

smtp: (with authentication) Use Authentication: Yes Use SSL: Yes Port: 465 or 587

Hotmail/MSN/outlook/Microsoft Mail[edit]
mid-2017, all accounts will be migrated to Office 365 / Exchange 

Most users are currently on POP which does not allow showing folders and many other features (technical limitations of POP3). With Microsoft IMAP you will get folders, sync read/unread, and show flags. You still won't get push though, as Microsoft has not turned on the IMAP Idle command as at Sept 2013.

If you want to try it, you need to first remove (you can't edit) your pop account (long-press the account on the accounts screen, delete account). Then set it up this way:

1. Email/Password 2. Manual 3. IMAP 4.

  • Incoming:, port 993, SSL/TLS should be checked
  • Outgoing:, port 587, SSL/TLS should be checked
  • POP server name, port 995, POP encryption method SSL

Yahoo Mail[edit]

On April 24th, 2002 Yahoo ceased to offer POP access to its free mail service. Introducing instead a yearly payment feature, allowing users POP3 and IMAP server support, along with such benefits as larger file attachment sizes and no adverts.

Sorry to see Yahoo leaving its users to cough up for the privilege of accessing their mail. Understandable, when competing against rivals such as Gmail and Hotmail who hold a large majority of users and were hacked in 2014 as well.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server

  • Server -
  • Port - 993
  • Requires SSL - Yes

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server

  • Server -
  • Port - 465 or 587
  • Requires SSL - Yes
  • Requires authentication - Yes

Your login info

  • Email address - Your full email address (
  • Password - Your account's password
  • Requires authentication - Yes

Note that you need to enable “Web & POP Access” in your Yahoo Mail account to send and receive Yahoo Mail messages through any other email program.

You will have to enable “Allow your Yahoo Mail to be POPed” under “POP and Forwarding”, to send and receive Yahoo mails through any other email client.

Cannot be done since 2002 unless the customer pays Yahoo a subscription subs fee to have access to SMTP and POP3

  • Set the POP server for incoming mails as You will have to enable “SSL” and use 995 for Port.
  • “Account Name or Login Name” – Your Yahoo Mail ID i.e. your email address without the domain “”.
  • “Email Address” – Your Yahoo Mail address i.e. your email address including the domain “”. E.g.
  • “Password” – Your Yahoo Mail password.

Yahoo! Mail Plus users may have to set POP server as and SMTP server as

  • Set the SMTP server for outgoing mails as You will also have to make sure that “SSL” is enabled and use 465 for port. you must also enable “authentication” for this to work.


This email client is POP3 only if the SSL library is available YAM Freelists

Use of on-line e-mail accounts with this email client is not possible as it lacks the OpenSSL AmiSSl v3 compatible library 


Incoming Mail (POP3) Server - requires SSL: Use SSL: Yes Port: 995

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - requires TLS: (use authentication) Use Authentication: Yes Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL) Port: 465 or 587

Account Name: your Gmail username (including '') Email Address: your full Gmail email address ( Password: your Gmail password

Anyway, the SMTP is port 465 and it uses SSLLv3 Authentication. The POP3 settings are for the same server (, only on port 995 instead. access[edit] SMTP server address: SMTP user name: Your full email address (not an alias) SMTP password: Your password SMTP port: 587 SMTP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes 

Yahoo Mail[edit]
“POP3 Server” – Set the POP server for incoming mails as You will have to enable “SSL” and use 995 for Port.
“SMTP Server” – Set the SMTP server for outgoing mails as You will also have to make sure that “SSL” is enabled and use 465 for port. you must also enable “authentication” for this to work.
“Account Name or Login Name” – Your Yahoo Mail ID i.e. your email address without the domain “”.
“Email Address” – Your Yahoo Mail address i.e. your email address including the domain “”. E.g.
“Password” – Your Yahoo Mail password.

Yahoo! Mail Plus users may have to set POP server as and SMTP server as

Note that you need to enable “Web & POP Access” in your Yahoo Mail account to send and receive Yahoo Mail messages through any other email program.

You will have to enable “Allow your Yahoo Mail to be POPed” under “POP and Forwarding”, to send and receive Yahoo mails through any other email client.

Cannot be done since 2002 unless the customer pays Yahoo a monthly fee to have access to SMTP and POP3

Microsoft Outlook Express Mail[edit]

1. Get the files to your PC. By whatever method get the files off your Amiga onto your PC. In the YAM folder you have a number of different folders, one for each of your folders in YAM. Inside that is a file usually some numbers such as 332423.283. YAM created a new file for every single email you received.

2. Open up a brand new Outlook Express. Just configure the account to use as mail servers. It doesnt really matter. You will need to manually create any subfolders you used in YAM.

3. You will need to do a mass rename on all your email files from YAM. Just add a .eml to the end of it. Amazing how PCs still rely mostly on the file name so it knows what sort of file it is rather than just looking at it! There are a number of multiple renamers online to download and free too.

4. Go into each of your folders, inbox, sent items etc. And do a select all then drag the files into Outlook Express (to the relevent folder obviously) Amazingly the file format that YAM used is very compatible with .eml standard and viola your emails appear. With correct dates and working attachments.

5. If you want your email into Microsoft Outlook. Open that up and create a new profile and a new blank PST file. Then go into File Import and choose to import from Outlook Express. And the mail will go into there. And viola.. you have your old email from your Amiga in a more modern day format.

Instant Messaging IM[edit]

IRC Internet Relay Chat[edit]

Just type a message in lowercase' letters and it will be posted to all in the AROS channel. Please do not use UPPER CASE as it is a sign of SHOUTING which is annoying.

Other things to type in - replace <message> with a line of text and <nick> with a person's name



/whois <nick>

/msg <nick> <message>

/query <nick> 

/away <message>

/quit <going away message> 

Intro guide here.

IRC Primer can be found here in html, TXT, PostScript.

Issue the command /me <text> where <text> is the text that should follow your nickname. Example: /me slaps ajk around a bit with a large trout

/nick <newNick>

/nickserv register <password> <email address>

/ns instead of /nickserv, while others might need /msg nickserv

/nickserv identify <password>

Alternatives: /ns identify <password> /msg nickserv identify <password>


WookieChat is the most complete internet client for communication across the IRC Network. WookieChat allows you to swap ideas and communicate in real-time, you can also exchange Files, Documents, Images and everything else using the application's DCC capabilities.

add smilies drawer/directory

run wookiechat from the shell and set stack to 1000000 eg. wookiechat stack 1000000

select a server / server window

  • nickname
  • user name
  • real name - optional

Once you configure the client with your preferred screen name, you'll want to find a channel to talk in.


  • New Server - click on this to add / add extra - change details in section below ths click box
  • New Group
  • Delete Entry
  • Connect to server
  • connect in new tab
  • perform on connect

Change details

  • Servername - change text in this box to one of the below Server:
  • Port number - no need to change
  • Server password
  • Channel - add #channel from below
  • auto join - can click this
  • nick registration password,

Click Connect to server button above

Channel: #aros


Channel: #amigaworld or #amigans 
On Sunday evenings USA time usually starting around 3PM EDT (1900 UTC)
Channel #team*amiga  
BitlBee and Minbif are IRCd-like gateways to multiple IM networks
Port 6667 
Seems to be most useful on WookieChat as you can be connected to several servers at once. One for Bitlbee and any messages that might come through that. One for your normal IRC chat server. 

Other servers,

  1. - (IPv6: 2002:5511:1356:0:216:17ff:fe84:68a) - Ports 6660-6669 7001 (SSL)

Multiple server support
"Perform on connect" scripts and channel auto-joins
Automatic Nickserv login
Tabs for channels and private conversations
Incoming and Outgoing DCC SEND file transfers
Colours for different events
Logging and automatic reloading of logs
mIRC colour code filters
Configurable timestamps
GUI for changing channel modes easily
Configurable highlight keywords
URL Grabber window
Optional outgoing swear word filter
Event sounds for tabs opening, highlighted words, and private messages
DCC CHAT support
Doubleclickable URL's
Support for multiple languages using LOCALE
Clone detection
Auto reconnection to Servers upon disconnection
Command aliases
Chat display can be toggled between AmIRC and mIRC style
Counter for Unread messages
Graphical nicklist and graphical smileys with a popup chooser


Double click on Aircos icon in Extras:Networking/Apps/Aircos. It has been set up with a guest account for trial purposes. Though ideally, choose a nickname and password for frequent use of irc.


Jabberwocky is ideal for one-to-one social media communication, use IRC if you require one to many. You sign up to a server that someone else has setup and access chat services through them. Servers are setup and close down at random so see the below lists for current servers.

The two ways to access chat from jabberwocky

Jabberwocky -> Server -> XMPP -> open and ad-free 
Jabberwocky -> Server -> Transports (Gateways) -> Proprietary closed systems 

The service connects with all IM services that use XMPP, the open standard for instant messaging and presence over the Internet. The services we connect with include Google Talk (closed), Live Journal Talk, Nimbuzz, Ovi, and thousands more. However, you can not connect from to proprietary services like AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype, or Yahoo because they don’t yet use XMPP components (XEP-0114) but you can use's servers and IM gateways (MSN, ICQ, Yahoo etc) instead.

The best way to use jabberwocky is in conjunction with a public jabber server with transports to your favorite services, like gtalk, facebook, yahoo, ICQ, AIM, etc.

You have to register with one of the servers, gateway list with icons, this list or another list, this security XMPP list,

Unfortunately jabberwocky can only connect to one server at a time so it is best to check what services each server offers, see above lists. If you set it up with separate facebook and google talk accounts, for example, sometimes you'll only get one or the other.

Jabberwocky open a window where the Jabber server part is typed in as well as your Nickname and Password.

Jabber ID (JID) identifies you to the server and other users.

Once registered the next step is to goto Jabberwocky's "Windows" menu and select the "Agents" option. The "Agents List" window will open.

Roster (contacts list)

Chatrooms (MUC) are available

File Transfer - can send and receive files through the Jabber service but not with other services like IRC, ICQ, AIM or Yahoo. All you need is an installed webbrowser and OpenURL.

Clickable URLs - The message window uses Mailtext.mcc and you can set a URL action in the MUI mailtext prefs like SYS:Utils/OpenURL %s NEWWIN.

There is no consistent Skype like (H.323 VoIP) video conferencing available over Jabber. The move from xmpp to Jingle should help but no support on any amiga-like systems at the moment. AmiPhone and Speak Freely was an early attempt voice only contact. SIP and Asterisk are other PBX options.


If you're using the XMPP transport provided by facebook themselves,, it looks like they're now requiring SSL transport. This means jabberwocky method below will no longer work. The best thing to do is to create an ID on a public jabber server which has a facebook gateway.

1. launch jabberwocky
2. if the login window doesn't appear on launch, select 'account' from the jabberwocky menu
3. your jabber ID will be where user is your user ID
4. your password is your normal facebook password
5. to save this for next time, click the popup gadget next to the ID field

6. click the 'add' button
7. click the 'close' button
8. click the 'connect' button

you're done. you can also click the 'save as default account' button if you want. jabberwocky configured to auto-connect when launching the program, but you can configure as you like. there is amigaguide documentation included with jabberwocky.

Read more here

for facebook users, you can log-in directly to facebook with jabberwocky. just sign in as with your facebook password as the password


For a few years, there has been added a twitter transport. Servers include, and .

An How-to

Read more


no support at the moment best to use a web browser based client


The new version (beta) of StriCQ uses a newer ICQ protocol. Most of the ICQ Jabber Transports still use an older ICQ protocol. You can only talk one-way to StriCQ using the older Transports. Only the newer ICQv7 Transport lets you talk both ways to StriCQ. Look at the server lists in the first section to check.

Register on a Jabber server, e.g. this one works: Then login into Jabberwocky with the following login data e.g. / Password: xxx Now add your ICQ account under the window->Agents->"Register". Now Jabberwocky connects via the server with your ICQ account.

Yahoo Messenger[edit]

although yahoo! does not use xmpp protocol, you should be able to use the transport methods to gain access and post your replies

early months of 2013 Microsoft will ditch MSN Messenger client and force everyone to use Skype...
but MSN protocol and servers will keep working as usual for quite a long time.... 

Occasionally the Messenger servers have been experiencing problems signing in. You may need to sign in at and then try again. It may also take multiple tries to sign in. (This also affects you if you’re using Skype.)

You have to check each servers' Agents List to see what transports (MSN protocol, ICQ protocol, etc) are supported or use the list address' provided in the section above. Then register with each transport (IRC, MSN, ICQ, etc) to which you need access. After registering you can Connect to start chatting. should appear in the window.

From this JW group guide which helps with this process in a clear, step by step procedure.

1. Sign up on MSN's site for a passport account. This typically involves getting a Hotmail address.

2. Log on to the Jabber server of your choice and do the following:

  • Select the "Windows/Agents" menu option in Jabberwocky.
  • Select the MSN Agent from the list presented by the server.
  • Click the Register button to open a new window asking for:
    • Username = passort account email address, typically your hotmail address.
    • Nick = Screen name to be shown to anyone you add to your buddy list.
    • Password = Password for your passport account/hotmail address.
  • Click the Register button at the bottom of the new window.

3. If all goes well, you will see the MSN Gateway added to your buddy list. If not, repeat part 2 on another server. Some servers may show MSN in their list of available agents, but have not updated their software for the latest protocols used by MSN.

4. Once you are registered, you can now add people to your buddy list. Note that you need to include the msn. ahead of the servername so that it knows what gateway agent to use. Some servers may use a slight variation and require msg.gate. before the server name, so try both to see what works.

If my friend's msn was and my jabber server was then

or another the trick to import MSN contacts is that you don't type the hotmail URL but the passport URL... eg. Instead of: You type: And the thing about importing contacts I'm afraid you'll have to do it by hand, one at the time...

Google Talk[edit]

any XMPP server will work, but you have to add your contacts manually. a google talk user is typically either or a true gtalk transport is nice because it brings your contacts to you and (can) also support file transfers to/from google talk users.

implement Jingle a set of extensions to the IETF's Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)

support ended early 2014 as Google moved to Google+ Hangouts which uses it own proprietary format



Many of the menu features (such as doubling) do not work with the current version of mplayer but using


mplayer -vf scale=800:600 file.avi


mplayer -vf scale=854:480 file.avi

if you want gui use;

mplayer -gui 1 <other params> file.avi

stack 1000000

; using AspireOS 1.xx 
; copy FROM SYS:Extras/Multimedia/MPlayer/ TO RAM:MPlayer ALL CLONE > Nil:

; using Icaros Desktop 1.x 
; copy FROM SYS:Tools/MPlayer/ TO RAM:MPlayer ALL CLONE > Nil:

; using Icaros Desktop 2.x 
; copy FROM SYS:Utilities/MPlayer/ TO RAM:MPlayer ALL CLONE > Nil:

cd RAM:MPlayer
run MPlayer -gui > Nil:
;run MPlayer -gui -ao ahi_dev -playlist > Nil: 

On-line Internet Audio Radio Stations[edit]
MPlayer - Menu - Open Playlist and load already downloaded .pls or .m3u file - auto starts around 4 percent cache 
MPlayer - Menu - Open Stream and copy one of the .pls lines below into space allowed, press OK and press play button on main gui interface 

Old 8bit 16bit remixes chip tune game music

BBC Radio streams

Change the Mime-Types in Odyssey (Settings -> Preferences -> Mime Types)

check if you have "MIME Types -> video/flv" set as:

Extension: flv
Viewer: [your path to MPlayer here]
-cache 8192 %l

And the same for the other video filetypes.

Also, on OWN's Settings Content tab, check "Allow plugins".

If it still doesn't work, you can try to delete your OWB prefs/settings and start from scratch.


Although usually already installed, you can uncompress the timidity.tar.gz (14MB) into a suitable drawer like below's SYS:Extras/Audio/

assign timidity: SYS:Extras/Audio/timidity

added to SYSːs/User-Startup

MIDI files are essentially a steams of event data. An event can be many things, but typically "note on", "note off", "program change", "controller change", type messages that instruct a MIDI compatible synth how to play a given bit of music. A midi file typically contains music that plays on up to 16 channels (as per the midi standard), but many notes can simultaneously play on each channel (depending on the limit of the midi hardware playing it).

Generally, MODs are similar in that they contain note on/off and other sequence messages that control the mod player. Unlike (most) midi files, however, they also contain sound samples that the sequence information actually plays. MOD files can have many channels (classic amiga mods have 4, corresponding to the inbuilt sound channels), but unlike MIDI, each channel can typically play only one note at once. However, since that note might be a sample of a chord, a drumloop or other complex sound, this is not as limiting as it sounds.

MP3 is much more flexible than MOD but larger. MP3 "supports" (plays) just not only MODs but SID/AHX/XM/IT/whatever formats...

In fact when considering file size MOD is not the best option. Even a dummy song wastes few kilobytes for nothing when a simple SID tune could be few hundreds bytes and not bigger than 64kB. AHX is another small format, AHX tunes are never larger than 64kB excluding comments.

Support for the following modules formats:
669 (Composer 669, Unis 669), 
AMF (DSMI Advanced Module Format), 
AMF (ASYLUM Music Format V1.0), 
APUN (APlayer), DSM (DSIK internal format), 
FAR (Farandole Composer), 
GDM (General DigiMusic), 
IT (Impulse Tracker), 
IMF (Imago Orpheus), 
MOD (15 and 31 instruments), 
MED (OctaMED), 
MTM (MultiTracker Module editor), 
OKT (Amiga Oktalyzer), 
S3M (Scream Tracker 3), 
STM (Scream Tracker), 
STX (Scream Tracker Music Interface Kit), 
ULT (UltraTracker), 
UNI (MikMod), 
XM (FastTracker 2),
Ogg (Vorbis audio format),
Flac (Flac audio format) 
Wav (wav audio format)
Mid (midi format via timidity)
Mp3 (mp3 format also added)

Frying Pan[edit]

backup dvds (4GB ISO size limit due to use of FileInfoBlock), create audio cds from mp3's, and put .iso files on discs

If using for the first time - click Drive button and Device set to ata.device and unit to 0 (zero)

Click Tracks Button - Drive 1 - Create New Disc or Import Existing Disc Image (iso bin/cue etc) - Session File open cue file

If you're making a data cd, with files and drawers from your hard drive, you should be using the ISO Builder.. which is the MUI page on the left. ("Data/Audio Tracks" is on the right).

You should use the "Data/Audio tracks" page if you want to create music cds with AIFF/WAV/MP3 files, or if you download an .iso file, and you want to put it on a cd.

Click WRITE Button - set write speed - click on long Write button


Easiest way would be to burn a DATA CD, simply go to "Tracks" page "ISO Builder" and "ADD" everything you need to burn.

On the "Write" page i have "Masterize Disc (DAO)", "Close Disc" and "Eject after Write" set.

One must not "Blank disc before write" if one uses a CDR

AUDIO CD from MP3's are as easy but tricky to deal with. FP only understands one MP3 format, Layer II, everything else will just create empty tracks

Burning bootable CD's works only with .iso files. Go to "Tracks" page and "Data/Audio Tracks" and add the .iso

Audio Evolution 4[edit]

The number of tracks per project(s) is unlimited .... AHI limits you to recording only two at a time. ie not on 8 track sound cards like the Juli@ or Phase 88.

Set Up[edit]
AHI Unit 0, 1, 2, 3 set up

Most apps use the Music Unit only but a few apps also use Unit (0-3) instead or as well.

  • Set up AHI prefs so that microphone is available. (Input option near the bottom)

stereo++ allows the audio piece to be placed anywhere and the left-right adjusted to sound positionally right

hifi best for music playback if driver supports this option






Advanced settings - Debugging via serial port


Morphos recording vinyl LPs records,

  • Options -> Soundcard In/Out
  • Options -> SampleRate
  • Options -> Preferences

F6 for Sample File List

Setting a grid is easy as is measuring the BPM by marking a section of the sample. Is your kick drum track "not in time" ? If so, you're stumped in AE4 as it has no fancy variable time signatures and definitely no 'track this dodgy rhythm' function like software of the nature of Logic has. So if your drum beat is freeform you will need to work in freeform mode. (Real music is free form anyway).

If the drum *is* accurate and you are just having trouble measuring the time, I usually measure over a range of bars and set the number of beats in range to say 16 as this is more accurate, Then you will need to shift the drum track to match your grid *before* applying the grid. (probably an iterative process as when the grid is active samples snap to it, and when inactive you cannot see it).

AE4 does have ARexx but the functions are more for adding samples at set offsets and starting playback / recording.

DAW Workflow[edit]

These are the usual features found in DAWs...

  • Recording digital audio, midi sequencer and mixer
  • virtual VST instruments and plug-ins
  • automation, group channels, MIDI channels, FX sends and returns, audio and MIDI editors and music notation editor

  • different track views
  • mixer and track layout (but not the same as below)
  • traditional two windows (track and mixer)

creating a synthesizer or effect from various "primitive" elements and then using the result in a manner little different than one uses any synthesizer or effect

  • during the first your role is that of the instrument creator
  • during the second your role is that of the instrument player

"patches" to "generate" sound, and/or to process sound. You can combine previously created processing or generator elements to create new processing or generating elements but the results are still distinctly processing or generating

assemble a personal collection of sound objects

written road maps relating patchbay points, outboard gear, and audio interface I/O

Mixing - mixdown

Could not figure out how to select what part I wanted to send to the aux, set it to echo and return back. Pretty much the whole echo effect. Or any effect.

Take look at page17 of the manual.

When you open the EQ / Aux send popup window you will see 4 sends. Now from the menu choose the windows menu.

Menus->Windows-> Aux Returns Window

or press F5

You will see a small window with 4 volume controls and an effects button for each. Click a button and add an effects to that aux channel, then set it up as desired (note the reverb effect has a spacial AUX setting that improves it's use with the aux channel, not compulsory but highly useful). You set the amount of 'return' on the main mix in the Aux Return window, and the amount sent from each main mixer channel in the popup for that channel. Again the aux sends are "prefade" so the volume faders on each channel do not affect them.


Effects - fade in

To add some echoes to some vocals, tried to add an effect on a track but did not come out. This is made more complicated as I wanted to mute a vocal but then make it echo at the muting point. Want to have one word of a vocal heard and then echoed off. But when the track is mute the echo is cancelled out.

To correctly under stand what is happening here you need to study the figure at the bottom of page 15 on the manual. You will see from that that the effects are applied 'prefade' So the automation you applied will naturally mute the entire signal.

There would be a number of ways to achieve the goal,

You have three real time effects slots, one for smoothing like so

Sample -> Amplify -> Delay

Then automate the gain of the amplify block so that it effectively mutes the sample just before the delay at the appropriate moment, the echo effect should then be heard.

Getting the effects in the right order will require experimentation as they can only be added top down and it's not obvious which order they are applied to the signal, but there only two possibilities, so it wont take long to find out.

Using MUTE can cause clicks to the Amplify can be used to mute more smoothly so that's a secondary advantage.

Signal Processing -




simplified typical workflow

  • importing and organizing and photo management
  • making global and regional local correction(s) - recalculation is necessary after each adjustment as it is not in real-time
  • exporting your images in the best format available with the preservation of metadata

Whilst achieving 80% of a great photo with just a filter, the remaining 20% comes from a manual fine-tuning of specific image attributes.

For photojournalism, documentary, and event coverage, minimal touching is recommended. Stick to Camera Raw for such shots, and limit changes to level adjustment, sharpness, noise reduction, and white balance correction.

For fashion or portrait shoots, a large amount of adjustment is allowed and usually ends up far from the original. Skin smoothing, blemish removal, eye touch-ups, etc. are common. Might alter the background a bit to emphasize the subject.

Product photography usually requires a lot of sharpening, spot removal, and focus stacking.

For landscape shots, best results are achieved by doing the maximum amount of preparation before/while taking the shot. No amount of processing can match timing, proper lighting, correct gear, optimal settings, etc. Excessive post-processing might give you a dramatic shot but best avoided in the long term.

  • White Balance - Left Amiga or F12 and K and under "Misc color effects" tab with a pull down for White Balance - color temperature also known as AKA tint (movies) or tones (painting) - warm temp raise red reduce green blue - cool raise blue lower red green
  • Exposure - exposure compensation, highlight/shadow recovery
  • Noise Reduction - during RAW development or using external software
  • Lens Corrections - distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations
  • Detail - capture sharpening and local contrast enhancement
  • Contrast - black point, levels (sliders) and curves tools (F12 and K)
  • Framing - straighten () and crop (F12 and F)
  • Refinements - color adjustments and selective enhancements - Left Amiga or F12 and K for RGB and YUV histogram tabs -
  • Resizing - enlarge for a print or downsize for the web or email (F12 and D)
  • Output Sharpening - customized for your subject matter and print/screen size

White Balance - F12 and K

scan your image for a shade which was meant to be white (neutral with each RGB value being equal) like paper or plastic which is in the same light as the subject of the picture. Use the dropper tool to select this color, similar colours will shift and you will have selected the perfect white balance for your part of the image - for the whole picture make sure RAZ or CLR button at the bottom is pressed before applying to the image above.

Exposure correction

F12 and K - YUV Y luminosity - RGB extra red tint - move red curve slightly down and move blue green curves slightly up

Workflows in practice

  • Undo - Right AROS key or F12 and Z
  • Redo - Right AROS key or F12 and R

First flatten your image (if necessary) and then do a rotation until the picture looks level.

  • Crop the picture. Click the selection button and drag a box over the area of the picture you want to keep. Press the crop button and the rest of the photo will be gone.
  • Adjust your saturation, exposure, hue levels, etc, (right AROS Key and K for color correction) until you are happy with the photo. Make sure you zoom in all of the way to 100% and look the photo over, zoom back out and move around. Look for obvious problems with the picture.
  • After coloring and exposure do a sharpen (Right AROS key and E for Convolution and select drop down option needed), eg. set the matrix to 5x5 (roughly equivalent Amount to 60%) and set the Radius to 1.0. Click OK.

And save your picture

Cutting out and/or replacing unwanted background or features - select large areas with the selection option like the Magic Wand tool (aka Color Range) or the Lasso (quick and fast) with feather 2 to soften edge or the pen tool which adds points/lines/Bézier curves (better control but slower), hold down the shift button as you click to add extra points/areas of the subject matter to remove. Increase the tolerance to cover more areas. To subtract from your selection hold down alt as you're clicking.

  • Layer masks are a better way of working than Erase they clip (black hides/hidden white visible/reveal). Clone Stamp can be simulated by and brushes for other areas.
  • Leave the fine details like hair, fur, etc to later with lasso and the shift key to draw a line all the way around your subject. Gradient Mapping - Inverse - Mask. ie. Refine your selected image with edge detection and using the radius and edge options / adjuster (increase/decrease contrast) so that you will capture more fine detail from the background allowing easier removal.

Remove fringe/halo

saving image as png rather than jpg/jpeg to keep transparency background intact.

Combining photos (cut, resize, positioning, lighting/shadows (flips) and colouring) - search out photos where the subjects are positioned in similar environments and perspective, to match up, simply place the cut out section (use Magic Wand and Erase using a circular brush (varied sizes) with the hardness set to 100% and no spacing) over the worked on picture, change the opacity and resize to see how it fits. Clone areas with a soft brush to where edges join, Adjust mid-tones, highlights and shadows.

A panorama is a wide-angled view of a physical space. It is several stable, rotating tripod based photographs with no vertical movement that are stitched together horizontally to create a seamless picture. Grab a reference point about 20%-30% away from the right side, so that this reference point allows for some overlap between your photos when getting to the editing phase.

Spotlights - triange of white opaque shape

HDR image consists of three movement free pictures, one overexposed (too bright), one normal and one under-exposed (too dark). These three are merged in software (over, under and then normal at the bottom) to provide a high dynamic range.

Aging faces - the ears and nose are more pronounced ie keep growing, the eyes are sunken, the neck to jaw ratio decreases, and all the skin shows the impact of years of gravity pulling on it, slim the lips a bit, thinner hairline, removing motion

Implemented colour model representations Mathematical approach - Photo stills are spatially 2d (h and w), but are colorimetrically 3d (r g and b, or H L S, or Y U V etc) as well.

  • RGB - split cubed mapped color model for photos and computer graphics hardware using the light spectrum (adding and subtracting)
  • YUV - Y-Lightness U-blue/yellow V-red/cyan (similar to YPbPr and YCbCr) used in the PAL, NTSC, and SECAM composite digital TV color video

Not implemented

  • HSV/HSB - hue saturation value (brightness) or HSVA with additional alpha transparent (cone of color-nonlinear transformation of RGB)
  • HSL - slightly different to above (spinning top shape)
  • CIE Lab - Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage based on brightness, hue, and colourfulness
  • YCbCr/YCC
  • CMYK CMJN (subtractive) profile is a narrower gamut (range) than any of the digital representations, mostly used for printing printshop, etc
  • Pantone (TM) Matching scale scheme for DTP use


White balanced (neutral) if the spike happens in the same place in each channel of the RGB graphs. If not, you're not balanced. If you have sky you'll see the blue channel further off to the right.

RGB is best one to change colours. These elements RGB is a 3-channel format containing data for Red, Green, and Blue in your photo scale between 0 to 255. The area in a picture that appears to be brighter/whiter contains more red color as compared to the area which is relatively darker. Similarly in the green channel the area that appears to be darker contains less amount of green color as compared to the area that appears to be brighter. Similarly in the blue channel the area appears to be darker contains less amount of blue color as compared to the area that appears to be brighter. Brightness luminance histogram also matches the green histogram more than any other color - human eye interprets green better eg. RGB rough ratio 15/55/30%

RGBA (RGB+A, A means alpha channel) . The alpha channel is used for "alpha compositing", which can mostly be associated as "opacity". AROS deals in RGB with two digits for every color (red, green, blue), in ARGB you have two additional hex digits for the alpha channel.

The shadows are represented by the left third of the graph. The highlights are represented by the right third. And the midtones are, of course, in the middle. The higher the black peaks in the graph, the more pixels are concentrated in that tonal range (total black area). By moving the black endpoint, which identifies the shadows (darkness) and a white light endpoint (brightness) up and down either sides of the graph, colors are adjusted based on these points. By dragging the central one, can increased the midtones and control the contrast, raise shadows levels, clip or softly eliminate unsafe levels, alter gamma, etc... in a way that is much more precise and creative .

RGB Curves

  • Move left endpoint (black point) up or right endpoint (white point) up brightens
  • Move left endpoint down or right endpoint down darkens

Color Curves

  • Dragging up on the Red Curve increases the intensity of the reds in the image but
  • Dragging down on the Red Curve decreases the intensity of the reds and thus increases the apparent intensity of its complimentary color, cyan

(Green’s complimentary color is magenta, and blue’s is yellow.)

YUV Best option to analyse and pull out statistical elements of any picture (ie separate luminance data from color data). The line in Y luma tone box represents the brightness of the image with the point in the bottom left been black, and the point in the top right as white. A low-contrast image has a concentrated clump of values nearer to the center of the graph. By comparison, a high-contrast image has a wider distribution of values across the entire width of the Histogram. A histogram that is skewed to the right would indicate a picture that is a bit overexposed because most of the color data is on the lighter side (increase exposure with higher value F), while a histogram with the curve on the left shows a picture that is underexposed. This is good information to have when using post-processing software because it shows you not only where the color data exists for a given picture, but also where any data has been clipped (extremes on edges of either side): that is, it does not exist and, therefore, cannot be edited. By dragging the endpoints of the line and as well as the central one, can increased the dark/shadows, midtones and light/bright parts and control the contrast, raise shadows levels, clip or softly eliminate unsafe levels, alter gamma, etc... in a way that is much more precise and creative .

The U and V chroma parts show color difference components of the image. It’s useful for checking whether or not the overall chroma is too high, and also whether it’s being limited too much Can be used to create a negative image but also With U (Cb), the higher value you are, the more you're on the blue primary color. If you go to the low values then you're on blue complementary color, i.e. yellow. With V (Cr), this is the same principle but with Red and Cyan. eg. If you push U full blue and V full red, you get magenta. If you push U full yellow and V full Cyan then you get green.

YUV simultaneously adds to one side of the color equation while subtracting from the other. using YUV to do color correction can be very problematic because each curve alters the result of each other: the mutual influence between U and V often makes things tricky. You may also be careful in what you do to avoid the raise of noise (which happens very easily). Best results are obtained with little adjustments

sunset that looks uninspiring and needs some color pop especially for the rays over the hill, a subtle contrast raise while setting luma values back to the legal range without hard clipping.

Implemented/ * would like to see for simplification and ease of use

basic filters (presets) like black and white, monochrome, edge detection (sobel), motion/gaussian blur,

  • negative, sepiatone, retro vintage, night vision, colour tint, color gradient, color temperature, glows, fire, lightning, lens flare, emboss, filmic, pixelate mezzotint, antialias, etc

adjust / cosmetic tools such as crop,

  • reshaping tools, straighten, smear, smooth, perspective, liquify, bloat, pucker, push pixels in any direction, dispersion, transform like warp, blending with soft light, page-curl, whirl, ripple, fisheye, neon, etc
  • red eye fixing, blemish remover, skin smoothing, teeth whitener, make eyes look brighter, desaturate,

effects like oil paint, cartoon, pencil sketch, charcoal, noise/matrix like sharpen/unsharpen, (right AROS key with A for Artistic effects)

  • blend two image, gradient blend, masking blend, explode, implode, custom collage, surreal painting, comic book style, needlepoint, stained glass, watercolor, mosaic, stencil/outline, crayon, chalk, etc

borders such as

  • dropshadow, rounded, blurred, color tint, picture frame, film strip polaroid, bevelled edge, etc

brushes eg

  • frost, smoke, etc

and manual control of

fix lens issues including vignetting (darkening), color fringing and barrel distortion, and chromatic and geometric aberration - lens and body profiles

perspective correction

levels - directly modify the levels of the tone-values of an image, by using sliders for highlights, midtones and shadows

curves - Color Adjustment and Brightness/Contrast

color balance

one single color transparent (alpha channel (color information/selections) for masking and/or blending ) for backgrounds, etc

Threshold indicates how much other colors will be considered mixture of the removed color and non-removed colors

decompose layer into a set of layers with each holding a different type of pattern that is visible within the image

any selection using any selecting tools like lasso tool, marquee tool etc. the selection will temporarily be save to alpha If you create your image without transparency then the Alpha channel is not present, but you can add later.

File formats like .psd (Photoshop file has layers, masks etc contains edited sensor data. The original sensor data is no longer available) .xcf .raw .hdr

Image Picture Formats

  • low dynamic range (JPEG, PNG, TIFF 8-bit), 16-bit (PPM, [ TIFF), typically as a 16-bit TIFF in either ProPhoto or AdobeRGB colorspace - TIFF files are also fairly universal – although, if they contain proprietary data, such as Photoshop Adjustment Layers or Smart Filters, then they can only be opened by Photoshop making them proprietary.
  • llinear high dynamic range (HDR) images (PFM, ILM .EXR, jpg, cr2 (canon tiff based), hdr, NEF, CRW, ARW, MRW, ORF, RAF, PEF, DCR, SRF, ERF, DNG files are RAW converted to an Adobe proprietory format - a container that can embed the raw file as well as the information needed to open it)

There is no single RAW file format. Each camera manufacturer has one or more unique RAW formats. RAW files contain the brightness levels data captured by the camera sensor. This data cannot be modified. A second smaller file, separate XML file, or within a database with instructions for the RAW processor to change exposure, saturation etc. The extra data can be changed but the original sensor data is still there. RAW is technically least compatible.

A raw file is high-bit (usually 12 or 14 bits of information) but a camera-generated TIFF file will be usually converted by the camera (compressed, downsampled) to 8 bits. The raw file has no embedded color balance or color space, but the TIFF has both. These three things (smaller bit depth, embedded color balance, and embedded color space) make it so that the TIFF will lose quality more quickly with image adjustments than the raw file. The camera-generated TIFF image is much more like a camera processed JPEG than a raw file. A strong advantage goes to the raw file. The power of RAW files, such as the ability to set any color temperature non-destructively and will contain more tonal values.

The principle of preserving the maximum amount of information to as late as possible in the process. The final conversion - which will always effectively represent a "downsampling" - should prevent as much loss as possible.

Once you save it as TIFF, you throw away some of that data irretrievably. When saving in the lossy JPEG format, you get tremendous file size savings, but you've irreversably thrown away a lot of image data. As long as you have the RAW file, original or otherwise, you have access to all of the image data as captured.

Free royalty pictures , , ,,


Vector Image Editing of files .svg .ps .eps

AmiFIG (xfig manual)[edit]

Showing all Windows open in AmiFIG.
All windows available to AmiFIG.

for drawing simple to intermediate vector graphic images for scientific and technical uses and for illustration purposes for those with talent

Menu options
  • Load - fig format but import(s) SVG
  • Save - fig format but export(s) eps, ps, pdf, svg and png
  • PAN = Ctrl + Arrow keys
  • Deselect all points

There is no selected object until you apply the tool, and the selected object is not highlighted.

Metrics - to set up page and styles - first window to open on new drawings
Tools - Drawing Primitives - set Attributes window first before clicking any Tools button(s)
  • Shapes - circles, ellipses, arcs, splines, boxes, polygon
  • Lines - polylines
  • Text "T" button
  • Photos - bitmaps
  • Compound - Glue, Break, Scale
  • POINTs - Move, Add, Remove
  • Objects - Move, Copy, Delete, Mirror, Rotate, Paste

use right mouse button to stop extra lines, shapes being formed and the left mouse to select/deselect tools button(s)

  • Rotate - moves in 90 degree turns centered on clicked POINT of a polygon or square
Attributes which provide change(s) to the above primitives
  • Color
  • Line Width
  • Line Style
  • arrowheads

Choose from freehand, charts, figures, magnet, etc

Library - allows .fig clip-art to be stored
  • compound tools to add .fig(s) together

FIG 3.2 Format as produced by xfig version 3.2.5
1200 2
4 0 0 50 -1 0 12 0.0000 4 135 1050 1050 2475 This is a test.01
  1. change the text alignment within the textbox. I can choose left, center, or right aligned by either changing the integer in the second column from 0 (left) to 1 or 2 (center, or right).
  2. The third integer in the row specifies fontcolor. For instance, 0 is black, but blue is 1 and Green3 is 13.
  3. The sixth integer in the bottom row specifies fontface. 0 is Times-Roman, but 16 is Helvetica (a MATLAB default).
  4. The seventh number is fontsize. 12 represents a 12pt fontsize. Changing the fontsize of an item really is as easy as changing that number to 20.
  5. The next number is the counter-clockwise angle of the text. Notice that I have changed the angle to .7854 (pi/4 rounded to four digits=45 degrees).
  6. twelfth number is the position according to the standard “x-axis” in Xfig units from the left. Note that 1200 Xfig units is equivalent to once inch.
  7. thirteenth number is the “y-position” from the top using the same unit convention as before.
  • The nested text string is what you entered into the textbox.
  • The “01″ present at the end of that line in the .fig file is the closing tag. For instance, a change to \100 appends a @ symbol at the end of the period of that sentence.

Just to note there are no layers, no 3d functions, no shading, no transparency, no animation


Pixel based drawing app with nice onion-skin anmation function

youtube movies of DigiCel Flipbook. It becomes quite clear that there is not much missing in Lunapaint to be as good as FlipBook and then you have to take into account that Flipbook is considered to be amongst the best and easiest to use animation software out there. Ok to be honest Flipbook has some nice features that require more heavy work but those aren't so much needed right away, things like camera effects, sound, smart fill, export to different movie file formats etc.

Films like Princess and the Frog and Simpsons the movie is made on this piece of software. It's astonising simplistic when you look at it. But it gets the job done. Just like LunaPaint could. I tried Flipbook with my tablet and compared it to Luna. The feeling is the same when sketching. LunaPaint is very responsive/fluent to draw with. Just as Flipbook is, and that responsiveness is something its users have mentioned as one of the positive sides of said software.

author was learning MUI. Some parts just have to be rewritten with proper MUI classes before new features can be added.

  • add [Frame Add] / [Frame Del]
  • whole animation feature is impossible to use. If you draw 2 color maybe but if you start coloring your cells then you get in trouble
  • pickup the entire image as a brush, not just a selection ? And consequently remove the brush from memory when one doesn't need it anymore. can pick up a brush and put it onto a new image but cropping isn't possible, nor to load/save brushes.
  • Undo is something I longed for ages in Lunapaint.
  • to import into the current layer, other types of images (eg. JPEG) besides RAW64.
  • implement graphic tablet features support


Miss it very much: UNDO ERASER COLORPICKER - has to show on palette too which color got picked. BACKGROUND COLOR -Possibilty to select from "New project screen"

Miss it somewhat: ICON for UNDO ICON for ERASER ICON for CLEAR SCREEN ( What can I say? I start over from scratch very often ) BRUSH - possibilty to cut out as brush not just copy off image to brush


Miss it very much: NUMBER OF CELLS - Possibity to change total no. of cells during project ANIM BRUSH - Possibilty to pick up a selected part of cells into an animbrush

Miss it somewhat: ADD/REMOVE FRAMES: Add/remove single frame

In general LunaPaint is really well done. It feels like I'm using a new DPaint version. It works with my tablet. Sure there's much missing of course but things can always be added over time. So there is great potential in LunaPaint that's for sure. Animations could be made in it and maybe put together in QuickVideo, gif or mng some day.

LAYERS -Layers names doesn't get saved globally in animation frames -Layers order doesn't change globally in an animation. I would want this as default.

EXPORTING IMAGES -Exporting frames to JPG/PNG gives problems with colors. (wrong colors. See my animatiopn --> My robot was blue now it's "gold" ) I think this only happens if you have layers. -Trying to flatten the layers before export doesn't work if you have animation frames only the one you have visible will flatten properly all other frames are destroyed. (Only one of the layers are visible on them) -Exporting images filenames should be fore example file0001, file0002...file0010 instead as of now file1, file2...file10

LOAD/SAVE (Preferences) -Make a setting for the default "Work" folder.

  • Destroyed colors if exported image/frame has layers
  • mystic color cycling of the selected color while stepping frames back/forth (annoying)


Pixel based painting artwork app


Pixel based painting artwork app


  • Y'PbPr is analogue component video
  • YUV is an intermediary step in converting Y'PbPr to S-Video (YC) or composite video
  • Y'CbCr is digital component video.

YUV is an intermediate stage in turning component video into composite video or S-video.

Y'CbCr are the component of digital video, often wrongly called YUV.


Pagestream 3.2 3.3[edit]

Assign PageStream: "Work:PageStream3"
Assign SoftLogik: "PageStream:SoftLogik"
Assign Fonts: "PageStream:SoftLogik/Fonts" ADD

Normally Pagestream Fonts are installed in directory Pagestream3:Fonts/. Next step is to mark the right fonts-path in Pagestream's Systemprefs (don't confuse softlogik.font - this is only a screen-systemfont). Installed them all in a NEW Pagestream/Fonts drawer - every font-family in its own separate directory and marked them in PageStream3/Systemprefs for each family entry. e.g. Project > System Preferences >Fonts. You simply enter the path where the fonts are located into the Default Drawer string. e.g System:PageStream/Fonts Then you click on Add and add a drawer. Then you hit Update. Then you hit Save. The new font(s) are available.

If everything went ok font "triumvirate-normal" should be chosen automatically when typing text. Kerning and leading

Normally, only use postscript fonts (Adobe Type 1 - both metric file .afm or .pfm variant and outline file .pfb) because easier to print to postscript printers and these fonts give the best results and printing is fast! Double sided printing.

CYMK pantone matching system color range support

For long documents you would normally prepare the body text beforehand in a text editor because any DTP package is not suited to this activity (ie slow). Cropping pictures are done outside usually.

Wysiwyg Page setup - Page Size - Landscape or Portrait - Full width bottom left corner

Toolbar - Panel General, Palettes, Text Toolbox and View

Master page (size, borders margin,etc) - Styles (columns, alley, gutter between, etc) ie balance the weight of design and contrast with white space(s) - unity

Text via two methods - click box for text block box which you resize or click I resizing text box frame which resizes itself

Centre picture if resizing horizontally - Toolbox - move to next page and return - grid Structured vector clipart images - halftone - scaling

Table of contents, Header and Footer Back Matter like the glossary, appendices, index, endnotes, and bibliography.

Right Mouse click - Line, Fill, Color -

Spot color

Quick keyboard shortcuts

l - line 
a - alignment 
c - colours 

DTP Design layout to impress an audience

Ignition - Amiga Spreadsheet[edit]

Needs ABIv1 to be completed before more can be done

File formats supported

  • ascii #?.txt and #?.csv (single sheets with data only).
  • igs and TurboCalc(WIP) #?.tc for all sheets with data, formats and formulas.

There is no support for xls, xlsx, ods or uos (Uniform Unified Office Format) at the moment.

  • Always use Esc key after editing Spreadsheet cells.
  • copy/paste seems to copy the first instance only so go to Edit -> Clipboard to manage the list of remembered actions.
  • Right mouse click on row (1 or 2 or 3) or column header (a or b or c) to access optimal height or width of the row or column respectively
  • Edit -> Insert -> Row seems to clear the spreadsheet or clears the rows after the inserted row until undo restores as it should be...

Change Sheet name by Object -> Sheet -> Properties

Click in the cell which will contain the result, and click down arrow button to the right of the formula box at the bottom of the spreadsheet and choose the function required from the list provided. Then click on the start cell and click on the bottom right corner, a very small blob, which allows stretching a bounding box (thick grey outlines) across many cells This grey bounding box can be used to copy a formula to other cells.

Object -> Cell -> Properties to change cell format - Currency only covers DM and not $, Euro, Renminbi, Yen or Pound etc. Shift key and arrow keys selects a range of cells, so that formatting can be done to all highlighted cells. View -> Overview then select ALL with one click (in empty cell in the top left hand corner of the sheet).

Default mode is relative cell referencing e.g. a1+a2 but absolute e.g. $a$1+$a$2 can be entered.

  • #sheet-name to absolute reference another sheet-name cell unless reference() function used.


use shift key and arrow keys to select a bunch of cells to be graph'ed making sure that x axes represents and y axes represents

  • value() - 0 value, 1 percent, 2 date, 3 time, 4 unit ...

  • Excel starts a running count from the 1st Jan 1900 and Ignition starts from 1st Jan 1AD (maybe this needs to change)

Set formatting Object -> Cell -> Properties and put date in days


Set formatting Object -> Cell -> Properties and put time in seconds taken

Database (to be done by someone else)

type - standard, reference (bezug), search criterion (suchkriterium),

  • select a bunch of cells and Object -> Database -> Define to set Datenbank (database) and Felder (fields not sure how?)
  • Neu (new) or loschen (delete) to add/remove database headings e.g Personal, Start Date, Finish Date (one per row?)
  • Object -> Database -> Index to add fields (felder) like Surname, First Name, Employee ID, etc to ?

Filtering done with dbfilter(), dbproduct() and dbposition().

Activities with dbsum(), dbaverage(), dbmin() and dbmax().

Table sorting -

Scripts (Arexx)

Excel(TM) to Ignition - commas , replaced by semi-colons ; to separate values within functions
  • SUM(),
  • AVERAGE(), MAX(), MIN(), INT(), PRODUCT(), MEDIAN(), VAR() becomes Variance(), Percentile(),
  • IF(), AND, OR, NOT
  • LEFT(), RIGHT(), MID() becomes MIDDLE(), LEN() becomes LENGTH(),
  • LOWER() becomes LOWERCASE(), UPPER() becomes UPPERCASE(),
  • DATE(yyyy,mm,dd) becomes COMPUTEDATE(dd;mm;yyyy),
  • EOMONTH() becomes MONTHLENGTH(),
  • NOW() should be date and time becomes time only, SECOND(), MINUTE(), HOUR(),
  • DBSUM() becomes DSUM(),

Missing and possibly useful features/functions needed for ignition to have better support of Excel files

There is no Merge and Join Text over many cells, no protect and/or freeze row or columns or books but can LOCK sheets, no define bunch of cells as a name, Macros (Arexx?), conditional formatting, no Solver, no Goal Seek, no Format Painter, no AutoFill, no AutoSum function button, no pivot tables, (30 argument limit applies to Excel)

  • PMT(), PV(), FV(), POWER(), SQRT(), MODE(), TRUE, FALSE,
  • MODE(), LARGE(), SMALL(), RANK(), STDEV(),

Excel Keyboard shortcuts needed to aid usability in Ignition
Ctrl Z - Undo

Ctrl D - Fill Down
Ctrl R - Fill right

Ctrl F - Find
Ctrl H - Replace 

Ctrl 1 - Formatting of Cells
CTRL SHIFT ~ Apply General Formatting ie a number 
Ctrl ; - Todays Date 

Every ODF file is a collection of several subdocuments within a package (ZIP file), each of which stores part of the complete document.

  • content.xml – Document content and automatic styles used in the content.
  • styles.xml – Styles used in the document content and automatic styles used in the styles themselves.
  • meta.xml – Document meta information, such as the author or the time of the last save action.
  • settings.xml – Application-specific settings, such as the window size or printer information.

To read document follow these steps:

  • Extracting .ods file.
  • Getting content.xml file (which contains sheets data).
  • Creating XmlDocument object from content.xml file.
  • Creating DataSet (that represent Spreadsheet file).
  • With XmlDocument select “table:table” elements, and then create adequate DataTables.
  • Parse child’s of “table:table” element and fill DataTables with those data.
  • At the end, return DataSet and show it in application’s interface.

To write document follow these steps:

  • Extracting template.ods file (.ods file that we use as template).
  • Getting content.xml file.
  • Creating XmlDocument object from content.xml file.
  • Erasing all “table:table” elements from the content.xml file.
  • Reading data from our DataSet and composing adequate “table:table” elements.
  • Adding “table:table” elements to content.xml file.
  • Zipping that file as new .ods file.

XLS file format

The XLS file format contains streams, substreams, and records.

These sheet substreams include worksheets, macro sheets, chart sheets, dialog sheets, and VBA module sheets. All the records in an XLS document start with a 2-byte unsigned integer to specify Record Type (rt), and another for Count of Bytes (cb). A record cannot exceed 8224 bytes. If larger then the rest is stored in one or more continue records.

  • Workbook stream
    • Globals substream
      • BoundSheet8 record - info for Worksheet substream i.e. name, location, type, and visibility. (4bytes the lbPlyPos FilePointer, specifies the position in the Workbook stream where the sheet substream starts)
    • Worksheet substream (sheet) - Cell Table - Row record - Cells (2byte=row 2byte=column 2byte=XF format)
      • Blank cell record
      • RK cell record 32-bit number.
      • BoolErr cell record (2-byte Bes structure that may be either a Boolean value or an error code)
      • Number cell record (64-bit floating-point number)
      • LabelSst cell record (4-byte integer that specifies a string in the Shared Strings Table (SST). Specifically, the integer corresponds to the array index in the RGB field of the SST)
      • Formula cell record (FormulaValue structure in the 8 bytes that follow the cell structure. The next 6 bytes can be ignored, and the rest of the record is a CellParsedFormula structure that contains the formula itself)
      • MulBlank record (first 2 bytes give the row, and the next 2 bytes give the column that the series of blanks starts at. Next, a variable length array of cell structures follows to store formatting information, and the last 2 bytes show what column the series of blanks ends on)
      • MulRK record
      • Shared String Table (SST) contains all of the string values in the workbook.



Scanner usually needs to be connected via a usb port and not via a hub or extension lead.

Check in Trident Prefs -> Devices that the USB Scanner is not bound to anything (e.g. Bindings None) If not found then reboot the computer and recheck.

Start Scandal, choose Settings from Menu strip at top of screen and in Scanner Driver choose the ?#.device of the scanner (e.g epson2.device).

The next two boxes - leave empty as they are for morphos SCSI use only

or put ata.device (use the selection option in bigger box below) and Unit as 0 this is needed for gt68xx 
  • gt68xx - no editing needed in s/gt68xx.conf but needs a firmware file that corresponds to the scanner gt68xx firmwares in sys:s/gt68xx.
  • epson2 - Need to edit the file epson2.conf in sys/s that corresponds to the scanner being used

Save the settings but do not press the Use button (aros freezes)

Back to the Picture Scan window and the right-hand sections.

Click on the Information tab and press Connect button and the scanner should now be detected.

Go next to the Scanner tab next to Information Tab should have Color, Black and White, etc and dpi settings now. Selecting an option Color, B/W etc can cause dpi settings corruption (especially if the settings are in one line) so set dpi first. Make sure if Preview is set or not.

In the Scan Tab, press Scan and the scanner will do its duty. Be aware that nothing is saved to disk yet.

In the Save tab, change format JPEG, PNG or IFF DEEP. Tick incremental and base filename if necessary and then click the Save button. The image will now be saved to permanent storage.

The driver ignores a device if it is already bond to another usb class, rejects it from being usable. However, open Trident prefs, select your device and use the right mouse button to open. Select "NONE" to prevent poseidon from touching the device. Now save settings. It should always work now.



AROS version can be compiled from hurrican svn. Compiled it on the Linux side with AROS cross compilers.

- get Hurrican source from sourceforge

- get SDL_mixer from (the one in AROS contrib does not have MOD support compiled in)

- cd to "Hurrican/src", adjust Makefile (TARGET=aros, make INCLUDES_OS point to AROS SDL headers and fix

 path to libSDL_mixer.a)

- type make. I compiled everything on the Linux side, so

 "export PATH=$PATH:<arosdir>/bin/linux-i386/tools/crosstools" first.

- this should create "Hurrican/hurricanaros".

- copy "Hurrican/" over to where AROS can see it. Increase stack before launching it

 (try 1000000 - stacksnoop seems to be broken at the moment, so that's just a random
 guess). Also make sure to have enough RAM in AROS. For AROS hosted try starting
 AROS with "-m 256".

- cursor keys in game may not work. Try 2/4/6/8 on numkey pad and game prefs to reconfigure.

- On AROS hosted (only place I tested) to use accelerated opengl do "make workbench-libs-hostgl"

 and before running the game do "Loadresource sys:storage/libs/mesa.library", or copy the library
 over the one in sys:libs.

There are still some little gfx, music and other problems in the game.

Warzone 2100[edit]

Command Centre - once built - radar mini map bottom left appears

Icons in bottom right (clockwise from top) - production, research, build, design, intelligence (goals), Bar power bottom middle of screen Power Generator near to Command Oil derricks on oil field (4 per gemerator)

Factory near to power generator

2 Research Facility near Command (one after the other)

Set tanks off to right and scavengers attack

Make another 3 research to end up with 5 (right mouse click to pause)

Design menu - shows items that can be made Click new design centre window and click icon on rhs - choose body on the right Click next 2 icons and rename at strip at the top of the central window

Search out scavengers and cars on route left and up

If discover base - destroy tower(s) first - fences - buildings last (keep distance - not too close)

Artifacts (grey canisters) recovered to advance research Destroy enemy derricks and eventually put your own on there

Research new ability - intelligence option icon - weapon research Research patterns - mk2 - mk3

Build another factory - remove any rookie machine gun cars before building new ones up to 5

Rally point(s) - yellow numbers in circles are moveable

At each new rally point - new factory - scuttle old machine gun units - build new ones Put new oil derrick and connect to factory -

Move west to next scavenger base

Machine guard tower finally becomes available to research

Save point

Further missions add more to the map - to the south and east

Bars n Pipes

The most important problems at that time were the so called "Little endian / Big endian". This is the order the data are stored in memory.

BnP is using internal much own 4-Byte IDs, to check which kind of datas are currently processed. Especially in all it's files the IDs are playing a important role. The IDs are stored into the file in the same order they are layed out in the memory.

In a BnP file (no matter which kind) the ID "NAME" (saved as its ANSI-values) is stored on a Big endian system (68k-computer) as "NAME". On a Little endian - system (x86-computer) as "EMAN".

My target at that time was, to make the AROS-BnP compatible to songs, which were stored on a 68k-computer (AMIGA).

Hitch Hiker was and Ian Stirling is working on the amiga versions still

If you use TTF fonts and have installed the MSFonts (Arial etc.) the trouble is that SimpleHTML will use those TTF fonts and the HTML mail will ask for them in such a size that it is unreadable on the amiga, the solution would be to have simplehtml not allow sizes under a certain size or update the SimpleHTML to handle <FONT SIZE=xx> fully, for instance this:

<FONT SIZE="-2" FACE="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Retrieve email using your device<BR> ($49.99)</FONT>

is getting translated to a unreadable Verdana font in size 9 if you have the MS Fonts installed, SimpleHTML does not support negative sizes in the SimpleHTML.config file (in any logical way at least).

this is how my SimpleHTML.config looks like

VERDANA-2=Verdana/20 <- this has no effect whatsoever

  • Transparent m68k emulation: copy any old amiga filesystem to L: and use directly partitions in that format, e.g. PFS3. Can copy any datatype and any native apps will use them. It really feels integrated, not like running in a separate box (emulation wise).
  • MUI4: slowly getting there but basics like screennotify.library support is missing and Zune windows are not autoclosing when adjusting screen mode or window decorations.
  • CGX: way ahead of P96 but AROS still lacks overlay support.
  • Console: AROS console is still missing some functions like ssh support
  • HD Tools: Partition tools, recovery tools, easier mounting tools are still needed.
  • Good language translations - always needed

White balance, Kelvin value of a candle 2000K, of the lightbulb is 3200K (early AM late PM), white fluorescent is 4200K, sun is 5200K, cloud is 6000K, and house with shade is 7000K, clear blue sky 10000-15000K

RGB colour values for "familiar" colours. The first set below was originally compiled by Steve Hollasch and is organised as follows: the first column is the descriptive name of the colour; the next three columns are the RGB coordinates in the 0 to 255 range as if the components were being stored in one unsigned byte; the last three columns are the RGB colour coordinates in the range of 0 to 1 inclusive.


antique_white     250   235   215   0.9804   0.9216   0.8431
azure             240   255   255   0.9412   1.0000   1.0000
bisque            255   228   196   1.0000   0.8941   0.7686
blanched_almond   255   235   205   1.0000   0.9216   0.8039
cornsilk          255   248   220   1.0000   0.9725   0.8627
eggshell          252   230   201   0.9900   0.9000   0.7900
floral_white      255   250   240   1.0000   0.9804   0.9412
gainsboro         220   220   220   0.8627   0.8627   0.8627
ghost_white       248   248   255   0.9725   0.9725   1.0000
honeydew          240   255   240   0.9412   1.0000   0.9412
ivory             255   255   240   1.0000   1.0000   0.9412
lavender          230   230   250   0.9020   0.9020   0.9804
lavender_blush    255   240   245   1.0000   0.9412   0.9608
lemon_chiffon     255   250   205   1.0000   0.9804   0.8039
linen             250   240   230   0.9804   0.9412   0.9020
mint_cream        245   255   250   0.9608   1.0000   0.9804
misty_rose        255   228   225   1.0000   0.8941   0.8824
moccasin          255   228   181   1.0000   0.8941   0.7098
navajo_white      255   222   173   1.0000   0.8706   0.6784
old_lace          253   245   230   0.9922   0.9608   0.9020
papaya_whip       255   239   213   1.0000   0.9373   0.8353
peach_puff        255   218   185   1.0000   0.8549   0.7255
seashell          255   245   238   1.0000   0.9608   0.9333
snow              255   250   250   1.0000   0.9804   0.9804
thistle           216   191   216   0.8471   0.7490   0.8471
titanium_white    252   255   240   0.9900   1.0000   0.9400
wheat             245   222   179   0.9608   0.8706   0.7020
white             255   255   255   1.0000   1.0000   1.0000
white_smoke       245   245   245   0.9608   0.9608   0.9608
zinc_white        253   248   255   0.9900   0.9700   1.0000


cold_grey         128   138   135   0.5000   0.5400   0.5300
dim_grey          105   105   105   0.4118   0.4118   0.4118
grey              192   192   192   0.7529   0.7529   0.7529
light_grey        211   211   211   0.8275   0.8275   0.8275
slate_grey        112   128   144   0.4392   0.5020   0.5647
slate_grey_dark    47    79    79   0.1843   0.3098   0.3098
slate_grey_light  119   136   153   0.4667   0.5333   0.6000
warm_grey         128   128   105   0.5000   0.5000   0.4100


black               0     0     0   0.0000   0.0000   0.0000
ivory_black        41    36    33   0.1600   0.1400   0.1300
lamp_black         46    71    59   0.1800   0.2800   0.2300


alizarin_crimson  227    38    54   0.8900   0.1500   0.2100
brick             156   102    31   0.6100   0.4000   0.1200
cadmium_red_deep  227    23    13   0.8900   0.0900   0.0500
coral             255   127    80   1.0000   0.4980   0.3137
coral_light       240   128   128   0.9412   0.5020   0.5020
deep_pink         255    20   147   1.0000   0.0784   0.5765
english_red       212    61    26   0.8300   0.2400   0.1000
firebrick         178    34    34   0.6980   0.1333   0.1333
geranium_lake     227    18    48   0.8900   0.0700   0.1900
hot_pink          255   105   180   1.0000   0.4118   0.7059
indian_red        176    23    31   0.6900   0.0900   0.1200
light_salmon      255   160   122   1.0000   0.6275   0.4784
madder_lake_deep  227    46    48   0.8900   0.1800   0.1900
maroon            176    48    96   0.6902   0.1882   0.3765
pink              255   192   203   1.0000   0.7529   0.7961
pink_light        255   182   193   1.0000   0.7137   0.7569
raspberry         135    38    87   0.5300   0.1500   0.3400
red               255     0     0   1.0000   0.0000   0.0000
rose_madder       227    54    56   0.8900   0.2100   0.2200
salmon            250   128   114   0.9804   0.5020   0.4471
tomato            255    99    71   1.0000   0.3882   0.2784
venetian_red      212    26    31   0.8300   0.1000   0.1200


beige             163   148   128   0.6400   0.5800   0.5000
brown             128    42    42   0.5000   0.1647   0.1647
brown_madder      219    41    41   0.8600   0.1600   0.1600
brown_ochre       135    66    31   0.5300   0.2600   0.1200
burlywood         222   184   135   0.8706   0.7216   0.5294
burnt_sienna      138    54    15   0.5400   0.2100   0.0600
burnt_umber       138    51    36   0.5400   0.2000   0.1400
chocolate         210   105    30   0.8235   0.4118   0.1176
deep_ochre        115    61    26   0.4500   0.2400   0.1000
flesh             255   125    64   1.0000   0.4900   0.2500
flesh_ochre       255    87    33   1.0000   0.3400   0.1300
gold_ochre        199   120    38   0.7800   0.4700   0.1500
greenish_umber    255    61    13   1.0000   0.2400   0.0500
khaki             240   230   140   0.9412   0.9020   0.5490
khaki_dark        189   183   107   0.7412   0.7176   0.4196
light_beige       245   245   220   0.9608   0.9608   0.8627
peru              205   133    63   0.8039   0.5216   0.2471
rosy_brown        188   143   143   0.7373   0.5608   0.5608
raw_sienna        199    97    20   0.7800   0.3800   0.0800
raw_umber         115    74    18   0.4500   0.2900   0.0700
sepia              94    38    18   0.3700   0.1500   0.0700
sienna            160    82    45   0.6275   0.3216   0.1765
saddle_brown      139    69    19   0.5451   0.2706   0.0745
sandy_brown       244   164    96   0.9569   0.6431   0.3765
tan               210   180   140   0.8235   0.7059   0.5490
van_dyke_brown     94    38     5   0.3700   0.1500   0.0200


cadmium_orange    255    97     3   1.0000   0.3800   0.0100
cadmium_red_light 255     3    13   1.0000   0.0100   0.0500
carrot            237   145    33   0.9300   0.5700   0.1300
dark_orange       255   140     0   1.0000   0.5490   0.0000
mars_orange       150    69    20   0.5900   0.2700   0.0800
mars_yellow       227   112    26   0.8900   0.4400   0.1000
orange            255   128     0   1.0000   0.5000   0.0000
orange_red        255    69     0   1.0000   0.2706   0.0000
yellow_ochre      227   130    23   0.8900   0.5100   0.0900


aureoline_yellow  255   168    36   1.0000   0.6600   0.1400
banana            227   207    87   0.8900   0.8100   0.3400
cadmium_lemon     255   227     3   1.0000   0.8900   0.0100
cadmium_yellow    255   153    18   1.0000   0.6000   0.0700
gold              255   215     0   1.0000   0.8431   0.0000
goldenrod         218   165    32   0.8549   0.6471   0.1255
goldenrod_dark    184   134    11   0.7216   0.5255   0.0431
goldenrod_light   250   250   210   0.9804   0.9804   0.8235
goldenrod_pale    238   232   170   0.9333   0.9098   0.6667
light_goldenrod   238   221   130   0.9333   0.8667   0.5098
melon             227   168   105   0.8900   0.6600   0.4100
naplesyellowdeep  255   168    18   1.0000   0.6600   0.0700
yellow            255   255     0   1.0000   1.0000   0.0000
yellow_light      255   255   224   1.0000   1.0000   0.8784


chartreuse        127   255     0   0.4980   1.0000   0.0000
chromeoxidegreen  102   128    20   0.4000   0.5000   0.0800
cinnabar_green     97   179    41   0.3800   0.7000   0.1600
cobalt_green       61   145    64   0.2400   0.5700   0.2500
emerald_green       0   201    87   0.0000   0.7900   0.3400
forest_green       34   139    34   0.1333   0.5451   0.1333
green               0   255     0   0.0000   1.0000   0.0000
green_dark          0   100     0   0.0000   0.3922   0.0000
green_pale        152   251   152   0.5961   0.9843   0.5961
green_yellow      173   255    47   0.6784   1.0000   0.1843
lawn_green        124   252     0   0.4863   0.9882   0.0000
lime_green         50   205    50   0.1961   0.8039   0.1961
mint              189   252   201   0.7400   0.9900   0.7900
olive              59    94    43   0.2300   0.3700   0.1700
olive_drab        107   142    35   0.4196   0.5569   0.1373
olive_green_dark   85   107    47   0.3333   0.4196   0.1843
permanent_green    10   201    43   0.0400   0.7900   0.1700
sap_green          48   128    20   0.1900   0.5000   0.0800
sea_green          46   139    87   0.1804   0.5451   0.3412
sea_green_dark    143   188   143   0.5608   0.7373   0.5608
sea_green_medium   60   179   113   0.2353   0.7020   0.4431
sea_green_light    32   178   170   0.1255   0.6980   0.6667
spring_green        0   255   127   0.0000   1.0000   0.4980
spring_greenmedium  0   250   154   0.0000   0.9804   0.6039
terre_verte        56    94    15   0.2200   0.3700   0.0600
viridian_light    110   255   112   0.4300   1.0000   0.4400
yellow_green      154   205    50   0.6039   0.8039   0.1961


aquamarine        127   255   212   0.4980   1.0000   0.8314
aquamarinemedium  102   205   170   0.4000   0.8039   0.6667
cyan                0   255   255   0.0000   1.0000   1.0000
cyan_white        224   255   255   0.8784   1.0000   1.0000
turquoise          64   224   208   0.2510   0.8784   0.8157
turquoise_dark      0   206   209   0.0000   0.8078   0.8196
turquoise_medium   72   209   204   0.2824   0.8196   0.8000
turquoise_pale    175   238   238   0.6863   0.9333   0.9333


alice_blue        240   248   255   0.9412   0.9725   1.0000
blue                0     0   255   0.0000   0.0000   1.0000
blue_light        173   216   230   0.6784   0.8471   0.9020
blue_medium         0     0   205   0.0000   0.0000   0.8039
cadet              95   158   160   0.3725   0.6196   0.6275
cobalt             61    89   171   0.2400   0.3500   0.6700
cornflower        100   149   237   0.3922   0.5843   0.9294
cerulean            5   184   204   0.0200   0.7200   0.8000
dodger_blue        30   144   255   0.1176   0.5647   1.0000
indigo              8    46    84   0.0300   0.1800   0.3300
manganese_blue      3   168   158   0.0100   0.6600   0.6200
midnight_blue      25    25   112   0.0980   0.0980   0.4392
navy                0     0   128   0.0000   0.0000   0.5020
peacock            51   161   201   0.2000   0.6300   0.7900
powder_blue       176   224   230   0.6902   0.8784   0.9020
royal_blue         65   105   225   0.2549   0.4118   0.8824
slate_blue        106    90   205   0.4157   0.3529   0.8039
slate_blue_dark    72    61   139   0.2824   0.2392   0.5451
slate_blue_light  132   112   255   0.5176   0.4392   1.0000
slate_blue_medium 123   104   238   0.4824   0.4078   0.9333
sky_blue          135   206   235   0.5294   0.8078   0.9216
sky_blue_deep       0   191   255   0.0000   0.7490   1.0000
sky_blue_light    135   206   250   0.5294   0.8078   0.9804
steel_blue         70   130   180   0.2745   0.5098   0.7059
steel_blue_light  176   196   222   0.6902   0.7686   0.8706
turquoise_blue      0   199   140   0.0000   0.7800   0.5500
ultramarine        18    10   143   0.0700   0.0400   0.5600


blue_violet       138    43   226   0.5412   0.1686   0.8863
cobalt_violetdeep 145    33   158   0.5700   0.1300   0.6200
magenta           255     0   255   1.0000   0.0000   1.0000
orchid            218   112   214   0.8549   0.4392   0.8392
orchid_dark       153    50   204   0.6000   0.1961   0.8000
orchid_medium     186    85   211   0.7294   0.3333   0.8275
permanent_violet  219    38    69   0.8600   0.1500   0.2700
plum              221   160   221   0.8667   0.6275   0.8667
purple            160    32   240   0.6275   0.1255   0.9412
purple_medium     147   112   219   0.5765   0.4392   0.8588
ultramarine_violet 92    36   110   0.3600   0.1400   0.4300
violet            143    94   153   0.5600   0.3700   0.6000
violet_dark       148     0   211   0.5804   0.0000   0.8275
violet_red        208    32   144   0.8157   0.1255   0.5647
violet_redmedium  199    21   133   0.7804   0.0824   0.5216
violet_red_pale   219   112   147   0.8588   0.4392   0.5765