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Oct 19th, 2018:
Post AmiWest 2018 update / AVD Release update
(From left to Right: Myself, Aaron Smith and Jeffrey Yoder)
It has been awhile since my last post on my website.
I have been very busy this year on several Amiga related projects.
I had hoped to write this posting while I was at the AmiWest show
this year, however, there was just so much going on during the
show this year, that I did not even find an open evening to write
an update or catch up on my email.
OK, first of all, allow me to recap the public projects I have been
working on so far this year.
The big news from me (and AOTL) at the AmiWest show this year of course
- Designed and wrote an AmigaOS driver template, with its first
implementation targeting writing Ethernet Drivers.
- Wrote and released the native Ethernet driver for the AmigaONE A1222
- Implemented about 80% of a native DPAA Ethernet driver for the
AmigaONE X5000 (working with Hyperion to enhance support for
the X5000 and A1222 hardware and complete the DPAA driver).
- Picked up working on AVD full time again :-).
is the announcement that BITbyBIT Software Group LLC and Amiga On The Lake
have joined forces to complete the Advanced Visual Developer project.
Amiga On The Lake has agreed to fully fund the development of the
commercial version of AVD, which will then be exclusively sold
(world wide) via AOTL's store.
An "Early Adopter" purchase option of AVD will go up on the AOTL
store, on or before the 5th the December this year.
The "Early Adopter" version will include a largely functional version
of the AVD suite and its components, and will be for those who wish
to work with the in-development version prior to the 1.0 release.
This package will include:
The "Early Adopter" package will be sold for $199.95 (USD), which is
- The AVD GUI Builder
- The AVD Text Editor
- The AVD SDK Browser
- Visual Debugger (db101)
- Ready to run Template sources
- Much more...
$100 (USD) under the $299.95 (USD) normal list price.
The "Early Adopter" package will only be available until the full 1.0
version is released. The exact release date for the 1.0 version has not
yet been set, but with full time hours being put into it, I would expect
around the first quarter of 2019, perhaps earlier.
Purchase of either the "Early Adopter" version or the full 1.0 release
will entitle you to free updates through all 1.x versions. After which
the upgrade cost to the next major version will be around 20% of the
full list price of the software, or around $60 (USD).
Additionally I have officially licensed the use of the RichEditor.gadget
from Peter Gordon (original author of the gadget) and Simon Archer
(author of several enhancements to the gadget).
This is the same powerful gadget class which Simon uses
in his excellent CodeBench IDE.
A big thanks goes out to Peter and Simon for agreeing to license
the RichEditor.gadget class for use in AVD. This will provide a
significant savings in development time on AVD, which will be reflected
in the advancement of both the AVD Text Editor and SDK Browser as well.
Also, after reviewing the options for writing a visual front-end
for GDB (The GNU Debugger) for the AVD Debugger, I have decided to
start by including the best option for visual debugging on AmigaOS4
we have today; DB101. The current public version of DB101 available
on OS4 Depot, and was written by Alfkil Wennermark.
I am working with Alfkil on integrating DB101 with AVD, and he is
working on a brand new version of his DB101 application. Thanks Alfkil
for all your hard work in providing a usable visual debugger for AmigaOS4.
What about FreeAVD?
FreeAVD is still an active project, and will see a release shortly
after the AVD 1.0 is released. As always, FreeAVD is "Free Tools for
writing Free software." So its major difference vs the commerical AVD
software, is that FreeAVD is licensed to produce Free (no-charge)
NOTE: If you have ever contributed to the FreeAVD project, please
contact me and let me know if you wish your name to appear in the
credits section of the FreeAVD software.
I have the full list of contributors, but I would like your permission
before I list your name (or handle) publicly, as a FreeAVD supporter.
For existing AVD Owners:
I have a number of existing AVD owners in my datebase with old,
no longer active email addresses.
If you are an existing AVD owner, please contact me with your
current email address. Also include any previous handle and/or
email address you may have registered AVD under in the past,
so that I can make sure find you in my datebase.
I want to make sure that *everyone* that purchased the AVD Suite
in the past, receives their copy when the release rolls out.
Finally, I will leave you with a link to the various presentations
(including my own), that were given at AmiWest 2018:
Link to BIOSGERBIL: AmiWest 2018 (YouTube) videos
If you are looking for my presentations in particular; I do a review
of my AmigaOS4 Ethernet driver framework on the first day of the DevCon,
(hours 1-3), I give an update on AVD on the second day (Friday, hour 3) of the DevCon,
and finally given another presentation on AVD during the AmiWest show itself.
That's all for now, more to come... :-)
April 9th, 2018:
New Compatible Amiga A500(+) Cases Project
I am happy once again to support great Amiga related efforts like this one.
Also, as I annouced for them at AmiWest 2017, Amiga On the Lake (AOTL)
The fantasic team at A1200.net are back with another project to build
new replacement cases for the very popular A500 and A500+ systems.
So far I have put in for four new cases to update/repair four A500 systems
I have on the shelf waiting for new cases (and new keycaps). However, I am
also looking at adding a Vampire SE case to my order, dedicated for a future
Vampire standalone system. :-)
So far the campaign is off to a great start, hitting over $45,000 USD in the
first week, and after my pledge today they are now at $52,091 USD out of the
$155,000 USD they need to have the molds built and produce the new cases!
There are a few weeks to go, but they need your help to make it. So, if you
want a shiny new case for your A500 or A500+, or just a slick "wedge/keyboard
computer" case for some cool system project, then please consider joining
the 266 other backers and make this project a reality!
The new A500(+) case project can be found on IDIEGOGO here:
is now the exclusive reseller of all A1200.net products for North America.
This means that if this A500(+) case campaign succeeds, new replacement
cases of the A500 and A500+ will be available as a stock item, and that
is good for the growth of the entire Amiga community).
(That is of course the other reason for supporting these campaigns, not just to
get a cool case yourself, but to enable these cases to continue being produced
after the initial production run.)
February 22nd, 2018:
SDK Browser v18.104.22.168 Released - Finally getting to updating my website
Finally taking a few moments to update my website for the new year and package up the
maintenance release of the SDK Browser(v22.214.171.124), which I put together at the AmiWest
DevCon back in October of 2017.
For those of you that attended the AmiWest 2017 DevCon you should already have this
version. However, I recommend downloading the newly posted one because it has been
updated with matching README text, etc. Of course, if you own a registered copy of
the SDK Browser, you may download your personalized version from your private download
Equally, owners of the AVD Suite may also download their version of the SDK Browser
under the Members Only page.
I have been very busy, since before the AmiWest show, working on various AmigaONE
and AmigaOS4 related projects with the guys at AOTL.
Hence my delay in making this post today. However, while we are working on foundation
products and fun new hardware and software projects for the AmigaONE machines, development
on AVD and it's components has not been forgotten. The GUI Builder is my primary focus
as the next AVD component to be released. It will be released as a standalone product,
as part of the FreeAVD Suite, and of course as a major part of the AVD Suite.
As always I appreciate your support and patience for this long term project.
Thanks to your support, and the support of Amiga On The Lake as a full time
patron of my efforts, I have been able to work exclusively on developing
Amiga related products for over six months now, and with luck should be able
to continue to do so throughout all of 2018.
Releasing the source code of the SDK Browser:
For anyone who read my 2017 posting about the AmiWest show, or who was there
in person, you know that a very good friend of mine passed away while I was
attending the show. As a tribute to my friend's memory, I announced that I would
be releasing the entire source code for the SDK Browser to Open Source as a
teaching tool on how to write software for AmigaOS4.
As planned I will be releasing the full source code for the current version
of the SDK Browser (v126.96.36.199 - FREEWARE Edition). In order to accomplish this
I must first decouple the source from the rest of the AVD Suite.
This is a larger task then it sounds since the AVD Suite is designed to be
highly integrated with the other components of AVD. Therefore I have decided
to wait until the commercial version of the SDK Browser v188.8.131.52 is released
before taking the time to prepare v184.108.40.206 FREEWARE Edition for release
as Open Source.
This certainly has been a very active and fun year for me working on Amiga
related research and development full time again.
For a review of some of the events from 2017, see the archive news link
here: Archive News for 2017