Monday, October 29, 2018

Icaros Desktop 2.2.4 now available for download

A brand new version of Icaros Desktop is now available to everyone. V2.2.4 includes new brilliant features and applications, small but important fixes and, for you Amiga lovers, a vintage GUI that can be selected after installation, which reproduces the plain old Amiga OS 3.1 interface. First of all, I wish to thank JPV for porting RNO Effects to AROS. He sent me v1.0 during last summer, and in order to make it work I had to fix a long standing mis-configuration of Icaros' OpenURL settings. RNO Effects is a image editing program which allows applying different special effects to image, one per image or in a programmed sequence. Moreover, it features a very useful batch conversion option which allows to convert many images (and to apply the same effects) to a different format, in a single passage. RNO Effects has been included in Extras/Design software, so it is availabe in Icaros Live! edition only. It's not the only addition to Icaros Desktop. We finally have a working NTP client so, if you're connected to the Internet and you wish to keep time correct without messing so much with the Date/Time preference program, you can use TimeKeeper instead (which has been placed in Prefs). The VICE emulator has been finally updated to version 3.1, and configured to keep a pleasant speed on most PC configurations, virtual machines included. But this release also brings some new datatypes and command line tools. It also brings the exceptional UHC Tools, a collection of handy scripts that should make our AROS life easier. Obviously, Icaros wouldn't be Icaros without its funny side: so we can now play some new games, like Stunt Car Remake (a remake of a little masterpiece by Geoff Crammond), Open Gladiators, Super Mario War and others. Coders will also find a new version of VIM in Extras/Development/Tools.

New from Icaros Desktop 2.2.3
- fixed OpenURL preferences to correctly forward URLs to OWB
- added GlJewels to OpenGL/Games
- added AmiTimeKeeper (Internet time NTP client) to Prefs
- updated AmicastPlayer
- updated AMath
- updated FIG datatype
- added INFO (Amiga icons) datatype
- added ModExplorer to MultiMedia
- added Open Gladiators to OpenGL/Games
- updated OpusTools
- added sox utilities to MediaEditors
- added sfxr sound generator to MediaEditors
- added Targa (TGA) datatype
- added ZuneBrot to Misc
- updated Vim to version 8.1 (now with graphical interface)
- replaced AROS installer with InstallerLG on both i386 and 68K
- added Super Mario War to Games
- added Stunt Car Remake to OpenGL/Games
- added UHCTools
- updated ZuneView
- updated ZunePaint
- added WHD_Menu to FileSystem
- added ICO (Windows icons) datatype
- added vic script: shows current Icaros Desktop release
- replaced SysMon with SysMon-XPT, which shows CPU-time too
- updated VICE to version 3.1 and optimized for speed and sound
- added icon to music and video examples in MyWorkspace
- fixed (increased) default stack size for some file types
- added RNOeffects to Design

Screenshots

Once installed, Icaros Desktop will ask inital behaviour: modern Icaros or classic Amiga

Some applications included with Icaros 2.2.4. Please notice CPU time shown in SysInfo, on the right

VICE now emulates many other 8-bit systems from Commodore

ZunePaint and ZuneView have been brought to latest versions, and can now use many more datatypes!

RNO Effects can apply several special effects to images, and convert them all in a batch!

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