Saturday, November 24, 2018

First beta of Icaros 2.2.5 and other exciting news

The first internal build of Icaros Desktop 2.2.5 is now available to beta testers, developers and supporters (patrons who are pledging $15 or more on Patreon), which include all the work done on Icaros in the last month. I kindly ask everyone who has got access to this beta for feedback: please test it deeply and report any problem you may find. As you can see from the following picture, the current beta of Icaros Desktop include some nice additions to the Magellan configuration. For instance, Icaros can now show its IP Address (and let user change it) and calculate MD5 sum for any file you need, with the option to copy it into the clipboard.

Obviously, they're not the only feature we added. Thanks to their respective authors, I could now add to the distribution RNO Effects 1.2, Protrekkr 2.5.4 (which fixes a incompatibility with native driver that has been reported for the older version) and the latest update to PlayCDDA, whose author sent me some days ago. We have also got an update to OWB with improved SSL compatibility and that seems more stable, when showing multimedia contents. And there is even more.

> Click here to grab your copy of the internal beta on Patreon

As you may know, one of my favourite activities is bugging authors of Amiga software and ask them for an AROS ports of their software. It happened some months ago with RNO Effects (and now we have an excellent batch image conversion / manipulation software), it happened in the latest days with the little Advice utility, but it also happened yesterday with Icon Editor, a very good application to create and modify icons, recently released for AmigaOS 4. Well, in less than 24 hours, its author Paul Bloedel sent me a working beta for AROS. Judge by yourself:

If you wish to support or encourage him, maybe with a PayPal donation, his address is revbloedel (at) gmail (dot) com. Obviously, this editor is not included in Icaros beta, but I sincerely hope I will be able to include it in the official release.