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Pixel32 v1.0 RC2 build 423 Released

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 25 Nov, 2004 @ 2:52 PM

Yesterday, Pavel released the newest build of Pixel32 for Linux and BeOS/Zeta. The newest version is available for download as a public demo and a full version for members. You can download the newest build from his website here or from Bebits.

Also over at HaikuNews, Technix asked Pavel for a quick comment regarding the current release and future releases of Pixel32. You can view his reponse over at HaikuNews here.

Once you’ve tried the newest build of Pixel32, make sure you report any problems or bugs that you find to Pavel Kanzelsberger.

A preview of BeDiGiCam’s interface

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 25 Nov, 2004 @ 2:34 PM

I’m a little late with this one, but over at the BeBUG, Jixt posted a screenshot of the new interface for BeDiGiCam. The new version has a simple interface that will display thumbnails and some details of the images allowing you to preview the pictures in your digital camera. More work will be done on BeDiGiCam in the following weeks, so some changes will most likely be made to the interface.

HaikuNews is BACK!

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Posted by:Cougar on Saturday, 20 Nov, 2004 @ 3:55 PM
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After a long period of being down, HaikuNews is back online.
The site isn’t entirely functional yet, like the forums are still being worked on so expect some things to be broken as the site is put back together. Head on over here to get the full scoop and more details from Technix himself.
Welcome back HaikuNews!

Latest Pixel32 News

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 18 Nov, 2004 @ 2:05 PM

Over at the Pixel32 page, Pavel made an update regarding the progress of Pixel32 RC2.
Today, he completed his LiveEffect engine for layers and started implementing layer effects like Glow, Drop shadow, Emboss, etc.
All these new additions will be in the RC2 release which will be available by the end of this week. This release will be available as a public demo and as a full version for members.
You can view a screenshot here of the Outer glow and Inner glow effects being used on a sample image.
Pixel32 is progressing very well and is looking better every new release. Great work Pavel!

Pavel posted two more screenshots here and here of Pixel32 demonstrating the new LiveEffects engine and the newly added layer effects being used on an image.

Also, there is an article by the Czech Computer magazine which compares Pixel32 to other Image editing apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo-Paint, the GIMP and Ulead Photoimpact. You can see a scanned version of the article over here in the Press Section of the Pixel32 webpage. It seems that Pixel32 does pretty well against other popular Image Editing software out there since it received a score of 8/10.

zemag - Das ZETA Magazin

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 18 Nov, 2004 @ 1:49 PM

Zetanews has some info regarding yellowTab’s zemag magazine for Zeta which went online recently. Some articles from the magazine are available for download in PDF format. The magazine is in German, and as far as I know it’s not available in any other language, but you can try translating the pages with Bablefish I suppose. All the links and downloads can be found at the Zetanews webpage or the zemag webpage.

New Russian BeOS Wiki

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Posted by:Cougar on Thursday, 18 Nov, 2004 @ 1:37 PM
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Over at Qube.ru, a new Russian BeOS Wiki page is being made. There isn’t much info there yet since it just started, but there is some info regarding a BeOS distro called BeOS Russian Edition. You can find the download on the Wiki page. It will be a knowledge base available in Russian containing all sorts of questions and anwsers and documentation relating to BeOS. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it’s good to see more and more sites developing pages and making BeOS info and resources available in different languages. I hope this new BeOS WIki page works out well.

*Update*: Note that the “BeOS Russian Edition” is currently a test-only distro. (Thanks ivan for the tip)

BeOSfrance review of Zeta Neo

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Posted by:Cougar on Wednesday, 17 Nov, 2004 @ 11:30 AM

BeosFrance wrote a short review of Zeta Neo with some screenshots. You can read the review in French over at BeOSfrance.com or you can get the english translation available at ZetaNews. The english translation was also done by BeosFrance.

Update from beunited.org

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Posted by:Cougar on Wednesday, 17 Nov, 2004 @ 11:12 AM

An update from beunited.org was made a few days ago regarding the webapge downtime which is now resolved, and a notice for developers regarding the code.beunited.org CVS server. Read the following for the full info:

Recently the www.beunited.org web site was down. We apologize for this inconvenience to our members and the community. The situation has been fixed and service has been restored.

Developer Notice: The code.beunited.org CVS server is being moved to a new location as of last week. We apologize to our developers that they were not warned about this move prior to this announcement. All code is secure and backed up for the move. The completion of the move shall be this week. We would like to thank DriverSoft for providing the previous CVS service.

The General Coffee Company releases Future Boy!

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Posted by:Cougar on Tuesday, 16 Nov, 2004 @ 9:38 AM

Yesterday, The General Coffee Company Film Productions released their newest game called Future Boy!, and a full version is now available for purchase here. A press release for Future Boy! is available in PDF format. Zetanews has the full press release available in their news article located here.

We first learned about Future Boy! several months ago from an article by IsComputerOn which included an interview with Kent Tessman, and since then they’ve released a demo which is still available for download, as well as screenshots and a trailer for the game. The game is available for many platforms, like BeOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Head on over to the links above to learn more about “Future Boy!” and to try out the demo as well.

VIA C3 CPUs gain a performance boost under BeOS

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 15 Nov, 2004 @ 6:57 PM

Today, Rudolf released a new driver and app which enables VIA’s C3 CPUs MTRR-writecombining for graphics cards. According to Rudolf, this will increase access speed to your graphics card by 200-400%. That’s a big increase! You can download the driver and app from Bebits here.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a system that uses a VIA C3 processor, but I have been looking at some laptops to run BeOS with which use VIA processors. This would be interesting to try out, so once I have the chance I’m going try testing a BeOS live CD on a laptop that uses a VIA C3 processor with this driver to see what happens, hopefully this method will work. This driver should be very good for those that have a desktop system that uses this processor. So if you try this driver, be sure to report your findings to Rudolf, you can find contact information over at his site here.

BeOS Java Progress

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 15 Nov, 2004 @ 6:09 PM

Bryan made another post two days ago with a progress update for Java on BeOS. You can read his post here from the LooneyBin.

He also has a video clip for download demonstating the use of a wireframe demo applet of a dinosaur which he drags and rotates around while running. It looks pretty cool.

YellowBites Bites Again

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Posted by:Deej on Friday, 12 Nov, 2004 @ 7:32 PM
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Longtime BeOS user/developer Stephan Assmus wrote in with this bit of news:

The YellowBites website has gotten a complete makeover. The long missing pages for WonderBrush have been added, including a few brief turorials. All the graphics on the site have been created in WonderBrush. Some of the information of the old site had really been outdated, so the update was long overdue. Let’s hope YellowBites can keep their pages up to speed with their software. This update shows YellowBites commitment to the BeOS and Zeta platform.

Must check out this WonderBrush application, yes, I must.

Firefox 1.0.0 - development 4

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Posted by:Cougar on Friday, 12 Nov, 2004 @ 12:35 PM

Over at the Bezilla blog, Niels Reedijk posted a new development version of FireFox 1.0 for people to download and test. There is a net_server version for BeOS R5 users and a BONE version for those who use BONE or Zeta.

The following are links to downloads and a list of patches mentioned in the blog:

In other news, Firefox 1.0.0-d4 is released which includes a new piece of candy.
Check out www.de-smederij.nl/firefox/MozillaFirefox-1.0.0-d4.zip for net_server, and http://beosland.free.fr/archives/mozilla/MozillaFirefox-10-d4-upd-bone.pkg for BONE. The latter one uses the SoftwareValet for installing. It’s nice. The latter one is done by jeannot31.

First of all, this release includes all the code that is present in the 1.0 release of Firefox. So it’s updated to the latest AVIARY-cvs. Additionally, from the previous release, the following patches are applied:
- 239813 - tangobravo’s transparancy patch
- 242315 - Japanese input (please test this in BONE, there was a regresstion there)
- The native app patch as distributed by tqh.

But the new and the updated are far more interesting.
- 267219 - the directorypicker code is updated and is now waiting for a review.
- 266327 - The add bookmarks window will now close, and the pref window won’t whine about failed saving of prefs either. This is all fixed by this patch. It is currently waiting a super review. This patch couldn’t be made without tangobravo’s help.
- The search bar is now fixed. (If it still doesn’t work, delete compreg.dat from your config/settings/Mozilla/Firefox/default.4a3/ dir)

If you’ve downloaded and tested one of these versions of FireFox, let the developers know of any problems and improvements that you notice when using the browser. Any feedback will help them make a better FireFox browser for the BeOS community.

Raycone Software gets a face lift

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Posted by:Cougar on Friday, 12 Nov, 2004 @ 12:18 PM

Raycone Software announced a few days ago the launch of their new and improved webpage (which is still under construction) and that work has been done to their products with new releases coming soon. They are also going to use a new payment processor to make purchasing easier for people allowing for more than one way to purchase their products. There are a lot of details, so head over to their site to get the full announcement.

Personally, I’ve tried both their products and found InsiteConstructor to be pretty good. I can’t wait to see what improvements have been made to both InsiteConstructor and InsiteDesigner, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on their site for further updates.

The new BZGames.de

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Posted by:Cougar on Friday, 12 Nov, 2004 @ 11:49 AM

Initially it was reported that BZGames.de was going to close due to a lack of time to maintain the site. But now it seems the site is going to stay after all. The site has a new look which looks great and a new backend used to run and maintain the webpage.

A few things have been updated since the new look such as an updated and revised version of their BeIDE Tutorial (English Translation) and a short report on Zeta Neo (English Translation).

BeBUG up and running

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Posted by:Cougar on Friday, 12 Nov, 2004 @ 11:27 AM
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The Belgium BeUserGroup has actually been up for some time now. The site was started by Jan-Rixt Van (Jixt) and Luc Schrijvers (Begasus). The site contains news, BeOS related tips, software downloads and many BeOS related links.

The site is really coming together and is looking good. It’s nice to see more and more BeOS/Zeta user group sites from different countries and in different languages on the net, it can help people who don’t speak english very well to obtain info or help on BeOS/Zeta related topics in their own language.

You can go to their WhoAreWe section to learn more about the site and their objectives. I attempted to translate this page with BabelFish, but the translation isn’t that great, I actually found the French translation better than the English version. Either way, for those who want it, you can find the english translation here.

yellowTab wins award

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 10 Nov, 2004 @ 11:58 PM

Hot off the presses (well off the website) - yellowTab won the Innovation Area Award at SYSTEMS 2004. The judges were distinguished German IT industry folks. Pretty cool, if you ask me. I remember when Qubit won 2 TechTV awards - it felt good, really good. I hope the folks behind Zeta development feel this same pleasure. :)

Looney updates on Java

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Posted by:Deej on Wednesday, 10 Nov, 2004 @ 6:40 AM

Bryan Varner has posted some new entries to his blog The Looney Bin. He notes an important accomplishment on Java - a milestone (one of many yet to come) has been hit! Head on over and read the details. Following Bryan’s Waltercon influenced title, the category for this post is also a Waltercon reference - “When can I play Yahoo! Games?!?” ;)

Bryan also makes a good point in another post - don’t forget to thank your developers! They work very hard with little returns. Give them thanks, at the very least - they more than deserve it! Bryan specifically mentions the Firefox team. I’d like to second that -

Great work guys, keep it up, and a big thank you to current and past developers that have contributed to the BeZilla/Firefox efforts!

Can’t get Looney? Don’t turn to drugs, they aren’t the answer - bondage is… or rather ‘bind’ is. There is a server move scheduled, and it may take a couple days for the DNS to catch up.

Pixel32 - New preview released.

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Posted by:Cougar on Tuesday, 09 Nov, 2004 @ 10:19 AM

Yesterday, Pavel released his newest build of Pixel32 (1.0 RC2 build 420) for BeOS/Zeta and Linux. You can read in detail the news from his site here:

Released Pixel32 v1.0 RC2 build 420 for BeOS/Zeta and Linux in members area. This is a preview of upcoming RC2 demo in few days. It will be released for following platforms: BeOS/Zeta, Linux, Windows, DOS and maybe also QNX version if I will be able to download latest version of this OS (after permanent disconnections when downloading). Recently I also played with DOS compilation and everything seems to be OK to release new more stable and faster version for DOS as you can see on following screenshots.

As Pavel mentioned, he also managed to make an updated DOS version of Pixel32. You can see screenshots of the new version for DOS running in Linux with the DOSbox emulator over at his site.

New version of BeDiGicam

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Posted by:Cougar on Monday, 08 Nov, 2004 @ 9:03 PM

Here’s some interesting news from ZetaNews regarding a new version of BeDigicam developed by Jixt:

Jixt (Bebug) just posted a new version of BeDiGicam and a new BDCP2 plugin for Exposure. Both working on RC3 and Neo (Zeta).

The Exposure plugin will be the last one in line as Jixt will focus on a whole new GUI for BeDiGiCam, and Exposure will not be supported anymore. (The current version has some problems loading thumbnails in Exposure when a large number of pictures is on the camera).

BeDiGiCam has a nice feature that when you download your pictures, it genarates a html file with thumbnails.

Post can be found at Bebug.
You can download it over here.

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