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hardware OS4   hardware OS4 : "The Digital Universe" for OS4 now available worldwide.
   posted by BillE on 13-Dec-2007 20:19:11 (3431 reads)

The "Digital Universe 1.5" for OS4 is now available worldwide and not just to the UK and Europe, in fact any galactic citizen with appropriate credit card can now order it!

Two choices of file are available for download, an LHA file or an ISO image for creating an install CD. UK and European users still have the option of ordering the software on a CD if they wish.

Those in the UK will also be able to order by cheque for either the CD or the downloadable version.


See SYZYGY's Digital Universe webpage or The Digital Universe Ordering page for more details. Payment can be made by cheque or Paypal in UK pounds or by VISA or Mastercard in Canadian dollars.

A review of exchange rates means that the UK prices have been lowered slightly to keep in line with the price of $55 Canadian. Those that have already purchased a CD in UK£ need not feel left out as they will eventually get an aditional £1.50 discount off the 2.5 upgrade and unlike other certain coupon schemes this will be honoured when DU 2.5 is released!

Work is now progressing on version 1.6 which will be a free upgrade to registered users as will any 1.x update.

Following that plans are afoot for version 2.5 which will have all the features of the Macintosh 2.40 version and more.




    

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Posted on 13-Dec-2007 20:49:06
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Great !!

As soon as my bank acount is a bit healthier you will have my support

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I would but I don't have anything to run it on.
Maybe if WinUAE supports the OS changes or some equivelent.


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Nice professionally done package. Kudos!
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A definite must-have here. I won't be using it to actually power my meade, as I have a laptop to do that, but now I'll be able to use my A1 to plan my viewing sessions.

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I've been using it a bit now, though learning to use it is a better description of my user level. I'm impressed. Not even a hint of any problems so far and the docs are interesting reading in themselves.

Thankyou Bill

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"The minimum system requirements to run The Digital Universe are:

Amiga OS4
MUI 3.9 (included as contribution files with Amiga OS4)
600MHz G3 Amiga One or compatible system *"



Only AmigaOne or is it useable on the classic ppc hardware too?


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I won't be using it to actually power my meade, as I have a laptop to do that,


Just as well - as telescope control is not planned until v2.5, though I guess some Arexx scripting may do the job already.

Anyway, would you really want to take your nice Amiga One outside risking damaging it, a laptop is replaceable


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Only AmigaOne or is it useable on the classic ppc hardware too?


When I wrote that there was no classic hardware cable of running OS4. There were only A1s.

However, you missed the bit of text below that

" The Digital Universe will probably run comfortably on any system capable of running Amiga OS4. Even an OS4 equipped "Classic" Amiga with older PPC accelerator should be able to run the software"


There is no reason why DU could not run on a classic with PPC. Anything that can run PPC native OS4 code will run DU OS4. You cannot use Amiga native screenmodes, the minimum is 800x600 at 16bit, so you WILL need to have a graphics card installed.

What sort of speed do the classic accellerators run at, it is so long since I had an A1299 and Blizzard ?

Obviously the performance of classic/PPC card will not match an Amiga One but it should still be a big improvement on the 68k 1.03 version of DU.


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I would but I don't have anything to run it on.


Same here.


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Digital Universe 1.03 runs perfectly well on 68k hardware and no doubt emulators too. It has been available for many years now so anyone wanting to run DU on 68k can do so probably quite cheaply now.

Dan seems to have removed the old stuff from his website but if there is interest in the older software I can persuade him to put it back.

Probably be a fiver or something like that now the new version is out.

BTW. The reason I got involved was that DU 1.03 did not run too well under OS4 ! The original intent was just a recompile of the old software, but by the time I had learned enough C, I wanted to add a boit more too.

The older software still runs well on 68k, you will just miss out on a few new feaures and enhancements that's all.


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Hi Steve,


Quote:
Nice professionally done package. Kudos!



Thanks, but I must say that most of the credit reaaly belongs to Dan Charrois of Syzygy.

He wrote the original DU package for the Amiga many years ago and it was way ahead of its time.

I am just a bit like that guy in the razor blade ads and was so impressed I decided to join the company and bulldozed my way in as it was something worth doing.

I may have updated it a bit and added a few features that never made it to the Amiga version before but Dan is the one who really did all the really clever stuff. All I did was bring it back home

I am the one pushing DU at the moment and keeping it alive on the Amiga. I do it not for the profit nor the kudos but for totally selfish reason I wanted a good astronomy package on the computer I choose to use.



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WHile I don't have any personal use for the software, this is a very cool story. Check out the link to http://www.syz.com/DU and have a read.

Thumbs up!


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I just ordered my copy.
I'll get to download it tomorrrow.


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@BillE

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Anyway, would you really want to take your nice Amiga One outside risking damaging it, a laptop is replaceable


My thoughts exactly. In fact, I have to be quite jealous and protective about my A1. I'm doing some development, and if it bites the dust, I'm in a world of hurt.

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@BillE,

Nice update. Thank you. I have been using it for a few days now on my Micro. As a planetary gazer I especially like having the ecliptic. A lot snappier under OS4 than the 1.03 version was under 68k.

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in fact any galactic citizen with appropriate credit card can now order it!


I have a friend who might be interested. I wonder if anyone is doing a Martian localisation

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