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Announcement   Announcement : Amiga Seeding the Success Campaign from DiscreetFX
   posted by DiscreetFX on 18-Aug-2009 20:37:20 (4959 reads)
Chicago, Illinois – August 18th, 2009

For Immediate Release

Amiga Seeding the Success Campaign from DiscreetFX


The Amiga computer represents a lot of firsts in the computer industry but it also represents many missed opportunities. Since the death of Commodore in 1994 the Amiga has descended into dark times. They say you learn most from your failures and not your successes and this is most certainly the case when it comes to Amiga. And yet some good things have happened as well.


The Amiga market has branched off into some healthy competition with the arrival of MorphOS, AROS & Amiga OS 4.1. The Amiga emulation scene is alive and well with Amiga Forever 2009 from Cloanto. And lets not forget the hard work of the developers of Minimig, Natami & CloneA. Amiga developers have transcended the need of one company controlling the destiny of Amiga and have forged ahead in interesting ways.

It's this Amiga spirit that DiscreetFX loves and we want to nurture. So from time to time we will donate $100 to great Amiga developers. No, this is not a ton of money but it is a gesture that will encourage positive feelings and development in the Amiga community of families. If a developer or even a user does something outstanding that pushes forward the Amiga, MorphOS, AROS or Amiga OS 4.1 brand we will send them this little reward. If this program is well received then donation amounts may increase.


Today's winner is Nova Design in the USA. Nova Design has worked tirelessly and created the killer product ImageFX Studio. Congratulations Nova Design! Please support this great developer, we already have by sending them $100 via Paypal. They are not alone and it takes many to change the world. But it is our sincere hope that the Amiga scene can grow again. Thanks again Nova Design for all your hard work and your the winner for August 2009. Who will the next winner be? Feel free to participate in the process and let us know via e-mail who you think deserves to win. They can be MorphOS, Amiga OS, OS 4.1, AROS users or developers. That does not matter, what does matter is that they worked hard and pushed the community forward in a positive way.

Please order ImageFX Studio from this Link


ImageFX Studio


Best regards

DiscreetFX Team
    

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sundown 
Re: Amiga Seeding the Success Campaign from DiscreetFX
Posted on 18-Aug-2009 21:13:32
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ImageFX is indeed a great program, I first started using it on my classic, & now on my A1. I'd be lost without it.

However, Aladdin for OS4 was announced at the 07' Amiwest show, almost 2 years ago & still no s/w. Most would write it off as vaporware by now.


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@sundown

Development is ongoing. remember we have to change the codebase to be multi platform and have to add raytracing. Aladdin 4D was not a raytracer but will be in the future. Also, the code was not as portable as once thought (not our fault) so major parts are being rewritten.


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Good to hear, didn't know the port was that complex so I'll be patient a bit more.


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Very generous of you!


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Any possibility of a snapshot of the current work in progress?


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Hopefully we can do that soon, I'll check with the coders.


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ImageFX is indeed great, having to use GIMP is driving me potty! It's very powerful I'm sure, but simple things like how ImageFX handles alpha channels makes it that much more useful to me! I bought it and don't regret it!


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Will become even more outdated if it takes 3 years to be ported (rewritten)... Is the original author(s) working on it ? Guess that would help...

Is he working on it fulltime ?


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@Leo

You hit the nail on the head. New programmers getting familer with another programmers code and the original code was only intened for Amiga OS 3.1 with Cybergraphix. New features being added too.

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Well, is it a good idea to add new features ?
If it takes too long will be too late...


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Maybe A4D will get more than one rendering engine


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I don't mean to be ironic - and I certainly think Nova Design did a lot for us - but if they updated ImageFX after all those years, I would go and join you in saying that they "push the Amiga forward". Currently, they are a seller of legacy graphics software, not an innovator (and innovation is what you wish to support, isn't it?).


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I use ImageFX quite a bit, only to do simple things as I never got into the complexities of it despite Cecilia's useful tutorial CD.

However is IFXt actually currently being developed ?

There has not been an update for years - and the last update had a borked installer that did not work with OS4 withut a lot of fiddling about. Nor has there been an OS4 version.

So though Nova were once a great Amiga developer, like many others that have left the scene they seem not to do too much of anything today.

Of course I would love to be proven wrong and a new version of IFX running natively on OS4.x arrive soon.

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Seems to me both guys are exchanging money using outdated software as an excuse...

I didn't see any single new product coming from either.

So many vapor announcements... reminds me of the buy-out of Magellan sources to produce an OS4 version years ago... only a few years of ASM needed to be removed... a few years ago, and still nothing came out of it.

Now DiscreetFX keeps on making announcements... as if it was a real company, producing things,... but nothing new ever came out. We saw price reduction on existing stuff, for sure. We also heard every product would now be distributed on USB key. But since there's no product.

Reminds me of Amiga Inc. very much. Oh, and they also announced they would try to buyout Amiga Inc btw :)

Now, how serious is that ?

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A good candidate is the developer/porter of AmiCygnix.

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@BillE et al.,

I agree that ImageFX needs some updating; however, the hesitation on the part of any Amiga "for profit" company to release software for the small user base of OS4.x is somewhat understandable. Selling a fully updated ImageFX for both OS4.x and MorphOS would increase the user base, but not by much. The cost of developing for both systems may be more than the return gained by selling it to users of both systems. With that being said, there could be workarounds.

The option some within the community want is open source. However, open source sometimes dies within the small developer base of the Amiga community. We do not need more open source, but more committed developers. We need a committed developer to work on ImageFX. That developer exists in the form of a "for profit" company interested in keeping the majority of its work in house.

I think that Nova could possibly sell add on packs for OS3/4.x and MorphOS. One addon could be a WarpOS version of their hooks & modules to replace the 68k reliant PowerUP versions. WarpOS can be used in OS3.x and OS4.x (via the wrapper).

What other addons or innovations could Nova Design add to ImageFX?

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No way him. The job is doing over AmiCygnix is trully AWESOME and I do not want to see AmiCygnix stall in development because of ImageFX, although I agree that we need one developer to work only for ImageFX.


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@Leo

We release new products for TriCaster every year including this one.


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We release new products for TriCaster every year including this one.

Correct me if I'm wrong but TriCaster isn't an Amiga-based product, nor does it run or can be controlled using the Amiga...


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I posted it onnly for the prize, that better candidate for the 100$ that him.

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