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software Classic   software Classic : Amiga Kit Acquires AK-Datatypes
   posted by amigakit on 7-Sep-2019 11:52:45 (2525 reads)

Cardiff, 7th September, 2019

AmigaKit Ltd is pleased to confirm that it has concluded an agreement with Andreas Kleinert to acquire the “AK-Datatypes” package.

AK-Datatypes is a collection of graphics datatype software for the Commodore-Amiga computer covering formats such as PNG, GIF, JPEG and TIFF.


Commodore included a narrow scope of image format datatypes within the operating system software as standard. Users demanded greater levels of compatibility with modern image formats and third party developers such as Andreas met that request. He first published the datatype package in 1996 and due to it's popularity it continued to be developed and upgraded for over a decade after release.

Each datatype is supplied with it's own Preferences utility to configure the image rendering settings. They were also supplied with CPU optimised versions from the 68000 through to the 68060.

Amiga Kit is pleased to commit to maintaining and developing software in-house. With this acquisition development of the datatypes will be now continue. It is planned that updated versions will be supplied as a separate software package for a nominal fee and additionally bundled with selected products.

Matthew Leaman, Managing Director of AmigaKit Ltd said: “We are delighted to add AK-Datatypes to our software inventory and invest in continued development of the package. It will benefit and enhance both our present and future software projects that we are working on.”

Andreas Kleinert said: “I was very excited when Matthew approached me and described his vision with regards to further support the Amiga platform. The agreement which we concluded makes me confident that he and his team will be able successfully continue from where I had to stop due general lack of time and ability to further commit to the platform on my own."

    

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Futaura 
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Thought I'd killed those off

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It's good to have an alternative suite of picture datatypes, but with WarpDT I'm just fine.

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Hey guys, prepare another 50 euros.


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WarpDTs are 20 Euros

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Why do I get the feeling there is more going on behind the scenes than they are letting on to.


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In times when i test it for classic amiga (it was a1200 with bpcc), warpDT datatypes was always better and faster than AK-Datatypes. Their prefs was cleaner, and things always works as expected, while with AK-Datatypes there was some issues.

In other words, no big interest. If only it will be futher developed and will be better than warpDT, but then, what there can be better ?:) It's already do what should do.


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One annoyance with "ak software" is that they typically rely on wizard.library from StormC, Haage&Partner. The akjfif package comes with way too many "variants" of jpeg datatype descriptors, easier to just have one that covers them all. I wonder if SView was "on the table" as well, that's a piece of software that despite being rather non-intuitive to use, still is a very powerful.


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One annoyance with "ak software" is that they typically rely on wizard.library from StormC, Haage&Partner. The akjfif package comes with way too many "variants" of jpeg datatype descriptors, easier to just have one that covers them all. I wonder if SView was "on the table" as well, that's a piece of software that despite being rather non-intuitive to use, still is very powerful.


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@kolla

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I wonder if SView was "on the table" as well


afaik it has been since 2014.

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A good price, 20 euros.


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I think increasingly time and money is spent on the wrong things.

Too little time and energy is spent: on development tools, and network support.
Too much time is spent on reinventing things we already have.


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Plus AmigaKIT and AEON own a lot software that has not been worked on and is collecting dust, it great if not only collected source code, but did something with it.


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@ NutsAboutAmiga

I have exactly the same problem. Double posts and when you edit your post, it just posts a new one instead!!!

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Quote:
I think increasingly time and money is spent on the wrong things. Too little time and energy is spent: on development tools, and network support. Too much time is spent on reinventing things we already have.


It is fine that the AK-Datatypes are developed, but I agree, is it priority ? Datatypes for the Amiga are everywhere and included in almost every Amiga-OS / Amiga-NG-OS.

@Amigakit
Any talks about Superview 5 ?
https://www.amigafuture.de/app.php/kb/viewarticle?a=3052

Also from AK.

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I welcome this, however I use WarpDT and are perfectly happy with them.

What I would really really like to see is a Visualbuilder IDE, that would make development a lot easier.


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And about EYE VIEWER SE for 68k
http://www.morguesoft.eu/Paginas/Software.htm


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Spending money to buy long-forgotten code written for a dead processor architecture, to bring development back to life, in order to get money from pointless enhancements, while open source alternatives have been available for years.



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That dead processor architecture happens to have the biggest user base.

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if they make it 68080 optimized i will buy it.
it would be the fastest datatype ever.

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