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What was new in Amiga911 Maker:
 
   Version 1.59a  (update)  -  released friday the 6. march 2015.
 
 * New A911-USBstacks.lha archive! This file contains the most essential Anaiis and Poseidon USB stack files, which are used by Amiga911 Maker for adding USB support to the boot disks created. The archive has been included in order to make this process a bit easier, and it will be used if it's found by Amiga911 Maker. Currently, the archive will have priority over any Poseidon lha archive found in the Resources dir, while Anaiis.lha will still have first priority.

 * Amiga911 Maker does now support Anaiis v1.10 or higher only (v1.10 files are included in the A911-USBstacks.lha archive).

 * Support for RapidRoad, Thylacine and Spider USB cards! The "Poseidon USB stack" section on page 2 of "Configure system" in Amiga911 Maker, does now have some new options for these controllers. Drivers for the RapidRoad & Thylacine cards are also included in A911-USBstacks.lha. As for the Spider driver, it is not included since I don't think Elbox would be too pleased if it was.

 * Because of the new options on page 2 of "Configure system" that's mentioned above, I had to remove the "CD1:" option in order to make room for them. This means that only one CD-ROM drive can be configured in Amiga911 Maker now.

 * The PoseidonMan and StartPoseidon scripts should now work properly with the Spider USB cards.

 * The "usbstart.info instead of usbstart" problem with Anaiis has been fixed, and the correct file should be extracted every time now. The highway.usbhcd file seems to have been replaced by a new hostusb.usbhcd file in Anaiis 1.10, and this is the main reason why only version 1.10 or higher should be used with Amiga911 Maker from now on.

 * The ImageMount script has been updated, where it can now take the name of an ADF, ISO or HDF image to be mounted as argument when it's started from Shell. The script will also make a small log file on the Ram disk now.

 * TransADFGui has also been slightly updated, and you must now press the Return key as confirmation before the floppy disk gets read from or written to.

 * Various small bug fixes and enhancements.


   Version 1.59  -  released sunday the 23. march 2014.
 
 *  It is now possible to create an enhanced AmigaOS 3.9 Emergency Disk in Amiga911 Maker, this floppy uses the same type of technology as the Amiga911 disk, where lzx compression is used in order to fit more stuff on it. The Emergency Disk II as it is called, also provides alternative methods for installing AmigaOS 3.9.  In addition to the standard method of using the original CD with a CD-ROM drive, you can make a AmigaOS 3.9 USB pendrive or a Compact Flash card to be used with a CF-PCMCIA adapter. Another method is using an AmigaOS 3.9 ISO image which can be present on any drive that gets mounted on startup. If you still insist on installing from the original CD, you can also use an external USB CD-ROM drive. The USB methods requires the Poseidon stack, and of course a USB card installed.

 *  The Amiga911 Maker distribution does now include an installer, this can make it a bit easier to install/update Amiga911 Maker. It also allows for installing a suitable version of the LZX archiver to the system.

 *  A new tool called ImageMount can now be included in the projects you create. This is a requester driven script which allows you to mount ADF, ISO and HDF image files in a really easy way with only a few mouse clicks, you can then treat the virtual devices like any other storage device (copy, delete, rename files etc.). It works on any Amiga with KS 2.04 or higher, but requires minimum version 38.21 of the Mount command (included in WB2.1). ImageMount uses filedisk.device for mounting virtual devices.

 *  Virus Checker II can also now be included in your projects. This program can be used for scanning your Amiga for viruses, where it scans both files and the memory. If it finds a virus infected file, it may be able to heal the file in question.

 *  Redit is another program that can now be added to your projects, this is a small, fast and very compatible text editor.

 *  It is now possible to add PFS3-AIO (All-In-One) version 2.1 to the boot disks and A911Extras disks/packs you create. But have in mind that the file has been renamed from pfs3_aio-handler to PFS3-AIO.

 *  All Amiga911 disks will now contain SetPatch 43.6b which replaces the original versions of this command.

 *  If you create a Low-Mem Amiga911 disk that is meant for Amigas with 1MB+ RAM, the DiskMaster2 & Ordering filemanagers will be stored directly on the disk instead of the Programs.lzx archive. This is in order to reduce the RAM usage when they are run after booting the Amiga911 disk. They will be XPK crunched if this option is selected in Amiga911 Maker.

 *  The "Copy system files" and "Copy program files" functions of Amiga911 Maker has been improved, and they are both much more snappier now.

 *  IDEfix and the 68040 & 68060 library files will now be stored directly on the Amiga911 disk instead of the System1.lzx archive, this is because it is safer, but also to make it easier to replace them in case they are of the wrong type.

 *  The DiskMaster2, FileMaster3 & Ordering config files has been enhanced. Among other things, they now support XPK (de)crunching + UnZip and XadUnFile archive extracting (if these functions are available). Furthermore, it is now possible to use 4 color configs instead of 16 color ones, this can be useful on Low-Mem Amiga911 disks since the file managers will then use less RAM. Another thing is that the issues with the FileMaster 3.2 configs (like the MultiView button problem) has now been fixed.

 *  General improvements of the various scripts that can be added to the projects, where some "nasty" bugs have been fixed. DiskImageGui now supports CacheCDFS in addition to AmiCDFS, and it is also more precise with the info it gives. mARK does now support XadUnFile whenever it's available, and HJSplitGui now asks if the checksum of the splitted/joined file shall be calculated.

 *  If you include HDToolBox and/or HDInstTools on the Amiga911 disk, they will include an extra icon stored directly on the disk. This can be useful if you need to change the icon tooltypes (like what harddisk controller to use).

 *  If FastFileSystem is included on the Amiga911 disk, it will automatically be available when HDToolBox or HDInstTools is run for the very first time (upon extracting). The reason for this is that when HDToolBox or HDInstTools is used for installing a new harddisk, they will look for FFS and add it if it can be found. A harddisk with partitions NEEDS a filesystem to be present on it, or else there will be problems after rebooting.

 *  The "Import settings from this Amiga" function has been improved. Now it can add everything present in your Sys:Expansion drawer, the main SquirrelSCSI related files and all main CybergraphX 2, 3 or 4 files if they can be found.

 *  A911Extras can now be either a disk or drawer project. If it's a disk project, some of the standard files will be Imploder crunched versions. If the project is a drawer, the "Create disk" button in Amiga911 Maker will change name to "Export drawer", and upon clicking it, you will asked to select a destination dir where the A911Extras drawer will be copied to.

 *  The extra Workbench menus included on the Amiga911 disk have been rearranged a bit, and now has two new additions: "Assign To System" will create some additional system assigns that can point to the system dirs on your Workbench partition (or backup of), this may allow you to use some of the software that is present there. The other menu item is "Export files", which can extract, copy and decrunch all files from the Amiga911 disk to your harddisk. This can be useful for copying essential files to a fresh Workbench installation.

 *  The menus of Amiga911 Maker have also been slightly rearranged, and have some new functions added: "Edit project details" will allow you to change various things like the project name and AmigaOS version to be used, "Clear project" will delete all files that has been copied to your project, and "Delete project" will delete the entire project.

 *  If you use Amiga911 Maker on a Amiga with 68000 processor, LZX will now use -3 compression instead of -9 since the latter isn't supported by the 68000 version of LZX. This will result in slightly larger lzx archives.

 *  Now there are three different options which decides whether or not to include a CD-ROM file system to your project. The first option is CD0 or CD1 in the "Configure system" window, the second option is Poseidon CD-ROM in the same window, and the third is the "ISO support" option in the "Configure programs" Gui. If any of the three is enabled, Amiga911 and A911Extras projects will always include AmiCDFS. Emergency Disk II projects on the other hand, ignores options 1 and 3 since CacheCDFS will always be included on the disk, but if the second option is enabled (Poseidon), AmiCDFS will be included as well.

 *  It is no longer possible to add JanoEditor and DiskImage to your project if it's meant for Amigas with a 68000 processor, they both require a 68020 or higher CPU.

 *  Upon booting the Amiga911 disk, an "Avail Flush" is run in order to free up some RAM. This can lead to problems on Amiga911 disks for OS 2.0 which uses XPK compression since it seems to mess up the xLoadSeg patch. What happens is that after flushing the memory, the Amiga can crash when the system tries to decrunch a file. This always happens on 68000 processors, while higher CPU's seems to be a bit more robust. As a result of this, Avail Flush will no longer be run upon booting an OS2.0 XPK Amiga911 disk which are meant for 68000 processors.

 *  The ExtInst.lha archive is now history since it's contents has been moved to the DefSysFilesx.x.lha archives. ExtInst.lha can now be safely deleted.

 *  TransADFGuiR has been renamed to TransADFGui because I really hated the "R" at the end, it was intended to be short for Requester since TransADFGui is just a requester driven script file + there was other tools which uses the same name.

 *  Various bug fixes and enhancements.


   Version 1.54  -  released sunday the 1. july 2012.
 
 *  AmigaOS 2.0 & 2.1 support! You can now create Amiga911 boot disks for these OS versions in addition to 3.0 & 3.1. But you will still need an Amiga with AmigaOS 3.0 or higher for actually creating the boot disks though.

 *  Two new programs are added: SnoopDos - the well known system and application monitor, and TurboText - a fast and highly customisable text editor.

 *  New import settings functionality! If the boot floppy is meant for the same Amiga you are using to create it with, you can now import various files and settings from the system to your project. This includes stuff like monitor drivers, file systems, scsi.device patches + processor, screenmode, keymap & CD-ROM settings.

 *  Picasso96 and Mediator support! You can also use the above mentioned import settings functionality for copying the Picasso96 files and settings that you may have installed to your project. And if you have a Mediator bus board, the files and settings for the Mediator can be imported as well. All of this can be useful for those who only use a GFX card as video output on the Amiga.

 *  New A911Extras Disk/Drawer. Since there are some limitations as to how much stuff that can be included on the Amiga911 disk, it is now possible to create an optional A911Extras disk which can contain all the stuff that will not fit on the main boot disk. But A911Extras can also be a drawer that may be put anywhere on any device (like compact flash cards or usb pen drives). A small script will be included, and this must first be used for setting up some assigns before attempting to use anything on/in the disk/drawer. Running the script a second time will remove the assigns.

 *  It is now possible to include all keymaps on the Amiga911 disk. After booting, the user can easily choose between the 14 keymaps by using a requester.

 *  Added a new PFS Tools option. If it's enabled, the PFSDoctor & pfsformat executables will be included on the boot disk you create.

 *  Support for AmigaGuide documents are now optional. If disabled, the Amiga911 disk will not contain any datatypes, and the amigaguide & datatypes libraries + the AddDatatypes command will be excluded as well. This might save up to 52 KB of disk space used. But it will still be possible to view text files since the xMore viewer by Jorma Oksanen is included instead (renamed to MulTiview).

 *  You can now at any time get a quick estimate over how much disk space will be used on the boot disk by selecting "Disk usage info" in the menu of Amiga911 Maker. Previously this info was only available after the archives was created.

 *  Several requester based scripts (mARK, HJSplitGui, DiskImageGui etc.) have been re-worked in order to make them more AmigaOS 2.x compatible.

 *  The Startup-Sequence & DosBoot files on the Amiga911 disk will now include info about what version of Amiga911 Maker it was created with + info about what OS version and processor the boot floppy is intended for.

 *  The "Cut" command is back since it turned out to be still some use for it.

 *  The screenmode.prefs file will now be stored directly on the disk instead of being present in the System1.lzx archive. This is because of safety reasons.


   Version 1.46  -  released thursday the 6. october 2011.
 
 *  The Amiga911 boot disks will now contain a new icon set. These icons were made in a way that should make them look OK regardless of the screenmode used, this basically means that the graphics in the icons will look a bit "stretched" in both laced and non-laced type of screenmodes. All of them are standardized to 44x22 pixels, and the icons will also take up less disk space now (at least a few KB saved).

 *  Four new programs are now supported:
Check4GB - Check if your HD setup is 4GB-ready
DiskImage - Mount any disk image file as a DOS device
HJSplit - Split large files into smaller ones
WhichAmiga - ShowConfig kind of tool. V1.3.3
If you add DiskImage to the Amiga911 disk, you will be able to mount ADF floppy images, ISO CD-ROM images and HDF harddisk images on your Amiga, and then you can copy files from/to the images. Mounting the virtual devices and performing diskchanges is handled by a requester based script that will also be included. There is no need for messing around with mount files since they will be generated by the script when they are needed.
HJSplit can also be controlled by a requester based script, and it allows you to select the exact size of the small files the original big file shall be splitted into. You can choose between various sizes that can make each small file fit on a Amiga or PC formatted floppy disk, or you can enter the split size manually. The script can also join all of the files back together again. Versions of HJSplit exists for several platforms including Windows and Linux.

 *  A new archive called ExtInst.lha are now included in the Amiga911 Maker package. This archive contains the few files that earlier had to be copied from the Extras and Install disks, and as long as ExtInst.lha is present in the A911MakerData dir, those disks are no longer needed since the required files will be copied from the archive instead. In other words, you may only need the Workbench disk for creating a boot floppy from now on.

 *  Some system files have been replaced by the free alternatives from Michal Letowski's MSys 1.2 pack, these files are: Avail, LoadWB, MakeLink, Reboot and RequestChoice.

 *  The standard RequestFile command have also been replaced by Torsten Poulin's free alternative version.

 *  If the Anaiis USB stack is to be included on the Amiga911 disk, the Anaiis prefs program is now optional.

 *  The "Cut" command is no longer included, the reason for this is that the same type of functionality can be achived with the "Echo" command instead.

 *  A new "Clean up" window is introduced in this version of Amiga911 Maker, and when you open and run it, your project will be scanned for files that are no longer needed. Some of these files will automatically be deleted, while with others you will be asked whether they should be removed or not. You can open the "Clean up" Gui by selecting it in the menu of the main Amiga911 Maker window.

 *  In an attempt to save more space on the Amiga911 disk, a more critical look was taken on the system files that's included on the boot floppy, and the conclusion was that a few of them could actually go. The biggest waste of space was the bullet & nonvolatile libraries since they are quite useless on a emergency disk. Other files that no longer will be included are the following: More, Date, SetClock, SetKeyboard, LoadResource, parallel.device, serial.device, lowlevel.library and realtime.library. With the exception of the last four files, they will now be deleted from your project when you run "Copy system files". If you want to remove any of the the other four files as well, you must use the "Clean up" Gui (see above). Now that "More" is no longer included, a hardlink to MultiView is created upon booting the Amiga911 disk, this means that every time the system tries to use More, it will use MultiView instead.

 *  All Windows that includes a log listview does now have a "Export Log file" menu option, and by selecting this you will be able to save the log as a file, or you can copy it to the clipboard.

 *  Various small improvements & bug fixes.


   Version 1.38  -  released saturday the 21. may 2011.
 
 *  USB support! Yes the Amiga911 boot disk can now include all files required for running a usb stack after booting, and both Poseidon and Anaiis is supported.
With Poseidon you will be limited to using usb hubs and mass storage devices + usb mice & keyboards (optional) only. Furthermore Trident prefs will not be used because of disk space limitations, and a special cut-down version of poseidon.library will be included on the disk, This library have been supplied to me by Chris Hodges, and I have his permission to include it with the Amiga911Maker distribution.
Anaiis support is a bit experimental at the moment. I can get it to work with usb mice and keyboards, but not properly with mass storage devices, the reason for this might be compability problems with my main A1200 (040 CPU), and unfortunately it is my only Amiga with usb support at the moment.

 *  This version of Amiga911 Maker introduces a new System0 dir & System0.lzx archive which are optional. They can contain files that patches the system and requires a reboot upon booting the Amiga911 disk. One example of this is a newer scsi.device used with LoadModule.

 *  XPK crunching. When creating a boot disk of the Low-mem type (which are meant for Amigas with less than 2MB RAM), the majority of commands and libraries will be copied directly to the disk instead of being added to the LZX archives. These files can now be XPK crunched instead, this will lead to smaller files which in turn leads to more stuff that can be included on the disk.

 *  Three file managers are now supported, so in addition to FileMaster3, you can also choose DiskMaster2 or Ordering.

 *  The Amiga911 boot disk can now contain all the files required for setting up harddisks larger than 4GB. This includes IDEfix and/or newer scsi.device.

 *  The boot disk can now also contain FastFileSystem (original or patched), SmartFileSystem and/or ProfessionalFileSystem (PFS2/3).

 *  Reading and writing ADF disk images is now possible after booting the Amiga911 disk, this can easily be done by using TransADF + a simple script I have created, this script is in the same style as mARK where it uses the RequestChoice and RequestFile commands.

 *  The mARK script has been updated, and you can now view the contents of archives. You can also specify file(s) to extract from archives in a text string gadget, and wildcards is supported as well.

 *  Selecting items from the Workbench menu is now a bit more advanced, one example is that if you click a file or drawer icon and select Shell from the Wb menu, the Shell that opens will have the path of the icon you selected. Likewise if you click the icon of a text file and select Ed or JanoEditor, the editor will open with the selected text file.

 *  Salvaging files from faulty disks can now be done by adding DiskSalv2 to the boot disk, but have in mind that if you want to do this on a harddisk, certain limitations applies: It will only work on harddisks with FFS partitions that are max 2GB in size, and only on the first 4GB of the drive.

 *  CD-ROM support is enhanced, you can now configure the device and unit to be used, and Amiga911 Maker will automatically create a proper mount file.

 *  ZShell, an alternative to the standard Amiga Shell can now be included on the disk. The great thing about ZShell is that it have lots of built-in commands which may lead to less disk access. This can be useful with Low-Mem disk projects where the majority of commands are stored directly on the floppy instead of in a archive. But have in mind that ZShell isn't 100% Amiga Shell compatible, among other things, the StartProgram and Mounter scripts will not work for example.

 *  Several small script files have now been joined into a single larger file, this will reduce the RAM usage with a few KB after booting the Amiga911 disk.

 *  Some optional "luxury" can now be added to the disk. This consists of a proportional version of the Topaz font which makes Workbench look a bit better (although a bit weird as well), and toBack&Front which is a tool similar to ClickToFront that makes windows come to front by double-clicking them.

 *  Added GetString which basically is a text string requester gui to be used by script files.

 *  NCD, which can be used for changing directory in Shell by using a file requester, have been reworked where things are optimized a bit, and some old dead weight has been removed.

 *  BindDrivers will now only be included on the disk if the System1/Expansions directory of your project contains some files.

 *  The DiskChange command will now always be included on the disk.

 *  The english version of Fat95 will now be used instead of the german one.

 *  Two new "User" dirs (optional). You can now create a directory called UserLZX in your project dir, and then Amiga911 Maker can create an archive called User.lzx which will include all files found in the UserLZX dir.
The compression used will be the same as with all the other lzx archives. Likewise, you can create a dir called UserXPK, and then Amiga911 Maker can XPK crunch all files it finds in this directory.

 *  Various improvements & bug fixes.


   Version 1.3  -  released saturday the 1. january 2011.
 
 *  Fixed a problem which could occur when formatting disks in Amiga911 Makers "Create disk" GUI on AmigaOS 3.5 based systems without the BB2 update.

 *  Added support for NSDPatch to be included on the disk. This patch together with something that patches scsi.device (like IDEfix) will allow you to use large harddisks (over 4GB) on your Amiga.

 *  Now the compactflash.device file will actually be included on the boot disk (if you have selected so). For some reason or another this file was missing in the source archive used by Amiga911 Maker.

 *  The TD64 patching of FFS (FastFileSystem) is now optional.

 *  Two versions of FileMaster3 are now supported: V3.2 which can be downloaded from Aminet and V3.1 (B11) which can be downloaded right here. The main difference between these two versions is that although the most recent version contains some new functions, it also contains some new annoying bugs as well, and in addition, the file size is slightly larger than the old version. It's up to the user to choose which version to be included on the boot disk, just have in mind that if both versions are present in the Resources dir, the old version will have priority over the new one.

 *  The compression used with the LZX archives are now optimized to the absolute maximum possible, this may now reduce the disk space used with a few KB.

 *  Replaced the Aros backport version of reqtools.library with the original Amiga version, the reason for this is because the old library file is smaller and is compatible with all processors of the 68K family.

 *  After checking what additional files that needs to be downloaded, the text or html file that can be generated by Amiga911 Maker will now include links that leads to the actual pages where the files are located instead of directly to the archive files.

 *  Since support for creating boot disks meant for other AmigaOS versions is planned, the most common files are now present in a new source archive which are used by Amiga911 Maker. This is to make sure that future versions of the Amiga911 Maker distribution will be as small as possible by avoiding lots of duplicate files.

 *  Various improvements & bug fixes.


   Version 1.2  -  released thursday the 2. december 2010.
 
 *  Added the missing "Create Disk" part.

 *  Some minor bug fixes.


   Version 1.0  -  released tuesday the 16. november 2010.
 
 *  First release.




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