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
* 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 The highway.usbhcd file seems to have been
replaced by a new hostusb.usbhcd file in Anaiis 1.10, and this is the main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
* 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
* 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
* 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 -
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
* Various small improvements & bug
Version 1.38 -
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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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 -
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
* 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 -
the 2. december 2010.
* Added the missing "Create Disk"
* Some minor bug fixes.
Version 1.0 -
the 16. november 2010.
* First release.