Earlier this month, the Belgian software company Hyperion Entertainment released another AmigaOS update (3.2.2) for the old Commodore personal computer (as spotted by The Register). So, if you still have an Amiga lying about the house, it might be something worth taking a closer look at.
Commodore released OS 3.1 for Amiga all the way back in 1993. And since then, there has been a frankly long and complicated history regarding the ownership of the OS and the various other IP related to Amiga and Commodore (covered here). Nevertheless, all you need to know is that a bunch of companies has continued putting out new updates to the OS ever since the late 90s.
More recently, Hyperion released update 3.2 in May 2021, which, among other things, incorporated a new GUI toolkit called ReAction and a new multi-file text editor, named "TextEdit". Then, in December 2021, Hyperion followed this update with AmigaOS 3.2.1, featuring bug fixes across gadgets and image classes, as well as introducing Rexx language integration to the text editor.
The new AmigaOS 3.2.2, released earlier this month, expands on these features further, adding several improvements to TextEdit's interface including a new "About" box, and incorporating support for earlier versions of "Kickstart".
Here are the full release notes for AmigaOS 3.2.2:
- TextEdit has seen several improvements to its extension interface, and has gained an "About" menu item;
- “Showconfig” now shows 68060 revision;
- “IconEdit” now notifies the user if someone else modifies the icon file that is being edited. And pressing the help key brings up help. The whole color handling of colorful icons has been improved so icons can no longer degrade. Users may end up in a situation wherein it will look worse than on a perfect display, but it will not degrade the icon. As such the dreaded "downgrade" dialog doesn't happen anymore, but in some cases “IconEdit” will open on a separate screen;
- “Kickstart” can now boot with earlier Workbench and icon library versions if they are present on the boot volume. This allows for installation of the ROM whilst retaining the ability to boot any AmigaOS version from 3.1 to 3.9, before installation of AmigaOS 3.2 on a volume;
- The sketchboard.gadget has seen some speed improvements, that should be noticeable when using IconEdit;
- The listbrowser.gadget has had a complete overhaul, making the file much smaller, and a bit faster;
- The layout.gadget has had a complete overhaul;
- The window.class has had a complete overhaul;
- The RAM disk has had a complete overhaul so it is much less likely to cause issues;
- Improved “Locale “support
- Updated version of boards.library
If you want to check it out, you can download the update from Hyperion's website now.