Prepared a special Version of AmiFox for Amiga38. McDope did a lot of work to create a boxed Version of AmiFox to sell to people (later I decided to pay the bill and make the box a free of charge item).
The Box looks very nice and will be given out for free at the event (others already pre-ordered and will get the box by mail). Originally it was planed to have 50 boxes but the printer services was somehow very generous and send much more boxes for the same price. I added a little serial number and the A38 logo for the people getting this boxed version, every box has a unique serial number. But the serial ist just cosmetics and shown in the window and about. AmiFox is and stays free.
The new version has some new Features like a AREXX interface, a possibility to submit a webpage as command line parameter (both useful for OpenURL usage).
Especially for small screen Amigas (like Native PAL Hires Mode) parts of the interface can be hidden. either automatically (the status bar) or by button click (the text input bar).
When I created AmiTranslate I tried the multi byte languages as well (chinese, japanese, korean and others) but the PDF Export did not work and I didn’t understand why, so I left them out.
Today I noticed there is an option when saving the PDF in FreePascal which reduces the embedded font to a minimum to keep the file size down. It seems like it does that by removing such asian chars, so even you define a special asian font the output will just be empty.
The downsides it of course the PDF becomes huge, some megabytes, you can reduce that by let the font pack on PDF creation, but even in UAE it needs a long time, so I disabled that as well
I noticed some bugs in AmiTranslate and also got some suggestions how to improve the program. Firstly the scrollbars for the text edits did not work (where not connected to the actual textedit). The pdf did not care about returns or line wrap so a longer text are not readable. Now it cares about returns in the text and will also insert line wraps for longer texts.
A wish was to include a context menu for both edits to copy and paste text.
So it’s time for a new release 0.2, Download at the Programs Page
Usually when I translate texts from one language to an other I use DeepL to do it, it makes better results than Google translate in the most cases (at least if german is the target language). It also has an API to use and the first 500.000 chars are free, so I created a little program for Amiga to use that API.
It’s stupidly named AmiTranslate I know very unimaginative but hey seems the name is not used already, so why not. Of course the program needs an Internet connection and SSL (OpenSSL3 on MorphOS; AmiSSL on all other systems) because it talks directly with the DeepL server (via https) and it needs the texteditor.mcc.
Of course for some of the languages there is the problem of showing the chars (e.g. russian) for that I included a PDF writing function and a plain UTF-8 Text output then you can use other programs to read the actual text. of course nicer would be to make a real TTF output maybe later.
I also removed some languages which does not work at all (even the PDF output, like japanese, korean and chinese)
If you have an own DeepL key you can add the ToolType „DEEPLKEY=<key>“ to the icon, then even my 500.000 chars are used you can still use your own, it’s free so why not.
Introducing AREXX commands for AmiFox, so you can send a URL to AmiFox to view. If the Browser is idle it will directly start to load the new URL. If still loading another URL it will remember the URL and start it after the current one is finished loading, maybe later also stop the current task, atm its easier that way.
Wit this new AREXX command of course one can use an AREXX script but even better you can use programs like openurl to directly send urls to your favourite Web-browser… or AmiFox 😀
To check if the releases of AmiFox Server work I tried that on a RasPi, fresh install, the only thing you need to install is the Chromium-browser and start the WRP. sudo apt install chromium-browser wget https://github.com/alb42/wrp/releases/download/v0.3/wrp-arm-linux chmod a+x wrp-arm-linux ./wrp-arm-linux
The AmiFox Server can already be used via docker container with everything you need installed, but this works atm only for x64 linux with docker installed. But the original WRP was already prepared to cross compile to multiple targets, so I made a release with all the platforms available which includes, Windows, Mac or Linux on a RasPi, there you can start the apps directly. You might need some additional packages though, for example a current Google Chrome / Chromium Browser browser must be installed.
A new version of AmiFox is ready for release, I fixed some more bugs the last days. The 0.3 Version is a big step forward for usability of AmiFox. Most of these features I already introduced in the blog entries here so just a short recap.
Copy Text from selected webpage (AmiFox-Server 0.2+)
Copy Clipboard from Server (AmiFox-Server 0.2+)
IFF Format (AmiFox-Server 0.2+)
send longer texts to page (needs texteditor.mcc)
Mouse wheel support
Shift cursor up/down send as Page up/Down (AmiFox-Server 0.2+)
Error message when Datatype could not load image
send Youtube URLs to AmiTube
send Google Maps and OpenStreetmap positions to Mapparium
AROS Version atm i386 and 64bit ABIv11
Read URL at Mouse position
direct download of catched URL at mouse position
save Webpage Image
Downloads as always on the AmiFox Page or with the Update check inside AmiFox.
If you using an own AmiFox Server please note that you must update to the latest Version to get all the Features, The Current Version should have the Version Number „AmiFox-Server 0.3“ visible in the AmiFox about (after at least one page was loaded) or in the footer of the AmiFoxServer webpage, next to the WRP Version number.