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Old 15 February 2004, 03:03   #1
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Amiga is it worth it

Ill appreciate some advice. Im considering buying a Amiga setup, (an 1200 or 4000) does the Amiga have any software not available for the PC or Macintosh platforms that can be classed as being "killer applications" of real worth. Also is Internet connectivity an easy task on the Amiga, what modem manufactures are re recommended and browser software to use.

And can anybody suggest good shareware software sites for the Amiga.
 
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Old 15 February 2004, 03:05   #2
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The one and only ............ -> AMINET
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Old 15 February 2004, 03:18   #3
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And can anybody suggest good shareware software sites for the Amiga.
and be sure to check out the AMINET mirrors too
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Old 15 February 2004, 03:37   #4
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Ok, Ill try to answer the first part of your post too

With a good equipped Amiga setup (and I do NOT mean an out-of-the-box A4000 for example) you will not come accross ANY so called "Killer-App"

Well, you may be able to do the same things as you do with your Mac/PC system but most things are a lot slower .....

For example theres still no Office Pack available for Amiga .... and still no Amiga Browser with Java etc.

If you want to buy an Amiga to REPLACE your Mac/PC .... just dont do it because you will be disappointed for sure .....

I have done this, since my PC broke down, Im currently only using my old, trusty A2000 with 060 CPU and my A4000 with 040 CPU but its a lot fiddling around with slow and incompatible Software ....

I can of course listen to mp3s and watch movies, but the quality and speed is a bit ...... uhmmmmm ...... bad ....

And of course I can play games, but Im limited to one or two new games that come out in a year ..... thats not the point for me cause I love playing the old games on my A500 anyway

In my opinion, working with an Amiga is still more fun than working with MacOS/Linux/Windows but you need to be stress proved and you must be able to spend a LOT of money to get a REALLY FAST Amiga system (PPC, PCI, USB, whatever) .......

An Amiga is a good computer, but if you want it to replace any other Computer setup ..... you really have to be an Amiga Fanatic
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Old 15 February 2004, 05:16   #5
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Agreed with Retro here. You will find no "killer apps" in the classic Amiga platform, even if you own a PPC accelerator.

I consider Deluxe Paint IV to be a killer app, but that alone would not justify me switching completely, since most of the work I do has to be done in Mac or PC environments (for they do have the "killer apps" I need for my work).

If you tell us specifically what you are looking for with the Amiga we can help you further, but Retroman has given a pretty damn good generic guideline for anyone trying to embark into the Amiga with the intention of ditching the pc/mac in the way.

As for modems and software, you will be catered for in these areas. I remember using a standard Supra Fax/Modem 33.6 for my internet duties, along with Miami, and all that worked well... On my A1200 with a 68030@50 and no FPU. I could browse the EAB at 64 colors, using AWeb-II, at the same speed I browsed the EAB when I had my Pentium 133Mhz.
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Ill appreciate some advice. Im considering buying a Amiga setup, (an 1200 or 4000) does the Amiga have any software not available for the PC or Macintosh platforms that can be classed as being "killer applications" of real worth. Also is Internet connectivity an easy task on the Amiga, what modem manufactures are re recommended and browser software to use.

And can anybody suggest good shareware software sites for the Amiga.
I have three words for you Frank that make the Amiga worth it, Video Toaster 4000! Sure you can get a Video Toaster for the PC if you have about $10,000 for a system that handle it including the Toaster card. Amiga Video Toasters can be had for as little as $75 or for free if your a programmer.

http://www.openvideotoaster.org
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Agreed with Retro here. You will find no "killer apps" in the classic Amiga platform, even if you own a PPC accelerator.
Bah! Bars & Pipes, man. Bars & Pipes! The best MIDI sequencer ever made. I'm talking pure MIDI. No audio, no software synths or multitracking (without extra hardware), but MIDI editing and playback. There is no other program like it.
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There must be a reason why they ported apps like Lightwave to the PC.
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Bah! Bars & Pipes, man. Bars & Pipes! The best MIDI sequencer ever made. I'm talking pure MIDI. No audio, no software synths or multitracking (without extra hardware), but MIDI editing and playback. There is no other program like it.
Hey, you are like me, but for Joe Punter, Bars n Pipes means pish all, they will all be wanting Cubase SX or Logic Pro.

You will notice in my post I mention Deluxe Paint IV as a killer app, and to me, it is. Best pixelling tool ever , EVER! But lots of people willl say that they can do the same with Photoshop. bah.
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You will notice in my post I mention Deluxe Paint IV as a killer app, and to me, it is. Best pixelling tool ever , EVER! But lots of people willl say that they can do the same with Photoshop. bah.
gays, for sure.
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Bah! Bars & Pipes, man. Bars & Pipes! The best MIDI sequencer ever made. I'm talking pure MIDI. No audio, no software synths or multitracking (without extra hardware), but MIDI editing and playback. There is no other program like it.
Can you please tell me the difference between BarsnPipes1.23 and Bars&PipesPro 2.5
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gays, for sure.
I would say plain stupid, instead.

You know how irreplaceable DPaint is, judas. Just like me.
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