icaros desktop – ZuneView, the modern pictures editing solution for AROS

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Why ?

Because i think that ICAROS has to be known !

because ZuneView is a modern and complete solution.

Main Window :

Zune view main window, picture on the right, file list on the top, drawers tree and meta tools on the left. On the bettom you hae the informations on the picture.

the main window, with the list of pictures of the drawer on the top. so, i want to edit this picture.

Some use and effects :

let’s try an artistic effect like oil painting

result of the artistic “oil painting” effect

the other artistic effects available

the color adjustement window

Settings :

the settings window

the settings window zoomed

Other effects and tools available :

  • crop
  • rotate (all way)
  • flip (all directions)
  • statistical filter
  • convolution
  • adding exif meta datas to the file
  • support for PNG and JPG export

Amicloud howto, review and links – when the cloud comes to AROS, icaros desktop, and amiga OS3.9 classic (and all others : windows/linux/mac/morphos/aos4…)

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What is Amicloud, and why use it ?

Hi, today an article on Amicloud.

Amicloud is like dropbox, google drive, owncloud… is it a “cloud” solution.

Many people say that “there is no cloud, but only another people’s computer”. They are half right.

There is not only a server, but also a client software which runs in the background, allowing the server and the client to synchronize without the user to do anything.

In the past, we had to copy the file on a USB key (or even a d7 🙂 ), and transfer it to the other computer. If we make a change on the file, we had to copy it back to the first computer. To share the file in order to work on it with other peoples, we had to send it by mail (or email), wait for the other to send it back… It was not very handy (but we did it anyway, i’m not saying we couldn’t work !).

This is what is called a cloud : you just have to copy a file in a place, this file appears automatically on all the computers where the client has been installed on. And you can share them with other peoples just by sending a web address.

Cloud system is so handy that I have installed owncloud at my job for customers to use it, and this is a success : whatever peripheral you use : phone, tablet, computer, macintosh, windows, … you have your files everywhere you need them.

Now, Amicloud bring this to Amiga and related OS (MorphOS, AROS, Amiga OS 68K). It is FANTASTIC !

It is not a free tool, but it is worth the price (very low, in my opinion).

Purchasing it :

get to <A HREF="http://amicloud.de">http://amicloud.de</A> ( https://www.aeros-os.org/styled-14/index.html )

get to http://amicloud.de ( https://www.aeros-os.org/styled-14/index.html )

Choose your formule. I prefered to get only AEROS Plus, because I'm only interested in testing Amicloud for the moment.

Choose your formula on the left. I prefered to get only AEROS Plus, because I’m only interested in testing Amicloud for the moment. Click on “subscribe”.

The different purchase formulas :
  • AEROS Plus : 1€ monthly for 1 year (12€/year). One paiement, you get 5 Gb and an activation code for every OS type you wish.
  • AEROS + Amicloud Pro : 5€ monthly  for 1 year. One paiement, and you get 25Gb and an activation code for every OS type you wish.
  • with Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/posts/amicloud-1-2-for-8357143) : patreon applies taxes only once (if compared to Paypal), so the programers get a little bit more money (i haven’t tried this solution)
  • You can purchase every client once (without monthly fees) : i haven’t tried this
You are redirected to the paypal shop for ARES

You are redirected to the paypal shop for ARES. Choose your paiement formula, and do it.

I personally decided to use paypal

Everything’s OK. paiement is monthly for the AEROS Plus formula. 1€ is not much !


Preparing the sync drawer on AROS :


We must create a new drawer to prepare the syncing place


I create it with an icon.

Downloading on AROS

So, ity’s payed, we now have to download it.


Read the disclaimer and Click on “start download”

choose where you want to put it

choose where you want to put it

wait until it's done

wait until it’s done

Unarc using ZuneArc

Unarc using ZuneArc


Now, we can launch the Amicloud application

Amicloud first launch on AROS, configuration :


For the moment, it is not connected. We have to configure it.



First, we get the Syncing folder (first line), and the monocore-friendly mode must be “on” on AROS, cause for the moment, it is a single core OS. But it is going to change !

New account creation (only once) :


Account creation : you click on the little pencil and enter your username and password (that will be your account)


you must type your password again


you must provide the email address you have given when purchasing Amicloud


Each time the program sees that you connect to an account on a new OS type, it ask for a registration. I use voucher codes, because I am on a monthly paiement.


The codes have been sent to me by Pascal Papara. Maybe you will wait for some hours after you purchased the program because everything is managed by hands by Pascal.


So you enter the voucher code that correspond to your OS (here AROS)



Complete the registration on Indie-GO! :

[caption id="attachment_2404" align="aligncenter" width="629"] After your account creation, you receive (only once), an email asking for completing your registration. Just click on the link.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2405" align="aligncenter" width="900"] If everything is okay, you should get this.[/caption]

Syncing your first files on AROS :


To test the solution, I just copied some files into the Amicloud directory using DOpus


The files are copied


it is instantaneous : the synchronization begins


When it is done, we get a kind message


I tried to add a file to see how it reacts. That’s good, the synchronization is done automatically.


you can “pause” the synchronization

On Windows :

Preparing the Sync forder on Windows 7/10 :

just create a drawer

just create a drawer

Using Amicloud and syncing files on Windows 7/10 (with a trick for win 10) :

As for AROS, choose the right executable

As for AROS, choose the right executable on the download page


save the file and unzip it

the drawer after unzipping contains 2 other drawers, go to the Windows one

the drawer after unzipping contains 2 other drawers, go to the Windows one

and copy the included “Amicloud” drawer wherever you wish

This is the content of the Amicloud drawer, launch “Amicloud”

As on AROS with the shell window, we here have a DOS one

With the window, as on AROS

With the window, as on AROS

connect using the account you created before

Choose the drawer you created before

Choose the drawer you created before

The same, as it is the first time you connected from a window OS, it asks for a registration

The same, as it is the first time you connected from a window OS, it asks for a registration

enter the right voucher code for windows

enter the right voucher code for windows. It will be asked only once. If you install a new Windows version of amicloud on an other computer, or reinstall it, it won’t ask this registration again.


We have synchronized files on AROS. Right after registration, the synchronization on your new windows installation begins.

We have synchronized files on AROS. Right after registration, the synchronization on your new windows installation begins.

So, it is done !

So, it is done !

And, this is right, the files are there !

And, this is right, the files are there !

Windows 10 amicloud window does not appear (is hidden) trick :

[caption id="attachment_2430" align="aligncenter" width="452"]On windows 10, the Amicloud window does not appear, or we cannot focus on it, so it is not possible to register. On windows 10, the Amicloud window does not appear, or we cannot focus on it, so it is not possible to register.[/caption]

The windows does not appear on my windows 10 (it is impossible to focus on). So I installed on windows 7, and copy the file “tmp/winpos” in the same drawer of my win 10 amicloud drawer, and tadaaa, the window appear and you can log in.

Here is mine, if needed (zipped) : winpos

Mac OS X and Amiga OS 3.9 test is coming !

More about Amicloud :

Some simple settings :

When I have some time, I’ll add here some available settings.

About activations (voucher codes) :

You can install amicloud any number of times you need, on any number of computer you need. The only condition is to have asked for a voucher code for each OS you use to Pascal Papara, first.

Only one activation per OS type is needed. If you install again Ammicloud on an other computer with the same OS, you just have to type your login and password, it won’t ask for the voucher code again.

Official links :

the cloud home page : http://www.amicloud.de/

the support forum : http://www.a-mc.biz/support

the pdf guide : http://www.indiego.rocks/file/download/84b8fdd861d80acd4f9ea9cae0512b36

a video which shows amicloud running and syncing on linux and windows : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgrpa1FIWoA

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Amicloud on AROS-EXEC :

refer to this thread on aros-exec : http://aros-exec.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=9048

The post about the last version on 20170308 : http://aros-exec.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?post_id=103300#forumpost103300

icaros desktop – Running OWB from the RAM Disk to improve browsing speed

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Speed comparison :

I’ve made a little video to show the difference.

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It’s proved : OWB speed is much better when running from RAM Disk.

How to automate :

I think the best is to add a little script which copy OWB drawer from SYS:Utilities to RAM Disk: into your User-Startup

So add this :

mkdir ram:OWB
copy sys:Utilities/OWB Ram:OWB/ ALL CLONE >NIL:
copy sys:Utilities/OWB.info Ram: >NIL:

Problems :

the copy time is long (it is still usable : almost 20s added to the boot time), but we can make it faster if we delete useless files from the OWB drawer (docs, …)

If you don’t copy the drawer back onto the HD, you won’t save your cache, cookies, passwords… So you need a script for it.

my amiga corner

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Welcome to my wonderfull Amiga Corner. So, let’s have a look :
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My amiga corner. On the left, we can see my emulated A4000 in its wonderfull X500+ case, my AROS box in the bottom, and my A1200 on the top.

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My AROS box is an Optiplex 755, can you see the eye of icarus on the power button ?

More photos on my icaros there : my icaros box
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my emulated A4000 in its wonderfull X500+ micro ATX case

More photos on my emulated A4000 + tuto there : my emulated amiga 4000
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and my lilttle gem, my diamond : my A1200 NOS got by Petro himself. For the moment, i haven’t integrated the hardware extensions (we can see the USB plugs coming from the RapidRoad USB). I’ll do it when I can and make an article on it.

More photos of my A1200 there : my a1200
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my amiga corner and my musical desktop seen by the left

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my KVM switcher so I can have only one keyboard/mouse/screen for my A4000 emulated and my AROS box

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my Gateway PS/2 keyboard to use with my A1200 + Lirah adapter

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my lazer USB mouse for use with my A1200 + Joypad RyS MKII

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my wireless keyboard + mouse for use with my AROS box and my emulated A4000

Some Goodies :

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my last D7 of my demo swapping period

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my two prefered paper magazines

icaros desktop – OWB Odyssey Web Browser : how to configure it for a confortable and stable surf time

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Why taking so much care of OWB :

OWB is a crucial but a little bit sensible application. I personnally find it very fast and usefull. I use it for webmailing, browsing my blog, going on http://aros-exec.org, http://youtube.com, etc…

Most of all, it is becoming better and better at each new version.

Links to refer to :

Last OWB executable (2017-02) : odyssey-1.25-11.i386-aros.zip

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