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Software : Amiga Anywhere

Introduction

Amiga Anywhere is a simple software layer which has been in development from Amiga Inc since 2000 and has been its main product. The software layers run on top of Tao Group Elate embedded Operation System. The main aim for Amiga Anywhere was to allow developers to make one application using the layers to make software that would be completely system independent and that it could then run on any type of hardware and device that the Amiga Anywhere software was ported to. AmigaAnywhere use to go under the name of AmigaDE, DE stands for Digital Environment, but was renamed so consumer and business could better understand the product in 2003. Before the renaming however Amiga Inc did launch a few products under the DE name, first the AmigaDE SDK (Software development Kit) for $120, this was sold to developers to start writing applications for the new OS. First available on Windows and was latter followed by a Linux version.

The product did seem overpriced, so to sweeten the deal Amiga Inc offered a free T-shirt and $50 coupon off either a AmigaONE or OS4 which later would caused a bit of a stir and rift between Amiga Inc and the community but this is another story for another time. The following year Amiga introduced the Amiga DE player for $20 which could run on Windows, Linux, Windows Mobile, and PalmOS. It came with a few sample games and they also launch the Amiga DE shop.

The main devices that Amiga have targeted with Amiga Anywhere are PDA`s, Mobile Phones and Set Top Box's these will either have the software built into the devices so you can just download the games from Amiga Anywhere site, or you will buy a cartridge which will have the Amiga Anywhere player (or something similar) with a few games ready to play on the devices that can except the cartridge (picture below).

The DE player is NOT an standalone OS, think of it like an Mp3 player, but rather than playing Mp3, this runs Amiga Anywhere games/software files on it. So far the Amiga Anywhere has 67 titles, each of which aren't that powerful, most of the current title have been designed for low powered devices such as Mobile Phones. Amiga formed many 3rd party partnership most notability with Sharp and later Blackberry, however many of these partnership never fully realised, interest and development of the Anywhere platform slowed over the past few years. In 2008 Amiga Anywhere 1.5 was released and Amiga Inc did do one last attempt to get the Amiga Anywhere platform to work, they boldy announced that Amiga OS5 would be better Mac OS X which would be based on Amiga Anywhere technology, this was soon renamed Amiga Anywhere 2.0. The shop games and apps on the store now included the Amiga Anywhere Player with any purchase, plus classic Amiga titles began to appear on the site. The final release was Amiga Snowman Maker and made it clear that Amiga was a shadow of its former self, by this time support and market had passed with more successful platform from the likes of Apple App Store and Google Play. Amiga Inc closed its website and its unknown if there are any future plans for the Amiga Anywhere platform, 2.0 never was released. Below is an old demonstration made on Tech TV back in 2005 by Bill McEwan on the screen saver.