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Font Directory Pro moves to 3.23

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:44, 13/7/2018 |
 
Elesar have released an updated version of Font Directory Pro. As the version number suggests, this is just an incremental update. It does add one really useful feature (suggested by a user) to allow text on the global clipboard to be used in the application.
 
It is good to see the software being updated, and Elesar are always keen to hear if you have any other ideas for improving the software.
 
The update is free to existing users (you should have received an email if you are registered) and can be purchased online
 
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CashBook and other goodies

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:55, 6/7/2018 |
 
Steve Fryatt is a well-known face in the RISC OS world and a regular fixture at RISC OS shows where his stand always has lots of interesting software.
 
His website hosts lots of free software including the free home accounts software CashBook. This has recently reached release 1.41
 
There are utilities like Locate, PrintPDF and PS2Paper, lots of games.
 
If you are looking to write your own software, there are Build Tools and a guide to Wimp Programming In C
 
Steve also has some interesting pages on his website on his non-RISC OS activities.
 
Steve Fryatt's website
 
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!Organizer updated to 2.28a

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:29, 22/6/2018 |
 
A surprise release at Wakefield 2018 was an updated version of !Organizer (2.28a). As the number suggests, this is an incremental update to fix bugs and also add minor improvements to the ToDo Section and the interaction with RiscOSM. According to the change log there are 30 changes in the code from v2.28
 
As with all recent releases of !Organizer, when you run the new software for the first time, it will do some house-keeping and update your data to the latest version.
 
Much of the software world is moving towards more incremental and regular releases, and it is nice to get more regular releases rather than just once a year. And if you have any ideas for features you would like to see in the next release, the developers are keen for your feedback.... (I would love more draggable items as I have become hooked on Trello at work).
 
!Organizer website
 
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55 BBC Micro Books on CD

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:53, 9/3/2018 | ,
 

If you are looking to experiment with BBC BASIC (or a bit of nostalgia), you should take a look at the 55 BBC Micro Books CD from Drag'N'Drop.
 
The disk consists of a wide range of BBC BASIC material, republished. The books themselves are included in multiple formats (PDF, HTML, Impression and EasiWriter) with the BASIC supplied as separate listings.
 
Many of the listings are quite short and targeted at the capabilities of the BBC range, but there is a lot of material here to explore, nicely presented. There is a wide range of programs and guides, with lots of games.
 

 
 
There are plenty of places to get lost, old friends to rediscover and new ones to find in this compilation of material.
 
The CD costs 12 pounds from Drag'N'Drop website
 
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Returning to ImpressionX

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:53, 16/2/2018 | ,
 

 
Impression was always one of my favourite applications, so I was very interested to meet Richard Keefe at the London Show and sign up for his Impression release.
 
What Richard is offering is a scheme where you will get access to his latest version. Potentially this offers three advantages:-
1. An update in the sense it is Impression-X rather than Impression Publisher. This is the flagship release. Most of the features are high-end, but it is always nice to have the top version.
2. An upgrade in the sense that Richard is making Impression run on the latest software. Some use of Aemulor is still needed, but the aim is to totally convert the software to run unaided on modern hardware.
3. Enhancements with better JPEG support, bug fixes and a support piece of software.
 
Richard supplied the software at the London show as a set of Archive files to decompress and install. The most noticeable change is the new splashscreen shown at the top.
 
After that, it is like having an old friend back reinvigorated and refreshed.
 
You can read about Richard's plans for Impression in his indepth interview with Iconbar.
 
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ArtWorks 2.X3 released

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:35, 5/1/2018 | ,
 
The London Show saw the welcome return of Martin and the latest update to Artworks. You could buy this as the show and from the website.
 
As with previous releases, the latest ArtWorks is a mixture of keeping the product current and running on the latest hardware, some tweaks and some new goodies.
 
If you are running Artworks on the latest RaspberryPi, IGEPv5 or Titanium machines, the colour modes all work correctly. With their extra speed, these should be your tool of preference now for most RISC OS activities.....
 
The Single pixel nudging option is a nice to have which makes it easier to move objects in single pixel increments with the ctrl key pressed. Apply ClipView now lets you wrap and object into a clip View where you can edit it with the new shape painter/eraser tool.
 
This is the big new feature which lets you paint and edit clip shapes. You can control the accuracy (how many control points you want) and effectively draw big irregular clips very easily which you can then tweak by editing the shape. At the London Show, Martin showed how easy this made it to cut images out of a background which can then be used as part of a drawing as if they were just an image with a transparent background. You can also use it to edit any Vector shape, taking a bite out of the iconic ArtWorks apple...
 
 


 
ArtWorks has always been a favourite tool of mine, both for work and fun. Now it runs really nicely on my Titanium and the new Shape tool is a really nice addition to its featureset. I look forward to 2.X4!
 
As with all previous releases, there are discounts to upgrade from a previous version.
 
New features summary
 
Ordering details
 
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!OBrowse reviewed

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:52, 17/11/2017 |
 
!OBrowse was originally released as a 'freebie/thank-you' to anyone who had put money into RISC OS developments. It has been updated for the London Show and was also available for sale at 40 pounds (providing a simple way for people who wanted to contribute smaller amounts to the project).
 
!OBrowse is a front-end for the !Otter port for RISC OS. As R-CompInfo were very keen to stress, !Otter is not their project and is a free release which no-one has to pay for. What they have written is some code which allows you to run the software in a much more RISC OS friendly way. They are offering their front end as a way to finance their plans (which will also be available as free software to anyone). They have already made an impact by funding one of the ROOL bounties to bring RISC OS networking support up to date.
 
!OBrowse is not tied to any release of !Otter and does not 'add' any additional functionality. What it does do is make !Otter into a much more compliant and better behaved RISC OS application. It has a proper iconbar entry, can be run to open HTML files or a URL. It can take over all the protocols which use a browser, supports global clipboard, drag and drop, etc It does this role very well and you get a polished RISC OS application which works as you would expect and plays nicely with the rest of the system.
 

 
If you are an investor or want to support RISCOS Developments, it is a very nice to have application installed and a no brainer. If you just want to experiment with accessing the internet under RISC OS, !Otter will run perfectly well on your machine without it.
 
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DDE reaches release 28 and above

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:25, 10/11/2017 | ,
 
At the London Show, ROOL released DDE 28. DDE is a key development tool for RISC OS so it very important to see regular new releases for it.
 
The software was sent out to show purchasers as a time-limited link to download (I got my copy on sunday morning after the show!). You can now get it via the ROOL store.
 
The change logs record changes to 13 tools in the software specific to the DDE software and the readme lists changes to other software (like !srcEdit). Most of the changes are minor. For example, !AMU is now 5.32 - up from 5.31 in DDE27) and now correctly reads a timestamp). Some items have not changed in this release (for example !ABC).
 
There have been some major changes in the Compiler, which actually introduced a bug in compilation. This was quickly fixed with a patch release from ROOL, containing just the changed files. So you will need both to patch your existing version - hopefully ROOL have updated the original DDE28 build for new downloads.
 
This is quite a technical release and there is a good and detailed discussion of the technical changes on the ROOL forums. There is also an interesting discussion on the bug introduced. It is good to see the software is being evaluated and used by developers and full credit to ROOL for the quick fix.
 
The package also comes with a full collection of documentation in PDF format and this has all been updated to latest versions.
 
If you are a non-technical user, this release essentially continues to improve the software and ensure it supports the ARM platforms as well as possible. If you are looking to get into programming, it is also a fully featured collection of all the tools and documentation you need with lots of examples to get you started (and a great way to support ROOL).
 
ROOL store
 
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