Oct 272016

Users of RISC OS on Titanium-based machines have the option of booting into Linux thanks to GoLinux from Elesar, suppliers of the motherboard itself. However, as shown in this video recording of Chris Hall speaking to the Midlands User Group back in September, what that gets you into – initially – is a command line system, on which a graphical user interface needs to be set up, if that’s your preference.

Back in summer, R-Comp produced a ‘graphical’ Linux disc for a customer, and they will be making such discs available at the London Show on Saturday – so armed with such a disc and Elesar’s GoLinux, Titanium users can boot into a desktop environment on Linux. Prices will vary according to the size of disc, and whether or not you have purchased either a TiMachine or Titanium support scheme subscription, but start at £35.00.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272016

Labelled as ‘Coming Soon?’ on the RISCOSbits website is a product called GeminX – the page for which sports a large image showing a RISC OS desktop, with a window open featuring what appears to be Windows 10. Given that no current RISC OS solution would be capable of emulating a system fast enough to sensibly run Windows 10, it’s very likely this is either neatly packaged (as in easy for the average user) software involving VNC, or perhaps a hybrid hardware/software solution.

Either way, further down the page the words “Preview at the RISC OS London Show” can be seen – so perhaps a good profit could be made on the Soft Rock Software/RISCOSitory stand selling baseball bats.

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Oct 272016

Andy Marks has posted a sneak peak picture to the RISCOSBits Twitter account, along with the hashtag #neverbeforeseen – but what the picture clearly shows is the box that the humble Raspberry Pi is usually supplied in, which is something that just about everyone interested in these things has seen. The picture, he says, is only a clue, and this is something else for the London Show on Saturday. So what gives?

The answer is probably a hitherto unannounced product called the PiPOD – a means to allow the Raspberry Pi to be mounted in a podule slot in either a RiscPC or A7000, with both the old and new systems able to be run simultaneously, with one running in a window on the other – presumably using VNC.

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Oct 272016

With a prominent effect of the EU Referendum result here in the UK being the low value of the British pound against other currencies, most notably the dollar, R-Comp Interactive have announced that they are able to avoid increasing the price of ARMSX ARMX6 and TiMachine computers, at least for now. The per machine costs to the company have risen by £70-£100, but they managed to build up a stock of components prior to the referendum  – so there will be a final batch of the computers available at the London Show on Saturday at the current prices.

All machines will be supplied with an extra storage device at no extra cost, and will include the newly expanded Bundle CD, featuring software worth around £300.00 – so it’s not all bad!

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Oct 272016

A new version of leading bitmap graphics editor PhotoDesk will be available at the London Show on Saturday from 4D, the sister company of CJE Micro’s. The new version brings a number of changes, including better JPEG support and improved compatibility for a number of modern RISC OS platforms (with support for the Raspberry Pi 3 added) – but perhaps most importantly, it now supports those platforms on which the order of colour components are swapped, such as IGEPv5 and Titanium.

Upgrades – which start at £12.00 if upgrading from 3.12 – will be available at the show if customers bring their PhotoDesk CDs with them. For new customers, the software is priced at £84.00.

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Oct 272016

Visitors to Saturday’s London Show will be able to see (and buy or upgrade to) a new version of RiscOSM, the map viewing software from Sine Nomine. The headline feature of the new version is the ability to trace out routes on the map – the software can now follow map features when doing so, making it easy to plan an accurate route. See it in action on Sine Nomine’s stand, or in the show theatre during Matthew Phillips’ presentation. Also check out Chris Hall’s GPS software, relaying location data to RiscOSM, which will be on display on the Soft Rock Software stand.

The latest map data will also be available to purchase, on both USB sticks and SD cards – and anyone bringing back an SD card (including the SD adapter for micro-SD cards) previously purchased from Sine Nomine will be entitled to a discount.

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Oct 272016

Orpheus Internet, the very RISC OS-friendly ISP that was formed by the late Paul Vigay and now headed up by Richard Brown – one half of the Dynamic Duo that organises the Southwest Show – have announced that they now have new prices for ADSL and Fibre-to-the-Cabinet services. The company also provides off-site, secure backup facilities, and a range of remote support services, all at sensible prices.

Richard will be in attendance at the London Show on Saturday, providing an ideal opportunity to discuss your needs, and says that the company is “working towards a new server and service aimed specifically at RISC OS Users” – but you’ll have to wait until the Southwest Show to find out more about that.

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Oct 262016

Elesar Ltd is once again using the services of RISC OS Open Logistics, by offering a click and collect scheme for goods purchased in time for this year’s London Show, which takes place on Saturday. To take advantage of this scheme, which can represent quite a saving on heavier items, simply select ‘Pick up at London Show’ when choosing your shipping method at the check out.

The cut-off point in the past has been 10:00am on the day before the Southwest Show, and 11:00am on the day before the Wakefield Show – so it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and assume that this time it’ll be 10:00am on Friday. Elesar has let RISCOSitory know via Twitter that click and collect orders for the London Show will be accepted up until midday on Friday.

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,
Oct 262016

RISC OS Open Ltd have announced a new edition of Nut Pi – a collection of commercial software, all provided on an SD-card for the Raspberry Pi. The latest version, which will be available at the London Show on Saturday brings ARMv8 compatibility to the software, which means it is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3 – and some of the titles included in the collection have been updated to the latest versions.

The collection costs £35 plus shipping and VAT, which gets you a bundle of software that would normally cost around £600 – so represents excellent value for money. However, that low price means it’s not possible to offer discounted upgrade prices.

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Oct 262016

Available from R-Comp at the London Show this weekend will be a new version of Fireworkz Pro, an integrated word processor, spreadsheet and database application. Version 2.20 includes support for the global clipboard, allowing the application to copy (or cut) and paste data to or from other applications. The software has also benefited from several bug fixes and minor improvements, along with major internal changes and restructuring, to pave the way for future modifications (and internationalisation).

The CD edition is priced at £39.00 with upgrades from v1 costing £20.00. Those who have purchased earlier v2 releases can upgrade for a fiver. The new version will also be available to purchase from !Store next week.


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