Dec 122017
 

Plus a new version of rRaw.

PhShpLyrs is an application from Anton Reiser that makes it possible to pull the image and individual layers from a Photoshop PSD file and save them as a RISC OS-native image format. There are some limitations as to the type of PSD file, but when such a file is loaded into the application it allows the main image and any layers to be saved as sprites (with a full alpha channel). It’s also possible to wrap all of the layers (though not the main image) into a Drawfile.

Anton also released an updated version of rRaw earlier this year. Version 0.04 of the application, which is able to read raw files from various digital cameras, benefits from a bug being addressed that affected some Nikon NEF 14-uncompressed files, and also gains some new features, such as the ability to export GPS geolocation data from the ‘About this image’ window.

Many thanks to Carlos Michael Santillán for giving providing me with a heads-up about these.

 December 12, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 092017
 

It appears that the London Show website was quietly updated a few weeks ago with the date of the 2018 event: 27th October.

The venue will again be the St Giles Hotel, Feltham, and the doors will be open to the public from 11:00am until 5:00pm, with an entry fee of £5.00 on the door for adults and £0.00 for under-16s.

 December 9, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with:
Dec 072017
 

An extra wide, 256 colour display!

A two-headed Titanium on the ROOL stand at Southwest 2016

A two-headed Titanium on the ROOL stand at Southwest 2016

With two DVI-I sockets on board, one of the selling points of Elesar‘s Titanium is the ability to drive two displays side by side. RISC OS doesn’t (properly) support this, but it can be done by fooling the operating system into treating the two screens as though they are one. The software to do this has been available since February 2016.

Much more recently, an updated ROM image was released in July of this year that allowed the board to use 256 colour screen modes – which might sound odd to make a point of with modern systems (including the Titanium) capable of running with 16 million colour displays, but there is some older software that actually needs to run in screen modes with a more limited colour depth; so called “paletted” modes. Continue reading »

 December 7, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Dec 062017
 

Mark Tuesday, 12th December in your diaries if you are a RISC OS user within shouting distance of Southampton, because that’s when the next meeting takes place for users in that area. Those who attend the meeting are welcome to bring along any hardware or software to discuss with the group. There will be at least one small network of RISC OS computers, and an internet connection – and it’s a stroke of luck that this is December, the same month in which Christmas falls, because there will be a demonstration of at least one piece of festive hardware!

The group meets in the Sports Centre of Itchen College, Deacon Road, Southampton – in the College Centre, the open area with tables and chairs adjacent to the Sports Centre Reception. The car park is accessed from Deacon Road, opposite Whites Road. The meeting takes place from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, and there is no admission fee.

 December 6, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 042017
 

Also: There will be mince pies. (Hmm… should this have been the headline?)

The December meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club takes place on the 6th – that’s this Wednesday – and Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games will be the guest speaker, discussing the art of writing games and producing the necessary audio-visual effects with RISC OS. All of AMCOG’s games to date will be demonstrated, including an in-development first person perspective zombie game, and RDSP – Tony’s sound synthesis engine.

WROCC members can attend the meeting for free (there is a small fee for any non-members who wish to attend), which takes place at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close (off Walton Lane),
Wakefield, WF2 6ER.
 December 4, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Dec 022017
 

If you are designing or developing a piece of hardware and need to use a microcontroller, you will need a way to program it. There are many tools to do this available for other platforms (x86 in particular) – but there is also a solution for RISC OS users in the form of Rob Sprowson’s PIC suite.

PIC Suite is a set of applications that make it possible to develop for Microchip’s range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers, and it has reached its 20th birthday. To coincide with this, Rob has just released an update for the suite, adding a greater range of supported devices, which now stands at 110. Continue reading »

 December 2, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Nov 232017
 

So let’s all have a Black Celebration1.

For the second year running, Elesar Ltd is allowing RISC OS users to benefit from Black Friday – a sales event from the Untidy States of Overpuddle2 that has started to catch on here in the UK.

For Overpuddlians, the last Thursday in November is a national holiday called Thanksgiving, and the day following it is considered to be the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Major retailers on that side of the puddle have sales and open early that day, which has become known as Black Friday. For the past few years it has started to become something of an event here in the UK, and last year Elesar brought a Black Friday sale to the RISC OS community. Continue reading »

 November 23, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: ,
Nov 182017
 

Sadly, though, the time shift it has engaged isn’t some kind of time machine.

The date has been published for the Recursion Computer Science Fair, 2018 – a multi-platform event with a focus on education that takes place at the King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon. Despite Recursion not being a RISC OS show, there is usually a RISC OS presence in the form of the Midlands User Group, and a small number of other exhibitors. Continue reading »

 November 18, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,