The following is a step-by-step guide to producing a glass-topped button, where a glassy surface covers the underlying button and any image depicted thereon. The steps are geared towards ArtWorks2, the premier vector editing package for RISC OS, and there is a supporting file on my website showing the full eight steps in ArtWorks format. The basic steps should be generally applicable to other vector graphics packages on other platforms, so there is also PDF version of the file.
Christopher Dewhurst, the Drag ‘n Drop Publications editor, has released an excellent compilation of 55 BBC Micro Books, all together on one CD ROM.
For any RISC OS user who wants to have a go at BASIC programming these are an essential buy. Although biased towards the BBC Micro, quite a few of the programs will run on current RISC OS machines, or can be edited to do so quite simply. Some of the subjects covered in the books and programs are:
Also: Pictures and words from Clive Semmens’ recent talk now online.
Announced a couple of weeks ago and taking place in two days time, Andrew Conroy will be the guest speaker at this month’s RISC OS User Group of London meeting. Regularly seen at shows with his CJE Micro’s employee hat on, Andrew exhibited at this year’s Southwest Show in his own right, exhibiting many interfacing projects using the Raspberry Pi and, of course, RISC OS. It is this subject that he will be talking about in London. For more details, please refer to the previous announcement, or the meetings page on the ROUGOL website.
Last month, Clive Semmens was the group’s guest speaker, covering his thirty years working and playing with ARM processors. The page on the ROUGOL website referring to the meeting has since been updated with a few photographs, and links to resources that Clive himself has made available – what he said (PDF), and the pictures supporting his talk.
Harriet Bazley has announced the release of version 1.48 of Textseek, a multi-file search application that presents the results of its searches via throwback, allowing you to click on a particular result to be taken to the relevant place in the file.
The main change – which was actually made in 2015, but due to an oversight has only now been released – is to address a bug whereby the application could crash or produce a corrupted filetypes menu, neither of which is ideal, if used on a system on which filetypes have been defined without names. The program also now ignores errors caused by characters in filenames that RISC OS doesn’t normally allow when these are read over a network, and a fix provided by Martin Avison means the program can now better cope with scanning corrupt BASIC programs.
The Midlands User Group will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, 19th May – tomorrow – and the guest speaker will be Tom Williamson of Ident Computer, with a talk covering the company’s recent developments, such as the Ident CE, the new arrangement with RISCOSbits acting as a supplier, and 3D printing.
If you wish to attend, the meeting will take place from 2:00pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, B60 1BL, and there is a small charge to cover the costs of the hall and refreshments.
If you haven’t yet voted, why not do so now?
The RISC OS Awards poll for 2017 has been open now since mid-March and will be coming to a close in a couple of weeks time. As such, now is an ideal time to take another look at some of the alternative nominations people have made if they felt something other than the options on offer deserve to win in any given category.
If you have yet to vote, please do so as soon as possible in order to your vote to be counted. Don’t forget that this is a good way for you to help highlight those things in the RISC OS world – both people, and products – that you think need to be highlighted.
The next meeting for Bristol RISC OS users will take place on Wednesday, 9th May. Running from 7:30pm until kicking out time, the place to be is:
6 Lower Clifton Hill,
There will probably be flashing – but don’t worry, it’ll be LEDs rather than Andrew himself.
Although Andrew will be recognised by many people as one of the faces of CJE Micro’s, regularly in attendance as one of the team at RISC OS shows, he also uses RISC OS in his spare time – and his talk in London will centre around one aspect of that: Raspberry Pi interfacing projects, for which he uses BBC BASIC.
If you’re a RISC OS user in the Southampton area, then Tuesday, 8th May is the date you need to note down – for that is when your local user group next gets together. The meeting, which runs from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, is free to attend – and you can bring along any hardware or software you wish to show off, try out, seek help with, or whatever.
The place to be is the Sports Centre of Itchen College – head for the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs by the Sports Centre Reception desk – Deacon Road, Southampton.
You write ’em and send ’em, and I may put ’em online.
Until now, RISCOSitory has not carried product reviews. The main reason for this is that the site is run with no financial reward – only costs. As such, I didn’t want to commit to spending even more time working on the site than I already do, and thus not working on things that could be earning an income, and helping to cover those costs.
Sitting down to use a piece of hardware or software, with a critical eye, specifically to write about the experience would be adding to the amount of time I spend working on or for the site, and reducing my potential for earning – so I’ve always felt that it wasn’t an avenue worth exploring.
However, a few weeks ago I was sent a review by a third party.