No longer throws toys out of pram if Windows’ User Account Control is enabled. New versions of VirtualAcorn‘s range of RiscPC emulators for are now available, which are “designed to better support Windows 7 and Windows 8.
There are a number of variations of RISCube range of computers from R-Comp are Windows systems with a flavour of VirtualRiscPC preinstalled, and the company has now added yet another range in the form of RISCube Minis that make the previous RISCube Minis look a bit less mini.
No, not a zombie from Ancient Greece – it’s an online emulator! If you want to run RISC OS software on another platform, such as Windows, there are a couple of fairly obvious choices with RPCEmu and VirtualRiscPC – but they aren’t the only choices you have. Another is Arculator, first written and released by Sarah Walker just over two decades ago, with the latest release (2.1) appearing just under two years ago.
An obvious reference like that is impossible to resist – sorry! The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) will take place on Monday, 20th March, and the guest speaker will be telling us how his submarine, Nautilus, is controlled via RISC OS. Wait, what? No, okay, then. The guest speaker will be Nemo20000, rather than Jules Verne’s fictional captain Nemo. ‘Our’ Nemo doesn’t have a submarine, but he does have some interesting RISC OS things to talk about.
A new version of PhotoDesk, released by its new owners XAT with a little help from R-Comp, is now available to purchase from !Store. The software has a long history, dating back to the 1990s when it was sold by Spacetech. There were a number of versions available from the company, with the top-end version costing around £300, and there were even separate ‘plug-ins’ available.
30th October, 2021, marked the return to physical shows in the UK, when the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) hosted their customary October event at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham – the RISC OS London Show. Understandably under the circumstances, there were fewer exhibitors than in previous years, as well as few visitors; it was a much quieter show than usual – but despite that, it was still an excellent day for finding out what’s happening in the RISC OS world. So what happened? What did we…
…FOREVER! If you visited the recent London Show, you would have had a chance to play a couple of new games – both with a theme corresponding with the event taking place the day before Halloween, with one available to buy at the show. That game was The Haunted Tower Hotel, from AMCOG Games – and it is now also available to purchase via !Store, priced at £9.99.
Yet another new game from AMCOG! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to take on the role of a secret agent operating on behalf of MI7 who has been sent to infiltrate an Antarctic facility operated by the nefarious Doctor Atom.
Back in the mists of time, the first game released by Soft Rock Software was Escape from Exeria, a game in which the player navigates mazes to collect things while avoiding the bad guys – but unlike the most famous example of its kind, with an added puzzle element. Updated and re-released in the mid-1990s, the company has taken another look at it recently and given it a new lease of life.
And an updated list of alternative votes. The Awards poll for 2019 went live towards the end of March, with a deadline for votes pencilled in as the end of May. However, due to the disappointing number of votes received, I have decided to leave it open until the end of this month.