VinceH, aka Vince M Hudd, owns and operates Soft Rock Software, providing services and software to not only the RISC OS market, but also to the wider world. RISCOSitory and its associated sites and services are provided for free as a result of that - so buying his stuff is probably quite helpful.

Mar 172019

Chris Evans recently initiated discussions on the RISC OS Open forum and the comp.sys.acorn.misc usenet group about the possibility of moving RISC OS shows away from their current ‘real world’ space, and into the online world – taking them virtual. In a reversal of the proposed direction, the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) plans to follow-up that online discussion in the real world, by making it the topic of their next meeting, which takes place from 7:45pm on Monday, 18th March – tomorrow – at the usual location:

The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs in the restaurant),
173 Borough High Street,
SE1 1HR.

Mar 132019

The AMCOG Development Kit, designed to make it much easier to write games for RISC OS computers in BBC BASIC, has been updated. The new version is available to download from !Store by existing customers.

Version 1.08 brings with it an extended library, including procedures from AMCOG’s Island of the Undead and Stunt Drivers games, the addition of three new example programs, the latest version of RDSP, and more.

Mar 112019

The next Midlands User Group meeting, which will take place at 2:00pm on Saturday, 16th March, will be a hardware repair workshop, featuring practical demonstrations from some members, as well as hints and tips for dealing with general hardware issues. There is a small entrance fee to cover costs, and refreshments will be available – and the venue to head for is:

The Methodist Church Hall,
B60 1BL.

Please note: This will probably be the last meeting at that venue – so keep an eye out for news of a new venue for future meetings.

Mar 112019

RISC OS Users in the Bristol area can once again enjoy a pie and a pint, along with a chat about all things RISC OS and beyond on the evening of Wednesday, 13th March, starting around 7:30pm. The informal meeting is free to attend, and is open to anyone with an interest in the operating system or Acorn computers of old, so if you wish to join in head for:

The Eldon House pub,
6 Lower Clifton Hill,
BS8 1BT.

Mar 072019

AMCOG Games has released an update to the RDSP module, which enhances the RISC OS sound system and provides a virtual sound chip with 16 channels, easy sample playback, ENVELOPE command support, and much more.

Now at version 0.87, the software can now record and save its output to a WAV file, making it possible to create sound effects on a suitable RISC OS computer for use elsewhere. The RDSP web page includes a number of example WAV files to illustrate what the module is capable of – and there is also now a PDF manual available to download.

Mar 072019

The most recent title from AMCOG Games has seen an update. Stunt Drivers, first released at last year’s London Show, is now at version 1.06. New features include a new racing circuit, and a car selector with a choice of up to eight different cars.

The update is free via !Store for those who have already purchased the game, otherwise the game costs £9.99 – and if you want to see a demonstration of the game first, check out this Wi-Fi Sheep video from the recent Southwest Show.

Mar 072019

The next meeting for RISC OS Users in the Southampton Area will take place on Tuesday, 12th March at 7:00pm, in the usual location: The Sports Centre of Itchen College, Deacon Road, Southampton. Look for the open area with tables and chairs next to the Sports Centre Reception desk. (There is a car park, accessed from Deacon Road, opposite Whites Road.)

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, for which there is no admission fee – simply turn up to discuss RISC OS, show off, discuss, or seek help with a piece of software or hardware, etc. There should be at least one small RISC OS network, hopefully with an internet connection.

Mar 042019

The next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will cover a number of different topics. To kick things off, Terry Marsh will be demonstrating Pi3D, using Python. This will be followed by Chris Hughes showing how Impact can be used to create databases of photos, stamp collections, etc. Chris also hopes then to be able to show a 20-minute demonstration of Jan Vibe’s graphics programs, updated for modern kit by Richard Ashbery.

With an entry fee of £3.00 for non-members, discounted by 100% for members, the meeting runs from 7:45pm on Wednesday, 6th March, at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close,
Off Walton Lane,
Wakefield, WF2 6ER.

Feb 152019

A new version of comprehensive business accounts package Prophet is now available from Elesar Ltd. The update to version 3.96 includes a number of changes to help in the area of internationalisation, reflecting the number of customers not based in the UK. In addition, there have been a couple of other minor fixes.

The software, originally developed by Apricote Studios (now Accountz) and now maintained and sold by Elesar, is available to new customers for £97.20 including VAT, or for £68.40 if upgrading from any 3.xx version. And for those whose businesses will be affected by the coming changes under the ‘Making Tax Digital’ banner, the software has been successfully tested and meets the requirements (PDF), and it’s now just a matter of waiting for the final boxes to be ticked at HMRC for final approval.