Jan 202017

But cover up any private bits!

RISCOS FRIn yet another BASIC-based initiative on the part of David Feugey’s RISC OS FR, a tailored edition of the latest Desktop Development Environment from RISC OS Open Ltd is on offer to people who want to get into BASIC programming, for the grand price tag of zero pounds, zero pence1, and one screenshot of your RISC OS desktop. Continue reading »

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Jan 162017

Techwriter and Easiwriter will be the subject of the next Midlands User Group meeting, with John McCartney providing hints, tips and demonstrations of both packages in use. The meeting takes place at 2:00pm on Saturday, 21st January, at:

The Methodist Church Hall,
B60 1BL.

There is a small entrance fee payable, which covers the cost of the hall, and refreshments will be available.

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Jan 162017

The next meeting of the RISC OS North West User Group will take place on Wednesday, 18th January, running from 7:30pm until around 10:00pm at the usual venue:

The Trafford Metrovick Rugby and Cricket Club,
Finnybank Road,
M33 6LR.

There are no membership or entry fees, and the meeting is open to anyone interested in RISC OS computers.

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Jan 162017

Cor Cor, blimey!

In the 483rd post to a thread on the RISC OS Open forum that was started over six years ago and runs to twenty pages, Jeffrey Lee has made available a new toy for those users that want to try it out –  a ROM build for the Raspberry Pi that includes support for those versions of the board that feature multiple cores (i.e. the version 2 and 3 Pis).

The release includes the source for the current HAL and kernel changes and SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) module, with a pre-built ROM and SMP module for people to play with. Ideally, that would be programmers, because no existing RISC OS software benefits from the ability to use multiple cores, and there is no sample code included. Full details in Jeffrey’s post, and in the zip file itself.

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Jan 152017

Eigen see why a new version was needed.

Fred Graute has released a new version of StrongHelp, the simple hypertext system for designing and reading on-screen manuals, help texts, etc.

The software dates back to a time when the world wide web, and HTML, was largely unknown1, and provided a neat way for software developers – particularly small companies and hobby programmers, who might not have had the resources to produce full-blown manuals – to include manuals with their software that were something more than just text files. Continue reading »

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Jan 152017

But not so formally that I had to wear a dinner jacket to publish it here!

Although the date for the 2017 Wakefield Show has been known about since the 2016 London Show, where it first appeared in the public eye in the issue of Archive Magazine published on the day of the event, it hadn’t been formally announced. At the time Archive’s editor, Jim Nagel, told me that he asked WROCC’s Chris Hughes for the date so that it could be included in the magazine, and I similarly asked Chris for confirmation before publishing it in a news nybble.

Today, however, that more formal announcement has been issued by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the group that organises the event. Continue reading »

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Jan 152017

Wrapped up well, fed hot soup.

RISC OS Open LtdRISC OS Open Limited have released a new version of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), the set of tools used by many developers for writing software for RISC OS, as well as anyone working on the operating system itself.

The primary focus of the new release (aka DDE27) is the relocation of zero page, currently only included in release candidate versions of the operating system, but which will eventually find its way into a formal release version. As such, this version of the tools is itself free of any problems on such builds – according to ROOL, “In DDE27 the remaining illegal accesses which have been reported have been fixed.” Continue reading »

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Jan 112017

But if you want more details, pop along to the ROUGOL meeting on Monday!

As well as talking about CloudFS, the mystery product that Elesar Ltd‘s Rob Sprowson is set to reveal at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London has been revealed as an updated version of Font Directory Pro, which was originally developed and sold by LOOKsystems. The software has been updated so that it can be used on the latest hardware, and on zero-page versions of RISC OS, and MW Software have provided an updated file scanner plug-in for Artworks files that contain text areas.

The only task remaining in order to be able to release the new version of Font Directory Pro is converting the large user manual, which is taking longer than expected – but in the meantime, the meeting on Monday, 16th January (full details in the previous announcement) is the place to be to see a demonstration of the software and pose any questions about it to Rob.

Jan 082017

And possibly – just possibly – some gaming fun, too1.

The next meeting of Bristol RISC OS Users (BRU) will take place on Wednesday, 11th January, and this month Chris Hall will be showing off a £6.00 OLED display, sporting a whopping 128×64 pixel resolution and connected to a Raspberry Pi Zero.

This is the latest evolution of Chris’ GPS project, with the display showing the Ordnance Survey grid reference, milepost mileage (which will generally show zero unless you are on or very near the Severn Valley Railway, since this part of the software relates to that), and the time. Continue reading »