Hot off the press at Wakefield!
Christopher Dewhurst, who took over publishing on-off-on-off-under-new-management PDF magazine Drag ‘n Drop from its original editor and publisher, Paul Stewart (hence the ‘under-new-management’ bit), is set to release a new book at the 2015 Wakefield Show on 25th April under the ‘Drag N Drop Publications’ moniker.
From little Acorns grow
great oaks dead tree publications.
David Bradforth has set up a crowd-funding campaign to publish a new book, to be called A Potted History of Acorn Computers.
The proposed book will be a 132 page, perfect-bound, full-colour, A4 publication and, according to the Indiegogo page David has set up, his plan is for “a loose deadline of October for the books to ship to the purchasers; this will be the latest date for the final production giving approximately ten weeks [from the date the Indiegogo campaign closes – 15th August] to produce the book before it goes off to print.”
Sam Chris needs you!
Something missing for users of new RISC OS computer systems is an up to date welcome guide – and CJE Micro’s have stepped in to try and address the issue.
Ee be free, ee be.
Well known to readers of Archive Magazine, the group known as T.O.M.S. – who first appeared in the magazine in volume 13, issue 11 (August 2000) with a review of the Epson Stylus Photo 1200 – had a semi-regular series of articles published in the A5 periodical from volume 17, issue 3 (December 2003) until volume 19, issue 4 (January 2006) . That series was centered around using VirtualRPC, an emulator for Windows and Mac OS X computers that allows those people who need to use those platforms to continue to enjoy using RISC OS without having to have two computers on their desk, and was called “VirtualRPC in Use”
Puts the legendary phoenix to shame
Drag ‘n Drop , the PDF magazine for RISC OS Users, was originally brought out by long time RISC OS fan Paul Stewart in 2009, who went on to publish four issues of the magazine per year/volume at a price of £3.00 per issue, until September 2012, when he made the decision to cease publication – the second time he had made such a decision, having previously done so a year earlier, and was subsequently persuaded to continue.
Drag ‘n Drop, cheap as chips. Well, fish & chips twice at my local chip shop.
The latest volume of Drag ‘n Drop magazine is now available as a bundle for the princely sum of £9.00, a saving of £3.00 over buying the four individual issues.
Launched in 2009, the PDF based magazine nearly came to a close after only two volumes when its editor, Paul Stewart, decided to cease publication not long before the 2011 London Show. However, Paul soon changed his mind, apparently with some encouragement from R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley, and he duly turned up at the show with the first issue of the third volume.
Well, it does if the hard drive you download it onto is named ‘doormat’.
Features in this bumper 53 page issue include an in-depth, personal retrospective of the 8-bit games scene, along with reviews of two new games from Retro Software, the next parts in the two programming series “All Sorted” and “RISC OS Programming in BASIC”, along with the start of a new one dealing with graphics in BBC BASIC, and much more.
A change with this issue is the route Paul has taken to publication – more specifically, a change in the software he uses. Whereas previously he used Ovation to lay out the magazine, turning it into a PDF using PrintPDF, this time he’s switched to using EasiWriter, which can save PDFs directly, and allows the magazine to include working links to relevant websites.
Drag ‘n Drop costs just £3.00, and can be purchased using PayPal.
David Bradforth of Alligata Media has made two books available as free downloads via his Alligata site on MagCloud.
BASIC V for the Acorn Archimedes was written by Mike Williams and originally published by Dabs Press in 1989, and was acquired by Alligata Media in 2005. According to the blurb the “book provides a practical guide to programming in BASIC V on the Acorn Archimedes. Assuming a familiarity with the BBC BASIC language in general, it describes the many new commands offered by BASIC V.”
For those who have yet to try Drag ‘n Drop, Paul Stewart’s PDF based RISC OS magazine, back issues of the first two volumes are now available to buy in volume bundles, priced at £9 each for the first two, both consisting of four issues. Features include show reports and previews, an ongoing series about sorting algorithms, and much more.
Volume 3 issue 1, the current issue, released to coincide with the 2011 London Show, is also still available from the Drag ‘n Drop website for the usual price of £3, and features an articles on the 8-bit games scene, Flicker, and running Messenger Pro 6 as an IMAP client.