Mar 212017

Elesar Ltd has released a new version of its Linux micro SD card for the Titanium motherboard. The original Titanium build featured version 8.1 of Debian (Jessie), and the new release features version 8.7. The company says there have been  lots of technical changes since the previous release, but the two most obvious ones for customers will be that DHCP is enabled by default, and that there are now CD/DVD-ROM drivers built in by default – so there is no need to resort to arcane command lines to install them.

For those who feel capable of imaging their own micro SD card, full instructions can be found on GitHub, and the company also provides GoLinux [zip] as an additional resource for the Titanium motherboard – an application for RISC OS that reboots the computer into Linux. And for those who bought the earlier micro SD card and who have at least one support token remaining, the company will re-image the card – simply get in touch with them to arrange things.

 March 21, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 072017

In January, Elesar‘s Rob Sprowson paid a visit to the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about CloudFS, and another ‘mystery’ product, later revealed to be font management system Font Directory Pro, originally from LOOKsystems. At that point, a new version of the software was ready, and the only remaining task before it could be released was converting the large user manual. The last release from LOOKsystems was all the way back in 2003, and the new version (3.20) sees the software updated to work on newer ARM processors, and modern versions of RISC OS.

Coming with a hefty 108 page manual, the new version costs £22.50 including VAT (plus p&p) to upgrade from an earlier version (proof of an existing licence will be needed), and £45.00 including VAT (plus p&p) to those buying it for the first time.


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Mar 072017

AMCOG Games’ Tony Bartram has released an updated beta [zip] version of his Wavebox-inspired synthesiser module, RDSP. The module provides modern RISC OS computer systems with the means to both synthesise sounds, and play back sound samples with various effects applied to them.

The latest version – the second beta release – adds support for modulating samples via BASIC’s ENVELOPE command, support for sample looping (which means a simple drum loop, for example, can be made to play indefinitely), increases the number of channels to sixteen, and much more. For more details, refer to Tony’s post on the RISC OS Open forum, and to the documentation within the zip file.

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Mar 042017

MiniTimeFred Graute has released another new version of MiniTime, an application that displays the date and time in an icon or a small, unobtrusive window, allowing the user to see the information at a glance, but without the application or its window getting in the way.

The headline features of version 1.06 are: Continue reading »

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Mar 042017

AMCOG games has released a new version of Mop Tops, the company’s most recent game, with more levels, more music tracks, new sound effects, and improved graphics.

Launched at London 2016, the game was inspired by Lemmings and involves the player placing various tools and objects on the play area for the titular Mop Tops to interact with, the aim being to guide them to the exit on each level. As such, each level is a puzzle that needs to be solved, and the player is given the building blocks to try to solve that puzzle. Continue reading »

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Jan 312017

Originally developed by Guttorm Vik in the late 1990s as part of his editor project – which today we all know and love (Zap users excepted) as StrongED – StrongMen can display a hierarchical menu structure based on the contents of a text file. The menu entries can be used to run applications, launch URLs in the default web browser, provide a list of open files, and more.

Fred Graute, the application’s current maintainer, has just released version 1.27, which offers full Choices support, three new commands for use in the text file that defines the menu structure, improved keyboard support, increased configuration options, and a means to add new applications, directories and files to the menu by dragging and dropping them onto StrongMen’s icon bar icon.

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Jan 222017

Having first appeared on the RISC OS Open forum in February of last year, Patrick M – who at that point said he was new to programming – has had a bash at turning what he’s learnt since that point into a simple Asteroid-clone called SpaceShip [zip].

Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has since modified SpaceShip to use sound effects produced by his RDSP sound module – making it the first game to use the module for sound effects. RDSP is currently only at an alpha release, but the results [zip] are quite impressive.

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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 022017

And a drum loop, and some chords…

If you’ve not yet had a chance to look at this year’s RISC OS Awards poll, or simply have yet to decide what to choose in some categories, Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has released something to help you make that decision in at least one category.

Tony is one of the nominations in the Most innovative or interesting project category for a Wavebox-inspired synthesizer project which, amongst other things, should result in a simple to use sound capability on modern hardware – think in terms of how the SOUND and ENVELOPE commands worked on a BBC Micro, in particular because one of the benefits of the project is that it means those commands now work as they do on the BBC.

An alpha version of the module, along with sources and some example programs, is now available to download – and with just a quick glance here in The Bunker, it’s looking pretty neat.

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