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.

 January 31, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
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.

 January 22, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
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.

 January 16, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
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 »

 January 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
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.

 January 2, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Dec 232016

MiniTimeFred Graute has brought out another new version of MiniTime, his application for displaying the date and time in a small icon or window, without taking up too much space or generally getting in the way of your day to day use of the computer.

With version 1.05, Fred has increased the configurability of MiniTime in a couple of ways: Continue reading »

 December 23, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Dec 132016

‘Transactions’ when copying files reduced from a downpour to a drizzle.

A new version of CloudFS is available from Elesar Ltd, the main benefit of which is improved efficiency.

CloudFS provides RISC OS with access to remote, cloud-based storage, by integrating with OmniClient so that to the user it appears like a native filing system. The software currently works with just one cloud provider, pCloud, who are based in Switzerland and offer 10GB of free storage, with a range of price plans if you need more. In time it is hoped that more providers can be supported. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Dec 102016

That’ll be mark up creation all sewn up, then.

Gavin Wraith has released a new version of Weave, an application that can generate web pages from scripts, and thus remove any need to understand either HTML or CSS.

The script language used is a subset of Lua, so anyone who writes programs in that language will probably be at home writing Weave scripts – though a quick glance at the user guide suggests anyone who doesn’t probably won’t. However, for those who have the Archive Magazine CD/DVD including volume 15 – or indeed, those who still have the dead tree editions of that volume – Harriet Bazley wrote a two part article on Weave, published in issues 15:8 and 15:9.

 December 10, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Dec 022016

New maintainer, new home, new very low price!

DPlngScan iconThose in the world of RISC OS who possess long memories will know that there was a time when if you wanted to connect a scanner to your Acorn computer (because this was at a time when Acorn were still around, and the only suppliers of computers that ran RISC OS), there was a very good chance you’d be buying the necessary software from David Pilling. Continue reading »

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Nov 042016

Well, okay, !Store, not ‘the shop’ as such!

Anthony Bartram of AMCOG Games has officially released his latest game, the Lemmings-inspired Mop Tops, which is a parallax scrolling puzzle game featuring 22 levels (currently – more are planned, with updates being free) and four original pieces of music. The objective is to guide as many Mop Tops as you can to the exit before the time runs out, and you can place tools and objects on the screen for the Mop Tops to pick up and use, or interact with in some way, in order to help with this task – all while avoiding the plants, which are carnivorous.

The game is loosely based on the same principle as Lemmings, but with some differences – such as those carnivorous plants, for one thing! It is priced at £9.99 and available from !Store – or available to buy in person at shows, where you get to speak to the developer and have go before buying.

 November 4, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,