Jan 162018
 

Kevin Wells has released a new version of VKeyboard, his application that presents the user with an on-screen ‘virtual’ keyboard, driven by the mouse. A click on a given key causes the relevant character to be inserted in the keyboard buffer, and thus sent to whichever running application has the cursor, just as if the equivalent key had been pressed on a physical keyboard.

The update adds the ability to create and edit new keyboards, with the number allowed in theory limited only by the number of files that can be stored in a directory on the version of RISC OS in use.

 January 16, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Jan 052018
 

RDSP, the free sound module from AMCOG Games that provides modern RISC OS systems with a greatly enhanced sound system, has been updated. Version 0.40, the fifth beta release of the module, adds a digital chorus effect, a 365 note queue for each of the 16 sound channels, and stereo sound placement.

Although considered beta quality, the Wavebox-inspired module has proven to be reliable in the field, and is in use in a number of titles – from free games such as SpaceShip, written by Patrick M with sound added by AMCOG’s Tony Bartram, through some of Tony’s own games such as Cyborg, to the AMCOG Development Kit.

 January 5, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 042018
 

Can now be used by Number 6. I mean on RISC OS 6!

A new version of Font Directory Pro has been released by Elesar Ltd, bringing the software up to version 3.22.

Originally developed and sold by LOOKsystems and now being looked after by Elesar, Font Directory Pro is a popular font management package, and makes it much easier to deal with large collections of fonts than it would otherwise be using the standard font manager that comes as part of RISC OS. The package is actually a suite of applications, each with its own distinct job. Continue reading »

 January 4, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Dec 192017
 

Now, where are my Simon the Sorcerer discs? And how do I get the contents onto my ARMSX ARMX6?

ScummVM LogoA major new version of ScummVM has been released, including a version for RISC OS.

The software is a ‘virtual machine’ that makes it possible to play a raft of classic “point and click” adventure games – including a great many that were never ported to our platform in the first place. Continue reading »

 December 19, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 122017
 

Plus a new version of rRaw.

PhShpLyrs is an application from Anton Reiser that makes it possible to pull the image and individual layers from a Photoshop PSD file and save them as a RISC OS-native image format. There are some limitations as to the type of PSD file, but when such a file is loaded into the application it allows the main image and any layers to be saved as sprites (with a full alpha channel). It’s also possible to wrap all of the layers (though not the main image) into a Drawfile.

Anton also released an updated version of rRaw earlier this year. Version 0.04 of the application, which is able to read raw files from various digital cameras, benefits from a bug being addressed that affected some Nikon NEF 14-uncompressed files, and also gains some new features, such as the ability to export GPS geolocation data from the ‘About this image’ window.

Many thanks to Carlos Michael Santillán for giving providing me with a heads-up about these.

 December 12, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 022017
 

If you are designing or developing a piece of hardware and need to use a microcontroller, you will need a way to program it. There are many tools to do this available for other platforms (x86 in particular) – but there is also a solution for RISC OS users in the form of Rob Sprowson’s PIC suite.

PIC Suite is a set of applications that make it possible to develop for Microchip’s range of 8-bit PIC microcontrollers, and it has reached its 20th birthday. To coincide with this, Rob has just released an update for the suite, adding a greater range of supported devices, which now stands at 110. Continue reading »

 December 2, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Nov 152017
 

With a growing catalogue available from AMCOG Games, it should come as no surprise to anyone that there would eventually be some kind of compilation available – and that has been the case since this year’s Southwest Show, when the company began selling a CD featuring their first five games.

The individual games continue to be available via !Store, but if you wanted to buy them as a compilation, on CD, the main way to do so has been to pop along to a RISC OS show and hand over the necessary amount of money to AMCOG’s Tony Bartram. Continue reading »

 November 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Nov 152017
 

A couple of years ago, RISC OS Open Ltd started building versions of RISC OS with “zero page relocation” – with the memory map changed such that the kernel’s workspace that started at the bottom of the addressable memory was moved to a higher location. This was an important step for security and stability, and for the future of the operating system.

However, it wasn’t ever going to happen without some casualties along the way; software that in some way tried to use or access certain information held in that workspace and which therefore found it no longer available. Aemulor, the 26-bit emulator that allows applications that are not yet fully 32-bit run on newer hardware, was one such casualty – and an important one at that. Continue reading »

 November 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 272017
 

As this year’s Wakefield Show drew near, news emerged of a new company – RISC OS Developments Ltd – formed by R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet’s Richard Brown, with an extra theatre slot set aside for Richard to explain why the company was set up, what it’s purpose is (to a certain extent; full details were, and still are, subject to a non-disclosure agreement), and how people could help.

A video of that talk is on YouTube: Continue reading »

 October 27, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , ,