Oct 082017
 

Can now bring you back to the future. Or the past. It depends where you start.

MiniTimeFred Graute has released a new version of MiniTime, bringing it up to version 1.08. The application displays the current date and/or time in a small window or icon, so that it is readily visible, yet unobtrusive at the same time – it doesn’t get in the way with the computer’s general, day to day use. Continue reading »

 October 8, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Sep 152017
 

If it supports two heads, does that mean it’ll soon support three ARMs?1

Users of R-Comp‘s TiMachine computer – and those who are subscribed to their support scheme for Elesar‘s Titanium – can now make use of the two DVI-I outputs found on the motherboard. The company has released DualHead, which makes it easy to drive two separate monitors from the board. Continue reading »

 September 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Aug 032017
 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Supersprow! (Imagine there’s exciting music here!)

Earlier this year, the Piccolo Systems website became the victim of hacking/hijacking, with the site as we knew it vanishing, apparently to be replaced by one providing a home to malware. Ben Avison is reported to have said he was aware of the issue, but working out how best to bring the site back online was taking time – and this all happened at a bad time, because of a house move.

Any sign of the malicious software has now been removed – though some browsers may still warn visitors that the site is a “reported attack page” – and the site declares itself as down for maintenance. Continue reading »

 August 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jul 202017
 

Elesar Ltd has made available a new release candidate ROM1 for Titanium-based systems, this being number five – known amongst family and friends as RC5 – and while there are a number of changes in the update, the headline feature is that it brings with it support for 256 colour screen modes.

Anybody thinking in practical terms, and who therefore uses their computer for practical things, might miss one of the key points of this – and that key point is FUN! While a ‘true colour’ screen mode might be the norm these days for desktop use, where words might be processed, photos might be shopped2, and desktops might be published3, things were not always so. Continue reading »

 July 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Jul 072017
 

Thankfully, though, that doesn’t turn it into a dodgy 1993 sequel1

Launched earlier this year at Wakefield by AMCOG Games, Cyborg is an arcade action game by Tony Bartram in which you take on the role of a cyborg treasure hunter, seeking out ancient treasure in Castle CyberDroid – and Tony has just pushed out Cyborg Second Edition, an update to the game that brings it up to version 2.20. Continue reading »

 July 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jul 022017
 

Jan Vibe's animated clock, as updated by Richard AshberyNot content with revisiting some of Jan Vibe’s old graphics programs and turning them into videos on YouTube, Richard Ashbery has gone to work updating another program by the prolific Danish developer, whose many and varied graphical ditties appeared regularly in the pages of Acorn User. This time, it’s Jan’s animated clock, updated for modern hardware and (widescreen) displays.

The program runs full screen, and presents the user with a clock face showing the time – updated each second, keeping it in line with the current time according to the computer’s clock. The whole program is written in BBC BASIC, and takes up just fifty lines, including a couple of REM statements and some blank lines.

 July 2, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Jun 122017
 

Following the release of a new version of Font Directory Pro in March, having taken over development of the product from LOOKsystems, Elesar Ltd has made available a maintenance update free of charge to those people using version 3.20 of the software.

Font Directory Pro is a boon for those RISC OS users with a hefty font collection, being designed to make managing those fonts – and therefore finding the right one amongst them – much, much easier. The software is actually a suite of six applications – Fonts, Viewer, Choices, Filer, Access, and Reset – that together allow you to: Continue reading »

 June 12, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jun 052017
 

Gains Gemini Man functionality1.

MiniTimeFred Graute has released a new version of MiniTime, an application that displays the date and time in a small icon or window, without being obtrusive and getting in the way of the day to day usage of the computer.

There have been a couple of changes to the user interface in version 1.07: Continue reading »

 June 5, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
May 302017
 

Reduced inertia to get you going.

Elesar‘s GoLinux application allows a Titanium-based computer to boot from the RISC OS desktop straight into Linux1 – Debian (Jessie) – effectively  making those systems equipped with the software dual OS machines. This can be hugely useful, because even the most ardent of RISC OS users would have to admit there are many shortcomings in the software available for the platform – so being able to switch from RISC OS to Linux, all in the same box – allows a lot more software to be run without any extra space being taken up on the desk. If it can’t be done in RISC OS, there’s a good chance it can in Linux.

However, Linux comes with a significantly larger footprint than RISC OS, which has a bearing on boot time – quite simply, it’s not as quick to start up! Continue reading »

 May 30, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
May 032017
 

You’ve heard of ‘Four from Toyah’, right? Well this is free from Tony!

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games – click for full size version

Hot on the heels of the new AMCOG Development Kit and Cyborg, a game written with it by Tony Bartram, AMCOG Games has released yet another game – this one being the first free game from AMCOG, which can be downloaded via !Store.

Mutant Penguin sets the player as a penguin that is, well, mutated slightly from your normal, everyday penguin: It’s not made of chocolate (bizarre, yes, I know). Worse than that, it’s not the only thing that has been mutated: Each level is populated by spods, slug-like creatures that are hazardous to the touch, and the goal is to push blocks of ice around in order to squash them and progress to the next level. Continue reading »

 May 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,