Jul 262014
 

There was an ARCIn, but was there an ARCOut, or an ARCShake-it-all-about?

Amongst the various things sold and distributed by the late David Holden through APDL were the Acorn-related products of Baildon Electronics –  IDE interfaces, in the form of ARCIn. Following Dave’s unfortunate passing, Baildon’s Dave Hitchens has teamed up with CJE Micro’s/4D to ensure distribution of the range of the interfaces (including firmware updates) continues. Continue reading »

Jul 262014
 

Family and friends of David Holden pay tribute with a new website.

With the recent, unfortunate death of David Holden, as well as condolences for the family, some concern was expressed on usenet and other forums about what would happen to his business, APDL, including the hardware and software David sold, as well as the vast amounts of software that existed in the ‘public domain library’ that gave APDL its name, and other resources made available on the website. Continue reading »

Jul 102014
 

Announcement from Dave Bradforth, 10th July, 2014.

Working in conjunction with the estate of David Holden, we will shortly be launching the first stage of The APDL Archive.

This is planned to be a lasting tribute to David Holden’s work, and an invaluable resource for all users of RISC OS computers. Continue reading »

Jun 192014
 

A sad loss for the RISC OS community.

It has recently emerged that David Holden, a long standing RISC OS advocate and owner of APDL, passed away on 15th May, 2014, after a short illness, having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than six weeks previously.

The funeral is being handled by Francis Chappell and Sons, a funeral directors based not far from David’s home in Sydenham, from where he also ran the business, and is taking place tomorrow, Friday, 20th June, 2014 at 10:30 at Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery. Continue reading »

May 122012
 

Font front furthered.

A big weakness of the RISC OS font manager lies in the way in which it handles and organises lots of fonts from the user’s perspective – which is to say, it doesn’t, not in a meaningful or sensible way*. Normally, the fonts installed on the computer are presented with only rudimentary grouping – for example, under Homerton there is medium and bold, with an oblique variant of each – and when lots of fonts are installed, the user normally sees them in applications as a very long menu.

Originally supplied by Fabis Computing, and subsequently taken over by iSV Products, who improved and updated it, EasyFont Pro was designed to address this issue. Continue reading »