Jul 302017
 

Richard Ashbery has struck again – and again – and uploaded two more videos to YouTube.

The graphics output of Danish programmer Jan Vibe, which used to feature regularly in the pages (and cover discs) of Acorn User magazine, were always a delight to behold – but these programs were written to run on the RISC OS computers of the time, designed with the type of displays in mind that we typically used with them, and the resolutions and colour depths that the machines could cope with.

Richard Ashbery – who publishes an Artworks graphic of the month on his ‘Artworks art works’ website – has spent some time exploring Jan’s code and updating the programs to run at 1920×1080 on his Raspberry Pi, then recording the output and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. Continue reading »

 July 30, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 042017
 

Well, their output does, anyway, thanks to Richard Ashbery.

Those who have been on the RISC OS scene long enough to remember our printed magazines – Acorn User in particular – will undoubtedly remember the graphics delights provided by Danish programmer Jan Vibe, whose programs featured regularly as type-in listings in the magazine (and later ready to run from the cover discs).

Richard Ashbery, who is well known for his work with ArtWorks2, and publishes a graphic of the month created with the application on his website, has taken a look at many of Jan’s old programs, and made the necessary code changes to get them to run on modern ARM hardware – more specifically, the Raspberry Pi running at 1920×1080. Continue reading »

 June 4, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272016
 

A new version of leading bitmap graphics editor PhotoDesk will be available at the London Show on Saturday from 4D, the sister company of CJE Micro’s. The new version brings a number of changes, including better JPEG support and improved compatibility for a number of modern RISC OS platforms (with support for the Raspberry Pi 3 added) – but perhaps most importantly, it now supports those platforms on which the order of colour components are swapped, such as IGEPv5 and Titanium.

Upgrades – which start at £12.00 if upgrading from 3.12 – will be available at the show if customers bring their PhotoDesk CDs with them. For new customers, the software is priced at £84.00.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 122016
 

Now copes with setirps as well as sprites.

ConvImgs iconGiven that Chris Johnson has already added compatibility to Snapper for the new graphics format found on IGEPv5 and Titanium systems – not to mention the assistance he gave to David Pilling for Ovation Pro‘s support for the new formats – it’s probably not a huge surprise to hear that he has also updated ConvImgs (mirror), which is now at version 1.10. Continue reading »

 June 12, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Aug 312015
 

R-Comp Interactive’s already great ARMSX ARMX6 computer has just got better, thanks to an operating system update just released by the company.

The headline feature of the update is support for ultra-high definition monitors. UHD monitors provide a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels – sometimes (arguably incorrectly) referred to as 4K or UHD 4K – giving twice the horizontal and vertical resolutions of high definition (1920×1080) displays, and thus offering four times the overall number of pixels and, therefore, four times the amount of desktop real estate. Continue reading »

 August 31, 2015  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Mar 192014
 

Bringing you the latest yesterday’s last week’s month’s YEAR’s news TODAY!

Thanks to a previous engagement being cancelled, an unexpectedly free day means I can – finally – root through my archive of possible news and put together a snippets-post of things that really ought to have been reported on before now on RISCOSitory. Continue reading »

Aug 102013
 

Show me the money JPEG!

Towards the end of June Chris Gransden, who has ported a number of emulators and games to RISC OS, released an alpha version of a new application for viewing images on the platform, explaining that “There are quite a few variants of various existing image formats and more recent formats that cannot be viewed easily on RISC OS.” Continue reading »

 August 10, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
May 292013
 

Siiiiiiiize of an elephant JPEG!

Well known developer Chris Johnson, who maintains a number of applications, some his own, some taken over from David Pilling, recently released a new application for the batch conversion of a variety of image types, with some transformations of those images being possible at the same time. Continue reading »

 May 29, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 012013
 

You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a record JPEG baby, right round round round.

Chris Johnson, well known for a number of applications, in particular the likes of Snapper and SyncDiscs, both of which began life with David Pilling and later taken over by Chris, recently announced version 1.00 of TranJPEG (mirror), soon followed by updates to version 1.10 and 1.20, which presents a RISC OS front-end for the Independent JPEG Group command-line utility “jpegtran”, giving the user a friendly and easy way to make use of the features it provides.

Continue reading »

 April 1, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 272013
 

One, two, miss a few, ninety-nine, one hundred.

Snapper is a screen-capture program, originally written by David Pilling and supplied with his scanning and image processing software, and now maintained and further developed by Chris Johnson.The software provides an easy way to save areas of the screen as sprites, something that can also be done with Paint, supplied as standard with RISC OS, but with additional options that make Snapper much more versatile. Continue reading »

 March 27, 2013  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,