Apr 212017
 

Just in time for this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp have announced the release of DP Genealogy version 1.80, a package designed for those investigating and documenting family trees. The new version sees a significantly revamped and expanded ‘Scrapbook’ system, which allows the linking and storing of external files – scans, pictures, audio, video, etc. Improvements have also been made to Ancestor/Pedigree charts, making it much easier to explore a chart/tree and plot sections of the tree.

The software is available by post, coming as a CD pack that includes the companion “Genealogy Records” software, or both packages can be purchased separately via !Store.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Apr 192017
 

With the last couple of months having been somewhat busy here in the bunker, I’ve not yet had time to write a Southwest Show report – indeed, it is only just over a week ago that I was finally able to sit down and watch the four talks given at the show, which I was able to capture with my video camera on the day.

Following that, I was able to devote some time over the Easter weekend to doing a little editing work on them, before uploading the results to YouTube – and that’s now done, so here they are:

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Feb 242017
 

R-Comp have announced a new network driver for the ARMX6 that can provide a performance boost of between one and a half and ten times. Most users should see a benefit, but some more so than others – users with mixed speed devices on their networks, for example, should see more consistent behaviour and less problematic networking with Acorn Access or ShareFS.

The latest RISC OS build for ARMX6 computers also now includes support for disc partitioning – something that has been notably lacking on RISC OS until now. Partitioning a disc means it is split up into more than one ‘logical’ drive, which is especially useful for larger drives, and means RISC OS can now make full use of the space. In addition, partitioned discs use GUID Partition Tables – an industry standard that means other platforms should recognise the partitions (even if they can’t actually read the contents).

ARMX6 users can upgrade in by visiting the users’ website and logging in as usual. You can also expect to hear Andrew talking about this at the Southwest Show tomorrow.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , ,
Feb 222017
 

New product from R-Comp at the Southwest Show this Saturday!

With a nod towards the potential hurdles setting up network attached storage for those less technically inclined, and another towards the need to have good backups (which many people to this day still fail to do), R-Comp will be launching a two disc RAID mirrored storage solution for RISC OS users on Saturday. Bundles will be available consisting of the RAID solution, and SafeStore 2, the company’s backup software.

Related to this, the company will be announcing disc partitioning support for ARMX6 at the show – which allows multiple partitions to be set up on larger discs, something that is common on other platforms, but which has been sadly lacking on RISC OS.

 February 22, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 272016
 

Users of RISC OS on Titanium-based machines have the option of booting into Linux thanks to GoLinux from Elesar, suppliers of the motherboard itself. However, as shown in this video recording of Chris Hall speaking to the Midlands User Group back in September, what that gets you into – initially – is a command line system, on which a graphical user interface needs to be set up, if that’s your preference.

Back in summer, R-Comp produced a ‘graphical’ Linux disc for a customer, and they will be making such discs available at the London Show on Saturday – so armed with such a disc and Elesar’s GoLinux, Titanium users can boot into a desktop environment on Linux. Prices will vary according to the size of disc, and whether or not you have purchased either a TiMachine or Titanium support scheme subscription, but start at £35.00.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272016
 

With a prominent effect of the EU Referendum result here in the UK being the low value of the British pound against other currencies, most notably the dollar, R-Comp Interactive have announced that they are able to avoid increasing the price of ARMSX ARMX6 and TiMachine computers, at least for now. The per machine costs to the company have risen by £70-£100, but they managed to build up a stock of components prior to the referendum  – so there will be a final batch of the computers available at the London Show on Saturday at the current prices.

All machines will be supplied with an extra storage device at no extra cost, and will include the newly expanded Bundle CD, featuring software worth around £300.00 – so it’s not all bad!

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 262016
 

Available from R-Comp at the London Show this weekend will be a new version of Fireworkz Pro, an integrated word processor, spreadsheet and database application. Version 2.20 includes support for the global clipboard, allowing the application to copy (or cut) and paste data to or from other applications. The software has also benefited from several bug fixes and minor improvements, along with major internal changes and restructuring, to pave the way for future modifications (and internationalisation).

The CD edition is priced at £39.00 with upgrades from v1 costing £20.00. Those who have purchased earlier v2 releases can upgrade for a fiver. The new version will also be available to purchase from !Store next week.

 

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Oct 262016
 

R-Comp‘s ‘Bundle CD’ – which includes a great deal of commercial software for a comparatively low price – has been updated in time for this weekend’s London Show. The disc includes such titles as DataPower, SafeStore, Messenger Pro, and so on – and the update includes the latest versions of DeleGate, Fireworkz Pro 2, and Messenger Pro 7.

The CD is available to those purchasing a computer from the company, and those who already have an R-Comp machine but who didn’t opt for the collection previously can purchase it separately for £45.00 including VAT.

 

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Oct 222016
 

Also something about a news and email client for other platforms.

Newly announced by R-Comp Interactive is a new hardware product in their RISCBook range – Windows notebook computers running a version of VirtualRiscPC. The new machine is labelled the RISCBook Go! and is an 11.6 inch ‘hybrid’ device, which can be run as a normal laptop or, with the screen flipped back, in tablet format. Prices start from £349.00 including VAT – and there will undoubtedly be some available at next week’s London Show.

The company has also announced a new version of Messenger Pro for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is a different product to the Messenger Pro for RISC OS, though it’s written and maintained by Mark Sawle, who developed the original RISC OS version, so it does share some design paradigms. Upgrades on CD will be available at the show for £5.00 for existing customers, and users of the RISC OS version can buy it for £25.00. Another fiver will get you a printed manual.

 October 22, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 202016
 

R-Comp Interactive has released ‘Super Pack 8’ – an updated disc image, containing the latest versions of the bundled software – for their ARMSX ARMX6 and TiMachine computers. Users of those machines, or who have subscribed to the relevant support schemes if appropriate, can download SP8 from the download site for the computer/scheme, using log-in details provided with the original documentation.

 October 20, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,