Apr 052018
 

Stopped working due to the wrong kind of snow on the PCB tracks. Or something.

A new version of R-Comp‘s WeatherUK, written by Malcolm Hussain-Gambles, is available to download from !Store.

The application connects to a server to download current and forecast weather, displaying that information in a window on the RISC OS desktop – but a change at the server end meant the program had stopped working correctly. The new version addresses the changes, and as an added bonus increases the list of built-in, known locations – and the user can expand that list still further.

Mar 172018
 

You receive 25 health!

Following R-Comp‘s release of a new version of Quake just before this year’s Southwest Show, further work has been carried out on the source code, and there is now a new version available from !Store.

The updated version benefits from hardware-accelerated floating point capabilities of modern CPUs, which provides a significant performance boost, with profiles included to offer either smooth 60 frames per second gameplay, or higher resolutions, or aspect-correct widescreen, and so on. The game can now be played on the Raspberry Pi 3, and handles more downloadable add-ons.

Feb 232018
 

Oh well – looks like I won’t be getting any real work done for a while!

A new version of Quake Resurrection has been released by R-Comp Interactive. First launched by the company for the StrongARM RiscPC, the 2018 edition has been updated for modern hardware, such as the ARMX6 and Titanium, but it also supports both real and Virtual RiscPC systems, as well as the Iyonix, Pi, and so on.

The game includes the original levels for the classic first person shooter, along with the Malice ‘total conversion’ (which is not currently compatible with ARMv7 systems), and the Q!Zone expansion CD, plus many extra levels. The new version also includes an easy method of selecting control options – something that could be done previously, but involved messing around with configuration files.

The game is available to buy via !Store, currently priced at £15.00

Feb 212018
 

Existing users of R-Comp‘s NetFetch 5 package can now update their software to version 5.03, by downloading the new version from !Store – it should be in the “My Software” section.

The main improvement in version 5.03 is to do with how the software deals with multiple SMTP servers. Support for this is relatively new, necessitated by the increasing use of Sender Policy Framework (SPF) as an anti-spam measure, and the new version sees some user interface improvements as a result of user feedback.

For new users, NetFetch 5.03 can be purchased via !Store, and it will also be available to buy on CD ROM at this weekend’s Southwest Show.

Feb 212018
 

R-Comp Interactive will have a selection of OS and software updates for ARMSX ARMX6 and TiMachine computers, which they’ll be demonstrating at this weekend’s Southwest Show.

OS update 11 for the ARMX6 brings with it a number of new features and improvements, in areas such as 16, 4K, and 64K colour modes, MODE 7, support for a 3840×1600 screen resolution, a new version of BASIC optimised for hardware-floating point, improved memory performance, and more.

For the TiMachine, there is v4 of the high resolution graphics/multi-head driver, adding support for 256 colours, selected 3840×1600 ‘super-wide’ displays, and more.

The company will also be talking about a quad-core enabled version of RISC OS, available to ARMX6 owners for development/evaluation purposes, and demonstrating accelerated graphics.

Dec 072017
 

An extra wide, 256 colour display!

A two-headed Titanium on the ROOL stand at Southwest 2016

A two-headed Titanium on the ROOL stand at Southwest 2016

With two DVI-I sockets on board, one of the selling points of Elesar‘s Titanium is the ability to drive two displays side by side. RISC OS doesn’t (properly) support this, but it can be done by fooling the operating system into treating the two screens as though they are one. The software to do this has been available since February 2016.

Much more recently, an updated ROM image was released in July of this year that allowed the board to use 256 colour screen modes – which might sound odd to make a point of with modern systems (including the Titanium) capable of running with 16 million colour displays, but there is some older software that actually needs to run in screen modes with a more limited colour depth; so called “paletted” modes. Continue reading »

Nov 132017
 

Meanwhile, I have yet to get the final Wakefield Show video finished and uploaded!

ROUGOL member Leo White, who records the theatre talks at the London Show, has now uploaded the recordings of this year’s talks to YouTube. In alphabetical order:

 

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 »

Oct 272017
 

May also result in a new version of NetFetch 4.

Tomorrow’s London Show will see the launch of a significant new version of R-Comp‘s NetFetch, which brings with it greater support for modern email security standards and protocols – SSL/TLS, SPF-checking, and so on. There have also been improvements to performance, stability, and other aspects of the software, including a major update to the main Hermes module. NetFetch 5 is priced at £30 (£20 to upgrade) plus P&P for a copy on CD, or without P&P as a !Store download.

During the development of NetFetch 5, a couple of issues “cropped up” with NetFetch 4-specific features – so the company is planning to hopefully make one further release of that version, bringing it up to version 4.13 if they do – but given the nature of the NetFetch 5 release, the sensible option for NetFetch 4 users would be to upgrade to that.

Oct 242017
 

R-Comp Interactive will be demonstrating one of their TiMachine computers driving a 2560×1440 display at the London Show on Saturday. The Titanium system board on which the TiMachine is based is normally limited to 2048 horizontal pixels, but because it has two video outputs – intended to drive two displays side by side – it’s possible to get around the limitation with some clever trickery, if you have the right monitor. R-Comp, at the show, will have the right monitor.

The updated version of DualHead – the software supplied by R-Comp with TiMachine computers, and as part of the Titanium Support Scheme will be available to customers/subscribers shortly; keep your eye on the download site (details of which can be found in the documentation supplied with your computers or via the Support Scheme).