Hardware, of course, includes the Titanium motherboard, designed from the outset with RISC OS in mind, while software includes Elesar’s own CloudFS and LOOKSystems’ Font Directory Pro.
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.
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.
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:
Taking place on Wednesday, 3rd May, the next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will see Rob Sprowson as the guest speaker. The man behind Elesar Ltd and the Titanium motherboard, Rob will be demonstrating a Titanium-based computer and talking about its development.
Elesar also has a growing range of software titles, both home-grown such as CloudFS, and taken over and updated from a previous owner, such as Font Directory Pro (originally from LOOKsystems).
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:
Elesar Ltd is once again offering a ‘click and collect’ service for the Wakefield Show, with RISC OS Open Logistics transporting any goods ordered under the scheme for collection by punters at the event. To take advantage of the scheme, you simply need to select the relevant shipping method when ordering; it should say something to the effect of “Pick up from Wakefield Show”
Elesar’s Rob Sprowson informs me that the cut off time is likely to be noon on Friday, giving RISC OS Open “time to battle the Cambridge traffic before heading North for the show set up.”
In January, Elesar‘s Rob Sprowson paid a visit to the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about CloudFS, and another ‘mystery’ product, later revealed to be font management system Font Directory Pro, originally from LOOKsystems. At that point, a new version of the software was ready, and the only remaining task before it could be released was converting the large user manual. The last release from LOOKsystems was all the way back in 2003, and the new version (3.20) sees the software updated to work on newer ARM processors, and modern versions of RISC OS.
Coming with a hefty 108 page manual, the new version costs £22.50 including VAT (plus p&p) to upgrade from an earlier version (proof of an existing licence will be needed), and £45.00 including VAT (plus p&p) to those buying it for the first time.
But if you want more details, pop along to the ROUGOL meeting on Monday!
As well as talking about CloudFS, the mystery product that Elesar Ltd‘s Rob Sprowson is set to reveal at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London has been revealed as an updated version of Font Directory Pro, which was originally developed and sold by LOOKsystems. The software has been updated so that it can be used on the latest hardware, and on zero-page versions of RISC OS, and MW Software have provided an updated file scanner plug-in for Artworks files that contain text areas.
The only task remaining in order to be able to release the new version of Font Directory Pro is converting the large user manual, which is taking longer than expected – but in the meantime, the meeting on Monday, 16th January (full details in the previous announcement) is the place to be to see a demonstration of the software and pose any questions about it to Rob.
But what is that something else? Why… It’s a Mystery1!
If you’re Sheep Farming in Barnett or lost in the Jungles of Jupiter on Monday, 16th January, you will probably miss out on having a Brilliant Day – well, okay, a Sensational evening – because Rob Sprowson of Elesar Ltd will be visiting the RISC OS User Group of London where he will Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard on the topic of CloudFS.