Jun 122017
 

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: Continue reading »

 June 12, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 302017
 

WROCC logoTaking 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). Continue reading »

 April 30, 2017  Posted by  User groups 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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Apr 162017
 

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.”

 April 16, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 072017
 

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.

 

 March 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 112017
 

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.

Jan 042017
 

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. Continue reading »

 January 4, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Dec 132016
 

‘Transactions’ when copying files reduced from a downpour to a drizzle.

A new version of CloudFS is available from Elesar Ltd, the main benefit of which is improved efficiency.

CloudFS provides RISC OS with access to remote, cloud-based storage, by integrating with OmniClient so that to the user it appears like a native filing system. The software currently works with just one cloud provider, pCloud, who are based in Switzerland and offer 10GB of free storage, with a range of price plans if you need more. In time it is hoped that more providers can be supported. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Dec 132016
 

So if this was a news nybble, it would be a nybble about having a nibble, then?

The RISC OS User Group of London‘s next meeting will take place on Monday, 19th December, and with no set topic of formal speaker arranged, the group will instead take the opportunity to have an informal discussion about what has happened in the RISC OS world during 2016, and what people hope to see happen in 2017 – and all of this over a drink and a meal. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2016  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Oct 262016
 

Rob Sprowson has released version 1.41 of AMPlayer – a module and command line application which provides facilities to decode and play audio MPEG files, such as MP3s.  For users of the latest Raspberry Pi, the big change is that this version is compatible with 26-bit and 32-bit ARM processors up to and including ARMv8. The minimum version of RISC OS required is 3.50 – so in essence this new version is compatible with all RISC OS platforms since the RiscPC.

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