News nybble: Fireworkz Pro price reduced until the end of September

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It’s a show meeting discount!

Stuart Swales will be the guest speaker for the RISC OS User Group of London’s next meeting, where he will be talking about his time at both Acorn and Colton Software. To coincide with the meeting, which takes place on Monday, 21st September via Zoom, the price of Fireworkz Pro has been reduced in price by roughly half until the end of this month.

The application is an integrated office suite, consisting of word processor, spreadsheet, and database components. Originally developed and sold by Colton Software, Stuart continues to develop it, and with R-Comp now selling it. The reduced price is available by purchasing it through !Store

Stuart Swales talks to ROUGOL about programming for Acorn and Colton – 21st September

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Stuart Swales will be the guest speaker at the next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting, talking about his long history of programming for Acorn and RISC OS Computers.

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News nybble: The Wakefield Club’s charity auction is now live

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The charity auction announced a couple of days ago by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club is now live. If you want to bid on a Deuce case, custom designed by RISCOSbits to commemorate the 2020 Wakefield Show, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, point your web browser at its eBay listing and place your bid now!

The proceeds from the auction will be go to the Wakefield Hospice, which is usually supported by the Club on the charity stand at the annual show – so please make a generous bid for this case if possible, and if you lose the auction and can afford to do so anyway, why not consider donating the amount you bid via the Club’s Just Giving page? Failing that, any other amount you can spare will be gratefully received at a time that is particularly hard for charities.

Wakefield Show prize draw for 2020 morphs into a charity auction

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The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, organisers of the Wakefield Show, have for some years now run a prize draw at the show, with tickets available from the Club stand, and a selection of RISC OS-related prizes for the winner(s).

Prizes for the draw are usually provided to the group by exhibitors, and because 2020 was to be the 25th annual Wakefield Show, the first prize planned for this year was something out of the ordinary: Andy Marks of RISCOSbits had produced a specially designed version of the Deuce case.

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RISC OS Awards 2019 results published

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And you might want to sit down for this bit: So have the survey results, right up to date!

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2019 was kicked off at the end of March 2020, and remained open for votes for three full months until the end of June. The results of the poll, which saw just 102 valid form submissions, were totted up at the end of July and initially published on the RISCOSitory Twitter feed on 1st August1 – and they can also now be found on the Awards website.

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StrongHelp manual for Ovation Pro script language updated

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Ovation Pro is a desktop publishing package written by David Pilling and originally sold by Beebug Ltd, and now by David himself, and one of the many features of the comprehensive application is an integrated script language.

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Prophet 4.06 now available

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A minor update to accounts package Prophet is now available from Elesar Ltd. The software was originally developed by Apricote Studios (now known as Accountz), and hadn’t seen any further updates for many years until Elesar stepped in and took on sales and further development to the package. Initially ensuring it was fully 32-bit compatible, and therefore fully functional on modern RISC OS systems so that anyone still using it could be assured of still being able to do so, the company has also added an important (optional extra) feature for those who need it – the ability to submit VAT returns under the UK’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme.

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