New from Drag ‘n Drop: The Book of Draw Stuff

Hot off the press at Wakefield!

Christopher Dewhurst, who took over publishing on-off-on-off-under-new-management PDF magazine Drag ‘n Drop from its original editor and publisher, Paul Stewart (hence the ‘under-new-management’ bit), is set to release a new book at the 2015 Wakefield Show on 25th April under the ‘Drag N Drop Publications’ moniker.

The Book of Draw Stuff will be available in limited numbers on Saturday at a special introductory offer of £13.00, reduced from the £15.00 it will cost after the event if ordered from the Drag ‘n Drop website or Amazon.

The book, which according to Amazon comes as a 146 page paperback, looks to be divided into two distinct sections, with the first building on techniques found in the User Guide that came with RISC OS systems of old. Subjects covered include creating grids quickly, positioning objects accurately, hatching, and more, with projects to design CD labels, fonts and a vintage travel poster.

The second section looks at the structure of Draw files – the actual file format – and looks at generating complex diagrams with repetitive or complicated patterns using BBC BASIC V. The book includes type-in listings to generate graded text, produce tables from CSV files, and many more.

As long as you have a RISC OS computer, you have both Draw and BBC BASIC – both come as part of the operating system, BASIC in ROM and Draw either in ROM or on the disc image, depending on which version of RISC OS. The book is suitable for anyone using RISC OS 3.10 or later (subject to memory limitations on earlier machines) who wants to delve deeper into Draw.

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