Jun 052018

RISC OS is so intuitive to use its User Guide is how big?

RISC OS 5 User Guide front cover, courtesy of RISC OS Open LtdA new version of the User Guide has been published by RISC OS Open Ltd – the first printed edition since Acorn’s last one in 1996, and one that is bang up to date with the latest stable release of RISC OS, version 5.24 released in April.

The new tome is a mighty one, with a total of sixty two chapters and eight appendices, all of which span a total of 616 pages, and it features over nine hundred images to illustrate the text and make it easier to digest. Continue reading »

Apr 152018

Something to read on the train on the way to the show, perhaps?

A little bird has informed me that the next issue of the lesser-spotted Archive Magazine has been printed and was being bundled into envelopes the other day.

With the Wakefield Show now just six days away, the obvious thing to infer is that Archive’s editor, Jim Nagel, intends for subscribers to receive their copy before the show takes place – so it can probably be expected to arrive in the next few days.

Jun 282014

From little Acorns grow great oaks dead tree publications.

David Bradforth has set up a crowd-funding campaign to publish a new book, to be called A Potted History of Acorn Computers.

The proposed book will be a 132 page, perfect-bound, full-colour, A4 publication and, according to the Indiegogo page David has set up, his plan is for “a loose deadline of October for the books to ship to the purchasers; this will be the latest date for the final production giving approximately ten weeks [from the date the Indiegogo campaign closes – 15th August] to produce the book before it goes off to print.” Continue reading »

Apr 012013

Ee be free, ee be.

Well known to readers of Archive Magazine, the group known as T.O.M.S. – who first appeared in the magazine in volume 13, issue 11 (August 2000) with a review of the Epson Stylus Photo 1200 – had a semi-regular series of articles published in the A5 periodical from volume 17, issue 3 (December 2003) until volume 19, issue 4 (January 2006) . That series was centered around using VirtualRPC, an emulator for Windows and Mac OS X computers that allows those people who need to use those platforms to continue to enjoy using RISC OS without having to have two computers on their desk, and was called “VirtualRPC in Use” Continue reading »

Dec 162012

Puts the legendary phoenix to shame

Drag ‘n Drop , the PDF magazine for RISC OS Users, was originally brought out by long time RISC OS fan Paul Stewart in 2009, who went on to publish four issues of the magazine per year/volume at a price of £3.00 per issue, until September 2012, when he made the decision to cease publication – the second time he had made such a decision, having previously done so a year earlier, and was subsequently persuaded to continue. Continue reading »

Sep 092012

Drag ‘n Drop, cheap as chips. Well, fish & chips twice at my local chip shop.

The latest volume of Drag ‘n Drop magazine is now available as a bundle for the princely sum of £9.00, a saving of £3.00 over buying the four individual issues.

Launched in 2009, the PDF based magazine nearly came to a close after only two volumes when its editor, Paul Stewart, decided to cease publication not long before the 2011 London Show. However, Paul soon changed his mind, apparently with some encouragement from R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley, and he duly turned up at the show with the first issue of the third volume. Continue reading »

Apr 232012

Well, it does if the hard drive you download it onto is named ‘doormat’.

Just ahead of the 2012 Wakefield Show, which takes place on Saturday, 28th April, Paul Stewart has published the latest issue of his PDF-based RISC OS magazine, Drag ‘n Drop.

Features in this bumper 53 page issue include an in-depth, personal retrospective of the 8-bit games scene, along with reviews of two new games from Retro Software, the next parts in the two programming series “All Sorted” and “RISC OS Programming in BASIC”, along with the start of a new one dealing with graphics in BBC BASIC, and much more.

A change with this issue is the route Paul has taken to publication – more specifically, a change in the software he uses. Whereas previously he used Ovation to lay out the magazine, turning it into a PDF using PrintPDF, this time he’s switched to using EasiWriter, which can save PDFs directly, and allows the magazine to include working links to relevant websites.

Drag ‘n Drop costs just £3.00, and can be purchased using PayPal.