TrainTimes also fixed, but that ruins the play on words in the title!
Kevin Wells has released small updates to two of his applications, StreetFix and TrainTimes. In both cases, the updates address bugs in the programs, with one of those bugs shared by both.
Kevin Wells has released a brand new application, StreetFix – near the bottom of the Political and Civic Tools section – which makes viewing and reporting neighbourhood problems, such as broken lampposts, a doddle.
Fred Graute has released a new version of ToggleBD, a utility to raise the desktop backdrop to the front so that objects pinned to it are more easily accessible than by minimising windows and/or moving them around in order to find that pinned item.
Using its iconbar icon, or a configurable hot-key combination, the backdrop can be both raised and lowered, so once you’ve found and used that pinned item, it’s quick and easy to return to your original task.
Kevin Wells has released a new version of Kquiz. The application – which needs wget to operate, because it draws its data from the Open Trivia Database website – offers the sort of trivia questions you might encounter in quizzes. As such, it allows you to hone your knowledge in all sorts of areas of trivia and to get in some practice if you intend to enter any quizzes yourself.
The new version adds a ‘quizmaster’ option, which offers ten questions on the various subjects selected by the user. Kevin has also dealt with a bug that manifested itself in the form of an error when the same category was used twice in a row.
Since its initial release last year, Rick Murray’s Manga application, which allows RISC OS users to access manga – a form of Japanese comics – found on mangareader.net. Rick has released a number of updates to the software since its initial release, and amongst other things the latest version gains support for Ctrl-Left and -Right keypresses to go backwards or skip forwards by ten pages, scroll wheel support in the What’s new, Suggestions, Search results and History editor windows.
André Timmermans has released new versions of DigitalCD (version 3.11), TimPlayer (1.26) and DiskSample (0.55). The changes to DigitalCD are mainly bug fixes, but the updates to both TimPlayer and DiskSample include additional changes, such as the ability to play RAW CD files in the latter, and improved and expanded loaders in the former.
In addition, André has also released version 0.04 of EmulTim, a collection of sound modules that are “emulated through calls to the TimPlayer module” with the goal of allowing their use (with some limitations) on versions of RISC OS on which they no longer work.
A new version is now available of the Advanced Music Creation System from 3rd Event – a MIDI/audio sequencer that doesn’t just run on RISC OS, but replaces it to become the operating system on the computer.
While in the world of Windows there is a great deal of software for businesses to choose from to look after their accounts, the choices on RISC OS are very limited in comparison. In recent years, the choices have become even more limited as the operating system (and underlying hardware) has moved on, and older software has become unsupported and is no longer updated by the original developers.
One such package, however, has been given a new lease of life – Prophet, originally written by Quentin Pain of Apricote Studios (now Accountz), is now available from Elesar Ltd in an updated form that is fully 32-bit compatible, and suitable for modern RISC OS platforms.
A brand new version of an old game has made its way to !Store, where it can be downloaded free of charge, thanks to the efforts of Jeroen Vermeulen.
Originally published as a type-in listing in volume 8, issue 1 of The Micro User, which hit newsagents’ shelves in 1990, Dickie Brickie was written by Mike Goldberg – one of six that he had published in the magazine. Twenty eight years on, Jeroen has released a RISC OS remake of the game, written using the AMCOG Development Kit by Tony Bartram – and Tony himself helped out by dealing with the sound conversion.