Mar 202019

From the start of April, any business whose turnover is above the threshold for VAT registration has a new set of rules to comply with, falling under the banner of ‘Making Tax Digital‘ (MTD). VAT records must now be maintained ‘digitally’ (which in this context means ‘in computer software’ rather than paper records), and returns must be submitted online by suitable software, rather than manually logging in and keying in the figures, or posting off a paper return.

There is a growing list of software available that can be used to maintain those records, and which can be used to submit returns under the new system – and there is now a RISC OS solution in the form of Prophet 4.

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Mar 132019

The AMCOG Development Kit, designed to make it much easier to write games for RISC OS computers in BBC BASIC, has been updated. The new version is available to download from !Store by existing customers.

Version 1.08 brings with it an extended library, including procedures from AMCOG’s Island of the Undead and Stunt Drivers games, the addition of three new example programs, the latest version of RDSP, and more.

Mar 072019

AMCOG Games has released an update to the RDSP module, which enhances the RISC OS sound system and provides a virtual sound chip with 16 channels, easy sample playback, ENVELOPE command support, and much more.

Now at version 0.87, the software can now record and save its output to a WAV file, making it possible to create sound effects on a suitable RISC OS computer for use elsewhere. The RDSP web page includes a number of example WAV files to illustrate what the module is capable of – and there is also now a PDF manual available to download.

Mar 072019

The most recent title from AMCOG Games has seen an update. Stunt Drivers, first released at last year’s London Show, is now at version 1.06. New features include a new racing circuit, and a car selector with a choice of up to eight different cars.

The update is free via !Store for those who have already purchased the game, otherwise the game costs £9.99 – and if you want to see a demonstration of the game first, check out this Wi-Fi Sheep video from the recent Southwest Show.

Feb 152019

A new version of comprehensive business accounts package Prophet is now available from Elesar Ltd. The update to version 3.96 includes a number of changes to help in the area of internationalisation, reflecting the number of customers not based in the UK. In addition, there have been a couple of other minor fixes.

The software, originally developed by Apricote Studios (now Accountz) and now maintained and sold by Elesar, is available to new customers for £97.20 including VAT, or for £68.40 if upgrading from any 3.xx version. And for those whose businesses will be affected by the coming changes under the ‘Making Tax Digital’ banner, the software has been successfully tested and meets the requirements (PDF), and it’s now just a matter of waiting for the final boxes to be ticked at HMRC for final approval.

Feb 142019

Kevin Wells has made a small update to his QrCode application, adding a choice of background colour, and to fix a “silly bug” (a typo) in the application’s !Boot file.

Feb 142019

There will be a new application released by Sine Nomine at Saturday’s Southwest Show for use with map-app RiscOSM. The software is designed to allow you to check out a particular place ahead of time if you are planning or considering a trip there, by pulling in photographs from various online sources.

Subject to the availabitlity of an internet connection, Sine Nomine’s Matthew Phillips hopes to be able to demonstrate it in use in his theatre talk. And since it has been made possible by the recent RISC OS Open TCP/IP bounty improvements, all of the proceeds from sales of the application will be put towards the next stage of the bounty.

Feb 112019

Users of R-Comp‘s ARMSX ARMX6 computers who have purchased the Graphics Acceleration software first previewed at last year’s Southwest Show can now benefit from a free update to version 1.10 from. The new version resolves issues with legacy full-screen modes that use screen banking or shadowing.

The software can be purchased through !Store, through which existing users should also the new version available for them to download.

Feb 112019

Kevin Wells has made available version 1.01 of QrCode, his application to produce the ‘square’ bar codes you sometimes see, which often have URLs and other data encoded within them. First released in 2015, the software requires Wget to work, because it uses the services of the QR Code Generator website.

Requested by a user of the software, the update adds the ability to set the error conversion code, which determines the degree of data redundancy. Interactive help has also been added, to make its use that little bit easier – and Kevin has also uploaded a short video of the application in action.