Kevin Wells’ recently released KPDFUtil, which provides a front-end for some features offered by PDFutils, has already seen its first update. Version 1.01 now includes support for extracting images from PDF files, with options for all images, or just those found on a certain range of pages.
The new version also benefits from some minor corrections, such as the alignment of PDF file names now being consistent, and the icons having a length far in excess of what was necessary.
The Awards poll for 2019 has been under way for about a month, and has so far received ninety form submissions – although that does include a number of blank entries1.
Well, in a game, anyway.
Rick Murray has found himself inspired by the pandemic that has had such a dramatic effect on all our lives, and written a game for people to while away those lockdown hours – Virus! Continue reading
Kevin Wells has turned his hand from offering RISC OS front-ends to remote APIs, and put together a front-end for something the can be run locally.
The Simple Graphics Programming in RISC OS BASIC website set up by Richard Ashbery now includes a useful tutorial for people who want to make animated graphics using RISC OS.
The newly added tutorial doesn’t cover the entire process, but does demonstrate how to produce, from within a graphics program, the individual frames that would be used for the eventual animated GIF. The final part of the process, mentioned but not covered, would then be to use InterGIF to turn those sprites into a single animated GIF. Three additional animated GIFs, generated using parametric equations, can also be found in the animated patterns section.
25th Wakefield Show now to take place 25 years on from the first, but… on the 24th.
Following the postponement of the next Wakefield Show due to the ongoing crisis with the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 leading to the UK (along with other countries) being put in a state of lockdown, the organisers have now been able to secure a new date. Continue reading
…ALL user group meetings suspended
With world in the grips of a pandemic and (like many countries) the UK in lockdown to some degree – just how much of a lockdown may depend on where you are, and what you do – it should be no surprise to anyone who hasn’t had their head buried in the sand recently that user group meetings should not be taking place.
This year, RISC OS Direct made its first appearance at the Southwest Show. A distribution of the operating system with more in the disc image than the standard offering found on the RISC OS Open Ltd website and in the Raspberry Pi NOOBS distribution, this version has an initial set up that is much friendlier for first time users – which is exactly who it’s aimed at.
For a short time only, RISC OS users can benefit from a cloud service that nobody expected or requested and, quite frankly, most people probably won’t actually use. Well, it’s aimed at developers really, not the average user, so there’s that.
Kevin Wells’ BusTimes application provides a means for RISC OS users who travel by bus to look up information online about particular stops – retrieving the times for buses that stop there, and additional route information about them. It does this by using Wget to communicate under the hood with the TransportAPI website.