Snippets – 1st January, 2021

A final round up of 2020 news that hasn’t found its way to RISCOSitory before I was aiming to get this final round up of news posted on the last day of 2020, but as ever other things got in the way, so what was intended as the last post of 2020 has become the first post of 2021. Still, never mind, better late than never – which should probably be the official motto here in the RISCOSitory bunker!

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News nybble: Fireworkz Pro price reduced until the end of September

It’s a show meeting discount! Stuart Swales will be the guest speaker for the RISC OS User Group of London’s next meeting, where he will be talking about his time at both Acorn and Colton Software. To coincide with the meeting, which takes place on Monday, 21st September via Zoom, the price of Fireworkz Pro has been reduced in price by roughly half until the end of this month. The application is an integrated office suite, consisting of word processor, spreadsheet, and database components. Originally developed and sold by Colton…

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Snippets – 31st December, 2019

With 2019 drawing to a close at the end of today, to be immediately followed by a year with the official designation of 2020, it’s time to round up a selection of news that hasn’t been covered on RISCOSitory over the course of the year.

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Snippets – 31st December, 2014

Because while no news is good news, some news is better. Or something. Keen eyed readers of RISCOSitory will no doubt have noticed that for the last couple of months they have in fact not been keen eyed readers of RISCOSitory at all. As is sometimes the case, the workload here at the Soft Rock Software office became somewhat hectic for a while – moreso, I think, than it’s ever been before – leaving no time for any updates to the site. And to cap that, a nasty bout of…

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PipeDream and Fireworks hosting and linking

Announcement from Gerald Fitton, 3rd February 2014 Colton Software and Abacus Training together with Stuart Swales, the former lead programmer of Colton Software, have decided that the time has come to make PipeDream and Fireworkz more widely available. Colton Software are the owners of PipeDream and Fireworkz; we at Abacus Training have the exclusive distribution rights for which we are now waiving our exclusivity. Of course copyright remains with Colton Software.

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A new version of Fireworkz for the new year

Well, there are always fireworks to mark the new year, so why not Fireworkz as well? New Year’s Day 2014 saw Stuart Swales announce the release of the latest version of Fireworkz – v1.35/00 – for both RISC OS and Windows – with a long list of changes, some affecting the RISC OS version only, some the Windows version only, and some both. Looking further, that list is even longer, if other updates since the last mention of Fireworkz on RISCOSitory are taken into account – the update to version…

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Fireworkz and Fireworkz Pro updates

Dynamite! Back in late 2011, RISC OS users saw the welcome return of Fireworkz and Fireworkz Pro, an integrated word processor, spreadsheet and – in the case of the Pro version – database package. The software, originally from Colton Software, had been resurrected by Stuart Swales, and has seen a number of releases since. Fireworkz (and the file compatible Fireworkz for Windows) are now free to download from Gerald Fitton’s Abacus Training website, and are both now up to version 1.34/10. Updates to Fireworkz Pro, which remains commercial and is…

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