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 1) Editorial
 2) General News
 3) Commercial News
 4) PD/Shareware News
 5) Club News
 6) ANS information

  Here is the latest issue of the ANS newsletter. Nothing else to say this
  time, except as always feel free to forward a copy to other Acorn users
  who may be interested.

  James Sears, Editor

General News

 1) German news at ArcSite

  German language Acorn news pages will soon be available at ArcSite
  (http://www.arcsite.de/). ArcSite provides free RISC OS homepages, web
  based discussion, many links, and a search engine for some FTP servers.
  Most pages are available in English as well as German.

 2) TechWriter/EasiWriter Pro Plus web pages

  A set of web pages, covering the new features of the 'Pro+' versions of
  TechWriter and EasiWriter, are now online. The pages are intended to help
  users understand how to get the best results from Java, animations,
  keyboard extensions, etc. They should also be of interest to anyone
  considering purchasing (or upgrading to) Pro+.

  The pages can be found at:

 3) Kosovo CDs

  Acorn software CDs, being sold to raise money for Kosovan refugees, are
  still available from Clares, Archive, and APDL.

  The CDROM contains all the Archimedes World cover discs, exclusive demos
  (including Clares' Rhapsody 4), several full commercial software packages
  (Rhapsody 2, MacFSLite, AudioWorks, CFS, Mad Professor Moriarty), and
  much more.

  The CD costs GBP6.25 (UK only, overseas rates different). For details see

 4) Acorn users Open Directory

  The Open Directory Project (http://dmoz.org/) is a Yahoo style web site
  directory with a difference - it is edited by hundreds of users, not
  employees of one company, so new sites are quickly added and categorised.

  Anyone with an Acorn related site should add it to the Computers/
  Operating Systems/RISCOS/Software section of the directory. Also support
  the ODP by adding any other sites you have developed or like, and use
  dmoz.org as your search engine of preference.

 5) New Psion machine expected tomorrow

  Psion are expected to launch their latest handheld computer tomorrow, the
  Psion Series 5MX. Like the Series 5, the 5MX will feature an ARM7 based
  processor, clocked twice as fast in the new model, as well as extra RAM,
  and an enhanced browser and Java support in ROM.

  For speculation see:

  On Tuesday full details should be available from:

Commercial News

 1) RiscStation 7500 specification upgraded

  Due to customer feedback from the Wakefield show, and to increased
  competition from other RISC OS computer manufacturers, RiscStation Ltd.
  (otherwise known as CTA) has decided to redesign their soon to be launched
  computer. The ISA expansion slots have gone, to be replaced by four 32bit,
  33MHz PCI slots, to allow for much faster and complex third party addons 
  to be used.

  One of these is to be a StrongARM PCI card that can hold up to eight
  233MHz StrongARMs. With 4 PCI cards, you could in theory have thirty-two
  StrongARMs working away in the RiscStation, although software support
  would be required, and uses of such a setup seem limited.

  Read the full article on Acorn Cybervillage at

 2) PEP Associates to cease trading

  PEP Associates has announced it will cease trading on 30th June 1999.
  Products have included: the first commercial software speech synthesizer
  for RISC OS machines; the first product to migrate an existing PC CD-ROM
  natively to the RISC OS platform; and the award-winning CD-Net product -
  unbeaten in its ability to share CD-ROMs to Acorn computers

  PEP Associates will take orders from customers up until the end of June,
  but will not be able to provide support after that time.


 3) Aleph One price cuts

  Aleph One Ltd. has announced lower prices than ever before on their range
  of x86 second processor cards.

  Prices start at GBP225, including VAT and postage, for 100MHz Cyrix 5x86
  cards. For details see:

 4) New Acorn User subscription rates

  Tau Press are pleased to announce the availability of four and eight issue
  subscriptions, in addition to the standard annual subscription.

  Here are the new subscription rates in full, for UK, EU and World
  subscribers. Prices are in UK Pounds Sterling, and include postage and
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 5) WebChange 2 now available

  WebChange v1.00 is now available from Soft Rock Software, at a price of
  GBP10 until 30th June 1999. For details and a limited function version of
  WebChange 2, see http://www.softrock.co.uk/webchange/.

  WebChange 2 is an application designed to help HTML writers - those who
  like to produce their HTML 'by hand' in particular - by helping remove
  some of the more tedious and repetitive tasks.

 6) MicroDigital Spring Clean and USB Development Board

  MicroDigital are clearing out to make space for work being carried out
  on the new 'Mico' desktop computer. Many bargains can be had by visiting

  Also Microdigital are making a USB development board and software
  available to developers. For more information, see the MicroDigital
  News pages at http://www.microdigital.co.uk/.

PD/Shareware News

 1) NumberFix 1.3

  NumberFix allows you to manipulate files with numeric names, as produced
  by many digital cameras. You can change 1,2,3 to 01,02,03 - so that the
  filer displays them correctly. You can renumber from any given number,
  allowing you to merge two directories, and you can add prefixes and

  The new version offers an unlock button rather than just dying when a file
  is locked. It will also warn you when this occurs.

  The program supports interactive help and is shareware. It is available
  from http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/tudor/.

 2) Carriage application updated

  Carriage allows you to munge text files from RISC OS/DOS/BBC Micro
  carriage return and/or line feed standards - they all use different
  sets of character 13 and 10 to mark the end of a line.

  The newer version allows for easier internationalisation and also takes
  a copy of the original in the scrap directory to allow you to write back
  to the source file.

  Available from http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~rps102/bbc/riscos.htm.

 3) New home for RegEx module

  The RegEx module implements the GNU 'regex' Regular-Expression matching
  routines within a module, with SWIs replacing the normal calls.

  Main advantages:
    * The code is over 40KB, so every app. requiring regex that uses the
      module instead of hard-wiring the code saves memory.

    * An extended expression compilation SWI allows the use of Perl-like
      expression short-cuts (eg "\S" for non-white-space) and easier case
      insensitive searches.

    * A 'favourite syntax' may be set up once and thus shared amongst all
      applications, so you only need remember the one.

  Version 1.00 is currently available is 1.00. V1.01 has been produced, but
  and will be uploaded soon when the StrongHelp SWI docs and C veneers are

  The *new* home is: http://home.onet.co.uk/~fnx/software.html.

 4) FTPc 1.15

  FTPc v1.15, a freeware Internet File Transfer Protocol client, is now
  available from http://www.c-granville.freeserve.co.uk/. Improvements
    * Reconnect/New connection added to main menu.
    * Tabs allowed in status log.
    * Menu now works over status bar.
    * 77 file limit no longer crashes download.
    * Demon bug fixed - uploads no longer fail with MKD.

 5) Icon Change available now

  Icon Change, a program to change the look of your desktop, is available
  for download at http://www.malpasroad.freeserve.co.uk/acorn/sw/icons/.

 6) Beta Testers required for JvScript

  JvScript is the first JavaScript authoring package for RISC OS computers.
  Its features include:
    * No knowledge of JavaScript required.
    * Easy intuitive interface.
    * Script based design allows countless possibilities for functions.
    * Over 20 scripts, with many more to come.
    * It is Freeware.

  JvScript is available from http://www.dyoungs.clara.net/jvscript/.

  Please note:
   * This is an early beta release, many improvements are already scheduled.
   * It requires JFShared v2.54.
   * It is script based - there are no 'hard wired' functions.
   * Not all the scripts have been tested.

  More details available from the above address.

 7) lharc - new version

  A new version lharc, a port of the Unix LHa compression/decompression
  utility, is now available.

  The new version is a port of LHa v1.14, which includes a new compression
  method (lh6), as well as fixing a couple of minor bugs.

  lharc 0.28, and a desktop frontend, are available from the miscellaneous
  section of http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/tigger/programs/progrs.html.

 8) PsiFS 1.10 released

  The second release of PsiFS is now available for free download from

  Changes from version 1.00 include:
    * A virtual drive has been added that represents each of the real
      drives as subdirectories, reducing iconbar clutter.
    * Filer windows can be configured to open or close automatically when
      a link is established or broken.
    * Automatic baud rate identification added.
    * The printer mirror icon shows the number of bytes received.
    * The destination of the printer mirror can be changed easily.
    * MimeMap module can be used to provide additional filetype mappings.
    * The documentation has been substantially improved, including new
      step-by-step tutorials.

  PsiFS is a freeware RISC OS file system that communicates with a remote
  SIBO or EPOC device via the Psion Link Protocol (PLP). Files can be
  manipulated as if they were on a local disc, so copying is simply a
  matter of dragging icons between filer windows.

 9) New version of ArcLink5

  The latest version (v0.13) of ArcLink5, a shareware Psion 5-RISC OS
  transfer application. 

  This latest version includes a number of bugs fixes, as well as adding
  the ability to convert RISC OS text files into Psion Word files and vice
  versa, and allowing recursive directory copying from the Acorn to the

  A full list of changes is available at

  ArcLink5 is available to download from

 10) BASCalc

  BASCalc, a PD arithmetic expression evaluator for performing quick
  calculations and binary/hex/decimal conversions, is available from

Club News

 1) June meeting dates from AAUG

  The following user group meetings are planned for June. Always check the
  AAUG web site (http://www.aaug.net/) to confirm details.

  June 1999
  14th - DARC meeting - Weather Imaging
  14th - Southampton meeting
  14th - SASAUG meeting
  25th - Blackpool meeting
  29th - Acorn Club NorthEast meeting
  30th - Bristol Acorn User Group meeting

  The AAUG website provides details of all the user groups worldwide, and
  how you can benefit from becoming a member. For more information, visit

 2) RiscStation at Manchester Acorn User Group

  RiscStation Ltd. will be showing their new RISC OS clones at MAUG's
  meeting on Friday 25th June. The event is intended to involve, for the
  first time, the chance for users to try out RiscStation 7500 machines as
  they will be available in the genuine production systems launched in July.

  The meeting will be held at St. Anne's Club, Stretford, Manchester. Full
  details from the club's web site (http://www.acorn.manchester.ac.uk/).

ANS Information

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