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

General News

 1) RC5 Cracking Effort

  Distributed.net has implemented the team members statistics on the new RC5
  statistics box, which means that members of the Acorn User Group cracking
  team can now receive information on how well they are doing in the team.

  For more information about the distributed.net RC5 project, and how to
  support the Acorn users team, see http://www.acornusers.org/rc5/.

 2) Arcade BBS gets Home Highway

  Arcade BBS now features a high speed 64Kbps link to Demon Internet at
  weekends, and a third access number at all times. BT Home Highway has been
  installed on Arcade's "FidoNet" line, providing an additional dial-in

  The three Arcade BBS modem dial-in numbers, quoted in the new national
  numbering scheme, are now:
    * BT Main and Auxiliary: 020 8654 2212 (two lines as before)
    * Via Highway Channel 1: 020 8655 4412 (Fidonet access number)
    * Via Highway Channel 2: 020 8655 1811 (NEW access number)

  BT Home Highway enables Arcade's Weekend Internet event to offer improved
  64Kbps throughout to more callers. The BBS-linked Web server offers full
  download access to every file in the 1GB legacy filebase. Weekend Internet
  is on Saturdays and Sundays from 14:00 to 20:00 BST. Point your browser to

  You can also access the filebase by FTP to ftp://arcade.demon.co.uk/.
  Download the text file list from ftp://arcade.demon.co.uk/flist.txt or
  at any time from http://www.arcade.demon.co.uk/files/flist.txt.

  Arcade's Telnet server allows full ANSI-emulation login over the Internet
  to Arcade BBS itself. Try it next weekend telnet://arcade.demon.co.uk/!

 3) Acorn Arcade updates

  Following a bit of a quiet spell over the exam period, Acorn Arcade
  http://www.acornarcade.com/ is now back into full flow. The reviews
  section has been revamped, and now includes reviews of Richard Wilson's
  recent platform game Botkiller2, and several new freeware games.

  The site also features a preview of the up-coming Heroes of Might and
  Magic II expansion pack - Price of Loyalty, and by popular request the
  'latest from comp.sys.acorn.games' page has returned.

  Other recent updates include news on Quake, a preview of RCI's soon to be
  released flight sim, F16 Fighting Falcon, and an in-depth look at the
  Mico, MicroDigital's new RISC OS machine. 

 4) Potential Cerilica road show

  Cerilica is currently considering hosting a road show in the year 2000.
  The principle purpose of such an event is to push its new design and
  publishing package, Cerilica Vantage, beyond the customer base RISC OS
  shows are able to offer - be the customers existing RISC OS users or those
  unfamiliar with the platform.

  In order to plan for what would be a very large undertaking, Cerilica
  would be very grateful if potential visitors could complete a simple
  questionnaire that can be found on Cerilica's web site

  Please note that this road show is still very much in the discussion stage
  and there are no firm plans at present - it may not take place at all if
  it is found to be non-viable.

Commercial News

 1) Super fast 32bit IDE interface with DMA from Microdigital

  Microdigital has announced the release of their new 'Awesome' IDE card.
  Based on the Mico's motherboard controller, this podule interface operates
  at four times the speed of the standard ADFS IDE controller.

  For more details see http://www.microdigital.co.uk/.

 2) Cerilica to attend South East Show

  Cerilica http://www.cerilica.com/ is taking part in this year's Acorn
  South East Show organised by John Stonier. This show is more 'compact'
  than the recent Wakefield 99 Show, but should provide just as much
  interest. It is also much more convenient for those living further South.

  Cerilica will hopefully be showing some further developments with its new
  design and publishing package, Cerilica Vantage, which will include
  special fills. These promise to be very impressive and flexible.

  There will be plenty of staff to give one-to-one demonstrations and advice
  about the package, including the professional designer, Richard Cassidy of
  Graphite Design and Dave Santorum, one of our most active Beta

  For details of the show, which will be held on Saturday, 3rd July at the
  Alban Arena, St. Albans, Herts., visit the official web site

 3) OvationPro to be published by David Pilling

  From the 1st of July 1999, publication of the OvationPro DTP program will
  be taken over by its author David Pilling.

  All contact regarding sales, support etc. should in future be to

  David Pilling commented, "By buying OvationPro off Beebug, I hope to
  ensure that it will be developed further in the future. The first
  improvements are likely to be in 'large image handling', ie allowing
  large images to be kept on disc separately from documents, and the
  implementation of graduated fills."

  There are some changes to pricing. In future all copies will come with
  the colour publishing supplement - formerly sold separately.

    * OvationPro           GBP150
    * Upgrade from Ovation GBP140
    * Site licence         GBP300

  All prices include VAT in the EU, and air mail delivery where appropriate.
  The OvationPro mail list will continue to operate as before, while the web
  site has moved to http://www.pilling.demon.co.uk/ovationpro/. 

 4) Imago now on Millipede web site

  Millipede has uploaded some information on the new Imago Concept
  Motherboard to the company web site http://www.millipede.co.uk/.

  Apart from the addition of USB, the specification has not changed much
  since Wakefield. For hardware types, there is an outline of the board with
  component placement (as it was a few days ago). The site will be updated
  as development progresses.

  Millipede be exhibiting again at the Acorn SouthEast Show this coming
  Saturday 3rd July. The Imago board will not be ready to demonstrate, but
  it is close to completion.

PD/Shareware News

 1) Q-Lock, Mail-Lock encryption software updated

  New versions of Q-Lock and Mail-Lock have been released at

  Q-Lock is a utility that enables you to encrypt all your sensitive data
  with a high level of security, and to retrieve it, in a very simple

  This new version contains major enhancements over earlier ones. The main
  changes are:
    * A directory manager for creating new 'working directories' or for
      securely destroying existing ones and all their associated files.
      There is no longer any need to do this by hand.
    * Better trapping of error conditions.
    * Greatly improved security.

  Mail-Lock is a similar utility, which enables users of ANT Internet Suite
  mail program Marcel, to encrypt sensitive mail folders with a high level
  of security. This new version contains major enhancements over earlier

 2) Translator 8.10 batch processing

  Translator 8.10 can now perform batch processing in a simple yet powerful
  way. You process one image 'by hand', in any way you please. After that,
  you simply instruct Translator to process all other images in the same
  directory in the same way.

  In addition, Translator 8.10 has improved TIFF support. Basic forms of
  Group 3 Fax and Modified Huffman compression are now supported by the
  reader, and the Predictor tag is now understood.

  Translator is a pixel image viewer, processor and converter, all in one.
  It is able to read and write a wide variety of pixel image formats, while
  also providing a good set of processing functions with which these images
  may be enhanced and manipulated.

  Translator can read AIM, BMP, CadSoft, Clear, Degas, GIF, IFF, IMG, Irlam,
  JPEG, MacPaint, MTV, PBMPlus, PCX, Pineapple, PNG, QRT, Sprite and TIFF
  formats. It can write BMP, Clear, GIF, JPEG, PBMPlus, PNG, Sprite and TIFF
  formats. All new Sprite formats are supported. 

  Translator is available from http://www.inter.nl.net/users/J.Kortink.
  Note that Translator is shareware. Please register if it proves useful to

 3) Free language/dictionary software

  Philip Murray-Pearce has produced three RISC OS 3 applications which may
  be of interest to those who work with languages.

  * Onomata
    A vocabulary tester capable of handling various European and Asian

  * EuroDict
    A dictionary allowing translation of words and phrases to and from
    English and any language using a European script.

  * Jiten
    A Japanese-English English-Japanese dictionary using both European
    (romaji) and Japanese (kanji, hiragana, and katakana) scripts for
    Japanese words (an earlier version of this program appeared on the
    Acorn User 200 cover CD).

  All three (along with a couple of other non-linguistic items) are
  available for free download on the author's website

 4) XServer - an X windows server for RISC OS desktop

  The first public release of, XServer, an X windows server for the RISC OS
  desktop, is now available from http://www.inkvine.fluff.org/~vince/. It
  is freeware released under the GPL.

 5) Isis - freeware spreadsheet program

  An initial request for comments release of Isis, a freeware spreadsheet
  which should work on most RISC OS machines, is now available from

 6) Full versions of VTi software available

  By agreement with VTi (now Argo Interactive), Jason Tribbeck is now
  authorised to release Sonor, Sonor Jnr, Talking Canvas Junior and Desktop
  Tracker on http://www.tribbeck.com/ and ftp://ftp.tribbeck.com/.

  Note that there is no support nor warranty available for these products.
  These are available with on-line and off-line HTML manuals, and some
  examples are provided (with more on the way).

 7) ASM 4.01

  Version 4.01 of ASM, a freeware ARM assembler is available now from
  http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/tigger/programs/progs.html. This corrects
  a macro-related bug in version 4.00

Club News

 1) June/July meeting dates from AAUG

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

  June 1999
  29th - Acorn Club NorthEast meeting
  30th - Bristol Acorn User Group meeting

  July 1999
   7th - SARC meeting - TBA
   7th - Wakefield meeting - Ovation Pro
   8th - North Kent Computer Club meeting
   9th - Welwyn Hatfield meeting
  12th - Southampton meeting
  12th - SASAUG meeting
  12th - DARC meeting - Advanced Pluto (TBC)
  13th - Bottisham Acorn Usergroup meeting
  13th - Liverpool Acorn Usergroup meeting
  13th - Essex Acorn Usergroup meeting
  27th - Acorn Club NorthEast meeting
  27th - Blackpool meeting
  28th - 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

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