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

  Due to a fairly large number of software update announcements I have
  experimented with a new way of presenting this information. If you have
  any comments on this or anything else related to ANS you can e-mail me at

  Remember to tell other Acorn users who you think may be interested about
  ANS. Feel free to forward a copy of the newsletter to anyone you know, and
  point people who want more information, or to subscribe, to the ANS web
  site http://www.acornusers.org/ans/.

  James Sears, Editor

General News

 1) RISCOS Ltd Millennium compliance statement

  In order to be Millennium compliant, RISC OS must conform to a set of
  requirements laid down by the British Standards Institute. Acorn initially
  made a statement of compliance which can be found at

  To comply with this, two OS Word calls have changed slightly in their
  operation. Details for programmers are available from RISC OS Ltd.

 2) #acorn IRC meeting

  The #Acorn IRC Meet '99, for users of the real time Internet Relay Chat
  Acorn/RISC OS channel, is scheduled to take place at RISC OS world '99 at
  Epsom Downs Racecourse.

  Further details are available from

 3) Browse mailing list

  The mailing list for users of Acorn's Browse web browser, announced in the
  last issue, has moved to an automatic majordomo list, meaning that it will
  be much quicker to process commands and distribute messages.

  To subscribe, send an email to majordomo@riscos.man.ac.uk with 'subscribe
  browse' in the BODY of the message (not the subject line).

  Anyone who subscribed to the address at the old location will already be
  on the new list.

 4) Comic Relief auction and Kosovo CD update

  Paul Johnson reports that the Acorn related projects he has organised to
  raise money for various causes have collected almost GBP10000 between

  The next event planned is to raise money for Steve Turnbull's MENCAP bike
  ride. This will be bigger than the other two, and some of the prizes will
  blow you away! It is in an advanced stage of planning between Paul and
  Steve, ANS will keep you up to date with developments.

  Details of the Kosovo CD, which is still available, can be found at the
  Acorn Charity Site http://www.acornusers.org/charitysite/, along with
  information on the completed Comic Relief auction, and any future

 5) The GCC for RISC OS initiative

  Lack of modern compiler technology was often cited as one of the reasons
  for the lack of software on RISC OS. With the latest version of GCC, the
  latest C++ features and compiler optimisations will be available to the
  RISC OS community.

  To ensure the future development of GCC, the GNU C/C++/Fortran/Pascal
  compiler suite, the GCC for RISC OS initiative was founded. In order to
  get the latest GCC ported, a StrongARM Risc PC was donated to the original
  GCC porter, Nick Burrett. To finance this RiscPC, there are still
  donations needed - please contact organiser Steffen Huber if you are
  willing to donate any money to help.

  You can read all about the history, facts and goals of the project at the
  project's web page: http://www.arcsite.de/hp/gcc/.

 6) Equinox BBS back online

  Paul Vigay's BBS, Equinox, is back online again after the death of the
  serial port in his A5000. Now connected to a 28.8Kbps modem, it is one of
  the few Acorn BBSs still online.

  Equinox is online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01705 871531 (8N1) and
  registration is free. It hosts several thousand Acorn files, in addition
  to UFO and paranormal, and suppressed government information files.

  Also note Paul's web site is now at http://www.vigay.com/.

 7) RISC OS 4 installation in the "north-west"

  The Manchester Acorn User Group is north-west England's largest RISC OS
  user group, and is more than happy to offer advice and assistance to users
  who need help with RISC OS 4 upgrades.

  You can contact MAUG by e-mail or phone (info@acorn.manchester.ac.uk, 0161
  9699820) for free advice, or details of an authorised installer near you.

  MAUG also plan to run either one or two "install events", where your
  system can be backed up and RISC OS 4 installed. Details will be announced
  when finalised.

Commercial News

 1) Teletext+ and Teletext Cards

  Teletext cards with Teletext+ software are now available at the new low
  price of GBP125 from Octopus Systems. These are Computer Concepts teletext
  cards (no longer available from CC) supplied with additional advanced
  Teletext+ software.

  Teletext+ software displays teletext pages on the computer screen but
  works much faster than a television as pages and sub-pages are cached for
  fast access.

  Teletext+ can also automatically search hundreds of pages every day for
  keywords that interest you, presenting you with a personal summary of the
  news and TV listings.

  Other features include FastText; page selection by clicking; save as
  sprite or text; automatic data logging; share prices saved for Apricote's
  Shares software etc.

  More details and screen shots are available on these web pages:
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/                     Octopus Systems
    http://www.armlink.ndirect.co.uk/ttx.htm      Archive Review
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/Imgs/ttxs.gif        Screenshot

  Prices (GBP, including VAT and postage):
    Teletext+ with CC Teletext card                           125
    Teletext+ with external Teletext adapter                   99
    Teletext+ software for other teletext cards and adapters   39
    Speak software (when ordered with either of above)         20

  To order, simply send a cheque (no credit cards) to Octopus Systems,
  9 Randwell Close, Ipswich IP4 5ES, England. Tel: 01473 728943,
  fax: 01473 270643, web http://www.octosys.co.uk/.

 2) Living Word Resource

  The next instalment of the RCL Living Word from Redemptorist Publications
  is now available and the HolyBible Resource, which tags this text resource
  to the appropriate scripture passage in HolyBible, is ready.

  Copies are available for GBP10.50 from Andy McMullon, 40 Thorpe Place,
  Tattershall, Lincoln, LN4 4NU, England. E-mail skypilot@bigfoot.com.

 3) Mijas Software - RISC OS 4 compatibility

  All Mijas Software Products run under RISC OS 4 this includes:

  * ArcSimp    Analogue/Digital/Mathematical simulation.
               Runs very fast with no problems.

  * BatchPrnt  Enables a single copy printout to be sent many times in
               background to inkjet printers.
               No Problems.

  * LjDuplex   A Post-driver which enables Impression, Ovation, Techwriter,
               etc. to drive a Duplex Printer automatically. No turning over
               paper by hand!
               A small update is required for LjDuplex to enable direct
               printing - printing to file and background printing work
               as before.

  Users with LjDuplex Professional should try editing their 'choicefile'
  (a backup is recommended). Search for 'Output Names' and look for two,
  two character entries 'ab', and change these to 'wb'. If in doubt or
  difficulty return your disk for a free upgrade.

  Users of earlier versions with a binary choices file will find it more
  economical to upgrade to the Professional version.

  Details from http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/mijassw/.

 4) iSV products special half price offers

  iSV Products are having a special half price summer sale.

    * ArtLesson CD-ROM - original RRP GBP40 - offer price GBP15
    * Dr Fonty font editor - normal RRP GBP30 - offer price GBP15
    * Typography 2100 CD-ROM - normal RRP GBP30 - offer price GBP15
    * Mr Clippy normal RRP GBP20 - offer price GBP10
    * PublishART98 CD-ROM - original RRP GBP30 - offer price GBP15
    * SerialNET - normal RRP GBP20 - offer price GBP10

  All prices exclude carriage and are for the latest versions of each of
  the products. All offers apply while stocks last.

  See http://members.aol.com/isvproduct/ for more details.

 5) Important Announcement from Circle Software

  John Skingley of Circle Software posted the following on August 4th:

    I am very sorry to announce that Circle Software has ceased trading,
    as of 31st July 1999.

    I regret this decision, which has been made for purely personal
    reasons, and has nothing to do with the demise of Acorn. In fact, I
    expect the RISC OS market to remain buoyant as RO-4 becomes freely
    available, and pick up during the Autumn when several new machines
    will be launched.

    Upgrades to Impact-3 version 3.13 may still be obtained by returning
    master discs with five pounds p & p, for a limited period.

    It is hoped that our products will be available from another source in
    the near future.

    I would like to thank our many loyal customers for their support over
    the years, and hope that this decision will not cause too much


PD/Shareware News

 1) New Family developer wanted

  Family is a useful RISC OS application for editing and printing family
  trees, developed by Denis Howe. The latest version is 2.18

  Sadly, Denis's development of Family has virtually stopped due to
  a family, FOLDOC (http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/), work
  (http://www.linklaters.com/), games (http://www.dungeonkeeper.com/),
  AI (http://www.clickshop.com/pdkb/pdkb.html), and sleep
  taking priority over Family.

  Denis is therefore seeking a committed programmer to take over
  development. The code is complex but well commented, and it is just a
  BASIC WIMP program so no special tools are required. There is some work in
  progress, a long to-do list and a steady stream of suggestions from many
  enthusiastic users.

  Please contact Denis Howe dbh@doc.ic.ac.uk if you can help.

 2) SSHProxy: A secure shell client for RISC OS

  SSHProxy is the first and only secure shell client for RISC OS, allowing
  connection to remote computers using the SSH 1.5 protocol. This protocol
  is similar to telnet in some ways, but encrypts all data sent through the
  network - telnet sends all data 'in the clear', which leaves passwords and
  other sensitive data visible for anyone listening on the network to

  SSHProxy will work alongside, rather than instead of, your favourite
  telnet client. This means you do not have to get used to the quirks of yet
  another terminal emulator, and it can provide this facility to a number of
  machines connected via secure links (eg tamper proof serial cables).

  Currently, SSHProxy is in an early stage of development, and is of alpha
  quality. The core functionality works, although there is a fair amount of
  work still to do. It is being released as developer Theo Markettos will
  not have much time to work on it in the near future, and is looking for
  help with the project. It may also be useful to some people in its current

  For more details, and to request a copy (which includes source), see

 3) CVS: a RISC OS port of a version control system

  John Tytgat has ported a popular version control system to RISC OS.
  It is called CVS and more information about CVS itself can be found at:

  Using CVS, you can record the history of your source files (eg source code
  of your programs, or contents of your web site). The CVS database can be
  stored on your local harddisc or accessed via network. Source code of many
  popular programs (like Zap) can be accessed from your RISC OS machine via
  the Internet using this CVS port.

  The CVS program is normally a command line utility but a simple GUI
  interface has also been provided.

  You can find the RISC OS binaries at:

 4) SiteMatch - Beta release

  SiteMatch is a utility to synchronise your web site with a local copy. It
  is not an FTP program and will not upload or update your site for you,
  although it will tell you what files have been added, changed or deleted
  since you last updated your site.

  This is a beta release, which still requires some work, although it is
  stable in its current form. Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

  A copy may be downloaded from

 5) Updated software summary

  This issue ANS features an alphabetical list of software which has
  recently been updated, with brief details and a URL for more information
  or downloads. If you have any comments on the use of this format for
  information on software updates, please contact ans@acornusers.org.

  * ASM v4.03
    ARM assembler, this version fixes a bug fix from the previously released
    version (4.01), and adds a couple of minor enhancements.

  * CamTrack v110 beta
    A new release of CamTrack, the PD program for the fetching and storing
    of webcam images, is now available. With CamTrack 110 beta you can fetch
    and store images from up to 10 cameras at the same time.

  * CSS Designer v1.02
    CSS Designer is a Cascading Style Sheet designer for RISC OS. Cascading
    Style Sheets are used in HTML to define more precisely how the page
    should be displayed. The new version should eliminate any problems
    people had with saving and loading files.

  * DtLHARC v0.11
    Desktop front-end for lharc, Nick Roberts's port of the Unix/DOS lha
    compression utility. The progress monitor can now be disabled to
    improve performance.

  * Multi-ISP v0.74b
    Utility now allowing easy use of up to twenty different ISPs with the
    ANT Internet Suite, also with optional configuration of Fresco and news.

  * JvScript v1.12
    JvScript is a JavaScript authoring program, it allows the insertion of
    pre-designed scripts into HTML documents as well as saving time when
    writing your own JavaScript. JavaScript is the popular Netscape
    scripting language supported by both WebsterXL and FrescoJS.

  * Risc AMP v1.01
    Risc AMP, the popular shareware audio MPEG player and sequencer has been
    updated, adding several new "skins", low res sprites of all skins for
    rectangular pixel modes, and better support for WinAMP skins, as well
    as fixing several minor bugs.

  * SprSort v1.02
    Sprite sorter, this version now allows backwards sorting.

  * sbmserver v0.03
    Smbserver, the Samba server for RISC OS, has been updated. New in this
      - filetypes appended to file names,
      - files created by the client are created with sensible filetype,
      - tidied up documentation.

  * VideoPlus v1.15
    This release of the Acorn port of the VideoPlus codec features a lot of
    bug fixes, and increased use of the Messages file to allow users to
    customise the output of the program.

  * WebMan v1.01
    WebMan keeps track of your locally-held web site, and lists the changes
    that have been made since you last uploaded. Version 1.01 is now
    available, which interfaces with sFTP more closely, allowing you to
    make a single-click upload of the changed files, and has an additional
    configuration window.

Club News

 1) August meeting dates from AAUG

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

  August 1999
   9th - Southampton meeting
   9th - SASAUG meeting
   9th - DARC meeting - Advanced Pluto (TBC)
  10th - Bottisham Acorn Usergroup meeting
  10th - Liverpool Acorn Usergroup meeting
  10th - Essex Acorn Usergroup meeting
  12th - North Kent Computer Club meeting
  13th - Welwyn Hatfield meeting
  24th - Blackpool meeting
  25th - Bristol Acorn User Group meeting
  31st - Acorn Club NorthEast 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) North Kent Amateur Computer Club meeting

  The next meeting of the NKACC is on Thursday 12th August, at the Petts
  Wood Memorial Hall, Woodlands Way, Petts Wood. Doors open 7.30pm,
  refreshments will be available. Map at http://www.nkacc.roundel.net/.

  This month is an open meeting - just the chance you have been waiting for
  to bring along your machine to show off your latest program, to
  demonstrate a new skill, or to hope that someone has a way to sort out
  that irritating problem!

  Members who have not gone eclipse-hunting will be greeted by club
  chairman, Carl, who will have his RiscPC with him, complete with a copy of
  the club's website. He will be happy to chat to people about how he goes
  about developing the pages.

 3) Essex Acorn User Group - August meeting

  This month's regular EAUG meeting will be at 7.45pm on Tuesday 10th
  August 1999.

  On this occasion EAUG hope to see some of the more interesting features of
  Ovation Pro. This presentation, by the editor of the group's newsletter,
  is particularly appropriate following the good news that this important
  application is now owned by its author, David Pilling, and further
  development is already in hand following months of uncertainty resulting
  from Beebug's marketing shift.

  Ordinary membership increased in May (first time for years) from GBP15 to
  GBP16. Student and Family membership remains at GBP10 and GBP20,
  respectively (unchanged).

  Non-member visitors are now charged GBP2 for the evening, but for this
  they receive a copy of the current newsletter, and will also be sent a
  copy of the next newsletter, in time for the following meeting.

  Meetings are held in the centre of Essex: The Library in Witham Town
  Centre, starting at 7.45pm. There is some off-road parking, plus
  marked-space on-road parking.

  For more details of the club's future programme, and directions to the
  Library, take a look at http://www.watsnees.demon.co.uk/eaug.html or
  e-mail eaug@watsnees.demon.co.uk.

 4) Liverpool Acorn User Group

  The next LAUG meeting is on 10th August, at 7.30pm. The venue is the Acorn
  Computer Lab, Birkenhead Boys School, Bidston Road, Oxton, Wirral. There
  is a map on the Club web page at http://www.italia.co.uk/laug/.

  The main subject this meeting will be RISC OS 4, the upgrades and affect
  on your system and software. Apart from that members are always willing to
  listen to your specific queries and problems.

  Annual Membership is GBP10 for adults and a concessionary rate of GBP5 for
  Juniors & Students, Family membership is GBP12. Visitors are welcome
  subject to a donation/fee of GBP1. There is ample free parking at the
  school, and teas, coffee and biscuits are available free of charge.

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