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 | ISSUE 45                                              21 November 1999
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 |       An independent fortnightly newsletter for the Acorn world.       |
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 1) General News
 2) Commercial News
 3) PD/Shareware News
 4) Club News
 5) ANS information

General News

 1) Wakefield 2000 - The Acorn RISC OS Show

  The 5th Wakefield Show will take place over the weekend of the 20/21st May
  2000, at the Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, Horbury Road, Wakefield.

  Advance tickets will be available from mid January. For more details check
  the show website at http://www.cybervillage.co.uk/acorn/wakefield/.

 2) Guttorm Vik's web pages moved

  As Guttorm Vik, author of many excellent freeware and shareware (StrongED,
  StrongHelp and others) has left the Acorn scene, he could not update his

  The new home of StrongED and StrongHelp is now:

  The old page at http://home.eunet.no/~guttorvi/strong.html is still
  online but will not be updated.

Commercial News
 1) Octopus Teletext & Caller Display

  The Octopus Systems web site has been unavailable recently due to a
  problem with the service provider, which had prompted a lot of customers
  to contact us, fearing Octopus Systems had closed down.

  The web site is now back up with full details of products:
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/             Home page
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/cid.html     Caller Display
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/ttx.html     Teletext+
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/psion.html   Psion Series 5mx
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/soft.html    Bespoke software development
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/price.html   Price list
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/srch.html    QuickaVista Internet search page

  The QuickaVista search page provides fast access to some of the best
  Internet search systems, finding everything from web pages and news items
  to UK telephone numbers.

 2) Castle first to sign RISC OS 4 licence

  Castle Technology Ltd are the first company to licence RISC OS 4 for
  inclusion in the production of desktop computers.

  Castle will be offering the recently released RISC OS 4 operating system
  as a pre-installed option on their Risc PC and A7000+ Odyssey computers.

  The Managing Director of RISCOS Ltd, Paul Middleton, said, "It is
  appropriate that Castle are the first licensees for RISC OS 4. Following
  the closure of the Acorn workstation division last October, Castle was the
  first company to make a commitment to producing RISC OS computers."

  Jack Lillingston, Managing Director of Castle commented that "RISC OS 4
  has passed our quality tests with flying colours. We are delighted to
  offer our customers the increased performance and enhancements that
  continue to make Acorn computers the best in the market place."

  For more details see http://www.castle.org.uk/castle/091199.htm.

 3) Cerilica launches new multimedia keyboard

  The Cerilica Multimedia Keyboard (MMK) is capable running on pre-RISC OS 4
  hardware and provides many extra buttons and functions thanks to
  Cerilica's unique software control.

  The stylish keyboard is coloured to match Acorn RiscPC cases and monitors,
  plugs directly into the existing keyboard port and is supplied with a
  detachable wrist rest.

  Cerilica's exclusive MMK Hotkey software allows direct control over the
  four Web, List, Link and Find keys to launch any application or file even
  allowing a selection of operations per key. Defining what each key should
  do is simplicity itself to set up and once done, the settings will remain
  for your next session.

  Due to the new 'CD' control buttons as well as the intuitive volume
  control knob, once installed, the software will automatically control many
  of the popular DigitalCD functions allowing easy play, pause, fast forward
  etc operations at the press of a button. DigitalCD is supplied with the
  keyboard and is a great PD application giving endless CD and file-based
  music functions.

  For details see http://www.cerilica.com/. Also now that Cerilica Vantage
  is nearing completion the web site will contain the latest news on the
  powerful new graphics product.

 4) New version of "The Illustrated Holy Bible"

  This application was originally written back in 1992 and distributed by
  Cumana. Due to popular demand Paul Vigay has updated the application to
  prevent an error being given if you have too many fonts installed on your

  There are also some new new features and it is RISC OS 4 compatible.
  People with a copy of the original CD can download the upgrade from

  Copies of the CD are still be available from Cumana

PD/Shareware News

 1) New software

  * Compare v0.20 beta
    This new Wimp application compares files and displays any differences
    in a useful way. It can compare the files by byte, word, line, block,
    BASIC, and code, ideal for different types of file data.

  * IEurl
    IEurl allows easy use of Microsoft Internet Explorer favourites files
    with ANT Fresco on RISC OS.
    Also see http://www.operasoftware.com/ for an alternative to MSIE!

  * MirrorsII
    New freeware game, you, the little green square, have to move about and
    place mirrors in appropriate place in order to hit the opponent.

  * TimeSheet
    TimeSheet allows you to keeps track of the time spent on a project, or
    any job or task. The time spent on up to 10 individual tasks within the
    project can be recorded.

  * WB_Compr
    WB_Compr is an application to assist with the development of programs.
    It compares the code exported from WimpBasic programs; reporting
    procedures and functions which are the same, different, or missing,
    from one or other of the two programs. Details of the differences can
    also be reported. Useful to answer the usual question: "What on earth
    did I change to cause that bug?"

 2) Updated software summary

  * AntUtils v1.28
    Various add-ons for the ANT suite. Now includes a number of new features
    such as display options for the AntUtils icon, including interactive
    online time.

  * DigitalCD v2.43
    DigitalCD is a desktop music player, which provides independent control
    panels for any connected CD drive and music files play lists. The new
    version improves TimPlayer and adds support for PTM files, and provides
    support for the multimedia keyboard.

  * ECS Utils v2.37e
    ECS Utils, the desktop utility for RISC OS 3 and higher is still being
    developed, but has moved (new URL below). New version adds rudimentary
    Pinboard storage facilities.

  * FTPc v1.20
    FTPc is a freeware Internet File Transfer Protocol Client. New version
    includes Wimp Messages allowing Multitasking ftp functions from your own
    programs, BASIC library (FTPcBasLib) enables you to write multitasking
    scripts relatively easily in BASIC, proxy and other improvements.

  * GNU GCC v2.95.2 (pre-release 3)
    GCC is a free collection of compilers that provide a powerful tool for
    translating C, C++ and Fortran source into fast ARM assembler that is
    suitable for execution on RISC OS. This release fixes many of the bugs
    and issues raised over the last two months. The compiler toolset should
    be considered stable. Future development will be directed towards
    providing additional features.

  * Samba v0.04
    Samba is a port of Samba which allows MS Windows and Unix machines to
    share RISC OS discs using the Microsoft File Sharing Protocol (now
    known as CIFS). This version of smbserver has been tested running on
    RISC OS 4.02, is easier to configure, uses Mimemap, and features other

  * Stark v0.20
    Stark provides a menu environment for a collection of tasks performed
    mainly by the use of Obey (*) files. Version 0.20 will display a tick
    against the last item you have selected in any menu.

  * Vice v1.1.28 beta
    Vice, the Versatile Commodore Emulator, comprises emulators for 5 CBM
    machines, the C64, C128, VIC20, PET and CBM2. Another full Vice release
    is imminent, people who would like to help test the current developer
    version 1.1.28 can download it from:

Club News

 1) November / December meeting dates from AAUG

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

  November 1999
  23rd - MAUG - RISC OS 4 - Moving forward
  24th - BARUG - Book case study
  30th - Blackpool meeting

  December 1999
   1st - SARC meeting
   4th - Somerset - Preliminary meeting
  17th - Blackpool 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) New Acorn User Group in Somerset

  There is a possibility that a club will be set up for Acorn enthusiasts in
  Somerset and surrounding counties, who would like to meet regularly on a
  monthly basis.

  To determine whether there is sufficient interest in setting up a club or
  not, a preliminary meeting has been organised, with the aim of discussing
  a suitable name for the club, the future of the club in general, and its
  content, which could include talks, discussions, demonstrations, or simply
  an opportunity to chat with fellow members over a cup of tea or coffee.

  The meeting will start at 11am, on Saturday 4th December, at Fleet Air Arm
  Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Nr Ilchester (just off the A303), Somerset. Anyone
  interested should e-mail John Stonier acornshow@argonet.co.uk or phone
  (01935) 413170.

 3) RISCOS Ltd at Manchester Acorn User Group, 23rd Nov

  The next meeting of the Manchester Acorn User Group will be "RISC OS 4 -
  Moving Forward", presented by Andrew Rawnsley, Technical Director, RISCOS
  Ltd, at 7:30pm on Tuesday 23rd November.

  Andrew Rawnsley will demo the release version of RISC OS 4, but also, more
  importantly, talk about the future of RISC OS, and the work that is being
  done to develop it for new hardware, and to update Printers.


 4) BARUG November Meeting

  The next Bristol Acorn RISC User Group meeting is on 24th November 1999.
  The meeting features a case study: How to design and produce a hardback
  book with lots of B&W and colour illustrations and a book jacket.

  Jack Evans and Tony Cropper will be presenting it, together with Andy
  Bissex of Micro Laser Designs who did the colour separations. Jim Nagel
  who also has experience in the field hopes make a contribution too.

  BARUG meet regularly on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the
  Burden Neurological Institute, Coldharbour Lane, just along the road from
  the University of the West of England.

  For details see http://www.snave.demon.co.uk/BARUG/.

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