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| ISSUE 47 20 December 1999 |
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2) General News
3) Commercial News
4) PD/Shareware News
5) ANS information
The RiscStation Lite is out and its launch marks the beginning of a new
phase, the first of new RISC OS hardware not from Acorn.
With the other hardware we have been promised, next year should be the
best for a while in terms of both hardware and software releases.
Thank you for reading and supporting ANS during the year, and best wishes
for Christmas and the New Year.
James Sears, Editor
1) Learn how to install and use ARM Linux
A new mailing list to help new users get started with ARM Linux has been
created. To have your ARM Linux questions answered by experts join the
mailing list and browse archives at
2) ROX desktop release 0.1.7
The ROX desktop aims to provide a RISC OS style GUI on Unix systems.
Currently the filer is mostly finished and the desktop already supports
drag-and-drop loading and saving, application directories and an iconbar.
The desktop is stable and fully usable.
The ROX homepage is at: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~tal197/rox.php3 This
site contains screenshots, downloads and various comments people have
The author is looking for people to try out the desktop and send feedback.
You need access to a Unix or Linux machine (but root access is not
required). If you have any comments, or if there are any features you
would adding, send an e-mail.
1) RiscStation ships
The first RiscStation Lite machines have been delivered. For more details
on the RiscStation see http://www.riscstation.co.uk/, or contact
RiscStation Ltd on 01942 797777, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Teletext Christmas offer
Until 24th December Octopus Systems are selling Teletext+ software with
Teletext cards for just GBP99. These are Computer Concepts teletext cards
(no longer available from CC) supplied with advanced Teletext+ software.
Teletext+ 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.
More details and screen shots are available from:
http://www.octosys.co.uk/ Octopus Systems
http://www.armlink.ndirect.co.uk/ttx.htm Archive Review
3) Cerilica RiScript
Cerilica RiScript, the RISC OS PostScript and PDF import and creation
package, will be available from mid-January.
RiScript, developed by R van den Bos and J Medema, has been around for
almost ten years and its Pro form was available from Uniqueway until
December 1999. Cerilica came to an agreement with RiScript's co-authors
and Paul Middleton of Uniqueway (now deeply involved with RISCOS Limited)
to seamlessly take on the exclusive publishing rights of this powerful
PostScript and PDF package, and to provide support for all existing users.
Cerilica make ideal partners to the RiScript authors due to knowledge of
design and publishing as well as technologies developed for the ground
breaking Cerilica Vantage package.
Cerilica RiScript is a major upgrade over all previous versions with a
revised friendly user interface, more capable interpretation engine and
new features such as PDF file creation. In addition the price has been
halved to GBP59, inclusive of VAT and P+P to the UK.
4) Games CD for RISC OS 4
iSV Products has available a strictly limited number of StrongGames CDs
for RISC OS. These contain over over 140 games suitable for RISC OS 4. The
CD comes complete with a graphical front end that shows a sample of each
game on screen.
The CDs cost GBP11.50 (overseas orders please add GBP2). Please note that
when current stocks are depleted no more copies will be available. For
more details see http://www.isvproducts.co.uk/games.htm.
5) Schema 2, Virtualise, Compo upgrades
Clares Micro Supplies Limited have released new versions of Schema 2,
Virtualise, and Compo.
Schema 2 is a spreadsheet for all RISC OS machines. It includes a powerful
macro programming language, along with a large number of functions and a
graphing facility. The spreadsheets in Acorn's Advance, and in NCWorks are
cut down versions of Schema 2, so the the files from these will load into
Schema 2 is now at version 1.05, full details can be found at
Virtualise is virtual memory system for the Risc PC and A7000. It provides
virtual memory support for data in dynamic areas. This allows you to treat
the hard disc as an extension to memory. Details are at
Virtualise is now at version 1.17 and is RISC OS 4 compatible. You can
update for GBP5.00 inc VAT and P&P.
An update from Compo 1.15 to 1.16 is now available from
1) New software
* Astrobase, astronomical database server
An astronomical database server which provides lookup, search, cross
reference and browse facilities for various astronomical databases.
* BSpice, batch spice processor
Batch spice processor for RISC OS. BSpice simulates non-linear dc,
linear ac and transient signals in electronic circuits, making it the
best tool for advanced student or professional circuit designers.
* Inform compiler 6.21
Port of Graham Nelson's Inform compiler v6.21. Text adventures.
2) Updated software summary
* ASM v4.05
ASM is a freeware ARM assembler. Version 4.05 fixes a bug in 4.04 that
could cause ASM to crash if the length of any symbol name, string, etc
was an exact multiple of 64 characters.
* Autofocus v1.17
Sets input focus. New version is compatible with RISC OS 4 filer
Alt-renaming. You can download Autofocus and other patches from:
* Calc v2.12
Calc is a scientific calculator for the command line, designed to be a
substitute for a modern graphical calculator. This version fixes bugs
and adds new features.
* FTPc v1.22
FTPc freeware internet File Transfer Protocol Client. New version
supports resume upload/download of files, very useful for large file
transfers over modems, bug fix, and support for sites which do not
* Organizer v1.43
For registered users, details of the new release are available from:
* Rename v2.02
Rename is a smart bulk file renamer, using Edit like wildcard syntax.
Version 2.02 corrects a bug that could cause a crash when dragging files
to the Rename iconbar icon, which was exacerbated by RISC OS 4 long file
* ROCchart v2.22
ROCchart is a star chart program. Improvements include a universal
parser for quick object location, state saving/loading and co-operation
* Stocks v1.13
Freeware stock portfolio program. Edit window bug fix, auto load
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