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 1) Editorial
 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

General News

 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.

Commercial News

 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 sales@riscstation.co.uk.

 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
    http://www.octosys.co.uk/Imgs/ttxs.gif   Screenshot

 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.

  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

PD/Shareware News

 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
    like CDUP.

  * 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
    with Astrobase.

  * Stocks v1.13
    Freeware stock portfolio program. Edit window bug fix, auto load

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