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ISSUE 12429 December 2002
An independant fortnightly newsletter for the Acorn world.
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Featured site this issue: http://www.iconbar.com/news/features/camileon.html


  1. General News
  2. Commercial News
  3. PD/Shareware News
  4. Club News
  5. ANS Information

General News

  1. Win a copy of the Castle C/C++ tools

    John Myers, the winner of the Iyonix in Castle's recent competition, has donated a copy of Castle's C/C++ development tools to Drobe, to give away in a new competition.

    All you have to do to enter is write an article about RISC OS, on any topic of your choice, for publication on the popular RISC OS portal, drobe.co.uk.

    The closing date is 5th January 2003. For more details and the rules see: http://www.drobe.co.uk/riscos/artifact517.html

Commercial News

  1. Wireless Networking from Stuart Tyrrell Developments

    Stuart Tyrrell Developments are pleased to announce a range of wireless networking devices for RISC OS and other PCs.

    • Wireless USB adaptor

      The wireless USB adaptor enables users who own the Simtec USB card to connect their machine to a new or existing wireless network in ad-hoc or infrastructure mode. The device simply plugs into the USB card like other USB devices, and comes complete with a RISC OS configuration program. Adaptor inc RISC OS drivers: GBP79.95 inc VAT and carriage. Simtec USB card: GBP99.95 inc VAT and carriage.
    • Wireless Access point / Bridge / Media Converter

      This versatile device, primarily an access point and interface between wired and wireless networks may also be configured as a bridging access point (enabling a number of wired networks to be linked wirelessly), and as a media converter (enabling a single machine fitted with a network card to communicate with a wireless network). It is ideal for users with machines which are currently fitted with Simtec NET100 network cards who want to convert their network to a wireless variant. Converter: GBP99.95 inc VAT and carriage. NET100 100BaseT card: GBP89.00 inc VAT and carriage.

    All wireless products operate at up to 11Mbps and support 128-bit WEP. Contact: Stuart Tyrrell Developments, PO Box 183, Oldham, OL2 8FB. Phone: 0845 458 8803 / 01706 848 600, fax: 0870 164 1604. mailto:info@stdevel.co.uk http://www.stdevel.co.uk/

  2. Rhapsody 4: under new management

    APDL and ProAction Software have recently taken over Clares Micro Supplies FULL range of current RISC OS products; including Schema, Composition, and Rhapsody 4.

    Rhapsody 4 is the latest of the Rhapsody series of music notation applications for playing, recording and printing music. Music can be input manually by dragging notes onto staves or with the addition of a MIDI card and MIDI keyboard you can play a tune and Rhapsody will capture it to then place the notes on the staves automatically.

    The launch price from APDL and ProAction is GBP29.90 inc VAT and postage within the UK, on CD-ROM unless otherwise requested. If you buy the Music Maestro pack you will save GBP5 - both for GBP44.80.

    The new Rhapsody 4 launches on 3rd January 2003. Details for other Clares software will be announced in the future.

    Contact APDL on 020 8778 2659, mailto:info@apdl.co.uk or write to APDL, 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN for further details.

  3. Printer drivers, HP Deskjets 3820, 3822, 5550 etc, Epson 900, 980 USB

    RISC OS drivers are now available for the HP Deskjet 995, 3820, 3822 and 5550 printers. Updated USB drivers for the Epson Stylus Colour 900 and 980 printers are also available.

    For more information and pricing details please contact Jonathan Briggs mailto:jbcb@globalnet.co.uk.

PD/Shareware News

  1. New software summary

  2. Updated software summary

    • ARMalyser v0.42

      An ARM code analyser that understands RISC OS executable, module, object and library formats. Various bug fixes.


    • BeebIt v0.46

      A freeware BBC Micro computer emulator for RISC OS versions 3.00 and above. It emulates the Acorn BBC Model B, BBC Model B+ and BBC Master 128 computers. The following improvements have been done since 0.45: fixed incorrect screen display when 25 FPS and interlaced was selected; fixed lockup in Master 128 mode when paged scrolling is waiting for shift key; crashes are handled better; fixed an initialisation problem with ZeriBeep and improved responsiveness; added 1770 disc write routines.


    • CDrip v0.12

      A WAV to audio MPEG converter. Bug fix.


    • Director v0.32

      Latest stable version of the general purpose desktop tool.


    • DiscKnight v1.40

      Disc checker and fixer. 32 bit compatible. Bug fix for corruption during the very infrequent action of undoing a failed repair.


    • DrW2HTML v3.70

      Takes the textmanual of DrWimp and converts it to an HTML manual complete with internal links. This version allows for some slight changes in the textmanual of DrWimp 3.70.


    • FreeMem v1.15

      Shows you the amount of free memory currently available in your machine and can also give you the time. This latest version is 32bit compatible and allows you to configure the amount of memory below which the display turns red.


    • Google Toolbar v1.62

      A version of the Google search engine toolbar for RISC OS computers. This new version contains a few updates to the previous release version, such as the option to search in the .co.uk domain rather than the .com domain, to hide the iconbar icon, and to start small.


    • KinoAMP v0.24

      MPEG movie player. New: 32 bit compatibility, ability to play more than 1 file when multitasking, audio mute control, small bug fixes.


    • MouseAxess v0.17

      A 'background' tool providing a number of enhancements for the RISC OS desktop, which can be accessed with the mouse. This version is 32 bit compatible and uses WimpSWIVe instead of bending the SWI vector manually, which caused several problems.


    • PDF v1.01.1.09

      A public domain PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file viewer for RISC OS. Changes: document outlines added - see help; better display of type1c and truetype fonts; rectangular screen mode sprites added.


    • RiscSearch v0.87

      Meta-search engine. Fixed Altavista decoder.


    • Shine v1.06

      Audio MPEG ('MP3') encoder. New: 32 bit compatibility, no test code.


Club News

  1. Upcoming meetings

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