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RISC OS Jobs web site
After a long absence ROJO, the RISC OS Jobs website, is back and in a new
permanent home at http://www.riscos.org/rojo/.
If you wish to advertise any RISC OS related jobs on the site please send
an email to mailto:email@example.com. If you want to be automatically sent
details of any jobs which are posted on ROJO, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with "Subscribe" in the subject line.
In addition ROJO is now providing space for requesting help with any RISC
OS related voluntary project. Just send an email describing the project
and the help needed. Also there is space for freelancers who provide
services to the RISC OS community to advertise. If you want to be promoted
send details of what you do, etc. to mailto:email@example.com.
Unix Porting Project Developer Subscriptions
Developer subscriptions are now available for the Unix Porting Project.
The cost is GBP25 in addition to the regular subscription cost.
The developer subscription gets you access to various tools to help you
with porting, and support for solving common porting problems.
Visit http://www.chocky.org/unix/developer/ for more details.
Updated Support Site for IYONIX pc and 32-bit Software
Castle Technology have recently published additional material to enable
developers and programmers to write software for the 32-bit IYONIX pc.
The latest technical documentation is now available at:
Charity programming books still available
The books "Starting Basic" and "Dr Wimp's Surgery" (both by Ray Favre) are
still available. Over 200 copies of each have been sold so far -
generating over GBP2000 for charity (all excess of income over costs goes
Each is over 300 pages in A5 ring-bound format and each costs GBP16 inc.
P&P and discs, of which about GBP4 per book goes to charity.
"Starting Basic" assumes the reader knows nothing and takes him/her
progressively through the learning curve. The book also forms a good
reference manual for BBC Basic.
"Dr Wimp's Surgery" concentrates on using the freeware Dr Wimp package for
Wimp-programming, but is also a very good introduction to general
Wimp-programming in Basic. It assumes the reader is broadly familiar with
Cheques to Ray Favre at: 26 West Drayton Park Avenue, West Drayton,
Middlesex, UB7 7QA. http://www.argonet.co.uk/users/rayfavre/
RSS news summaries now available from riscos.com
The main RISCOS Ltd. site now provides a RSS summary of the most recent
news items, allowing you to view a digest of the latest news from any web
sites which provide information for an RSS client.
To use the service you need a RSS client. A RISC OS based client will be
available as part of the Select Scheme. To view the RISCOS Ltd. updates
point your reader at http://www.riscos.com/cgi-bin/news.rss.
RISCOS Ltd. starts its fifth year of trading.
RISCOS Ltd. celebrated the completion of its fourth year of business on
31st January 2003 and is now in its fifth year of trading.
There have been many changes in the RISC OS market since Acorn announced
that it was pulling out of the production of desktop computers in
Since the launch of RISC OS 4 in 1999 RISCOS Ltd. has sold over 3900 end
user upgrades and there have been approximately 1500 new computers sold
with RISC OS 4 pre-installed.
2002 was a quiet year on many fronts, and the uncertainty over the
development of new computers meant that sales were for the most part very
sluggish. The launch of RISC OS 5 and the subsequent rejuvenation of
software development from many publishers has however created a new
enthusiasm for RISC OS.
ExpLAN Printers for RISC OS
ExpLAN has recently expanded the range of printers available with RISC OS
drivers and PrintControl.
Laser printers: http://www.explan.co.uk/printers/kyocera.html
Inkjet printers: http://www.explan.co.uk/printers/canon.html
After some more weeks of hard work, Artex is proud to present the PYRO
Update 2 for the realtime strategy game TEK1608. The Pyro update can be
downloaded for free from http://www.artexsoft.com/tek/. Also the latest
Viewfinder upgrade makes this graphics card compatible with TEK.
New Products from R-Comp Interactive
Designed to allow a RISC OS user to drive a Microsoft Windows PC over a
network, directly from the RISC OS desktop. The software itself is based
on two technologies called VNC and RDP, and builds on programs that can
be downloaded elsewhere. Remote Control from RCI, including manual and
technical support, will cost GBP17.50 including VAT and UK delivery.
SpaceCubes are very small computers (about the size of a shoebox) which
provide full, high speed computing and can run Linux or Microsoft
Windows. Prices range from around GBP599 to GBP1000 depending upon
specification, and R-Comp prefer to discuss requirements with customers
in order to build a machine exactly to their needs.
Simtec announce new USB stack
Simtec is pleased to announce a new release of their USB stack for
RISC OS. Version 1.3 is a bug fix release to improve stability and
interoperability still further. While an upgrade is not required it is
advisable for all users.
All users will see some small performance improvements but this release is
mainly intended to improve compatibility with the large number of "soft"
(DFU) devices which need their firmware uploading when connected.
New software summary
AppFS DAFS ModFS VarFS
An attempt to put all OS objects into genuine filing systems.
DirSync, a directory synchroniser
Compare two directories. The result is presented in a window where you
can filter some type of differences, for example only different files,
or only files that are newer in the source directory. In the compare
window are icons to manipulate the synchronise direction, and if they
should be synchronised at all.
OneDay, satellite image display
Shows one day in the life of the planet Earth. It consists of 24
animated sprites harvested from ESA's Meteosat archive. You see the
Earth light up in the East - light travels towards West until night
falls. There is an interesting flash of light in the morning when the
sun is reflected from the sea off the coast of the Arabian peninsula.
Remane, batch renaming
Batch file renaming program. Once you drop a selection of files onto the
window you can rename them in many imaginative ways. There is a choice
of file names. Either todays date or the date stamp of the individual
files - very useful for photographs - or any other name you can think
of. You can add an extension of any kind or length always assuming that
you use RISCOS 4 or 5 or anything that can handle long file names.
Updated software summary
Home Accounts freeware application. 32 bit compatible and various other
improvements and bug fixes.
An ARM code analyser that understands RISC OS executable, module, object
and library formats. ARMv5 and ARMv5TE (XScale) instructions added.
Freeware macro assembler. Changes since 5.00 include some minor bug
fixes, and new features to make it capable of following much of the
Allows user definable button bars to be created for any program which
accepts keyboard input. In the latest version, support for menu
selections has been added, so that buttons can be set up to simulate a
mixture of keypresses and menu selections.
An application for converting Toolbox Res files (&fae) and Wimp Template
files (&fec) to and from text format. This version contains two bug
fixes, and adds the facility to convert Wimp Template files.
Port of the version control system.
Allows you to simulate Shift-doubleclick by holding down the second
click of the mouse for about 0.2s. Various improvements and 32 bit.
v1.5 and adheres to ECMA-262 revision 3, bug fixes, 32/26 bit neutral.
Realistic simulation of the war-time coding machine used by the Germans
to encrypt their messages. Bug fixes.
PDF (Adobe Acrobat) file viewer for RISC OS. Bug fixes.
Squeak Smalltalk v3.4
A public domain Smalltalk programming system. This version has many
improvements to the virtual machine, not least of which is that it
should be Iyonix compatible. It is also some 30% faster than the last
release after extensive work on the handling of important internal
Image catalogue application. It will handle a variety of formats without
additional applications. "Native" formats currently handled are Sprites,
Drawfiles, JPEGs, EXIFs and Digital Camera AVIs (if they have an
embedded thumbnail). In addition it recognises ImageFS and ChangeFSI (if
running/booted) and all formats handled by those applications. It also
includes an editable image details database based on the EXIF tag
standard. It will create an HTML version of a catalogue.
Provides SWIs and *commands for timing to microsecond accuracy. Bug fix.
Shows the topology of your USB system in a graphical manner and allows
you to read system information from each device. This is a major new
release that copes with the many changes in the USB API.
Image processing. Bug fixes, new feature: masking.
Monitor Wimp events and messages that are passed around between the Wimp
itself and desktop applications. This is a complete rewrite of the
software with a number of new features, including: monitoring of Toolbox
events; event decoding now done by plugin modules; many more messages
and events understood and decoded; 26/32 bit neutral.
Freeware advanced character picker to replace the standard Chars
application that comes with RISC OS. An earlier version of XChars
features as the new Chars application that comes with RISC OS Select.
This new version finally fixes the irritating "flickering zoom window"
bug and, most notably, introduces support for font encodings.
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