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Following the full release of Aemulor Wimpbasic.org has taken the
opportunity to test all of the software held on the site. The amount of
compatible software has now risen to approximately 95%.
Wimpbasic.org are looking for new programs written in Wimpbasic along with
any half completed projects, and are also interested in taking on
completed projects for maintenance reasons, especially if the author has
left the scene.
Wimpbasic.org would like to hear from users/programmers interested in up
to date versions of Wimpbasic.
CJE ArtWorks Offers
CJE Micro's can supply standard ArtWorks v1.70 or ArtWorks with the full
Martin Wurthener's Plug-in set ('MasterWorks Edition') and a FREE upgrade
to ArtWorks2 when available!
- ArtWorks: GBP100 new or GBP60 second hand; plus 5GBP postage
- New ArtWorks MasterWorks edition & free upgrade to ArtWorks2:
GBP180 + GBP5 postage
- Second hand ArtWorks & new MasterWorks upgrade & free upgrade
to ArtWorks2: GBP140 + GBP5 postage
- ArtWorks Tutorial Video: GBP19 inc postage
- The 'Full set Collection' of MW modules (ie upgrades a standard AW
to AW 'Masterworks Edition'): GBP90 + GBP4 postage (upgrade to AW2 not
Full details of the modules that make up the 'MasterWorks' edition can be
found at: http://www.mw-software.com/software/awmodules/awmodules.html.
All prices include VAT. Postage is for UK addresses, please enquire for
Special offers from CTA Direct
PC in a Phoebe case: GBP200 (plus shipping)
Phoebe case, IBM P3 450, 128MB memory, 6.4GB HD, CD, modem.
No installed OS, includes Linux distro and drivers for MS Windows.
Desktop switch: GBP49
Share a monitor, keyboard and mouse between two computers.
UPS: from GBP49.95
An emergency power supply should mains power fail.
15" AOC MultiMedia monitor GBP220
17" MultiMedia TFT GBP335
Aemulor full version now available
The full version of Aemulor, the 26-bit emulator for Iyonix PC is now
available from http://www.aemulor.com/, and your local Acorn/RISC OS
- Full 26-bit application emulation (C, ARM Code etc)
- Fast XScale-optimised pure ARM code interpreter engine
- StrongARM-class performance
- 26-bit module support
- 26-bit BASIC assembler support
- BASIC programs run at native speed
- RISC OS 4 > 5 SWI emulation
- SWI Flag preservation
- Dynamic area creation in low memory
Aemulor is now fully reentrant, which means 26-bit applications now work
within taskwindows, and this also positions Aemulor to run even more
applications in the future.
Aemulor costs GBP50+VAT from http://www.aemulor.com/ or your local
Acorn/RISC OS dealer. Aemulor will be also on sale at the Wakefield show
on Saturday 10th May, although you will need your Iyonix PC MAC address
with you if you want to buy a copy at the show.
Stuart Tyrrell Developments special deals
Internal Iomega Zip250 drive *and* Simtec IDE interface: GBP89 inc
The Zip250 drive is capable of reading and writing both 100MB and 250MB
Zip disks, and may be fitted within a 3.5" bay, or in a 5.25" bay using
a mounting/power pack (GBP10). Please note that the drive is slightly
longer than a normal floppy drive, and so may only be fitted in a 3.5"
slot without a backplane behind unless connectors are modified. Simtec's
IDE interface takes up a single podule slot and comes complete with IDE
cable and drivers for Zip drives on its internal FLASH memory.
Zip250 discs: GBP15 inc VAT and carriage.
Maxtor 40GB Hard drive *and* Simtec IDE interface: GBP89 inc
Suitable for use with RISC OS 3.7 and later, this single platter drive
has a 2MB buffer. It consumes less than 6W in read/write operation
(<4W idle), keeping heat dissipation and load upon the Risc PC PSU to a
minimum. Noise is less than 30dB in normal operation.
HDD 5.25" mounting/power pack
(Rails, closed front panel, power
splitter, screws): GBP10 inc VAT and carriage.
Zip250, 40GB HDD *and* Simtec IDE interface: GBP149 inc
These offers are strictly limited, and only available whilst current
stocks last. Prices include VAT and carriage. Also available:
Hardware audio MPEG player for RISC OS machines
Stuart Tyrrell Developments are pleased to announce a hardware MP3 player
for use with RISC OS machines. This device combines the convenience of
plug-and-play FLASH storage with an on-board audio MPEG decoder.
The player is fully supported by the USB podule from Simtec, and contains
64MB of flash memory. A full filing system is supplied and the device can
also be used for storage of important files. Any MPEG audio files stored
upon the device may also be played using the supplied headphones - it may
be considered as an intelligent audio-playing USB pen drive. A simple
intuitive wheel control is provided for play/pause/volume etc.
Total dimensions are just 9cm x 3cm x 2.5cm. Power is supplied by an
internal Lithium-Ion battery which simply recharges when the player is
plugged into the Simtec USB port.
A pack comprising the player, headphones and neck loop, and software is
available for GBP79.95 inc VAT and delivery. The device requires Simtec's
USB podule (GBP99.95) to upload files. Iyonix not supported.
First steps in programming RISC OS computers
The first in Alligata Media's new series of RISC OS books is a relaunch of
Martyn Fox's excellent First Steps in Programming Acorn RISC OS computers.
This first book, details of which will be available shortly, focuses on
providing a clear introduction to many aspects of RISC OS programming.
There is a sequel focusing on WIMP programming; and as such this book
avoids the subject entirely.
This book is different from others to be released in this series as it
will be on a not-for-profit basis only; with at least GBP4.99 from every
book going to the Cats Protection League.
The book, including supporting disc, is to be priced at GBP12.99; postage
is an extra GBP2.00. This title will be on a strict print run - as such,
if you would like one please e-mail mailto:email@example.com to
confirm your interest.
New software summary
HAL26, 26-bit hardware abstraction
A module to provide hardware abstraction features on 26-bit versions of
RISC OS (that is, RISC OS 3.1 to 4.xx). These allow programs that access
the hardware to be written uniformly across all versions of RISC OS from
3.1 to 5. HAL26 supports the RISC OS 5 Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL)
according to its published specification from RISC OS 3.1 upwards. This
allows the programmer easy access to interrupt control, timers and
counters in a machine-independent manner. For RISC OS 3.1 only, HAL26
also provides Podule_ReadInfo which permits information about podule
hardware to be determined across all RISC OS machines. Also SVCUtil,
ps2txt, HardBack, CryptRandom, and SHA1 are now RISC OS 5 compatible.
(note: HAL26 is not required for, and does not work on, RISC OS 5)
Updated software summary
Home Accounts. Each of the existing 20 Categories can now have nine
sub-categories defined; memos can now be written to remind you to pay
bills etc.; moving the cursor to another cell in the main window now
automatically saves the cell you left; if a fatal error occurs, Account2
will now attempt to save your work to a scrap file; <Ctrl-T> now toggles
the taxable status of a transaction for easy marking.
An ARM code analyser that understands RISC OS executable, module, object
and library formats. Main enhancements and fixes in this release:
performance analysis accuracy improved; 32bit Stub and veneer templates
provided to aid conversion of 26bit C applications and modules; control
terminated strings recognised in error blocks; SpriteArea display fixed
and enhanced; Shared C Library subs _swi and _swix entry points
Universal configuration utility. New in this version: window layout is
now user selectable, which means that you can use StrongEd style,
PopStar style, OvationPro style, etc; new objects added (e.g. sliders);
rounding errors in floating point fields fixed; optional OK button;
some new variables (ShiftStep, TextAlign); support for long menu titles;
window height now adjusted to highest window; new API documentation.
General purpose desktop tool. 32 bit compatible, French resources,
RISC OS 5 sprites, bug fixes, etc.
Compare two directories and synchronise. New features in this version:
save a 'project', ie the name of the source and target directory and the
list of excluded directories; the difference viewer can be started via
the menu and via a keystroke (Ctrl-Enter); bug fixes.
An MPEG movie player. This release provides: improved MPEG2 support;
fast forward and Rewind controls; a control panel with selectable skin,
when multitasking; initial values for Volume, Brightness etc. can be set
and changes to settings whilst playing can be saved.
Batch file renaming program. You can now save your basic setup, which
will then be loaded every time you run the program.
Easy display of text and variable values in a debugging window from Wimp
programs (especially BASIC), Obey files and more. Will now run on Iyonix
in 32 bit mode and new ReportLog command can capturing output up to a
Monitor the processor usage of a RISC OS computer for each task or
reason code. Bug fixes, Iyonix 32bit compatible.
Image catalogue application. There was a problem when creating a title
that had a comma in it which subsequently caused the image in a
thumbnail view to be blank, now fixed. The background of the thumbnail
view can now be transparent.
Makes windows stick/snap to the edge of the screen like X window
managers. A complete rewrite, now works properly with Toolbox
applications. Also now 32 bit compatible: WinEd, FormText, THSound,
Jpeg2Spr, NewsFind, StripOSLib, SmartOpenDir, ArtToSpr.
SAUG (Southampton), 7th April
LAUG (Liverpool), 8th April
NKACC (Kent), 10th April
Building web pages
DARC (Derbyshire), 14th April
AGM & Colin Kingsbury "how I
HHRUG (Hemel Hempstead), 16th April
RONWUG (North West), 16th April
ROUGOL (London), 21st April
Neil Spellings, Aemulor
ICENI (Suffolk), 7th May
AGM (Cheese and wine!)
WROCC (Wakefield), 7th May
Wakefield 2003, 10th May
M25EROUG (M25 East), 13th May
Internet on the Club's Risc PC
RISC OS Expo 2003 (Netherlands), 21st June
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