Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 135 (29 June 2003)
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MakeModes - Revised Documents
Revised versions of the Manual and the Application Note for MakeModes are
available from: <http://www.wattys.fsnet.co.uk/sof.htm#mamo>. Both are
available in Impression, EasiWriter, Ovation Pro, and HTML formats.
These revisions are based closely on the former Acorn documents authored
by Dean Murphy in 1994. They aim to guide users over the main bug in
MakeModes and to make the instructions clearer. RISCOS Ltd support the
issue of these revised documents and will in due course make them
available from their server.
RISC OS character set mapping
A mapping between RISC OS and the Unicode character set has been added to
the collection of character sets at:
APDL/ProAction Software are, by agreement with Sherston Software Limited,
bringing their Classic Clipart collection (featuring Split an Image and
Christmas Allsorts) to the RISC OS platform. The HTML interface of the
original is preserved, but a thumbnail catalogue has been added to the
CD-ROM and all graphics are in Draw format.
The price, including a site licence, is GBP9.90. That includes carriage
and VAT, and amounts to approximately one third of the current PC/Mac
To get your copy, call APDL on 0208 778 2659, <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
or write to: APDL, 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN.
Also APDL/ProAction have active development plans for Compo, WimpBasic,
Sleuth, and Desktop Repton, and have requested suggestions for how these
or other titles can be improved. <http://www.apdl-proaction.co.uk/>
New software summary
- Basalt, BASic ALTernative keywords
Basalt provides alternative keywords by extending the use of normal
keywords and adding new keywords. It is written in hand-crafted
assembler and they execute at BASIC speeds, and uses only documented
entries to the BASIC module and should be compatible with all versions.
Updated software summary
- BeebIt v0.53
BBC Micro computer emulator for RISC OS versions 3.00 and above. The
following improvements have been done since 0.50: corrected timings of
some 65C12 opcodes; improved Master memory bank switching; corrected
timing for 1MHz devices; added 6850 ACIA and Serial ULA emulation; added
UEF tape image support for uncompressed images; added Tape loading speed
option; ROM image files can now be dragged into the required slot of the
configure window; cycle counting is now exact; Bolderdash and Hyper
Sports decode correctly.
- CCres v1.03
Compiles/decompiles Res and Template files. Fixed problem with throwback
reporting wrong lines; added simple expression evaluation to bbox, coord
and cmp fields; in-memory file transfers now supported.
- EnBank v2.05
Multi-currency accounts package for RISC OS. New standing order
frequencies of 'First Monday' through 'Last Sunday' and 'Last Day of
Month' have been added.
- Float v0.36
Alternative Interactive Help client. This contains a fix for the
outstanding problem seen on the Iyonix.
- GCCide v2.03
Front-end and project manager for the GCC compiler suite. Added support
for 32bit GCC and per-project pre-processor directives; some cosmetic
changes for Select 3i1 round buttons.
- PC Keyboard 2 v2.01
A small module to change the use of the Delete, End (Copy) and
optionally Home keys to follow the "PC-style" usage. Now that RISC OS 5
follows this standard with writable icons and core applications,
PC Keyboard 2 allows individual applications to be changed to match this
behaviour, which provides consistency.
- SpamStamp v0.12
Attempts to detect if a mail is spam or not using bayesian filtering
techniques. This new version has the capability to cope a lot better
with MIME: quoted-printable, base64, HTML and binaries.
- VICE v1.12
VICE (Versatile Commodore Emulator) is a portable emulator suite for the
8bit CBM machines C128, C64, CBM2, PET, Plus4 and VIC20. This RISC OS
release is 32bit compatible and will therefore run on Risc PC and Iyonix
computers, but requires the 32bit Shared C Library.
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