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Acorn News Service Newsletter

Issue: 135 (29 June 2003)

Featured site this issue: http://www.mcmordie.co.uk/acornhistory/acornhistory.shtml

General News

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: <http://crl.nmsu.edu/~mleisher/csets.html> <http://crl.nmsu.edu/~mleisher/csets/RISCOS.TXT>


Commercial News

Classic Clipart

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 user price.

To get your copy, call APDL on 0208 778 2659, <sales@apdl.co.uk>, 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/>

PD/Shareware News

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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