Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 141 (21 September 2003)
Featured site this issue: http://www.fillin.co.uk/seshow/
Iyonix Linux network only install
Due to popular demand, it is now possible to install Linux for Iyonix
entirely from the Internet, without purchase of CDs. Note that you will
ideally need a broadband connection. For details visit:
For more information on Linux on Iyonix and latest release notes, please
visit . Iyonix Linux CDs can still be
purchased from GBP28, and non-CD e-mail support for network installs can
be purchased for GBP20 for one month. For more details, visit:
CocoGnut, Gnutella client, updated
A major upgrade to CocoGnut, the peer-to-peer filesharing client for
RISC OS, is available. It is strongly advised that all present users
upgrade to this version, as it adds many new features and fixes some
serious bugs which can cause major instability to your system.
Everyone who has purchased a copy of CocoGnut should automatically receive
it via e-mail. Features in version 1.10 include:
* Full upload support
* Saves current downloads and searches for the next session
* Socket protection (will not close a socket unless it has been opened)
* Bug fix allowing downloads from more sources
* Less CPU intensive when not using upload functions
CocoGnut is commercial software. It costs GBP15 if paying by cheque or PO,
or GBP16 for credit/debit cards (processed by PayPal). More information
can be obtained from:
Castle announce support for legacy expansion cards
Castle have announced a significant increase in the support for IYONIX pc
I/O interfaces, particularly for scientific and industrial applications.
With the assistance of Castle, Intelligent Interfaces have used the latest
Acorn C/C++ Development Suite to produce 26/32 bit neutral versions of the
modules for their range of 'legacy' expansion cards (podules) including:
IEEE488 (GPIB); 16 Bit Parallel I/O; Dual High Speed Serial; Single Width
I/O; User Port; and 12 Bit Analogue to Digital Converter.
The 26/32bit neutral modules are loaded from disc. There is no requirement
to upgrade the expansion card ROM. They have the same specifications as
the previous 26 bit versions and, therefore, can be used as direct
For more information on the 26/32 bit neutral modules visit:
New generic Risc PC PCI interface
PCIFace is a new generic podule-bus-to-PCI interface for the Risc PC and
A7000, that eliminates the need for budding PCI driver writers to develop
PCIFace costs EUR99 for a basic non-DMA interface, or EUR149 for an
interface which supports DMA. Additional support is available for EUR99pa.
(Prices include 19% VAT.) For more details see <http://www.windfall.nl/>.
RISCOS Ltd closed for two weeks holiday
After the successful launch of Select3 and the new Toolbox modules
RISCOS Ltd are taking a two week break.
RISCOS Ltd will be closed for all sales orders from Saturday 20th
September until Tuesday 7th October.
RISC World subscription offer
RISC World magazine is currently in its fourth successful year, and as the
RISC OS market continues to evolve the magazine content evolves with it. A
sample issue is available online <http://www.riscworld.co.uk/>, providing
examples from the first three years of the magazine together with
As a special offer for new (or returning) subscribers, you can claim with
your subscription a free copy of the DTP Principles guide. This 20-page
product provides essential hints and tips for both newcomers and
experienced practitioners of desktop publishing. If you would like to
claim the software CD-ROM that accompanies the guide (either a 75000 WMF
clipart collection; a 5000 photo collection or Ovation 1.50-SE), simply
add GBP4.99 to your subscription cost when ordering.
A year's RISC World subscription costs GBP19.90 within the UK, or GBP21.90
overseas. A number of additional offers are available on the RISC World
web site <http://www.riscworld.co.uk/>.
AudioWorks now owned by ProAction
APDL/ProAction software have bought AudioWorks from Computer Concepts Ltd.
AudioWorks provides a complete suite of sound editing functions in one
easy to use, low cost, application.
AudioWorks is supplied with the AudioCtrl utility, which allows you to
attach your own sound sample to many different desktop events, such as
opening or closing a window or saving a file.
Supplied on CD-ROM together with a 50-page manual, AudioWorks is now
GBP14.90. To order, call 020 8778 2659; e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> or
write to APDL, 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN. Please
note that AudioWorks is not IYONIX compatible.
Ovation 1 update now available
Ovation 1.50 SE consists of a re-organised CD-ROM, featuring both 26-bit
and 32-bit versions of Ovation. All of the existing tutorials, fonts and
clipart items are still present on the CD-ROM and are just as relevant
today as they were twelve years ago.
This new release of Ovation is priced at GBP9.90 plus GBP2 p&p; existing
users can upgrade their CD-ROM by returning it to APDL together with a
cheque/postal order for GBP5. You can also obtain Ovation 1.50 SE with DTP
Principles (but without the printed manual) for GBP4.99 plus GBP1 p&p.
To order contact APDL on 020 8778 2659, e-mail <email@example.com> or
write to APDL, 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN.
New software summary
- Him & Her Planner 2004
Him and Her Planner 2004 in Draw format, A4 size.
- TaskCheck, BASIC utility for Obey files
A tiny BASIC utility (189 bytes) which can be called from a Run file to
check if a specified task is running or not, and which takes the task
name as a single parameter. If the task is present, the program quits
with an error report. If the task is not running, it returns without
doing anything, and the Run file can continue. The purpose of the
utility is to provide a simple way of avoiding multiple copies of
applications being loaded where this is undesirable.
Updated software summary
- AntiSpam v1.17
Anti-spam tool which can delete spam before it is downloaded, using a
set of simple rules. Bug fix release, StrongHelp also updated.
- natter v1.20
Multi-protocol instant messenger. This new release fully supports both
MSN and ICQ chat protocols, has sound effect support, comprehensive
contact list management (including handling of groups), logging of all
chat sessions, and an automatic upgrade download function, among many
other new features. natter is shareware, costing GBP10.
- NetChess v1.05
Shareware Internet Chess client allowing you to connect to Internet
chess servers - like freechess.org - and play, chat and watch chess
games and other chess variants supported by the server. It is now 32bit
compatible, menu entries can now have submenus, 'tell' will now take a
list of comma separated names, and you can drag text into the input
- ODBC tools v0.52
Port of the iODBC driver manager and ODBC drivers to RISC OS. ODBC is a
standard API (Application Programming Interface) for database access.
It stands for Open DataBase Connectivity. An ODBC compliant application
can connect to different database engines using the same API and thus be
portable across different databases. ODBC uses SQL (Structured Query
Language) to allow an application to talk to a database. Drivers are
provided for PostgreSQL and SQLite. This is the second release of the
ODBC tools and includes the following improvements: 32bit compatibility;
redesigned architecture which is much more stable; new versions of the
PostgreSQL driver; port of SQLite and driver.
- BARUG (Bristol), 24th September - Chris Hall: SignalBox
- WROCC (Wakefield), 1st October - John Cartmell, Artworks 2 etc
- ICENI (Suffolk), 1st October - CD-burning on Iyonix and Microsoft PC
- DARC (Derbyshire), 3rd October - PDAs
- NKACC (Kent), 9th October - Silver Jubilee / Emulators
- WAUG (Wessex), 11th October
- SASAUG (Surrey/Sussex), 13th October
- EAUG (Essex), 14th October - Backing up hard discs
- LAUG (Liverpool), 14th October
- ROUGOL (London), 20th October - Networking
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