Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 142 (5 October 2003)
Featured site this issue: http://www.xat.nl/impression/
ARM Club Midlands Show Cancelled
The ARM Club have been forced to cancel the Midlands show, which was to
be held on 29th November 2003 at the National Motorcycle Museum, due to a
severe fire which damaged the suite booked for the show.
Portal for older Acorn machines
Archez <http://www.archez.co.uk/> is a new portal for people getting back
into RISC OS, emulating it or using older machines.
Impression is back
X-Ample Technology of The Netherlands have taken over the DTP package
Impression from its former developers Computer Concepts. This means that
Impression will be available again to existing users of 26-bit RISC OS
machines within a few weeks. Work on a native 32-bit version of Impression
has already started.
All existing versions of Impression, such as Style, Publisher and
Publisher Plus, will be replaced by a single new version - Impression-X -
which will contain all features of Impression Publisher Plus, such as
named colours, improved colour support and support for professional
publishing. Pricing and availability have yet to be determined, but there
will certainly be an upgrade path for existing users.
As XAT now have access to the Impression sources, they are not only able
to convert the package to 32-bit, but also to fix some bugs and add new
features. Initial work will concentrate on the 32-bit conversion and the
fixing of some long standing bugs, but new features will be added soon
Existing and new users are invited to visit the dedicated Impression pages
Users are also kindly requested to report any bugs and wishes so that
X-Ample Technology can prioritise their work. Please send any comments to:
Stuart Tyrrell Developments / Advantage Six Ltd
Stuart Tyrrell Developments remains one of the few RISC OS hardware
developers to design and manufacture their own products.
Over recent years, Stuart Tyrrell Developments has continued to expand,
with its core business rooted firmly in the RISC OS and related arenas. In
order to allow for further expansion, the addition of further specialised
staff, and to enable the funding and development of larger projects, some
changes have been made to the profile of the business.
On 1st October 2003, Stuart Tyrrell Developments became a trading name of
Advantage Six Ltd. Retail customers may continue to trade with Stuart
Tyrrell Developments as before. Phone numbers and addresses will remain
the same - your calls will be answered by the same people. However Stuart
Tyrrell Developments gains the protection of a larger parent company.
Current and potential Business to Business customers will become direct
customers of Advantage Six Ltd, enabling these transactions to be handled
more efficiently. Further details will be provided to these customers as
Forthcoming months will see the addition of further staff to the team.
Familiar to many RISC OS users will be Matt Edgar. Hailing from a similar
training background to Stuart Tyrrell, Matt arrives on a permanent basis
with over 12 years of experience in software and electronic design and
specialises in scalable solutions.
Digital Cameras from Stuart Tyrrell Developments
Stuart Tyrrell Developments are pleased to announce the immediate
availability of two digital cameras for RISC OS machines fitted with the
Simtec USB interface.
These miniature cameras measure a mere 83 x 40 x 27mm (3.27" x 1.6" x
1.04"), and easily fit into a shirt or trouser pocket. They are equipped
with a 2.1MegaPixel sensor, and are capable of storing an average of 41
pictures at 1600x1200, an average of 87 pictures at 1024x768, or any
combination. A 3MPix mode produces 2048 x 1536 images using internal
Images may be viewed on a 1.5" colour TFT screen, both when framing a
picture and when reviewing the resultant picture. This screen also gives
feedback as to settings and frames left, along with allowing for setup of
the camera. In addition to a self-timer function, the cameras are equipped
with a macro mode for close-up, and a 4x digital zoom allows for easy
framing of images.
The cameras come complete with drivers, batteries, USB cable, a carry loop
and a miniature tripod. There are two variants of the cameras, one having
a flash fitted for operation in low-light conditions.
- STD Standard Digital Camera: GBP99 inc VAT and carriage
- STD Flash Digital Camera: GBP119 inc VAT and carriage
- Simtec USB card: GBP89 inc VAT and carriage
Updated software summary
- CCres v1.07
Convert Toolbox Res files (fae) and Wimp Template files (fec) to and
from text format. Bug fixes, support for Anti-Aliased fonts.
- Webgen2 v2.06
Take a directory of images (GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, Sprite, or PNG) and
turn them into a complete web site. New in this version: extended use of
the messages file, reduced total download size, and an extra option to
allow extended links to be created when splitting the index page.
- NKACC (Kent), 9th October - Silver Jubilee / Emulators
- WAUG (Wessex), 11th October
- DARC (Derbyshire), 13th October - PDAs
- SASAUG (Surrey/Sussex), 13th October
- EAUG (Essex), 14th October - Backing up hard discs
- LAUG (Liverpool), 14th October
- ROUGOL (London), 20th October - Networking
- BARUG (Bristol), 29th October - David Snell: web design, ProCAD+ update
- ICENI (Suffolk), 5th November
- WROCC (Wakefield), 5th November
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