Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 146 (30 November 2003)
Featured site this issue: http://netsurf.sourceforge.net/
ANS now available in French
David Feugey will be providing a French translation of the ANS newsletter;
the first issue - ANS145 - is available as a PDF from his web site now
<http://www.eqfrance.com/fr/smartdesktop.html< and will also be available
from the ANS web site <http://www.acornusers.org/ans/>.
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There is also a German edition of ANS, although translations are not
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Castle celebrates the IYONIX pc's 1st birthday
Castle are celebrating the IYONIX pc's first birthday on the 28th November
with a special offer: the first 10 orders for 512MB IYONIX pcs placed
after 9.00am on Monday 1st December 2003 will each receive a complimentary
bottle of Champagne and a box of chocolates. This will be in addition to
the current offer of a free 19" monitor and USB memory card reader.
The IYONIX pc is available for immediate delivery with prices starting at
GBP1249 including VAT. Delivery is GBP20 per computer.
Also Richard Hallas has designed special "Birthday" backdrops
which you can download from <http://www.drobe.co.uk/wallpaper/>.
Talking Clocks plus Triple 'R' Collection
Talking Clocks provides an exciting way of learning how to understand
clocks. Offering a fun graphical layout, exciting sounds and based
entirely within the RISC OS desktop, Talking Clocks provides a superb
introduction to telling the time and can prove quite addictive. A number
of printed support materials are supplied.
The Triple 'R' Collection includes four fun and easy-to-use educational
titles covering numeracy and literacy. Aimed at children of between three
and fifteen this package is supplied on a single CD-ROM together with a
small printed manual. A small number of keyboard overlays available at
The previous RRP of Talking Clocks was GBP34.95; with the Triple 'R'
Collection almost GBP80; until the end of December this year you can get
both for GBP20 plus GBP2 postage and handling within the UK. If you are
ordering from overseas please e-mail first to confirm postage.
To order call APDL on 020 8778 2659, e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> or
write to APDL, 39 Knighton Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5RN.
PaintPal Deluxe available again and 32bit upgrade
Following a deal between The Fourth Dimension and Paradise Software, The
Fourth Dimension have taken over distribution of PaintPals.
The PaintPal Deluxe is a pressure sensitive graphics tablet using a
cordless, battery-free stylus. The tablet offers 512 levels of pressure
sensitivity on a 5"x4" active area, it is ideal for photo editing in
Photodesk or graphics work in Artworks or Cerilica Vantage. The PaintPal
Deluxe is available from The Fourth Dimension for GBP69 including RISC OS
software and UK delivery (overseas delivery extra).
Only limited stocks of the serial port PaintPal are available and it is
unlikely more will be available. The Fourth Dimension are working on a
suitable driver for a USB graphics tablet, and in view of that serial port
PaintPals will be reserved for pre Iyonix RISC OS users.
Existing PaintPal users wishing to use it on an Iyonix should contact The
Fourth Dimension to obtain a 32bit upgrade. Please note that the PaintPal
derives its power from a pass-through PS2 keyboard lead. The Fourth
Dimension can supply a suitable power supply to remove the reliance on
having a computer with PS2 keyboard powered up.
Patch for RISC OS 4.02 to correctly use new ToolBox modules
RISCOS Ltd. has released a patch to allow the correct use of the new
ToolBox modules with RISC OS 4.02. It is available for download from the
RISC OS Select Private web site for subscribers and from the updates web
site <http://support.riscos.com/Support/Updates/> for other users.
German Territory for RISC OS 5.03
A German territory for RISC OS 5.03 can be downloaded from the download
section of <http://www.riscos.de/>.
New software summary
- Money2, home accounts package
Complete rewrite of the program Money that has been available for
several years. Money2 keeps a record of up to ten individual accounts
which may include normal bank accounts, credit card accounts, and
savings accounts. It provides a facility to budget under as many as
twenty different headings, and keeps track of bankers orders at monthly,
quarterly, half-yearly or annual intervals.
- TapirMail, e-mail client
A new shareware POP3 email client for RISC OS. TapirMail works entirely
in memory and does not permanently download emails. This makes it ideal
for people who want to read their emails on more than one machine, or
who check their mail on the move. It can also be very handy for removing
spam and viruses when using a slow connection. Features include:
- Built in POP3 and SMTP support for receiving and sending e-mails
- Saves no files to disc, ensuring safe use on any machine
- Multiple e-mail account settings
- Allows the encryption of account details using Blowfish
- Indent colouring to improve email readability
- Downloads only those emails requested; ideal for slower connections
- Small program size can easily be fitted on a floppy disc
- Ideal for use with a USB pen drive
Registration costs just GBP5 (or GBP6 online).
Updated software summary
- DDF2Html v1.52
Convert Impression files to HTML. Style menus on the latest version now
work properly with the DDF output by Impression Publisher Plus.
- Every v1.1.3
A file find/search utility with a unique and powerful search syntax.
- Makatic 3.1.0
A set of command-line tools which can automate much of the management of
C, C++, and Assembler projects. 32bit compatible.
- ODBC libraries
ODBC is an industry standard API for connecting to local and remote
databases. Changes for this set of releases include:
- New version of SQL query application with fixes
- New version of ODBC driver manager: fixes and better multitasking
- New version of PostgreSQL driver (7.3.2)
- Port of FreeTDS ODBC driver to give SQL Server and Sybase access
- Port of MyODBC driver for MySQL
- Routines v1.04
A dynamically linking library of many useful BASIC routines. New in this
version: some improvements to the Wimp libraries; a handy statistic
added to the structs.ash library; minor corrections to a couple of
- ShowRes v2.2
Displays the contents of a Resource file as descriptive text. 32bit
- VCache v1.03
A module to provide quick and easy access to large (up to 4GB each)
files and 'virtual' memory blocks. New in this version: added halfword
load and store routines; improved StrongHelp manual; updated support
- VZap v1.38
Fast and efficient shareware anti-virus system, which is capable of
deleting all known RISC OS viruses and monitoring !Boot/!Run files to
help to detect previously unknown viruses. This version is fully 32bit
and Iyonix compatible.
- ICENI (Suffolk), 3rd December - Christmas Party
- RONWUG (North West), 3rd December - Joe Taylor & AppBasic
- WROCC (Wakefield), 3rd December - Auction
- AUTO (Germany), 6th December
- DARC (Derbyshire), 8th December - Barry Thompson: Digital photography
- EAUG (Essex), 9th December - A Christmas special
- LAUG (Liverpool), 9th December
- NKACC (Kent), 11th December - Christmas meal
- WAUG (Wessex), 13th December
- ROUGOL (London), 15th December
- BARUG (Bristol), 17th December - Mince pies and Festive Cheer
- RONWUG (North West), 17th December
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