Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 148 (28 December 2003)
Featured site this issue: http://www.vigay.com/riscos/
Wakefield Show 2004
The committee of the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club are pleased to be able
to announce that there will be another Wakefield Show and plans are well
underway for the event.
The 9th Wakefield Show is going to be a 2 day event, rather then the one
day in 2003, as a result of feedback from both exhibitors and visitors.
The venue will once again be the Thornes Park Athletics Stadium, and the
show will take place over the weekend of 15 and 16 May 2004, open to the
public from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.
Advance tickets (GBP6) will be available from March 2004. A free minibus
service will operate from Wakefield Westgate station to the show and is
sponsored by APDL and Virtual Acorn. The show this year is currently being
sponsored by APDL, FinnyBank Ltd (Qercus), Spellings Computer Services,
Stuart Tyrrell Developments, and Virtual Acorn.
To keep up to date on what happening and who is attending the show check
out the show web site <http://www.wakefieldshow.org.uk/>.
The show is once again being coordinated by Chris Hughes, who has
organised all the previous Wakefield shows, in the past supported by the
late Mike Wilson, and now by Steve Potts, Phillip Marsden, and of course
the WROCC members. The show is organised on behalf of the Wakefield RISCOS
Computer Club <http://www.wrocc.org.uk/>, one of the longest running Acorn
RISC OS computer clubs in the UK.
The riscos.org.uk subdomain service allows webmasters whose sites carry
RISC OS software or information to apply for a subdomain, in the form of
softwarename.riscos.org.uk, which is redirected to their web site.
Despite there still being no central site for the service, the
riscos.org.uk subdomain is still working and available for all to use. A
site should appear at <http://www.riscos.org.uk/> soon. Meanwhile, if you
want to apply for a subdomain or make changes to an existing subdomain,
please e-mail <mailto:email@example.com>.
ArtWorks 2 Christmas offer from MW Software
To celebrate the Festive Season (and the release of ArtWorks 2.1 at the
Guildford Show in October) the following Christmas offers are available
when ordering the full version of ArtWorks 2 or upgrades from plain
ArtWorks 1, between Dec 15th 2003 and Jan 15th 2004:
- either: get GBP10 (EUR15) off the regular price AND get a free 64 page colour printed manual
- or: get a GBP25 (EUR35) reduction off the regular price
This offer is valid for orders with cash/cheque/bank transfer payment only
(Sterling cheques and Euro bank transfers). Online credit card orders
during the offer period are at the regular prices but include the free 64
page colour printed manual. The manual is delivered world wide without any
extra postage required.
- ArtWorks 2 Full Version GBP169 (EUR235)
- Upgrade from plain ArtWorks 1.7 GBP125 (EUR175)
- Upgrade from ArtWorks pre-1.7 GBP140 (EUR195)
Prices include 16% German VAT. Please add GBP4 for postage and packing.
Make cheques payable to Martin Wuerthner. Please send your order with
payment to: MW Software, Martin Wuerthner, Mannheimer Str. 18, 67655
Kaiserslautern, Germany. <http://www.mw-software.com/>
When upgrading from ArtWorks 1 please include your ArtWorks serial number
(as stamped into the printed User Manual and displayed in the program Info
Two free issues of Archive
Archive magazine, in its 17th year with the same editor, is still going
strong. If you have resisted for 16 years, why not try Archive's "two free
issues" offer? <http://www.archivemag.co.uk/offer.html>
The 196th issue with 80 pages (+covers) and 36,000 words of
non-advertising copy, has been sent to subscribers. Annual subscription
(12 issues) is GBP35 (UK), GBP41 (Europe), GBP48 (outside Europe).
Iyonix Linux accelerated video driver
An accelerated driver for Linux on Iyonix is now available. This driver
makes use of the features in the Iyonix's NVidia video card to provide a
much more usable X Windows desktop with correct colours (contrary to the
previous framebuffer driver).
Iyonix Linux is available on CD for GBP28 for a single install CD
containing most of the important packages, or a full 6 CD set for GBP35
containing all current Debian ARM packages. Both options include one month
Iyonix Linux can also be fully downloaded from the Internet, with the
option to purchase separate support.
Please visit <http://www.iyonix.com/linux.html> for more information on
Iyonix Linux, and <http://www.chocky.org/linux/> for Iyonix Linux updates
including the accelerated driver.
The work on the accelerated driver was made possible by sponsorship from
CJE Micro's are pleased to announce that the new 128MB Radeon-based
Viewfinder upgrade, after some delay, is now 'in stock'.
The new Viewfinder can display up to approx 4096x1536 pixel modes across
two monitors (in dual-head operation), or up to 2048x1536 pixel modes on
both monitors (ideal for presentations, notice boards, etc.). The Radeon
card also supports TV-Out allowing you to display your desktop on your TV
as well as on your monitor. Thanks to hardware acceleration, the new
hi-res desktop feels even smoother with most major graphics operations
speeding up by up to a factor to 20!
Upgrade your existing Viewfinder graphics card for GBP156. Includes full
fitting instructions, upgrade disc, and SVGA-TV lead for TV-Out option.
200+ Title RISC OS software Sale at CJE/4D
CJE Micro's are pleased to announce their Software Sale of over 200
carefully selected titles with up to 90% savings on the original RRP.
- OvationPro, RRP was GBP149, now GBP120
- Typography Fonts CD, was GBP32, now GBP10
- DrawWorks New Millennium, was GBP60, now GBP20
- WimpBasic II, was GBP100, now GBP40
- Serenade MIDI sequencer, was GBP100, now GBP40
- Chuck Rock, was GBP12, now GBP10
- King Arthur, was GBP58, now GBP10
- Small was GBP25, now GBP10
- Oxford Reading Tree Stage 2 CD, was GBP76, now GBP35
- TinyArt, was GBP40, now GBP5
- Textures, was GBP12, now GBP3
- Typography CD, was GBP44, now GBP10
- Rhapsody 3, was GBP75, now GBP25
- PsiRisc, RRP GBP69, now GBP20
For a complete list of over 200 titles, please see
Orders under GBP20 are subject to a GBP3 administration charge. These
items are only available for a limited period and while stocks last.
New software summary
- Feud, retro game
Summary of the game, as written by Justin Fletcher, aged 10, "Feud is a
game in which you must fight against your enemy Leoric. But since he is
adept in magic, as are you, it will be no easy Job." Justin Fletcher,
aged 27, will take comments and critique of the game, but it is
primarily released for a laugh. More information available in the Help
file and source code.
- RiscPkg, package manager
A package manager for RISC OS. Its three main functions are: to download
and install new software packages on request; to update installed
packages when new versions are released; and to remove packages when
they are no longer needed. RiscPkg is currently at an early stage of
- RISC OS 5 'Misc Setup' Configuration Plugin
A plugin for the universal Boot configuration system which allows you to
configure the default Nextslot size, the LMTransport protocol, and the
option of whether or not to replace the Iyonix taskswitcher with a nice
Updated software summary
- AntUtils v1.56
Add on for the ANT Internet Suite, which provides utilities including
browser faking, automatic timed mail/news fetches, and the facility to
switch between multiple ISPs using a single copy of the ANT Suite. This
version incorporates better error checking for hard drive name changes.
The main new feature is the inclusion of the new 'Filter' plugin, which
provides a number of useful features for filtering outgoing e-mails.
- CVS v1.11
Port of v1.11.10 of the version control system.
- Foods v1.07
An educational application for calculating the nutritional composition
of various meals. It incorporates a database of over 400 different
ingredients, allowing users to create their own meals and compare with
the recommended daily amounts for a healthy diet. Now 32 bit compatible.
- NetCalc v0.54e
An IP address calculator which will allow the user to calculate the
netmask and show the appropriate IP addresses for any chosen IP address.
- NewsRoom v0.02
An educational simulation of a busy newsroom. By creating databases of
news stories, NewsRoom will display a trickle of information as news
arrives in the newsroom of a local newspaper. Now 32 bit compatible.
- PV_Life v1.02
PV_Life was written back in 1990 and was one of the very first demos to
put an animated icon on the iconbar. Not only is the iconbar animated,
the icon is a complete simulation of Conway's famous game of life. Now
32 bit compatible.
- TapirMail v0.93
A remote POP3 email client that keeps all e-mail in memory, rather than
deleting it from the server. This makes it ideal if you want to check
your e-mail from more than one computer, or while on the move. Now
- Webgen2 v2.12
Create a web site from a directory of images. Many small bug fixes and
- WordSearch v1.03
Create word puzzles by hiding a list of words inside a grid so that
object words can be found horizontally, vertically or diagonally inside
a grid of random letters. Now open source and 32 bit compatible.
- WROCC (Wakefield), 7th January - AGM
- NKACC (Kent), 8th January - Practical domestic photo-correction
- WAUG (Wessex), 10th January
- DARC (Derbyshire), 12th January
- EAUG (Essex), 13th January
- LAUG (Liverpool), 13th January
- ICENI (Suffolk), 14th January - Social evening at the Crown Manningtree
- ROUGOL (London), 19th January - Joe Taylor presenting AppBasic
- RONWUG (North West), 21st January - Andrew Rawnsley, R-Comp
- RUNG (Norfolk), 21st January
- BARUG (Bristol), 28th January - Paul Middleton, RISCOS Ltd.
- RISC OS South West Show, 28th February
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