Acorn News Service Newsletter
Issue: 286 (3 June 2012)
Featured site this issue: http://www.thediamondjubilee.org/
The Arche gathering 2.2 takes places on Saturday, 16th June 2012, in room
104 in the Unperfekthaus, Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 18, 45127 Essen. The usual
fees apply: EUR6.50 for 5h entrance, EUR10.50 for the whole day.
Updates will be posted at <http://forum.acorn.de/topic.php?id=553>
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PandaLand support scheme for PandaBoard
PandaLand provides PandaBoard owners with software and operating system
components in line with R-Comp's ARMini computer package, providing custom
software (several hundred MBs) and facilitating use of RISC OS with
Included in the price is a licensed copy of RISC OS suitable for Panda
operation, preloaded onto a SD card. Just slot it into your board, and off
you go. As with ARMini/Beagle, R-Comp will be providing regular, tested
updates. A CMOS RAM widget is also included, allowing Panda to have the
same CMOS capabilities as any other RISC OS computer.
Other highlights include ARMini video enhancements to provide a wide range
of screen mode support and help eliminate the "green digital distortion"
problem that can affect the PandaBoard's video output at high resolutions.
Both the original Pandaboard and Pandaboard ES are supported. Pricing is
as per Beagleboard Support Scheme (BBSS), but existing BBSS members can
join for just GBP39.99 inclusive.
New software summary
- Daggorath, role playing game port
Daggorath is based on the sourcecode of Dungeons of Daggorath, a ground-
breaking game from 1982 for the Tandy (Radio Shack) Colour Computer and
the Dragon computer. It was one of the first games with role-playing and
1st-person elements, and the first to use a sympathetic heartbeat.
Updated software summary
- Basalt v1.42 beta
BASIC Alternative keywords, a module that adds many extra features to
all versions of BBC BASIC V.
- BBFlash v0.03
BBFlash writes files to an SD or micro-SD card for a BeagleBoard
without needing to remove the card from the board. This version fixes a
- DigitalRenderer v0.56 beta 8
This module is used to provide sound support for applications and games
ported to RISC OS using the SharedUnixLibrary, including FFplay and
MPlayer. This release fixes another bug that surfaced with the recent
release of HHeretic and HHexen.
- DrawPrint v1.39
DrawPrint allows you to print a Draw file (or Sprite or JPEG) over
several pages at the scale of your choice. The new version fixes a bug
with the Preview window, where some buttons disappeared if the paper was
not tall enough.
- Impulse v0.22
The Impulse module provides a framework for inter-application command
execution and data transfer, and is used by Impact, Powerbase, and other
databases in conjunction with Impression, ImpEmail, and Ovation Pro for
mail merging and report generation. This version corrects a bug
introduced in the previous version that prevented Impression from
- Lcheck v1.08
Lottery syndicate application. This version can download the last 11
draws of Euro Millions providing wget is installed on your machine.
- FFmpeg and FFplay v1.23
FFmpeg is a versatile, open-source, multi-platform video and audio
converter. FFplay is a simple media player built on FFmpeg and SDL.
FFplay has had a minor update to increase its speed with particular
benefit to fullscreen mode.
- OpenVector and DrawPlus v3.41.2
Open-source enhancements to Draw. This release introduces a new
capability: when clicking with the Alt key down, DrawPlus and OpenVector
will act as if there is no object beneath the pointer.
- RTMPDump v2.3
A command-line fetcher of RTMP streams (like Wget does for HTTP). This
can be used to download some videos accessed by Flash players on other
platforms. It nicely complements FFmpeg and FFplay.
- SuperDoku v1.27
Sudoku puzzles. This version adds Diamond puzzles, which are Sudoku
puzzles with extra blocks forming a diamond shape.
- Wrangler v1.05
Puzzle games. This version adds three new puzzle types to the existing
four: Hitori, Suko, and Sujiko. Suko and Sujiko involve adding up while
Hitori is pure logic.
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