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Font Directory Pro moves to 3.23

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:44, 13/7/2018 |
 
Elesar have released an updated version of Font Directory Pro. As the version number suggests, this is just an incremental update. It does add one really useful feature (suggested by a user) to allow text on the global clipboard to be used in the application.
 
It is good to see the software being updated, and Elesar are always keen to hear if you have any other ideas for improving the software.
 
The update is free to existing users (you should have received an email if you are registered) and can be purchased online
 
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CashBook and other goodies

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:55, 6/7/2018 |
 
Steve Fryatt is a well-known face in the RISC OS world and a regular fixture at RISC OS shows where his stand always has lots of interesting software.
 
His website hosts lots of free software including the free home accounts software CashBook. This has recently reached release 1.41
 
There are utilities like Locate, PrintPDF and PS2Paper, lots of games.
 
If you are looking to write your own software, there are Build Tools and a guide to Wimp Programming In C
 
Steve also has some interesting pages on his website on his non-RISC OS activities.
 
Steve Fryatt's website
 
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June News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:28, 29/6/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
 
DiscKnight has now been updated to 1.54 release.
 
RISC OS Awards 2017 results were announced
 
The RISC OS Blog has a post on Zero Page protection, explaining all about it.
 
CashBook 1.41 released by Steve Fryatt to fix potential corruption issue with cheque numbers.
 
Amcog Games releases Island of the Undead on !Store.
 
Titanium purchasers now receive a free copy of the newly updated RISC OS 5 User Guide
 
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!Organizer updated to 2.28a

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:29, 22/6/2018 |
 
A surprise release at Wakefield 2018 was an updated version of !Organizer (2.28a). As the number suggests, this is an incremental update to fix bugs and also add minor improvements to the ToDo Section and the interaction with RiscOSM. According to the change log there are 30 changes in the code from v2.28
 
As with all recent releases of !Organizer, when you run the new software for the first time, it will do some house-keeping and update your data to the latest version.
 
Much of the software world is moving towards more incremental and regular releases, and it is nice to get more regular releases rather than just once a year. And if you have any ideas for features you would like to see in the next release, the developers are keen for your feedback.... (I would love more draggable items as I have become hooked on Trello at work).
 
!Organizer website
 
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Getting started with Bash on RISC OS

Posted by Mark Stephens on 08:53, 15/6/2018 |
 
There are lots of hidden treasures to try for free in PackMan (see our review from 2017). In this article we are going to go into more depth with Bash. Bash is a freely available on many systems (I use it all the time at work on Macs and Linux systems). It also provides the basis for running many other tools and automating things by writing short Bash scripts.
 

 
Once installed, you can start writing Bash directly in a single-tasking window by running the Bash App. But the best way to run it is from a terminal window. Just type the command Bash and you will be using bash.
 
Type in exit to return to the standard RISC OS command line.
 
Type in help to give you a list of commands at any time.
 

 
If you want to learn more about Bash, we recommend you start with the Wikipedia entry.
 
What is your favourite tool on !PackMan?
 
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A new monitor for my RISC OS and Mac systems

Posted by Mark Stephens on 08:53, 8/6/2018 |
 
Recently I decided to upgrade my monitors. I have a MacBook Pro laptop and I have 2 monitors - one at work which runs my laptop (replacing a 27 inch 10 year old Apple work monitor) and one for home also hosts my RaspberryPi and Titanium. I wanted a high resolution (3840 x 2160 for work) monitor which would also play nicely with my other machines.
 
The latest Macs use Apple's USB-C connections. You can buy adapters for connecting in other types of connector such as HDMI or you can now buy monitors which have a USB-C connector. Apple offers an LG monitor which provides 5K and can also power the computer and handle the display on a single cable. If money is no object, you want an uncluttered desk and a 'to die for' screen quality on the latest Macs, the LG UltraFine 5K Display is the current top option.
 
Not only is this monitor very expensive but it will not work on my RISC OS kit as it only has a USB-C input.... One monitor which has also had a lot of very favourable press coverage is another LG model (27UD88-W). This is much more affordable (under 500 pounds), has USB-C input (not powerful enough to act as a power supply as well but fine to drive a 4K display), and also allows for HDMI and DP-IN as well. There are even a couple of old style USB ports for good measure. So how well does this model work for all the machines?
 
Very well is the short answer. The screen quality is great and you can have all the machines power up and then switch between them. The 27UD88-W has a single joystick type control under the screen and (IMHO) this is one of the nicest switches I have used on monitors - 2 clicks and I am on a different screen. The screen is ultra-sharp on both the Mac and the lower resolution Titanium 1920 x 1200 display.
 
One word of caution on moving up to a higher resolution screen. My combined switch box (which allows me to share screen and keyboard/mouse through one switch box) does not work on the higher resolution screens. So if you are using a switch box, you may want to verify what it can support.
 
A really nice feature of the higher resolution screen is that you have your other machines accessible via VNC. This also gives you some idea of the extra 'real estate' the monitors can give you if you are working on a Mac.
 
If you are looking for a godo quality monitor to provide a high resolution display, which also plays well with your RISC OS kit, the LG 27UD88-W should be one of your shortlist.
 

 

 
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May news round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:51, 31/5/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
 
A new version of RPCEmu was released.
 
RISC OS Blog ran some interesting articles on running RISC OS on Wandboard and Aemulor.
 
Big Ben Club organised the RISC OS eXperience in Amsterdam.
 
Chris Hall released version 2.0 of SatNav
 
RISC OS Blog also reviewed RISC OS 5.24 release
 
Adrian Lees asked what users would like to see in future Geminus releases.
 
RISCOSitory closed the RISC OS Awards poll.
 
A lots of emails as GDPR came into force,
 
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Drag'n'Drop Spring 2018 edition released

Posted by Mark Stephens on 08:53, 25/5/2018 |
 

 
The latest edition of Drag'n'Drop was released at The Wakefield show and is now available directly or via the Plingstore.
 
Drag'n'Drop is the long running online magazine, released as a PDF document which you can read on your computer or printout. As a PDF, the magazine can contain clickable links, taking you straight to downloads and websites. The news section is right up to date with the Wakefield Show.
 
The cover includes a picture of the classic Missile Command game, and there is a BASIC listing for the game. You can purchase all the code listing with the magazine to save typing. There is a nice explanation of how the code works.
 
There is a new series starting in this edition on using Schema2, complete with links to download the free version. Drag'n'Drop does many multi-edition series and back issues are available if you find yourself joining one mid-series.
 
The series on how RISC OS fonts work moves to part 2. We dissect Outline files and peek inside with a small BASIC program.
 
Paul Stewart (original founder of the magazine), makes a welcome return with a review of RaspberryRo Lite 3 from Fourth Dimension. He also has a second hardware review on the Vonets VP11G Wifi router. Great to have you back, Paul.
 
This months little utility to make the RISC OS experience even better is a WindowCloser utility. With one single application on your task bar you can list and close all open windows. A simple Icon Clipboard utility also allows you to copy and paste text between writable icons.
 
Finally, you can read reviews on the latest release of ArtWorks (is it worth the money for the new tool) and Philips Music Scribe (now available as a free download to Plingstore).
 
Something for everyone in this edition and an enjoyable and entertaining read with lots of practical projects.
 
The Magazine is available from the website and you can also buy a version with the code listings.
 
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GDPR and RISC OS

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Messenger Pro reaches release 8

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RISC OS 5.24 arrives

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Power Switching a RaspberryPi

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April News Round-up

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Wakefield 2018 Show Report

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