Software newsBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Apr 2004, 22:01:50 | Permalink | Printable
Moonquake revisited, Netsurf, hotel admin and moreIt's Friday and therefore time again to take a peek at the past week's software releases and updates.
Firstly, a preview of a new piece of freeware, developed by Chris Wragg: Bookings was developed following a rather specific request on the newsgroups for some software to manage site and room bookings. With a refreshing "can-do" attitude, Chris took up the challenge and plans to release his software within the next few weeks, once it's had enough testing.
Preview of room booking software
"Bookings is a program for those who run 'Bed and Breakfasts', small hotels, or let out rooms or other holiday accommodation," explains Chris in the application documentation. "It has been written for a specific application in Australia for a RISC OS user who has four holiday units that are let throughout the year, but it is expected to be equally suitable for any small business."
Not strictly 100 percent RISC OS, but still fun nevertheless: Dave Sharp has ported the classic Moonquake to the Gameboy Advanced handheld console - full details, downloads and source code are available from here. The GBA is powered by an ARM7 processor core and Moonquake was originally written by Paul Taylor in 1992.
Moonquake on a GBA
"No other conversions lined up at the moment I'm afraid, might consider adding the 2 player mode at a later stage if I get any time," Dave added to drobe.co.uk. As for porting games in the opposite direction, from the GBA to RISC OS, Dave also commented: "My days developing for RISC OS are over now I'm afraid so little to no chance of writing any games for it."
Few tweaks to ARMalayser, bringing it to version 0.47, and couple of fixes to DrW2HTML and one minor update to Rik Griffin's TreeView toolbox module - plus the release of Rik's HALTimer support module. Finder, (it finds files, duh), is now 32bit compatible. Debugging aid Reporter version 2.56 is now available with added time analysis - trace those BASIC bugs to microsecond precision. Also, issue 6 of volume 4 of CD magazine RiscWorld will be in the hands of its subscribers by now. The latest edition features a review of the Iyonix Welcome Guide (conclusion: it's a welcoming guide) and a video of leading players in the RISC OS market chatting about their future plans from the recent South West show.
And finally, it's no secret that TheRegister are big fans of Picsel - the company founded by the same guy who founded Alternative Publishing, who are better known for their ImageFS2 software. Quoting from a recent article, as spotted by reader Dave Higton: "The Picsel developer team is derived from a group of old Archimedes developers who worked closely with (or for) Acorn in the early days of the Acorn Risc Machine, which gave rise to the ubiquitous ARM processor. The result is that they are all fluent users of the machine code of the ARM, and seem able to do things on PDAs and phones in tiny amounts of memory, which other platform specialists simply can't conceive."
So, RISC OS, doing more with less although Picsel obviously have nothing to do with our platform before any of you dare get excited. At least spending all those long, dark hours learning ARM assembler will be (surprisingly) worth it.
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