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By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Sep 2004, 23:58:45 | Permalink | Printable

RiScript, digital music, Sunfish and more

Round up motifSome interesting bits of news emerged out of last week, and so we'll share these with you briefly here.

Digital music musing
Cast your mind back to our piece on digital music creation with RISC OS, and you'll recall that electronica musician Antius produced a few example tracks for readers to download. Recently on his drobe.co.uk hosted webspace, Antius has published another track produced on RISC OS.

"It has annoyed me that at the end of the interview several MP3s are offered as an example of what I do and one of these example tracks is still unfinished", writes Antius. "So, I've decided to put another track online, which will hopefully serve as a better example of what the combination of Anthem, Lenny's apps Debbie and SysExy and a RISC OS machine can do in terms of modern dance music."

Sunfish delved
Further to our article on Sunfish and NFS, Sunfish author Alex Waugh got back to us with a little history on the development of his useful utility. Alex used Castle's Norcroft (Acorn C/C++) compiler and StrongED to create the application, and Syslog and Ethereal to debug it.

"I developed Sunfish because I wanted to access files on my Linux server from my Iyonix. At the time the only option was using LanManFS which came with RISC OS 5, but this had several bugs relating to filetyping, filename translation and large directories, which made it effectively useless for my needs", explained Alex, adding that some, but not all of the LanManFS bugs have now been fixed.

"Previously, I had used LanMan98 on my RiscPC which I was happy with, but it did not look as if this would be available in a 32bit version any time soon. So, I decided to write my own. I chose NFS over Samba because it was the more natural protocol to use when communicating with unix boxes, and should avoid the potential burden of supporting connections to various versions of Windows."

For the sake of completeness, Alex told us that he'd additionally like to develop an NFS server, and if he possibly gets enough time, "a DAV client filing system".

RISC OS switched off
We've learnt that the TV programmes Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the National Lottery Winning Lines have migrated from using RISC OS powered kit to Intel Xeon and Matrox powered hardware to produce their on-screen graphics. Some Millionaire shows produced in countries other than the UK remain RISC OS powered, however.

RiScript 5 bannerRiScript teasing
RiScript co-author Jeroen Medema has created a teasing webpage which mentions RiScript 5.

"I hope to add a reference to a new RiScript site in the near future, as we're quite close to release. The only thing that I'll tell you now is that it is going to be version 5", writes Jeroen. "More rumours and details can be found in drobe article 1110. Furthermore, I hope to add background information on RiScript, namely it's history, how it has been developed, it's size, and more stuff like that."


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Nice to see RiScript nearly ready for release and the reason for the release of Sunfish in the first place.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 20/9/04 1:09AM
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RiScript Users tell me that it is actually better than the Adobe PDF software! If I remember correctly, the RiScript PDF will render !Draw and some other RISC OS filetypes better?

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 20/9/04 3:41AM
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Shame to see that RiScript is history. Strange to see that it also appears to be size, which I thought was something to do with wallpaper.

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 20/9/04 7:05AM
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Sawadee: I think they are mistaken. RiScript is nice, but still not comparable to Adobe's Acrobat Reader. The comment about rendering RISC OS filetypes does not make any sense. Both programs render PS and PDF files, nothing to do with RISC OS filetypes. There is one big advantage to RiScript though: Its ability to export Draw files (maybe this is what you meant?). Adobe's offering cannot export PDF documents as editable vector graphics - under Windows, the main reason is that there would not be a suitable format to export to.

 is a RISC OS Userwuerthne on 20/9/04 8:10AM
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I recall the !Draw features and your !Artworks as a feature in RiScript. Adobe's inability to edit vector graphics under Windows must be the point I missed before. I may add that our !Draw and !Artworks vector imaging on RISC OS is a unique bonus for our platform, a "big advantage" as you say and something we tend to take for granted.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 20/9/04 8:23AM
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A WebDAV client would be most welcome right now. Go for it Alex!

 is a RISC OS Userrowledge on 20/9/04 5:55PM
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It would be interesting to learn what new or enhanced features version 5 of RiScript will offer...

On a slightly alternative note, (regarding Drobe's generosity on offering webspace) I am thinking about developing a small 'workshop/feature' on MIDI & audio work in RISC OS.

The reason I am putting this here (and not Drobe's mailbox) is because I'd like to inform on wether drobe readers would be interested in such a 'workshop/feature' ... if this is not the right way of asking, please mod me down appropriately.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 20/9/04 8:02PM
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In reply to hEgelia

Any assistance to unravel the mysteries of MIDI would be a great help. Don't make your workshop feature too small .......Some of us (me!) need all the help we can get.

 is a RISC OS Userjlavallin on 20/9/04 11:38PM
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*in reply to hEgelia* I would be interested, and possibly another person I know may be keen. It would be great to workshop ideas in MIDI and audio with RISC OS. Under the "Interact" section there is "Online chat", if this feature works like the SmartGroups for Oregano users then this could be the place for online workshop??

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 21/9/04 8:24AM
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hmmm, RISC OS being shut off? ..... Surely this is mostly a move on the basis that there are more x86 based programers.

Might also have something to do with the major lacking in speed of the old RPC? ...Does anyone know if the Milipeede card workin an iyonix?

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 21/9/04 1:19PM
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The current Millipede card might work in the Iyonix, but a PCI-based solution would probably be better. I have actually looked into this in some depth and I know you could develop a very nice system based on the Iyonix, but it would need a customer with a definite project and a large budget.


 is a RISC OS Userjbyrne on 23/9/04 10:24AM
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> Under the "Interact" section there is "Online chat", if this feature works like the SmartGroups for Oregano users then this could be the place for online workshop?? It's a web based irc client, just download LIRC [link] and join #riscos for an easier way to use irc

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 23/9/04 11:01AM
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I have heard that there are quite a few projects on the back burner which would be done live.....this is something that the Iyonix would excell at?

Would be interesting to see what 7th Software produces : [link]

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 24/9/04 4:18PM
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