News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 10th Nov 2004, 23:58:36 | Permalink | Printable
32bit TeX, patch legal threats saga, freeware and more [Updated]A new month, and a new round up of software related action.
It's my party
Further to our earlier article, APDL have promised to ditch Nightsky if Colin Ferris releases his Iyonix patches for the commercial astrology, sorry, astronomy, software. Colin initially posted to the Archive mailing list to find Iyonix users willing to test his patches, which ruffled the software publisher's feathers.
One person recently who volunteered to test the patches was told by APDL's Dave Holden: "I'd be most interested in what you get if Colin is silly enough send you anything before checking with me first. Especially if it's anything other than a new version of WimpExt."
He added: "If [these patches] do 'escape' then not only will I be forced to take action but it will almost certainly result in the withdrawal of NightSky from development and so you'll be guaranteeing that there won't ever be any further upgrades, including a proper 32bit version."
David Llewellyn-Jones has released a 32bit version of armTeX, which is related to LaTeX, the professional type-setting software. Dave's also included a 32bit compatible version of DVIview after author Paul Fields agreed to open source it. There's also talk of a mailing list.
Dave noted, "I'm hoping that both armTeX and DVIview can be developed further and that other LaTeX tools will be created or updated to work on the Iyonix (for example, a port of dvipdfm is a possibility to allow pdfs to be created from dvi files)". The release was greeted with approval from users, including Theo Markettos, who commented: "The lack of decent TeX support is preventing me from doing 'Real Work' on RISC OS, and is something that is frequently annoying me enough to do something about." Gavin Wraith added: "This fills an aching gap in the Iyonix's software provision."
What a lovely bunch of coconuts
RISC OS file-sharers will be pleased to know that Gnutella client Cocognut is up to version 1.14 this month. According to author Marc Warne, his peer-to-peer software features a new, more efficient and network friendly Gnutellanet core, interactive help, better interaction with the Gnutella network and a herd of bugfixes.
Version 0.09 of popular Excel spreadsheet viewer ViewXLS can now export files as drawfiles. Alex Waugh's excellent NFS client SunFish is up to version 1.02, and features an updated user interface. Alex tells us that this release also sees support for TCP connections. Neil White has updated Crazeman, his SDL powered Pacman variant. Neil summarised his latest efforts as being "quite sweet".
FreeMap 3.20 now has better support for the MassFS USB filing system. Kevin Wells' National Lottery app now works with RISC OS Adjust.
riscos.de have linked to some photos of RISC OS users meeting up on mainland Europe: the September A.U.T.O. group, Fun of Computing 2004, and the GAG group. Also, as it's now November, highstreets up and down the country are filling up with Christmas stuff - and the RISC OS market is no different: Castle are currently running YALCDO*, get a free LCD monitor with an Iyonix.
Update at 05:16 18/11/2004
We've been asked to point out Theo Markettos' armtex mailing list, which he's kindly set up.
*- Yet Another LCD Offer
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