News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Apr 2005, 17:24:45 | Permalink | Printable
Artworks 2.4, Cineroma, software updates and moreBonus points to everyone who spotted the latest addition to drobe.co.uk: the BBC B emulator. Perfect for procrastinating with while at work or reliving the 1980s from the comfort of your web browser. You'll need a recent Sun JVM to play with it. If you can't run it, then you can always try Murklesoft's commercial and recently updated emulators: 6502em and Z80em. Both are now 32bit compatible.
The features list for Artworks 2.4 keeps growing: PNG export and Rainbow blends to introduce more colours into a blend. Also, "Print anti-aliased" option for transparent objects, the ability to easily select particular anchor points on an object, and export of individual colour separations for CMYK sprite and TIFF files and other tweaks.
Hard disc repair tool DiscKnight has been bugfixed to version 1.47. Spam stomping SpamStamp stops at nothing and now stands at version 1.02: this new version includes bug fixes and a better configuration interface. Mark Hutchinson has released an application that solves Su Doku puzzles. He told us: "It can give hints too, and it checks for multiple solutions, etc. If I get around to it I might even add a puzzle generator, maybe."
Awk and Sed front end app Awksed has been dusted off and bugfixed by Harriet Bazley, who has also tweaked SideDiff. Paul Vigay has updated MP3 jukebox ROTunes to make it friendlier on the desktop. The DRU-R100 driver has been tweaked to show when the connected USB radio is muted.
In other news
The charity stall at this year's Wakefield show is ready for action, although donations are limited to just software, memory, expansion cards, magazines and CDs, due to recycling laws on computer hardware.
The free ISP AAUGOnline has confirmed its closure, as first reported in March. Administrator Neil Spellings says he will switch off the service at the end of May, adding: "We thank all our users for their support over the past 4 years."
STD and Advantage Six have updated their phone numbers due to curious reason, "the nature of business being conducted by Advantage Six Ltd it is no longer practicable for Stuart Tyrrell Developments and Advantage Six to share a single switchboard number". You can call STD on 0845 458 8803 or 01706 848 744, and Advantage Six on 01706 848 600.
Also, if you want to see Cineroma in action, developer David McEwen will be demonstrating his fabled video player at the ROUGOL user group on Monday April 18. Cineroma is known to play various video formats currently out of reach of RISC OS, and according to ROUGOL, "utilises features of the graphics card and XScale CPU found in the Iyonix to improve performance".
Finally, old favourites ANT (that's ANT Plc to you) have been getting a lot of good press recently for their embedded web browser work - it may be called Fresco, but it's not the browser we know. Sources told us last year that the Fresco source tree still included old RISC OS build code, though.
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