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By Chris Williams. Published: 16th May 2005, 23:19:00 | Permalink | Printable

RSS client, programming tools and more

Sargasso screenshotJames Bursa, of Netsurf fame, has developed and released Sargasso, a RISC OS RSS reader client. Written in Python and licensed under the GPL, the software fetches summaries of news and news-like websites. It works a treat, although a little patience is required when the software is fetching updates. Word on the street is that a particular software publisher is readying their own commercial RSS client for release at the Wakefield 2005 show.

Speaking of whisperings, we understand that progress on a 32bit Impression is continuing, although allegedly, developers X-Ample did not receive the full source code to the DTP package when they took on the application from Computer Concepts - forcing X-Ample Paul Reuvers to "rewrite parts of the source code, eliminate bugs, implement new features and transfer the program to 32-bit".

Desktop programming library Desklib is up to version 2.70 with various improvements from Drobe writer Peter Naulls and also John Tygat. Peter and Nick Burrett have also been working on module support in GCC - an experimental version of the C/C++ compiler package is now available for testing.

News in briefHerbert zur Nedden has updated ResFind, a utility that aids programmers in producing multi-lingual software. Bringing back really painful memories of digital signal processing exams, Roger Darlington has developed a feature full digital signal generator. Next, we couldn't have a software update article without a mention of Harriet Bazley's DDF2Html, a program that converts Impression documents to HTML, and recently updated. Scary stuff.

And finally, don't forget that free ISP aaugonline.net is set to be switched off on June 1st: websites and email will be unavailable, although users may still get a dial up connection for a while. Also, CJE Micros say they'll pay cash, hard cash, for old Viewfinder and Irlam VideoDesk cards.

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A new version of GCC was uploaded just today after Nick made a number of improvements to module support, eliminating some of the problems. It can be found in the same place.

Please give your C modules a spin with GCC and send your feedback to the GCCSDK list.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 16/5/05 11:23PM
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LOL typical, one day before Hermes-RSS version ships. Free upgrade for existing Hermes users (DialUp3 and NetFetch2). But isn't this just typical?

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 17/5/05 12:18AM
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Anyway, gratz to James on his program - new software is always welcomed in our little RISC OS world.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 17/5/05 12:19AM
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Just a short info to ResFind: I added two links to the ResFind download page which point to some more detailed infos on this tool which were published in RISC User Foundation ... in German and in English.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/05 5:42AM
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Can anyone get [link] to work in Sargasso? I just get "Failed" and "202 Accepted" :|

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 17/5/05 11:08AM
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slashdot RSS feed works OK in Hermes ;)

 is a RISC OS Userinchiquin on 17/5/05 11:15AM
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AndrewDuffell - Andrew, could you drop us an email at rcomp@rcomp.co.uk please? I note that you're now maintaining Iconbar, and I don't have any contact details for you at all (which kinda surprised me!). I'd like to get you included along with the other leading RISC OS editors.

Thanks

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 17/5/05 11:57AM
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arawnsley: Email sent :D

I must say, after using Sargasso, it seems to be a great little program. I don't have to keep checking umpteen sites to see if they have any updates.

Only problems to far are the slashdot one, and the fact that it each time it is quitted and opened again it forgets which feeds you have read.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 17/5/05 12:50PM
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Quick explanation of Hermes-RSS. It seemed to us the logical place for RSS feeds was in your email/news program (eg. Mpro or Pluto or whatever), so Hermes (which is part of DialUp3 or NetFetch2) will now fetch feeds from any news-based website you tell it to, and keep check of what you have/haven't read. It then parses the feeds, and turns them into email, ready for delivery to your email client.

The software makes use of the various email headers to present a sensibly formed email message, taking advantage of as much of the RSS feed info as possible. Once the messages are in your email app, of course, you can filter them into folders etc. Thus with no extra effort (apart from initially entering the web address of the RSS feed) you'll get all your favorite drobe headlines delivered to your inbox whenever you want.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 17/5/05 2:22PM
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Sounds quite impressive. I'll certainly be taking a look at Hermes at the Wakefield show.

Peter Naulls: Will your port of Firefox be supporting the Live bookmark RSS feature that firefox does on windows/linux? I guess it will, but just thought it'd be good to confirm.

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 17/5/05 2:32PM
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And the Sage firefox plugin which makes rss useful on firefox?

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 19/5/05 9:43AM
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