News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Jun 2005, 18:56:17 | Permalink | Printable
Select for iyonix saga rolls on, plus software newsAnd now a round up of our news backlog that's built up over the past week or so.
ROL moves Select Iyonix goalposts
It's reported that existing Iyonix owning Select subscribers who want to see Select on their XScale powered computers don't count in RISCOS Ltd.'s eyes. ROL's Paul Middleton apparently explained before the weekend that he is now seeking at least 100 Iyonix owners who are not subscribers and want to see Select32 for Castle's machine to sign up before his company will commit to developing Select for the Iyonix. Until then, 32bit RISC OS 4 is for the A9home only although bits and pieces have been allegedly shown to work on the Iyonix in public. ROL surveyed its existing subscriber base in November last year to gauge Select for Iyonix demand, but (as far as we're aware) neglected to approach those who haven't bought into the Select scheme, the very people it wants - so should it come as no surprise that rumours of fast falling subscription sales are perhaps true? ROL also called for Castle's cooperation in Select for Iyonix in early 2004. Did they eventually get it?
More RISC OS websites perform vanishing acts
If you're wondering where riscos.org had disappeared to, then worry no more: its owner, Paul Vigay, says it was down to a glitch in the DNS. He told us earlier today, "I changed the DNS yesterday - ready for the closure of Argonet's DNS servers at the end of the month - and it's not propagated to Orpheus yet." Vigay runs start up ISP Orpheus and is currently end user support guru for Argonet, which will be shortly closing down its ISP business. Also, OreganoUk.net has slipped off the radar, although it's now known as GeneSys following a name change in April this year.
RiscCAD beta testers sought
David Buck, developer of 2D design software RiscCAD, has called for beta testers to test drive his software and suggest new features and other additions. David explained, "Interested parties can look at the RiscCAD website which shows new features currently being implemented for the next release. Currently, additions include extra toolboxes, flood fill with automatic detection of fill boundary, and, at last, bezier curves and revision clouds. Items already suggested include text areas - or multi-line text to make placing notes easier - and area calculation in addition to perimeter."
Buy Desktop Repton Plus and get a free badge - an official Superior Software Repton badge at that. Apparently at the Wakefield 2005 show, Liquid Silicon told punters that 32bit MIDI modules were in development, although LS haven't confirmed the specifics of this with us yet. MW Software has released AWViewer 1.76, which now supports rainbow blends.
Dave Lambley's Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) driver, which allows users to print to network based printer devices, is now up to version 1.04 with new documentation and an installer thrown in. Long time no see for search engine utility RiscSearch, updated with a load of bugfixes and improved decoders. Peter Everett, of KinoAmp and Shine fame, has released "Electric Light Show", a sound-to-light visualisation plugin for DigitalCD (pictured left).
NFS client Sunfish now supports NFS v3 with TCP and UDP protocols - boosting performance over NFS v2 - and is up to version 1.06. Stephen Revill has released SRDPq, a module to aid other programmers who want to use Wimp message queues. Graph plotting software Tau has been tweaked and also moved to a new address. GNU diff front end SideDiff has been updated as has Variations - with substantial updates including an auto-redeye and dodge/burn tools, splitscreen viewer to compare two images side by side and image rotation support for cameras with orientation sensors.
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