News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 8th Aug 2005, 18:53:46 | Permalink | Printable
South East show, Cybervillage plans plus software newsWe've received word that the South East RISC OS show, usually held in Guildford, will take place this year on October 22nd. Booking forms should be in the post to previous exhibitors sometime soon. Last year's event saw VirtualRiscPC running on Linux, and the launch of Geminus amongst other things.
The RISC OS Cybervillage, or just 'The Cybervillage' as it now prefers to be known, is gearing up for a relaunch on August 15th. Editor Dave Bradforth says he has rounded up five volunteers who will be aiming to update the site daily with ebay links, news, features and reviews. So far the website has seen a mild facelift and will eventually move over to using separate pages per article.
On the subject of media, we've learnt that Qercus issue 276 is currently at the printers. The monthly magazine has so far managed to post 3 issues to subscribers this year. Meanwhile, disc based magazine RiscWorld has compiled a DVD edition, which features an archive of the past five years of RiscWorld. The disc also includes a search application to help readers locate those more elusive articles.
Stewart Brookes, author of the Easi/Techwriter and Artworks mini-button bars, has created a new toolbar for RiScript. "If you've always wanted buttons in RiScript for 'Export as PDF/Draw/Text', or a shortcut to open the generated fonts folder, then 'RiScrptBar' is just for you. Yes, you," quipped Stewart. "It makes the perfect companion for version 5 of RiScript (though will work with older flavours too). Pick it up now, while stocks last."
MW Software has told its Artworks 2 users that adding an 'export to PDF' feature may not be possible. Martin Wuerthner commented, "This has been on my list for a long time, but it would be very expensive to implement - judging from the 2.4 sales figures, I do not think it could be economically justified." The current maintainer of Photodesk, Niklaus Weiss, has said he's currently investigating memory access bugs in the bitmap graphics package. Niklaus says he's being careful to fix faults, rather than introducing new ones. He added, "When the memory access problems are solved and the bugs are fixed, I will consider about some little improvements on Photodesk. Please understand, that I do not want to promise too much. In my opinion it is better to promise nothing, but to do the best though."
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