Software newsBy Chris Williams. Published: 29th Sep 2005, 00:35:27 | Permalink | Printable
Visual programming language, VNC client, new GnuGP tool, and moreDavid Llewellyn-Jones has made an intriguing stab at creating a visual programming language for RISC OS. Compose allows users to literally string together pre-defined components to form useful applications. By dragging flexible 'pipes' between contact points on individual component blocks, information can be made to flow around a program - it's almost like drawing a pretty flowchart. Currently, programs crafted in David's environment can perform calculations, read data from the keyboard and files, output information to the screen and to files, process text, communicate via a standard TCP/IP network, and more besides. The programming tool has its fair share of quirks, especially in the user interface department, although David admitted, "It's at a relatively early stage of development and I'm making it available for fun more than anything else." The open source software is released under the liberal MIT licence, so other developers are encouraged to contribute.
A new version of the Avalance VNC client is now available. The software by James Peacock allows RISC OS users to log into the desktop of a remote computer running a VNC server via a network. This updated release, which takes it up to version 0.07, includes support for non-UK keyboards and scalable screens, plus various bug fixes and speed enhancements.
Dr. Nat Queen has written a new crypto-tool to simplify the functionality of GnuPG. Crypt can, for example, assist in the encryption and decryption of data, and the verification of digital signatures. Another shining knight of the civil liberties order, Paul Vigay, has tweaked his FileNuke utility so that it now offers three grades of data scrubbing, (casual, good, and military grade), for those with less time on their hands. Bulk file renamer, Rename has also been updated to include the option for a default rename pattern.
RiscCAD developer David Buck has uploaded a new demo version of his 2D design software. The update addresses graphics glitches seen when the application is run in deep colour screen modes. Release 10 of RiscCAD is due to go on sale at next month's RISC OS South East show.
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