Software newsBy Chris Williams. Published: 24th Nov 2005, 08:22:41 | Permalink | Printable
Shared libraries in GCC, new freeware and updated softwareElectronic engineers and hobbyists are invited to test drive a new design package called SchemEd. The circuit drafting application has been developed by Howard Dawson and is still in development.
An experimental version of GCC that supports dynamic linking is available now from Lee Noar's website. Lee's work allows the C/C++ compiler package to create software that loads support libraries dynamically, rather than building them into one complete executable. This means if, for example, an application is built with a library that supports https website connections and this library is updated, the user can dynamically load the replacement version rather than having to recompile the whole program or wait for someone else to do it. There are other benefits including the fact that it uses the ELF file format, as found on other platforms.
Chat application Grapevine development could be spurred if users cough up extra cash. R-Comp, who publish the instant messaging software, reportedly told users: "If we assume an upgrade would cost 20ukp, we'll need at least 50 upgrades to cover the time necessary for significant new development. If there is that level of interest, then I am sure R-Comp will be happy to push forward with Grapevine."
Martin Wuethner's AppDock software is now RISC OS Select and Adjust compatible. ArtWorks 2.53 is also available to fix a bug with the Draw file output of blends between CMYK colours and correct incorrect values in the header of exported CMYK TIFF files. Exported Draw files can also optionally have a "_d" added to the filename to prevent the original ArtWorks file from being over-written.
Another bugfix update is ready for Star Fighter 3000 to download and install. Shareware game Mijas Sudoku can now solve and generate Sudoku puzzles. Steve Potts has recompiled his software with RISCOS Ltd.'s StubsG library and updated his list of MassFS device definitions to support more USB gadgets. Bringing back memories of RISC OS 2, Jon Welch has bought a second hand StrongARM RiscPC and restored his Xtree software. Updated utility WaitUntil can pause Obey scripts files until a particular event, such as a system variable change, occurs. Mike Sandells has created two new tools: SprSplit, which turns a multi-sprite spritefile into a directory of individual images, and PalChange, which replaces all the 16 colour palettes in a multi-sprite spritefile with one specific palette.
A new application to create HTML based photo galleries online has been developed by Robert Hampton. He's also written KwikZip, which is a front end to the zip archive support in RISC OS Select. RiscLua 3.3 has been updated, as has bug fixed utility HelpScan.
The organisers of the South West Show are willing to offer 'enthusiast' developers a special discount rate to exhibit at the event in February. It sounds like an interesting deal, and hopefully not too many programmers contacted by John Stonier at the start of the week noticed that the highly personalised email started with "Hi *".
The more astute of you will have found by now the recently created Iyonix Ltd which shares the same address as Castle and two of the Iyonix manufacturer's directors.
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