May news in briefPublished: 14th May 2007, 02:24:59 | Permalink | Printable
All the news fit for publication about a fortnight agoDrobe towers have been empty of late for all manner of reasons, from Ofsted to coding to earthquakes. Here's the news we may have almost missed.
A new version of APDL's DrawWorks XL software is on sale. The vector graphics package can now produce sprites in up to 16 million colours, works better with Select and RISC OS 6, and includes various other tweaks, according to its publishers. Talking of which, APDL have also 32bitted music notation software Rhapsody4, which is also available for a fee. And, continuing the musical theme, the Music Scribe software package is available for free download along with an accompanying article.
Bill Graham's previously commercial DrawAid, a BASIC library for creating drawfiles, is now available for free from Eddie Lord's website. Speaking of BASIC, Mike Williams's BASIC V: A Dabhand Guide is to be reprinted, again, and a Windows BBC Basic edition is on the cards too. R-Comp have also prepared printed manuals for their DataPower 2 and DataPower Home packages - call or email them to order.
SuperDoku (its purpose should be obvious) is up to version 1.11, serial port utility Serlist is now 32bit safe, CMOS configuration tool cmosd is up to version 0.02, a bug fixed SuperFPEm module is available (from some sexy drobe.co.uk webspace too), and Rebecca Shalfield is looking for people to beta-test Serviette, a RISC OS web server she has developed and hopes to later sell.
And penultimately, just so everyone knows: Watford Electronics, the company that over a decade ago produced Beeb and Acorn upgrades and was 'famous' for its wacky green and black striped Acorn User adverts, went into administration recently. Also, various parts of the Amiga scene now seem to be suing other parts - it all feels very, very familiar. Note to Amiga peeps from some niche platform in-fighting veterans: chin up. As a side note, AMD (who now own ATI) have pledged to open source the drivers to their graphics chips, which could make life easier for future RISC OS hardware projects.
And finally, as one reader put it: "In a shock move, Iconbar has decided to publish an article about the state of RISC OS which cautiously brings some non-depressing news to their readers' attention. A mystery writer called Chris was responsible for this surprising turnaround."
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