Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Royal Mail gives post sorting app thumbs up

Published: 17th Aug 2007, 19:25:08 | Permalink | Printable

RISC OS tool gets accredited by national body

A RISC OS program that manages the mass distribution of snail mail was given a seal of approval by the Royal Mail this month. Rob Geleit's gSort1400's has been tested and certified by the Royal Mail's backroom sorting boffins. His tool is useful for businesses with large customer bases who can score postage discounts by bundling their mail by region.

Rob's software sorts a CSV list of addresses by postal distribution centre before they are printed onto envelopes or labels, conforming to the Royal Mail's Mailsort 1400 system - as seen on letters with an 'm' on the stamp.

Rob said: "Did you know that if you send over 4,000 letters in one go you can save on postage cost? If you bag up all the letters for each Royal Mail distribution centre separately you gain a discount.

"I've spent the last 18 months or so liaising with the Royal Mail Mailsort
Technical Department who have rigorously tested the software. They have now
accredited it and have entered me onto their suppliers directory."

The program's internal engine is written in C while the user interface is in BASIC. It is able to sort the Royal Mail's 28,000-strong test address list. A beta version is available for download for free from Rob's website. Rob, a graphic designer by day, is hoping to move into software development or testing at some point.

Links


Rob's website gSort1400's Royal Mail entry

Previous: NetSurf 1.1 released
Next: ArtWorks 2.75 update in free release

Discussion

Viewing threaded comments | View comments unthreaded, listed by date | Skip to the end

That's a pretty impressive achievement.

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 18/8/07 8:59PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Very nice, I just wish we were able to make still use of it. In its hey day the ARM club membership mail shots were around that size and we used to pre-sort the letters. Not quite the same scale these days unfortunately.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 20/8/07 8:56AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Please login before posting a comment. Use the form on the right to do so or create a free account.

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review
    Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation was born from the 3D0 version of the original SF3K that was ported back to RISC OS and this year freed from programmers' hard discs for the platform to enjoy, writes Andrew Weston. In this review Andrew weighs up much-improved graphics and sound against playability and stability.
     19 comments, latest by AW on 9/12/08 8:45PM. Published: 17 Nov 2008

  • Random article

  • Paul Vigay revamps the RISC OS webring: Let your website belong

     Discuss this. Published: 17 Feb 2001

  • Useful links

    News and media:
    IconbarMyRISCOSArcSiteRISCOScodeANSC.S.A.AnnounceArchiveQercusRiscWorldDrag'n'DropGAG-News

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    Dealers:
    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster

    Usergroups:
    WROCCRONENKACCIRUGSASAUGROUGOLRONWUGMUGWAUGGAGRISCOS.be

    Useful:
    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign


    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    ""
    Page generated in 0.0512 seconds.