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Get new software alerts with Rover beta

Published: 14th Oct 2007, 23:42:32 | Permalink | Printable

With RiscPkg in development, is this barking mad?

List of software found by RoverA new program that alerts users to new versions of software and helps punters search for programs to download is nearing completion.

Beta testers are needed to test drive Martin Avison's new Rover utility, which can keep track of installed programs and sense when new versions are available for download.

Rover uses the riscos.org software database to hunt down applications and look up new releases. Although users can access the database through a normal web browser, Rover provides a more friendly user interface, pictured, to the service.

To give the program a go, drop Martin an email to rover at avisoft dot f9 dot co dot uk. He warns he will not be able to reply to requests until after October 20.

Martin's software is separate to the RiscPkg project, which also allows punters to search for programs and get the latest versions.


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This might be able to put pay to having to maintaining my own comprehensive index of installed software versions, which is very anal thing to do, but is often the only way to check if you have the current version any particular software.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 15/10/07 9:53AM
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I'd certainly be interested to hear why Martin decided to go down this route rather than work with the RiscPkg project.


 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 15/10/07 11:05AM
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 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:16PM
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As far as I can see it offeres something a little different from Riscpkg. It aims to help manage non packaged apps.

What would be nice is if it showed when applications were available on riscpkg and called that to update them.

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 17/10/07 9:18AM
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