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January news in brief

Published: 20th Jan 2008, 17:27:11 | Permalink | Printable

Software, software everywhere

news in briefAnd now a brief round-up of news from this month.

Music player DigitalCD now supports FLAC and Desktop Tracker files... Image viewer and editor PrivateEye 2.75 can now read information embedded in JPEG images (metadata such as EXIF) and caches pictures in memory... Internet search tool Searchy has been bug-fixed and updated.... A new version of RiscOsNet, a peer-to-peer file sharing program, is available... Richard Darby has described on his website how to get Oregano2 working with the recently released WebServe to allow the web browser to cache pages on disc... Rover was released publicly for the first time and allows punters to search for RISC OS programs on the Internet and download new versions...

A new program, 7backup, will produce incremental back ups of files and applications, that is, it only backs up what has changed since the last back up was taken... Calendar tool Calibre has been bug-fixed as have WebGen2 and SuperDoku... StarInfo old favourite Bob Seago is pulling his software from his website so grab it while you can or kindly mirror it if the licences allow...

SDL games icebreaker, sdlroids and gemdropx and download tool wget are now available from the GCCSDK Autobuilder... Free MSN client Parmesan has been updated with various new features and fixes... DrawPrint has been bug-fixed and can convert Unicode fonts into Acorn Latin 1 format... Tim Hill has written a little utility, addeml, for email power users...

Paul Stewart will appear at ROUGOL tomorrow night (Monday, January 21) to talk about his a9home-in-a-flight-case project and the worryingly dormant RISC OS Connect project. Peter Howkins will also be showing off his A7k-in-a-Lego-laptop project... and Mike Carter will give a presentation on website development using RISC OS at the next RONE meeting at 8pm on February 7 here. And finally: Chris Wraight and Fred Graute are pondering working on the RISC OS Open Window Manager to make it support themes while it's rumoured Dave Brown is trying to rewrite the WM module in C...

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Any other news from ROOL?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/1/08 10:58PM
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AW: Check their website: they're pretty good at keeping it up to date. If there's nothing new there, then no.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 21/1/08 9:34AM
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Some good stuff here. Parmesan and PrivateEye fill major gaps on the platform. If PrivateEye gets EXIF data editing (which I believe is planned), then that's a very helpful addition.

ROOL has been a bit quiet lately. It would be great to see a further batch released (I know preparing these is very time-consuming), hopefully taking the project nearer to a full OS download. The ROOL initiative, for all its licensing imperfections, is the last chance for the platform (IMO). It would be great to see more developers get on board and start fixing things.

 is a RISC OS Userlym on 21/1/08 12:09PM
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Your link to Private Eye 2.75 is broken... you've left "<br />" on the end

 is a RISC OS UserIvanDobski on 21/1/08 4:42PM
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I'm surprised to find no mention of the RiscBook Mini here. It seems to be the nearest we'll ever get to a RISC OS PDA. It looks very good - if only a new desktop computer weren't my priority.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/1/08 11:13AM
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The addition of EXIF in David Thomas's latest release of Private Eye is excellent - have just treated myself to a high range EOS digicam compatible with all my old SLR lenses. Comprehensive information about camera settings - date, white balance, exposure, metering and shooting modes are easily accessible. Information like this would have been invaluable in the days of film.

From the shy, retiring socris

 is a RISC OS Usersocris on 23/1/08 8:18PM
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