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By Chris Williams. Published: 11th Jan 2003, 21:27:00 | Permalink | Printable

Open source web browser fun. Enigma simulator. Stronger help and more.

It's been some time since a freeware round up. Here's what you need if you're looking for good free software for your RISC OS machine.

Netsurf advances free web browser frontline
Netsurf screenshot
A familiar face: Netsurf running on a drobe.co.uk RiscPC
We used to nickname this project Netsmurf but now perhaps we ought to nickname it Net-Oh my god, that's looking good-surf. Netsurf, as we discussed some time ago, is an open source web browser being developed natively for RISC OS. We've been poked today to take a look and we were impressed. You can either build it for yourself or download pre-built versions.
The Netsurf team are hoping to bring their application up to HTML 4 and CSS 1 standards and while it's not finished, it is getting there. One step at a time.

Netsurf web browser

It's all an Enigma
Paul Reuvers, author of Enigma, has emailed us with news that version 1.30 of his wonderful war-time message encoding/decoding simulator is now online. We seem to recall our praise for Enigma when it was first released in 2001. According to Paul, this new version is 32 bit compatible but more importantly, it features the following and more:

  • Support for serial port access, which allows two RISC OS machines to be connected in order to pass messages back and forth
  • Faster encryption of long messages
  • Ability to use multiple simulations simultaneousely
  • Numerous bugfixes and extensions and an updated manual

Enigma 1.30

That helping hand
If there's one bit of freeware that every RISC OS user developing software needs, it's StrongHelp. This is a fast, compact and excellent manual viewer that allows you to navigate documentation using hyper links and searches. StrongHelp Manuals are available covering all aspects of programming for RISC OS, the WIMP (desktop), Internet, BASIC, C and then some.
So you'll be pleased to know that version 2.81 is now available which is 32 bit compatible and has been treated to various bugfixes and updates.
"StrongHelp is the authoritative hypertext manual reader for RISC OS", the StrongHelp website cries. "All of you should know what it is, but if you don't, download it. You will need it sooner or later!"

StrongHelp 2.81

Add also
Also, let's not forget: MW-Software has made its freeware 32 bit compatible, this includes GView, a PostScript file previewer. Martin Avison has updated his BackBoot and ArmSort applications.

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