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By Chris Williams. Published: 1st Mar 2003, 20:24:59 | Permalink | Printable

OSLib, Netsurf, old Acorn discs and the usual freeware round up

RoundupLong before actual new hardware appeared on the scene and while Microdigital were ever threatening to ship the Omega, we decided that RISC OS software was the way forward. And even now, today, with Iyonix users among us and (fingers crossed) Microdigital edging closer and closer towards an eventual release, we still need new software and new software to take advantage of the latest RISC OS powered architectures.

New old software
Michael Gilbert has added some new disc images to his Archiology website, an online library of old Acorn discs with various nostalgia-overloaded goodies like the various welcome discs, Clan discs and a pile of developer stuff. Michael credits Ralph Corderoy for the latest additions.

Software this week
We've noticed that the OSLib team have updated their sourceforge pages. We've had no official announcement (at time of writing) and we can see why; According to the OSLib website, version 6.50 of the extensive open source covers-everything-including-the-kitchen-sink programmers' library adds a number of RISC OS 5 calls and also "includes ToolAction gadget, which had got lost on the last release". Andrew Duffell has this week subtly invited us to take a trip to the Netsurf website, collect 200 quid if we pass Go. As a member of the development team, Andrew reports that the open source Netsurf project to develop an up-to-date native web browser for RISC OS can now support linked JPEG images. Yeah great, that's still not as far as Justin Fletcher got in one evening with the built-in Select image file rendering system. Netsurf binaries can be found grazing here.

Harriet Bazley has announced version 1.00 of DDf2Html, a program to allow you to use Impression as a WYSIWYG HTML editor. That is, you can use the legacy Impression DTP editor to produce webpages. Scarey. Continuing development from the previous maintainer, (the sadly late John Alldred), Harriet claims her software is as good as Microsoft Word's HTML export facility. You can find an online copy here. Philip Ludlam has released a beta version of the essential desktop toolkit, Director; version 0.33 is also 32bit compatible and a full changelog can be read here. Jonathan Harston has made his Z80Tube software 32 bit compatible (no prizes as to what that app does). txt2pdf, a shareware perl driven PDF creater app has been updated to version 6.4, the RISC OS GUI can be found here [broken at the moment]. Finally, Maarten Bezemer's 32bit compatible version of his NetWatch software really is 32 bit now. Honest. NetWatch monitors your favourite webpages and lets you know when they've changed.

And breath.

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All good stuff, except that the txt2pdf link doesn't work - and I don't think it has for quite a while :(

 is a RISC OS Userbarti on 1/3/03 8:43PM
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To be fair, my version of NetSurf was really, really, really hacky. I mean literal 'wedge it in and it'll just about work' coding. The reason it was so hacky was that there was very little framework present for image fetching and that (as far as I can tell in the very few minutes I've spent looking) is where some of the work that they've done has been focused. Also, I didn't (and still don't) understand a lot of how NetSurf fits together, so my additions weren't done in the same manner as a lot of NetSurf.

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 1/3/03 8:44PM
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