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By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Apr 2003, 23:59:51 | Permalink | Printable

Cerilica, WROCC, Duking it out, lots of freeware and more


Here's some bits of news that you may have missed.



Changes at Cerilica
We've learnt this weekend that Nicholas van der Walle has departed RISC OS publishing and graphics software company Cerilica. Nick, now ex-marketing director, seen regularly and enthusiastically at RISC OS shows on the Cerilica stand, is reportedly no longer an employee or director of Cerilica (compare this with google cache).

While internal reorganisation is hinted, the company is operating business as usual and lead Vantage developer Simon Birtwistle is dealing with correspondence for the moment. Cerilica were unavilable for comment at time of writing.

WROCC 20th birthday bash
MyWROCC reminded us this week that the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club is now 20 years old, their anniversary was held on the 2nd April. WROCC chairman Steve Potts never got round to replying to our email so who knows what went down on Wednesday night and uh, who really cares.

"Our April meeting is the club's 20th Anniversary, and to celebrate the metting will be a little different with a couple of videos and a range of computers from the past to wonder at", Steve stated in his announcement earlier in the week. "Rick Sterry, one of our founder members, will tell us a little story!"

Such fun.

Duke Nuken 3D port possibility
AcornArcade are running a story on the open sourcing of legacy PC game Duke Nukem 3D, a blast-the-living-good-for-nothing-out-of-everything Doom style romp. Open source you say? Well bring on the port! Well what with the linux port out so soon and its reliance on the SDL library (RISC OS port by eQ), a RISC OS port looks in sight once all the nasty i386 asm has been cleaned out - any takers? Further discussion here.

Freeware news
Jan-Jaap van der Geer's emailed us to say he's updated his file comparasion utility DirSync. Version 1.06 features bug fixes and the ability to save DirSync settings local to two directories being compared. Tony Houghton has been busy updating and organising his various applications, available from his website. This includes template editor WinEd, bitmap exporter Art2Spr and desktop util WinSnap. Drawfile generating library DrawGen is now 32bit compatible. Finally and although we're not immense fans of developer Philip "I'm so smart" Ludlam, we're happy to carry his news that essential RISC OS toolkit app Director has been declared stable at version 0.33 and is available from sourceforge as always [changelog]. If you're having a problem fetching Director, you can alternatively find 0.33 from here.


Update (21:57 8/4/2003)
Philip Ludlam's emailed us today telling us that "all download issues with the SourceForge servers have been resolved" and that they've added an Ireland mirror which is useful for UK users.



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I am sorry to hear that Nicholas van der Walle has left Cerilica. On a number of occasions he went to a lot of trouble to help me with RiScript, beyond the call of duty. Good luck to him wherever he is now.

 is a RISC OS UserGavinWraith on 6/4/03 10:13AM
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Philip "I'm so smart" Ludlam WTF? :-)

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 6/4/03 11:52AM
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Tsk. You know what we mean. You posting to csa.misc/games declaring our SR2003 stunt was an April Fool :P

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/4/03 12:18PM
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Oh - it was? I'm still stuck trying to jump over those darned trees...

Still - v. funny, putting the trees there like that :o). -- Andrew Hill,

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 6/4/03 3:12PM
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