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Midweek round up

By Chris Williams. Published: 16th Apr 2003, 11:11:23 | Permalink | Printable

Virus killer, HTML tables, Netsurf plus other guest stars

A mid-week assembly of news bits that didn't quite make the front page headlines.

Alternative virus killer

KiwiSoft's virus killer has been updated to include HostFS support (for Red Squirrel users) plus as this is their last planned release for Slayer, it no longer complains if the VD engine is out of date.

The KiwiSoft site also hosts lots of their other software with source code now included for you to mess with and play with.

Baby, come back

An announcement this week by Tony Howat of Dover Associates caused a bit of an uproar amongst the online RISC OS community, Paul Vigay taking only 17 minutes to respond by choking on his own rage in disgust.

"Dover Associates are now offering a new and specialised migration service to transfer, preserve and archive Acorn based software, data and systems used in businesses and schools", cheeky Tony informs us. "We can re-implement or port any bespoke software as required, and integrate data from any legacy systems into your current or future platform."

Basically, if you've got files locked to specific RISC OS only software or custom RISC OS software that you want to use on, say, Windows or Linux, Dover Associates will do the necessary (paid) work to convert your stuff across. Despite Paul Vigay, Dave Ruck and others voicing their immediate concerns (and calling into question the judgement of the Announce moderators, ho ho), surely none of you would be thinking of abandoning our platform, now would you?

There's tables and then there's tables

Nick Roberts has tweaked his MakeTable software to include a command line interface and a minor bug fix. MakeTable is a handy utility to convert CSV or TSV files into HTML tables.

Web of relations

GedcomWeb version 3.01 released this week by Hilary Phillips creates javascript powered family tree web pages from GEDCOM files. This version has many improvements, including the support for lots more GEDCOM fields and definable text styles.

Surfing getting good

Open source RISC OS web browser project NetSurf is looking good:

We're told it now supports inline JPEGs.


News, Comments, Flames

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While this is the last planned release of Slayer, I'll keep my RiscPC on my desk for a while yet, just incase any shockingly nasty bugs are found. I've also successfully ported Slayer's build environment to Red Squirel, and I may in the future make a new release of the source code, with details of how to build it correctly.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 16/4/03 11:55AM
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I think that Dover Associates should be ashamed of themselves. This platform is holding on as well as it can and schools are the main place they're used. By offering to convert everything they're going to be solely responsibly for the end of out favourite platform. Shurely something can be done (can't they be sewed?) I'd also like to congratulate the NetSurf team on how well they are doing. I've seen an amzaing implementation of CSS at an early stage and although features seem to be coming and going through each build, I'm sure this will be rectified and they're doing a great job. Well done to them. At least they're still in this platform for the right reasons <ahem>. ----------- Smiler - :D Alex Melhuish

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 17/4/03 8:21AM
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And NetSurf's even got JPEG support working!

 is a RISC OS Usertakkaria on 17/4/03 10:17AM
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Can it handle a streaming JPEG feed then? (from some webcams) -- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 17/4/03 11:47AM
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Do any of the RISC OS dealers offer the same service as the Dover one but in reverse? I'm sure most commonly used PC file formats can be converted to RO equivalents with a bit of chargeable expertise. -- David Llewellyn-Jones, Birmingham

 is a RISC OS Userllewelld on 17/4/03 12:38PM
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