Freeware newsBy Chris Williams. Published: 29th Apr 2003, 21:53:22 | Permalink | Printable
K2 graphic demo Iyonixfied plus more updated softwareToday's 32 bitted K2 demo tipped the scales for the freeware queue, here's some software news that's been building up.
DFI demo masterpiece Iyonix'ed
Way back in 1998, top RISC OS coding group DFI produced a blistering graphical demo called K2 which endeavoured to squeeze the most out of VRAM fitted StrongARM RiscPCs. However before we play Beth Orton's "Yesterday's gone" in a sober tribute, Iyonix user John Bell has told us that he's taken the raw ARM assembly source to DFI's demo and made the classic StrongARM/VIDC20 graphics testimony 32 bit compatible and Iyonix safe.
VIDC20 goodness on a GeForce2
John tells us the updated demo source is available on request. The 32 bit K2 for Iyonix users is available from the above url and incidentally, a 26 bit version for StrongARM RiscPC users is available on the icebird site.
DirSync goes RISC OS 5 only
Could this be the first RISC OS 5 only app we've come across? Ok, it still mainly works on RISC OS 4 but the new plugin system in Jan-Jaap van der Geer's updated file comparsion tool DirSync relies on a particular mannerism present it seems only in RISC OS 5's windowmanager. If a window owned by another program is attached to a DirSync menu, clicking in this child window will close the parent DirSync menu on non-RISC OS 5 windowmanagers, Jan explained to us. If you have any light on the subject, we're sure Jan will appreciate it.
The main feature to version 1.07 of Jan's utility is the support of plugins to render file comparasion results to various formats such as HTML.
AMPlayer module frontend AMPlay has been bug fixed to version 1.51 but author Mike Sandells.
Paul Vigay has set up a security and online privacy mailing list for RISC OS users (although users from other platforms are welcome).
"The list is mainly for the discussion of privacy and crypto systems, in particular the use of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Gnu Privacy Guard (GnuPG) but other crypto systems and protocols can be discussed", explains Paul in his sneakily tucked away announcement.
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