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By Chris Williams. Published: 16th May 2003, 01:47:32 | Permalink | Printable

32 bit Textease plus graphs, music, debugging and more

Cutting through the recent hardware news and hype, there's still software to be had.

Textease continues
Softease website

Textease, Softease's ace word processor and DTP package for educational users, has been bug fixed and recompiled to be 32 bit compatible. Gary Locock, a junior school network manager, broke the news on usenet and the upgrades to the latest RISC OS version (5.92) of Textease can be found on the Softease website.

One of Softease's developers apparently drove over to Gary's junior school in Coventry in order to borrow a RiscPC to help track down a bug.

"It is great to see this committment to our platform from a major educational publisher", noted Gary in his posting. Indeed, we're well aware that Softease primarily sell their educational products to many mainstream computer platforms. However, we're very pleased to see effort is still being made to provide support for the remaining RISC OS powered schools, the education market being a sector Acorn were once proudly dominate of, depending on who you talk to.

Tau to meet you
Tau website

We last reported on Tau last month when Dr. Peter Killworth re-released Tim Birks' highly recommended graph plotting application, now open sourced. Now, following some user suggestions, Peter's updated Tau further with the ability to edit invalid values as well as other tweaks.

Amp and friends
Dave O'Shea's website

Dave O'Shea has 32 bitted his desktop music playing app Amp, which can use WinAMP skins to customise its windows. Dave's also released for the first time psql, an app which as a client connects to any remote postgres server to execute SQL commands. There's also the handy debgugging Listvars tool which can list the variables in a running BASIC application (although it crashes for us).

"How about a nice game of Solitaire?"
Solitaire for RISC OS

Solitaire, the classic board game reproduced digitally for RISC OS by Ian Macfarlane has been made RISC OS 5 compatible and contains lot of new features such as customisable game displays.


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Nice load of free clipart on the Textease site as well! (WMF format)

-- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 16/5/03 8:21AM
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Do we have a WMF to Draw converter that works? I just tried an old converter and it failed on these latest cliparts :(

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/5/03 9:00AM
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EasyCLip has fairly robust WMF-Draw handling. You can catalogue WMF images in it, then drag them into RISC OS applications, and they are translated into Draw files. I will admit that I've only tested about 50 WMFs in it, and WMF's are a poor-man's DrawFile, but it seems to work.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 16/5/03 9:59AM
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Now with 32 bit TextEase, have any schools splashed out on an Iyonix? (or two) :-) -- Govind Kharbanda, Edinburgh

 is a RISC OS Usergovind on 16/5/03 10:59AM
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I'm sure I used something odd like Browse to convert WMF to drawfiles. There's also a utility called !WMF->Draw...

-- jymbob. (llama)

 is a RISC OS Userjymbob on 16/5/03 11:57AM
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That'd work with Browse if it has a WMF plugin, or supports WMF natively - I'm not sure that it does, personally.

You could certainly use it to convert SVG's to Draw using a SVG plugin though.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 16/5/03 6:54PM
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Textease can read WMF, and save them as Draw.

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 18/5/03 3:00PM
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