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Variations and friends

By Chris Williams. Published: 21st May 2003, 02:47:13 | Permalink | Printable

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Major Variations
Variations website

Rob Davison has dropped us an email to say he's updated his most excellent Variations application to version 0.20. Variations allows you to apply a multitude of visual effects to images, including fades, shape masks, borders, colour and brightness correction and now a pointillist effect (see left insert). Other updates include the ability to scale and move thumbnails and simple image transformations.

Combine multiple effects in Variations

There's various screenshots that show what you can do with Variations, this one is Rob's favourite. It's also Iyonix compatible and to be honest, the impatient will need one as some of the effects do take their time even on a StrongARM RiscPC.

Rob is also author of commercial graphics package Composition.

Back it in
BackIt website

Backup utility Back_it by Stuart Halliday, best known for Acorn "5000 hits a day" Cybervillage, has been updated to version 1.62, following user feedback. According to Stu, Back_It is a "backup program that works in the background to allow you get on with your work whilst your data is backed up, verified and checked."

In brief

Website monitor app NetWatch can now check if a webpage has been updated without needing to download the whole file. Transfer2 tries to out run the global clipboard. Finally, AMPlayCMD enables command control over MP3 playback frontend AMPlay


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-- Claude Buchanan, Helensville Thanks for variation. use it with the kids.

 is a RISC OS UserAlexander on 21/5/03 5:21AM
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Yeah sounds good - only gets to about 12% and then stops downloading using O1!!! - I'll try downloading it at college!

 is a RISC OS UserTimothy609 on 21/5/03 5:33PM
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Variations is hosted on the same server as iconbar.com, which is experiencing problems with its web server.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/5/03 5:42PM
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You know, I only discovered Variations about a month ago. Man, I've been missing out! :-) -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 22/5/03 9:17AM
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New variations :) :) wonderful Thanks Rob -- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 23/5/03 7:20PM
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Keep an eye on the website. A couple of awful clangers have been reported & fixed and I'm adding more stuff so there'll be another update soon.

Thanks to everyone for the bug reports and suggestions (and the praise). :-)


 is a RISC OS Usersoutherner on 23/5/03 9:29PM
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