Software newsBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 26th Jun 2003, 13:35:10 | Permalink | Printable
Softease, Artworks, Lua and othersOver the past week Drobe has been made aware of various software developments that we shall summerise in this software round-up.
Softease, who continue to show support for the RISC OS market, have released an update to Textease, their excellent word processing and desktop publishing package. We have been told that this update now allows JPEGs to render correctly and for 32bit sound to operate under RISC OS 5. This is available for existing users on the downloads section of their website.
Softease have also published support guides for all of their applications which can be found in the guides section of the same site.
Readers will not be surprised to hear that the work on Artworks 2 continues. Version 2.05 has now been released to users by MW Software. Martin Wuerthner said that "apart from various bug-fixes there is a new Skew tool, more Dutch and German messages and interactive help for the permanent Info Bar controls and the tools". Unlike previous releases, where users were emailed a copy of the latest update, users will now need to log into the Artworks 2 support area of MW Software's website for their latest fix.
Dave Appleby has announced a new version of GCCide, a 'front end' project manager for GCC (GNU Compler Collection). It has been updated to support the 32bit RISC OS version of GCC. Some users have commented that there are some problems with this release, although the author has been informed and we hope that these will be resolved quickly.
The same author has also issued a new version of CCres which converts Toolbox Resource and Wimp Template files to and from a text format. Both of these are available at his website.
Next, news of an update to RiscLua, the RISC OS interpeter for the powerful, yet light-weight programing language, Lua 5.0. It is now available as a relocatable module that allows, as the author Gavin Wraith writes, for "identical [functionality] to what went before, but it is faster, as there is no delay while the interpreter loads, and more economic on memory since the same module code can run separate multitasking instantiations of the interpreter". You can read more about this language, and download a copy of version 2.31, at his website.
Finally, Jan-Jaap van der Geer's bayesian filter armed anti-spam app SpamStamp now copes a lot better with MIME, quoted-printable, base64, HTML and binaries. Steve Drain has released a beta version of Basalt, which extends existing BASIC keywords and implements new keywords.
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