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Looking for a smarter desktop? Throw in some backdrop randomness..

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Oct 21:49:01 | Permalink | Printable

The RISC OS 4 CD comes with a whole bundle of desktop backdrops from digitalblasphemy and you may yourself have picked up a multitude of backdrops from magazine cover CDs and clipart CDs. There then comes the problem of organising and selecting a backdrop and no matter how much you love your backdrop now, in a few weeks time you will inevitably become tired of it.
So this is where Nick Roberts' new BDRand (Backdrop randomiser) offers its services. BDRand will allow backdrops to be grouped into type so when BDRand picks a backdrop it will pick from a theme decided beforehand by you. The delay between switching backdrops can be easily configured.
BDRand can also handle JPEGs, GIFs and standard Spritefiles. The application's documentation is fairly detailed and as a whole it is very flexible. Screen modes, colour depth and backdrop arrangement is also catered for. Essentially, BDRand makes sure you never get tired of the same backdrop, leaving your desktop feeling fresh.

Nick, BDRand's author, also mentioned to Drobe other applications he has written, one of which will feature on AcornUser's next cover CD.

MakeTable is a simple but effective utility that will turn CSV or TSV files into HTML tables for web pages. It's ideal for producing a quick data presentation for a website.
ASM is an ARM macro assembler, a programmer utility destined for AcornUsers programmers' CD.
Bookmaker is a hotlist manager that supports all the major RISC OS browsers. Castle reccommend the use of BookMaker with Oregano. It allows you to manage the addresses of your favourite or important websites (which should include drobe.co.uk ;)
Rename is a smart file renamer, that uses wildcards (somewhat a la !Edit's wildcards for find/replace) to allow many files to be renamed in one go; useful for adding or stripping DOS or Unix file extensions, but a lot more as well.
lharc is a port of the data compressing Unix tool of the same name; it is a command line utility, but a desktop front end, DtLHARC, is also provided.
rex is an enhanced version of the '*Ex' command that can be performed recursively. From the RISC OS command prompt, *EX will list full details on the contents of a given directory. rex will scan through all directories listing detailed *EX style information on all present files.

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