Software newsBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 18th Aug 2003, 22:38:08 | Permalink | Printable
Online chatter, privacy, window blinds, pythons and moreThis week R-Comp unleashed a new version of their popular IRC and MSN Internet communication program, Grapevine. R-Comp describe this new version (1.11) as "a major upgrade adding a large number of new features". The authors certainly seem to have made many cosmetic changes to the user interface. One of the main developments is a system which allows each family member (or user) to have their own settings for Grapvine. A logging system has also been introduced that saves conversations as they appear. R-Comp also inform us that the new version includes "behind the scenes" development that will allow new features to be added to future versions. We certainly hope that support for protocols like ICQ and Yahoo! are on their to-do list. The upgrade has been emailed to registered users and purchasing details can be found on the R-Comp website.
Nat Queen has announced a brand new program that promises to "defeat the spooks and protect the basic human right to privacy". !Stealth allows users to create encrypted directories in order to protect data and keep it secret. It also prevents those without the passphrases from determining how many directories exist within the encrypted file. You can download this tool from the author's website.
Quantum Software are celebrating the 10th aniversary of Blinds, a RISC OS desktop file and application organiser. To mark the event they have announced a 32bit version to please the growing number of Iyonix uers and have also reduced the price to make it more affordable. Stuart Halliday explained, "Blinds allows you to place groups of similar files or applications on to a blind-like window which can be set to only show itself when a particular application is loaded". Downloading the demo is certainly recommended as the program is much more powerful than is first obvious. For more details see the Quantum Software website.
Music composers will be pleased to hear about a new version of SibToDraw from Walter Lo Nigro. The author said that the program can be used with Sibelius to create complex music scores and features DTP-like tools which makes it useful for non-Sibelius users alike. For more information you can contact the author or experiment with the demo. Details for both can be found on the author's website.
Dietmar Schwertberger has announced Python 2.3 interpreter for RISC OS. The author explains "Python is an interpreted, object-orientated, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level dynamic binding make it very attractive for rapid application development, as well as for use as a scripting language to connect existing components together". You can learn more about this useful language at python.org and download the RISC OS version at Dietmar's website
In other news, there is a new version of Webgen2, the program that creates HTML galleries from collections of images. NoPaste, a module for Select users to prevent text from being pasted twice in writable icons. Version 0.46 of ARMalyser which introduces various enhancements and bug-fixes. And lastly, a 32bit version of QuickFiler, a utility which allows the use of shortcut keys in conjunction with the RISC OS filer windows.
Alright, so we were wrong about the 'quiet summer' thing.
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