Software newsBy Chris Williams. Published: 26th Aug 2003, 20:43:54 | Permalink | Printable
VirtualAcorn networked? Minidiscing, python found and much moreDrobe's Ian Chamberlain is away this week so it's my turn to don the software news cap and goggles.
Firstly, a correction of sorts. Earlier we said that networking in VirtualRiscPC was "beyond the horizon" - au contraire says Aaron Timbrell of VirtualAcorn, reminding us to send off our mind reading devices for vital repairs. "I don't know who told you that networking was 'beyond the horizon' but they were wrong, sorry", Aaron told us today. "It's already in beta test stage and so far seems to be working very well". VirtualAcorn are apparently busy working on a number of improvments to VirtualA5000 and VirtualRiscPC, and this includes the networking plugin.
Next. Jamie Temple is back on the Minidisc case having recently released version 0.60a especially for Iyonix users. Stop thinking didn't-quite-catch-on audio/data storage, instead Minidisc is a "desktop management" tool that tidies up the left hand devices side of your iconbar, allows you to configure shortcuts and other life saving activities.
Also, Martin Wuerthner has excited some quarters of comp.sys.acorn.apps with talk of porting gimp-print and indicating he just may have time to realise this once he's satisfied with Artworks 2.1. While we're refrain from making any kind of speculation or predictions, this'll be something we'll happily keep a watchful eye on.
Rick Murray may be trapped in the depths of France, but he once again proves you can't keep a good RISC OS coder down, bribed or buried for long. Rick's flexible'n'scriptable Teletext decoder, !Teletext, has been updated to version 1.53 with an unconfident 32bit version.
Soon after Dietmar Schwertberger's Python 2.3 port appeared on drobe.co.uk, his website mysteriously vanished from the 'net and just when this editor needed python to help complete his noegnud port. In the disappearance of Dietmar's site, there was much confusion and comp.sys.acorn.programmer denizens would take perl scripts, scrawl 'pieffon' on them and throw them at the Sun. Just kidding. It turns out Dietmar's moved his port to here due to the unfortunate demise of his previous webspace hoster.
Stefan Bellon has released GnuPG 1.2.3 for RISC OS, a free replacement for PGP. Workspace, a multiple desktop app that reminds us of X Windows, has been updated by author Dave Ruck - as reviewed by the Cybervillage. Simon Melhuish's weather monitoring package Oww is now at version 0.70.0 and available from sourceforge. Explan, those big big fans of Castle, have 32bitted their HolyBible software. Bless. And finally, John Schroder has relocated his basson fingerings software, Fingering. Easy tiger.
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