New OS wide edition of Toolbox releasedBy Chris Williams. Published: 4th Sep 2003, 17:57:47 | Permalink | Printable
RISC OS 3 to 5 supported by free module setRISCOS Ltd. have today freely released online a new edition of the RISC OS Toolbox modules. The modules are employed by 3rd party applications to provide commonly used user interface components, such as the classic drag'n'drop save box, the colour picker, iconbar menus and icons and much more.
The new Toolbox release is 32bit compatible and will work with RISC OS 3.1 through to RISC OS 5, regardless of whatever SharedCLibrary the user may be using. It's recommended that all users upgrade to this latest Toolbox release as these modules supersede previous versions and in particular, the TextGadget and Window component modules have enjoyed a multitude of updates and fixes.
To install the modules, you need to download a 'self extracting archive' file from the support.riscos.com site. Use the Filer to set the filetype to 'absolute' and then double click on the file to begin installation. The RISC OS 5 boot doesn't fully support the softloading of Toolbox modules, but Iyonix users can either manually unplug the toolbox ROM modules or install the UnPlugTbox program in Predesk to do this automatically.
Toolbox installing itself, automatically
With the recent cooperation between RISCOS Ltd. and VirtualAcorn and now this 32bit compatible Toolbox upgrade, are we finally seeing signs of harmonisation along key RISC OS developers? Also, the RISCOS Ltd. AGM is approaching fast and it's most likely that the team wish to have some good news ready to present to shareholders and users.
Getting into toolbox
If you want to develop software using the Toolbox then there's various resources available to help out, plus Toolbox can be used with software written in C, C++, BASIC and Assembler. RISC OS Select now includes ResEdit and ResTest, which are used to develop user interfaces from Toolbox components. For BASIC developers, Joe Taylor recently released AppBasic which provides a gentle interface to Toolbox. There's also the Toolbox StrongHelp manual for quick reference. The Acorn C/C++ package includes resources to use the Toolbox in your applications.
With Toolbox, programmers can build applications out of simple, fundamental building blocks and then use an event system to react to the user's actions. This saves the programmers time because there's less code to develop and write and it also ensures all applications provide a user friendly and consistent environment across the desktop.
Toolbox feature list and installation
Toolbox download page
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