Software newsBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 14th Oct 2003, 23:34:05 | Permalink | Printable
NFS, O2 skin, Viewfinder, Artworks 2.09, games and lots moreIt's all fun and games for RISC OS users at the moment. Soon after we reported APDL's news about 32bit upgrades, we soon heard of even more news.
Some games never die. A new 32bit release of Desktop Repton will comprise "the original Repton, Repton 2, Repton 3, Around the World in 40 Screens, Life of Repton and Repton Thru Time".
And StarFighter 3000 will also live on. The new version, which has been tested on the Iyonix, comes on a compilation disk along with other classics; Air Supremacy, Elite and Sunburst - we'll be bringing you a full review of the updated SF3000 shortly.
Because of the cancellation of the Midlands RISC OS show, APDL will have both of these newly polished titles ready for this Saturday's South East RISC OS show.
Continuing on our gaming theme, Neil White has announced a brand new game, Damatrix, which is a simple, but difficult, collect the dots affair. You can see all his games on his website.
In other news, KinoAMP, an MPEG movie player, has been updated again, introducing new features such as playlists and the ability to flick between desktop and full-screen playback. Version 0.28 is available from Peter Everett's web-site along with Shine, a ported MP3 encoder.
Users of ArtWorks 2 are encouraged to download yet another of MW Software's updates, which implements more useful features for the budding artist. Document stationery, new configuration options and improved text selection are among the new features. Martin Wuerthner, as usual, has sent emails to all existing AW2 users with details on how to upgrade. Drobe also looks forward to the weekend's RISC OS show because of the promised official release of Artworks 2.1.
A new program aimed at owners of the latest Viewfinder cards is !VFMagnify, described as "a simple but very quick 'magnifier' type application for Radeon based Viewfinders. It allows display, in a separate window, of any part of a 32K or 16M colour desktop, scaled up by a factor of 1 through 8. The window is updated in real-time by using Radeon's overlay facilities." Download free from Windfall Engineering's web-site.
Users of the Oregano 2 web browser can have a free facelift with a new 'skin' from Sendu Bala. Known as Lanai, this latest icon-set gives Castle's browser a Mac OS inspired theme as well as adding one or two extra features such as a new easy way of accessing bookmarks.
UNIX ports are here to stay as lots of people join in with the fun, including Stefan Bellon who's keeping the RISC OS port of GnuPG, an encryption program similar to PGP, in line with the latest developments.
Armed with an Iyonix, software developer Jamie Temple continues hacking away at MiniDisc, a handy desktop management tool for RISC OS.
And lastly, Alex Waugh has written to Drobe about his new networking program, SunFish. This NFS client, which allows RISC OS to access files on other computers, apparently has flexible configuration options and is provided with full source code. Alex's web-site.
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