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By Ian Chamberlain. Published: 23rd Oct 2003, 23:57:19 | Permalink | Printable

Image processing, font management, education and more

round up motifPhotodesk-tutorial-man Chris Terran has informed us of an update to Widget5, an image processing application. Apparently it's the only piece of RISC OS software that can work with 16-bit pixel greyscale images. Chris went on to say that "it is of particular interest to anyone who wants to process astronomical images, or has access to a digicam that can do more than 8 bits per colour component". So, if that sound useful visit Andrew Sellors' web-site to get a 26/32bit neutral version.

Well, as if APDL's EasyFont Pro wasn't enough, Iyonix users can now enjoy a second font management system. Font Directory Pro was described by RISC User as "the gold standard by which all font managers must be judged". So it seems APDL cannot rest on their laurels for long. We'll bring you more information just as soon as we have it.

RISC OS developer 7th software has launched a brand new web-site which includes a small collection of public domain software, all available as downloads. Apparently 7th Software were involved with the development of the IYONIX pc, so naturally all of their software is compatible with the platform.

Stuart Tyrell Developments has been in touch to tell us of their updated SNMP Client. !MWAP allows users to configure STD's Wireless Access Points. We were told that "the upgrade takes account some of the new developments to support further classes of devices, and allows for simple downloadable upgrades in the future". Existing users of STD's wireless networking solutions are advised to register for the upgrade by filling in a simple form. Other users interested in the technology should visit their main web-site.

Teaching your child to tell the time is an experience that you can now share with your RISC OS computer. APDL have re-released Topologika's Talking Clocks, apparently from "a line of award-winning educational products". In line with APDL's new general direction, IYONIX compatability is promised in the next few months.

Also new on the education block is ScreenTurtle 3. APDL state that this is "a complete desktop implementation of the popular turtle graphics language". Users who are interested in either of these products should email APDL sales.

In other news. Harriet Bazley has announced a major upgrade to the Textseek program - a fast tool for searching text. The same author has also been busy with SideDiff, a WIMP front end to the GNU 'diff' program. Nick Robert's excellent BookMaker - a program for storing addresses such as URLs - has reached version 2 and introduces features such as support for the Oregano2 favourites file and Justin Fletcher's NettleSSH. And Linux users can benefit from Thomas Leonard's latest work on ROX, a filer for X-Windows that tries to mimic the style of RISC OS.

And lastly, Messenger Pro users can have a say in the development of the forthcoming 3rd version. You can make feature suggestions on Adam Richardson's recently introduced web-site.


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FThe news that ont Directory Pro has been made RO5 compatible is great news - and at a fraction of the original price! I'm happy!!!


 is a RISC OS UserNeilWB on 24/10/03 6:10AM
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Editor review: Your comment has been removed. Comments are not to be used to advertise products.

 is a RISC OS Userlooksystems on 31/10/03 3:22PM
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Font Directory has now been released!

I've submitted a news item with all the details as the editor (correctly) informs me that I cannot use comments to advertise products and services. So, watch this space. :)

 is a RISC OS Userlooksystems on 2/11/03 11:10AM
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We know. You keep telling us. On pretty much every RISC OS forum there is.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 2/11/03 1:14PM
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Great! I'm glad someone is listening.... ;-)

As you probably know, I've been away from the RISC OS scene for a little while and I'm not so sure who reads what, when or where. So please forgive me if I seem to have bombarded those that are subscribed to more than one mailing list, etc.

As far as I am aware, news of the FD release is only on *one* website (www.myriscos.com) - other than that I have put messages on csa.apps & misc. And Stefan Bellon has mentioned it on the ovation pro and iyonix mailing lists. Presumably relevant to the list subscribers, no?

I've been told that drobe is one of the more popular RISC OS websites, so I thought it would be a good idea to send a news item to you too.... I didn't get a response, or even an auto reply, so I wasn't sure if anyone was listening.

I have tried to only post to *relevant* places... if you don't think drobe visitors are interested then I'll quite happily shut up and go away. :wink:

 is a RISC OS Userlooksystems on 2/11/03 3:33PM
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I'm _not_ listening. That's the point. Plastering ads for your product over ever forum imaginable is going to make it far less likely that I even look at your product.

Posting full product announcements in article comments just isn't acceptable. The program was mentioned in the article above - we've given it precisely the coverage we think due.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 2/11/03 5:04PM
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Hey Peter, it's not that serious, honest! :)

Firstly, I hardly think that posting to four *relevant* forums is "plastering" over every forum imaginable.

Secondly, I *agree* adverts are annoying - but I thought I was posting some genuine news i.e. details of the new release, not just "hey buy our stuff". But, that's what editors are for, and I respect your decision as to what is advertising and what's content. After all, it's your site, you do what it what you will. I'm certainly *not* telling you what to do. Please throw my postings in the bin if you want. ;)

Thirdly, please look *carefully* at my first comment above - you will realise that I *agree* with the decision to take my post down. As a noobie, I did not know there was such a policy. All I was saying was "it been released" and I'm sure that drobe will "keep you informed" as it says in the article.

Now I'll shut up and go away. :wink:

 is a RISC OS Userlooksystems on 2/11/03 5:38PM
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looksystems: Incidentally, you would've reached far more people with an announcement to comp.sys.acorn.announce, than one to apps and misc. Too late now though.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 2/11/03 6:08PM
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That's another mistake I won't make in a hurry. ;)

(For those wondering what "Too late now" means: you can post an announcement to either csa.announce or another csa group - but not both. It's a fair rule, as it stops too much noise. But I didn't know about it at the time).

At least the csa.moderator was nice about it.

 is a RISC OS Userlooksystems on 2/11/03 6:17PM
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Hello Adrian,

It's drobe.co.uk policy to collect freeware news into round up articles like the one above*. When we've collected enough, usually Ian.C weighs everything up and writes an article. So you just have to be a little patient ;)

(* exceptions include commercial software and hardware drivers, which usually get their own articles. We can change our minds.)

Chris. Editor. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/11/03 6:57PM
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looksystems: Incidentally, that rule hasn't been widely enforced until relatively recently.

But anecdotal evidence suggests that misc has a greater readership than apps and hardware put together (many people seem to love the off topic stuff...), so you've probably not lost out too much.

dgs (getting slightly off topic himself)

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 2/11/03 7:19PM
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