Software NewsBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 23rd Oct 2003, 23:57:19 | Permalink | Printable
Image processing, font management, education and morePhotodesk-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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