Software newsBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 18th Nov 2003, 02:03:39 | Permalink | Printable
Curling, website editing, Desk and many moreIt seems like quite a while since we delved into the plethora of news updates, so here are some highlights.
Web-site maintainers on older computers will be pleased to hear of Soft Rock Software's news. "From the 1st of December 2003 the 26bit version of WebChange for RISC OS will be available to download from the Rock Software and WebChange website absolutely free of charge," said Vince Hudd in his announcement. WebChange is a useful tool for updating web-sites where a repetitive task, like changing a particular word on several pages, would normally consume lots of time. For more details visit the WebChange site.
James Bursa has made a new RISC OS port of cURL, a command line tool for transferring files over a number of different protocols, including ftp, gopher and http. To make it easy to use, James has also developed a simple WIMP front-end.
Philip Ludlam dropped us a line to say that he's the new maintainer of Desk, a programmers library, and to say there's a new 32-bit compatibility release. This is available on his own web-site rather than the usual site hosted at Iconbar.
Philip also told us about a new library called Jlib which he's now looking after. Originally by Julian Smith, the library has been released under the LGPL licence and is also at Philip's site.
This Drobe journo can't remember the last time he had a virus on any of his RISC OS machines, but Paul Vigay is making sure we're all safe with an IYONIX compatible release of the well-known VZap utility. The good news is that it's free if you're a registered Disc Commander user and dirt cheap even if you're not. You can even order it online.
SpamStamp, a handy little app which captures unsolicited email, now has a proper icon in the latest release from Jan-Jaap van der Geer. According to Jan "it is now possible to see the words SpamStamp has used to make its decision on whether an email is spam or not".
New on the block, and in competition with SpamStamp, is Bogofilter from Stefan Bellon. "Bogofilter is a Bayesian spam filter. It inspects email messages, does a statistical check against lists of 'good' and 'bad' words and inserts appropriate headers into the emails that indicate whether or not the message is spam so that you can filter on them" - now where have we heard that before? It's available for download from the port section of Stefan's web-site.
It's still not 'IYONIX OK', but APDL has issued a free update for their DrawWorks Select program. Go get it. As for it's younger sister: Last time we mentioned it, a few people struggled to download the free DrawWorks S.E. (a cut-down version of DW Select which is Iyonix compatible). APDL has kindly informed us that the link now works from their free-apps page.
And if you're still desperate for your APDL 32bit-happy fix, then go and grab your free update to Mr Clippy, a clip-art organiser. You can also purchase a brand new copy on CD, along with a printed manual, from their web-site.
In other news: If you're a user of the handy desktop enhancer, Minidisc, you can subscribe to a newly opened support and discussion mailing-list. Details on the MiniDisc web-site. Harriet Bazley has updated all three of TextSeek, FireToImp and SideDiff to fix some bugs that she has found.
And lastly. To follow on from our report that there is a new version of Font Directory Professional for all users, including users of the IYONIX pc, we've heard from Adian Look who has told about his new web-site where it can be purchased online. There's a reduced price for existing users, and for those who've never used it before, there is a rather attractive new price which is cosiderably less than the original 65 quid!
Over and out.
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