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Posted by Bryan Hogan on 21:10, 15/4/2014
| Acorn, Games, Music
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At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
He was a member of the BBC Micro design team, Publications Editor at Acornsoft, co-inventor of shadow RAM, co-author of book/disc Creative Sound on the BBC Micro, and designer of the Acorn Music 500 and Hybrid Music Systems.
In the guise of Hybrid Technology he was also the publisher of Archimedes Elite, and went on to develop the SNES, Sega and Gameboy versions of Elite.
Chris will be coming along to tell us about some/all of these, and other fascinating bits of Acorn history, and is happy to answer questions afterwards.
ROUGOL meetings are free to attend and held in a pub/restaurant near London Bridge station. What better way could there be to spend a bank holiday evening? http://rougol.jellybaby.net/meetings/index.html
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:50, 15/4/2014
| Shows, Press releases, RISC OS
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This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show
will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel
near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Details are still being finalised, but we can confirm that we currently expect the lineup to include:
We’re still adding names to the list, however: keep checking the website for the latest information along with details of what each of the exhibitors will have with them for you to see and buy.
The format will be similar to that of previous years and will once again include the popular Show Theatre with a range of talks covering the RISC OS market. We also expect the Raspberry Pi to feature heavily on the day. The charity stall will also be present, raising money for Wakefield Hospice once again.
More information about the event, including the location of the venue and how to get there by car or public transport, can be found on the show website at http://www.wakefieldshow.org.uk/
— the site will be updated as more information becomes available.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the event then there are still a few places available: please contact the show organisers for details. Email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
and alternative contact details are on the website.
Advertising banners in a couple of standard sizes are available on the site for anyone who wishes to help us publicise the event via their own website. Full instructions are supplied with the images. Full page adverts are also available in PDF and bitmap formats if you would like to help us spread the word.
The show organisers, WROCC
, celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2013. More information about the club can be found on their website at http://www.wrocc.org.uk/
Posted by Trevor Johnson on 00:10, 1/4/2014
| Acorn, Graphics
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RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives
may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV
will affect them.
In May 2013 Acorn v.4 for the Mac was released
(this one slipped under the radar last year
). This popular package supports alpha masking
and has been "available for all" since August 2013
We've recently been contacted by a long-time user who is "on the verge" of releasing a port of the bitmap Acorn application to the former-Acorn platform. The user says that outstanding matters are now purely administrative, and that an announcement can be made at the forthcoming Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show 2014
We are witnessing exciting times in the RISC OS marketplace, although it is not clear whether the Acorn port of Acorn will benefit from quite the same level of developer attention as another well-established vector graphics package
Some of those loose ends which are being tidied up:
- PlingStore integration (demo version)
- SDFS compatibility testing
- Filing system improvements (step 2)
- Filing system improvements (various)
So, what will you do with your Acorn?
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 13:00, 23/2/2014
| RISC OS, Shows
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This year's RISC OS SouthWest Show
is to be held next Saturday, the 1st of March, at the Webbington Hotel
near Weston-super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and the list of exhibitors is set to include:
A Raspberry Pi Jam will also be held, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
For more details on the show, visit the show's website
Posted by Bryan Hogan on 20:35, 16/10/2013
| RISC OS, Shows
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This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
There are over 20 exhibitors registered so far. These include:
- ROOL with RISC OS 5.20 running on a variety of hardware
- RComp with the ARMini and ARMiniX, plus the latest updates to their software collection
- CJE with the PandaRO and RaspberryRO, along with an extensive set of accessories
- MW Software will have the new release of Easi/TechWriter
- New this year is ImpressionX. See how far Richard Keefe has got with the mammoth task of upating the ever popular DTP package to run on modern hardware
- Thanks to a loan from the Centre for Computing History we will have on display the last ever Acorn machine, the only working Phoebe prototype.
- Aemulor will be making a welcome return to the show
- Archive and Drag n Drop have new issues for your reading pleasure
- RiscDJ and 3rd Event will be competing to see who can make the most noise :-)
As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll have robots, BigTraks, Lego laptops, and other stuff I’ve forgotten about!
There will also be a theatre programme of talks throughout the day.
Check the website for the latest info – http://www.riscoslondonshow.co.uk/
Posted by Michael Drake on 19:04, 12/10/2013
| Acorn, Games, RISC OS, Software
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The preservation project for Acorn software, JASPP, has so far been focused on preserving old games. Many of the titles concerned required 20 year old hardware and obsolete versions of RISC OS to run. Over the last year or so, the project has obtained disc images and box/manual scans for well over 100 of the games released for the Acorn platform. Most of these have been contributed by users.
While they've been archiving these old games, the project has also been working on software to enable the archived games to be played. The software they've developed includes: ADFFS, the floppy disc image loader; an updated version of QTM, the tracker music player; and various other software including on-the-fly converters to allow more games' music to be played through QTM.
Screenshots from some of the released titles.
Over the last few days JASPP has started to release games for which they have acquired distribution rights. Currently these include:
- Chuck Rock
- Fire & Ice
- Hero Quest
- Jahangir Khan World Championship Squash
- James Pond
- Magic Pockets
You can download them from the JASPP games forum
If you have any old titles the JASPP team would like to hear from you.
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 22:30, 22/9/2013
| RISC OS, RISC OS Open Ltd, Shows
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This is a quick reminder to say that RISC OS Open's free Portsmouth show is next Saturday, the 28th of September. The show takes place at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth
, between 11am and 5pm.
ROOL recently announced that the list of exhibitors will include:
For more information, be sure to check out the announcement on the ROOL website
Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:15, 30/7/2013
| Hardware, Open source, RISC OS, RISC OS Open Ltd, Shows
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RISC OS 5.20 released
First seen at the recent Midlands show, RISC OS Open Limited have now officially released RISC OS 5.20 into the world. This stable release of the operating system is available for the Iyonix, ARMini/BeagleBoard, and for the first time for RISC OS 5, RiscPC and A7000/A7000+ IOMD-based machines, including Kinetic RiscPCs. In addition, a stable version of the base hard disc image is now available as well. All users of RISC OS 5.20 are required to at least upgrade to the new version of !Boot as the 5.1x era !Boot will refuse to run on the newer OS.
There are far too many changes for me to attempt to cherry-pick the interesting ones to list here, so to find out what's changed between this release and the last I suggest you check out the change summaries that ROOL link to from their press release above.
This new release can be downloaded free of charge from the ROOL downloads page, or you can purchase physical ROMs (for IOMD machines) or installation CDs (for other machines, or for Kinetic cards with flash ROMs) from the ROOL store. And if you go down the download route, please consider donating to one of the open bounties to help reward ROOL and the RISC OS developers for all their hard work.
The Raspberry Pi and OMAP4 ports are yet to reach "stable" status, so are still only available in the form of (potentially) unstable development builds and (for Raspberry Pi) official beta releases available from the Raspberry Pi Foundation website. In particular, the latest Raspberry Pi release, RC11, has been updated to RISC OS 5.21 and so is roughly equivalent to the stable 5.20 release that's available on other platforms.
Portsmouth show in planning
Not content with just managing the OS source code, ROOL are planning to host a free RISC OS show in Portsmouth, to be held on one of the Saturdays in September (most likely the 21st or 28th). The show is to be free to both visitors and exhibitors, but in order to make it happen ROOL need to know who can turn up and when - so whether you're a visitor or an exhibitor, please get in touch with ROOL and let them know your availability.
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