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New edition of Archive lands on my doorstep...

Posted by Mark Stephens on 19:28, 17/4/2018 | ,
 


It has been a while, but the latest edition of Archive magazine (Vol 24 No4), is now available. It is 55 pages of news, reviews and articles. It was also nice to see some new and returning names amongst the contributors.

The 7 page news section is presumably still wet, with full preview details for the Wakefield Show. Jim Nagel has been clearly sleuthing for new stories and has updates from all the usual RISC OS companies and beyond. Great to hear Elesar are hoping to resurrect Prophet next.

There have been a couple of shows since the last edition of Archive, so you will also find Show reviews for London Show, Recursion Show, South-West Show, and a sneak preview for Wakefield. Now you know what you missed...

There is also a review of Chris Hall's !FamTree and and update on Aemulor, charting releases, development and history.

What really makes Archive is the user articles. Chris Hall continues in his quest for the ultimate GPS system using RISC OS, Gerald Fitton covering transferring emails between RISC OS and Windows. There is a Mac related column (which also covers VNC and Cloud software), a PC column (including updates on Windows 10) and Gavin Wraith experiments with StrongED modefiles. David Brown shows us how to use SchemeED (which can create schematic diagrams of electronic circuits on RISC OS) and Bimal Jangra shares what DARC Technology Club learned about Forensic science.

Lastly, you will find some hints and tips on RISC OS related apps - advice on Photodesk and DPScan in this edition.

It may no longer be a monthly event, but Archive remains an excellent read and Jim Nagel is an 'old school journalist' (do you remember Computer Shopper columns?) who always delivers the highest quality copy.

Archive website
 
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Wakefield 2018 Show Preview

Posted by Mark Stephens on 08:05, 13/4/2018 |
 


The Wakefield Show 2018 takes place on saturday at its regular venue (The Cedar Copurt Hotel). The hotel is by the motorway (with a big car park) and Wakefield is very central for public transport. There is no 'show bus', but the Show website has lots of details on travel and accommodation.

All the regular exhibitors will be there and the list includes:-
  • AMCOG Games
  • Orpheus Internet
  • Archive Magazine
  • R-CompInfo / R- Comp Interactive
  • Charity Stall
  • Retro Hardware
  • Chris Hall
  • RISCOS Open
  • CJEInfo Microís and 4D
  • RISCOSBits
  • Daniel Jameson
  • Rob Coleman
  • Drag ní Drop
  • Sine Nomine
  • Flax Cottage Educational Archive
  • Soft Rock Software
  • Impression X (Richard Keefe)
  • Steve Fryatt
  • MUG - Midland User Group
  • Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club
  • MW Software
  • Xaviers Arcs
  • North One Communications (Organizer)
Some of them will be updating us on developments in the theatre talks.

There should be lots to catch-up and buy on the day.

Remember to drop by ROOL to find out about developments with RISC OS 5.24, the DDE update, compatibility on the new RaspberryPi and the Bounties.

Show website
 
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DDE tools update released

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:21, 6/4/2018 |
 
ROOL has released a new update for their toolset, DDE28b. As the name suggests, this is not a major update but incremental tweaks and bug fixes to the tools. Reading through the Changelogs, changes are in !CC, !DDT, !ObjAsm and !ResTest and ddt module has also been updated.

This is now the default version for new customers. Existing customers have been sent a zip with the changes to copy over the existing release.

In their email to users, ROOL also mention additional bounties for further support for ARM processors.

Tools are critical to the survival of any platform so good to see ongoing improvements on DDE.
 
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March News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 10:23, 30/3/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?

A new game idea was floated on Stardot forums. We interviewed the author.

R-CompInfo update Quake to work with RapsberryPi 3

New RaspberryPi for Pi Day announced on RasbpberryPi blog.

RISC OS Blog has a great article on Running a web server with WebJames

RISCOSitory opened the voting for 2017 RISC OS awards.

DDE28b update sent out to users.
 
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Drag'n'drop winter 2018 edition reviewed

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:53, 23/3/2018 | ,
 


The latest edition of Drag'n'drop is now available online to purchase. If you are not familiar with the magazine, it is a nice mix of news, tutorials, reviews and type in apps, utilities and games (you can buy the listings to avoid the typing). It reminds me very much of the 1990s style Acorn magazines. There are also adverts for shows and equipment.

The magazine if provided as a PDF file, which also has the advantage that news and other items can contain links. It can be read on any machine or printed out.

This edition includes a wide selection of reviews covering the updated BBC BASIC Reference Manual, the new Protector game, a wireless keyboard and mouse, and a nifty little magic wand scanner.

There are 3 type-in games (Cake Hog, Buggies and Pebbles), complete with nice explanations of how the code works.

A nifty little SetTyper application completes the programming section.

So, something for everyone and a great selection of material to keen you engaged and entertained.

Website
 
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RISC OS interview with Tim H-Smith

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:28, 16/3/2018 | ,
 
There was recently a very interesting discussion about writing a new RISC OS game on Stardot. Our intrepid reporters have tracked down the prospective author to find out more....

Would you like to introduce yourself?
Hi, Iím Square Mezzmer! Otherwise Iím Tim H-Smith - an Interactive Designer/Developer from near London. Pleased to be interviewed here.

How long have you been using RISC OS?
Since I was bought an A3010 on my 14th birthday! I began creating prototypes in BASIC and pixel-art with !Paint for game graphics.

What other systems do you use?
I absconded to Windows PC in 1999/2000. In some ways that was a shame. Also, I love Nintendo, even though Iím too old for it!

What is your current RISC OS setup?
RISC PC 600 with StrongARM. Currently a big desk helps me run the Windows 10 PC at the same time.

What do you think of the retro scene?
Wonderful. So much, Iím recoding a game - Hero: The Realm for Acorn 32-bit/Raspberry Pi.
Hero: The Realm is a hack n slash adventure game I developed for Windows in 2012. It features intriguing puzzles and many levels with original pixel art graphics and my own created sound FX & music. Sadly I had to halt development half-way due to financial/life issues. However this game will be available for all 32-bit Acorn machines. Now a software developer is "on board" (an incredible ARM graphics programmer) Hero: The Realm will be able to run far more "optimised".

Do you attend any of the shows and what do you think of them?
Attending a ROUGOL next week, where I am the main speaker. It will have a Games flavour.

What do you use RISC OS for in 2018 and what do you like most about it?
For the pure feel. I love having a ROM set as an RISC OS (3.70) and will not switch to RISC OS OPEN. Yet.

What are your interests beyond RISC OS?
Game Design Ė Defined as Design in Games, not just graphics or sound, a nice Design integration is what most games need presently. Itís a very interesting subject.

If someone hired you for a month to develop RISC OS software, what would you create?
Iím not hired, but there is a possible Kickstarter for Hero: The Realm where everyone can order a physical copy of Hero: The Realm. Itís all in the works.

What would you most like Father Christmas to bring you as a present?
I have a list somewhere, from 6 years old (1986). Oh wait, my father /did/ bring me an Electron! *poof*

Rougol website for games evening
 
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55 BBC Micro Books on CD

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:53, 9/3/2018 | ,
 

If you are looking to experiment with BBC BASIC (or a bit of nostalgia), you should take a look at the 55 BBC Micro Books CD from Drag'N'Drop.

The disk consists of a wide range of BBC BASIC material, republished. The books themselves are included in multiple formats (PDF, HTML, Impression and EasiWriter) with the BASIC supplied as separate listings.

Many of the listings are quite short and targeted at the capabilities of the BBC range, but there is a lot of material here to explore, nicely presented. There is a wide range of programs and guides, with lots of games.




There are plenty of places to get lost, old friends to rediscover and new ones to find in this compilation of material.

The CD costs 12 pounds from Drag'N'Drop website
 
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February News Round-up

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:01, 28/2/2018 |
 
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?

Sprow gives us a new version of Manic Miner for modern RISC OS machines.

AMCS update available

R-CompInfo release NetFetch 5.02 via !Store.

!FamTree now available on !Store

South-West Show took place. Read our report.

ADFFS 2.64 released with new games added.
 
New edition of Drag'N'Drop released
 
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The South-West Show Report 2018

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The South-West Show 2018 in pictures

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Returning to ImpressionX

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New RISC OS !FamTree application reviewed

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January News Round-up

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NetFetch reaches Version 5

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