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    Peter Naulls has released another subscription package, but this time it is for those wanting to learn C.

    For 40 UKP, you get a 6 month subscription to this service.

    For more info, visit the website



    Those chaps down at Cerilica really are busy beas. First, we had the large announcement that Vantage is to be 32 bit and now this...

    Cerilica release Insignia v1.50

    Insignia version 1.50 is now available to new customers as well as being a free upgrade to existing users.

    Insignia was released at the beginning of 2002 and it is a unique graphics package that is ideal for creating web, print and presentation graphics without the need to have design experience.

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 Read full article: 'Cerilica really are busy chaps!'   

    RComp release DialUp2 8980 Reads applications
    News has reached us that RComp have radically updated their DialUp software.

    It has some really fun new features such as

    • being able to link different ISPs to different times of the day as well as being able to map no ISP to a time of day (prevents anyone going on line)
    • news and mail handling has been worked on so that POP3 email boxes can be temporarily disabled and periodic news checks made while online
    • email can now be sent as soon as it's queued
    • shortcuts introduced for easier access to your newsgroup listing and accounts.
    • improved use on home networks and as a backup for when the always on broadband connection becomes always off
    • now compliant with Select's global clipboard (this actually covers the entire of the RComp Internet Suite as well)
    • an autoredial has been added (useful for ISPs which time out like Freeserve)
    • added support for users running proxy software on networks
    • lots of new ISP configuration files added

    Obviously all of these improvements will cost and for the stonkingly huge figure of 12UKP (inc. p&p) you can have this wonderful new piece of software (provided you also return your original discs)

    Posted by bluebottle on Sunday, October 27, 2002 Read full article: 'RComp release DialUp2'   

    GPL under attack 10735 Reads gnu
    Well worth a look at....

    The GPL has come under heavy attack in the US House of Reps. It seems that Bill Gates has figured out that what the RIAA can do, he can do, so he set a few bought and paid for reps in an attempt to blast the GPL out of existance. Wired has a good story, Slashdot is buzzing, and Google News has the goods from all over the net.

    Read more


    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, October 25, 2002   

    Not being content with new hardware coming around, we are seeing software updated for the new 32 bit OS. In a very large posting from our best mates at Cerilica, the first of the new breed of 32 bit software seems to be hitting the streets at the same time as the new hardware....

    Cerilica Vantage goes 32bit

    Following recent announcements of exciting new hardware developments on RISC OS web portals such as, Cerilica can finally reveal it has been working hard on a 32bit full upgrade version of its leading design and publishing software - Cerilica Vantage. This will allow Vantage to take advantage of the extra processing power offered by the next-generation ARM-based 32 bit-only RISC processors.

    A two stage upgrade path is now being planned which will finally release key features already working in development versions and allow users an option to gain further new features. Bug fixes have also been a priority as well as fixes specifically targeted towards OS variations. Release dates will partly depend on external factors but we will post firm information about these events closer to the time.

    In the meantime, you may wish to attend the forthcoming South East show where the latest development version of Vantage will be on display and demonstrated.

    These are exciting times for the RISC OS platform. Cerilica Vantage has already been demonstrated to work on the long-awaited Microdigital Omega and we believe a choice of hardware can only be a good thing for the market. Our policy to is to cater for as many viable RISC OS platforms as possible to ensure our products have the largest potential user base.

    Cerilica Vantage is available from only 175.00ukp fully inclusive of VAT and package and postage (UK) and is supplied with an on-screen and printable PDF manual. A comprehensive printed manual (over 230 pages) is also available as an option.

    You want more from Cerilica, well, read on!

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, October 23, 2002 Read full article: 'Lots of news from those Cerilica folks'   

    In case you've not yet seen it, the Iyonix PC from Castle Technology, is planned to run RISC OS 5, yes that is a five and means with 32Bit support!

    The new PC is planned to have DDR Memory, an XScale processor and run 66Mhz PCI peripheral bus. A challenge for the Microdigital Omega offering?

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, October 18, 2002 Read full article: 'New Hardware, New OS, New Users?'   

    A Beta version of Select 2 is now available for Download. This version contains RISC OS 4.32 plus many updates of RISC OS Tools and Applications.

    Goto Select 2i1 Download Area (protected)
    Goto Select 2i1 Details (free access)

    The CD version of Select 2 is expected to be released in approximately 3 weeks, subject to the usual bug reports on this initial Beta release.

    Posted by pjwerdna on Tuesday, October 15, 2002   

    From the Select Website...
    "We will be releasing the Source Code to the Frontend of !Printers+ as a publicly accessible collaborative project via the SourceForge Web Site. "


    According the the Select website..
    "The RiscStation R7500 is now fully supported by Select. The forthcoming RISC OS 4.32 Release of Select will for the first time support all three current RISC OS platforms"
    No date for the release of 2.32 yet though.

    Posted by pjwerdna on Sunday, October 06, 2002   

    In a late change to our advertised programme of events, the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club are pleased to announce a visit from Simtec Electronics & Stuart Tyrrell Developments on Wednesday 2nd October 2002.


    The mercurial John Cartmell has emailed this to me...

    Acorn Publisher has long been considered one of the best magazines in the Acorn / RISC OS market. One of its few failings has been the lack of a complementary web-site. We're putting right that deficiency. See:

    The new Acorn Publisher website

    Note Acorn Publisher is not a magazine solely for publishers; it's a magazine for all Acorn/RISC OS users.

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, September 18, 2002 Read full article: 'It's all go go go at Acorn Publisher'   

    The next meeting of the RISC OS North West User Group will be:

    "New Perspectives"
    John Cartmell (editor, Acorn Publisher magazine)

    6:45pm for 7:15pm, Wednesday 18th September 2002

    Trafford Metrovick Rugby & Cricket Club
    Finnybank Road
    M33 6LR


    Google Toolbar for RISC OS

    I haved decided that it is time to release my first *useful* RISC OS desktop program, the Google Toolbar for RISC OS.

    The program is a copy of the Google Toolbar which has been available for Windows computers running Internet Explorer for some time, and allows you to search the web, search for images, search the Usenet archive and the web directory from your desktop.

    !Google will work with any RISC OS web browser (currently except Fresco, which I am currently investigating) without any settings needing to be changed to change browser.

    The program can be downloaded from here and a BASIC source release is also available. The current version being 0.39.

    Posted by andypoole on Friday, September 06, 2002   

    Available NOW.

    Simtec Electronics are pleased to announce immediate availablity of their USB interface for RISC OS machines. Basic cards with drivers for mice and keyboards cost £79 plus VAT and carriage from one of our development partners.


    Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club Wednesday 4th September 2002 - 7:45pm.

    This month brings another first for the RISC OS community. Mike Cook returns to visit us with a demonstration of a RISC OS computer controling a lego mindstorm robot. Most people will be familiar with the lego toys, but over recent years, they have moved forward with technology and can now have little computers on board that can be programmed by desktop machines. This talk should be quite an interesting one, don‚Äėt miss out!

    So, pencil in this event - remember, it's Wednesday 4th September, 2002.

    Doors open at 7:15 pm approx. Meetings start 7:45 prompt.

    There is ample FREE car parking at the venue, and a bar for refreshments.

    For more information please see the Club website

    The website has a map and directions showing how to reach us.


    Comment: At least thats how it appears from the latest news on the viewfinder mailing list...

    I very regularly get support questions via email from users that still subscribe and post messages to the deprecated Viewfinder mailing list.

    I'll stress once again that the Viewfinder mailing list needs to disappear,


    In Scotland? Fancy looking at the latest in RISC OS technology? Read on....

    A venue in Livingston has now been booked for Microdigital to demonstrate their Omega computer and to answer our questions, on Saturday, 7th September 2002. The following place may unfortunately not be ideal for everyone but we were booking at short notice, so apologies all round if this is the case (but please see the end of the message).

    The venue is:

    Deans Community High School
    Eastwood Park
    West Lothian
    EH54 8PS

    Tel: 01506 497090

    A better map is here

    Livingston North Railway Station is close by and this can be reached from Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket (about 10 mins walk?).

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, August 26, 2002 Read full article: 'The Omega visits bonny Scotland'   

    Microdigital have reported that they have started sending out letters to customers who have pre-ordered their Omega computer.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Saturday, August 24, 2002 Read full article: 'Omega moves a step closer!'   

    Our friends at have run a story about RISCOS Ltd's new brochure, promoting RISC OS. Available on the RISC OS Ltd website are copies of the brochure for download.

    Posted by StevePotts on Wednesday, August 21, 2002   

    Tonight's meeting of the RISC OS North West User Group will be:

    "RiscStation sound software"
    Paul F. Johnson

    6:45pm for 7:15pm, Wednesday 21st August 2002


    Minidisc 0.51 has just been released.

    For those not in the know, Minidisc is a cracking little utility which makes the desktop fun and easy to configure.

    This version includes...

    • Removes many of the icons (including hard discs) cluttering up the left of your iconbar ...
    • ... and stacks them up into a single icon.

    • 'Shortcuts' application launcher, with a WYSIWYG drag-n-drop configuration tool.

    • A dynamic, customisable toolbar that can be used as an alternate/additional application launcher. You can even move your harddiscs off of the iconbar and on to the toolbar if you want!!!!

    • Iconbar information tool, showing time, date, free memory.

    • Configure up to 16 different actions for iconbar clicks.

    • Configure up to 8 different actions for files dragged to the iconbar.

    • A detailed user guide, describing every feature in detail.

    MiniDisc is about as customisable as you'll ever want. Every feature can be enabled or disabled and changed to suit your personal requirements.

    MiniDisc is released as freeware.

    Our advice, go get a copy now!

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, August 14, 2002   

    This just in...

    Improved anti-aliasing in ArtWorks

    Normally, ArtWorks files are rendered using 16 levels of anti-aliasing. In most circumstances, in particular while editing an illustration, this is quite adequate. However, for presentation purposes and for high-quality bitmap output, it is desirable to have more accurate anti-aliasing.

    Therefore, I am proud to announce the release of the free AWSwitch utility that allows you to choose between 16, 64 and 128 levels of anti-aliasing in ArtWorks (and other applications that render ArtWorks files).

    AWSwitch sits on the icon bar and allows you to change the number of anti-aliasing levels with a single mouse click.

    Click here for further information and download AWSwitch.

    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, August 02, 2002   

    Interesting news from the Viewfinder mailing list ...

    Today, 24th July, based on the current support situation and the results of the polls running on the Windfall Engineering and Viewfinder mailing lists, the following has been decided.

    Viewfinder software updates will no longer be provided for free, but on a subscription basis, and will be 'locked' to the particular machine that the Viewfinder runs in (via the machine's ID chip) and/or to the Viewfinder itself via other codes.


    After many years now of the dominance that Uncle Bill has placed on the UK, especially since "New" Labour came to power, it finally looks like the powers that be (no doubt lead on by the goings on recently in Europe) have started to see sense.

    In a parlimentary answer Douglas Alexander (Home Office) said that they would be looking into the benefits of open source as opposed to propriatory (closed) applications (our mates at ElReg have more here)

    The interesting points for all of these are

    1. What will happen over GCHQ and the "oh look, let's entrust the security of the nation to a company who's idea of security at it's best is 'OE'"
    2. The reply given was that the best value for money would be the option of choice. Given the advances in OpenSource desktops and office products, can this be further doom and gloom for M$?
    3. More importantly, if RISC OS was to go open source, would it enable us to claw our way back in as not only being faster and more efficient than just about anything out there, it's a hell of a lot more stable and friendly to use than anything out there.


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