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    David Pilling, the man behind SparkFS, Twain and OvationPro has released a pile of updated software for his products.

    Software updated (new version bracketed)

    • Ovation Pro (2.66)

    • CrossStar (2.11)

    • Snapper (1.06)

    • ImageMaster (1.15)

    • Freshen (1.06)

    All except Freshen & OvPro are available at

    Freshen can be found at with the OvationPro upgrade being directly available here

    Also available....

    OvationPro Script Language Reference Manual

    A manual version of the Script document on the OvPro CD. A5 sized, wire bound and costs a fiver (includes p&p)

    Epson scanner drivers

    Support is now available for the Perfection range. To obtain this, send back your original Epson TWAIN disc.

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, September 10, 2001   

    XML Tools for RISC OS 4102 Reads worldwideweb
    In an important step forward for RISC OS, Justin Fletcher has released several XML tools for our favoured platform.

    Tools released thus far are:

    • xmllint - an XML file tester
    • xsltproc - an XSLT processor
    • libxml2 sources
    • parsexml module useful for other applications
    • !RSS - a Rich Site Summaries reader application (& can therefore be used with My RISC OS as well as many other sites!)
    • Example C code using the ParseXML module

    For further details visit the temporary home of these tools

    For more details on XML see and for XSLT see

    Note: XML stands for eXtensible Markup Language and is a simple standard way to interchange structured textual data between computer programs, one of its major advantages is that it is still readable and writable by humans!

    XSLT stands for eXtensible Stylesheet Language and is designed for transforming one XML documant into another - it an also be used to transform XML into many other formats such as HTML

    RSS stands for Rich Site Summaries, RSS files are an XML document that describe the changes to a web site, saving you having to visit the site in question without missing for example new article updates.
    Posted by MyRISCOS on Saturday, September 08, 2001   

    Following the release of a Rich Site Summaries (RSS) reader for RISC OS by Justin Fletcher it has been tested with My RISC OS and works well. Thanks Justin!

    In order to use !RSS with My RISC OS, you will need to set it to fetch

    !RSS can be downloaded, however you will also need a copy of JFShared also by Justin Fletcher.

    Note: RSS are XML files that give descriptions of website changes (often news feeds) that allow you to keep up to date without having to re-visit the site. RSS are widely used with the Netscape & Mozilla browsers.
    Posted by MyRISCOS on Saturday, September 08, 2001   

    The September MAUG (Manchester Acorn User Group) meeting is on Wednesday 19th September and will include

    1. an introduction to the new OS by John Cartmell who has written the articles about RISC OS 4+ for My RISC OS, and

    2. an update to the My RISC OS portal (and its phenomenal success !) by Jeremy Coates.

    As usual the meeting will start at about 7.30pm but members will be at the Metrovick Rugby Club venue from about 6.30pm

    There are no membership fees for MAUG

    for map to venue and other details

    Note: Important update: The above meeting has a revised speaker list: Paul Middleton MD of RISC OS Ltd will be in attendance, showing off RISC OS Select (4+) himself.
    Posted by jc on Friday, September 07, 2001   

    RISC OS's entries on the ODP (Open Directory Project) have grown steadily since Easter, when I became an editor for the category.

    Earlier in the year, we overtook Apple (still languishing at 1,024!). As Autumn approaches - bringing the RISC OS 2001 Show, RUM and more surprises no doubt - I'd like to see users of MyRISC OS collaborate in checking to see whether their favourite RISC OS sites are listed, and if not, submitting them for inclusion.

    The site is so set up as to allow multiple submissions if, for example, you have individual pages for separate pieces of software.

    What difference will it make to your sites? After a couple of weeks, you can expect your hits to have risen. In some cases, to have gone through the roof. Sites such as AOL use content as the basis of their "search" engine.

    So - get submitting, and I promise to have them on the site within a week.

    Posted by harmsy on Friday, September 07, 2001   

    The deadline for codecraft #3 has ended.

    Now it is up to you to vote the best entries!

    See for details.

    30th September 2001 is the closing date for voting!

    Note: Codecraft #3 is a RISC OS minimal coding competition split into 3 categories: 1k Game & Demo, 2k Tool & 4k Game & Demo
    Posted by march on Thursday, September 06, 2001   

    FAQ help required 3340 Reads collaboration
    My RISC OS needs to develop to serve a wide range of RISC OS users, with that in mind, your help is needed to start writing a RISC OS Frequently Asked Questions list for users new to, or considering a move to, RISC OS.

    There is a new forum section started for this called 'RISC OS Newbies FAQ' so if you have ideas for the FAQ or questions/answers to post then head on over and contribute. In time, I would envisage the forum forming the core of the FAQ.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Monday, September 03, 2001   

    This month at WACG it is the return of Mike Cook.

    Mike is going to give us his views on how it all began, how Micro User
    originally got off the ground, including the readers‘ letters, and how the
    amateur micro computing movement grew, and then withered. Finally he will
    give a look into the future — as he sees it.


    Nettle, which aims to be the definitive telnet client for RISC OS, is now available. In addition to all the usual telnet facilities, Nettle provides an "ANSI Task" mode, opening the possibilites for a plethora of new programs to be run on RISC OS.

    Nettle can be found at

    To complement the release of Nettle, Lynx is now available for RISC OS. Lynx is a popular Unix text-only webbrowser. In addition to Lynx, also now available (to name a few) are BitchX, ncftp2 and nano, other popular Unix ports.

    Lynx and friends are available from:

    Share and Enjoy.


    We've just learned that Lynx has been updated to fix a problem and improve the overall performance of the browser. Well done!

    Get the update now!

    Posted by MrChocks on Sunday, September 02, 2001   

    I'm about to redesign our website and was just wondering what screenresolution and bitdepth people use when browsing. I have found some global statistics, but they do of course not have to be representative of the RISC OS scene.

    I would be most grateful if people could mail me at with their screenresolution and bitdepth settings whilst browsing. No need to greet me in the mail or anything, just the data will be fine.

    If I get enough replies to make me feel that they are representative of the RISC OS community then I'll also post back the results here and on csa.announce where I also made this request.


    Posted by pervect on Sunday, September 02, 2001   

    Need a PRM 5? 5653 Reads miscellaneous
    CJE Micros have managed to find a small number of PRM 5 manuals, so if you want one, you'll need to be quick

    These are NOT the PRM 5a manuals (the major difference being 5a had the internet stuff in it), but it is none-the-less a good investment.

    Price : 20UKP (+5UKP P&P)

    Posted by bluebottle on Saturday, September 01, 2001   

    Clearance Sale 3573 Reads announcements
    Simtec Electronics have a September Clearance Sale with lots of products for the older RISC OS machines.

    Items include processor and memory upgrades, hard drives and interfaces, floppies and RISC OS 3. Everything on offer in the sale is under £100!

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, August 31, 2001   

    For all cubicle dwellers...

    Scott Adams has partnered with IDEO to create the ultimate cubicle. The "kit of parts" allows employees to customize their workspaces according to their needs.

    [I keep posting things you might find interesting, but am I right? Add a comment to tell me what you think - pjwerdna]

    Posted by pjwerdna on Thursday, August 30, 2001   

    Cnet Reported : The new handhelds will be part of HP's Jornada 560 series.

    Hewlett-Packard will soon announce two handheld computers that run Microsoft's upcoming "Merlin" operating system (Pocket PC 2002 possibly)

    Both devices will use Intel's StrongARM SA-1110 processor and will have active-matrix screens that can display 16-bit color.

    See their article for more info

    The article also suggests that Pocket PC 2002 (if that's it's name) will eventually run on XScale

    Posted by pjwerdna on Wednesday, August 29, 2001   

    Changing the Filer is likely to produce most praise - and complaint. the Filer is our means of handling the 'objects' in the computer and its use can be compared with driving a car; swapping 'break' and 'clutch' pedals may arguable be more ergonomically efficient but it's likely to cause one or two complaints from survivors.

    Unsurprisingly RISCOS Ltd have chosen to improve the Filer in little ways.


    CodeWeavers announced yesterday, their 'CrossOver Plugin' for Linux which enables the display of MS Windows Browser plugins and Office Files in Linux.

    Their Press Release shows that QuickTime, Shockwave Director, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files can be opened by Linux browsers or email clients.

    Future versions are expected to support virtually all Windows plugins and file viewers.

    I want this for RISC OS!

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, August 28, 2001   

    RISCOS Ltd have released more information on Select, a newer version of !Printers (1.64a - with a cryptic message saying the fully featured version is on Select - does this mean those who don't want Select have to put up with a crippled version?)and more info for programmers about Select.

    With more and more info being released on Select, the list is now looking good, except for a few points - it's still a large number of bug fixes and doesn't provide any sign of where it is leading to! Without the knowledge of where we will get with Select, combined with the current feeling of developers towards ROS Ltd, it will remain to be seen if it will do much to stimulate large scale developments.

    Brilliant - except for one thing, the website is hideously broken (the front page links lead to nowhere!) so it may take a while to find what you're looking for.

    (This was written at 17:20 [27/8/01] - it may have changed)

    In related noises, support for 3.7 is no more. No real suprise there as ROS Ltd don't have access to the sources for 3.7!

    While this is good in two ways (forcing people to get up to date OS and machines, removal of legacy) it is also bad (people don't want to upgrade or rely on legacy). With companies long since left the platform for updating the legacy code, this seems self defeating....

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, August 27, 2001   

    RISC OS 2001 Show 4459 Reads announcements
    The press release is now out and you can get advanced tickets, info on how to get to the show and all other fun things from the website

    There is plently of public transport and the venue is a lot easier to get to that previous years (it's now at the Blue Mountain Golf and Conference centre, Binfield, Berks instead of being squished as it was for the last two shows!)

    • Advanced prices : √ā¬£4

    • On the door : √ā¬£5

    • Kids under 12 free with adult.

    If you don't fancy buying over the net, you can buy by post.

    Send a cheque (payable to The ARM Club) to

    RISC OS 2001 Advanced Sales

    45 Hillview Close



    CR8 1AU

    A full list of exhibitors can be found here and it does look impressive!

    News Flash!

    Tickets are now available to be bought online. Get 'em while their fresh!

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, August 27, 2001   

    eQ do it again! 4543 Reads applications
    eQ R&D ( have launched a new version of both their MPEG video player (!Kino) and StupidPlayer (MP3).

    StupidPlayer (unfortunate name!) is a very good MP3 player. While it does not have the advantages of AMPlayer, it does one thing that AMPlayer doesn't - allow decent sound and bitrate audio on the likes of the RiscStation 7500.

    Kino is (currently) the only MPEG video player for RISC OS which allows sound to be played as well. It does a bang up job as well!

    To use the software, you must download the 32 bit libraries from the RISCOS Ltd website.

    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, August 24, 2001 Read full article: 'eQ do it again!'   

    Well, RComp have done it again.

    Not content with producing the most frequently updated web browser around for 30 quid (as well as their other internet solutions software), they're now making WXL even better value for money by bundling with it plug ins for PDF, Flash and a few others - for the same price!

    What makes this even better value is the fact that RComp also send out the software updates pretty frequently and for free.

    Though WXL does have it's detractors, it is certainly one of the most up to date and powerful RISC OS browsers around.

    For more information, contact RComp.


    A week old! 3919 Reads history
    Well My RISC OS is now just over a week old!

    The stats are quite amazing and just a little more than was expected ;-)

    Thanks to you all and I hope that things continue to be this encouraging.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, August 24, 2001   

    Does anyone know if there is a RISC OS utility which can record the desktop screens in realtime and save as a sprite file (with multiple frames) or as an animated gif or Replay file etc.

    I would like to be able to record activity in the desktop and then replay as a movie or animation. I would need this to include mouse movement / pointer too.

    If there is no such utility, does anyone fancy writing one?

    Posted by StevePotts on Thursday, August 23, 2001   

    The Kernel has already been changed for the first Select CD but these changes will continue in future issues of the OS.

    The Kernel will be leaner with components split from the Kernel. these (now externel) components will be easier to maintain as they can be modified and tested without a complete ROM build.


    The Register Reports : Intel eases XScale into Symbian phones.

    "Intel is to provide hardware kits to help Symbian licencees produce 2.5G and 3G phones using the former's XScale processor. "

    The XScale ships in September according to the article

    Posted by pjwerdna on Wednesday, August 22, 2001   

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