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!OBrowse reviewed

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:52, 17/11/2017 |
 
!OBrowse was originally released as a 'freebie/thank-you' to anyone who had put money into RISC OS developments. It has been updated for the London Show and was also available for sale at 40 pounds (providing a simple way for people who wanted to contribute smaller amounts to the project).
 
!OBrowse is a front-end for the !Otter port for RISC OS. As R-CompInfo were very keen to stress, !Otter is not their project and is a free release which no-one has to pay for. What they have written is some code which allows you to run the software in a much more RISC OS friendly way. They are offering their front end as a way to finance their plans (which will also be available as free software to anyone). They have already made an impact by funding one of the ROOL bounties to bring RISC OS networking support up to date.
 
!OBrowse is not tied to any release of !Otter and does not 'add' any additional functionality. What it does do is make !Otter into a much more compliant and better behaved RISC OS application. It has a proper iconbar entry, can be run to open HTML files or a URL. It can take over all the protocols which use a browser, supports global clipboard, drag and drop, etc It does this role very well and you get a polished RISC OS application which works as you would expect and plays nicely with the rest of the system.
 

 
If you are an investor or want to support RISCOS Developments, it is a very nice to have application installed and a no brainer. If you just want to experiment with accessing the internet under RISC OS, !Otter will run perfectly well on your machine without it.
 
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DDE reaches release 28 and above

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:25, 10/11/2017 | ,
 
At the London Show, ROOL released DDE 28. DDE is a key development tool for RISC OS so it very important to see regular new releases for it.
 
The software was sent out to show purchasers as a time-limited link to download (I got my copy on sunday morning after the show!). You can now get it via the ROOL store.
 
The change logs record changes to 13 tools in the software specific to the DDE software and the readme lists changes to other software (like !srcEdit). Most of the changes are minor. For example, !AMU is now 5.32 - up from 5.31 in DDE27) and now correctly reads a timestamp). Some items have not changed in this release (for example !ABC).
 
There have been some major changes in the Compiler, which actually introduced a bug in compilation. This was quickly fixed with a patch release from ROOL, containing just the changed files. So you will need both to patch your existing version - hopefully ROOL have updated the original DDE28 build for new downloads.
 
This is quite a technical release and there is a good and detailed discussion of the technical changes on the ROOL forums. There is also an interesting discussion on the bug introduced. It is good to see the software is being evaluated and used by developers and full credit to ROOL for the quick fix.
 
The package also comes with a full collection of documentation in PDF format and this has all been updated to latest versions.
 
If you are a non-technical user, this release essentially continues to improve the software and ensure it supports the ARM platforms as well as possible. If you are looking to get into programming, it is also a fully featured collection of all the tools and documentation you need with lots of examples to get you started (and a great way to support ROOL).
 
ROOL store
 
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Elesar quicks dispels stormy clouds

Posted by Mark Stephens on 07:08, 3/11/2017 |
 
My RISC OS machines could no longer access PCloud storage (which I use for sharing and backup) last week. This is one of the 'fun' parts of SaaS and cloud applications where things will just change or stop working.
 
As I was attending the RISC OS show, I waited to speak to Elesar's coding supremo there. It turns out that PCloud had quietly changed the way you access your cloud storage, which needed some changes in !CloudFS. Rob has already released the update (0.29 on 24th October) and you can install this by just re-running the Installer (which automatically downloads the latest version).
 
Problem solved - if only every problem in life was so simple to solve...
 
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RISC OS London Show 2017

Posted by Mark Stephens on 17:19, 28/10/2017 |
 
The 2017 London show took place at its regular venue on Saturday 28th October (St Giles Hotel - Feltham, London). It was a warm and sunny autumn day (always a good start). I arrived by car along the M25 and the only queue I had was the one for show tickets at the very start of the event.
 
The show was run as usual by ROUGOL and their army of helpers who did an excellent job of making everything work to time faultlessly.
 
There is a separate report for there talks and a Show in pictures article linked at the bottom. In this report we will focus on the stands and the actual event.
 
The event was using more rooms this year and felt busier (certainly in the morning). There were lots of busy stands with new releases and much to see. I have tried to capture this in our photo report. So here are some of my personal highlights.
 
My first stop was mw-software to get the new !Artworks release (better support for new machines and some nice new tools). It was great to see Martin (dressed with bow tie as usual) back at the shows.
 
The new release of !Organiser makes good use of the big screens and Nigel was asking for more ideas for future releases.
 
ROOL had the new DDE and a chunky basic manual alongside some cool demos. Rob Sprowson was also there so I was able to ask him about changes in Pcloud (Rob already has a fix which is installed by rerunning the installer).
 
Lots of nostalgia with BBC tv from yesteryear with the BBC Preservation Project....
 
Amcog games stand provided a chance to try their full range of games and to learn more about their sound module.
 
Richard Keefe showed off the new jpeg import and scaling in !Impression. He is continuing to both 32 bot and enhance the software. He uses it on his Titanium.
 
Chris Hall continues to refine his GPS solution. This is now becoming very sophisticated with the ability to call home, put itself in standby. I look forward to seeing what chris’s next project is.
 
My overall view was that it was a very upbeat and positive show and we will be very busy reviewing the new releases for you on iconbar over the next few months.
 


 
Pictures
 
My notes from the talks
 
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RISC OS London Show 2017 - Notes from the talks

Posted by Mark Stephens on 17:03, 28/10/2017 |
 
BBC Media Preservation
 
The BBC had a special projects department to create games and graphics using Acorn kit for their shows. This became a external company called ROUND ONE. Preserving and restoring these machines and their software is the aim of the project. Machines needed some work to clean and restore and recover the software.
 
We saw several videos where BBC or RISC OS machines were used to provide graphics for shows such as Maggot Moments. The machines were also used on national lottery. Final home for collection will be Centre for Computing history in Cambridge.
 
CJEInfo Micros
Chris started by updating us on news that Adrian Lees should have aemulor with pi3 and zpp support available very soon. There will be different versions for different machines. Adrian was actually at the show.
 
Chris recapped on recent developments already showcased (PhotoDesk 3.14, serial mice for older systems, pressure-sensitive graphics tablet for modern machines)
 
New launches since Wakefield are raspberryRO lite (based on pi desktop) and micro adapter for mice.
 
Chris commented that he was amazed to see some stuff on eBay going for more than on CJEmicros website.
 
At London show Chris mentioned version 2 of PiTop (with larger keyboard, full HDMI screen and redesign) . Getting technical documentation from PiTop has been ‘challenging’. New version is still being evaluated as some issues - like only available in green and US keyboard.
 
Recap on cjemicros range of desktop machines and different benefits.
 
Martin Wuerthner
Official release of Artworks 2.X3 with support to Titanium at show. There is also a new shape builder and eraser tool. Martin showed how easy it makes drawing shapes. He used it to take a bite from the iconic artworks apple. It can also be use to clip bitmap images. Background is transparent so you can put clipped image on different background.
 
R-Comp
Headline release is NetFetch 5 with support for SSL and spf. There are lots of enhancements for authentication handling with office365 and other providers.
 
There is a brand new version of the game Doom for new hardware with new music.
 
DualHead makes use of hardware support in Titanium for multi-monitor display. Latest release gives 2560x1440 on a single monitor. It can go higher on the right monitor.
 
OBrowser front end for Otter port provides a nice RISC OS front end. It is free to people who have invested in RISCOS Developments and as a way to raise money from others.
 
RISC OS Developments
Richard reprised his Wakefield talk and brought the story up to date. Lots of groundwork has been done. The front end for the existing Otter browser is a way to contribute. ROOL and development community are in the loop on plans.
 
RISC OS Open Ltd
Next release will be 5.24, with I new feature due and 4 known bugs to fix. Aiming to have a stable badge for different ports in future.
 
Bounty updates - EDID enhancements completed March, paint underway, usb 99% done.
 
Still open bounties, especially on networking, clipboard support and filing system updates, improvements to build tools, usb stack.
 
There is a general bounty which pays for behind the scenes.
 
RISC OS user guide is being updated. 56 of 62 chapters now done.
 
New basic reference manual after 25 years
 
New DDE 28 release (half price to existing owners).
 
Reminder on ePic release combining Nut Pi and OS on one card.
 
Sine Nomine Software with RISCOSbits
 
Sine Nomine showed off new contour data feature. Data just for UK at present from Ordanance Survey. You also get spot heights and tidal heights. Spotlight tool enhanced to use contours (ie select lines over 100m).
 
Showed off NASA data for Isle or Man
 
Nice demo using OSM to show map of Greenwich with trip details such as photos and altitude. Maps can be rotated.
 
Joint development with Riscos Bits running Wispy, which gives WiFi and Firefox browser. It does not currently work with open and unsecured networks. Runs Firefox in rdp client.
 
VideoNuLA
 
Rob Coleman introduced himself and showed off his new new graphics chip for BBC micro. He got back into the BBC computer in 2005 after 15 year gap and this project has evolved since then. Realised lots of upgrades but not in area of graphics. Inspired by Palettemate upgrade for BBC from Wild Vision. Summer 2016 built a breakout board to tap video ULA signal and interface with Altera MAX II epm570 cpld. This needed to convert beeb 5v to 3.3v.
 
Then he replicated existing BBC features, enhanced colours, added smooth scrolling, introduced attributes to give more colours in hires modes.
 
Prototype demonstrated at SW and Wakefield show. Lots of feedback and advice from stardot.
 
End result is totally backward compatible
 
Uses extended vdu19.
 
You can change platte of any existing software
 
Supported in b-em and b2emulators.
 
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RISC OS London Show 2017 - Pictures

Posted by Mark Stephens on 16:41, 28/10/2017 |
 
Here is a selection of pictures to show you what the event was like.....
 
(Click on the thumbnails for the bigger image)
 
 











 











 











 











 












 
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October News

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:30, 27/10/2017 |
 
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. what did you see?
 
More games excitement at http://equinox.tribbeck.com/
 
Purchasers of the Titanium from Elesar can get additional free software in the form of a developer bundle or RISC OS development tools.
 
ROOL confirmed on Iconbar forums that Access+ is now in their build.
 
Steve Potts updates !VNCSvr on his website
 
R-CompInfo brings Doom to modern RISC OS machines via !Store
 
A third release of !DualHead from R-Comp lets Titanium do 2560x1440 screen display on a single screen.
 
SatNav (the RISC OS GPS solution from Chris Hall) reaches version 1.90
 
Release 28 of the DDE from ROOL
 
A new version of RiscOSM from Sine Nomine Software
 
A new software compilation from Soft Rock Software
 
Looks like there might be a show coming up....
 
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Retrospective thoughts on 12 months of Titanium ownership

Posted by Mark Stephens on 06:48, 20/10/2017 |
 
Last year at the London Show, I upgraded my RISC OS system to a Titanium based system (in my case the TiMachine from R-Comp).
 
As the London Show is fast approaching, and other people may have similar thoughts, I felt some retrospective was in order...
 
I have found the machine to be a very stable and fast. I use it as my main RISC OS machine and experience a noticeable feeling of sluggishness if I go back to an older machine. All the software I use (especially !TechWriter and !MPro) work very well. It is a undoubtedly a pricey machine but I have made far more use of RISC OS in the last twelve months. It is a 'proper' machine in the sense you have DVD, SSD and lots of ports.
 
It is has been nice to see steady improvements to the system, especially the update to RISC OS 5.23, and releases to use Dual monitor support. It is also great to see Elesar updating their software and bringing some 'old' friends back to the platform such as Look Systems excellent font tools.
 
The big issue for me is the lack of a decent web browser as I spend a lot of time in web applications such as Jira, Trello and BaseCamp. I tried using my Pi3 with VNC for this, but have reverted to my Mac.
 
As I said, I have made much more use of RISC OS for the 'traditional' uses which it still excels at and very happy at my purchase. What are your thoughts/experiences?
 
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In praise of !ShareFS

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!DualHead second release reviewed

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