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    Face Icons Update 4825 Reads bugsanderrors
    Following feedback from users, the Avatar List now shows the graphic number/name, so no excuse for you having the default number 1 anymore!

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, August 22, 2001   

    The chat box and instant messaging have been fixed to work with Fresco

    (The chat box works with !Browse, sort of, even though I'm not intending to fully support this browser, the top box needs manually refreshing after you submit some text to the chat!)

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, August 22, 2001   

    ChangeFSI, Draw, edit, Paint and SciCalc now (in RO4+) use the ClipHolder module. at last the global clipboard is used for the standard apps and there is no longer any excuse for other software writers to ignore the facility.
    The ClipHolder module provides simplified Clipboard facilities for applications exporting a single file using standard Clipboard protocols.

    Draw, Edit and Paint now have menus that are more style-guide compliant - again other writers please note!

    CDPlayer is a new application. It runs automatically from the CD icon if a music CD is present. It‘s a basic program - leaving the beels and whistles to 3rd party programmers. It does link with AcornCD to extract track and disk names from the web database.

    ChangeFSI can import PNGs (not masked) and doesn‘t keep popping over to the centre. Where before it used long silly names it now uses sensible ones. Speed decoding progressive JPEGS using djpeg is much improved.

    Draw will now export simple SVGs - the vector graphics format to be used on web sites and presumably elsewhere.

    Paint is (more) stable after having many bugs withdrawn! It supports dynamic areas for workspace, import JPEGs (reliably) and PNGs (not masked) and save sprites as JPEGs.

    Squash will compress and decompress GZip files. [what difference will this make anyone?]

    RISCOS Ltd were at pains to point out that Puzzle has been extended and is more devious. They‘re sadists!

    I already have my own list of things to do to improve Draw (readers of my Acorn User column won‘t be surprised at this!) and I‘m hoping some might be included in later releases of Select.

    What do you think ROL have missed (so far) in updating the apps?

    Posted by jc on Wednesday, August 22, 2001   

    Would you like RO4+ to be (even) more reliable and user friendly?

    Would you like RO4+ to be designed such that software authors find it easy to add components to the OS?

    These are design goals one and two from RISC OS Ltd. Are they goals you can agree with?

    The other two design goals are fixing bugs and integrating external components (where appropriate and suitable).

    Of course all this depends on context. What are ROL actually going to do with RO4+?

    How could it be more user friendly - you suggest ideas and I'll tell you what ROL have already done.

    What do software authors think about RO4+ being designed to make it easy to add enhancements?

    Should ROL produce an OS complete with the latest possible bells and whistles leaving third-party authors to concentrate on producing separate applications?

    How else might ROL improve the operating system for users and software writers?


    RComp today have sent out a fix for all users of their Webster XL package for the !Webfetch application after finding a small problem when using

    If you have not recieved this yet (or are not on the priority user list), please contact RComp for the upgrade.

    email :

    Note: The My RISCOS effect starts to be noticed! :-)
    Posted by bluebottle on Tuesday, August 21, 2001   

    ZDNet reports: Advanced RISC Machines(ARM) yesterday unveiled more details of its ARM 10 architecture, at the Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, August 21, 2001   

    #riscos site redesign 3846 Reads worldwideweb
    The idea behind #riscos is to provide an IRC channel where people can discuss RISC OS, without being drowned out by off-topic discussion, such as irrelevant arguments about Linux or Windows.

    New users will be welcomed, as we all know what it's like to be new. You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you need, and you may join in with any discussion which is going on. Discussions can be about any aspect of RISC OS, or hardware which runs RISC OS.

    We have a number of users who regularly join the channel, who have expertise in certain areas. A list is available on the website so you can check who best to address your questions to.

    Check out the new redesigned #riscos website

    Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, August 21, 2001   

    RISC OS Select is the name given to the means by which the new Operating System, RO4+, will be distributed.

    Instead of producing a version of the OS that will be set in stone for three or more years RISCOS Ltd will release the product in stages over two years. New for RISC OS the new OS will be on CD, you will need RO4 on your machine to run RO4+, and problems encountered in one version can be modified for the next.

    As RISCOS Ltd expect to issue three CDs each year the wait between issues won't be excessive.
    It's worth noting that RISCOS Ltd are not using us all as beta testers; each CD will include some beta and some release versions of software and purchasers can opt to ignore the beta software. Software in beta on one CD is likely to be in a release version on the next.

    Undoubtedly there will be enough adventurous souls who will want to explore and test the beta software and ensure the feedback to ROL for the good of us all.

    Note: Previous article in series

    <font color="red">Preface updated and extended 27th August.</font>

    Up to very recently RISC OS Select was simply a list of plans and hopes on the RISCOS Ltd website. Now I've seen it in operation. Over the next few weeks I'll bring you my opinion of the Select scheme.

    Is it a big jump or simply bug-fixes?

    Have RISCOS Ltd listened to our requests?

    What is the response of hardware and software developers?

    Is it worth the money?


    See the Web Links area for the address for the Internet Chess Client for RiscOS - !NetChess.

    It's written by the author of !FTPc, Colin Granville, so you know it has to be good.

    I have it and want to be able to play more RISC OS users at one of the best games around.

    Check it out now!! :-)

    Posted by kriten on Monday, August 20, 2001   

    Due to popular request Quantum Software have created a Mailing list for their ever popular RISC OS Keystroke program.

    If you own (or are thinking of owning) a copy of !Keystroke then subscribe to the list by sending a blank email to:

    Keystroke is a sophisticated macro-making program that allows the user to control their Desktop environment in a automated way.

    Posted by quatermass on Monday, August 20, 2001   

    Downloads Active! 4551 Reads announcements
    The Downloads section is up and running, it has some 'get started' categories so now just needs populating with your favourite download links.

    The downloads system allows you to rate the downloads, write reviews of the items and also report broken links to help make this one of the most versatile and useful resources for your RISC OS downloads.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Sunday, August 19, 2001 Read full article: 'Downloads Active!'   

    Already, within 2 days of the launch, My RISC OS has moved on to its own server (I got bored hacking about!) ;-)

    Some people may have to wait a little while for their ISPs DNS servers to start pointing to the new place. However if you are reading this, then you are in the new place already!

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, August 17, 2001   

    Co-Comp Ltd today announced the launch of a new web portal to support and enhance the RISC OS community.

    The portal is named My RISC OS and is aimed at enabling the sites' users to submit news articles, tutorials, have discussions, co-ordinate downloads and collect links etc.

    The portal has many exciting features including the integration of messaging systems, chat facilities, downloads and multiple language choices.

    The feature that sets this portal apart from some of the others aimed at RISC OS users, is the ability for visitors to submit news and articles themselves in a similar style to Slash Dot (/.).

    My RISC OS is a collaborative effort that is looking for support from its users to enhance the style and features available. Several administrators have volunteered their assistance, we need you to submit news, visit the site and get involved.

    In particular, there is a need for graphics to be created, icons, logos etc. so if you want to volunteer to help out with this or any other aspects of My RISC OS, then in the first instance, contact the Webmaster

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Thursday, August 16, 2001 Read full article: 'New RISC OS web portal launches'   

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