Paul Brett with the latest freeware and PD software
The PD, Freeware and Shareware arena still seems a bit quiet at present, however in true RISC World style we have still managed a host of new releases.
Accounts - Stephen Murphy
Easy accounts is a free, easy to use accounts package for use in the home or office. We did include this last issue but Stephen has now written a much improved version and we have decided to include it on this one as well as he has made so many changes
DrawText - Stephen Murphy
DrawText is a program that allows the easy creation of Draw text areas. A text area is a package of text that is imported into draw as a text file. Once in draw, it can be manipulated in a way similar to frames in a DTP package, albeit in a more limited form. The draw files demo1, demo2 and demo3 (In the !DrawText.Manuals.Demos directory) show examples of text areas created with DrawText. More details of Draw text areas can be found in the Welcome Guide that accompanies your computer.
Flash - Loe Smiers
A new version of the Flash player for RISC OS that now works with almost any browser, including Oregano V1.10. Flash is the streaming media created by Macromedia and used by a number of big name companies. To view flash files your web browser must support the Acorn plugin protocol. You also need at least 4 Mbytes of RAM. As !Flash is dependent on a web browser and the browser also needs some memory this will mean in practice that you need 8 Mbytes of RAM to view a moderate sized flash file. You also need the nested wimp manager (version 3.98 or higher).
FTPc - Colin Granville
A new version of the very popular internet FTP (File Transfer Protocol) client. FTPc makes it easy to upload or download files using real drag and drop, something PC's can only dream about. Two very comprehensive on-line HTML manuals are provided, one for users and one for programmers. I strongly suggest reading the relevant manual before using this very powerful and useful package.
MakeCal - Stephen Murphy
MakeCal is a program to generate wall planners and calendars in Draw file format. It does this via a simple to use WIMP interface, allowing calendar creation in seconds. Since the calendar is in Draw format, it can easily be re-scaled or edited to suit you needs before printing.
NetTime - K. Wright
NetTime keeps a record of how long the program has been running since it was started, and also works out how long it has been in use since the last reset of the software,(done by using menu button over the window). It also shows the date of the last reset. It is useful, for example, to keep track of the amount of time you spend online per month, or how much time you spend doing something that takes a few sessions to complete. Ideal for anyone who charges by the hour.
WBModules - Clares
And finally we have included the latest versions of the Wimp Basic modules, these are needed by a number of PD applications, including the DrawText application supplied with this issue.
Thats all we have time for this issue,indeed volume. If you have any PD, Freeware or Shareware applications you have written and would like featured why not get in touch with the Editor.