Paul Brett with the latest freeware and PD releases for RISC OS.
I'm back from my summer break and am delighted to see that development of RISC OS freeware and shareware continues at quite a pace. So what new programming wonders have we to tempt you with this issue?
SampleED - Really Small Software Company
The SampleEd application allows you to create, edit and play back sound samples. The main features are:
In case you were wondering LADSPA stands for Linux Audio developer's Simple Plugin API and provides a mechanism to add new effects or tools to SampleEd. These can of course be used on other applications that support the LADSPA protocol. More details can be found at www.ladspa.org.
SampleEd should run on any RISC OS 3+ machine with 4MB of memory. It does require the Toolbox modules and a 32bit version of the Shared C Library so this might push requirements up somewhat. Any processor should do although obviously an ARM2 will be very slow and a StrongARM is best.
Memphis - Open Source
Memphis 3 is a fully-featured, dynamically resizing RAM-based filing system for RISC OS 3.5+. Its main features are:
Memphis 3 requires a RISC OS computer running 3.5 or later. It has been tested successfully on Select, Iyonix and VirtualRPC. The module is fully 32 bit clean, but since it is linked with StubsG it does NOT require the 32 bit Shared C Library to be loaded on non-Iyonix machines.
SpamSpamp - Jan-Jaap
SpamStamp is a program that attempts to detect if an incoming mail is spam or not. Some headers are added to the mail with the result of that check. Your mail client can then decide what to do with the spam. New features for this version include:
Deciding whether mail is spam or not is being done by bayesian filtering techniques see www.paulgraham.com/spam.html. This means that you do not need to set up all kinds of rules, but the system figures it out by itself. It does this because every time it makes a mistake, you tell it that it took a wrong decision. This then increases SpamStamp's ability to detect spam.
Fade - The Really Small Software Company
The Fade application allows you to create, edit and display a simple slideshow. The main features are:
Fade should run on any RISC OS 3+ machine with 2Mb of memory. It does require the Toolbox modules so this might push requirements up somewhat. Any processor should do although obviously an ARM2 will be very slow and a StrongARM is best for some of the fades.
Sunfish - Alex Waugh
Sunfish allows you to connect to NFS shares on other machines over a network. Sunfish requires a working network connection and an NFS server to connect to. The server should be running version 2 of the NFS protocol, version 1 of the Mount protocol, version 2 of the portmapper protocol, and optionally version 2 of the pcnfsd protocol. It has currently only been tested with the Linux kernel server present in Debian Woody, but it should work with other servers. Both UDP and TCP connections are supported.
Sunfish should run on any version of RISC OS from 3.11 onwards. It has been reported to work on RISC OS 3.7, RISC OS 4 (including under Virtual RPC), Select, and RISC OS 5. It is 26/32bit neutral.
Sunfish has been reported to work with the Linux 2.4 kernel server in various distributions, a Solaris 7/8 server, the TrueGrid NFS server on Windows, and Netware 6.5SP1a. It partially works with Allegro NFSd 1.1.4 on Windows, but a bug in that version of the server can cause file not found errors when copying files onto the server.
You may wish to refer to Allan Curtis' notes on setting up a Linux NFS server, or the Drobe article on setting up the TrueGrid server for use with Sunfish.
Any updates will be available from http://www.alexwaugh.com/.
TTF2f - J.M. Bell
TTF2f is a font converter designed to convert fonts supported by FreeType2 to RISC OS format fonts suitable for use with the Unicode Font Manager.
In order to convert a font, follow the following process:
ViewXLS - Anton Reiser
Finally before I go there has been an update to a RISCWorld favourite, ViewXLS. The new version now has an option to save a spreadsheet as a drawfile. For those that don't know ViewXLS is a file viewer for spreadsheets created by Microsoft Excel, and for those that use PCs on a daily basis it's an absolutely essential application.
That is all we have time for this issue, see you in January.