Paul Brett with the latest freeware and PD releases for RISC OS.
I am afraid to say that both my columns for this issue of RISCWorld will be shorter than usual. This isn't due to any lack of software releases on the part of RISC OS developers, but merely reflects an increased workload of late. So let us once again dive head first into the stream of software development.
CashBook - Steve Fryatt
CashBook is a home accounts application. Originally written for Steve's own use four years ago, it has been gathering dust on his hard disc ever since as he did not wish to release it in direct competition to any commercial titles. In its present (beta) form, CashBook is capable of keeping track of income and expenditure across multiple accounts. Analysis headings allow income and expenditure to be grouped and analysed. It has the following features:
CashBook is freeware; more details can be found at http://www.stevefryatt.org.uk/software/cashbook/.
CSVAmp - Ray Favre
CSVamp is a freeware application allowing users to produce new, modified CSV/TSV files from existing CSV/TSV files. Some of the many things that can be done include:
The CSVamp main window
Apart from the text-only !Help file in the application, there is also a 'proper' Manual available in Impression, Ovation Pro and HTML formats. Copies of the manual in all these formats is included in the PD directory in this issue.
Form Filler - Kevin Wells
A RISCWorld favourite over the years, Form Filler has recently had an update. The program has one simple purpose, it can fill in data fields in forms quickly. You can program Form Filler with data or phrases that you use on a regular basis. Then if you need to fill in these details in a Web based form, for example your address, you can do so with one click of the mouse.
Form Filler comes set up with some examples. These can easily be removed so that you can add your own phrases. If the default 10 buttons aren't enough the pressing the MENU button anywhere in the main window will bring up a menu where you can have up to 10 sets of forms. Clicking on one of those forms will bring up that form, named form 01 to form 10. Form editing is done from the Iconbar menu.
IPWhoIs - Kevin Wells
Have you ever wondered who owns an IP address, or a website? IpWhoIs can tell you. In order to use it all you have to do is type in a domain name or an IP address, then either hit the Return key on your keyboard or click on the OK button. IPWhoIS will then launch a browser to the website with the correct answer for what you have entered.
It's very simple to use, but can also be very useful.
KeyStroke - Quantum Software
Keystroke is a program which has the ability to make other desktop programs perform their functions in a repeatable sequence set up by yourself. You can make these sequences quickly and easily and store them for later use.
This 'macro-maker type program is unique in the world of RISC OS computers and offers you the chance to customise any number of functions into one key press. If you think of some of the repetitive tasks you have had to do in the past, Keystroke will wipe these away forever!
Keystroke can be set up to perform various sequences of mouse SELECT, ADJUST or MENU clicks, menu selections, inserting text, moving windows and the mouse pointer. It can also run external library functions which greatly increase its power over other programs. Keystroke allows these sequences to be repeated by one of three methods.
As an alternative way of using Keystroke, it can also play back these sequences at a greatly reduced speed so that you can in fact make a demonstration of another application as a teaching aid!
KeyStroke was a full commercial application, however with the closure of Quantum software it has now been released as FreeWare. You can get more details, as well as a number of support items, from the www.quantumsoft.co.uk website. I would strongly suggest downloading these resources as soon as possible, as once the hosting on the sire expires the site will be gone forever.
The next issue of RISCWorld will hopefully contain a very exciting annoucement. As they say, stay tuned.