Four years ago, in 2010, a nostalgic look through some old files revealed that Soft Rock Software had reached twenty one years of age. That means this year, 2014, sees the business reach its twenty fifth year.
I’ve long since been aware that the Soft Rock Software blog has gone untouched for quite some time. In fact, I’ve more or less been aware of this fact since the last post became more than a few weeks old. That last post was on July 6th, 2012 – some eighteen months ago – reporting that I would be appearing at that year’s Midsummer Midlands Mugshow, and the banner for that show has been displayed since even earlier that year; probably shortly after the 2012 Wakefield Show, which was in April, and which didn’t even get a mention!
Soft Rock Software will be in attendance at this year’s Midlands Show, which will be held on Saturday, 7th July from 11am until 4pm, in St John’s Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
Pop along to the stand and discuss any of Soft Rock Software’s products, such as WebChange and Quicksand (which, although not yet released in this form, now runs in a window on the RISC OS desktop), or RISCOSitory, the RISC OS news site, or the mailing lists provided through its sibling domain, both sponsored and run by Soft Rock Software for the benefit of the RISC OS community. Or just chat about RISC OS matters in general!
See you there!
I am pleased to report that having now set up the ARMini computer that I purchased at Wakefield 2011, I have been able to briefly test the following pieces of software and found that they appear to work without problem:
- WebChange – the website maintenance tool for RISC OS computers. The software features a wealth of features that allows the user – you – to simplify what could otherwise be repetitive work when maintaining and updating websites.
- Seek’n’Link – a search tool that will search HTML and other text files, and generate a HTML file containing the results as links.
- WaitUntil – a command line tool that allows you to insert ‘pauses’ in Obey files. Such a pause can be for a set amount of time, until a specified file is closed, or for many other reasons.
- TimeToHex – another command line tool, this one generates a hexadecimal string based on the current time and puts it in the specified system variable.
- Quicksand – a free text adventure game in which you play the part of Stan Tyler, and must find your way out of the woodland park and back to a world in which fashion sense prevails. Quicksand is written using Trellis, which is itself written in BBC BASIC, but they both require the relocatable module SRSLibrary – so Quicksand (and therefore Trellis) working indicates that this module is compatible.
I am pleased to confirm that Soft Rock Software will again be attending the premier event in the RISC OS Calendar, the Wakefield Show, which will be held on Saturday, 16th April, 2011, at the Cedar Court Hotel, Calder Grove, Wakefield.
I will be discussing and demonstrating WebChange and talking about anything else available from the main site, as usual, but I’m also interested in hearing people’s opinions on the subject of RISCOSitory.com which, as some may have noticed, I have now started to increasingly use for news and information in the RISC OS world. Is this a good idea? Is there anything else I could do with it to make it more useful? Come along and let me know what you think!
With apologies for mentioning this a bit later than I should have done, Soft Rock Software will be attending the RISC OS London Show on the 23rd October, 2010, at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham, London. Full details can be found on the official website for the show.
There will, sadly, be no new developments, but I will be able to discuss and demonstrate WebChange, which has been available as a free download for a little while now, and I am always happy to just generally chat about all things RISC OS.
I am pleased to announce that, as planned, to coincide with Soft Rock Software’s 21st birthday, a 32bit version of WebChange is available for RISC OS users to download, free of charge from the WebChange website.
The software is technically still a beta version – the last of the main functions having been added over the last few days – but most of what is there has been stable for some time; in house testing hasn’t shown up any significant problems, and any that have been reported by people using the development versions have been dealt with. Provided no new problems are found, the version now available will eventually have its version number bumped up to 3.00.00.
The one thing missing is a user manual and, barring any other problems, that is the next thing to be done. In the meantime, the manual for the old 26bit version is available from the WebChange site, and further information can be found by looking at the mailing list archives. I hope that anything not covered (or which has changed) in the old manual or through the archives should be reasonably self explanatory. Anything else, along with any support queries, should be raised on the mailing list.
The full announcement, as posted to comp.sys.acorn.announce, is available here.
I am pleased to announce that Soft Rock Software will be in attendance at the Midlands Midsummer Mugshow, which this year takes place on Saturday 10th July at St John’s Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1HY (full details on the website). This event is the closest one to Soft Rock Software‘s 21st Birthday and will, in effect, be the official launch of the 32bit version of WebChange as a free download, with WebChange Pro (the chargeable upgrade) to come later.
Soft Rock Software’s flagship product, WebChange, is to become two products – WebChange and WebChange Pro. The first of these, to be released later this year, will be WebChange. This will be a free download, to replace the 26bit version which is currently free to download from the WebChange website. This free release will provide most of the capabilities found in the WebChange of old, but unlike that version it will run on 32bit hardware such as the IyonixPC and A9Home, as well as RiscPCs and other 26bit hardware.
Once WebChange is complete and available focus will then switch to the development of WebChange Pro, which will be the version users will get when they purchase the software, and will be available to those who have purchased it in the past. This version will include all of the features of WebChange as well as enhanced facilities and new features, such as a new and more versatile script language.
If you are attending the 2010 Wakefield Show on April 24th, please pop by stand 9 for a chat about WebChange and other items, such as an adventure game cunningly titled It’s No Game!