Apr 212015
 

It’s show time again, with the next event being just a few days away: Saturday, 25th April – the 2015 Wakefield Show, which will be open to the public from 10:30am until 4:30pm, in the Cypress and Hawthorne Suites of the Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3QZ. Continue reading »

Mar 102011
 

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!

Apr 202010
 

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!

Dec 152009
 

While tidying up some old files I discovered the following text, which I had written in late 2007. It’s some notes I wrote up about how Quicksand (a text adventure game for RISC OS) came about, and a broad outline of how it was written. I think I was intending to finish it and publish it on the main Soft Rock Software website – and since the reason I more recently decided to set up WordPress was for that kind of thing it seems sensible to publish it here, albeit a couple of years later.

Earlier this year I booked a stand at the 2007 Wakefield Show in the hope that I would have the new version of WebChange developed far enough that I’d have something meaningful to demonstrate, even though it wouldn’t yet be good enough to actually sell.

However, I’ve developed this theory that whenever I state in public that I’m going to have time to do this, or work on that, my (non RISC OS) workload increases and prevents me doing what I said I’d do. It therefore came as little surprise to me that when a list of confirmed Wakefield exhibitors was published, which obviously included Soft Rock Software, the result was a sudden increase in my workload. (This is something worth keeping in mind if I’m ever short of money, of course – although that workload doesn’t always include paid work!)

I consequently decided that there wasn’t going to be enough time to do what I’d wanted or hoped on WebChange before the show without rushing, and rushing would lead to messy code, which I didn’t want. So the question became one of what I could do instead in the amount of time available.

The answer, I decided, was to write a simple adventure game using the software I’d written for this purpose many years before – Trellis. Ironically, I wrote that software so that I could more easily write adventure games, but in the end the only games I’ve ever written with Trellis were the demonstration games supplied with it (and, strictly speaking, they were simply ports to the Trellis system of two adventure games I’d written already!) Continue reading »