Retired Software

Each linked page in this index is devoted to a single software package. I expect to provide the source code and notes explaining the background and how to compile the code. As the title of this page suggests this is software which is not being actively developed any longer.

I always built my RISC OS software from the command line. Typically using two commands mk and l. The first launches my simple BBC Basic make utility; all it does is build any files for which the o. objective version is missing. The l file links the o. files producing the final code. Often there is a 'list' file which contains the files to be linked.

In the early days, there was a separate copy of the BBC Basic 'mk' in each project file. Latterly, 'mk' is an Obey file which calls the BBC Basic program 'mkcommand', a single copy of which lives in the Library foider. See mkcommand.

Through my RISC OS career I only ever used Norcroft C - code will compile with that. However I did have the habit of renaming the compiler each generation. To me cc was the compiler from 1987, cc5 was the one from the late 90's. You may find mk commands with different suffixes for different compiler versions or for different (later) ARM versions.

Where there is a BBC Basic file called M, it is used to generate a data file defining the menus. The old programs (pre 1993) are self contained. Later ones use my XL library; to build them you need the library and to have it set up in the right location.

I've added the suffix 'Rel' to much of the code, to reproduce the situation on my hard disc and allow you to build the programs, this has to be removed. So I have $.XL not $.XLRel.

I would be happy to simply put the contents of my RISC OS hard disc online. It would make little difference after the many years since the demise of Acorn. However for fear of infringing intellectual property rights these releases are edited.

If you think your ip is being abused... I'm happy to remove anything. Bear in mind all this happened a long time ago (the key developments in the Acorn market took place between 1988 and 1992 - we may have precedence), a long way away (the Acorn market was geographically limited - about two machines in the USA - many in the UK and some in Germany and Australia). Every business in the Acorn world faced a market that was always too small, always shrinking and after 10 years vanished - almost all closed shortly after Acorn (1998). Finally my intentions are to do good by making this code public.

RISC OS Software

ArcFax - fax modem software
Backdrop for the desktop
Client server file system (CSFS)
CrossStar crossword solver
D2Font Draw file to font converter
File shrinker (ShrinkWrap)
Freshen software updater
Hearsay data comms software
Impression document loader for Ovation Pro
KeyFix keyboard and mouse accessibility
BBC Basic make aka mk mkcommand
Ovation (not Ovation Pro)
Panorama map maker
SCSI (and other) file system tester
Snapper window snapshots
SpeakTime timing speakers at meetings
Spell standalone spell check
SPrinter print to bitmap
SyncDiscs synchronise disc contents
TWAIN scanner drivers
Word square solver/generator
XL wimp task library

Ovation Pro test documents
Set of bitmaps - images of every bit-depth/mode, with and without masks

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