23 Apr 2008
Select 4i4 available at Wakefield Show 2008
The RISC OS developers have made
over three thousand changes and improvements since the RISC OS 6.06 ROM was
released at Wakefield 2007. The key improvements and changes in the RISC OS
6.10 ROM are:-
Select 4i4 Key Features
Tunable automatic switching between standard and thumbnail filer views.
Support for 8MB of VRAM when running on VirtualRPC.
New filer layout options: vertical display and reverse sort order.
A number of WIMP optimisations to speed up the desktop.
Faster filer thumbnailing with optimised image generation.
Improved bandwidth for the RISC OS video system.
Enhanced keyboard shortcut support in Filer windows.
Improved Filer configuration options.
Support for DrawWorks XL and DrawWorks Select.
Search filer windows using the keyboard.
Option to enable Filer view inheritance.
Massive speed improvements to Pinboard.
Powerful new rename/copy/move features in Filer.
Optional and configurable 'lazy' thumbnailing.
Improved and configurable focus handling in Filer.
Many bug fixes to FontEd.
Image number indicators on thumbnail icon display for files with more than
Updated FontEd user interface.
Filer user interface update, e.g. new filetype menu.
Thumbnail cache now configurable.
Improved support for font file variants and preserving additional data such
New state indicators on thumbnail icon display (processing etc.)
User selectable font for the Alarm iconbar time display.
Updated User Guide.
Improved 'working week' handling within Alarm.
Iconbar, Filer and Pinboard cooperate on exchanging pinned items.
Video Welcome Guide to Select 4i4.
Faster filer viewer redraws and improved formatting.
Pinboard includes support for removable media.
Improved alpha-sprite support in thumbnails.
Mouse scroll support in filer viewers has been improved.
Configurable drag onto sub-directories to copy/move/save.
Alarm notification position now configurable.
Dynamic selections on Pinboard.
Filer status (sort order etc.) indicated in title bars.
Improved multi-user support in Alarm.
Updated configuration plugins to support all these new features.
Improved SVG export from Draw.
Increased accuracy when scaling objects in Draw.
Smoother mouse scroll wheel.
Updated Toolbox components.
Numerous other improvements to the Application suite (Paint, Draw...)
22 Feb 2008
New Tool to aid RISC OS development
As a part of the joint co-operation between RISC OS Open
and RISCOS Ltd, ROOL have announced the availability of a tool which we hope
will help to make life a little bit easier for developers. It is aimed at
gathering some specific statistics from a wide range of RISC OS users in
order for us to better identify where the main problem areas lie with
respect to the differences between the RISCOS Ltd RISC OS branch and the
Castle Technology RISC OS branch.
The EnsureScan program will search for applications
in a specific location on your computer, for example in a specified
directory (defaulting to
or all of a specified hard disc.
During the scanning process, it will look for
applications and when it finds one, it will look at any
inside the application to build a list of all of the modules which are
required by that application. It does this by looking for
RMEnsure commands in
those files, hence the name of this program, as those commands indicate that
the application requires that a certain module of at least a certain version
number in order to function correctly.
The reason for doing this scan is simply to gather
information from a large cross-section of the community about which modules
are required by applications. We aren’t tracking what applications each user
has or what modules each application requires.
The data collected is simply: how many times during
the scan was a given module seen in an
RMEnsure command and what version numbers
of modules are being asked for? This is useful because it will indicate
which modules are important to developers and that in itself helps to focus
attention on solving problems where separate streams of development of those
modules means that a simple version number check (as per
RMEnsure) is no
If we want to find ways to make it simpler for developers
to ensure that their applications have access to versions of a module which
provide specific features and/or bug fixes, then gathering this information
is an important first step.
Just install and run
then e-mail the results from it back to
Download your copy of !EnsureScn from
Thanks for your help
1 Dec 2007
New Programmers Reference Manual book - "The Window
Manager" now available
The first new printed
update to the RISC OS Programmers Reference Manuals in over 15 years is now
The manual is 472 pages long and and is a complete, integrated reference to
the modern Window Manager (Wimp), and is the first such since Acorn issued
the RISC OS 3 PRMs.
The normal retail price is £40 with a discount down to £38 for current Select
or Foundation members.
The above order prices exclude postage and packing.
Postage and packing (Signed for Delivery) will be £4.70 in the UK, £10.80 to
Europe and £15.20 to USA and Australia.
The Window Manager is designed to simplify the task of producing programs to
run under a WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus and Pointer) environment. The
Manager itself is usually referred to as the Wimp. Programs that run under
the Wimp are often called tasks, because they are operating under a
This item may be ordered online at eBay shops
RISC OS Programmers Reference Manual - The Window Manager
20 Oct 2007
Select 4i3 - Updates
The latest roll up of disc-based
updates and bug fixes for Select 4 Issue 2 are available here.
21 July 2007
Updated Recyclone V 1.21 available
An updated version of Recyclone is now
available. The updated version fixes a problem with the Recycle bin not
being emptied when RISC OS Six is running. The updated application is available
Thanks to Alex Macfarlane Smith for this update.
17 July 2007
Updated ABIMod module available
This is a bug-fixed version of
the ABI module used by Impression and ArtWorks 1.x which avoids a crash that
occurred with previous versions of this module when pressing Return in a
dialogue box with a default button (e.g., the Save box in Impression or
ArtWorks 1,x) when running under Select 4. The updated module is available
Thanks to Martin Wuerthner for this update.
30 Jun 2007
RISC OS Select 4 Issue 2na now available for download
This ROM image is a replacement for the standard 4i2 ROM release for use by
users who have CDROM drives not connected via the motherboard interface. It
includes a new ROMimage and application to unplug CDFSSoftATAPI on the base
4.02 or 4.39 ROM and then reinitialise the appropriate modules when RISC OS
Six is loaded.
Risc PC and A7000 users with a standard motherboard connected CD-ROM drive,
do not need to use this version of the ROM.
30 Apr 2007
RISC OS Select 4 Issue 2 now available for download
The first fully featured release of RISC OS
Select 4 is now shipping to subscribers and is also available for
on the RISC OS Select website. RISC OS Select 4 uses RISC OS 6, which
contains a huge number of new features and improvements over previous
versions of RISC OS.
19 Nov 2006
RISC OS 6 Preview available for download
RISCOS Ltd are pleased to announce the immediate availability of RISC OS 6
Preview for Select subscribers.
All Select subscribers who have renewed their subscription since the
release of Select3i4 (30th May 2004) may download the preview version from
the Select website now.
Members who have kept their subscription up to date or who join at the
Birmingham ARM Club show this Saturday (25th November) may collect a RISC
OS 6 Preview CD at the event, subject to stock.
The RISC OS 6 Preview release gives RiscPC, A7000 and VirtualRPC ADJ users
an opportunity to experience recent developments within RISC OS through the
19 Oct 2006
RISC OS 6 Changelogs now available.
RISCOS Limited are delighted to announce that
the RISC OS Changelogs are now available on line. The documentation
describes the changes which have occurred to RISC OS both since the
beginning of the Select scheme and since the last release (Select 3i4 /
18 Oct 2006
RISC OS 6 Preview launched in Glasgow.
RISC OS 6 is to be previewed at the RISC OS Northern Roadshow
2006 in Glasgow today, Wednesday 18th October 2006.
The Roadshow starts at the Holiday Inn, East Kilbride at 3.00 p.m and runs
through until 8.00 p.m Present at the first RISC OS Roadshow event for
Winter 2006 will be Paul Middleton from RISCOS Ltd, Chris Evans from CJE
Micros, Alan Gibson from Liquid Silicon in Kirkcaldy and Jack Lillingston of
After the launch the Roadshow moves to Village Hotel on Thursday 19th
October at 4.00 p.m until 8.00 p.m. Present on Thursday will be Paul
Middleton from RISCOS Ltd, Chris Evans from CJE Micros, Mike Glover from
Icon Technology, Michael Bell (who is hoping to set up a Newcastle RISC OS
Users Group), Jack Lillingston of Castle Technology.
The final opportunity for users to preview RISC OS 6 will be at the RISC
OS SouthEast Show at Guildford College on Saturday 21st October 2006.
17 Oct 2006
RISC OS 6 Dcoumentation now available.
The complete guide for RISC OS 6 developers is now