Some RISC OS Resources

by Richard Darby

This part of the site is dedicated to resources and utilities developed for computers using the RISC OS operating system.

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New sprites
The sprites used for some existing Applications look out of place with the newly designed sprites used on the RISC OS 5 (Iyonix) desktop. This link takes you to some updated RISC OS 5 sprites sprite icon for existing Applications.

Using !Webserve as a webcache proxy. Webserve icon
The Oregano web browsers, both 1 and 2, lack a web cache so fetch files from the web for every page, including pages just fetched, e.g when using the back arrow. By incorporating !Webserve as a proxy, previously fetched pages are not downloaded but taken from a cache on the hard disk. Click here for instructions on setting up !Webserve as a webproxy.

PostScript Printer Definition File for 'Brother' Duplex printers Printer definition file icon
Based on Paul Vigay's PostScript PDF for Xerox Phaser printer, I have developed a PostScript PDF file for a Brother DCP 8045D all-in-one Printer Copier. It allows duplex (two sided) printing automatically from both the main Paper Tray and the Manual/Multi-Purpose Tray, flipping on either the long side or the short side. Although developed on the DCP 8045D, it also works with the DCP 9020CDW colour laser and other 'Brother' PostScript duplex printers.

Release 2.01 now updated to accommodate both PostScript 2 and the new PostScript 3 printer driver available from Martin Würthner's website. Version 1.15 (or later) of the PostScript 3 printer driver now has the coding to operate the feeds in the same way as the PS2 driver. Earlier versions do not have this code so you must upgrade to the latest version to take advantage of this feature.
Click to download PostScript PDF for duplex 'Brother' printers. Release 2.01 20 December 2016.

I have received reports that it also works with Lexmark MX410de and Canon I-Sensys MF729Cx.

Relocating !Pluto Articles Files for easier backup and networking Pluto on different computers.
The default setup for the mail and news reader !Pluto, is for the data (the Articles Files) to be contained within the application. Jonathan Duddington did make provision for the Articles files to be located elsewhere which makes routine backup of these files easier to organise if they are located in the same directory as your other data.
I have devised a straightforward way of providing an alternative place (a pseudo application) to put the Articles files which once set up, allows the Articles Directory to be moved between the Pluto application and the new location with a simple shift drag and returned again if necessary.
PlutoDat is also a useful way of providing a single location for access of files over the network. All that is required are some changes to the !Run files of the master and slave copies of !Pluto.
Full instructions on how !PlutoDat works and is set up, can be found in the Help file to be found inside the pseudo application. Further instructions and suitable !Run files are also included to allow !Pluto to access the files over a network.
Click here to download !PlutoDat. Release 0.51 3 April 2016. (updated for !Pluto 3.16)

Instructions on using !HForm
Instructions from the RISC OS 4 upgrade Manual.

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