I noticed yesterday that the BeOS Laptop Page has a different look and a new forum as well, head on over to the site to take a look. ConneX also has plans to add some new features to the site. One of them is to add a list of laptops that are known to not work at all with BeOS/Zeta so that users are aware of them. Another feature that ConneX might add is the ability to rate the laptops that are already listed on the Laptops page. Through this, a top 10 list could be made to allow users to see which laptops work best with BeOS/Zeta based on BeOS user experience.
Thanks goes to all those that have already submitted a laptop they tested or use with BeOS/Zeta. If you haven’t added your laptop, go here to add it to the list and make sure you put as much info as possible regarding your laptop, especially if you had to do something special to get BeOS/Zeta to work on your hardware so that others can benefit from your experience. There is also a section to add PCMCIA devices that work with your BeOS/Zeta laptop as well.
Pavel announced a few days ago that he released and updated version of the RC2 demo for BeOS/Zeta users. The previous build was missing a configuration file that prevented the program from starting if you didn’t install it as an upgrade for RC1. The fixed version also installs the correct shortcuts in the right places. I removed the download link that could be used for wget from the previous update I made. If you downloaded build 423 and have a problem running Pixel32, go to the Pixel32 download page and download the updated 424 build from November 27th.
Besol conducted an interview with Bruno G. Albuquerque regarding his work with Zeta and yellowTAB. The interview is in Spanish, so if you want a translated version you can always try using Bablefish or go here for the english translation by Google. The english translation isn’t the greatest, but it gives you an idea of what’s being said.
Last week, yellowTAB officially announced that they will be releasing a service pack for Zeta Neo sometime before the end of this month. I guess they should hurry since tomorrow is the last day of the month. At the moment, there isn’t much detail as to what the sevice pack fixes, they only mention that the service pack will fix numerous things and add better support for PPP dial-up and DSL internet connections. The service pack will be made available through download and more details about its contents will be made once the service pack is finished.
Yesterday, Pavel released the newest build of Pixel32 for Linux and BeOS/Zeta. The newest version is available for download as a public demo and a full version for members. You can download the newest build from his website here or from Bebits.
Also over at HaikuNews, Technix asked Pavel for a quick comment regarding the current release and future releases of Pixel32. You can view his reponse over at HaikuNews here.
Once you’ve tried the newest build of Pixel32, make sure you report any problems or bugs that you find to Pavel Kanzelsberger.
I’m a little late with this one, but over at the BeBUG, Jixt posted a screenshot of the new interface for BeDiGiCam. The new version has a simple interface that will display thumbnails and some details of the images allowing you to preview the pictures in your digital camera. More work will be done on BeDiGiCam in the following weeks, so some changes will most likely be made to the interface.
After a long period of being down, HaikuNews is back online.
The site isn’t entirely functional yet, like the forums are still being worked on so expect some things to be broken as the site is put back together. Head on over here to get the full scoop and more details from Technix himself.
Welcome back HaikuNews!
Over at the Pixel32 page, Pavel made an update regarding the progress of Pixel32 RC2.
Today, he completed his LiveEffect engine for layers and started implementing layer effects like Glow, Drop shadow, Emboss, etc.
All these new additions will be in the RC2 release which will be available by the end of this week. This release will be available as a public demo and as a full version for members.
You can view a screenshot here of the Outer glow and Inner glow effects being used on a sample image.
Pixel32 is progressing very well and is looking better every new release. Great work Pavel!
Also, there is an article by the Czech Computer magazine which compares Pixel32 to other Image editing apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Photo-Paint, the GIMP and Ulead Photoimpact. You can see a scanned version of the article over here in the Press Section of the Pixel32 webpage. It seems that Pixel32 does pretty well against other popular Image Editing software out there since it received a score of 8/10.
Zetanews has some info regarding yellowTab’s zemag magazine for Zeta which went online recently. Some articles from the magazine are available for download in PDF format. The magazine is in German, and as far as I know it’s not available in any other language, but you can try translating the pages with Bablefish I suppose. All the links and downloads can be found at the Zetanews webpage or the zemag webpage.
Over at Qube.ru, a new Russian BeOS Wiki page is being made. There isn’t much info there yet since it just started, but there is some info regarding a BeOS distro called BeOS Russian Edition. You can find the download on the Wiki page. It will be a knowledge base available in Russian containing all sorts of questions and anwsers and documentation relating to BeOS. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it’s good to see more and more sites developing pages and making BeOS info and resources available in different languages. I hope this new BeOS WIki page works out well.
*Update*: Note that the “BeOS Russian Edition” is currently a test-only distro. (Thanks ivan for the tip)
An update from beunited.org was made a few days ago regarding the webapge downtime which is now resolved, and a notice for developers regarding the code.beunited.org CVS server. Read the following for the full info:
Recently the www.beunited.org web site was down. We apologize for this inconvenience to our members and the community. The situation has been fixed and service has been restored.
Developer Notice: The code.beunited.org CVS server is being moved to a new location as of last week. We apologize to our developers that they were not warned about this move prior to this announcement. All code is secure and backed up for the move. The completion of the move shall be this week. We would like to thank DriverSoft for providing the previous CVS service.
Yesterday, The General Coffee Company Film Productions released their newest game called Future Boy!, and a full version is now available for purchase here. A press release for Future Boy! is available in PDF format. Zetanews has the full press release available in their news article located here.
We first learned about Future Boy! several months ago from an article by IsComputerOn which included an interview with Kent Tessman, and since then they’ve released a demo which is still available for download, as well as screenshots and a trailer for the game. The game is available for many platforms, like BeOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac.
Head on over to the links above to learn more about “Future Boy!” and to try out the demo as well.
Today, Rudolf released a new driver and app which enables VIA’s C3 CPUs MTRR-writecombining for graphics cards. According to Rudolf, this will increase access speed to your graphics card by 200-400%. That’s a big increase! You can download the driver and app from Bebits here.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a system that uses a VIA C3 processor, but I have been looking at some laptops to run BeOS with which use VIA processors. This would be interesting to try out, so once I have the chance I’m going try testing a BeOS live CD on a laptop that uses a VIA C3 processor with this driver to see what happens, hopefully this method will work. This driver should be very good for those that have a desktop system that uses this processor. So if you try this driver, be sure to report your findings to Rudolf, you can find contact information over at his site here.
Bryan made another post two days ago with a progress update for Java on BeOS. You can read his post here from the LooneyBin.
He also has a video clip for download demonstating the use of a wireframe demo applet of a dinosaur which he drags and rotates around while running. It looks pretty cool.
Longtime BeOS user/developer Stephan Assmus wrote in with this bit of news:
The YellowBites website has gotten a complete makeover. The long missing pages for WonderBrush have been added, including a few brief turorials. All the graphics on the site have been created in WonderBrush. Some of the information of the old site had really been outdated, so the update was long overdue. Let’s hope YellowBites can keep their pages up to speed with their software. This update shows YellowBites commitment to the BeOS and Zeta platform.
Must check out this WonderBrush application, yes, I must.
Over at the Bezilla blog, Niels Reedijk posted a new development version of FireFox 1.0 for people to download and test. There is a net_server version for BeOS R5 users and a BONE version for those who use BONE or Zeta.
The following are links to downloads and a list of patches mentioned in the blog:
In other news, Firefox 1.0.0-d4 is released which includes a new piece of candy.
Check out www.de-smederij.nl/firefox/MozillaFirefox-1.0.0-d4.zip for net_server, and http://beosland.free.fr/archives/mozilla/MozillaFirefox-10-d4-upd-bone.pkg for BONE. The latter one uses the SoftwareValet for installing. It’s nice. The latter one is done by jeannot31.
First of all, this release includes all the code that is present in the 1.0 release of Firefox. So it’s updated to the latest AVIARY-cvs. Additionally, from the previous release, the following patches are applied:
- 239813 - tangobravo’s transparancy patch
- 242315 - Japanese input (please test this in BONE, there was a regresstion there)
- The native app patch as distributed by tqh.
But the new and the updated are far more interesting.
- 267219 - the directorypicker code is updated and is now waiting for a review.
- 266327 - The add bookmarks window will now close, and the pref window won’t whine about failed saving of prefs either. This is all fixed by this patch. It is currently waiting a super review. This patch couldn’t be made without tangobravo’s help.
- The search bar is now fixed. (If it still doesn’t work, delete compreg.dat from your config/settings/Mozilla/Firefox/default.4a3/ dir)
If you’ve downloaded and tested one of these versions of FireFox, let the developers know of any problems and improvements that you notice when using the browser. Any feedback will help them make a better FireFox browser for the BeOS community.
Raycone Software announced a few days ago the launch of their new and improved webpage (which is still under construction) and that work has been done to their products with new releases coming soon. They are also going to use a new payment processor to make purchasing easier for people allowing for more than one way to purchase their products. There are a lot of details, so head over to their site to get the full announcement.
Personally, I’ve tried both their products and found InsiteConstructor to be pretty good. I can’t wait to see what improvements have been made to both InsiteConstructor and InsiteDesigner, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on their site for further updates.
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