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The Icon Bar: News and features: SW Show Preview: Bright future for Easi & TechWriter
 

SW Show Preview: Bright future for Easi & TechWriter

Posted by Andrew Duffell on 20:51, 24/2/2005 | , , , ,
 
easiwriterThis Saturday sees the SW show come to town in North Somerset. In a continuation of our preview of plans for the show we contacted Mike Glover from Icon Technology (home of EasiWriter and TechWriter).

With Martin Wuerthner now working on Tech/Easiwriter there have been a number of recent updates that make up version 8.31 which will be on sale at the show. Both applications are now "26/32 bit compatible (i.e. one version for both RISC OS 3.5+ & 5)." and have "ArtWorks support, Auto-save and much more." Mike told The Icon Bar.

Mike then gave us an announcement from Martin Wuerthner which detailed future development of Tech/Easiwriter.

Martin detailed plans for simple macros: "First of all, there will be abbreviation expansion using recorded keyboard macros, so you can define your own abbreviations by recording sequences of keypresses and binding them to abbreviations. Later, you simply type an abbreviation and have it expanded either using a special keyboard shortcut or (optionally) by typing a dot. Since recorded abbreviations can include function keys and even expansions of other abbreviations, you can do much more than just expand an abbreviation to a word. You can for example make the word appear in bold or insert complete structures."

Simple Applet
Easiwriter macro applet

As well as these simple macros there are also going to be an even more powerful feature: "A fully fledged modular programming language that allows you to write your own macro applets.". Macro applets have almost endless possibilities, and can be used to do tasks such as ensuring all headings start with a capital letter.

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  SW Show Preview: Bright future for Easi & TechWriter
  monkeyson2 (21:11 24/2/2005)
  ad (21:15 24/2/2005)
    ilcook (22:29 24/2/2005)
      neorxenawang (15:08 27/2/2005)
        ad (16:15 27/2/2005)
 
Phil Mellor Message #93308, posted by monkeyson2 at 21:11, 24/2/2005
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Cool.

Any chance of macro viruses, like Word? ;)

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Andrew Duffell Message #93309, posted by ad at 21:15, 24/2/2005, in reply to message #93308
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That all depends on how featured the language is I would have thought, but given that I have never come across a RO virus (although I know some exist), I don't expect it likly that any would materialise in the near future.
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Ian Cook Message #93310, posted by ilcook at 22:29, 24/2/2005, in reply to message #93309
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Don't speak too soon.
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Message #93311, posted by neorxenawang at 15:08, 27/2/2005, in reply to message #93310
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"Any chance of macro viruses, like Word? ;) "

On behalf of Mike Glover:

"we hadn't realised there would be a demand
for them;-)

The serious answer is that file access will be restricted to one specific folder and Macros will
not be saved with documents, so Martin had thought
of that (how could we think otherwise).

EW/TW will continue to strip out the layer containing viri when importing Word documents adding to their usefulness. I know of at least one IT teacher
who insists that the little darlings read and save (using EW) all Word docs that they bring from home before they use them on a PC."

Cool indeed ;-)

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Andrew Duffell Message #93312, posted by ad at 16:15, 27/2/2005, in reply to message #93311
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Thats great news. I know a lot of people have been concerned at the risk there could be word virus problems. Thanks :)
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