Information about these sites
Duncan Breckels writes:
This site acts as a holding page to point you to the main information I have published which is all located elsewhere - follow the links on the opening page to find it. This tiny site was first put together a decade ago, and it's now looking very dated. No matter, if it does its job.
For most of its life this has been hosted on free space from BT/Yahoo, but as that was discontinued with effect from October 2012, it has been moved to its own space.
As is all too obvious, no commercial designers have been used in preparing these pages for publication. Like many before me, I have done all the work myself, and the information on the equipment and software I first used all that time ago is set out here for interest.
For information, the following have been used:
- An Acorn RiscPC Computer which has been gradually updated to RISC OS 6.20 and a 200Mhz StrongARM processor.Since the demise of Acorn Computers, the brand continued for a while under the aegis of Castle Technology.
- A flatbed scanner has been used, mostly a Mustek ScanExpress 1200SP pro but latterly an Agfa Snapscan 1236.
- !ArtWorks, the commercial vector drawing package from Computer Concepts' was used to originate some of the artwork in conjuction with useful add-on programs from MW Software.
- !Browse, the Acorn web browser. (This won't run on the latest version of RISC OS)
- !Oregano, a web browser from oregon Networks, marketed by Castle Technology
- !Netsurf, a browser still being developed for the platform and also available for Linux & Mac OS among others.
- !Draw, a vector drawing package that comes free with the machine.
- !ChangeFSI, free with the computer, is a handy way of processing scanned images and altering things like the size, contrast and dynamic range.
- !Composition, originally from Clares and now sold by APDL, has been used for image processing & masking.
- !Edit, the text editor that comes free with the computer.
- !Family, a freeware family tree editing and printing application, first written by Dennis Howe and since updated by Pennine Software.
- !HTML3, a freeware web macro inserter by Richard Goodwin has been found very useful in speeding up the production of some pages.
- A commercial package authored by David Pilling known as !DPSS or !DPlngScan has also been used for processing and originating some of the scans
- !InterGif, a freeware utility by Peter Hartley, has been used for converting Acorn style graphics files into .gif files for the Web.
- !Paint, an editor for bitmap graphics that is also free with the machine, has been used for grabbing images from the screen and for tidying up some images.
- !Sleuth2, an OCR package by Beebug, and now marketed by APDL has been used to prepare the Mills Research Group's pages in copying text from the original printed proceedings, in making extracts from the guidebook for the St Peter's Church pages and in preparing the extracts from Blomefield's History of Norfolk.
- !Twain drivers from David Pilling have been used with both !DPlngScan and !Sleuth2.
- !Zap, an excellent freeware editor, has an HTML mode which has been used on some pages.
- The typeface on the main homepage is StMartin.Extended from the iSV Products "Professional Typography Expert 2100" CD collection.
- Cibarious.Bold is used for the heading on the Breckels home page, and comes from the same iSV collection
- The typeface on the Family history homepage is Davys.Ribbons, a PD font obtained from the "Free 4000 Public Domain Fonts" CD issued by the Electronic Font Foundry (and now out of stock).
- Richard Lawn, Rachel Hutchings and Richard Allen for taking the photographs of St Peter's Church.