VirtualA5000 V 1.40 Hard Disc drive

VirtualA5000 comes supplied with the latest universal !Boot sequence and the standard set of RISC OS applications and utilities. Also included in the installer are some filing utilities, such as ArcFS, Sparkplug and others. The VirtualA5000 installer also includes all the manuals, DrawWorks Millennium, Mr Clippy, clip art files and Ovation.

You can also install a set of optional software collections into the RISC OS hard disc directory. These optional software collections are not required for VirtualA5000 to function, but are provided free of charge with VirtualA5000 to give users a wide range of quality RISC OS software that they may wish to use.

These software packs are as follows.

Shareware Pack - This contains Shareware and Careware software, use of these products will be subject to the licence agreements supplied with each application. In addition you should be aware that use of any of these applications for more than a particular period (normally 30 days) will require a separate payment to be made to the author concerned, or in the case of Careware, to a charitable organisation.

Public Domain and Freeware Applications Pack - This contains Public Domain and Freeware software, use of these products will be subject to the licence agreements supplied with each application, however you will not normally need to pay a fee to use these applications. This pack contains a selection of the best PD and Freeware for RISC OS, included are desktop utilities, design packages, graphics tools and much more...

Public Domain and Freeware Games Pack - This contains Public Domain and Freeware games, use of these products will be subject to the licence agreements supplied with each game, however you will not normally need to pay a fee to play them. This pack contains a selection of the best PD and Freeware games for RISC OS.

Programmers Pack - This contains Public Domain and Freeware software aimed at those who are interested in programming under RISC OS. Use of these products will be subject to the licence agreements supplied with each application, you will not normally need to pay a fee to use these applications, however any program you produce using them may be subject to certain licence restrictions.

Assuming a user was to install VirtualA5000 and all the packs then they would end up with a disk build as shown below. Note that we have colour coded items to show which pack they are in. These colour codes should not be used to indicate the copyright status of individual applications. You should always read the licence conditions supplied with each application. Those shown in black are installed as part of VirtualA5000 itself.

  • !Boot - The RISC OS !Boot sequence.
  • Apps - Extension applications - anything placed in the root directory of this folder will also appear in Apps on the icon bar.
    • !CloseUp - Screen magnifier
    • !Help - full time help system
    • !Help2 - (replaces !Help) much improved version of interactive help
    • !XChars - improved version of !Chars
    • 3DGraphics - programs for making and showing 3D objects.
      • Merlin - commercial ray tracing package
      • Ray3DPro - 3D editor and ray tracer
    • Astronomy - one of our hobbies
      • !Copernicus - An astronomical almanac
      • !MoonTool - show phases of the moon
      • !Spotter - identify objects in the sky
      • !SSystem - solar system simulator
      • SkyGuide - display sky views at specific times
    • Business - serious software
      • Account2 - bank account manager
      • Organizer - organize your life
      • SpreadSheet - SSS the simple spreadsheet
    • CAD - Computer Aided Design
      • Layout - design printed circuit boards
      • RISCPCB - an alternative PCB designer
    • Database - Database programs
      • Genesis - multi-tasking genesis presentation viewer
        • !Browser - the Genesis browser
        • !GenLib - Genesis shared resources
      • MovieBase - movie database
      • PowerBase - powerful Shareware database system
    • DTP - Desktop Publishing programs
      • DrawUtils - utilities for making draw files
        • !Draw->WMF - convert drawfiles to Windows Metafiles
        • !DrawLots - make lots of different shapes
        • !Freehand - make freehand drawings
        • !WMF->Draw - convert WMF files into drawfiles
        • DrawRot - make repeated shapes by rotating drawfiles
        • SpiroDraw - design interesting patterns
      • DrawWorks - DrawWorks Millennium vector/bitmap graphics package
      • ImpJunior - Impression Junior, an entry level DTP package
      • Ovation - powerful DTP package supplied by APDL
      • PDF - PDF (Portable Document Format) viewer
      • Utilities - various DTP utilities
        • !AntiWord - read MicroSoft Word files
        • !Quotes - use smart quotes in DTP packages
        • !RTFReader - load Rich Text Files on RISC OS
        • !RTFWriter - create Rich Text Files on RISC OS
        • ChangeTXT - convert text files between operating systems
      • WordHound - dictionary and theosourus
    • Editors - text and file editors
      • StrongED - popular text editor
      • Zap - the leading RISC OS programming editor
    • Genealogy - family tree programs
      • CheckGED - fix errors in GEDCOM files
      • Ged-Web - make HTML from GEDCOM files
      • Family - family tree generator
      • Roots - family tree editor
    • Graphics - graphics file format conversion utilities
      • !FYEO2 - comprehensive image file converter
      • !Process - bitmap editor
      • !Spr2Png - convert between RISC OS sprites and PNG files
      • !WimpFrac - multi-tasking fractal generator
      • DAPicture - formerly commercial graphics package from Digital Arts
      • GraphDraw - produce graphs easily and quickly
      • InterGif - create GIF files, and turn GIFs into sprites
      • Texture - Texture Garden, make lots of textures easily
  • Diversions - contains fun and interesting programs
    • !3DLife - 3D life simulator
    • !Dilbert - makes company mission statements
    • !CallChange - bell ringing demonstration
    • !Lotto - pick your winning numbers
    • Demos - directory of demo programs
      • !2DWaves - makes interesting patterns
      • !A5000demo - the original Acorn A5000 rolling demo
      • !Dive - dive into a mandlebrot set in real time
      • !FishTank - 3D fishtank simulator
    • Enigma - a complete simulation of an Enigma machine
    • Games - PD and Freeware RISC OS games
      • !ArchieMan - desktop version of PacMan
      • !ArcRoids - Asteroids for RISC OS
      • !ArkaII - bat and ball game
      • !Asylum - platform game, get the level editor from Acorn Arcade
      • !Baka-Chal - classic board game (not for goat lovers)
      • !HangMan - hangman word guessing game
      • !LadyBird - Maze game
      • !OddBall - a different take on the bat and ball game, get cheats from Acorn Arcade
      • !Patience - the classic card game
      • !Sokobas - desktop puzzle game
      • !Swarm - arcade shoot-em-up
      • !Xor - multi-tasking puzzle game
      • AntiGrav - guide the spaceship through the caverns
      • BackGammn - Backgammon game
      • BotKillerII - action based platform game
      • Elite - the classic space trading game
      • Lemings - clone of the classic Lemmings game
      • Mahjong - tiles game
      • ManicMiner - platform adventure game
      • MarsQuake - similar to Bomberman, only better
      • Monopoly - multi-tasking Monopoly game
      • Solitaire - desktop solitaire
      • SuperFE - SuperFoulEgg
      • Thrust - Arcade co-ordination game
      • Tiles - word game
    • Pyro - a fireworks simulator
    • SignalBox - a complex signal box simulator
  • Education - contains sample educational programs
    • Chemistry - chemistry programs
      • !DrawChem - produce 2D Molecular diagrams
      • !Element - periodic table and more
      • !PeriodData - shows electron arrangements
      • MChoice - a multiple choice quiz
      • MoleDraw - molecular drawing package
      • RasMol - visualise molecules in 3 dimensions
    • Geography
      • !Atmospher - information on the atmosphere
      • !Distances - how far apart are UK towns
      • !OS_Symbol - quiz about OS symbols
      • !SloEurope - spotlight on Europe quiz
      • !WaterWays - map of UK waterways
      • !Where_Eur - Where in Europe quiz
      • !Where_UK - Where in UK quiz
    • History
      • !Monarchs - list English Kings and Queens
      • Castles - an example Genesis database about Castles
      • Churches - an example Genesis database about Churches
    • Languages
      • !Dilo - Spanish language tutor
      • !Dis-le - French language tutor
      • !Dis-leII - More French language
      • !Ergane - translation dictionary
      • !Gong-Che - Chinese language tutor
      • !Sprich - German language tutor
      • !WordTest - find the correct word in lots of languages
      • !Zoo - guess the animal
    • Maths
      • !Fraction - calculate fractions
      • !Numeric - numerical analysis
      • !Quad - solve quadratic equations
      • !StarMaths - maths based game
      • Expression - Expression Editor
      • MChoice - multiple choice quiz
      • PolyDraw - produce polyhedra and view/save them as 3D models
      • PolyNet - create planar nets from polyhedra data files
      • Stellate - produce uniform polyhedra and their stellations
    • Misc - misc educational programs
      • Quizland - educational quiz
      • Turtle - on screen Turtle program
    • Physics
      • !FourST - simulation of a four stroke piston engine
      • !Kinetic - moving molecules demo
      • !MChoice - multiple choice quiz
      • !NCradle - Newtons cradle simulator
      • !TwoST - simulation of a two stroke piston engine
      • Tests2 - more multiple choice tests
    • Reports - write school reports
      • !Report - report generator
      • Examples - some example files
      • Forms - some standard forms in multiple formats
  • Emulators - turn your VirtualA5000 into other computers
    • BBC - Emulators for the BBC B and BBC Master
    • FasterPC - PC Emulator including a version of FreeDOS
  • Filing - applications and utilities concerned with disc filing
    • !ArcFS - Read only Archive Filing System
    • !MapIt - Set the filetype for lots of files at once
    • !Sparkplug - Reads Spark and WinZip files
    • !TypeFind - What filetype is a file
    • !VZap - anti virus application
    • !X-files - special long file names filing system
    • !ZipEE - read and write compressed Zip files
    • X-Recover - repair a damaged X-File
  • Images - a directory of sample clip art from APDL
    • !MrClippy - a clip art browser and manager
    • !MrCManual - manual for Mr Clippy
    • Bitmap - bitmap sprite files
    • 30s40s50s - bitmap scans of images from the 1930s,40s and 50s
      • Buildings - all sorts of buildings
      • Nature - animals and plants
      • Objects - household objects
      • People - lots of different people
      • Scenes - landscapes
      • Transport - cars, airplanes and more
    • Background - assorted backgrounds
    • Vector - draw files
      • Animals - Pictures of Animals
      • Arrows - Lots of different arrows
      • Backgrounds - Backgrounds for your designs
      • Banners - Some example banners
      • Borders - Borders for use with DTP packages
      • Bubbles - speech and think bubbles
      • Buildings - pictures of buildings
      • Cartoons - misc cartoons
      • Computers - pictures of computers
      • Impliments - pictures of household objects
      • Literature - pictures of books
      • Logos - some sample logos
      • Objects - pictures of misc objects
      • Occasions - wedding pictures
      • Office - office equipment
      • People - Lots of different pictures of people
      • Religion - religious images
      • Scenes - complete still life/landscape pictures
      • Signs - all sorts of signs
      • Symbols - misc symbols
      • Transport - cars, buses, aircraft etc
      • Words - dynamic logotypes
  • MyFiles - similar to the My Documents folder under Windows
  • Printing - contains RISC OS printer support
    • !FontPrint - PostScript printer utility
    • !Printers - The RISC OS printer manager
    • PrintEdit - printer driver editor
    • Printers - contains RISC OS printer drivers
    • ReadME - important !Printers information
    • UserGuide - !Printers 1.53 user Guide (also included in the VirtualA5000 RISC OS Guide)
  • Programmer - tools for RISC OS programmers
    • BASIC - tools for those writing in BASIC
      • BasComp - compress BASIC programs to make them faster
      • DrWimp - comprehensive library and programming tool
      • Whizz - Simple BASIC compiler
      • WimpWorks2 - demo version of the WimpWorks2 programming environment
    • CandC++ - tools for C programmers
      • GCC - port of GCC C/C++
      • LCC - another C compiler
    • Games - tools for game designers
      • GameSuite - comprehensive game designers package
    • HTML - tools for those working with HTML
      • HTML3 - comprehensive HTML editing
      • LinkSure - check for broken links in HTML pages
    • WIMP - tools for WIMP programmers
      • !TemplED - WIMP template editor
      • !WimpAid - Information on windows, icons and the pointer
      • !WindowRD - screen grab windows easily
  • Sound - sample sound files
    • !CDPlayer - play music CDs from the CD-ROM drive
    • Ample - music programming language
    • AudioFS2 - display audio CDs as files
    • REMidi - MIDI file playback software with example tracks
    • SoundCon - convert between a wide variety of audio formats
    • PDVivaldi - the PD !Vivaldi tracker editor and some sample tracker soundtrack files
    • Maestro - sample Maestro tunes
  • Tutorials - RISC OS tutorials and help guides
    • !StrongHelp - comprehensive on-line manual and help guide
    • Docs - various RISC OS documentation
    • DrawTutor - files from the RISC OS user guide !Draw Tutor
    • PaintTutor - files from the RISC OS user guide !Paint tutor
    • RISCOS - complete RISC OS user guide in HTML format
    • VirtualA5000 - complete VirtualA5000 user guide in HTML format
    • ReadMe - readme file for the tutorials
    • WelcomeGde - sample Drawfile from the RISC OS Welcome Guide.
  • Utilities - RISC OS utilities
    • !AWViewer - updated viewer for ArtWorks graphics files
    • !CDPlayer - RISC OS CD player (only works on versions of VirtulA5000 that support CD drives)
    • !ChangeFSI - Acorn image converter and processor
    • !Clock - on screen analogue clock
    • !HForm - ADFS hard disc formatter
    • !NeXTBar - application launcher
    • !ResetBoot - use if you !Boot sequence gets corrupted but NOT if !Boot is working correctly
    • !SaveCMOS - save a copy of the RISC OS CMOS ram (which contains the computers configuration)
    • !T1toFont - convert PostScript Type1 fonts into Acorn fonts
    • !TinyDirs - dock directories onto the RISC OS Icon bar.
    • Access+ - Acorn networking system (not supported under VirtualA5000)
    • Patches - patches to get older (RISC OS 2) programs running on RISC OS 3
    • SpeedTests - programs for measuring system performance
      • !BogoMips - get a bogomips reading for VirtualA5000
      • !Sick - comprehensive set of speed tests
      • ArmSI - check the speed of your hard disk
      • CpuSpeed - tests raw CPU performance
      • HDSpeed - check the speed of your hard disk

RISC OS also comes with the following applications built into the ROM.

  • !Alarm - clock, alarm and reminder application
  • !Calc - on screen calculator
  • !Chars - character selector
  • !Configure - configure RISC OS
  • !Draw - vector drawing package
  • !Edit - text editor
  • !Maestro - music editor
  • !Paint - bitmap painting program
  • !Printers - printer driver and manager
  • !SciCalc - scientific calculator
  • !Squash - file compression utility

Please note that we reserve the right to make changes to this disc image, and to add and remove programs at any time. This document is intended as a guide only.

The VirtualRPC software packs were produced with the help and assistance of a great number of RISC OS authors, developers and copyright holders, including: Pace Micro Technology, David Holden of APDL (The Archimedes Public Domain Library), ARM Ltd, Clares Micro Supplies Ltd, MadSoft, Robert Seago, Graeme Barnes, Derek Haslam, Rosemary Miskin, Darren Salt, Chris Johnson, Paul Reuvers, Ian Macfarlane, Paul Johnson, John Pettigrew, Paul Vigay, Aaron Timbrell, Rik Griffin, Richard Goodwin, Peter Naulls, Mathias Seifert, Andrew Flegg, David Snell, Robert Richards, Martin Wuerthner, Paul Taylor, Chris Hall, Ray Favre, Terry Swanborough, David Ruck, Kate Crennell, David Crennell, Alex Waugh, Clive Gringras, Dave Lawrence, Acorn Arcade, Henrik Bjerregaard Pedersen, Thomas Olsson, David Bradforth, Matthias Seifert, Martin Wuerthner, Mark Daniel, Nat Queen and many many more. We thank all the authors who have contributed to the VirtualAcorn project.

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