On Aug. 31, Mateusz Viste updated FDNPKG, his versatile package manager, to 0.99. Changes: -- support for "link" files to include third-party apps into %PATH%, -- compiled FDNPKG with -lemu for 387 emu, so it runs on a 386 w/o FPU, -- during download, progress is shown on a single line (with refresh), -- version string parser recognizes v1.0.2 as being newer than v1.01, -- support for ZIP files that do not contain directory entries (zip -D), -- FDNPKG is not UPXed with LZMA anymore, loads 10x faster on my 386SX, -- added repositories 'SOUND' and 'EDIT' to the default cfg file, -- sources install switched OFF by default. You can grab binaries and sources at SourceForge or iBiblio or just type FDNPKG UPDATE FDNPKG. Thanks, Fox!
Jerome Shidel has been working on a set of power utilities for DOS batch files. Called the V8Power Tools for DOS, they provide "Visual" equivalents to many command line tools, such as VCLS, VCHOICE, VECHO .. as well as new power tools such as VPROGRES (display a progress bar) and VFRAME (for text-mode boxes). You can use these to make your batch files more interactive. I would also like to see them used to simplify the install program into a smart batch file (I mentioned this on my blog). V8Power Tools for DOS are available under the GNU GPL. Screenshots are on the V8Power website. Source code is on GitHub.
Gopherus is a gopher browser for DOS and other platforms. Mateusz Viste shared this short announcement about the new release of Gopherus. v1.0b brings minor changes, including: - Added support for scripted downloading - The 'downloading' status bar is refreshed more often, - Recompiled the DOS version linking against an 80386 watt32, - DOS exe linked with a 387 emu lib so gopherus can run on a 386SX. Download at gopherus.sourceforge.net.
DOSMid is a MIDI player for DOS. It's a real mode application designed to run on very modest hardware configurations. It plays both MIDI and RMID files. DOSMid is not a software MIDI emulator, thus it requires a MIDI-capable hardware available via the standard MPU-401 interface. Some sound cards provide such interface natively, although many need an additional 'wavetable' daughterboard to produce actual MIDI sound. DOSMid 0.6.1 fixes several bugs, including: - fixed a NULL pointer dereferencing bug, - possible memory access troubles are reported clearly to the user, - forcing GM patches to MPU because some songs rely on default instruments, - refactored the sound output code (and added /nosound). Download at dosmid.sourceforge.net or install from the FreeDOS command line: FDNPKG INSTALL DOSMID