Weekly Software News 31st March to 6th April 2014


A pretty active week in early April. Tons of updates (the ZDoom one being probably the biggest so far with the inclusion of GZDoom) and a couple of cool surprises among the new releases: you get Thunderbird and XBMC at the same time – enough to waste your free time for a while!

Updates (11)

  • Reicast: in line with the latest sources. Don’t expect much differences in speed at this stage.
  • PPSSPP: a new version I tested briefly. Not many differences vs the previous 0.98 version, but some small speed improvements here and there as well as some fixes in a couple of games.
  • Periodic calendar: this update allows for a flexible temperature range in case the recorded temperature is above or below the default range.
  • JDiskReport: this very useful tool to find out what’s taking space on your drive is now updated with a fix for the filter function.
  • ProjectLibre: It’s been a while since i did not bring an update to this Microsoft-Project-like software. Many changes under the hood probably, but i’m not sure what exactly changed since the last version I released.
  • GanttProject: a competitor to ProjectLibre, I find this last version of GanttProject actually more practical to use than ProjectLibre.
  • Jmol: this molecular viewer and builder gets a ton of updates every year, and this latest version is already very polished.
  • Predator Prey Simulation: not sure what changed in this update…
  • Battle For Wesnoth: updated to the latest sources. Glitches in mini-map are still being investigated.
  • ZDoom: this time PtitSeb packaged ZDoom and GZDoom together so you can enjoy ZDoom in OpenGL (with glshim taking care of the conversion to GLES2!). This update brings a whole new set of libraries for the sound part, making Brutal Doom a bit better than before, while still not perfect.
  • MaTris: reduced file size (hehe, git!)

New Releases (6)

  • M.A.R.S.: a new port using glshim (with modifications by PtitSeb), this time a very colorful space shooter.
  • MPS: I have found this tool on github a couple of weeks ago. It’s a very cool application to stream or download music from the net, in a very simple way (while it’s a terminal tool). It works almost flawlessly, you should give it a try !
  • MaType: A typing game. With insects in the background.
  • Thunderbird: If you were waiting for it, here it is. PtitSeb managed to compile Thunderbird (actually EarlyBird) and it seems to work well while I haven’t tried it myself yet.
  • Mečiarnátor 2: an old slovak/czech demo by DIGITAL CRIME UNLTD, ported to Pandora by M-HT.
  • XBMC Media Center: I mentioned it last week, XBMC is an excellent software to view videos, play music and stream online content. Something I almost use every single day now. Check out my article on the subject from last week.

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