Arachne Software was an Acorn Registered Developer until the end. We have been developing software for the Acorn platform for many years, and under the name of Arachne Software since around 1991.
I set up Arachne Software when we realised that the software we were developing required us to become Acorn Registered Developers, and we have been Registered Developers ever since. At the time, we were working on an animation utility to produce animations of molecules rotating. The molecules were drawn using a DOS program running under the PC emulator. Our utility controlled the PC emulator to capture frames, then saved a free-standing animation.
The animations were shown at a Royal Society of Chemistry meeting at Winchester School, at about the time when Acorn released the A5000. It was immediately clear that there would be a great deal of interest in a native molecular modeller for the Acorn platform, so Molecular Modeller became our first product.
The Molecular Modeller was improved extensively over the next few years, and marketed on a very tight budget. It is still available, and there is an upgrade elsewhere on this site which makes it StrongARM-compatible.
Arachne was then approached by TAG developments, who had heard of our Molecular Modeller from Acorn Computers. TAG put our Molecular Modeller in their Secondary Education catalogue, and sold a lot more copies for us!
Later, TAG were looking for someone to convert HyperStudio to the Acorn, approached Arachne, and I am very pleased that we eventually got the contract!
Other software by Arachne has included:
HyperStudio is described here .
Although I have now left TAG Developments Ltd, support for HyperStudio will continue from Arachne on a consultancy basis, as it began.
Tim Barrett's SampleManager (see below) is used in HyperStudio (and is significantly better than what we used before).
RiscOopLib, which is written by Tim and myself, is still under development. HyperStudio is written using it.
Patient Profiler will run on any Acorn computer running at least RISC OS 3.1 with 4MB memory and a hard disk (minimum recommended screen resolution is 800x600).
Patient Profiler has been used for about 18 months by a single-handed Doctor with about 1600 patients.It is being used on an old A4 with an external monitor.
Arachne hasn't been as active as it used to be over the last few years, but we still have plans:
Many people have been involved with Arachne since it was set up, and I am grateful to them all. It would be difficult to choose people, so I will just list a few who spring to mind.
Jim Cameron - involved in the Chemistry-related bits of the Molecular Modeller (predicting the shapes of molecules, etc.), and more recently in the HyperStudio cross-platform support code
Andrew Powell - for all his encouragement with Molecular Modeller
Mark Vevers - for introducing me to the 'Archimedes'
Tim Barrett - The RayTracer, RiscOopLib, HyperStudio, SampleManager
David Parker, Rachel Boxall etc. - your invaluable marketing of Molecular Modeller in the beginning
John Newton - I am asked to write, 'bottomless thanks go do my dear friend, and ex-housemate Mr John Newton for his peerless renditions of spiders and webs and things!'. Guess who drew that spider?