Artworks 2.2 teasingBy Ian Chamberlain. Published: 29th Mar 2004, 00:54:17 | Permalink | Printable
Tempt not a desperate manAs reported last week, Martin Wuerthner is currently a very busy chap indeed. As well as taking on extra work to develop the EasiWriter and TechWriter applications, full-time work continues on ArtWorks 2, with a whole raft of features planned for the next release, 2.2.
This week Martin gave users a sneak preview into one of the most demanded features to be brought to ArtWorks: bitmap fills. Take a look at this snapshot, which illustrates how you can fill shapes with other images and shapes. Other possible new features also include graduated transparency, CMYK sprite handling and PDF export.
Eager users, tormented and teased by this glimpse into ArtWorks' future, vented their frustration on the support mailing list, with one user commenting (albeit with a grin), "I do not think it is nice of you to tease us like that". Martin calmed his adoring fans, suggesting that, if all goes to plan, the new version would be available at this year's Wakefield show.
Although the RISC OS community is now very sceptical about pre-announcements, we ought to remind ourselves that Martin is the man who did what many thought impossible: he brought ArtWorks to a 32bit RISC OS platform and more recently, he delivered a powerful colour printing solution in the form of Gimp Print.
Drobe looks forward to reviewing ArtWorks 2.2 soon after Wakefield 2004.
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