X-Ample woos RiScriptBy Chris Williams. Published: 30th Jun 2004, 23:02:58 | Permalink | Printable
32bit version flauntedX-Ample are currently in talks with RiScript developers Roeland van den Bos and Jeroen Medema, who, according to X-Ample, are willing to continue development of the PDF authoring package. RiScript was distributed by Cerilica, however it's understood that the developers have ended their contract with Cerilica.
This should come as a relief to RiScript users, as there has been a growing concern of late as to the fate of the application. However, at the RISC OS Expo 2004 show, X-Ample demonstrated a 32bit compatible version of RiScript, which also included support for the full path clipping of objects and an updated choices system.
"Especially the path clipping stuff is a major improvement," Paul Reuvers of X-Ample told drobe.co.uk.
"I was very pleased to see one of my test pages (the exploded view of an Enigma wheel, drawn in ArtWorks, containing numerous graduated fills) being displayed correctly for the first time. Not only does it now render path clipping correctly, the clip path is now also exported with the document, so that it displays correctly on a PC."
The 32bit version of RiScript is currently in a beta release state. Paul wouldn't be drawn on the exact final release date, but added that it still needed some more work and it would be in users' hands "in the nearby future".
RiScript started life in 1992 as a free "poscript viewer and translator", and was later packaged up and sold commercially by Cerilica.
X-Ample are also working on Impression-X (no release dates, but "quite a bit is done now and it looks good" according to Paul), and also Tracer Professional (in beta at the moment, full release expected within the next few weeks).
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