RISC OS greets Windows clipboardBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th Jul 2004, 05:38:09 | Permalink | Printable
Oh no, emulation againMichael Borcherds has developed WinClip, a program that allows RISC OS to access the Windows clipboard, when running inside the VirtualRiscPC emulator. Michael suggests that WinClip will also possibly work with Red Squirrel and VA5000, which are VRPC's predecessors.
Text and images recognised by ChangeFSI can be easily copied from Windows to RISC OS via the clipboard, and Michael has also thrown in a simple EMF-to-Drawfile converter to aid WinClip. Obviously, WinClip (or ChangeFSI) would benefit massively from RISC OS Select's ImageFileConvert system.
Following the appearance of Ian Jeffray's VirtualAmp, WinClip is another small but useful program that works with VirtualRiscPC to further fuse together RISC OS and Windows, when the two OSes are running on the same computer. Fans of emulation will no doubt find Michael's utility beneficial, while native RISC OS users will see developments such as these acting as a steeper, slippery slide towards the end of the platform.
RISC OS has always been about choice: the choice to use an OS that does things differently, without the stresses that the more mainstream platforms provide. The choice to use whatever software you like, without a monopoly over-shadowing your decisions.
There's a general fear amongst native RISC OS advocates that if users get used to Microsoft Windows too much, they might - shockingly - find that they actually like it. They may begin to enjoy their DVD players, their 3D accelerated games, their web browsers that work, and applications that RISC OS will just never have. And this cannot be allowed to happen, we're told, because then they will stop using RISC OS.
So where's the choice in that? The experience of using RISC OS natively is enjoyed by many in our platform, but simply not everyone can get by with just RISC OS. This isn't restricted to just our platform: lots of people in the wide world use more than one OS in their daily lives in order to carry out a range of computing tasks. For example, this article is written in StrongEd on a RiscPC, that's sitting beside an Apple computer playing music from iTunes radio and a Linux PC that's just finished playing the Matrix on DVD. Now, arguably, the RiscPC could be a Castle Iyonix and therefore could be playing the DVD with CinoDVD (unreleased at the moment), with streamed music played via one of the RISC OS Internet radio players. That's the beauty of choice.
Just use whatever works best for you, and if you can't find something that works, then do something about it. It's your choice.
WinClip - zip download, you must also get Niall Douglas' CallWin32 first
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