Dude, where's my Impression-X?By Chris Williams. Published: 30th Oct 2004, 13:27:27 | Permalink | Printable
This time last year we were happyDespite taking up the project some twelve months ago, X-Ample are still working on making DTP package Impression 32bit compatible. A year on, some users have argued that the market is now in a worse position as before X-Ample took over Impression, users could at least buy Computer Concepts' legendary software and run it with Aemulor if required.
Once you have the source code to an application, converting it to 32bit is fairly trivial, although a moderately tedious task. We contacted X-Ample to see what the hold up is, as surely, it's not that difficult?
"Well, in a way it is, given the massive number of optimisation and 'tricks' CC used to make Impression run on a small footprint machine (e.g. 1MB on the old Arc). It's quite a number of source files and it needs extensive testing after completing one of them, as they are all inter-linked," explained X-Ample's Paul Reuvers. X-Ample are also juggling 32bit Impression, dubbed 'Impression-X', with other outside projects.
"Another problem we faced was that some of the tools used to create, compile, test and maintain the source, were in 26bit format themselves. We've spend quite a bit of time finding the sources to most of them, or recreating them where necessary. We're back on track now so, if all goes well, it should be too long."
Also, Paul tells us that users can buy the 26bit only version of Impression from X-Ample on CD, although this fact hasn't been well publicised and an announcement is being prepared. Contact them for more details if you're interested.
Meanwhile, David Pilling has released a new demo version of the Windows version of OvationPro, along with pricing and ordering details. OvationPro and Impression have been long time software rivals, in the RISC OS market.
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