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RiscCAD returns to author

By Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Nov 2004, 12:18:03 | Permalink | Printable

Welcome back

RiscCad logoSoftware developer David Buck has taken back control of development, sales and marketing of RiscCAD from dealer APDL.

Dave commented in his announcement: "May I take this opportunity to thank APDL for their efforts in the last few years in promoting RiscCAD. I am not yet sure what I will do with the software, but I will support existing users who have any queries."

David began writing computer aided design (CAD) software in the 1980s, for his Master Compact, and then later for his Arthur powered A310 Archimedes.

"RiscCAD does not have as much assembler in it as people may think, probably about 20K, so it should not be difficult to make it 32bit. It may already run on the 32 bit OS, as the code if fairly simple and does not do anything 'naughty'," Dave told drobe.co.uk. "However, I have been out of the RISC OS scene for about 4 years, so I can't say for certain, and I will need to do some research.

"As for what is planned for it. I'm not sure. I may decide not to market and sell it, so I may just release it as PD."

If you have any questions, you can drop David an email at david [dot] buck [at] freeuk [dot] com.


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I'd be interested to know the reason for David wanting to take back control of development. If it's a return to "the RISC OS scene", then it's very welcome news.

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 3/11/04 2:44PM
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Lets hope he does return the fold.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 3/11/04 8:38PM
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Maybe RISC OS is now starting to show a promising future, this plus the not so difficult task of 32 bitting RiscCAD is incentive? While this is great for design, It would please me to see !Sibelius7 go 32bit plus an update? :smile:

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 3/11/04 11:53PM
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David, Great news indeed

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 4/11/04 12:28AM
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David, Well if anything was going to mitigate the US election result, your announcement certainly does. Welcome news indeed.

As you may recall, we use RiscCAD for most of our architectural work, occasionally migrating to other systems in the office such as AutocCAD, VectorWorks, and Microstation. Time and time again, we find RiscCAD faster, simpler and easier to use than all else. Yes, it does have its limits, but it has stood up well.

We were seriously considering migrating to the Linux platform as RiscCAD, we were told, wouldn't carry onto the Iyonix with great improvement. The software could really do with the shot in the arm, (no pun intended), that the Iyonix's speed could adminster.

I won't bore you withour wish-list just yet, it's too large!

I just want to reassure you that any work you're willing to put into RiscCAD would be most appreciated and certainly purchased by us.

If we can help, please get in touch.

kind regards


 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 4/11/04 12:49AM
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I presume you said as much in your email to him in case he doesn't read here :)

 is a RISC OS Userjohn on 4/11/04 12:36PM
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