Select 4 features list revealedBy Chris Williams. Published: 21st Feb 2005, 19:06:33 | Permalink | Printable
Iyonix users told to chill outAmidst uncertainty over Select support for the Iyonix, RISCOS Ltd. have today announced a brief list of features intended for Select 4. ROL also declined to include a timescale for the next installment of RISC OS 4.
Managing director Paul Middleton explained in his email to subscribers: "The totality of Select development since the release of Select3i4 has been towards the goal of total conversion of the RISC OS 4 sources to be 32 bit neutral, thus allowing the eventual running of Select on any supported platform."
The developers of RISC OS 4 say they have been working on moving the operating system over to being 32 bit neutral, seemingly focusing on a 32 bit OS for the ARM9 powered A9 range of computers. ROL and Advantage Six appear to be mostly working on their own and say they have used the opportunity to discover and fix various bugs hidden within RISC OS' ants nest structure.
However, subscribers with Iyonix computers have noticeably grown impatient over RISCOS Ltd.'s lack of direction. Earlier this month, one user said he was still "waiting to hear a fairly clear announcement of what is going to happen and when". Another fumed: "I've not taken sides in any of the various disputes, this is...just a request for some information to enable us to make up our minds about what to spend our money on. I haven't renewed my subscription, but I will if there appears to be something to reassure us that things are moving forward in the right direction and at the right pace."
Paul said today, "We are definitely committed to supporting all current RISC OS platforms via the Select scheme, and we will be making Select32 application forms generally available when a clearer completion target date is in sight. We are not at present funding Select32 via advance payment of Select subscriptions, though that may become necessary at some point."
ROL told drobe.co.uk late last year that they intend to work on embedded 32 bit RISC OS 4, then Select 4 and then finally, Select 32. The A9 range of computers use an embedded form of RISC OS 4 that's tailored for clients' particular applications.
Select 4 features (in brief from RISCOS Ltd.)
- More image format converters and updates to !Paint and !Draw
- 'Search as you type', a toolbar and keyboard shortcut support for the Filer, as well as other updates
- Multicast DNS support for the Internet stack and other features to help make configuring your network setup as straight forward as possible
- CMYK and YCbCrK JPEG handling
- Desktop theme designers can now introduce 'rollovers' on buttons in windows, so that they automatically animate as you move the mouse pointer over them
- Filecore and !HForm boast support for the latest ATA and SMART standards
RISCOS Ltd. website
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