Light at end of Impression-X tunnelBy Chris Williams. Published: 15th Mar 2005, 18:55:42 | Permalink | Printable
Easy does it, easy does itA few concerned readers have contacted us, forever wondering where Impression-X is. In our previous update, X-Ample said they were still working hard on producing a 32 bit version of the popular DTP application despite devoting time to other more financially rewarding projects, adding that we should expect a CD version soon.
We've since learnt that no such release has materialised and now users are growing uneasy as to the fate of their documents locked in Computer Concepts' proprietary Impression file format. This raises the question of just how much data and information is there locked away on old file formats, which can only be opened by long forgotten legacy software.
An X-Ample developer told us earlier today that work on finishing Impression-X is "going rather well and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel". We suggested that maybe they could offer the work to another interested programmer, however X-Ample's view is, "it's an immense job. The program is very complex and consists of over 100 source files that all interact with each other".
Dealer CJE Micros confirmed that, as of a few months ago, X-Ample's Paul Reuvers had made "significant progress but still had a way to go". They also currently have a number of Impression Publisher Plus and Impression Style copies in stock, should anyone fear an Impression drought or need a 26 bit copy. Coincidentally, a new demo version of Ovation Pro for Windows is available, which expires towards the end of April.
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