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The story behind RiScript 5

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th Nov 2005, 11:45:05 | Permalink | Printable

For all your PDF fans

RiScript 5 logoThe tale of how RiScript 5 was born has been published on the software's website. Written by RiScript co-author Jeroen Medema, the piece discusses the technology used in the PDF generating package, how development progressed and how it all works.

Jeroen writes: "Roeland van den Bos and I started the design and development of RiScript in 1990. This was on an ArchimedesA310 and an A5000. We were close colleagues, and Roeland introduced me to the wonderful world of RISCOS.

"There are alternatives to RiScript on RISCOS, but they all offer fewer facilities and are not native to RISCOS. However, these packages are available for free, and RiScript is a commercial product, so my advice is to choose what you need."

The article is fairly spin free and appeared a while ago in Foundation Risc User. Normally we're allergic to pieces written by those close to the subject material, but in this case, it's a good example of how software developers should promote their software - lots of screenshots and useful information. Since Jeroen penned the article, ArtWorks has gained PDF export capabilities.

RiScript 5 was released earlier this year to much fanfare, with demand initially overwhelming the publisher's website.

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I was quite 'amused' at their comparison of Adobe Reader and RiScript with RiScript coming out top in some things!

RiScript is an extremely good package, but I not sure its a totally fair comparison ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 9/11/05 5:25PM
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Enjoyable article. One comparison stuck me as unfair, however: "Also, Adobe Reader is only intended for displaying PDF files, and cannot handle PostScript, let alone generate PDF files or convert output into Draw format." This is true, since it is Adobe Acrobat's job to export PDF, /not/ Acrobat Reader's.

Also, the comparison between RiScript's and acroread's renderering reminded me that I have noticed that rendering quality has gone down from acroread 5 to acroread 7 (imho). I wonder if anyone knows what has changed between these releases to cause this.

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 9/11/05 9:04PM
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Acrobat Reader is also a full forms package if you have livecycle and includes a 3d rendering engine to display animations and walkthrough simulations.....

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 9/11/05 9:17PM
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The biggest limitation I have come across with RiScript is that it doesn't (unlike freeware !PDF) display TrueType fonts in PDFs.

Joeren has told me that this is another feature on the shopping list!

 is a RISC OS Usercynic on 10/11/05 6:33PM
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