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Christmas roadshow news

By Chris Williams. Published: 15th Dec 2005, 17:02:39 | Permalink | Printable

New Techwriter, UniPrint and Grapevine teasers, 32 bit ROS 4 and more

Roadshow motif of a little car on a mapThe three day Christmas RISC OS roadshow has begun this evening, starting at the West Bromwich Albion football club, near Birmingham. The events were arranged by RISCOS Ltd. in hope of treating punters who couldn't make it to the various larger shows this year. A number of exhibitors are travelling around England to present their wares, although we're not expecting any major surprises.

Disaster, however, struck for CJE Micros when boss Chris Evans dislocated his knee cap while loading up a van with stock yesterday evening. The big hearted dealer, who earlier this year competed in a triathlon to raise cash for charity, says he will make it to the Birmingham event but may need help with some heavy lifting.

Icon Technology will be releasing version 8.50 of Easiwriter and Techwriter at the roadshow. This will include the previously reported structure bars, improved object guides, coloured borders, amongst other features. Users who update to this latest version can also pick up a free A9home compatible beta release of Techwriter to test drive. Upgrade costs start from 30 quid.

The roadshow will be a "low key" affair for R-Comp, who are bringing products they released at the Guildford show. Andrew Rawnsley said: "There will, of course be some updated versions of things. For example, UniPrint 2.01 shipped a couple of weeks ago, and we're testing a new Grapevine and Hermes, although those updates won't be ready until just before Christmas."

There is no official word yet on what RISCOS Ltd. plan to do now that the Iyonix Select pledge campaign has exceeded its target of 100 subscribers, although ROL will be demonstrating the latest version of RISC OS Select running on an Apple iMac using the unreleased Mac OS X port of VirtualRiscPC. We understand that ROL hope to be running the same 'unified' 32 bit version of RISC OS 4 on all available machines - an a9home, RiscPC, Iyonix and VirtualRiscPC.

Photo of an iMac
Select 4 running on VRPC on an iMac, showing Filer thumbnailing and graphics plugins - including Tablemate and Equasor support (alternative photo from RISCOS Ltd.)

A preview of future A9home based development work will be showcased by AdvantageSix, which not even the machine's beta testers have seen yet. Archive magazine will be selling copies of their booklets - four of which were reviewed here, and the other three cover Internet searching and StrongED. APDL will be shifting copies of their new 4th Dimension games compilation CDs.

Other exhibitors include Castle, MW Software, the ARM Club, Qercus magazine, Mathemagical Software and VirtualAcorn.


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Wot? No spare kneecaps in stock?

 is a RISC OS Userkrisa on 15/12/05 5:27PM
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RISC OS on an iMac looks neat, but I'd rather have seen a shot of it running on an Iyonix. That would look even better :D

I hope it's a success for everyone who goes to Birmingham this evening, and personally I'm looking forward to visiting the Manchester event tomorrow! With the TechWriter, A9 and other developments it's all looking to be quite exciting.

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 15/12/05 5:48PM
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IyonixPC *does* run RISC OS, as far as I am aware...

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 15/12/05 8:08PM
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I think flypig was referring to how he would like to see RISC OS *Select* running on an Iyonix rather than an iMac.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 15/12/05 8:36PM
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Yeah, I think you could be right there ;)

Sorry for making such a stupid comment, but fylfot got what I meant!

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 15/12/05 9:30PM
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I spoke to Paul Middleton at the Birmingham event and he stated that they were looking to have something out for the Iyonix Qtr2 2006 though this may not be a full Select4 version. Again he urged caution on the dates/what is delivered but at least it seems positive to me. It seems that Select4 and 32bit RISCOS4 are running neck and neck for delivery dates. Apart from that it was a good event and I managed to upgrade to Easiwriter 8.50 plus talk to some of the other exhibitors.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 15/12/05 9:59PM
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Does "good event" mean that there were lots of people there?

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 16/12/05 12:57AM
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In reply to fylfot

I don't know the numbers but there was a steady stream of people.

 is a RISC OS Userbluenose on 16/12/05 7:26AM
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Any sign or news of Oregano 3?

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 16/12/05 7:39AM
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markee174: Yes, good call. It's been quiet for a while now, I wonder how progress is going. Can a release date be approximated?

I look forward to a new version of Grapevine, hopefully enhanced by some of the improvements users have suggested on the mailing list. I also hope R-Comp can be bothered to send its userbase (and the media) some kind of plan how they would like Grapevine development to continue. It now seems to be up to users to convince R-Comp of the viability of the project. Grapevine is the only chat client on RISC OS which supports the MSN chat protocol. Since millions of people use this daily to communicate, I believe it should be a high priority the project is continued. In my case, it is often more important than E-mail, so frankly I am astounded as to the apparent low-profile status of this 21st century mode of communication. And yes, I know relatively few people seem to be interested in buying Grapevine, which is a shame really since it seriously hinders its development.

Hopefully Select 4 will be released sooner than a full 32 bit RO4, since I believe more people are very anxious to see this seriously delayed project be released. IMO it would be more appropriate if a full 32 bit RO4 is ready when the A9home is ready.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 16/12/05 2:21PM
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I was there, and as usual everyone was very friendly. The array of A9s was very impressive in appearance (particularly the machine augumented with 4 fans) as well as performance. Unfortunately I didn't take a picture. I think I must have spoken to someone on almost every stand, and came away most enthused.

 is a RISC OS UserLoris on 16/12/05 6:19PM
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a good show at a comfortable venue. my chauffuse was able to sit in the middle on an armchair doing a crossword and letting me get on with tallking to the stall holders and buying upgrades - netfetch, uniprint 2, artworks 2.5. and, after signing a stricly-no-whinging agreement (in blood), I was allowed to walk out with an A9 in flight case (Matt's) with blue fan.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 16/12/05 9:14PM
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a good show at a comfortable venue. my chauffuse was able to sit in the middle on an armchair doing a crossword and letting me get on with tallking to the stall holders and buying upgrades - netfetch, uniprint 2, artworks 2.5. and, after signing a strictly-no-whinging agreement (in blood), I was allowed to walk out with an A9 in flight case (Matt's) with attractive blue fan.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 16/12/05 9:17PM
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sorry about the double post. I didnt know that the Preview buttoon in the Post a comment window would submit the comment. It didn't appear to do anything (using NetSurf on aforementioned A9)

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 16/12/05 9:22PM
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