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Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield

By Chris Williams. Published: 11th May 2006, 14:35:22 | Permalink | Printable

R-Comp keeping an almost tight lid on curious project

R-Comp logoR-Comp are set to demonstrate a mystery graphics application at this weekend's Wakefield show. Aimed at scanner and digital camera users, the project is being kept under tight wraps to avoid details being leaked ahead of Saturday's event. It's understood Alan Wrigley is involved in the software, and will be showing it off at the weekend.

A mole close to the development of the program said: "An announcement will be made in the next day or two. R-Comp boss Andrew Rawnsley wants to keep it under wraps until he makes an announcement, and all will be revealed soon. We won't have a complete ready-to-ship product at Wakefield anyway."

Given previous R-Comp products have involved revisiting existing software - such as audio ripper Music Man and email client Hermes - there is speculation that it will be an Imagemagick style package, a port of which exists for RISC OS, or a similarly related tool.

R-Comp's Andrew Rawnsley admitted the secret application will not be available at the show, but will be ready for punters to play with it on the R-Comp stand.

He added: "It's magic stuff for scanning and digi-cameras, and maybe even some video cameras eventually. Right now I'm being vague, because I won't know how much is done until Friday. That particular item won't be on sale at the show, that's for sure, but should be ready by end of month I hope."


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hmm, what free products can we make a wrapper for and sell?

how about the gimp?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 11/5/06 2:46PM
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The Gimp, and Imagemagick certainly sound interesting, but unless whatever it is has got a much faster implementation of the current dcraw module, then I don't see how it can be truly of much use to those of us with digital cameras. I have a canon D10, and the raw files it produces become 18mb tiff files! This is is an 12-15 second conversion on a WXP laptop, but a 5 minute conversion on an SA RiscPC, and still a 3 minute conversion on an A9.


 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/5/06 3:00PM
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This sounds exciting. I look forward to hearing more. It's good to see new software development and Andrew R, Alan Wrigley, and Colin Granville (with other RComp programmers) deserve lots of credit for their continued efforts.


hmm, which major RISC OS apps can we revitalise, investing in significant new feature-development (e.g. Messenger Pro, Datapower)? What new software shall we write (e.g. Grapevine, Hermes)?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 11/5/06 3:01PM
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Well done to all at Rcomp and I hope what ever it is it is a success.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 11/5/06 4:21PM
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>simo You can moan if you like, but even with products that simply 'wrap' existing free software, some people want some of the perks which traditionally come with commercial software, such as guaranteed support, documentation and/or extra ease of use (of course, that last one's a gross generalisation - I'm perfectly aware that plenty of free apps are very easy to use, but from my limited research it looks like ImageMagick is a command-line app so there's definitely scope for simplification there).

At the end of the day, it's simple economics - if people don't want these 'wrappers', they won't sell. But some people do.

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 11/5/06 10:01PM
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Imagemajik isfree but is intended for cpomercial apps. I use such things for custom image apps on windows/macos. We also have a 3D app on widows built around a conversion lib.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/5/06 8:18AM
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"Imagemajik isfree but is intended for cpomercial apps. "

what kind of BS is that?!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/5/06 9:11AM
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In reply to Stewy:

I'd just ignore Simo. He doesn't really exist - it's just a bot that's programmed to squawk "Wrappers for free software, wrappers for free software!" whenever the word R-Comp is mentioned.

 is a RISC OS Userinchiquin on 12/5/06 10:28AM
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R-Comp's range of software is very impressive: it ranges from the "wrapped free products" which are usually cheap and rendered more user friendly by the wrapping, to the original, more expensive, products. If wrapping free stuff in a user-friendly envelope buys them time to develop the original stuff, I'm happy to carry on handing over money for free stuff in a new wrapper.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 12/5/06 12:48PM
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Hi Simo

Sorry I typed in a hurry. I was busy and cant spend all day messing around on the computer. I may also be dyslexic.

If you meant that my spelling was bad then fine.

If you meant that Imagemagick is not for commercial apps then... have a look at...


where it says...

freely download and use ImageMagick software, in whole or in part, for personal, company internal, or commercial purposes;

Cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/5/06 1:49PM
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So if it is Imagemagick then that's a command-line tool that presents an API to using applications. So the using application could be a RISC OS WIMP program? Bit more than a wrapper, perhaps?

I don't know but I am looking forward to finding out. R-Comp should surely be complimented for releasing new software and we should only criticise if it turns out to be bad software. Their track record, I think, suggests it is likely to be workmanlike at worst and it may be rather good.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 12/5/06 10:04PM
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Well, at 22.30 I've finally managed to produce a working demo so as long as I don't get hijacked on my way to Wakefield there will be something to see. Oh, and it's not a wrapper, or a port.

 is a RISC OS Userinchiquin on 12/5/06 10:32PM
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Wasn't part of the idea of Open Source apps that you could sell a commerical offering with added benefits?

Apparently trading time for money is something some people don't believe in.

 is a RISC OS Userbobloblaw on 16/5/06 3:47PM
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BTW, readers from the future, it was a scanner/camera version of UniPrint, to allow a Windows computer to control a scanner/camera and send the images obtained back to RISC OS

 is a RISC OS Userbobloblaw on 16/5/06 3:49PM
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