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Select 5i1 released to subscribers

Published: 7th Dec 2008, 18:26:42 | Permalink | Printable

RISCOS Ltd is set to ship a new version of its stream of RISC OS, understood to be Select 5i1, to its RISC OS Select subscribers. Punters at the Midlands Christmas 2008 show on Saturday report they were able to pick up CDs of the new release from the ROL stand.

New features in RISC OS 6.14, which lies at the heart of this latest Select release, include the ability to allow sub-menus opened partially off screen to slide their parent menus across the desktop allowing the sub-menu to appear in view without it overlapping another menu. The operating system now supports the CIELAB colour model, a 64,000-colour screen mode and a new 16bpp !Paint sprite mode, improved transparency support in !Paint, transparent window furniture, configurable furniture colours and more. At least 50 bugs have been fixed, we're told.

A source close to ROL's development team said: "This has got to be the quietest OS release by ROL to date. There was no time for an announcement to be made before the Midlands show but one should be coming soon. A lot of work has gone into improving the support for transparency in sprites and over 50 bugs have been squashed."

A screenshot of !Draw and the RISC OS colour picker featuring the new colour models and variable transparency for objects is here. RISC OS 6.14, dated December 1, was also reportedly seen running on A9home kit on the AdvantageSix stand at the Midlands show. RISC OS 6 is used to power recent RISC OS Select releases from ROL and a port of ROS 6 for the A9home is still awaiting a public release.

A ROL spokesman confirmed this evening that Select 5i1 featuring RISC OS 6.14 is on its way to Select susbcribers and an official announcement will be made tomorrow. The company earlier this month announced the availability of RISC OS 4.02 and 4.39 upgrade CDs and from tomorrow will allow people to buy ROS 4.02 ROM images for machine emulators.

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I like the sliding menus on 5i1!

Not having a Risc PC anymore, not really gonna take advantage of the 64k colour mode, although if I did have one, I'm sure I would.

Nice to seek RISCOS Ltd getting back to some kind of release schedule for the Select Scheme. Makes being part of the scheme more worthwhile.

With regards to 6.14 running on the A9home, it was several kernel generations behind still! But good to see the work progressing.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 8/12/08 11:23AM
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Sounds like RISCOS Ltd have been very busy. Sounds like things are getting back on track with Select.

 is a RISC OS Userstevek on 8/12/08 5:58PM
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I was also quite impressed and rejoined the Select sheme after I stoped some time ago because of the lack of new features.

 is a RISC OS Usermaikl on 9/12/08 11:57AM
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There's no list of changes from 6.10 (Select 4i4) to 6.14 (Select 5i1) on the ROL website. Does anybody have a list of differences to hand?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 9/12/08 1:03PM
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If the details in the article are correct, the RISC OS 6.14 / Select 5i1 release sounds pretty decent and definitely a highlight for subscribers in recent months. So, kudos to RISCOS Ltd.

Still, ROL should really try to find the time (or person) to update their website. After all, it's their main window to the public. It's even more important when considering the attention their RISC OS 4.02 softloads could attract - [link]

By the way, those graphics on the Sales website are horrible! Just a guess, but it looks like it was done in Draw in a minute or two. And what's the point of all those different images? Isn't 4.02 the only version ROL's selling? Perhaps it's a smart move to update that site and dump the irrelevant and unsightly graphics, seeing the news already made OSNews.com and it could actually put people off.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 9/12/08 5:50PM
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In reply to hEgelia,

You can also purchase a downloadable version of the RISC OS upgrade CD. I guess this is so all those who have just purchased the RO4 ROMS for £5 can go and spend some more money on upgrading their emulator to a more recent OS version via the RISC OS Upgrade CD, leading to potential sales of £25 per free emulator.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 15/12/08 7:43AM
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