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RISCOS Ltd relaunches riscos.com with new design

Published: 24th Apr 2009, 22:56:13 | Permalink | Printable

While Drobe readers were this week stepping up calls for RISCOS Ltd to revamp its website and fill it with details on the latest versions of the operating system, ROL appears to have been working towards that - and today the company pulled back the red curtain to reveal its redesigned riscos.com website.

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Woo-pee-doo ! Who says ROL does not listen to its customers? We asked for a revamped site. We got a revamped site. I like it.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 24/4/09 11:10PM
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Looks like a quickly thrown-together front page linking to old content generated by Xara. Full of pixel positioning that hardly ever renders right. Ironically, it says "Best viewed in Netsurf(sic)" and it doesn't even render properly in NetSurf. I love the trolling headline, too, about exclusivity. And let's not mention the document's title. Still, at least they've listened to people saying how crap it was and used a GUI tool for 20 minutes to make something marginally better :)

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 24/4/09 11:12PM
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Indeed. The layout is poor and doesn't work properly in any browser I've tried.

Suffice it to say that I doubt it'll be being used on the NetSurf stand to show off 2.0.

 is a RISC OS UserKinnison on 24/4/09 11:38PM
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Every Windows browser I've thrown at it renders it what appears to be properly, though.

(But, oddly, not even Firefox on RISC OS renders it properly. )

 is a RISC OS Userbhtooefr on 26/4/09 10:35PM
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Well, that's hardly surprising -- it expects that Microsoft's fonts are present on the user's computer. This clearly isn't the case on RISC OS (and is certainly not guaranteed on Linux, either).

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 27/4/09 3:19PM
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The changes do indicate they're listening, and I'm glad of that. It is, however, sad that they've chosen such divisive language in claiming exclusivity. At least, that's how it reads. It might not be intended.

Hoping that they'll listen again, before ROL embark on restructuring the rest of the site, let it be known that this user would much prefer a functional and plain site which conforms to standards, like the RISC OS Open web site, rather than the course which seems to have been taken with this new site. I think designing for specific browsers is a mistake, and in this case just makes the platform look inward looking, even if the excellent Netsurf browser is now available on other platforms. Also, the text in graphics can't be read by text readers for blind users.

I hope Paul Middleton takes my comments as constructive rather than simply trying to undermine any efforts made. But given the small amount of money ROL has, I'd hope that resources would be more effectively targetted.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 25/4/09 3:20AM
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Congratulations to RISCOS Ltd for making the first step! Good work, but please remain open for suggestions on the design. In that regard I agree with fylfot's comments. I look forward to the second step.

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 25/4/09 10:23AM
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Rjek>The banner headline "Exclusively developing RISC OS since 1999" is not just trolling but basically wrong and arguably misleading (there was the small matter of RO 5.xx which is still being developed and possibly developed more actively than ROL's flavour by the lads in RISC OS Open & other independant developers and formerly Tematic/Castle).

But that aside I'd be willing to give credit to ROL for listening to their customers and addressing the layout issues of their original site. I'd also be slow to critise - after all when someone makes an effort to improve things simply ticking them off is hardly likely to encourage further improvement is it?

So on balance well done ROL !

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 25/4/09 12:35PM
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Not the first time RISCOS Ltd. has made outlandish, unconvincing, and some might say outright wrong assertions though, is it?

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 26/4/09 12:26AM
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No I don't think I can argue with that ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 26/4/09 11:37AM
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As a first step in improving the look and feel of RISCOS.COM, I think this is really good step in the right direction. I hope ROL will listen to some of the more constructive comments as they continue with the process of updating their web presence to be both more informative and visually appealing. Above all the new site design must welcome people to RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 26/4/09 12:30AM
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Nice to see some time been spent on what is ROL's shop window. I am a little bit surprised that they haven't used a CMS of some kind as it would certainly making importing of all the pages far easier and allow the use of a consistent template. It would also make future updating far easier.

The sales page is interesting - e-junkie.com is a little bit unprofessional looking and they don't have a price list for the current products. All a little confusing if you ask me. Why make it so hard for someone to buy a product?

I think it is great they improvements are being made but I think ROL really do need to think a little bit about the design.

 is a RISC OS Userstevek on 26/4/09 6:06AM
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Yes - an excellent first step in updating the old site. Hoping for more improvements to come.

Well done ROL!

 is a RISC OS UserJohnB on 26/4/09 8:32AM
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WOW - it looks good!

Well done ROL!

 is a RISC OS UserMac9 on 26/4/09 12:33PM
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JohnB, Mac9: you're not using a RO browser*, presumably, in light of your comments? If you had been, you'd have noticed that the Home page text is all over the place, and partly illegible due to being obscured by other features (*specifically NetSurf 2.0 and FireFox; Oregano2 shows all the text, but not in the correct layout). Maybe not a problem for those using RO under emulation, but what about RPC RO 4.X users wanting to upgrade, or possible converts from the other side of the OS fork, seduced by all those whizzy features ;-)?

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 27/4/09 5:44PM
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