South East show aftermathBy Chris Williams. Published: 8th Nov 2002, 22:52:40 | Permalink | Printable
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It's one week on from the South East RISC OS show weekend, one busy week for the drobe.co.uk editors. This time last week we were planning travel routes, making our packed lunches and charging batteries for digital cameras. The actual show report (with photos), hastily written in the hours after the event and also one of our most popular articles to date, mostly centred on Castle's extremely promising Iyonix computer. Even though no release date was published and no prices advertised, Castle's efforts to acquaint everyone with their new hardware and raise awareness among third party developers seems to have paid off as excitement and news spread across the community like wild fire over the show weekend. And to think some people called it pre-announcing. Castle, the people who brought you the 300Mhz Kinetic card amongst other developments, are happy though to play their cards (and motherboards obviously) close to their chest, as always, but this isn't a bad thing. A fresh new machine powered by a modern 32bit processor is really what the user base has been crying out for and Castle obviously want to get it right. How many current RISC OS users have pledged in the past that they'll buy an Xscale system the second one comes out? How many people have left the market only to say they'll come back if new hardware appears? Our advice is sit back, chill and take a patience pill.
Anyway. At the show, Castle had a funky presentation covering lots of information about the Iyonix, all the details can be read in full here. Another important thing to note is that the maximum application wimpslot granted by RISC OS 5 (the OS for the Iyonix), has been boosted to 128MB. That is, each application can ask for up to 128MB from the OS if enough RAM is physically available in the machine.
"The maximum application slot (Wimp slot) on the IYONIX PC will be at least 128MBytes", explains Mike Williams, who's handling Iyonix PR on behalf of Castle, in an email to drobe.co.uk. "If you have enough RAM then each individual application will be able to claim at least 128MB for its application space. This is a major improvement over the 28MByte limit which is an inherent limitation of 26-bit versions of RISC OS."
Wait, there's more
Yes, there's more. Much more, in fact, so here's news emerging from the show that we were sent and ought to have covered by now.
- Hassle free printing [r-comp.co.uk]
- R-Comp, who according to an email to drobe.co.uk were very pleased with the show, have released their Universal Printer Driver which should allow you to print to any kind of printer from your RISC OS computer. Sounds great, is there a catch? Well, you have to have the RISC OS computer networked to a PC, which has the printer connected to it. R-Comp's software sends the RISC OS machine's printout to the PC on your network to print out, which does the job natively. Smart. R-Comp's full announcement (and pricing) can be found here.
- DialUp internet upgrade [r-comp.co.uk]
- Also from R-Comp is news of their Dialup 2 software. drobe.co.uk originally reviewed Dialup 1 and we were interested to find out what's new to DialUp 2. Despite broadband creeping into homes over the UK, R-Comp have continued to develop Dialup, introducing features such as the ability to 'map' particular ISP accounts to different times of the day and updates to email pick up and sending. Also if you have broadband installed, Dialup 2 can act as a backup internet connection if broadband connection fails and you need to fall back to a modem line. There's lots more changes, all of which can be read here.
- 32bit Artworks modules soon to emerge [www.mw-software.com]
- Martin Wuerthner of MW Software, developer of modules and updates for graphics package Artworks, announced at the show that he was working on 32bit compatible versions of the Artworks rendering modules, available soon. This means that other software developers who rely on the modules to render Artworks files in their software can be assured that they will be 32bit compatible. On the subject of the show, Martin was very positive.
"The show has been very successful for me", Martin told drobe.co.uk in an email. "In addition, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and encouraging experience to meet lots of friendly people. Many thanks to the organizers!"
- Cerilica showing off 32bitness [www.cerilica.com]
- We got in touch with Cerilica, developers of graphics package Vantage, to ask them how the show went. According to Nick at Cerilica, "the show was a great success for Cerilica and we were pleased with the organisation and attendance - with many new faces". Cerilica were demonstrating their Vantage software and their Publisher Pack 2, both running natively on a 32bit Iyonix machine. Cerilica's Insignia is also expected to get the 32bit conversion treatment soon, too.
- Emulation happy [www.virtualacorn.co.uk]
- Virtual Acorn also got back to us too about the event, Aaron Timbrell commenting, "What a cracker of a show, I had my first customer at just after 10, and it wasn't till after 3:30 that I was able to get off the stand for a couple of minutes. The new 'laptop friendly' VirtualA5000 was very well received. So all in all congrats to the show organisers for making such a superb job of it."
- Check out our t-shirt design. Hopefully, you'll see drobe.co.uk people wandering around at the Midlands show, to be held at the end of this month. Be there.
Chris, internal entertainment manager, drobe.co.uk
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