Making Iyonix pretty from inside outBy Chris Williams. Published: 4th Feb 2003, 16:32:53 | Permalink | Printable
It's iconsprites hour. With added screenshots [Updated 5 Feb 2003]Iyonix user Gavin Wraith, who you may recall is the RiscLua developer, enthusiastically emailed drobe.co.uk today with news of RISC OS 5.02 and a new set of desktop sprites to go with it. Some RISC OS users have been known to comment on the blandness of the case design of Castle's Iyonix computer (it's just a case dammit, who cares what it looks like), but at least there's hope in the desktop appearance department.
We're told RISC OS 5.02 was issued to Iyonix users around the start of this month which featured new icons and other updates to the OS. This is on top of updates to Castle's Acorn C/C++ development kit.
"Castle's update of 2/2/2003 for the Iyonix provides lots more sprites, and signals a change in how they are loaded, using the Resource filing system so that they can be protected from being overwritten by inconsiderate applications", Gavin informed us. It's also worth noting that RISC OS 4 also allows the user to allow the default ROM sprites to be protected from applications replacing them.
"Ever since I used an Archimedes I have shunned the official distribution of sprites and window furniture. They were always too flat or too clunky, looking like the work of an amateur trapped in a stone quarry. Now, for the first time, I am happy to use the officially distributed sprites. It is not that I do not have quarrels with some of them, but that they have a pleasing consistency."
I have to admit that I go through more backdrops in a month than pizzas and used to be the same with toolsprites and iconsprites - however I've settled recently on the default RISC OS Select iconsprites and Toby Bryans' thin toolsprites. Gavin doesn't fully agree with the RISC OS 5 toolsprites and instead uses Richard Goodwin's Clear theme for window furniture.
"From one point of view, fiddling with minor details of appearance is a frivolity. From another it is a welcome sign of professionalism that Castle has got its act together to produce a decent looking standard desktop", Gavin continues to comment. "Of course, every user has their own visual taste, and we should be grateful that it is not too difficult to replace the official desktop with a personalized one - that is what RISC OS is all about, after all."
Couldn't agree more. You can find more icons and tools at themes.iconbar.com.
Simon Wilson's kindly taken some screenshots of RISC OS 5.02 from his Iyonix, you can see them here along with annotations.
All comments and news welcome.
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