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R-Comp gobble Datapower 2

By Chris Williams. Published: 15th Feb 2003, 03:06:06 | Permalink | Printable

And Image Outliner. R-Comp's ex-Iota title promises updates

You might call us impudent (us? never!) but could software publishers R-Comp be taking a page from APDL/ProAction/whatever-next's book by playing the software acquisition game in an attempt to further broaden their already considerable software stock pile? Maybe they finally got jealous of APDL's product list and decided Iota's Datapower 2 database software would be an ideal killer app to have on their shelves. Maybe they just want to publish and maintain a worthy and praised RISC OS database system. Either way, like we said, R-Comp have sweeped up various rights to Datapower, Iota's database software that features full relational capability, SQL queries, scripting and highly configurable search result presentation.

R-Comp logo"As of 7th February 2003, R-Comp is pleased to announce the completion of arrangements to take on the development, sales and support of Iota's famous Datapower 2 database, as well as their Image Outliner", R-Comp's press release hooray's. "...If you need to store information on file, and search/sort/manipulate it on RISC OS, you want to be using Datapower!"

Like, totally! R-Comp want to first make Datapower 2 32 bit compatible then move onto developing Datapower 2, "subject to continued interest in the product". 26 bit versions of Datapower 2 are in stock, we're told. Also, Image Outliner is Iota's scanned-sprite-to-drawfile converter, another title R-Comp have picked up. Pricing and availability information can be found here.



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 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 17/2/03 12:12PM
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Still no mention of these products on their website. Some RISC OS companies have a real problem understanding PR. *Why* on earth put out a press release and then have no supporting info on the website? And they still have that infuriating ADSL pop-up advert on their site. -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 17/2/03 12:45PM
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I'm not a fan of R-Comp's website. It still has frames, an inconsistent layout and as SparkY points out, isn't kept up to date.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 17/2/03 2:02PM
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How many RISC OS dealers websites look respectable?

Some of R-Comp's web site is quite nice but you'd think it'd be better considering they publish several web authoring tools! :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 18/2/03 11:45AM
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[link] have some excellent web authoring software for RISC OS, and a very nice website to match :-) -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 18/2/03 7:03PM
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www.rcomp.co.uk received a major update today, and the front page has been altered to become more of a site map, making it easier to navigate. I suspect that it felt like it wasn't up to date because things were hard to find - lots of people failed to find UniPrint information which has been there for months.

There's a full section for Datapower 2, including tutorials, manuals, downloads, examples, RISC OS and Windows reader-versions, as well as ordering factilities.

As regards site design, 75% of web design is creative gfx skills, which is something the RISC OS market lacks as a whole. Whenever we have investigated getting a site redesign, people tend to get bogged down in the number of products and sections to do.

No excuse, of course, but life is much simpler if you only have half a dozen pages and some graphics skill!

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 18/2/03 7:43PM
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Coo, thanks for letting us know :)

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/2/03 8:27PM
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Oooh, that site map makes things easier :-)

As for lack of graphic design skills, well, a 'mininalist' design is often a good cover for this. It's what I do ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 18/2/03 8:34PM
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Argh! Sorry. That was NOT intentional. I was just trying to let you know that the ad popup is now random, so that most times you won't see it.

Note to drobe editors - any chance that logged-in users can edit their own posts? Or is it already possible. (/me would like to clear up my mistake)

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 19/2/03 12:35PM
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I've removed the screwed up comment. Editting of comments (and including links in comments) is certainly on the (long) todo list.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/2/03 1:08PM
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