Would you want RISCOS5X-XP?By Chris Williams. Published: 14th Mar 2003, 22:55:14 | Permalink | Printable
Fusing RISC OS 5, Windows XP and Mac OS X on your desktop [Updated 17:04 15/3/2003]While RISC OS is often praised for the user friendliness and logical layout of the desktop that we're all very familiar with, owing to the flexibility of the RISC OS window manager, a significant number of users strive continually to make their desktops look pretty and attractive to further enhance their RISC OS experience (hello, advert copy writer career calling). Think of it this way, if you're going to use a computer system all day, it should at least be aesthetic, right?
Here's someone who agrees with us; drobe.co.uk reader Peter Spence emailed us today with his personal take on the new RISC OS 5 iconset, as release on the Castle Iyonix machines. Whilst it's against drobe.co.uk house rules to cut'n'paste emails verbatim, we'll ignore this for (just this) once as it's Friday and Peter's email is in itself an article:
"I was reading an article on the latest foundation disc by Richard Hallas, describing how Castle rung him up and asked him "to design a new set of icons for RISC OS 5, which would be able to modernise the look of the system". In the article he said "a new look for the RISC OS desktop which appeared modern and professional (and could stand comparison with other modern systems like Windows XP and Mac OS X)".
He went on basically saying how WinXP and MacOS X were an influence in his design, so when I looked at the picture of RISC OS 5, I was slightly disapointed. He'd done a good job with the file type icons, but the GUI didn't look much improved. So with a Art college afternoon I looked at the 2 pictures of XP and MacOS X (provided in the article) and I did a paint over on the RISCOS 5 picture (included both for comparasion).
So here it is: RISCOS 5XP-X
Oh what could have been."
So here's a capture of a normal RISC OS 5 desktop:
Full image (544KB)
And now what Peter would have prefered, a mix of XP, MacOS X and RISC OS:
Full image (317KB)
Thanks Pete, that's good work - how about a released full iconset? We particularly like the drop shadows on the iconbar text, the tweaked toolsprites and you may have not noticed this but also the drobe.co.uk backdrop displayed proudly in the background. Peter also appears, in our eyes, to have taken the RISC OS 5 iconset's subdued rugged grey texture and put a brushed metal spin on it. Opinion may be divided over whether the new RISC OS 5 iconset is a visual leap forward or instead a backward bound but we're not going to lose any sleep over it. And if you're after that WinXP or Mac OS look now, look no further than here (Dave Watson's WinXP theme) and here (Rich Goodwin's MacOS X theme).
Dave "Spriteman" Watson's just thrown us the url to his rather nice Clear desktop toolsprites (at the moment the download url is broken, it's actually here). Winter may have passed but you can certainly keep that white, gentle icey blue, crisp feel on your desktop.
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