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Cerilica tout April Vantage update

By Chris Williams. Published: 8th Apr 2003, 21:28:27 | Permalink | Printable

End of month release, stabilise, rinse and repeat

We've been passed a copy today of Cerilica's statement made yesterday on the article7 hosted Vantage mailing list which outlines Cerilica's short and long term plans. Unlike most press releases, it starts off on a low note and ends on a high note so hold tight.

The first order of business is the departure of founding and marketing director Nick van der Walle, leaving co-founder and technical director Simon Birtwistle to manage the company. The company is also relocating to Liverpool, UK and email is now the prefered method of end user support as telephone support has been dropped. drobe.co.uk would like to wish Nick the best of luck in the future.

"We will miss not only his good humour and excellent presentation and support skills", writes Simon speaking of Nick, "but also his distinctive style, creative imagination and unique grammar and spelling".

An obvious adVantage
Next is news of significant Vantage developments hopefully kicking off at the end of this month. Vantage is Cerilica's flagship graphic design application aimed at publishing types and here's what this humble web rag and Acornuser thought of it [our review]. Simon, in the email to the Vantage mailing list, states that version 1.10 of Vantage will be released at the end of this month, "regardless of the status of the new features such as drop shadows".

The current road map appears to be:

  1. Release version 1.10
  2. Stabilise Vantage
  3. Release Iyonix compatible version
  4. Release stand-alone renderer

"Previously I have maintained a single source, so new features and bug fixes happened at the same time", Simon continues, explaining Vantage development. "This resulted in the latest version always being faulty in some new way, and so Cerilica was not keen to release it."

Well, you've got the reins now Simon. While a number of users on the application's mailing list gave thumbs up to Cerilica's latest announcement, Iyonix users should stay tuned for news on 32 bit compatible versions of RiScript and Vantage.



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Good luck Nick.

Once Vantage is stable, it will be a great application to use. Add in those drop-shadows, Photoshop export etc and it will fast become essential. -- Michael Stubbs, Leeds

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 8/4/03 9:42PM
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Does this mean i'll be able to draw a rectangle without it crashing?

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 9/4/03 12:42AM
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nex: Once they get to stage 2, yes. ;)

I agree with Michael - Vantage is potentially a killer application (but it needs some major bug fixes first). -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 9/4/03 2:00AM
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This + yesterday's AW2 news = good illustration of how competition benefits us all.

You know it's true. It's maths. -- Liam Creighton, Worcester

 is a RISC OS UserHannay on 9/4/03 6:13PM
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It's a good point. I like the idea of MW Software and Cerilica each competing for our attention as each product deadline draws near.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/4/03 6:47PM
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