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Wakefield show forecasts

By Chris Williams. Published: 6th May 2003, 07:57:07 | Permalink | Printable

Madame Icon'bar predicts

Article 666! It's crystal ball time at iconbar.com this week and we're not refering to our bi-monthly inter-portal game of marbles we have with them which usually settles most of our "editorial disputes". Instead, Iconbar have been working hard with the glass polish, uttered the magic words, foreseen this weekend's Wakefield event and confidently predicted the outcome in their comprehensive and, we must say, thoroughly well written show preview which you probably should read and enjoy.

"A year ago it would be hard to imagine such progress", writes editor Philip 'monkeyson' Mellor in his researched, preemptive report. "Both Castle and Microdigital will be showing off new computers at the show - and for most people this will be the first opportunity to compare the Iyonix and Omega outright. Best bring a stopwatch."

Philip's a clever chap and he seems pretty convinced that Microdigital will have StrongARM powered Omegas with them on display and as he probably knows something we don't, we're willing to take his word for it. So now all you deposit holders can all get down to the show this Saturday and actually touch the metal, fibre glass and silicon that you've been waiting three years for. More importantly, Microdigital have also clued Iconbar up on what show stopping stunt they'll be pulling off at the event, describing it as "unconventional hardware" that's "likely to draw a crowd". So uh, how about the racing bike they're so very proud of? Your guess is as good as ours yet we can at least foretell that show is going to be fun. It's also rumoured to us that Microdigital may be moving to new offices located somewhere in Bradford perhaps as part of a company expansion although we can't confirm this. As to our whisperer, we'll not mention any names in case Phil gets in trouble.

Smith, Agent Smith
Also, according to Iconbar's detective work, it emerges that the mysterious exhibitor ICSoft may be reselling Dansoft titles WebFX3D and SiteWriter, now that the Dansoft website refers to a "UK agent" for software sales. SiteWriter looks like a promising and worthwhile purchase even if ICSoft appears to entirely shun the concept of publicity.

Cerilica Willica
Finally, we're told Cerilica will be attending the Wakefield show after all despite a brief "yes we will, maybe not, ok we will" session last week. They'll also be bringing, fingers crossed, version 1.10 of their advanced vector graphics app Vantage with them, which was originally promised to be delivered to end users a couple of weeks after last year's Wakefield show although it now includes (among other features) faster handling of RGB sprites and a new copy protection system to stamp out pirated versions. It also works happily on RISC OS 4.33, Cerilica have told the Vantage mailing list.


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Any truth I wonder to the rumours that this is to be the last Wakefield Show?

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 6/5/03 2:01PM
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That rumour has surfaced every year for the last five years or so - usually from the show organisers themselves. Why should we take it more seriously this year?

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 6/5/03 2:11PM
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I expect it'll be held as long as exhibitors and punters show up and pay their dues. If Wakefield disappears, then I am sure someone else can fill the gap.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 6/5/03 3:23PM
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On the contrary, if the Wakefield show disappears it'll be seen as just another nail in the coffin. So lets hope this years is a roaring success and that there's to be another next year. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 6/5/03 5:35PM
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Wakefield is (I think) our biggest show. If it can't be sustained what does that tell us? I'm sure it will be a success - with all this publicity.

On the other hand, if the major show was held in a more tourist friendly area it might encourage people to travel further and make a weekend of it.

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 6/5/03 5:39PM
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"Tourist Friendly"?

I imagine Alton Towers would be too expensive.

 is a RISC OS UserPhlip on 6/5/03 8:31PM
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good choice

roller coaster ups and downs - just like the RISC OS market


 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis_RISC OS on 6/5/03 10:24PM
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If it was near London Stansted then people from all over Europe could attend by flying over with ryan air. :-)

BTW, I will come to Wakefield, too. You can ask for me on the MicroDigital stand. I will bring my digital video camera, so all the people over here get a chance to see how the show was. :-) -- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 6/5/03 11:12PM
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