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Foundation discloses Select 3 secrets

By Chris Williams. Published: 7th May 2003, 16:10:49 | Permalink | Printable

Highlights we've been waiting for

RISCOS Ltd.'s Foundation newsletter issued today to users has yanked on the golden cord, pulled back the red curtains and revealed the major highlights of the next release of RISC OS Select that the OS developers had until now been keeping under wraps.

"Building upon the work done in Select 1 and 2, Select 3 improves upon both the significant changes made to both the graphics and networking components as well as adding many new features", RISCOS Ltd. state in their emailed bulletin, forwarded this afternoon to drobe.co.uk by a reader. "The focus on Select 3 has been mostly based around stablising features from Select 2 and improving the desktop usability of the Operating system."

Major highlights include the new ability to highlight text in writeable icons to enable clipboard cut and pasting; The RISC OS Filer now also features a thumbnail view mode for graphics files; !Paint has been overhauled; alpha channel sprites are now supported at OS level and the OS also includes a recycle bin to catch file deletes. There's also a long list of further enhancements and improvements.

Foundation is RISCOS Ltd.'s version of the Acorn Clan, which publishes newsletters and CDs through out the year that carry RISCOS Ltd. and RISC OS related news and information.


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Wow! I want I want! I want! So when? when? when?

I should really cut down on the enthusiasm.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 7/5/03 4:23PM
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 is a RISC OS Usernex on 7/5/03 4:24PM
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yawn,yawn,yawn -- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 7/5/03 4:30PM
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Reminds me of RO4 first impressions - 3.7 with some PD utils in ROM! ;o)

So now they've integrated Recycler and PhotoFiler eh?

-- #include "sig.h"

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 7/5/03 4:38PM
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Highlighting text! Woohoo! (seriously).

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 7/5/03 4:42PM
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The most impressive feature here is that text in writable icons can be cut, copied and pasted. The patch modules that try to implement this have never done it properly. I am very impressed.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 7/5/03 4:43PM
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Yesss! Selections in writable icons!!! :oD -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 7/5/03 4:44PM
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I've been very critical of Select in the past, as it has resulted in the monies put into OS development being used in the wrong areas (in my opinion). Writable icon support for the clipboard and a proper recycle bin are lovely (and well needed) additions in my opinion. For once, they've added stuff that all users will actually benefit from and use (admittedly it's not innovative, and it's already been achieved by third parties, but that's almost always going to be the case). Well done. -- R.

 is a RISC OS Usernot_ginger_matt on 7/5/03 4:46PM
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The best new feature has gotta be the info box saying RISC OS Select and not RO4.

Interesting to see how they've added the select bit. To the right as with the 4 or neatly spaced out underneath.

-- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 7/5/03 4:54PM
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The thing is, Paul, is that we're using RISC OS because we like it. And it's hard to improve on (dare I say it) 'perfection'. Select's about finding features that can be implemented and that users will find useful.

So if it doesn't turn you on, then fine. However, we'll continue to enjoy OS development that we're lucky to still have.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/5/03 6:52PM
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Thankfully Chris, it takes more than a computer to turn me on.

However, I still continue to use RISC OS and continue to support Select as all the improvement, however minor are worthwile. -- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 7/5/03 7:31PM
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I get turned on whenever I see a BBC Master, unfortunately.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 7/5/03 7:53PM
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& select4 will be for RISC OS5? ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis_RISC OS on 7/5/03 8:16PM
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@moss: Why, are you into S&M? ;-) -- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 7/5/03 9:38PM
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Chris: yes, RISC OS is gradually moving closer to my ideal OS/GUI, and I'm sure others agree. Sprite alpha channels and writable icon selections were the only nagging things on my "wish list". -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 7/5/03 10:12PM
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Select gives me another reason other than the fact I'm a poor student to not buy an Iyonix!

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 7/5/03 10:53PM
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It does not give you an excuse to not buy an Omega, though. :-)

-- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 8/5/03 10:24AM
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What have cars or watches to do with Select?

Sincerely Hauke

 is a RISC OS UserVLIW on 8/5/03 11:01AM
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JG: The fact that MD will not sell you one is a good excuse! :-)

VLIW: Where is your dignity man!

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 8/5/03 11:21AM
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