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Wakefield aftermath

By Chris Williams. Published: 21st May 2003, 00:47:24 | Permalink | Printable

Where to next? Apart from Iyonix NetBSD..

The Wakefield show has been and gone, so companies and developers have presumably finished recovering from the event although in the days leading up to the show, they burnt off all their their product announcements and news. Oh, the calamity. We did notice that RISCOS Ltd. and MW Software timed the releases of their software well, the news of Select 3 and Artworks 2 interrupting the calm following the show without the fear of being swamped by other news.

However when things go quiet, we know people are cooking further developments and so we contacted the developers who exhibited at Wakefield, eager for details of what they've got planned for the summer months and also what they thought of the show.

R-Comp are tending to their software, expanding and evolving chat app Grapevine with various new enhancements, also spending some quality time with DataPower, UniPrint Deluxe and DialUp. R-Comp's spokesperson explained that while the show was good, they felt that a two day show is needed. "It's important to remember that shows tend to be the lifeblood of RISC OS companies", R-Comp added.

Two releases we should expect to see soon enough are Aemulor 2.2 and Aemulor Pro. Aemulor.com's Neil Spellings stated that Aemulor 2.2 should get and end of May release and includes fixes to the StrongARM emulation engine and will hopefully enable more 26 bit only applications to run on Iyonix computers. Aemulor Pro doesn't have a release date penned in but will provide 2-16 colour screen modes and support for 26 bit filing systems.

MW-Software are focussing on ArtWorks 2.1 development which is aiming for a July-August release. A bug fixed AW 2.02 has been sent out to users.

Quentin Pain of Accountz.com described the show as "excellent" with many upgrades to Prophet3+ Pro sold. "We are working on a new version of Prophet written in Java", Quentin commented. "All we need is for someone to produce a new JVM for Java 1.3 for RISC OS and it will be networkable across all major platforms." Sure, Java 1.3 for RISC OS. It's so easy peasy, we don't know why we hadn't thought of it yet.

Describing the show as "upbeat", RISCOS Ltd. reminded us that they've released RISC OS Select 3 (issue 1), adding their plans for Select 4.

Acorn Publisher, having published its largest issue to date, told us they are keen to attract all RISC OS users to their reader base and are launching new series on graphics, web design and desktop publishing. You can ask for a free example copy, if you've not yet seen AcornPublisher.

Finally, a member of the NetBSD team has let us know that Castle have lent them an Iyonix to port NetBSD to. Lucky for some.

What's in a show
As R-Comp's spokesperson said, "It's important to remember that shows tend to be the lifeblood of RISC OS companies" and it's a strong reminder that RISC OS shows are prime opportunities for punters and companies to meet face to face and see new RISC OS kit. We encourage users to attend shows but the main crowd pullers, without a doubt, are the big new releases.

"The Wakefield Show was well advertised and well organised - what else would you expect from the Wakefield group?" Acorn Publisher editor John Cartmell asked us. "It resulted in the public turning up in good numbers and spending money. We need the same for every Show throughout the year. It can be done - and if it is there will be new products for release at every Show."

In that case, place your bets now for what'll appear between June and October.

We look forward to hearing from the rest of the exhibitors although we think we're done with Wakefield now. All the exhibitors who got back in touch with us said they were happy with the show and the user turnout, which will hopefully provide sufficient incentive for the WROCC to organise Wakefield 2004. The WROCC haven't replied to our inquiries so as to how many people turned up and what's the plan for next year, your guess is as good as ours.



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JAVA prophet would be nice but the JAVA 1.3 engine is a must. There are so many apps that would revolutionise the useability of RISC OS that a great dealo of effort should go into it. NIH image is one that would get this person buying an Iyponix.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/5/03 8:56AM
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I suspect Java/Swing would be very slow on a RISC OS machine.

Even on quite powerful PC's Swing can be noticeably slow. In my opinion there is nothing more off putting that using an app that is not very responsive.

 is a RISC OS UserWalks on 21/5/03 10:37AM
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does anyone think castle would let me have an iyonix so i can make pointless games that go really fast?

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 21/5/03 11:06AM
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Ah, yes, it's the old "JAVA" acronym :p

It's no more written in uppercase than "Ada" is.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 21/5/03 11:14AM
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 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 21/5/03 11:17AM
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I hate it when people do that. BASIC and LUA are other examples...

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 21/5/03 11:40AM
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FORTRAN as well. Grrrr -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 21/5/03 12:11PM
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But BASIC /is/ an acronym, isn't it? Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

 is a RISC OS Userzeeb on 21/5/03 12:13PM
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WOOOO stands for Wooo Oooo Oooo Oooo Oooo

 is a RISC OS Usernex on 21/5/03 12:15PM
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Yes, but Basic has been around so long and is so widley used that it's turned into a word in its own right. Both are correct, for most practical purposes.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 21/5/03 12:16PM
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NIJINSKY: you are absolutely right. WALKS: Java/Swing slow? MR CHOCKY: you are by far the most experienced, would a JIT JVM for RISCOS be unusable (speedwise) on, say, an Iyonix?

 is a RISC OS UserAccountz on 21/5/03 12:49PM
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Java JITed or otherwise would be fine on a SA RPC. It's when you add Swing that things get hairy as there's lots of computation graphics wise. It's impossible to guess the outcome. In any case, it's a bit academic without either.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 21/5/03 1:02PM
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It depends on so many other things as well, like your definition of usable, and as with a lot of things the amount of memory available makes a huge difference.

As an example, the biggest Swing app I regularly use is NetBeans (very nice editor BTW) and I would say it is very usable on my 733MHz 256MB laptop, but almost unusable on my 700MHz 128MB desktop unless it's the only thing running because it swaps constantly (both Windows machines).

 is a RISC OS Userilludium on 21/5/03 1:19PM
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we are still @ version 0.95

who gives a toss over speed if we can get to a more recent version?

apart from the silly licensing b*ll*x with macromedia plugins java is where RISC OS falls apart...

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis_RISC OS on 21/5/03 7:49PM
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nuff said!

-- Gunnlaugur Jonsson, Dalvik, Iceland

 is a RISC OS UserGulli on 21/5/03 7:58PM
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1) What has Macromedia got to do with Java? 2) Would you care to explain this: "the silly licensing b*ll*x with macromedia plugins"

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 21/5/03 7:59PM
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The main reason I regularly use IE at home is because of JAVA.

What ever happened to chockcino? The name seems to have been kicking around almost as long as Omega. -- Paul Stewart, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 21/5/03 8:04PM
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What has Macromedia got to do with Java: They have a cross platform virtual machine system that's often used for doing internet apps (Director/Shockwave (not Shockwave Flash)). But more importantly for RISC OS it's used a lot to make educational programs.

Problem is (apart from cash, 6 figures/year iirc) that the Xtras (3rd party addons) are system specific, so you'd need to get any of those you wanted to use written for RISC OS anyway.


 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 21/5/03 10:10PM
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sa110, maybe Chocky will let us know on this one, it's a shame if it never appears, there was some screenshots of it IIRC, so it must have got reasonably far.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 22/5/03 10:10AM
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nunfetishist: BASIC: Beginners All-Symbolic Instruction Code

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 27/5/03 7:15PM
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So what would you say VB was then?

I can tell you all now i shall be glad when its all over in a week and a half

 is a RISC OS Userbekka on 3/6/03 1:35PM
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I'd say VB was just plain evil, and quite broken.

-- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 3/6/03 2:06PM
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