Wakefield aftermathBy 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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