Messenger Pro ported to Windows, LinuxBy Chris Williams. Published: 23rd May 2003, 18:15:32 | Permalink | Printable
So here's to Messenger Pro 3Since its first release in the mid-1990s, RISC OS users have exclusively treasured Messenger, the popular freeware email and news client and later, its commercial cousin, Messenger Pro. However, this exclusiveness ends this week with the launch of Gemini, a multi-platform edition of Messenger Pro, designed to run on both Windows and Linux powered computers.
Yes, that's right, Windows and Linux users finally get a decent email client.
Developed by intellegit Ltd., the Gemini port was started in 2001 and provides all the functionality offered by Messenger Pro as well as new features including the ability to display HTML in messages and also unicode font support. Messenger Pro 2 is available to RISC OS users via R-Comp.
And what does this mean for RISC OS users? Will this move into Windows and Linux territory draw attention away from Messenger Pro or will work on Gemini filter back into Messenger Pro? So, we asked Intellegit if updates to Gemini are going to be passed back to MessengerPro. The reply was that they like the idea of a consistent email and news environment on a network of PCs and RISC OS machines and Messenger Pro would be therefore updated to match Gemini. This is similar to the user response to the Windows port of OvationPro - users were glad that they could view and edit their documents on the Windows and RISC OS computers they have.
"The intention is that most of the missing features in Messenger Pro will be implemented as part of a new release, Messenger Pro 3, which I'll start work on soon, but this applies only to features which I've implemented myself rather than ones provided by the Qt library that Gemini uses", intellegit's Mark Sawle told us. Mark happens to be the original author of Messenger so it was nice to hear from him. The Qt library is a toolkit library which provides things like the HTML viewer and unicode support.
"I'm not trying to migrate people away from Messenger Pro, but recognise that a lot of RISC OS users also have PCs and a network, so I'd like to encourage use of the same client software on all machines, perhaps even using the Messenger Pro server edition at the centre. This is best accomplished if all platforms have the same or similar capabilities."
Software companies porting RISC OS software to other platforms clearly isn't as upsetting as we first feared, provided the original RISC OS software is not left forgotten. With Messenger Pro 3 on the horizon as a result of the Gemini work, it's probably not a coincidence that Gemini also happens to be the star symbol of the Twins.
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