Vantage 1.10 finally releasedBy Chris Williams. Published: 25th Jun 2003, 00:07:14 | Permalink | Printable
Good things come to those who waitWhat's that? Oh, oh.. oh yes, that's definitely the sound of the Cerilica Vantage userbase sighing heavily with relief. In an email posted to the Vantage user mailing list, Cerilica are "pleased" to announce the availability of the fabled version 1.10. Vantage is Cerilica's flagship vector graphics, design and publishing software.
"This is a stability release", Cerilica's technical director Simon Birtwistle explained. "We have responded to customer's comments and have concentrated on removing all reported instabilities. There may be some remaining benign misfeatures, which we are now working to solve."
This version also includes many bug fixed and these new features:
- Alpha sprite blending. Sprite fills can use an alpha channel to control transparency.
- Blended multilines
- SVG export and Photoshop PSD export
Version 1.10 of Vantage had been promised by Cerilica in May 2002 when punters were told at the Wakefield 2002 show that 1.10 would be out shortly after the event. One year on, the upgrade that promised much improved application stability and other key features, was no where to be seen and grumblings from end users turned into rebellious unrest and increasing talk of legal action to claim refunds.
This new version also includes what's described as "a more sophisticated Cerilikey protection system" which is designed to prevent unauthorised copying of Vantage. The Cerilikey system basically requires users to register their copy of Vantage within 14 days of installing it. When moving to a new computer, you'll have to re-register your copy, again within a 14 day period. To register and re-register your copy, you have to email Cerilica or post them a note.
The upgrade is available via Cerilica's online upgrade system. We're looking forward to reading end user feedback on version 1.10.
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