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EasyFont Pro, DrawWorks SE now 32bit

By Ian Chamberlain. Published: 12th Oct 2003, 23:13:22 | Permalink | Printable

APDL gets the hang of this 32bit thing

Back in August, we were pleased to report of APDL's decision to start a programme which woul d see more of their large catalogue of software 32bitted to work on new computers like the Iyonix. A week before the South East Show (which, by the way, is this Saturday, the 18th), APDL has announced some promising news.

EasyFont Pro, produced under the iSV Products label, is a popular application for managing fonts. According to their website, "EasyFont Pro makes handling fonts a doddle. Simply click to turn fonts on or off. Not sure which fonts are used in a file? Simply drop the file into EasyFont and it will find the fonts used and turn them on itself". The new version, which has been fully tested on the Iyonix, also comes with 2,400 "professional fonts" and is apparently packaged in a DVD case along with a printed manual.

At the show, APDL will also have version 4.10 of DrawWorks Select for sale. This is the full commercial version of DrawWorks and it is claimed that this latest release "has a number of improvements" - we're sure you can ask about them at the show.

Although APDL offered few clues as to when we might expect an Iyonix compatible version, we can perhaps be more optimistic in light of news about the free version. Users of DrawWorks SE (a free-to-all cut-down edition of DW Select) can, we're informed, download a 32bit neutral version from the iSV website. At least one user, however, has revealed that the 32bit version isn't actually 32bit compatible.

Keep it coming, APDL.

Links


DrawWorks Website
EasyFont Pro Website

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At least one user can reveal that DWorksSE is 32-bit compatible but a small error in the !Run file, doubtless now corrected, made it appear as if it was not. "RMEnsure WindowManager 5.0" should be changed to "RMEnsure WindowManager 4.90" if that is what you have in !Run.

 is a RISC OS UserGavinWraith on 13/10/03 2:33PM
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I'm gonna add to the above immediately. Desktop Repton is now 32-bit compatible; and is supplied on a 26/32-bit hybrid CD which chooses the most appropriate version for your machine.

There's more coming too... I must return to my IYONIX to continue the testing...

 is a RISC OS Userskeeter on 13/10/03 4:41PM
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Thank you Skeeter.

We are aware of APDL's other 32bit compatible software and have, I think, reported them in previous software articles.

It's all good!

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 13/10/03 6:20PM
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Gavin> Glad to see these muppets even bother to run their release programs on the OS's they pretend to support. Tsk.

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 13/10/03 6:52PM
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imj: Oh yeah, I've still not received my updated Superior Collection CD with anything that actually works on it. Perhaps it's time to poke them *AGAIN* (It's been *years* now).

p***ed me off when I bought the superior collection, mainly for Repton, after promises that it'd work on RO4 StrongARM RiscPCs. Then when everybody discovered it didn't, they promised to fix it. Only they never did. What they *did* do though was start selling a new version of Repton to people, and didn't offer a discount for it or anything to people who'd been conned into buying the superior collection. :(

APDL/ProAction are not on my list of favorite companies. Almost all of their software is below contempt in my experience, and as is their PR.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 14/10/03 4:06PM
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Broken promises or not, it is nice to see these more recalcitrant software companies finally getting on board and properly supporting modern RISC OS hardware in their software products.

I've been asking about this sort of progress for a full year now, and Drobe and others have helped to raise the profile of the issue so that the step beyond StrongARM has finally been made in this case.

A far cry from the rather negative comments made a year ago, and even some rather more recent ones!

Excellent news all round.

dgs

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 15/10/03 8:12PM
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ooooh very nice - "packaged in a DVD along with a printed manual" :)

 is a RISC OS UserTimothy609 on 24/10/03 1:04PM
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