Andrew Sidwell>What "vital" features would you like to see in Select that aren't there already, that can be implemented in software?
Support for greater hardware independance built into the OS, support for 32bit only processors. These two steps would have enabled the use of RISC OS on a *far wider* hardware base than is currently the case.
The very fact Select 3 now has to use a PC/Windows and an emulator to get "portable" quite nicely illustrates that need.
Simply making a "text icon" round, square, oblong or shaped like a banana (or whatever) won't.
That having being said I would *not* want people going away thinking that I consider Select as either pointless or of little merit - it has represented the most continuous effort towards updating the OS that we've so far seen (and should be applauded for that). The issue, though, is that with the (probable) eventual unavailability of native hardware where do you go ? to the PC ??? hope that Omega arrives and addresses the issue ? (what if it is further delayed or does not arrive ?).
An alternate approach is for people to buy current hardware that does support a version of RISC OS that *does* use current ARM hardware (the Iyonix). If enough people do you'll probably find that either (a). ROL will adapt Select to work on it or (b). Castle will implement some "Select" like features in due course.