Firstly, is it really ROL's position to develop digital imaging and/or music composition software, especially when others do it so well? Secondly, if Select isn't for you, then it isn't for you. If the feature set doesn't turn you on, then it doesn't turn you on. Great, it's wonderful when we all have this thing called freedom of choice. I don't need TechWriter but while I'm sure it's a great app for some people, I wouldn't complain that it doesn't do what I want to do. Also, I don't use Impression and Sibelius and I probably never will - so should I lobby the Aemulor team to stop wasting their time trying to add support for such apps to their emulator? Should I hassle them, Xat and other users, asking for justification as to why they're so hyped up about it? No; I appreciate that the aforementioned apps are just what their users need while at the same time not being what I need. Great, freedom of choice. I love it.
I, or specifically, drobe.co.uk shouldn't need to persuade or lecture you or anyone on any RISC OS product, let alone Select - we give you the facts, you decide. It's up to the individual companies and developers to do the advertising and go for the hard sell. If you're having trouble deciding which product to buy then please do ask any specific questions and someone will bound to help you, although it sounds to me like you've made up your mind already. Have we, or anyone else, said anywhere that Select will specifically help users of digital cameras or the musically gifted? Select works in the background to ensure the user facing side of the computer stays working efficiently and reliably, as any operating system should. It just so happens that, like most modern OSes, it provides a set of user facing services itself by default and they work quite well, personally speaking as a Select user.
Anyway, if we were to do an article on digital photography or music composition, it would be aimed for all RISC OS users but we would highlight where an advantage could be gained through the use of extra hardware or software. For example, I'm pretty sure the Iyonix's faster processor and fast IDE interface are useful when doing image malnipulation, but we don't have to write an entire article on that to say it. Also, the filer thumbnailing, increased support for the different types of JPEGs (including those produced from digital cameras) and other image formats, updated !Paint and overall increased system stability would all be useful too for anyone organising digital images - but I doubt we'd have to devote an entire article to that.
You're welcome, of course, to write an article for us on any subject - just pitch the article idea to the usual address if you want some editorial feedback.