Good idea for individuals or RISC OS User Clubs who care to give time and with permission of the software owners (who just may not be able to give time) to do demonstrations at these shows?
I agree to a point to what you are saying that the RISC OS software is dated :blush: and lack so many advanced features compared to PC platform stuff.
From my observations of so many PC users (particularly in schools), many of the feature packed PC software confuses and "Dumbs Down" the ability, progress and enthusiasm of it's "Basic Level" competency level average computer user. Recent articles in UK and NZ that I read, actually pointed out that the RISC OS computers in schools were actually achieving more with their classes level of competency with their embarrassingly out-of date software.
When competency is gained, PC level software (and it's desktop differences) may be the next option to consider for advanced skill features?
Personally I have a RISC OS !Sibelius7 music set up at my school, I have seen a few other local Auckland schools set up with PC Sibelius2 and were sadly not achieving what I do with my out-of-date RISC OS !Sibelius7 (last upgraded - 1998). The biggest problem I have been getting from many of people and other NZ school that visit my school, is that it is not having the most up to date PC version Sibelius to be able to teach music software to beginners and intermediate level learners, but a simple enough software and curriculum in place. So all the features and Plug Ins that come with Sibelius for PC in my views are not important yet (later important?, Yes!) but the learning of a curriculum and it's music theory is what I have found most users lack. A full on feature fancied software may be suitable for a professional or experienced learner, anything under that I teach well with the Out Dated RISC OS !Sibelius7. Over the past few years I have had a number of Sibelius and Cakewalk music software students (musicians, sound studio, teachers etc) wanting help and most of them gained more competency using RISC OS !Sibelius with no problems before returning to their "feature packed" version.
I believe that there is a good market for RISC OS to encourage the many lower level skilled PC computer learners to use the RISC OS system dated but simple software.
Yes, I agree with the point of out dated software for our frustrated and quite competently skilled the majority of RISC OS users seem to be (compared to most average PC user I mean).
Now I am not an expert computer person, these are just my views and experiences as a basic skilled computer user.
Do you think that Photodesk (I don't have) and OHP (which I do have) are at a feature for your needs? I find OHP good enough for what I want.