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cables> Probably because you wrote something people don't want to read. Fwiw, I agree that RO's limitations are painfully obvious after using another platform but I still have a number of reasons for preferring RO. Cino's status hasn't changed over the past couple of years. Really this article is just a 'status report' in response to the question raised on the newsgroups.

In fact, I wrote some test code recently which I think demonstrates that 25fps playback at DVD resolution is possible on the Iyonix, but it will take a lot of work to tune the software to that level. The IOP321's memory bus isn't really adequate for implementing motion compensation in software. That doesn't prevent more appropriate hardware being employed, but it does make it even more of a niche product.

There's a lot of code in Cino that could find use elsewhere - the DVD filing system works with CD-ROMs, audio CDs and DVD-ROMs, the AC3 decoder is faster than the fairly basic port currently employed by KinoAMP, the overlapped DMA to screen is already used by Geminus and likely soon by NetSurf/Tinct, the optimised MPEG decoder has multiple other uses (once fixed ;) as has already been noted. DeCSS and authentication with the DVD-ROM drive etc etc. What happens to it all is something I haven't yet decided.

Personally, I think the fact that I can no longer spend the bulk of my development time writing RO software is a sadder reflection of the platform than the fact that Cino hasn't materialised on the (somewhat performance-limited) hardware that we have available.

 is a RISC OS Useradrianl on 24/8/06 4:18PM
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