As for "... punters were warned by Paul [Middleton] that if they didn't resubscribe to Select, ROL will scale back development." Would that be a change?
As for "RISC OS Now" and the down and up sides:
- For a first issue to be not quite perfect: that is ok (anybody might just try to write a magazine of about that size and then re-think the criticism!)
- Please take into account that RISC OS Now is published by a woman so I expect it to look different from the usual man-made ones.
- And you forgot to mention a very important up side explicitely: It got printed and was made available in time (something the odd company fails to manage)!