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True, D'n'D software installation is great indeed since amongst other things you are the one to decide where the app is put. The odd app now comes with some installer tool, sometimes simply since it needs some stuff to be put into PreDesk since it saves the user the trouble to install the app and the !Boot parts separately (we all remember !SysMerge which did a similar task). Personally I'd prefer the old D'n'D installation and some !Boot update done separately by me but perhaps I'm strange on this account that I want to know what goes where... instead of having it dead simple.

As for D'n'D/Clipboard: What is missing is that the D'n'D doesn't work for everything like writable icons and the like that is drag some text from an editor to some writable icon or vice-versa. Furthermore I'd like the non writable icons/text to be draggable to fetch the text as well. E.g. select and then D'n'D the message of some error box into my email app to drop a line about it to the programmer with no need to manual copying of the screen contents. OK, Windows does this via the system clipboard but it does it whereas in RISC OS this is not OS driven but just offered by the odd app.

Or even try this: D'n'D of whatever object there is on screen to e.g. make a hard copy by dragging a window onto Paint.

One of the best ideas of Acorn was to define the data saving/loading protocol such that it doesn't matter what the receiver is, that is filer or some app, which implied D'n'D via save box to any app. Pity this wasn't extended to other data sources like icons etc - thought I'd say that this can probably even be handled by the OS, that is the modules responsible for displaying the windows so that the app doesn't even need to know about it.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/8/06 6:11AM
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