Messenger Pro 3 releasedBy Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Dec 2004, 23:04:34 | Permalink | Printable
Really worth the wait?R-Comp have announced the release of Messenger Pro 3 and will be demonstrating it at the Midlands show.
In June, we reported that Mark Sawle, the Messenger Pro author, was looking for a RISC OS developer to take over the application while he concentrates on Gemini. We've since learnt that Colin Granville, developer of FTPc and PDF, is now heading up Messenger Pro 3 development.
What's new to the commercial 32bit compatible email client? According to R-Comp..
- Background file operations: copy, delete, move messages without disturbing foreground activities too much
- Windows open intelligently and resize depending on the size of the message. Plus, the user interface has been updated to be more modern and inline with RISC OS Select and RISC OS 5
- Toggle between mono-spaced and proportional fonts using a keypress
Upgrading to Messenger Pro 3 will set you back 19 quid, and is available as part of a gradual development scheme, as R-Comp explain: "The Messenger Pro 3 upgrade is a little different to the way things have been done in the past - rather than being one 'final' release, Messenger Pro 3 will be an ongoing upgrade scheme/path, with enhancements and new features being added along the way. Unlike other similar arrangements, you won't be charged a subscription, just a one-off upgrade fee."
Providing a decent, user friendly interface to email was once a strength of RISC OS, and something that a future portable RISC OS should play on, but will these improvements be enough, particularly for Messenger Pro? Only the users will tell - and let's not forget the Messenger Pro suggestion list. How much of that has been implemented?
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