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On ArtWorks 2.9 set for Wakefield 2009 launch:

The feature list seems to be growing by the hour! Exciting! Just seen that Martin has added the much-requested "delete unused colours in a document". I'm really looking forward to what promises to be a good mix of swish new features and user-requested enhancements to the ArtWorks interface.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 20/4/09 4:05PM
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On Google to fund another round of NetSurf development:

I very much hope that someone will apply to work on the "Improved RISC OS front end" category. Although the RISC OS frontend is still the most complete, there's some catching up to do with new features. For instance, it would be fabulous to have the **option** to use Tabs for browsing like some of the other versions of Netsurf.

Well done to the Netsurf team!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 23/3/09 1:54PM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

VKeyboard from Kevsoft provides a screen keyboard for RISC OS:



The app was most likely the very flexible ButtonBar from the Flying Pig:


 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 28/4/08 1:19PM
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On Animation and typing applications really released:


Thanks, that's appreciated. Wishing you MUCH success at Wakefield. You've got some great new products: updates from RComp always put a smile on my face -- and a smallish hole in my bank balance ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 25/4/08 6:42PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show preview:

PDF import into ArtWorks works wonderfully well (even in the pre-release versions). For the first time, multiple pages can be exported from EasiWriter into ArtWorks, which is brilliant. Thanks Martin! Being able to edit *existing* PDF documents is a significant step forward for RISC OS. Hurrah!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 25/4/08 11:17AM
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On Animation and typing applications really released:

arawnsley: "I need a break"

I haven't noticed anyone giving you a break on Drobe or the newsgroups recently ;-)

Anyway, thank you, thank you, *thank you* for all your efforts. They're much appreciated. I plan to buy both these products. Is there an upgrade price for existing owners of TouchType and Complete Animator, please?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 25/4/08 11:11AM
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On RISC OS camps to discuss future development:


I'm confused. Why wouldn't we want pizza delivered? Sounds good to me!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 28/11/07 10:34PM
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On November news in brief:


Well, I hope that you enjoy the two new scenarios. I certainly enjoyed making them!

A BIG thank you for Islands, which is oodles of fun.

I was glad to discover the MIxer from the Somascape site, which is very useful for listening to CDs while lowering the sound effects from Islands:


 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 21/11/07 2:03PM
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On November news in brief:

The above flurry of activity has inspired me to upload a couple of add-on levels for Islands to my Drobe-hosted webspace: [link]

For anyone who has not seen Islands yet, it's a RISC OS adaptation of the board game Risk. Islands can be downloaded from:


 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 21/11/07 1:00AM
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On Software hosted by Drobe: Your guide:

Well, I've discovered some interesting applications thanks to the article! And it's encouraged me to return to some of the add-on toolbars that I've been meaning to release for a while. I've got one for the Filer (for those who like that sort of thing!), an update for ArtWorks, an update for the new Easi/TechWriter, and also a toolbar for Zap which is something several people have requested.

Thanks for the webpace!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 6/11/07 5:44PM
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On New TechWriter features bonus style finder:

Obviously, Chris can't reveal his sources. We could press and press, but there's no way he'll squeal ;-)

However, for what it's worth, I get the same effect as the above screenshot on my Virtual RiscPC 4.02. I've emailed Martin to try to get to the bottom of this mystery.


"Still remains that I'd bet the image was taken by opening the template in WinEd or TemplEd and then taking a snapshot of it"

I'm afraid you lose your bet ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 24/10/07 11:35PM
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On RISC OS Open: One year on:

A great article, Martin. Thanks!

" I suppose I can no longer complain about that "feature" in the !Chars application."

I should think not when the very wonderful XChars is available ;-)


XChars is much more flexible than Chars, and the more recent versions of XChars even allow you to save characters as Draw files which is a very natty feature. Highly recommended.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 23/7/07 2:47PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:


"Castle have delivered everything that they have promised to Iyonix owners (ie. a machine, a 32-bit OS and subsequent updates)."

Sort of. They raised expectations about future development though with the Merlin project, which quietly died a death.



To their credit is the formation of ROOL, which is a fantastic development, and the release of the sources to RISC OS will I'm sure bear fruit.

I recently purchased two Iyonix computers, and would dearly love to update them with the Select features I value on my Virtual RPC Adjust (e.g. enhanced Paint, Draw, Image filer). A combination of updates from ROOL and the release of Select features from ROL would be perfect for me.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 17/7/07 10:40AM
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On Techwriter feature voting ends tonight:


"Or maybe the teeshirt was actually designed in TechWriter and output as PDF via RiScript?"

Why use RiScript for that? Easi/TechWriter has PDF export built in: it's as easy as 'Save as PDF'. With the latest versions of Easi/TechWriter you can even password protect PDF files and set the access rights.

Now get voting everyone: I suggest prioritising A (improved headers and footers), J (control over widows and orphans) and O (Grep-like search and replace with proper wildcards). Vote for those and I promise not to increase taxation ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 20/11/06 7:28PM
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On Keystroke and Blinds released for free:

This is very welcome news. A BIG 'thank you' to Stuart for his efforts over the years. Blinds looks very useful. I really must get back into using Keystroke as it's amazingly powerful.

By the way, there's a nicer link to the files at:


 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 2/8/06 4:45PM
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On Interview with a ROS Open shareholder:

If Castle are really interested in selling RISC OS, as has been reported on Drobe, then maybe a fund could be set up to raise at least enough money to persuade Castle to allow open-sourcing of some, or all, of RISC OS?

Even if that were possible, the question for me is whether that money would that money be better spent on funding new software. For example, a finished Cineroma would be a major step forwards for media compatibility, offering RealAudio, etc. ([link])

Or maybe both strategies can be encouraged?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 19/7/06 11:27AM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:


"We have a limited number of programmers, but there is much more to software development than just writing code: there is testing, documentation, graphic design, website design, first-line support, publicity and so on. [...] What if there were some sort of clearing house dedicated to identifying the key problems we face, and those willing to help, and bringing the two together?"

Thanks for some very helpful and positive suggestions. I'm up for beta-testing and documentation for a start. I've seen others mention on Drobe that they'd be willing to do icon design, etc. A clearing house in which programmers could enlist assistance sounds like an excellent idea. Let's make it happen.

As a related aside, when users are involved in beta-testing, etc. it often creates a sense of investment in the software, especially if their suggestions for new features are implemented. That keeps them loyal to the platform as well as helping the programmer.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 17/07/06 10:28AM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:


I guess if you use the kind of OS that crashes a lot, then airbags are important ;-)

Seriously, though, the point you make is valid. For me, as most I'd judge, the most pressing need is for a fully-featured browser (e.g. JavaScript, Flash, etc. and possibly JAVA). RealAudio is important too. With that, then it would be quite possible, I think, to promote the A9home (for instance) as a cute, reliable machine for internet, email, viewing digital images, and word processing (EasiWriter). The strengths of RISC OS make it ideal for the large number of users who want nothing more than that.

I keep my software up-to-date. I'm about to buy new hardware. I try and support the RISC OS market in other ways too. But I'm not a programmer. I love RISC OS. My head isn't in the sand. What should I do?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 14/07/06 3:51PM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:


Top 10 things that can be done on RISC OS that can't be done on Windows/MacOS

1) Run Edit

2) Abort on Data Transfer &EIEIO


4) Use the very wonderful SwiftJPEG (to bring this back on topic)

5) Pay for Select for Iyonix

6) Save Page as Draw from a fully-structured EasiWriter document

7) Summon a menu with middle mouse button

8) Vow never to use Windows/MacOS

9) Design natty new buttons for WIBLI

10) Or, in my case, use a combination of EasiWriter, ArtWorks, StrongED, and Citation (amongst others) to turn around tasks quickly and efficiently and (as Mark Stephens rightly says) with a degree of pleasure that I never get when using Windows/MacOS. Of course, this is partly due to my familiarity with, and bias for, my favourite apps. It is also a lot down to the design of the GUI (e.g. font manager, drag'n'drop) and some very, very good software. (But yes, we could do with all the things mentioned by others.)

Put simply, I can choose to use any OS. Because I can, I choose to use RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 12/07/06 11:53PM
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On Database S-Base bounces back:


"I've always wanted to use Citation but have been prevented because it's not 32-bit."

!Citation needs a 32-bit release of S-Base to be Iyonix/A9home compatible. Hopefully, the above news means a 32-bit S-Base might happen soon. l plan to buy an A9home, and I'd be lost without !Citation. It's one of my most-used apps: I've found it more intuitive and more productive than the expensive equivalents on other platforms (though they do have lots of bells'n'whistles).

Does anyone know if the new S-Base download is 32-bit?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 9/7/06 8:16PM
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On Intel flogs Xscale business to telecoms firm:


Why? In this (alleged!) sighting, David Atkins looks very much like standard issue, unmodified, David Atkins. Compare: [link]

What a crying shame that we'll never see an XScale-powered Omega now. Or even USB :(

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 3/7/06 12:17PM
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On Intel flogs Xscale business to telecoms firm:

Is the picture another sighting of David Atkins? ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 2/7/06 5:50PM
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On Who are RISC OS Open Ltd?:

I like the acronym, ROOL. RISC OS users ROOL? ;-)

Best of luck to Steve Revill and co. This is very welcome news -- even if we don't know the details of what the news is quite yet!

PS MoreDesk ROOLs 2

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 28/6/06 12:13PM
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On Explan Solo arrives with a catch:

Is it definitely Linux *only*? The website suggests otherwise, stating "Operating system = RISC OS and/or Linux in ROM":


Also, just about the only image of the machine's OS shows RISC OS:


I'd be delighted to learn that there is, after all, a RISC OS version of the SOLO. As for educational software, I believe that there is quite a bit of that for RISC OS ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 17/6/06 11:39PM
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On 3D space shooter game planned:


Perhaps might be best if it's not billed as 'Starship Command in 3D'? Don't wanna risk having ACED axed ;-)

Thanks for your efforts over the years. ArcCommand was very fun and I was almost getting good at it. I became totally addicted to Dune II and got a huge sense of achievement from completing that. (Sad, perhaps, but the therapy helped.) I very much look forward to seeing ACED.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 5/6/06 12:53AM
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On Chuckie Egg returns as 32bit compatible:

Nostalgia indeed! Great fun!

I too would love to see more like this. Hmmm... Pengo (H. Soft) is still one of my favourites. It'd be wonderful to have that. And how about 'The Sentinel' and 'Firetrack'?

By the way, does anyone know how Advantage6 got Zarch running on the A9home? Was it via Aemulor emulation? And was it Zarch or Lander? Hmmm... Now I'm longing to play Conqueror again. Only I'm too busy with Chuckie Egg ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 29/5/06 9:25PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:


If you haven't done so already, you might like to try the themes available at:


They're really nicely implemented.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 26/05/06 10:55AM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:


"It is very uncommon to expect buyers to *sing* an NDA"

NDA or not, you'll find users singing your praises, Martin ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 19/5/06 1:42PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:


I've just had a look at the Pixel website, and the feature-set looks good.


Have you tried asking Pavel? If not, will you, please, and report back? It may be that it's not feasible to port Pixel to RISC OS. However, it'd be great if it was. Thanks for the pointer.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 19/05/06 12:02AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:


There's already support, I believe, in the excellent (and free!) Variations:


And Draw and Easi/TechWriter display alpha sprites.

Martin Wuerthner also has it on his potential 'to do' list:


Of course, more application support would be better. The 'politics', of course, is another matter.

As an aside, I've recently upgraded to Adjust, and I'm delighted by the updates to Paint: its use and productiveness has been transformed for me. Saved a lot of time this week when designing icons and editing screensnaps (and saving as PNG).

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 19/5/06 11:43AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:


If you haven't done so already, you might like to have a word with Richard Brown about this. He seems thoroughly nice and maybe he'll be able to give you more info. as to the state of play:


Just a thought...

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 16/5/06 10:22AM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

All those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head. Opera(ting systems) can do that to a man. ;-)

(Terry Pratchett, Maskerade)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 14/05/06 8:00PM
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On ArtWorks 2.6 released:

I purchased the upgrade last night and it's great! The internal arrows make a huge difference -- one of those features that once you've tried it, you wouldn't want to be without. The real-time graduated fills are stunning. The previous system of 'drag the arrow and then see the fill' was always a bit hit and miss for me. This is so much more intuitive and much more productive as a result. This is ArtWorks at its best: fun!

Good to see thoughtful updates to the interface which will make a real difference on a day-to-day basis. Thanks Martin!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 12/5/06 4:06PM
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On VirtualAcorn expand emulator range:


Paul Middleton is also going to be at ROUGOL on Monday 15th May 2006, talking about "significant new developments for RISCOS Ltd, including RISC OS Select 4. Paul will be demonstrating RISC OS on an A9home computer, and on a demo version of Virtual Risc PC for Apple Mac OS X."

Sounds excellent, and the fresh-from-Wakefield timing is perfect:


Presumably, given the large number of Iyonix owners at ROUGOL, someone will raise the issue of Select for Iyonix ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 11/5/06 8:29PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

This sounds exciting. I look forward to hearing more. It's good to see new software development and Andrew R, Alan Wrigley, and Colin Granville (with other RComp programmers) deserve lots of credit for their continued efforts.


hmm, which major RISC OS apps can we revitalise, investing in significant new feature-development (e.g. Messenger Pro, Datapower)? What new software shall we write (e.g. Grapevine, Hermes)?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 11/5/06 3:01PM
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On VirtualAcorn expand emulator range:

This is SUCH good news. Faster and nice new features is excellent. A very reasonable upgrade cost too (I'm going from VRPC-Adjust to the new StrongARM version).

In reply to VisitorQ:

I wouldn't want to be without RISC OS on a laptop. Aaron's support has been exemplary and this new release is evidence of VirtualAcorn's commitment to their products. Ultimately, though I sort of understand your reluctance, there's no doubt in my mind that you are missing out.

NB: In a recent thread on Drobe, David Holden noted "Arrangements have already been made to ensure that there would be no problems if VA ceased trading."

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 10/5/06 11:02PM
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On MW Software reveals PDF work:

In reply to Sawadee:

Thanks for the link top the example image, which makes your needs much clearer. Though EasiWriter is very flexible, it's perhaps not your best bet in this case.

"Anyway, do you know if EasiWriter can handle big 70 pages of text and graphics like Publisher?"

If you mean can it handle lots of text and graphics, then the answer is 'yes'.

I recently copy-edited a book for an academic publisher which had more than 300 pages and a number of graphics files (more than 1MB each). EasiWriter coped beautifully. The end result had to be in Word format and I'd expected to have to tweak the file a bit in Word. To my delight, I didn't have to, because EasiWriter gave me a perfect Word file!

With another HUGE vote of thanks to Mike Glover and Martin Wuerthner for their continued efforts and support.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 28/4/06 1:45PM
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On MW Software reveals PDF work:

In reply to Sawadee:

If you want to get Impression files into EasiWriter, then you "Save text story (with styles)" in Impression, and drop the file into EasiWriter. This exports the text (with effects, e.g. bold, italic, styles) and you can then export any graphics files from Impression and drop them into EasiWriter.

Whether this will work for you, depends upon your document. If you've used lots of frames and graphics, then this might be a bit fiddly. Having said that, I've converted lots of Impression documents in this way, and they can then be saved as Word documents which can be edited on other platforms.

Word import/export gets better with each new release of EasiWriter, so it's worth upgrading just to get the everyday benefits of that functionality.

And EasiWriter can also save as HTML which is a useful way to turn your documents into web pages.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 28/4/06 11:56AM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:


Try this:

That said, I have two laptops to free up one when I want to, so I don't think three is too amazing.

Any good? ;-)

PS VirtualRiscPC-SE and Virtual Adjust are both stunning products. If you've got a Windows laptop (or Windows and no room for a RISC OS machine), then treat yourself. Go on, you know you want two. Sorry, want to.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 15/9/05 2:04PM
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On Software news:


I'd recommend a visit to David Llewellyn-Jones's website where you can snaffle a copy of the utterly fabulous ButtonBar: [link]

The download comes with a very useful buttonbar for Zap. That should keep you happy for a while. At least until...

... watch this space! You've persuaded me ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 30/8/05 2:38PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:


If you're still using VA5000, then you are *really* missing out. Virtual RiscPC is a massive step forward: faster, more features, RISC OS 4 (or the even swisher Adjust).

Well worth 99 quid:


 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 11/8/05 11:08AM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

In response to popular demand....

A new, improved, colour-fast formula of my add-on buttonbar for RiScript is available now from: [link]

Enjoy! -- Do I look bothered? Face. Bothered. Bothered. Face.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 04/08/05 8:08PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:


"Also, how is the rendering speed of PDFs compared to that of !PDF?"

Rendering speed is pretty good (and they have announced that they are working to speed it up further). !PDF is slightly quicker than RiScript, but that's not comparing like with like: unlike RiScript, !PDF doesn't convert a document's fonts (which is a very important feature of RiScript); doesn't support clipping, which can make for messy images in !PDF; generally, !PDF allows you to read documents, but doesn't guarantee that everything is exactly as created.

Strengths of !PDF, in my opinion, are: F4 for search -- I *really* hope that that's on the wishlist for RiScript; the ability to open multiple windows. In true RISC OS tradition, I use both ;-)

Anyway, the new RiScript is, for me, a big step forward, with much-wanted features and the promise of further development. Very good news!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 04/08/05 1:23PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:


"Creation of password protected pdfs - is this a possibility?"

The new version provides support for this (yay!). Adding a password coudldn't be easier, and you can also 'restrict' how the PDF can be used, e.g. allow printing, but not save as text.

It's less than 25 quid, with oodles of features, including save as Draw, which I don't think Ghostscript offers. Go on, buy a copy, you know you want to ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 04/08/05 1:13PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:


"We quite underestimated the number of people that would buy RiScript"

Glad to hear it! Victims of your own success ;-)

I'd like to thank you publically for excellent support.

Incidentally, I've created an add-on buttonbar for RiScript 5, which gives buttons for save as Text/Draw/PDF, etc. Available from:


(This URL will change at some point to: [link])

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 4/8/05 11:41AM
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On ROL to launch Adjust on CD:


"Just what is the point of having a nice operating system if there are no majors advances in existing software or even new software to run on it?"

I agree with that sentiment. I feel there's some cause for optimism though: RComp have been doing their bit recently, with significant updates to Messenger Pro, and the release of Hermes (new software). Fred Graute's efforts with StrongED are exciting too. And if you use Easi/TechWriter or ArtWorks 2, then there's likely to be something very interesting for you by the Wakefield Show.

More would always be welcomed though ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 20/02/05 00:05AM
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On Greeks bearing gifts and email:

Ah, now I understand what was going on... Thanks for the explanation, Andrew, all is now crystal clear!

All best, Stewy

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 10/02/05 12:10AM
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On Greeks bearing gifts and email:

Oooh, checked my inbox and there was MPro 3.10 with auto-refresh and sub-folders. A number of useful fixes too: The way that mesages from mailing lists are now handled is very welcome.


Although I have managed to create some sub-folders, I can't fathom how I did it. Any tips about creating sub-folders, please?

Ta, Stewy

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 09/02/05 10:24PM
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On Greeks bearing gifts and email:

Prompted by this article, I've now installed Hermes and am *really* pleased with it. The configuration options are great, and parallel fetching is very nice. Options like 'fetch smallest messages first' are something that will really help: I'm on dialup modem access, and it's always been frustrating to have to wait for 20MB of photos (or somesuch) before being able to retrieve my other messages. Frustrating no more!

Thanks to Alan/Andrew for programming and investment in *new* RISC OS software. I look forward to future enhancements.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 01/02/05 1:44PM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

martin: "I use Windows at work and am using it now, but that is because it is the computer that my employer has put on my desk"

Work situations, I'd contend, are one of the key benefits of Virtual RiscPC (another being laptops, of course). Persuading an employer to buy an Iyonix could be an uphill struggle (ahem!); asking them to spend 100 quid, or so, on Virtual RiscPC is less problematic. Personally, I'd be quite prepared to fund that myself, plus any additional licences for RISC OS applications, in order to get my work done efficiently and rapidly using my preferred software (StrongED, EasiWriter, ArtWorks 2). I can't think of any Windows-only packages that I use, and working in a RISC OS environment is important to me and boosts productivity ;-)

There are, of course, some IT departments/system administrators that refuse to allow so-called non-standard software to be installed. Or jobs that require the specific use of Windows-only packages, etc. But if that's not the case, then Virtual RiscPC is a wonderful solution to the 'Windows machine on desk' situation, and purchasing licences for RISC OS applications to use with Virtual RiscPC bolsters the RISC OS software market, which is good for everyone concerned.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 04/08/04 2:28PM
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On Discussion and Negotiation:


"we could well be seeing Windows + VRPC [vastly outperforming the Iyonix] with a much more useful machine to boot"

But slower to !Boot ;-)

Are you implying that Castle's last-ditch strategy is to try to crush the emulator-based opposition? I'd hope that's *not* the case. The best way for them to remain competitive, I'd have thought, is to continue to develop their product-range, and there are encouraging hints in the press release to this effect: i.e. "move the OS forward into the future with the many exciting new 32-bit ARM processors becoming available from various silicon manufacturers." (effectively = pre-announcing, of course)

Moreover, in the press release issued when they purchased RISC OS, they signalled the intention to offer licences for emulators. If Castle thought that it would be them, and not ROL, issuing the licences, and raking in the cash, then that may be at the heart of the dispute...

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 17/06/04 10:48AM
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On Wakefield photos and gossip:

In reply to dgs:

There are interesting questions to be asked about the Omega -- both in terms of its current state and its future development -- but for some reason you're not framing those questions in interesting (and certainly not disinterested) ways. Rather, you seem to be opting for an ongoing tactic of 'smear' toward MicroDigital. If you feel that they've made mistakes in the past, then it's fair enough for you to hold that opinion. The bit I don't get is why you feel the urge to parade your opinion *every* time the Omega is mentioned. Even more confusing, is why a friendly mention of Castle triggers an 'anti' MicroDigital response from you.

As I seem to remember you saying previously, it's Omega owners who are in the best place to comment. If Omega owners felt that they were being 'excluded' (as you claim) then presumably it's up to them to say so. I've had good support from MicroDigital (and exemplary from Liquid Silicon, who supplied the machine and upgrades, etc.). I am an ordinary user (= not a beta tester) and, as such, in common with other users, have had regular updates to the firmware, had no problem joining the Owners Club forum, etc. None of what you say about support reflects my experience, and, as an Omega owner, I'm in a better position to know, right?

There have been claims in the past that 'smear' and *excessive* criticism on the various open forums have lost RISC OS companies potential orders. When I heard that Castle had a possible contract lined up, I was delighted for them (and it has to be good for the RISC OS market in general). MicroDigital have stated that they too have a larger market in their sights, and it would be a real shame if the constant carping for the sake of point scoring were to endanger any such opportunities.

You do a lot to promote the RISC OS market through User Groups, etc., and it strikes me as a pity to sour those good efforts. Anyway, hope to see you at ROUGOL later, if my commitments allow (not sure as yet).

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 17/05/04 2:36PM
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On Simtec denies Omega USB involvement:

In reply to epistaxsis:

"I still think my iyonix looks much cooler then your omega :-) pictures please..."

Your case certainly does look like an improvement on the bland Iyonix beige ([link]). Nice! I'll have to take some snapshots of my Omega sometime. In the meanwhile, there's something very similar at:


The neon lights on my machine are voice-activated: the height of tastefulness ;-)

Alas, the case has 'folded edges', so no Technicolor bleeding fingers like the one on your site! Oh, and to almost bring this back on thread, the Omega *can* currently use certain USB devices...

... like USB lights, fans, etc. :)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 15/04/04 2:22PM
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