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On App development plans to be hatched at Wakefield:

Here is my 2p worth...

One thing RISC OS badly needs is users to actually purchase new products. So many comments on forums follow the line 'I haven't upgraded because..." or "I still use my 10/12/16 year old RiscPC..." and the users actually sound proud of the fact when they announce it.

Software authors cannot live on royalties 12 years on, users must upgrade in order to keep development moving. Another issue is that new products and software upgrades are driven by the market - if the users do not request products, then no-one can blame the authors for not producing them. I have seen this myself with RiscCAD - no user has requested a single feature in well over 12 months - so where is my motivation to improve or modify the software.

I consider myself a competent programmer, but a programmer needs to feel their creation is going to be used otherwise where is the motivation. I have all but ceased writing for RISC OS, for several reasons, the main one is available time. However, what would have been useful when I was is help locating things such as technical specs, file formats etc, which are sometimes hard and time consuming to find - all of which reduces the time left to code anything. I think this is where non-programmers could really help coders.

In retrospect, are products like Aemulor such a good thing, as they limit the incentive of users to purchase upgraded software.

I think that too much discussion is being placed on the browser issue. Many people have access to a browser, whether on RISC OS or not. What is needed is a vibrant software/hardware market. Once this is in place, there is a chance software companies will look again at the platform, or at least home grown programmers may evolve from the userbase with enough time to develop things further.

I said it was my 2p worh, and it's probaby worth every penny :-)

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 28/4/07 9:37PM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:

In reply to gdshaw:

I think this is a good idea. It can also be the case that a programmer may know how to program, but does not know how to get relevant items such as file format info etc. I think help like this would be very much appreciated.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 15/07/06 07:40AM
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On School wins IT award with RISC OS:

I attended Knightfield to do some training on RiscCAD for Sharon, other staff and a class of pupils. I was extremely impressed with the facilities.

Well done Sharon and everyone else concerned.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 10/4/06 8:00AM
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On Leaner, smaller Wakefield 2006 confirmed:

I found Sunday quite profitable last year, and would certainly have paid extra to attend. However, I am not party to the additional costs Chris mentions, and have to go with his word on this.

I hope this year's show will be as well attended on the Saturday as it was over the two days last year.

RISC OS needs end user support now more than ever.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 2/2/06 8:20AM
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On News in brief:

In reply to Peter

The new tool icons are smaller in size than RiscCAD. Also, like Impression, each window has a set of tool windows which stay with the drawing.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 17/1/06 5:05PM
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On News in brief:

I have added a page to the RiscCAD website about Vortex, and you can download the current version - but don't expect too much just yet.

Constructive comments, and suggestions welcome.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 17/1/06 9:46AM
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On News in brief:

That will teach me to keep my mouth shut !

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 16/1/06 8:18AM
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On Archive booklets review part one:

I have just started C programming, as from the outset decided to use the WIMP. I downloaded the DeskLib library and find it does exactly what I want extremely well. The StrongHelp file which comes with it is superb. I think anyone with some previous experience of WIMP programming in BASIC (and possibly on other platforms, although only my assymption), would find this system very useful. Together with a good book on C programming and the boundless help of c.s.a.p. new C programmers should be able to pick it up reasonably quickly.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 12/12/05 9:12AM
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On Software news:

How do you know it is untapped !

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 2/11/05 7:33AM
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On Letters:

Funny, I thought the discrepency was always the same proportion of the total - namely 2.4%

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 31/10/05 5:13PM
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On Voice-over-IP on RISC OS: What's involved?:

Single task/multi-task ?

Are you really likely to load large files etc whilst on the phone - I don't.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 31/10/05 5:11PM
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On South East show 2005 preview:

Odd that there is no theatre program on the website.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 19/10/05 8:39PM
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On RiscCAD version 10 ready for SE show:

Agreed. There are differences between the two programs, and it would probably come down to personnel taste, and possibly the exact requirements of the app...

...and cost of course.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 14/10/05 10:14PM
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On Rare Acorn graphics joystick in auction:

I would imagine the interface is a 9 way D type serial, as this would be all the BBC B would have. Even if it was TUBE or USER PORT, the RPC would still be unable to use it.

I did use a Marconi RB2 Trackerball on the original A310. I don't know if these are still available, or compatible. The problem with trackerball type devices on a modern desktop is that the screen does not scroll automatically, you have to either drag a scroll bar, or move the pointer back to access toolbars.

In my experience, I would stick with the mouse. If RSI is becoming a problem, try increasing the mouse sensitivity, or reducing it, so you either move your arm more or less to try and give it a larger range of movement.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 10/10/05 9:30PM
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On Rare Acorn graphics joystick in auction:

I saw one of these systems in action when I was at college, probably 1985/85. It was impressive to say it was running on a Beeb. I think it was developed by ROBO systems.

Very nice, although a lot of the joystick functionality was how it was interpreted by the software.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 7/10/05 8:57AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

It's not my attitude. Personally I want RISC OS to continue as long as it can, I think it is superb, and I have used it since it was developed. I started out with Arthur !

What I am saying is that there is obviously some reason we are not aware of as to why these two companies do not get along. One part or the other is causing problems. Surely it is not rocket science to get together and sort it out; therefore the reason they aren't is that one or both of them do not want to.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 05/10/05 9:20PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

Why not, that may have been at a time when they were looking for someone else to write the OS.

Now they have put in all the money to develop RO5, why bother with ROL.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 5/10/05 5:40PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

In reply to SimonC

No, it's a very businesslike attitude. Castle are not a charity, and I would imagine they would want to protect their market.

General

ROL are being criticised for not being businesslike, why give Caste a hard time for being just that.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 5/10/05 4:16PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

What makes people think that Castle are at all interested in helping ROL. Surely they are competitors as Castle have both hardware and RO5. ROL needs to forget developing for the Iyonix. Its only hope is to get into bed with Ad6 and force Castle to resume talks about merging the OS by ensuring there is an alternative software AND hardware platform.

Castle are just waiting for ROL to fold.

All IMO of course.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 5/10/05 12:24PM
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On ARM plays hand, reveals 1GHz plans:

According to the news story on another website, ARM is quoted as saying that it takes 3 years from finishing a processor design to the processor being in widespread use.

I wonder how many of us will still be using RISC OS then, and how many companies will still be actively developing.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 5/10/05 12:16PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

I would imagine if nothing is supplied the 'subscription' becomes a donation. I agree with Druck, I think if something is described as a subscription it implies you receive something in return.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 4/10/05 9:56AM
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On Castle push BASIC compiler:

The lack of EVAL and the variable scooping would certainly make a lot of work for me. I would be very interested to see the difference between a compressed program and a compiled one.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 31/8/05 5:15PM
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On Mailing list opens for RiscCAD users:

Peter, it might also be worth posting this to c.a.a.apps

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 28/8/05 3:13PM
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On Mailing list opens for RiscCAD users:

Could anyone sending a request put their email address in the body of the text, unless it is in your sig, then that's fine.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 24/8/05 9:42AM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

In reply to AMS:

"So how many people use VARPC who never used RISC OS on actual RISC OS hardware then ? I'd suggest very few in short it's shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic time.... "

I could word this another way. How many are using VARPC would have left the RISC OS platform instead of buying new hardware. I admit that I am one of them. It seems short sighted to insist the everyone should buy native hardware. What I meant earlier when I said it was a matter of which OS it runs on, should have read which computer it runs on, because as we all know, Windows runs on a multitude of different PC's.

And you said it, however you shuffle the deckchairs, you're still on the Titanic.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 19/8/05 9:09PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

VARPC certainly has a home, and I cannot understand people who say it is robbing RISC OS hardware manufacturers of sales.

I for one would definitely NOT have bought new RISC OS hardware, as I need a PC, so it makes sense to use VARPC. And anyway, the PC I have can run VARPC as fast as an IYONIX (yes, I have tested both), with much faster disk access, and it is portable.

VARPC is, if anything, widening RISC OS use in the world. I can see a day when RISC OS hardware ceases, and we all go the way of the PC, it's just a question of which OS you run on it.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 19/8/05 7:22PM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

When an LCD spec states a native resolution, does that imply the maximum resolution, or can the monitor be driven higher than that.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 16/6/05 1:25PM
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On RiscCAD version 9 released:

I'm trying to round up beta testers, and hoping people will suggest extra tools for RiscCAD, any takers.

So far, there seems to be very little interest :-(

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 11/6/05 7:53AM
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On RiscCAD demo available:

Yes, but am I right in thinking this is now shipping by default with the Iyonix.

If so, I think there should be a larger warning than is obviously the case. For a few weeks I thought RiscCAD was broken. I didn't, but I could have, wasted a lot of time looking for a fault that was not there. Also, I may have lost sales as several people posted saying 'RiscCAD does not work correctly on an Iyonix'.

I understand what you are saying, and now RiscCAD is able to work with SpecialFX it can be used to improve the screen display (although it does slow the redraw speed down, so you pay your money and take your choice).

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 07/03/05 6:00PM
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On RiscCAD demo available:

In reply to all users.

As stated above, I am testing a work-around to allow users to still use SpecialFX, but in a way that does not cause display corruption. I will post new versions of !RunImage on my website (www.risccad.freeuk.com) when I have tested them.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 07/03/05 1:10PM
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On RiscCAD demo available:

In reply to Martin

You seem as frustrated as me in that users say "application X cannot do this...." when that is not the case at all.

I have put a fix in RiscCAD which detects the SpecialFX setting, and rubber-bands using thin lines if the SpecialFX setting is set to Anti-alias for RiscCAD. I am tempted to say that it really is nothing to do with me and why should I have to patch my program when it is working perfectly well.

 is a RISC OS Userdemondb on 07/03/05 1:09PM
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