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    Articles: Midlands Show quick summary

    Sunday, December 07, 2008 - 03:32 PM, (7845 Reads)

    Yesterday's Midlands RISC OS Show was a great day out. The major news from the show was from RISCOS Ltd. with no less than three releases!

    Although I got stuck in traffic on the M42 travelling down from the North (due to emergency replacement of a central reservation barrier), I got into the show at around 11:20am and had the rest of the day to take a leisurely stroll around, catching up with friends and looking at what was on display and sale.

    I say display as well as sale, because there were numerous stands with items purely for visitor interest. Amonst such items were a "RISC OS in Action" display showing how RISC OS kit was used to help manage and time sporting events (if I understood correctly). There was also a historical set of equiment available to see including Acorn's System 1, Acorn Atom, A BBC Micro (which unfortunately died during the afternoon, filling the air for a good while with a burning smell), Also present were an A3010 and A4 machines. Then we also had A9Home based portable solutions (A9Executive and Paul Stewart's Portable in a Case).

    CJE Micros, Graham Shaw, MW-Software, Orpheus Internet, Qercus, R-Comp, RISCOS Now, Serious Statistica Software and Steve Fryatt were all in attendaance at the show showing and selling their wares.

    RISC OS Open were selling CDs, and merchanise, but were also showing a bare Iyonix (motherboard stood on blocks with Cards plugged in) and were running a build of RISC OS 5 marked as 5.14 (though I didn't catch what was in that build, or whether it was flashed into the ROM or not).

    Coming back to the headline news, RISCOS Ltd. had put out a couple of press releaases just prior to the show regarding cheaper ways of getting RISC OS 4 running. The first of these was a softload of 4.02 or 4.39 on CD (depending technical details of the machine in question), for users of RISC OS 3.6 upwards, so there's now no excuse for users not having access to RISC OS 4.02 as an absolute bear minimum.

    Next was the "virtually free" RISC OS, for use with emulators. This is a legitimate way for users to get hold of RISC OS 4 for very little money and run this on the likes of Red Squirrell or RPCEmu.

    Last, but certainly not least, was the release of the latest version of RISC OS - 6.14. Subscribers or new customers were able to take away this latest product (dated 1st December 2008). I renewed my subscription and was handed the CD.  Briefly, features being shown on the stand included, the Alpha Sprite support, previewed at Guildford, a new Sliding Menu feature (you really need to see that in action to fully appreciate it), updated Colour Picker with 2 new models, not just the one seen at Guildford, 64 Thousand colours (also previewed at Guildford), New updates to configuration of Windows, seemingly allowing colours of various bits of windows to be set. As I write this article on my A9Home, I've not yet installed 6.14 on my Risc PC, but will likely be taking a closer look at the CD later today.

    Advantage 6 were in attendance, talking to visotors about the A9Home and demonstrating many of the latest featres of RISC OS 6.14 on their A9Wai1 machines.

     Below are just a few photos of the day.



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