PRESS RELEASE 19/12/2008

RISC OS Select 5i1 Announced.

RISCOS Ltd are happy to announce that the outstanding batch of Select 5i1 CDs were shipped early this week.

Most subscribers should have received theirs by now. However, given the vagaries of the Christmas post, it is possible that you may have to wait a few more days.

As we are sure that you are itching to get your hands on the new features in time for Christmas, we have taken the step of also making the Select 5i1 CD image available as a download from the Select members' area - just in case!

All current subscribers have access to this. If your subscription is due for renewal or has already expired, now is is a great time to renew it.

Why not consider a Select subscription as a Christmas present for the RISC OS user in your life, or treat yourself?

Features new to Select5i1 include:

64K colours screen modes
New CIELab colour model
More responsive desktop
Easier to use Colour Picker
Many bug fixes
Paint edits CMYK and YCCK JPEGs in CMYK without going through RGB
New sprite type for 64K colour sprites
Faster draw file rendering
Additional configurable window tool colour options
Paint can now add an alpha channel to any sprite
16bit thumbnails in filer are now 64K colours
Paper colour viewing option in Draw
Palette model added to Colour Picker
Improved layout control in filer viewers
Paint text tool improvements
Configurable sliding menus
Updated Toolbox modules
Change the resolution of sprites in Paint
Window focus tools support
Colour Picker has more detailed colour slices
Paint can now set the alpha channel with text
Controllable background blending of text in Draw
Variable transparency selection in Colour Picker
Improved CMYK sprite support
Faster thumbnailing
A new method for navigating menus by clicking is now an option
Improved colour matching in 32K and 256 colour modes
CMYK and YCCK JPEG filer thumbnails
Paint can now apply both colour and a partial transparency at the same time
New reverse sub-path option in Draw
Updated configure to manage all the the above options
Speed optimizations in many other places
Video Tutorials to show many of the features
Updated user guide, including explanation of the new features

About the Select Scheme:

The RISC OS Select Scheme was established in 2001, to provide an ongoing development and testing platform for RISC OS users. It is a yearly subscription scheme, with access to developments available to subscribers via CD and Download. The improvements introduced via the Select scheme lead to the production of the RISC OS 4.39 ("Adjust") ROMs in 2004 for use with Risc PC's, A7000 and Omega computers. In late 2006, the Select scheme entered a new phase with the release of the first version of RISC OS Six.

About RISCOS Ltd.

RISCOS Ltd was established in 1999 to licence and develop RISC OS from Element 14 Ltd. It continues to develop RISC OS and has current licence Agreements in place with VirtualAcorn and Advantage Six for the use of RISC OS. RISCOS Ltd recently released the "Virtually Free" version of RISC OS 4.02 for use with Software Emulators, and the "RISC OS Upgrade CD" which allows the softloading of RISC OS 4.02 and 4.39 on top of RISC OS 3.6, 3.7 and 4.02 computers. These products are availble for electronic download from the RISCOS Ltd sales website http://sales.riscos.com/

143 Allensbank Road
CF14 3PQ

sales tel: 02920 619942
sales fax: 02920 213156