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The Icon Bar: News and features: Spacetech closes

Spacetech closes

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 17:16, 31/7/2000 | , , ,
Spacetech Ltd. - the company that produces RISC OS's leading bitmap graphics editor, Photodesk - has announced that it is to close.

Announced on the Photodesk mailing list, Chris Hornby wrote:

As from close of trading on the 31st July 2000, Spacetech Limited will be going into liquidation.

A further announcement will be made regarding the future of Spacetech products.
However, it's not quite all doom and gloom, as the message went on to say:
It is expected that another, as yet unnamed, company will continue the marketing of Spacetech product. It is expected that there will be a release of a newly packaged Photodesk called "Photodesk: The Olympic Edition." Work also continues on newer photoreal printers.
Obviuosly it would be a great blow to RISC OS to lose such an important piece of software (not to mention other packages such as TopModel and digital camera drivers, so TIB waits for more information with bated breath.
  Spacetech closes
  (18:13 31/7/2000)
  Andrew Weston (10:02 1/8/2000)
    Nathan Walker (11:03 1/8/2000)
      Andrew Weston (21:33 2/8/2000)
        mentat (09:41 3/8/2000)
          fred aok (09:43 3/8/2000)
Frank Gibbs Message #88041, posted at 18:13, 31/7/2000
Unregistered user Wow, that's bad news then, hopefully someone else will take over and maintain their stuff.

ps: Nice one Iconbar, first with the news once more!
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Andrew Weston Message #88042, posted at 10:02, 1/8/2000, in reply to message #88041
Unregistered user This is a shame. I wonder if this means the end of the development of TopModel? Will we ever see the animation add-ons to perhaps one of the most powerful packages ever released for RISC OS?
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Nathan Walker Message #88043, posted at 11:03, 1/8/2000, in reply to message #88042
Unregistered user Yet another Acorn/RISC OS company gone, can't say I didn't see it.

I doubt it would affect TopModel as Giancarlo would just find someone else to sell it.
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Andrew Weston Message #88044, posted at 21:33, 2/8/2000, in reply to message #88043
Unregistered user Well it seems it's not the market why Spacetech have closed! Still terrible news I think for the people there but not apparently for the market.
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mentat Message #88045, posted at 09:41, 3/8/2000, in reply to message #88044
Unregistered user I think it probably is pretty bad news for the market - as driver development (keeps on!) slowing down, the range of hardware available to RO users will keep diminishing.

Half of us are stuck with half-botched drivers as it is... :(

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fred aok Message #88046, posted at 09:43, 3/8/2000, in reply to message #88045
Unregistered user I take it you're referring to photoreal drivers etc?

"PhotoReal printers and drivers will continue to be available and existing and future customers will be supported. "

Does that mean they'll develop new ones or just keep the existing ones available?

Couldn't someoen else take over development?

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