Re: What does RISC OS mean to you?
- From: Ray Dawson <ray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 14:44:40 +0100
Louie <louie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Now, someone tell me, other than the internet (and MP4/ film stuff),
which I feel we have already established as lacking points, what else
does RISC OS not do as well as other OSs? And just to be clear- I use
the Iyonix as a working computer, not as an enthusiasts focus.
Music (audio) recording and editing
Convert CDs to MP3s
Playing streaming music online
What Nero does
Movie editing and conversion
Competent photo and image editing
OK, RISC OS machines can do some of the above, but only at a very basic
level. Also, software which can do any of the above costs an arm and a
For instance, compare the price of Photodesk (which is a pretty basic
image manipulation application) with something like Elements or PSP. The
freeware Finale Notepad way outperforms the RISC OS version of Sibelius. I
don't believe you can buy a RISC OS suite of office programs for under £90
- the price of a 3 licence MS Office. VideoReDo costa bout £0 - there is
no video editing package on RISC OS.
Zap and StrongEd are excellent tools, but there are many more equally or
more competent editors available on other platforms, either free of for
not a lot of money. Pluto, again is excellent, but so is Gemini - which
costs about the same and is still being developed.
For basic, simple tasks which don't require any processing power or
multimedia capabilities, RISC OS is fine. It has GUI advantages over other
OSs. But, for real world computing requiring the facilities listed above,
Use RISC OS for the little it can do but network it to a PC or Mac to do
the many more things it can't. Enjoy its GUI for simple things but be
honest about what isn't possible.
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