ArgoNet News Bulletin: 14th May 1998
In this edition:
The upgrade to Voyager 1.18 with the new Fresco browser was released at
the beginning of last month. Other changes in this version
include a new domain name resolver and Christina West's CountDown, a VIX
module which displays the number of email and news items to send.
Some people have experienced Type-5 errors with the new browser. We
have provided a temporary solution on our bugs
page. We will shortly be releasing a new version of Fresco with improved
stability and performance.
Strategic Alliance - Argo & ANT
We have announced a strategic alliance between the Argo Interactive Group
plc and ANT Ltd of Cambridge. This partnership will bring significant
benefits to both companies and to the development of products and services
for the Risc OS Internet-related market.
Last month ArgoNet released, free to existing users through our online
auto upgrade procedure, a new version of the Voyager Internet Suite which
incorporates ANT's Web browser, Fresco, with its support for frames and
tables. Other developments over the next two months will include
improved e-mail and news capabilities for Voyager.
We are working closely with ANT to ensure that Fresco is the best web
browser on the RiscOS platform. Early in Quarter 3 '98 we expect to release
and pricing will be available nearer the release date.
We can also confirm that the ANT Internet Suite and new ANT Internet
Server Suite will be marketed and supported through Argo, reinforcing our
joint commitment to the Risc OS market. These products, and future
developments to them, will considerably enhance ArgoNet's Internet Services
including the new Education Online Service for schools launched at BETT
Acorn's Browse and Java
Acorn's !Browse and Java (1.0.2) updates are now shipping and may be ordered
from ArgoNet at £39.99 each including VAT and UK carriage.
The current development plan, which is subject to change, is:
We intend that Voyager will continue to be the leading easy-to-use Internet
Access Suite for Risc OS.
Phase 1 - completed
Fresco integrated into Voyager
Phase 2 - Q2 98
New mail program with improved multiple mailbox support, improved address
book and user interface and will include the ability to handle domains.
Update to dialer to handle new dial-up system with CHAP. This allows Flex,
x2 and ISDN access to state of the art servers.
New PD VIX module from Nick Roberts: BookMaker. This is an excellent hotlist
Phase 3 - Q3 98
Complete overhaul of Voyager launcher (including VIX), dialer, internet
stack and news reader. Available on CD-ROM.
Microsoft IE Development
While it would appear that we have been concentrating on the Acorn side
of things we have been working on a new Argo IE4 for Windows 95. This is
nearly ready for beta testing and will be provided on CD-ROM as an upgrade.
This is a much enhanced program which improves the display of web pages
and has Outlook Express as an email program.
Wakefield Acorn Show
On the 16th and 17th May most of ArgoNet's staff are on our stand along
with representatives from ANT. Demonstrations include Voyager (possibly
an alpha of the new email program), Acorn's Java plugin, ANT's Internet
Server Suite. Internet access will be through two new products, a Netopia
router and MagicXpress ISDN Terminal Adapter. Andy Loukes will be doing
a presentation on "Internet for Schools" with Dean Murphy from ANT on both
days in the theatre.
For more information about the show go to the web
Major upgrades are on the way. It was mentioned in a previous bulletin
that we are moving to new dial-up servers at Pipex. This will mean new
numbers and connectivity using ISDN, Flex, x2 and many other services from
Pipex such as Global Roaming; these will be documented in a later bulletin.
We are in the process of upgrading our server hardware over the next
few weeks. This is a significant upgrade that will allow us to provide
more services as well as increasing the performance of the current web
and mail servers and improving Webload and webspace access.