Version 1.2 of the Athene Operating Environment is now available from the Rocklyte Systems web site. OSNews featured an exclusive interview with Rocklyte’s Paul Manias recently. The new release (read more to see a brand new screenshot from version 1.2) is for Windows only (the Linux version will come in a few weeks) and includes the following changes:
- The screenshot option in the desktop menu has been reactivated.
- Icons now use alpha blending to merge with the desktop graphics.
- The main window can now be resized and maximised to take up the entire screen.
- Added a Timer class for the purpose of scheduling events at set intervals.
- The graphical routines for window layering have been completely rewritten.
- Faster text scrolling has been implemented.
- All environments now support screen savers. The screen saver settings can be adjusted in the user:config/screensaver.cfg file.
- The Gradient, Box and Line classes now support variable translucency through a new Opacity field.
- Added support for simple region based render objects.
- Added ‘start’ and ‘step’ instructions to the
tag in DML.
- Added support for 64-bit floating point fields to the Inspector application.
- Fixed scrolling issues with depth based scroll bars.
- The Run class has been enhanced so that it can launch data files (for example, running a picture file will open it up in the picture viewer).
- DML files can now be launched from the File Manager.
- It is no longer necessary to explicitly declare file name extensions when loading files.
- Support for saving PNG files has been added.
- 256 colour PNG files are now supported.
- All PCX images in the Athene archive have been converted to PNG files.
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