Monday, 1 February 2010

Hewlett Packard ends MScape software development...

A little bit of a shock, but sadly it looks like further development of the MScape software is coming to an end, as it has been announced that Hewlett Packard Development will be closing down the site on the 31st March 2010. Fortunately the existing software is sufficiently robust to still be useful, but we will have to see what they do with the final source code. It is claimed that downloads of the software will continue to be available from the www.hpl.hp.com/downloads (HP Labs) for a short while after this date.

...However, I did a bit of investigation and some of the original MScape developers have started up a new forum (http://mscapeusers.com/) providing existing MScape users with some level of support. There is also a possibility (again the old MScape developers) will be creating an application that runs on other mobile technologies (such as Android or the iPhone) their website http://www.calvium.com/ has a news letter users can subscribe to if required. Existing MScape users may want to keep an eye out for new developments. Ben Clayton touched on this software at the MScapeFest09 with his presentation on mscape 2.6 release & the Calvium platform. Create-a-scape by FutureLabs will also continue to provide details on using MScape, and will link up to the software suite download provided by HP when MScapers closes in March.

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