18 March, 1997
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that Almathera
Systems Ltd. has ceased trading.
We have tried to support the Amiga for the last three years
since Commodore died, and we were only able to survive this long
because of the loyalty and friendship of the Amiga community.
Last year we undertook a major project for VisCorp, for their
interactive set-top box system.
Our team dedicated months to developing this project
(vui.library, a core component for the new set-top box operating
environment), but VisCorp were unable to pay us for the work we
completed, and this not inconsiderable debt caused grave cashflow
problems that we were not able to recover from.
In the six and a half years that Almathera have been trading we
have made many friends amongst the Amiga community and wish
everyone that dealt with Almathera at any time during the past all
the best for the future.
Jolyon & Paul Ralph
This statement contradicts a later email sent to the
Phoenix mailing list, and subsequently distributed by Bill Buck on
3rd May 2003 in which Jolyon Ralph denies any bad feeling towards
Bill Buck. Jolyon's statement below suggests the message was a
From: "Jolyon Ralph" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 18:51:59 -0000
Subject: RE: [GameTeam] RE: Game Team on amiga.org thread
A quick introduction to those who don't know me...
I'm Jolyon Ralph, I was Technical Director of Almathera Systems,
published stuff for Amiga, CDTV and CD32 between 1992 and 1997. I
involved directly in projects such as Photogenics and Video Creator
did a lot of work on things you have never seen, or never saw the
day, such as work with Carl Sassenrath developing the graphics
subsystem for an amiga-based set-top-box that never saw the light
of day. We
also had a lot of little games and projects in development which
ideal for this new projects. Noone here except me has ever seen
Kat". That'll probably be my first port to this box as it was
written in C. I hope you'll enjoy it :)
Before that I wrote lots of articles on Amiga 68000 programming and
sorts of other things for magazines such as Amiga Computing, Amiga
Amiga Shopper, Amiga User International, etc.
Oh, and a quick word about the rumours about Almathera/Viscorp - a
things were said about the demise of Almathera and viscorp's part
some attributed to me, which were simply not true. If they were
wouldn't be so happy to be working with Bill again, and I'm
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