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© 1997-2006
Gareth Knight
All Rights reserved

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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
ex. Almathera

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 fake.

From: "Jolyon Ralph" <jolyon@mways.co.uk>
Reply-To: GameTeam@phinixi.com
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 18:51:59 -0000
To: <GameTeam@phinixi.com>
Subject: RE: [GameTeam] RE: Game Team on amiga.org thread

Hello All

A quick introduction to those who don't know me...

I'm Jolyon Ralph, I was Technical Director of Almathera Systems, who
published stuff for Amiga, CDTV and CD32 between 1992 and 1997. I was
involved directly in projects such as Photogenics and Video Creator and I
did a lot of work on things you have never seen, or never saw the light of
day, such as work with Carl Sassenrath developing the graphics library
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 would be
ideal for this new projects. Noone here except me has ever seen "Katch the
Kat". That'll probably be my first port to this box as it was entirely
written in C. I hope you'll enjoy it :)

Before that I wrote lots of articles on Amiga 68000 programming and all
sorts of other things for magazines such as Amiga Computing, Amiga Format,
Amiga Shopper, Amiga User International, etc.

Oh, and a quick word about the rumours about Almathera/Viscorp - a lot of
things were said about the demise of Almathera and viscorp's part in it,
some attributed to me, which were simply not true. If they were true I
wouldn't be so happy to be working with Bill again, and I'm certainly happy
to!

Jolyon

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