Borland dropped the support for the Borland C++/
OWL line, and aimed their efforts at
Yura Bidus began development of OWL Next
- a freeware upgrade to OWL5, which contains many bug fixes and new features.
Also OWL Next can be used not only with Borland C++ 5, but with
Visual C++ 5 and 6, with C++ Builder, with the free command-line compiler
Borland C++ 5.5 and with gcc++.
Greg Chicares has written a comprehensive instruction about installing and compiling OWLNext. It can be downloaded
here. NOTE: Updated version is now available at the OWLNext site.
The drawback with OWL Next is that it is only an upgrade to OWL 5,
so OWL 5 must be purchased before using OWLNext. It can be aquired from a supplier, which stocks
discontinued software, by searching in ebay.com,
EMS Professional Software,
or from the Companion CD which comes with Professional and Enterprise versions of
Yura had started talks with Borland about releasing the source of OWL, and starting an open-source project,
but so far the replies were that there are some legal issues, and it can't be done quickly.
My co-worker, Boris Vidolov, wrote a tool for converting Borland C++ resource files to Visual C++ compatible
resource files. The difference is that in Borland .rc files the bitmaps can be contained in binary format
inside the file, whereas in Visual C++ they must be in separate files. The tool can be downloaded from
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