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#20160 - 01/19/12 05:30 PM "Preview Release?"
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Originally Posted By: artie505
I think "Preview Release" inherently means no more advanced than beta [....]

Maybe that needs qualification, because "betas" are generally/always(?) numbered lower than 1.0, but I've seen "release candidates" numbered higher than 1.0.

Can anybody clarify?
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#20163 - 01/19/12 09:39 PM Re: "Preview Release?" [Re: artie505]
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Registered: 08/03/09
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"Beta" and "preview" usually mean the same thing. The only difference in terms of common usage is that many (not all) beta versions of software are closed--for example, you will never (legally) see a beta version of Photoshop floating around for all and sundry to use, they're kept close by Adobe--whereas a preview release is equivalent to something like a "public beta" (an early version that anyone can see).

A release candidate (RC) version is a version that's very close to being finalized. It's still beta, but unlike a normal beta, it's feature-complete; the author is not planning to make major feature changes, or interface changes, or anything like that. At this stage, it's bug-fixes only. Sometimes, the released version of a piece of software is identical to the last release candidate version.
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#20164 - 01/19/12 10:35 PM Re: "Preview Release?" [Re: tacit]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
Thanks. smile
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