Workbench ßeta 3.5, v44.x
|ßeta phase: May 1998 - October 1999
- The early betas did not have a screen title bar
- Third-party TCP/IP, Web Browsing, built-in e-mail
- Support for Hard Drives larger than 4GB
- Modern Graphical User Interface (GUI)
- Extensive CD-ROM Support
- Improved Printer support
- PowerPC Support
- HTML Online Documentation
- Bug Fixes
- Several new APIs
Click here for an extensive features list.
Changes in OS 3.5 from the early beta screenshots to the final screenshots:
- New tool "EditPad" in the Tools drawer.
- The earlier beta had some different preferences icons.
- The earlier beta had DTPrefs etc. which have now disappeared. We have three new preference editors: Reaction (similar to ClassAct prefs), Workbench and CacheCDFS.
- In IControl, "Preserve Colors" (which has been redundant since AGA anyway) has gone.
- The new Icon Information window has a GadTools GUI, not Reaction (WB3.5) GUI.
- An earlier beta (the one previewed in Amiga Format) was lacking dithering/colour quality options in the Pattern prefs.
- The screenmode names have changed slightly (eg. instead of "Super-High Res" we now have "SuperHighRes").
- New folder in DEVS: called "networks", as well as a file called "AmigaOS ROM Update", which is presumably a patch for the 3.1 ROMs.
- scsi.device V43.26 is shown on one of the HDToolBox screenshots (should really be using v44).
- The new HDToolBox appears to be missing the "verify drive" and "modify bad block list" options.
Click here for an early review of 3.5 with lots of screenshots.
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- Chris Young comments on some statements made by Amiga Format on ßeta 3.5 (issue 128, WoA show report): "Application icons can be animated, but not file icons. For instance, the release will include a windowless clock icon that updates anywhere on the screen."
- Ross Vumbaca notes that: "fifty pre-release copies of OS 3.5 were given away at the "Amiga Downunder '99" computer show in Canberra, 21-23 August 1999. The reason for this was that OS 3.5 was supposed to have been officially launched at the show, but was still incomplete, so the pre-release giveaway was an act of good faith by Petro Tyschtschenko. The pre-release I have was specially made for ADU (it has a "Congratulations on winning this pre-release at Amiga Downunder" readme file, and it is a KODAK CD-R. Like the other pre-releases it has no Internet support."