|Workbench Beta 3.5, version 44.x
|Beta phase: May 1998 - October 1999
- Added third-party TCP/IP, web browsing, and built-in e-mail.
- Added support for hard disk drives larger than 4GB.
- Modern graphical user interface (GUI).
- Added extensive CD-ROM support.
- Improved printer support.
- PowerPC support.
- HTML online documentation.
- Bug fixes.
- Several new APIs.
Changes in OS 3.5 from the early beta screenshots to the final screenshots:
- Early betas did not have a screen title bar.
- Added the new "EditPad" tool in the Tools drawer.
- Added a new folder in DEVS: called "Networks".
- Added a new file called "AmigaOS ROM Update"; presumably a patch file for the 3.1 ROMs.
- Added three new Prefs editors:
- ReAction (similar to ClassAct prefs)
- IControl's "Preserve Colors" checkbox (which has been redundant since AGA anyway) has been removed.
- The earlier beta had some different preferences icons.
- The earlier beta had DTPrefs etc. which have now disappeared.
- The new Icon Information window has a GadTools GUI; not a Reaction-based (Workbench 3.5) GUI.
- An earlier beta, the one previewed in Amiga Format, was lacking dithering/colour quality options in the WBPattern Prefs editor.
- Screenmode names have changed slightly (eg. instead of "Super-High Res" we now have "SuperHighRes").
- 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 Beta 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."