Workbench Release 1.0, version 30.?? (Kickstart version 30.x, NTSC only)

Release date: October 1985

Shipped with: Amiga 1000 only

Media: Kickstart on disk (256 KB), and OS disks

Major enhancements:

  • NTSC only; no PAL support
  • A version of Basic called "ABasiC" and a program called "AmigaTutor" were included (see notes below)

Example diskette(s):


Workbench 1.0 (and 1.1) did not display an icon when dragged with the mouse.
Instead, the pointer changed into a red crosshair icon—visible inside the Trashcan icon below.

Kickstart Screen Startup v30.x Workbench
Hidden messages:

Richard Wagenführer notes that the following is found in the Kickstart 1.0 datafile:

Stan Shepard, Neil Katin, Bruce Barrett, Sam Dicker, Barry Walshand,
Bob Pariseau labored late at night to bring this to you. Enjoy it!

The following text was found—binary inverted—in the 1.0 Preferences file (contributed by Richard Wagenfuhrer):

Caryn and =RJ= Love 4 Ever
INTUITION by =RJ Mical= Software Artist Deluxe
Preferences written by Barry Walsh and Jon Prince.
Dedicated to Penny Ridell with all my love Jon Prince.
Watch out for software from Commodore (UK) by Barry Walsh.
Media information:
Descriptions and Part Numbers
Three (OFS) DS/DD diskettes

PN: 327244-01
PN: 327245-01
Amiga Extras
Amiga TutorTM
PN: 327246-01
  1. Dr. Tim King (Metacomco CTO and developer of AmigaDOS) notes that: "ABasiC was put on the early Kickstart disks because the basic interpreter ordered by Commodore from Microsoft wasn't ready. Our Basic had been produced for Digital Research DR-DOS and was called I think DR-Basic but it was written in BCPL as well so was easy to port to the Amiga. Commodore wanted a product from Microsoft to show it was a "real business machine" and not a toy. Microsoft wasn't that interested in getting a Basic ready for an architecture that wasn't 86x but the Mac then came out, so they saw an opportunity—but were late."
  2. Scott Lawrence notes that: "Workbench/Intuition had a strange bug; when you moved drawers around, it wouldn't check to see if one is the parent of the other when doing so. Here's how you demonstrate it (do this in a RAM disk, or a disk that you don't care about):"
    • Create two drawers, "A" and "B"
    • Open both drawers
    • Drag the Drawer icon for "A" into "B"'s window
    • Drag the Drawer icon for "B" into "A"'s window
    • Close both windows
    "I believe this was fixed in 1.2."
  3. Scott Lawrence adds that: "the "Say" utility was originally from a package called "Gizmoz" from Digital Creations. I don't know how it ended up on the 1.0/1.1 disks that have been circulating the emulation community." He adds: "I also have an original 1.0 Kickstart disk with source code files on it. Apparently the techs didn't do a full format before they handed the master for the Kickstart 1.0 floppy over; they just grabbed a floppy they had been using to transfer files around the office." In addition, you can see a page hosted by Scott that shows all of the different Workbench 1.x window styles.
  4. Stephen Coates notes that: "On 1.0, 1.1, and possibly 1.2, if you run Notepad in the Utilities drawer, it says in the top of the screen "Notepad is looking for fonts. Are you there fonts?""
  5. Version information was not included with any of the Workbench or Kickstart disks/files (apart from the "Workbench 1.0" in the Workbench title bar) until Workbench v1.1.
  6. This first release version of Workbench was very buggy, and crashed a lot.
  7. Mark Knibbs on Usenet noted that: "The "ABasiC" included with this release was developed by Metacomco, who originally developed AmigaDOS. There are quite a few programs (e.g. on early Fish disks) for ABasiC, including some nice card games, backgammon, 3D Maze, etc. When I bought my first A500 in 1987, it came with some public domain disks which had ABasiC programs on, as well as the ABasiC executable. Note that ABasiC only works on Kickstarts up to 1.3. This is because the technique it uses to attach a CON: window to an existing window is not supported in OS 2.0 and up."
  8. Mark Knibbs also noted that years ago a catalog disk was received from an American company called "Chiron Conceptions Public Domain." Listed in this catalog were some very early Amiga demos, used when the Amiga was launched in 1985. They require a pre-1.0 Kickstart, version 27.3, to work. Below is the listing from the public domain catalog:
    Pre-release version of the Amiga Kickstart. Needed for some disks.
    (Note: Will not work on the Amiga 500 or 2000)