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Old 06 June 2005, 21:51   #6
Bloodwych
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Absolutely brilliant!

Once again great attention shown to detail. Much thought has obviously gone into its layout and operation which I really respect.

James this is a superb workbench and nearly tempted me to switch from my own so I can’t complement it any more than that.

TRY IT OUT GUYS! James has completely overhauled it and it really is A*.

One thing I particularly like is the updated Scalos, menus, requesters and Icons. The overall look blends together SOOO well.

I’ve always shied away from using the beta Scalos versions but I may switch now I’ve seen you've successfully integrated it. Tell me, will it display PGN games icons that commonly come with WHDload games correctly? Haven’t had chance to test yet.

And have you found any issues with this newer Scalos? Any older issues fixed? I’d love to know!

It’s now firmly placed alongside my own setups and AmigaSYS on my Retrobox. Damn I love WinUAE. No need to scratch your head deciding which to use – have them all installed and games on a separate partition!

I’d say AmigaSYS has the most installed with some nice themes for OS3.9 owners but AIAB is the most refined, customised and efficient. The install is only 5MB for goodness sakes! I can’t comment on the ClassicWB because it’s designed for lower end real Amiga’s plus I’d be bias of my own work.

A few issues that hit me James (if you do have anymore enthusiasm left to refine):
  • The install procedure – it says “in a moment you will be prompted for your workbench ADF”, but when you hit “return to begin…” it expects the disk to be present without asking for it!
  • Virus Checker – I really think you should include VirusZ III and the latest definition file, or update your page and have it as an application addon.
  • AmiStart – I don’t think it’s compatible with Workbench 3.0 ROM/disk. All I know is when I installed using Workbench 3.1 ROM/disk, it worked fine so you may want to test and add this info to the install procedure.

You seem to have altered the startup-sequence and general layout quite a bit from the original workbench. For instance, I can’t find env etc in RAM and I think you’re probably running some utility that handles this. Plus you've removed some files and folders associated with a full workbench install. I’m not sure if changes from the standard workbench affects compatibility in certain situations but I feel a little lost here and there due your different layout and startup-sequence. I think Thomas has mentioned this in the past and been a little critical. On the other hand that’s what makes AIAB so unique. It’s almost like a completely new Amiga OS and as long as it runs games and demos correctly who really cares?

Well done and thanks!
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