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CodyJarrett 02 October 2012 21:05

The History of Directory Opus
 
Lore relates the history of Directory Opus on the Amiga and PC. Directory Opus, or DOpus as it's commonly known, is the most famous directory manager on the Amiga and now continues life on Windows.

Here's the full interview with Jonathan Potter.

http://www.abime.net/img/files/appli...s/DOpus4_2.png

mai 02 October 2012 22:07

Of course i am using both, on Amiga and for Windows, its great!

klx300r 03 October 2012 00:47

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Originally Posted by mai (Post 842858)
Of course i am using both, on Amiga and for Windows, its great!

+ 1 :great

CodyJarrett 18 November 2012 13:45

This interview is now available in French on Obligement

http://obligement.free.fr/articles/itwpotter.php

Unkown 15 October 2019 14:02

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Well i always loved Dopus on the amiga and use it on the PC ( Paid For As Well )

But i only wish the inerface / GUI was the same as it was on the Amiga. :agree

DrFruit 15 October 2019 15:03

Yep absolute legendary util, never stop using it!

Hewitson 16 October 2019 08:27

Never understood why people used this on the Amiga. Even more difficult to understand why you'd want it in Windows.

Hedeon 16 October 2019 11:08

Now I am intrigued what you use for file management on the Amiga, Hewitson.

McTrinsic 16 October 2019 11:26

On the Amiga, I indeed prefer RO.

As an alternative, I use DosControl, which recently became freeware.

Unkown 17 October 2019 09:35

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Originally Posted by Hewitson (Post 1351739)
Never understood why people used this on the Amiga. Even more difficult to understand why you'd want it in Windows.

And why would you not want to use it on amiga or on windows make my life easy on both platforms.


But i guess its down to personal preference at the end of the day you love it or hate it, And nobody is forcing you to use the program. :agree

lilalurl 17 October 2019 11:56

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Originally Posted by Hewitson (Post 1351739)
Even more difficult to understand why you'd want it in Windows.

It is a highly customizable file explorer. Ofc, you might prefer some others (like TotalCommander) or have no need for what features it offers.

A few years ago, I decided to give it a try after reading these guides (old now, but still relevant):
https://www.pretentiousname.com/opus9/
https://www.pretentiousname.com/opus/index.html

stevsurv 18 October 2019 02:59

Till this day I still use Dopus 4 on my Amiga's and use the Directory Opus 9 on my pc's. Once setup, they have lots of extremely useful features!

Back in 1989, I had the fortune of meeting Jonathan Potter himself when I purchased his ZeroVirus program for my Amiga's. He delivered it to my workplace and we chatted for about 30 minutes. We chatted about ZerVirus, some other stuff he was working on at the time and also about his fully decked out A2000 workhorse that he used! He was a pleasure to talk to. :great

stevsurv 18 October 2019 03:46

Some Directory Opus info etc...

http://dopus.free.fr/

cosmiq 29 October 2019 10:55

I'm a BIG fan of DirOpus. Use it with Windows as well. All should check their videos and read how super customizable it is. It just makes life easier!
And it's not too expensive. I think they allow you to have 2 instances with 1 license (one for your work laptop for instance).
This sounds like a commercial, but it just really is a good program IMHO!

Mickoz 19 November 2019 12:11

I remember Jon handing me my first purchased copy of DOpus back in the early 90's and paid for several upgrades over the course of a few years. Jon Potter and Andrew Wilson were very active members of the Adelaide Amiga User Group and held an almost celebrity status in the club. I would say that the days of the computer clubs shaped my life really. I met my wife at the club and Jon and Andrew both came to my wedding. I lost touch with both of them.. I wonder if Andrew still has my original horribly hacked A500+A590 that I sold him. If you are out there guys, drop me a line. I would love to catch up for a pizza and Chinotto if you are back in Adelaide.

lilalurl 19 November 2019 18:22

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Originally Posted by Mickoz (Post 1359993)
I met my wife at the club and Jon and Andrew both came to my wedding

I hope their wedding gift was Amiga-related. :)

Octopus66 19 November 2019 22:29

I love Directory Opus. I had a long gap between 5.82 and Windows era, but once I installed v9 haven’t looked back. Running 12 now. I can’t imagine a personal Windows install without it.

Mickoz 20 November 2019 04:07

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Originally Posted by lilalurl (Post 1360036)
I hope their wedding gift was Amiga-related. :)

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t Amiga related, but I can’t remember what it was :)

BippyM 23 November 2019 20:50

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Originally Posted by Hewitson (Post 1351739)
Never understood why people used this on the Amiga. Even more difficult to understand why you'd want it in Windows.

Because everyone is different, and you don't need to understand.

Leandro Jardim 24 November 2019 02:15

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Originally Posted by stevsurv (Post 1352174)
Some Directory Opus info etc...

http://dopus.free.fr/

Unfortunately, for me that speak portuguese, Dopus 4 don't work correctly with my language because it don't accept some essential portuguese accents that I was needing to use in directory names on my Workbench HDF, some time ago.

Another minor thing that happened is that Jon don't translated the Dopus GUI to portuguese. This and that other issue above was never fixed that I may know. So, recently I have decided to use another file manager.

But at the time when I owned an Amiga 500, it was very common for me to use Dopus with this computer that ran with a Kickstart 1.3 ROM. Dopus made it very easier to manage my floppy disks when it was necessary! (with only one disk drive and no harddisk, back in the day...)

The interview was excellent, thanks. Brings me memories... :)


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